The purpose of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) Stakeholder Advisory Board is to:

  • Advise the COEC on how best to foster bi-directional interaction between the EHSC investigators and stakeholders; and
  • Advocate on behalf of the COEC to assist in translation of research on issues of prevention, policy making and environmental public health.


Current Board Members

Lisa Arkin – Executive Director, Beyond Toxics       

Lisa has served as Executive Director for Beyond Toxics since 2005. Prior work included thirteen years as an educator and associate professor at both Stanford University and University of Oregon.  

Community: Environmental justice community in West Eugene, OR; Urban, rural and low income communities

Environmental Health Concerns: Air quality and children’s health, chemical drift, pesticides, industrial pollutants


Stephen Brandt – Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Stephen is a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. He also serves on the Watershed Enhancement Board, and has an extensive background in Oceans and Human health issues and community/public resilience to tsunamis and other disasters.

Community: Academic, Scientific, student and local communities.

Environmental Health Concerns: resilience of individuals, families and communities to disasters.


Curtis Cude – Interim Section Manager, Research and Education Services, Center for Health Protection, Oregon Health Authority     



Anna Harding – Director of Community Engagement Core, Superfund Research Program, OSU

Anna is the Director of the Community Engagement Core of the Superfund Research Program at OSU, and a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Community: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Environmental Health Concerns: Air and water quality and effects on population; PAH levels in traditionally prepared (smoked) fish and meat


Michael Heumann  HeumannHealth Consulting

Michael has been an Independent Consultant in Environmental and Occupational Public Health and Preparedness since 2011.  He provides consultation and assistance in the areas of Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, public health implications of climate change, Disaster Epidemiology, and community health impact assessment.

Annette Mills - Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

Annette is co-founder of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and has been leading the Coalition since its formation in 2007. She has been a community organizer/educator for more than 40 years, and is currently the Facilitator/Director for the Coalition.

Community: Corvallis community members and local non-profits/businesses/governments/schools and faith communities

Environmental Health Concerns: Air quality, water quality/quantity, community food systems


Janine Salwasser OSU’s Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon Explorer Program Lead/ILAP Outreach

Janine works for the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) with the Oregon Explorer Program. Prior to INR, Janine has worked with multiple agencies and programs to promote information sharing and collaborative approaches to conservation at local, state and regional scales.

Community: Natural resource administrators (conservation planners, land managers, community members)

Environmental Health Concerns: We hope to fill in missing information about community health and how it relates to our environment


Jeff Schiminsky – President, Natural Opus

Jeff started Toxic Awareness Body of Oregon in 2008. The goal of the nonprofit is to educate people in urban areas about the dangers of toxic chemicals including chemical drift, offering nontoxic alternatives.


Nick Stevenson M.S., C.P.S.  Project Coordinator and Health Educator, Deschutes County Health Dept.                                 


Dave Stone  Director of NPIC, Professor, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, OSU

Dave is the Director of the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. His responsibilities center around human health concerns related to chemical exposure and approaches to risk assessment and engaging diverse audiences in risk communication.

Community: general public and professional audiences in Portland Metro Area and throughout Pacific Northwest region

Environmental Health Concerns: pesticides and related agrochemicals, PAHs