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President & CEO
Ruth Ann Norton serves as President & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national nonprofit founded in 1986 dedicated to the elimination of childhood lead poisoning and the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient housing for America’s children. A dedicated advocate for healthy housing, she broadened the mission of the organization, formerly the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, by designing a groundbreaking national program built on a framework of cross-sector collaboration to efficiently deliver green, healthy and safe homes in communities throughout the United States.
One of the nation’s leading experts on healthy housing, Ms. Norton led efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning by 98% in the state of Maryland. She also developed and implemented one of the nation’s first healthy homes programs to address the multiple environmental health and safety hazards in low and very low income housing for pregnant women.
In addition, she has authored over 30 pieces of healthy housing legislation and has served as manager, senior advisor or as the principal or co-principal for numerous federally funded grant programs to combat unhealthy housing. Ms. Norton serves as senior advisor to government and philanthropy and has directly raised more than $300 million from the public and private sector to advance healthy housing.
In partnership with the Council on Foundations, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ms. Norton designed the national Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to cost effectively integrate energy efficiency and weatherization investments with lead hazard control and health and safety efforts. GHHI currently operates in 25 U.S. cities. In 2014, Ms. Norton led GHHI’s entry into the Social Impact Bond/Pay for Success field to advance health-based housing and demonstrate the outcomes of evidence-based practices to change Medicaid policies and enhance broad health care and other private sector financing support. She also provides a leading voice to articulate the significant health and social benefits of energy efficient investments through her senior advisory role with Energy Efficiency for All.
Ms. Norton served as a federally appointed liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and served as an expert panel member for HUD’s Healthy Homes Guidance Manual. She serves as a director of Groundswell and is on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Asthma Control Council. Formerly she served on the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, the Sustainability Commission of Baltimore as well as the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission. She serves on the steering committee for Network Energy Water and Health in Affordable Housing and is a Healthy Homes Technical Advisor for the National Environmental Health Association. Ms. Norton was awarded the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2005) and a Weinberg Foundation Fellow (2003) and was named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. In 2016, she received the Tony Woods Award from the Building Performance Industry.
To schedule an appointment with Ms. Norton, please contact her Executive Assistant Alex Bodaken at firstname.lastname@example.org or (443)-842-5713.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott McVicker is the Chief Operating Officer at Green and Healthy Homes Initiative in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Prior to arriving at GHHI, Scott served as the Chief Operations Officer at the NTL Institute where he successfully delivered the organization from the brink of financial insolvency to a state of stability and growth. As a Director at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he earned numerous appointments including key incident command leadership positions, committee chairmanships, and advisory board memberships. In both roles, he led operations that consistently achieved success through efficient delivery of programs, astute management of costs and resources, and unparalleled levels of customer satisfaction by building highly effective teams and emphasizing staff development.
Scott is driven by a lifelong commitment to the service of others as exemplified by his 8 years of military service, work in support of public health and the elimination of health disparities, and his passion for the GHHI mission to ensure that homes are truly safe havens and not the cause for injury and illness. He has dedicated over 15 years of volunteer service to the Soccer Association of Columbia in a variety of roles including board member, coach, age group coordinator, tournament manager, treasurer, and as a USSF certified referee. He is also a strong supporter of Special Olympics and a frequent Polar Bear Plunge participant.
Scott earned his MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and his BS in Management with a concentration in Finance from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
Vice President of Policy & Innovation
Michael McKnight joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in March 2010. He heads advocacy, policy analysis, government relations and leads work on pay for success and social impact bond models. He also delivers trainings and provides technical assistance on health policy and integrating healthy homes services with clinical care.
Mr. McKnight was the lead author of the report, “Identified Barriers and Opportunities to Make Housing Green and Healthy through Weatherization: A Report from Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Sites,” and collaborated with the National Association of State Community Service Programs’ Weatherization Plus Health initiative on state profiles of healthy homes resources and best practices. He also oversaw evaluation teams from Harvard School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their work to develop a comprehensive evaluation framework for GHHI sites. He regularly assists with federal and philanthropic grant writing for GHHI sites, as well as analysis on emerging funding models.
Mr. McKnight has developed compacts around GHHI for mayors and their local partners and worked on a resolution on GHHI that was adopted by the 79th Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. He has aided in the development of standards and practices that define a green and healthy home and the criteria for communities to join the next generation of GHHI sites. He has focused on reimbursement for healthy homes interventions from Medicaid and other health care payers and the return on investment of education and environmental control in combatting asthma.
Prior to joining GHHI, Mr. McKnight was a Lead Analyst for TIME Systems, a management and engineering firm working with the FAA and nonprofit organizations. In this role, he designed a project management tool to oversee a multi-million dollar construction project for a northern Virginia nonprofit and was the project lead in the design and facilitation of an information management tool for the Research Partnerships Group of the FAA. He also served as a special projects analyst for IBM, and a teaching assistant for the Health Policy Analysis capstone course and the Politics of Healthcare course at Duke University, aiding undergraduate students in formulating a community health assessment and plan for a health center in Durham. He holds a degree in biomedical engineering from Harvard University.
Vice President of Technical Assistance and Legal Services
Wes Stewart is the Senior Director of Technical Assistance and Legal Services for the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI). In his role, he provides national technical assistance on program design, management, and implementation to 17 GHHI sites, prospective GHHI sites and HUD Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Programs including: the cities of Atlanta, Lewiston, Newark, Providence, Waukesha and Wilmington, the counties of Baltimore and Salt Lake and the states of Delaware and Rhode Island. He provides trainings extensively to owners, tenants, realtors, insurers, attorneys and government agencies throughout Maryland and the United States on the Maryland Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law, federal Title X, Lead Safe Housing Rule, EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, lead poisoning prevention initiatives and other Healthy Homes program designs. He has also provided technical assistance to other lead hazard reduction, Healthy Homes and weatherization/energy efficiency programs in Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington, DC.
Previously Mr. Stewart served as Program Manager for GHHI’s HUD funded Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP) and Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Programs, its weatherization and energy efficiency programs and its housing, family advocacy and legal services programs in Maryland. He provides consultation on the implementation of direct service programs and federal grants and also serves as the regulatory affairs expert and chief training provider for GHHI.
Prior to joining GHHI in 1996, Mr. Stewart was an attorney in private practice in Baltimore. He is a member of the Maryland Bar State Bar Association, Maryland Rental Housing Coalition (2007-present), Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission Lead Task Force (2009-2010), District of Columbia Lead Elimination Task Force (2007-2008), Board Secretary of Lafayette Square Community Center (1998-2000), Steering Committee of Public Justice Center (1999-2001) and the Baltimore City Lead Enforcement Task Force (1998).
Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Villanova University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Victor Arthur joined GHHI in January 2015 as its Controller. In this role, he oversees GHHI’s administrative, financial, accounting and risk management operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor with more than 10 years of progressive finance and corporate accounting experience.
As a seasoned finance and accounting professional with an entrepreneurial mind, Mr. Arthur has been instrumental in helping businesses to develop strong financial reporting systems with emphasis on value add and innovative processes. Previously, he worked as accounting supervisor for Laureate Education and as a senior accountant for Bravo Health.
Mr. Arthur is currently working towards a PhD in management with a specialization in finance. He holds MBA and MS degrees from University of Maryland.
Grant Writer and Coordinator
Kathi Barber, GHHI’s Grant Writer and Coordinator, is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and families at risk of in-home environmental hazards. Kathi graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, and is currently in a Master’s program at Grand Canyon University. Kathi has over 10 years of grant writing and management experience in public health, education and workforce development. In her spare time, Kathi enjoys writing and is the author of two books on parenting, and cultural competency for medical professionals. She is currently working on her third book.
Alex Bodaken joined Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in February 2016 as a Program Administrator. In this role, he coordinates GHHI’s outreach efforts to the community, and assists as needed with other Maryland program services.
Prior to joining GHHI, Mr. Bodaken taught 4th grade at Holabird Elementary School in Baltimore. Mr. Bodaken holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Georgetown Univeristy and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University.
Senior Associate for Research, Policy and Environmental Health Science
Brendan Brown joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in May 2011, and now serves as its Senior Associate for Research, Policy and Environmental Health Science, leading research on the impact of healthy homes and weatherization interventions, the cost benefit and cost effectiveness of the GHHI model and opportunities to connect GHHI’s services to the healthcare and education sectors. He also manages GHHI’s Efforts to Outcome (ETO) national and local direct service databases, leads program evaluation efforts and develops strategies to efficiently export and import ETO data to and from existing data systems. As project manager for the HUD funded Healthy Homes Technical Study 2013-2016, he will coordinate activities to perform a cost benefit analysis of the Safe At Home Baltimore Healthy Homes Program.
A committed public health researcher, educator and community organizer with more than a decade of domestic and international leadership experience, Mr. Brown committed to protecting and improving public health. Prior to joining GHHI, he completed two years of public health training, a year of studying Statistical Methods in Public Health I-IV (2009-2010) and graduated with a Masters of Health Science in Environmental Health (2010-2011) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also received a Risk Science and Public Policy Certificate (2011) with a focus on biostatistics, applied environmental epidemiology, risk communication and management, health impact assessments, disease surveillance and program evaluation. He has a strong interest in research concerned with public policy, evidence-based interventions, community-based participatory research and health education. He also has 10 years of practical housing experience in the private sector as owner and lead finish carpenter of a residential restoration company in New Orleans.
GHHI Baltimore Crew Chief
Larry Brown first joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in 1999 as part of AmeriCorps, performing lead hazard reduction work. In 2002, he became an official Hazard Reduction Worker with GHHI and was later promoted to Assistant Crew Chief. He now serves as the GHHI Baltimore Crew Chief and oversees hazard reduction workers on daily retrofitting activities and leads onsite client communication.
Mr. Brown has taken courses on weatherization, home energy analysis and demolition. He holds an EPA certificate in Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting and OSHA certificates in Worker Safety and Confined Space Training.
Environmental Assessment Technician
Lenwood Brown first joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in June 2004 as a Lead Hazard Worker. He briefly left GHHI in 2005 to work for Connor Environmental and became a Certified Lead Base Paint Inspect and Risk Assessor. In this role he traveled the country assessing pre-1978 properties for lead-based paint and recommending cost effective remediation measures.
Mr. Brown found his way back to GHHI in April 2008 as an Assistant Crew Chief and Post Remediation Specialist. In November 2011, he was promoted to his current position as an Environmental Assessment Technician. In this role, he inspects homes that have or will have foster care children as residents, and has already serviced at least 500 families.
Mr. Brown attended Coppin State University as a psychology major. These classes inspired his interest in working with families and foster care children, ensuring their placement into good homes.
Social Innovation Specialist
Kevin Chan joined GHHI in August 2015 as Social Innovation Specialist. In this role, he provides technical assistance to organizations around the country who are exploring the feasibility of Pay for Success (PFS) models to solve social problems.
Previously, Mr. Chan worked as a mechanical engineer at an engineering consulting firm in Kansas City, Missouri before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend graduate school. After graduating, he transitioned into the social sector and worked at the United Nations Foundation managing grants, contracts, and budgets for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves initiative.
Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgetown McDonough School of Business.
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Hersh Fernandes joined Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in November 2014 as its Senior Technical Assistance Specialist. He works with prospective and existing GHHI sites to identify investments and services best suited for single-access interventions and to implement new delivery programs.
Prior to joining GHHI, Mr. Fernandes worked at Amazon Web Services as Manager of Financial Operations. He was responsible for influencing business strategy through large-scale data analysis. He supported the U.S. Federal division, which included the Federal Government, Department of Defense and National Security sales teams. He also previously worked at the White House as Associate Director of Administration for Vice President Joe Biden. He was responsible for coordinating the logistics of Vice Presidential travel and for the official documentation and proper billing of associated costs.
Mr. Fernandes attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and was a member of the Corps of Cadets.
Social Innovation Specialist
Adam serves as a GHHI Social Innovation Specialist. In this role, he leverages Pay for Success and other innovative financing models to drive investment in evidence-based preventative health interventions that improve health outcomes at scale while reducing medical costs in communities across the United States.
Prior to joining GHHI, Adam served as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised clients in the healthcare, high tech and basic materials industries. His previous experience includes working in the public sector for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General as well as in technology commercialization at the University of Michigan’s Technology Transfer Office.
Adam earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from Oxford where he served as a portfolio manager for the business school’s venture fund. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.
Senior Communications Associate
Kaletha Henry is the Senior Communications Associate at GHHI managing the organization’s public relations, internal and external communications. Kaletha brings over 15 years of experience that includes journalism, public relations, and graphic design. She is a great storyteller and photographer. She has an MFA in Communications and a BS in Advertising from New York Institute of Technology.
Human Resources Manager
Reggie Higgins serves as the Human Resources Manager at GHHI. In this role, he focuses on hiring and onboarding new employees, building teamwork and collaboration, addressing individual HR concerns, aligning HR processes and procedures to the GHHI mission and strategic plan, and other HR initiatives as they emerge. He is deeply committed to the GHHI mission.
Mr. Higgins comes to GHHI with more than fifteen years as an HR leader, manager, and director in a variety of for-profit and non-profit institutions, including the City of Baltimore, a local manufacturing facility, a television station, and a college. He enjoyed his time as a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program among other volunteer activities. His interest in international travel was ignited when he lived in Turkey.
Mr. Higgins received his BA from North Carolina State University in Political Science, and continued Masters level work at NC Central University in Durham, NC.
Rebecca Jackson joined the staff of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition) in November 2009 as a Program Assistant. She provides administrative and financial assistance to the finance department, the Intervention Manager and the Director of Maryland Program Services. She also serves as the Coalition’s meeting and event coordinator.
Previously, Ms. Jackson worked as a meeting and event coordinator for the nonprofit Academy of Country Music and Citadel Broadcasting.
Ms. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee.
Client Services Coordinator
Xanthe Key serves as the Client Services Coordinator at GHHI and is the first point of contact for all new clients. Xanthe graduated from Temple University with a degree in Sociology. Born and raised in Baltimore, Xanthe has seen many of the issues that GHHI deals with daily. She truly believes in the work that is being done and takes pride in knowing that a difference is being made in the city.
Data Management and Technology Assistant
Kiana Kianpour is the Data management and Technology Assistant at Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI). In this role, she manages all IT needs and desktop supports. She also assists in maintaining ETO database and reports for project management, program analysis, grant reporting and more.
Kiana holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Towson University. Prior to joining GHHI, she was a Network Specialist Intern at Johnson Controls Inc. where she helped providing network and helpdesk support locally and remotely for multiple sites at Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and Delaware.
Paul Kirkpatrick is the Site Coordinator at GHHI. In his role he coordinates services and work on multiple grants to serve families in Baltimore City and County. Paul graduated from Lincoln University, and holds a MS in Human Services. He is driven by providing quality service to the communities that we serve to create a healthy and safe environment in which to live. In addition, Paul is a United States Air Force veteran and has served stateside as well in several foreign countries.
Social Innovation Specialist
Housing Intervention Services Manager
Bryan started his career working for a Home Improvement Contractor doing a wide scope of home renovations and remodeling. From there, he went on to join the Baltimore Carpenters Union and completed his 4 year apprenticeship earning his journeyman’s certificate. He became a Forman and worked with the union for 10 years. After a successful 10 year run with the city of Baltimore, he went on to work with Bozzuto Group doing Maintenance and building Management at The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads in White Marsh. During his time there, he worked as a Maintenance Technician and was promoted to Assistant Maintenance manager where he was responsible for the day to day operations of the entire building and managed a crew of maintenance techs. He brings a broad knowledge base of construction and home maintenance experience to GHHI that is critical to our mission.
Aging in Place Fellow
Sarah LaFave is a Registered Nurse currently pursuing her PhD at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in the Department of Community-Public Health where she is a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar. She graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing from University of Delaware and in 2018 with her Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to returning to school full-time, Sarah was Director of Community Health Initiatives with the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences. In that role, she managed a State Innovation Model healthcare workforce training grant, supervised Patient Centered Medical Home initiatives, and fostered community-academic partnerships for service learning and research. Sarah also has experience as a founding Nurse Care Manager and eventual Program Manager of an Aging in Place Village. Sarah is Co-Founder and Board President of Lori’s Hands, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes college student volunteers to provide instrumental in-home support to community members living with chronic illness.
Jackson Outcome Broker
Catherine Lee joined Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in October 2014, serving as the GHHI Jackson Outcome Broker. In this role, she works with organizations, agencies and community leaders to formulate and implement the GHHI model, ensuring the successful development and implementation of GHHI in Jackson, Mississippi.
Ms. Lee is very familiar with GHHI Jackson, having previously worked for two program partners. In her previous position as Director of Housing and Community Development for Midtown Partners, Inc., she managed housing and neighborhood development programming, including rental property management, homeownership support, land bank management and property acquisition, and also assisted in the administration of grant-funded housing rehab and development projects valued at almost $10 million. She also worked with GHHI Jackson as the Special Projects Officer for Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson, where she coordinated community projects including the Mayor’s Healthy Communities Initiative, City Green Committee and Public Service Leadership Diversity Initiative.
Ms. Lee received her master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University and her bachelor’s degree in communication from University of Tampa. She serves on the Board of Directors for Bike Walk Mississippi, is a member of the American Planning Association and the Leadership Greater Jackson Class of 2014-2015.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Jamal Lewis has conmpleted a two-year fellowship as a JPB Environmental Health and Policy Fellow at GHHI, and has recently transitioned into a full-time position as a Policy and Technical Assistance specialist. He is involved in policy, research, and program analysis. At GHHI, Jamal strives to improve individuals’ health by understanding and educating communities on the relationship between housing conditions, such as energy and exposure, and health outcomes. Currently pursuing his Master of Public Health Degree at Columbia University, he’s dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations through fostering a healthier environment.
Family Advocate Attorney
Ludeen is the Family Advocate Attorney for Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (“GHHI”). Ludeen brings her tremendous legal skills to represent families in courts throughout Maryland and to work in partnership with the Family Advocacy Services team to impact the lives of children in Maryland. She will also assist on Maryland, national policy, and legislative initiatives. Ludeen is passionate about furthering GHHI’s mission and being a stronghold advocate that “every child deserves a chance to live in a healthy, lead-free home.” Ludeen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Prelaw from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. Ludeen has experience working for several law firms in private practice in Maryland, working for federal and state agencies in DC and Michigan, and as a Congressional intern. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association (2013-Present).
Environmental Health and Safety Program Manager
Hector Moreno joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in January 2010 as the Environmental Assessment Technician. He coordinates and conducts home-based environmental health assessments for lead hazard reduction, mold/moisture remediation, integrated pest management, allergens, indoor air quality, child injury prevention and energy audits.
Before coming to GHHI, Mr. Moreno worked for 16 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Microbiologist and Project Manager. At the USEPA, he conducted laboratory research in the removal of contaminants from drinking water and coordinated field demonstration projects of treatment technologies for drinking water in multiple locations in Ecuador, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He later joined the Cincinnati Health Department in Ohio where he worked as an Environmental Health Sanitarian enforcing food safety codes and addressing indoor environmental factors affecting public health through the assessment and abatement of household indoor health hazards. He was also a Lead Hazards Risk Assessor and conducted investigations and risk assessment in residences in Cincinnati with children suffering from elevated blood levels.
Mr. Moreno holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish. He is an active member of the National Environmental Health Association, a licensed Pest Control Operator in Maryland and a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Energy Auditor.
Outcome Broker, Marin County
Michelle Nochisaki joined Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in October 2016, serving as the Marin County Outcome Broker. In this role, she works with organizations, agencies and community leaders to pool local resources and provide Marin residents with integrated energy efficiency, health and safety housing program services modeled after GHHI. Michelle serves as the program liaison and local point person for the national GHHI effort, manages day-to-day program activities and coordinates partners engaged in the Marin County effort.
Ms. Nochisaki has over seven years of experience working in the residential energy efficiency sector. Prior to joining GHHI, she was the Manager of Education & Development for the national home performance contractor association and held numerous positions within Building Performance Institute before that. Her work has focused on business development and operations, program management, strategic planning and market growth.
Ms. Nochisaki is a 2016 Habitat X Fellow and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Buffalo.
Social Innovation Specialist
Andrew’s work in social innovation focuses on the strategy, organizational design and financial engineering of social innovation programs. He came to GHHI from the Advisory Board Company, where he led a product portfolio working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Prior, he established a socially oriented consulting firm with the George Washington University School of Business that focused on economic development leadership and was advised by former and current partners from Booz Allen Hamilton as well as McKinsey and Company. Andrew holds four academic degrees and two certifications including credentials in philosophy, psychology, political science, foreign policy, international affairs, international economic relations, business intelligence, finance and business management. He has also been recognized by the White House for his work as a young entrepreneur and currently serves as the treasurer of the board for Capital Fringe, the arts organization that holds the largest independent fringe performing arts festival in the country.
Maya Paggett joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in October 2016 as a Staff Accountant. She is responsible for managing all revenue accounts, creating customer invoices and developing program and organizational budgets. Prior to joining GHHI, Ms. Paggett worked in the finance department for the University of Maryland where she was responsible for preparing audit schedules and monthly financial reports.
Ms. Paggett attended Morgan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and traveled the world as a member of the MSU Choir. Ms. Paggett stays active throughout the city of Baltimore by tutoring, participating in service projects and attending public hearings. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Visions of Hope, Inc. mentoring program and the Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Hazard Reduction Worker
Tygone Poteat joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in November 2007 as a Hazard Reduction Worker. In this role, he uses a variety of building science best practices to improve safety, comfort, durability, indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
Prior to GHHI, Mr. Poteat worked in construction and renovation in Baltimore City. He is a Licensed Lead Paint Worker and holds OSHA certificates in Worker Safety and Confined Space Training.
Program Design Specialist
Erika serves as a Program Design Specialist for GHHI. In this role, she works with the Maryland Program Team to improve and grow its Aging in Place services. GHHI’s mission and the Aging in Place program perfectly align with her professional interests in health, aging adults, program design, community building, and innovation.
Prior to joining GHHI, Erika graduated with her MBA/MA in Design Leadership from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. During graduate school, Erika interned with athenahealth’s strategic design team and worked on a variety of Baltimore community projects. Erika is excited to bring a design thinking mindset to GHHI.
Before graduate school, Erika served in consultant and product development roles at Deloitte Consulting. She received her BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Originally from Baltimore, Erika played on the boys tennis team for four years at her high school and was the only girl in the entire conference. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that seeks to improve the lives of so many in her hometown.
Rhode Island Outcome Broker
Margarita Robledo Guedes joined Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in March 2015, serving as a GHHI Rhode Island Outcome Broker. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating multiple federal, state and philanthropic resources and working with state and local municipalities and nonprofits to develop programming that provides low-income Rhode Island residents with integrated energy efficiency, health and safety housing program services.
Ms. Robledo began her social health advocacy work in 1995. She served as the Education Coordinator and lobbyist for The Childhood Lead Action Project coordinating the development of legislation and community outreach to protect families from lead poisoning. Her untiring advocacy resulted in policy and legislative changes in Rhode Island laws. Much of her advocacy work was assisting and helping families of limited English proficiency. Her bilingual fluency (Spanish) was instrumental to the success of the program.
In 2004, Ms Robledo was appointed as Director of Economic Development at Progreso Latino Inc. She was entrusted in managing the Kauffman Foundation Grant; the first bilingual construction and entrepreneurship-training program Fast Track to promote sustainable business practices for Latino business owners in the state of Rhode Island.
As the Director of Community Education at Bristol Community College, Ms. Robledo concentrated her efforts on the development of workforce training programing in the areas of healthcare and green energy. Her programs also entailed managing and developing courses for community residents as well as business and industry professionals alike. She credits the University of Rhode Island and her degree in natural resources development studies for igniting her passion in social consciousness and sustaining her present commitment to social health issues, environmental education and economic development.
Ms. Robledo is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education from Eastern Nazarene College with an emphasis on adult learning and the social pedagogy of cross-cultural and bilingual academic participation and inclusion.
Social Innovation Specialist
Kiersten Sweeney joined GHHI in October 2017 as a Social Innovation Specialist in the DC office. She provides technical assistance to organizations nationwide that are exploring the feasibility of utilizing innovative models, such as Pay for Success (PFS), to deliver outcomes-based preventive services to the populations that need them most. She is passionate about her work at GHHI because the place where you grow up should not determine your health or your future.
Kiersten holds a BA in Sociology from Boston College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She has visited 25 countries on 4 continents. She has also taught herself calligraphy and makes all of her own greeting cards.
Social Innovation Specialist
Trent Van Alfen joined GHHI in June 2015 as Social Innovation Specialist. In this role, he provides technical assistance to organizations around the country who are exploring the feasibility of Pay for Success (PFS) models to solve social problems.
Previously, Mr. Van Alfen worked as a middle school Spanish teacher with Teach For America for two years in the DC Region before going on to gain experience in social enterprise and impact investing at Ashoka, Arabella Advisors, New Sector Alliance and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. During college, he served a two-year mission for his church in the Dominican Republic. He also spent a summer doing humanitarian work in Uganda and another summer doing a field experiment on ethnic issues in South Africa.
Mr. Van Alfen holds a BA in International Relations from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Georgetown McDonough School of Business where he was a Global Social Enterprise & Development Fellow.
Julie Villar joined GHHI in January 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. She is thrilled to be supporting GHHI’s mission of ending lead paint poisoning and creating healthy homes for all.
Julie is originally from Brooklyn, NY and holds a BA in History from the University of Vermont. She enjoys traveling, classic movies and spending time with her menagerie of dogs, cats and children.
Environmental Health & Energy Housing Assessor
Christl Wigner joined GHHI in August 2015 as an Environmental Health & Energy Housing Assessor. In this role she completes comprehensive home assessments, examining homes for health hazards, safety concerns and energy loss issues.
Prior to joining GHHI, Ms. Wigner served as the Lead Medical Technologist of the Prenatal Cytogenetics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She organized the daily operations of the laboratory, managed Cytogenetic Technologist daily work assignments, oversaw training of new technologist and medical residents/fellows, wrote and updated protocols and policies, compiled and reviewed monthly quality control data, performed quality assurance tasks, tracked monthly specimen turn-around time goals, obtained equipment and supplies, worked with inspectors from regulatory bodies, in addition to all the duties of a Certified Cytogenetic Technologist including chromosome analysis.
From 2007-2010, Ms. Wigner served as a Sanitarian-in-Training for the City of Cincinnati Department of Health-Technical Environmental Services in Cincinnati. She was responsible for the promotion, protection and maintenance of the public’s health and safety within the scope of environmental health. This included inspections of household sewage treatment systems, rabies prevention, animal-bite investigations, pest control, West Nile Virus surveillance, testing water safety in commercial swimming pools and spas. She also conducted community-based health education in schools, faith organizations, and health fairs on topics such as bedbugs, rabies, mosquitoes and waterborne illness.
Ms. Wigner holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati and is currently working towards her master’s degree at the Homeland Security-Public Health Preparedness Program at Penn State.
Han Zhang joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in February 2015 as its staff accountant. In this role, she manages customer accounts, creates invoices, prepares accounts receivable reports and reconciles all asset accounts.
Prior to GHHI, Ms. Zhang was a staff accountant for Continental Security Solutions, LLC where she was responsible for accounting on commercial projects and government contracts.
Ms. Zhang holds a master’s degree in accounting from University of Maryland College Park and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Beijing Jiaotong University in Beijing, China.
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