Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN (she, her) is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and is the Executive Director the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Ms. Huffling works with nurses and national nursing organizations on a variety of environmental health issues including climate change, chemical policy, inclusion of environmental health into nursing education, and sustainable healthcare. Ms. Huffling has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental health issues and was an editor of the recently released environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” which won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health.
Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC (she, her) is the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Her work focuses on elevating climate and health as a national priority by engaging nursing organizations and individual nurses in climate and health advocacy, education, and practice change. Prior to joining ANHE, Cara was a Local Care Coordinator with Healthways-Sharecare, Inc., coordinating care for high-risk patients in partnership with their primary care physicians as part of an insurance-based Patient-Centered Medical Home program. She has experience in critical care nursing working in both medical and trauma intensive care. Cara holds a Master’s in Community/Public Health Nursing through the University of Maryland.
Jessica Mengistab, BA, BSN, RN (she, her) is the Program Manager for Climate and Clean Energy Advocacy with The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. In her role, Jessica works on outreach and engagement of nurses, nursing organizations, and ANHE partner organizations on climate change and clean energy advocacy campaigns. Jessica also works in the acute care setting specializing in Maternal Child Health caring for birthing individuals in labor and delivery and maternity. Jessica draws from her background studies in Sociology at Rutgers University and Nursing at Villanova University to fuel her passion and work in community health, health equity, and environmental justice.
Hannah Noel-Bouchard, BSN, RN (she, her) is a public health nurse, Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) – Health Innovation and Leadership student, and the Nurse Operations Coordinator for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She supports the organization’s staff and nurse members, who are working in communities across the nation to promote healthy environments. Hannah works in her community alongside two local, nonprofit organizations, Charleston County Public Library system and Neighbors Together Prior, to reimagine and redesign healthcare in the community setting to better meet the health and social needs of community members. Prior to joining ANHE, Hannah has worked in school nursing, cardiac/telemetry and research nursing. After participating in ANHE’s inaugural Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program, Hannah continues to build relationships and work with local communities to better understand, prepare for, and mitigate the negative health effects of climate change and polluted air, soil, and water.
Jeremiah Headen (he, him, his) is the ANHE Fellowship Program Coordinator. Originally from a small town in Northern Virginia, Jeremiah attended American University where he received a degree in political science. Since graduating, he consistently seeks out positions that advance equity for communities with high levels of disinvestment. He taught in DC Public Schools as a high school teacher, worked as the lead organizer of a political campaign, provided TA for organizers all across the country, and served as a facilitator for various leadership training programs for social change leaders. Prior to taking on this role, Jeremiah created a program with a team of consultants at the Rockwood Leadership Institute called the “Heart of Black Leadership” that provides a unique leadership training specifically designed for Black leaders working within the social justice movement in response to the summer of 2020. Outside of work, Jeremiah enjoys spending time with loved ones as well as writing and performing songs.
Melanie Schimpf, BSN, RN (she, her) is the California Nurse Organizer for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She does CA specific work around environmental health issues, primarily in oil and gas development, and works to engage nurses in education, action, and advocacy in the state. She has worked in occupational health in Washington, D.C. and as a community health nurse in the Oregon coast. Currently, she is based outside Los Angeles and works at a local public health department helping to reduce childhood lead poisoning.
Trishia Salindong (she, her) is a graphic designer, creative project manager, and copywriter and the Communications Coordinator with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She combines impactful visuals with a design ethic that is rooted in accessibility, and works with social impact organizations and activists to design cohesive branding that strengthens community engagement. Her previous experience in non-profit and social justice work focused specifically on food sovereignty, equity, and education. Trishia was born in the Philippines and is now based in the Bay Area of Northern California.
Sarah Bucic, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC (she, her) is a Policy Consultant with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. In her work at ANHE, Sarah focuses on outreach to current administrative officials and legislators around ANHE’s climate policy initiatives. Sarah has been a RN since 2001 with her advocacy grounded in her local community. She formed a grassroots citizen air monitoring group in her fenceline community which performed independent air monitoring and has also worked on successful state level legislation centered on lead poisoning prevention in children. Sarah has taught undergraduate nursing students both in the classroom and in the community, holds a Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Post Master’s from University of Maryland in Community/Public Health Nursing.