Safer Products

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Green Ribbon Science Panel Members

The Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP) consists of members with various expertise, and advises the Department on topics related to Green Chemistry, such as the implementation of the Safer Consumer Products regulations. To view the former GRSP members visit: https://dtsc.ca.gov/grsp/former-green-ribbon-science-panel-members-2/ 

As the Safer Consumer Products program moves forward and matures, the GRSP may also tackle other topics. They will also continue to advise the Departament on a variety of scientific and technical matters related to Green Chemistry.

Refer to the Past Meetings section on the GRSP Meetings web page, and Subcommittees page to see topics discussed at past meetings.

Co-Chairs

Arthur Fong, Ph.D.

Arthur Fong, Ph.D.

Apple Inc. -- Service Term: 2009 to Present -- Co-Chair: 2014 to Present

Art Fong is the Toxicology and Green Chemistry Program Manager in the Environmental Technologies group at Apple, driving Apple’s efforts to remove harmful substances from its product designs and develop safer substitutes. Prior to joining Apple, Art was a senior toxicologist and corporate program manager for chemical management at IBM Corporation.

Art is engaged in a number of collaborative projects to advance the science and practice of green chemistry, alternatives assessment, and toxicology. He is a member of the steering committee and technical committee of the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment that can be used for identifying chemicals of high concern and safer alternatives, and was a member of the steering committee and technical committee of the US EPA DfE Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) Partnership, a project to advance understanding of human health and environmental impacts of conventional and alternative flame retardants in PCBs. He also served on the steering committee of the recently completed United Nations Environmental Programme Global Chemicals Outlook project.

Art is a product of the University of California educational system, receiving his undergraduate degree in genetics from UC Davis, and his Ph.D. in toxicology from UC Irvine.

Kelly D. Moran, Ph.D. (co-chair)

Kelly D. Moran, Ph.D. (co-chair)

TDC Environmental, LLC -- Service Term: 2009 to Present -- Co-Chair: 2014 to Present

Kelly D. Moran is President of TDC Environmental, LLC, an environmental consulting firm specializing in water quality and pollution prevention. A chemist by training, for the last 20 years Dr. Moran has worked at the interface of science and public policy, assisting municipalities and state agencies with managing environmental pollution from consumer products.

Dr. Moran has focused on identifying the true sources of pollutants and developing strategies to reduce or eliminate pollutant releases at their sources while avoiding regrettable substitutions. Her work spans a range of pollutants and products types–for example, she co-founded the Brake Pad Partnership and the Urban Pesticides Pollution Prevention Project. Dr. Moran has served on many advisory panels including the California Source Reduction Advisory Committee and the City of San Mateo Planning Commission.

Dr. Moran earned a B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from U. C. Berkeley.

Members

Ann Blake, Ph.D.

Ann Blake, Ph.D.

Environmental & Public Health Consulting -- Service Term: 2009 to Present

Dr. Blake’s experience spans regulatory enforcement, pollution prevention, alternatives analysis and standards-setting as well as legislative policy. Prior to consulting, Dr. Blake worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector and Northern California Pollution Prevention Coordinator.

Dr. Blake holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and neural development from the University of Oregon. Dr. Blake’s interest in green chemistry lies with the opportunity to create pragmatic solutions with a broad range of stakeholders to move us collectively towards a more sustainable economy that provides jobs and growth while protecting the health of individuals, communities and our environment.

Susanne Brander

Susanne Brander

College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University-- Service Term: 2020 to Present

Dr. Susanne Brander has been a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University since 2017, and previous to this was faculty at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington from 2013–2017. Brander’s research program, funded by NOAA, the EPA, the NSF, and California state agencies, encompasses the fields of toxicology, endocrinology, and ecology, integrating molecular approaches with measurements at the organism and population level. Her current focus is on the effects of stressors, such as emerging pollutants, microplastics, and climate change, on aquatic organisms. Much of her work uses a model estuarine fish, the Inland silverside, to measure sublethal responses to pollutant exposure under environmentally realistic scenarios or across multiple generations. Brander’s group conducts interdisciplinary research and thus she collaborates with ecologists, oceanographers, and fisheries biologists, among other fields. She received a Ph.D. in Toxicology and Pharmacology from UC Davis in 2011, conducting research mainly based at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.

She also has an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University (2005) and a B.S. from Elizabethtown College (1999). Although Brander has mainly worked in academia, she also has the perspective of an industry scientist having worked as an Environmental Analyst and Project Scientist at Weston Solutions, Inc. between her M.S. and Ph.D degrees. In addition to the Green Ribbon Science Panel, Brander also currently serves on the board of directors for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, North America and as a co-chair for the California Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team on microplastics. 

Michael Caringello, MBA

Michael Caringello, MBA

S.C. Johnson & Son -- Service Term: 2014 to Present

Mike is Director of Regulatory Affairs at S.C. Johnson & Son with a scope that is global in nature across a diverse section of consumer products. His broad view of the impact of the Safer Consumer Product regulations is based upon the wide range of related activities his career has shown him.

Mike started his career as a research synthetic chemist and formulator in the Specialty Chemicals industry, before moving into Technical Service assisting customers formulate finished goods while obtaining his MBA. While in the lab, he began work in the regulatory area, in areas such as TSCA, MSDS generation, and hazardous waste control. This led him into management positions across a number of areas within chemical industry giants PPG Industries and BASF including government affairs; industrial hygiene; safety; global chemical inventory compliance; environmental compliance in air, water and waste for multiple manufacturing locations; security; food, drug and cosmetic compliance; pesticide product registration; Good Laboratory Practices and current Good Manufacturing Practices; Quality Audits; Environment Health and Safety Audits; transportation of dangerous goods; Product Stewardship; and more.

This was an ideal background for his move into the Consumer Products industry, first at Kimberly-Clark Corporation and then S.C. Johnson. His knowledge of the chemicals that go into the products and how they were manufactured allows for a more complete evaluation and understanding of potential issues, and the ability to make regulatory compliance a value added proposition to business rather than just a dreaded must have.

Throughout, he has believed that the best strategy to comply with a regulation is to work with the regulators, by the local, state, federal or international. A simple question up front can save a lot of wasted effort later; a partnership can lead to mutual understanding and assistance, which is critical at a time when everyone is stretched thin.

Additionally, beside volunteering for too many seasons to count as a youth soccer coach, he has served on a volunteer basis as a board member of not-for-profit agencies and Local Emergency Planning Commissions, the latter of which adds a totally different perspective when considering chemicals to be used.

Mike resides in the suburbs of Milwaukee with his wife and children.

Helen Holder

Helen Holder

Hewlett-Packard Company -- Service Term: 2014 to Present

Helen Holder is a Master Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where she leads the Global Environmental Materials team. In her current role, she evaluates and qualifies materials for use in HP products, including plastics and additives, solders, fluxes, printed circuit board surface finishes, and other electronic materials. In this role, she has introduced environmental and human health criteria into technical specifications to complement traditional performance, cost, safety, and reliability requirements in materials selection.

Ms. Holder started her career at HP in 1993, and has worked in a variety of manufacturing, materials, and procurement roles within the company. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was an HP Resident Fellow.

Elaine Cohen Hubal, Ph.D.

Elaine Cohen Hubal, Ph.D.

US EPA’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) Research Program -- Service Term: 2016 to Present

Elaine Cohen Hubal is the Deputy National Program Director (NPD) for US EPA’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) research program. CSS research advances information and methods to support better-informed, more-timely decisions about chemicals/materials that promote human and environmental health and protect vulnerable species and populations. As Deputy NPD for CSS, Elaine also leads EPA’s children’s environmental health cross-cutting research roadmap.

Presently, Elaine is serving on detail to the National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory (NHEERL) as Acting Director of the Integrated Systems Toxicology Division (ISTD). The ISTD applies systems science approaches to translate diverse emerging data and knowledge in biology, toxicology, and epidemiology to improve understanding of the role of exposure to environmental contaminants on health impacts. Division research integrates advanced experimental and computational approaches to understand complex interdependency of the exposures, mechanisms of toxicity, and individual variability in response essential for using results of environmental health studies to enable public health decisions.

Prior to her current appointment, Elaine developed and led ExpoCast, the EPA research program focused on exposure science to support chemical prioritization. Previously, she was Acting Associate Director for Human Exposure Modeling in the Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division of the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) where she worked to develop and direct NERL’s human exposure modeling research program.

Elaine has published in the areas of children’s exposure, human health risk modeling, and exposure science to inform design and interpretation of high-throughput toxicity testing.  She has served as an expert on a variety of scientific panels and committees including the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) Peer Consultation, the Study Design Working Group for the NCS, and as chair of the WHO IPCS working group on “Identifying Important Life Stages for Monitoring and Assessing Risks from Exposures to Environmental Contaminants.”  Currently, she is a core member of the Health Canada and Environment Canada Chemicals Management Plan Science Committee.

Elaine received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Molly Jacobs

Molly Jacobs

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production -- Service Term: 2020 to Present

Molly Jacobs is a Senior Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (Lowell Center) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Molly has over 20 years of experience in public health research and practice, engaging with a variety of organizations to promote effective disease prevention solutions. Since 2013, she has managed the Lowell Center’s extensive alternatives assessment and informed substitution work, both of which identify and compare potential chemical and non-chemical alternatives that could replace chemicals of concern. This has included: supporting governments in the US and internationally to institute programmatic and policy structures that advance informed substitution efforts, including the use of alternatives assessment; co-authoring state of the art reviews and helping to set research and practice agendas for the field of alternatives assessment; and developing capacity building resources and materials.

Molly is deeply involved in the operations of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4), helping to form the professional society in 2018 and currently working on its program committee. She is also an active participant on OECD’s Ad Hoc Group on the Substitution of Harmful Chemicals. Molly’s research at the Lowell Center has also examined other environmental health issues, utilizing her deep expertise on the environmental and occupational causes of cancer and asthma.  Molly received her MPH with a concentration in environmental health and epidemiology from Boston University and her BA in biology and environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Emma Lavoie, Ph.D.

Emma Lavoie, Ph.D.

US EPA’s Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment -- Service Term: 2020 to Present

Emma T. Lavoie, PhD is Senior Science Advisor for Assessments in the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Dr. Lavoie provides strategic support to scientific staff as they implement state of the art techniques including systematic review and mathematical modelling for environmental assessments that support a variety of programs under various EPA laws including TSCA, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water act, CERCLA and RCRA. 

She joined the Office of Research and Development in November 2016 after nine years in OCSPP/OPPT’s Design for the Environment Branch where she began her EPA career as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in 2007.  During her time with OCSPP, she led Alternatives Assessments for flame retardants and maintained and grew the Safer Chemical Ingredient List that includes a variety of chemistries including surfactants, solvents, preservatives and fragrances and totaled hundreds of carefully reviewed chemicals.  She was also involved in developing the DfE criteria for safer chemicals and a variety of TSCA work on existing chemicals including workplan risk assessments.

Dr. Lavoie has interdisciplinary biology and toxicology training from research experience at the bench and in the field with molecular to organismal level investigations and a diversity of associated publications.  In combination with her government science and policy experience, her background yields an interactional expertise providing valuable support in a variety of scientific disciplines and solution-driven research.

Jack Linard, Ph.D.

Jack Linard, Ph.D.

Unilever Research and Development -- Service Term: 2016 to Present

Dr. Jack Linard obtained his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Northwestern University, after receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. He has worked for Unilever for over 30 years in a variety of assignments, primarily in laundry and personal care R&D.

Jack’s current responsibility is to head up Unilever’s Personal Care Regulatory Affairs team for North America. In this capacity he leads Unilever’s advocacy efforts on new and proposed regulations so that current and future innovations meet regulatory requirements. In the past several years he has also been actively involved in the implementation of California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation.

During his tenure at Unilever, he oversaw Unilever’s “Over the Counter” drug programs, technical compliance activities, and the management of external issues impacting Unilever on both a North American and global scale. In addition, he has been an active participant in Wal-Mart’s Chemical Sustainability program since its inception in October 2005. He has also been representing Unilever’s interests in responding to green chemistry and chemical management initiatives in various states and in the U.S. Congress.

In his role Jack is also active in several trade associations, serving as the chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s newly formed Personal Care and Household Products Committee, and representing Unilever on the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Executive [newly appointed vice-chair] and Communications Committees. He also represented downstream users during his tenure with American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2011.

Timothy F. Malloy, J.D.

Timothy F. Malloy, J.D.

UCLA School of Law -- Service Term: 2009 to Present

Professor Malloy teaches Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions, Regulatory Lawyering, Regulation of the Business Firm, Environmental Policy and Politics and Contracts. He is the faculty director of the interdisciplinary UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, and a member of the Center on Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. He joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1998, after spending a combined 11 years in practice at private firms and at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III.

Professor Malloy’s research interests focus on environmental, chemical and nanotechnology policy, regulatory policy, and organizational theory and decision analysis, with particular emphasis on the relationship between regulatory design and implementation and the structure of business organizations. In addition, he has worked and written extensively in the area of risk governance and prevention-based regulation, melding together his academic interests with his work in the Sustainable Technology and Policy Program.

Melanie Marty, Ph.D.

Melanie Marty, Ph.D.

OEHHA Acting Deputy Director, Division of Scientific Programs -- Service Term: 2020 to Present

Dr. Melanie Marty is retired from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), California Environmental Protection Agency, where she most recently served as Acting Deputy Director, Division of Scientific Programs.  Prior to that position she served as Assistant Deputy Director for the Science Division, and as Manager of the Air Pollution Toxicology and Epidemiology Branch for many years. Dr. Marty received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She was in state service originally at the Department of Health Services and then starting in 1991 at the newly formed CalEPA OEHHA for almost 30 years focusing on evaluating public health impacts and assessing risk of environmental chemicals. She has been a leader in evaluating health risks from early life exposure to environmental toxicants. In both the Acting and Assistant Deputy Director positions, Dr. Marty was the final technical reviewer of OEHHA  documents evaluating public health impacts and risk of exposure to contaminants in drinking water, air, and other media, recommendations for health-based standards for pollutants in air and water, risk assessment guidelines, chemical listings and designations, and other departmental reports. She also participated in policy development for OEHHA and worked with other Cal/EPA departments on policy related issues. Dr. Marty was also one of the key scientists for OEHHA on the California Green Chemistry initiative. She has served on several EPA peer review committees, including the Science Advisory Board’s ad hoc committee evaluating the 2005 Supplemental Guidance for Assessing Risk from Early Life Exposure to Carcinogens, and recently served on the CSAC (now the SACC) for the peer review of U.S. EPA risk assessments. Dr. Marty was Chair of the U.S.EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee from 2001-2009, which advises the Administrator on issues related to children’s environmental health.

Dr. Marty has served on a number of committees in California, including the University of California’s Breast Cancer Research Program Advisory Committee, the South Coast Air Quality Management District Clean Fuels Advisory Committee, and science advisory committees for EPA and NIH funded research at UC Davis. Dr. Marty was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis, Department of Environmental Toxicology, from 2009 to 2017 where she taught a course in risk assessment of environmental chemicals. 

Julie M. Schoenung, Ph.D.

Julie M. Schoenung, Ph.D.

University of California, Irvine -- Service Term: 2009 to Present

Julie M. Schoenung is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a Co-Director for the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Lead Campus in Green Materials. Professor Schoenung received her masters and doctorate degrees in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her bachelor’s degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Professor Schoenung has many years of experience in studying the materials selection process for all types of materials in a variety of applications. Her research focuses on the analysis of factors that guide the materials selection decision-making process, such as economics, environmental impact and toxicity, cost-performance trade-offs, and market potential. Professor Schoenung uses tools and datasets from several disciplines including management theory, health risk assessment, life cycle assessment and environmental economics in her research approach.

Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH

Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Emeritus University of California, San Francisco -- Service Term: 2020 to Present

Dr. Shusterman received his MD from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He holds board certification in Family Medicine and Preventive (Occupational & Environmental) Medicine. After in initial four years in community medicine, he joined the Air Pollution Epidemiology Unit within the California Department of Health Services (later Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment within Cal/EPA). During this period, he studied ambient air pollution from industrial operations, hazardous waste sites, accidental chemical releases, and urban wildfires.

After working nine years in public health he had the opportunity to join the full-time faculty of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) of the University of California, San Francisco (where he currently holds an Emeritus appointment). Over a ten-year period at UCSF he evaluated patients with complex workplace exposures, taught toxicology to medical trainees, and established the Upper Airway Biology Laboratory to study the effects of air pollutants on the nose, sinuses, and vocal folds.

After a three-year hiatus in Seattle (serving as OEM residency director at the University of Washington), he returned to California as a Section Chief within the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch. There he led the Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS), tasked with serving as an early warning system for emerging workplace chemical hazards.  His work in HESIS involved collaborations with colleagues in both Cal/OSHA and DTSC on policy and enforcement issues. He is currently semi-retired, evaluating and treating patients at the University of California, Berkeley Occupational Health Service, participating in the UCSF’s OEM training program, and encouraging environmental stewardship through the UC College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Master Gardener Program.

Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D.

Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D.

San Francisco Estuary Institute -- Service Term: 2014 to Present

Rebecca Sutton received her B.S. in Environmental Resource Science from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation explored molecular-scale interactions of ions and natural organic matter with clay mineral surfaces using molecular modeling techniques.

Prior to joining SFEI in 2013, Dr. Sutton was a senior scientist with the research and advocacy non-profit Environmental Working Group, where she conducted research on chemicals of concern in air, water, soil, consumer goods, and people. At SFEI, Dr. Sutton works on various projects for the Regional Monitoring Program, with an emphasis on emerging contaminants.

Ken Zarker

Ken Zarker

Washington State Department of Ecology -- Service Term: 2014 to Present

Ken Zarker has been actively involved with hazardous waste, pollution prevention and toxics reduction programs for over thirty years. Ken has been responsible for managing state environmental programs in Texas and Washington State on hazardous waste permitting, policy, toxics reduction, and sustainability.

Ken has served in a leadership capacity at the national and international levels as Chairman of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Ken serves on several boards and committees, including the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Cross Media Committee, Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2), Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3) and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). Ken has been working actively to support the development of regional green chemistry center in the Pacific Northwest and is involved with state and national chemicals policy development.

Ken holds a B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City.