Board of Directors

Lawrence N. Bailis, PhD, Emeritus Margaret Kripke, PhD
David C. Bellinger, PhD, Treasurer Georgia McGaughey, PhD
Sarah DeVan Jeanne L. Mockard, CFA
John K. Erban, MD Cathie Ragovin, MD, co-Chair
Lisa Goodwin Robbins Cindy Shulak-Rome, Clerk
Jennifer Gorke Patti A. Stoll, co-Chair
  Formerly on the Board


Lawrence N. Bailis, PhD, Director Emeritus
Lawrence Bailis is a senior research associate at the Center for Youth and Communities and an associate professor at the Heller School of Brandeis University. In recent years, he has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than a dozen evaluations in a range of youth development, education, and workforce-development–related fields. In 2005, Bailis was selected as the John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning at Ohio State University. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, Clerk of the Board of the Waltham Partnership for Youth, and board member of Bend the Arc (formerly Jewish Funds for Justice) and JOIN for Justice.

David C. Bellinger, PhD, Treasurer
David Bellinger is a pediatric neuropsychologist and environmental epidemiologist.  He is Professor of Neurology and Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) at Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a Senior Attending Psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research focuses primarily on the neuropsychological and behavioral sequelae of childhood disorders and exposures. He has published approximately 400 papers and served on numerous committees at the National Academies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization (WHO). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Toxics and served as an Associate Editor of Environmental Health, responsible for the section on children’s environmental health. He was the inaugural President of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment, and is currently Chairperson of the WHO Committee on Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lead Poisoning, a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Food Safety, and a member of the National Academies Committee on Inorganic Arsenic. He is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and was awarded the 2016 Science Advocate Award by the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

Sarah DeVan
Sarah is a former researcher and member of the Leadership Council at Silent Spring Institute. She left Silent Spring to pursue her passion for cooking and sustainable agriculture, and has become a recognized farm-to-table chef. After attending culinary school and cooking in restaurants in New York City, France and Spain, she and her husband moved to Maine, where they now run a historic inn. She also teaches cooking classes for children, writes about food and serves on the town Conservation Commission.

John K. Erban, MD
Dr. John Erban is the Clinical Director and Associate Director for Clinical Science at the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, both in Boston, MA. He previously served as Director of Clinical Programs and Co-Director of the Gillette Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and was Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Erban’s research focuses on clinical investigations of locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and abstracts, and has served on several editorial boards including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and Oncology, Index & Reviews. He is past president of the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncology.

Lisa Goodwin Robbins
Lisa Goodwin Robbins is an architect, with a focus on sustainable design and building technology. She works to educate other architects and designers on how and why to avoid toxic chemicals in our built environment. She specializes in incorporating green and healthier materials into specifications for buildings and is active in architecture, construction, and sustainability networks.

Jennifer Gorke
Jennifer Gorke is chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis. She previously served as chief of staff, chief operating officer, and then chief brand and marketing officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public state agency focused on accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector and promoting green jobs. Gorke’s extensive political and organizing experience has included such roles as legislative director for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, environmental advocate for Environment Massachusetts and MASSPIRG, and organizer for Grassroots Campaigns Inc.

Margaret Kripke, PhD
Dr. Margaret Kripke is a professor emeritus and founding chair of the Department of Immunology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she also served as executive vice-president and chief academic officer. Dr. Kripke, who earned a PhD in immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading expert in the immunology of skin cancers. After her retirement in 2007, MD Anderson established the Margaret Kripke Legends Award, in honor of her work, to be awarded annually to individuals whose support and dedication have enhanced the careers of women in cancer medicine and cancer science. In 2012 she was selected as chief scientific officer for The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, where she oversaw the awarding of more than $500 million in research grants before retiring in 2015. Dr. Kripke served multiple terms on the three-person President’s Cancer Panel which oversees the development and implementation of the National Cancer Program. She served on the panel that produced the path-breaking 2009 report, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now,” which alerted the nation to the enormous potential for reducing the nation’s cancer burden by preventing environmental cancers.

Georgia McGaughey, PhD
Georgia is the Senior Director of the global Modeling & Informatics group at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., comprised of molecular modeling, informatics and methods development.  She is also a member of the Research Leadership Team, which sets the strategy for the research arm of the company.  Through her twenty-year career in pharmaceuticals (Wyeth, Merck, Vertex) Georgia has contributed to the invention and advancement of several clinical candidates and generated more than 100 publications and presentations. She has served on the editorial advisory board for numerous journals (including the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and F1000), many conferences (such as the Computer Aided Drug Design Gordon Research Conference), and participated in multiple study sections for the NIH. Currently, she volunteers in the Boston scientific community through mentorship with high school and college students. Georgia earned her B.S. degree in chemistry from Kennesaw State College and her Ph.D in physical chemistry from the University of Georgia.  She carried out her post-doctoral studies with focus on electronic structure theory at Colorado State University.  She is also an avid runner and plays the piano.

Jeanne L. Mockard, CFA
Jeanne Mockard is a Private Investment Manager. Previously she was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Putnam Investments where she was the Lead Manager for The George Putnam Fund of Boston, a $4.2B balanced fund. She is a C.F.A. charterholder and has 23 years of investment experience. Mockard also serves on the endowment committee for The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland.

Cathie Ragovin, MD, co-Chair
Cathie Ragovin is a psychiatrist in private practice in Weston, Massachusetts. She a co-founder of Silent Spring Institute and has served on a variety of committees for various organizations, including the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Research Program, The National Action Plan on Breast Cancer, and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Cindy Shulak-Rome, Clerk
Cindy Shulak-Rome currently works as a teacher educator/coach at Brandeis University.  She has provided coaching and mentorship for both novice teachers and master teachers in the graduate Department of Education for the past ten years.  Prior to this she was a founding member and president of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton, MA as well as a founding member and director of the congregation’s school.  She has served on boards of several organizations, including the national boards and executive committees of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, the League of Women Voters, the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and Hand in Hand Schools. Cindy’s early professional experience was in medical speech pathology and rehabilitation.  She received a master’s degree in Education and Speech-Language Pathology from University of California Santa Barbara and did her undergraduate work at University of Michigan. 

Patti A. Stoll, co-Chair
Patti A. Stoll is Director of the Women's Brain Institute at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has spent her career developing major new initiatives in both nonprofit and corporate sectors – and attracting financial support from target markets. Prior to joining BWH, she was Assistant Vice Dean for External Relations at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and previously Deputy Director of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School. Before her positions at Harvard, she spent 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as Managing Director of the Alternative Investments Group at Bank of America.

Former Board members

Bev Baccelli
Bev Baccelli has spent her social work career helping children and their families. In 1982 she co-founded Southeastern Adoption Services. As director of that agency, she has helped hundreds of individuals and couples, nationally and internationally, become parents through adoption. In 2009 the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women named her an Unsung Heroine. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

Cynthia Barakatt
Cynthia Barakatt is Associate Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. The Center serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for increased understanding of complex global interactions of politics, economics, technological innovation, and human ecology and how those interactions influence human development. Barakatt started out her career as a newspaper reporter and subsequently worked in communications and policy positions for state government, including for five years in the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, part of the state’s Toxics Use Reduction Program. She was Director of Training for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University where she ran training programs for both experienced and younger academic environmental scientists to communicate effectively with journalists and policymakers.

Ellen S. Calmas
Ellen S. Calmas is the founding Chair of the Friends of Silent Spring Institute and the 2007 recipient of the Institute’s Rachel Carson Advocacy Award. She is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Neighborhood Pay Services, where she oversees marketing and sales support for NPS Rent Assurance, an innovative payroll direct deposit program for rent. Ms. Calmas is also a dedicated supporter of other health, community service, and cultural organizations, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she serves as a Vice Chair of the Trustee Advisory Board, and member of the BIDMC Foundation. She can be followed on twitter at @itakeaction2 as an advocate for environmental health policy change and improved consumer choices, and at @rentassurance as an observer on market trends in serving consumers with less than perfect credit. She can also be reached via Linkedin at

Sarah Colao, Esq.
Sarah Colao is Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that supports the growth and development of the clean energy sector in Massachusetts. She previously was a tax attorney for the Boston office of the law firm Proskauer Rose, LLP, where her practice included tax planning for U.S. and non-U.S. private equity funds and other investment partnerships, as well as for corporate and other transactions.

Catherine Farrell, Esq.
Catherine Farrell is an assistant city solicitor with the city of Newton’s law department. She has more than 30 years of experience in managing legal matters for corporations and government agencies, with a particular focus on environmental issues. She previously held positions as vice president and general counsel at Fluor Daniel GTI, Inc., an environmental consulting company, and she has served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

Ellie Goldberg, M.Ed.
Ellie Goldberg, M.Ed., is an education and environmental health advocate working for healthy children, safe schools and sustainable communities. In 1989 she founded to promote a better understanding of the health and educational needs of students with asthma and other chronic health conditions. Ms. Goldberg also created Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion, a campaign dedicated to eliminating chemical hazards and unhealthy school conditions, and What Would Rachel Say?, a blog dedicated to the legacy of Rachel Carson. She serves on the board of Clean Water Action/Massachusetts, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Laboratory Safety Institute, and the advisory board of the National Healthy Schools Network and the Green Decade Newton.

Ellen Parker
Ellen Parker, a social worker in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, specializes in psychotherapy with individuals and couples. She is a former president and founding board member of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. She is also a founding board member of Silent Spring Institute. Parker has served as director of social work services for the Tufts–New England Medical Center. In 2008 the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women named her an Unsung Heroine. She has also been recognized with the American Hospital Association’s Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care and with the National Association of Social Workers’ Social Worker of the Year Award.

Amy Present
Amy Present is a psychotherapist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a former board officer and founding board member of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, and she is a founding board member of Silent Spring Institute.

Anne Speakman
Anne Speakman is the director of marketing at Children’s Hospital Boston. She has more than 20 years of experience in health care marketing and communications. She previously has held positions as director of marketing and public affairs at New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) and as director of national promotion at WGBH.

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