Jump to staff organized by departments:

Administration & Finance
Development
Research
Communications
Healthy Kids
Border Environmental Justice
Green Energy/Green Jobs
Toxic-Free Neighborhoods

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Administration & Finance

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Diane Takvorian
Executive Director

Diane takvorianDiane is one of the founders of EHC and has been its Executive Director since 1982. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work with an emphasis on public policy and community organizing. As a major force behind the environmental justice movement, Diane has served on international, national, state, and regional advisory boards. In 2009, President Obama appointed her to the Joint Public Advisory Committee for the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation. In July 2008 Diane received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her "creative and inspirational leadership benefiting the people of California."

Diane and her husband Bob enjoy adventure travel, working on the native plant landscaping in their yard, and Diane's cooking specialty is vegetarian soups.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 112; Mobile: (619) 992-0805

Tony Pettina
Chief Financial Officer

Tony PettinaTony was one of the founding members of EHC and has been with the organization since its inception in 1980. He has been involved in the financial operations of EHC since that time. He served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors until 2006. Tony holds a M.A. degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University, and B.A.s Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked in the Human Service Network in San Diego since 1978. He is the owner of Fiscal Design & Management. Systems, providing financial services to non-profit organizations in the San Diego area since 1983.

Tony and his wife Twili enjoy world travel, family, music, golf, and the beauty of San Diego.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 134; Office Direct (619) 773-2124

Aurora S. Stanton
Associate Director of Administration

Aurora ZabishAurora has been the Associate Director of Administration for Environmental Health Coalition since March of 2013. Previously, she spent approximately six years as Business & HR Director for the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park where she chaired the organization's committee for the Casa de Balboa. She attended San Diego State University and majored in business administration. Aurora speaks fluent Spanish and some French.

A native San Diegan, she loves to hike and enjoys photography, re-finishing furniture and yoga. Her biggest passion in life is travel, and and is looking forward to the next adventure.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 123

Lilia Escalante
Fiscal Manager

Lilia Escalante

Lilia joined EHC in 2000 with an AA degree in accounting and business management, and is completing a degree in international business. She is bilingual and is a certified translator/interpreter. In addition to her fiscal responsibilities, Lilia translates EHC publications and provides oral interpretation for events.

Lilia and her three children live next to Chollas Creek, the focus of EHC's urban watershed protection efforts. She and her family volunteer for watershed cleanup events.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 120

Development

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Amelia Simpson
Grant Writer

Amelia SimpsonAmelia was Director of EHC's Border Environmental Justice Campaign from 2002 to 2010 when she transitioned to grant writing. She has a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture and an M.A. in Latin American Studies. Amelia has published on a variety of issues including environmental justice and globalization. She was an Amnesty International Mexico Specialist from 2000 to 2008 and has been Board President of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras since 2008.

Amelia enjoys being part of an organization that defends human rights in communities on both sides of the border. Personal pleasures include hiking, gardening, and making art.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 116

Giuliana Schroeder
Development Director

Giuliana 1 croppedGiuliana’s love for nature foreshadowed her career in environmental protection early on. Having grown up both in San Diego and central Mexico, she hoped to one day be able to contribute to environmental justice bi-nationally.

Since 2006, she has worked with dozens of local and international environmental organizations —such as Pronatura Mexico A.C., The Ocean Foundation, Pro Peninsula,  Sea Turtle Conservancy, WildCoast, Living Coast Discovery Center, and Global Leadership Adventures—in a variety of capacities, including event planning, development, education, translation and communications. She has a B.A. in humanities with an emphasis on Environmental Ethics, a minor in Fine Arts, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Visual Communications.

She is fascinated by different cultures, has lived all over the world, including Japan, Peru, Italy, Costa Rica and Canada, and studied 5 languages. She really enjoys yoga, illustration, and brunch.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 118

Research

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Joy Williams
Research Director

Joy WilliamsJoy received a Master of Public Health degree, with an emphasis in Environmental and Occupational Health, in 1986. She worked as a Hazardous Waste Specialist for the San Diego County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Joy interned with EHC in 1984 and began working at EHC in 1987. She specializes in the health effects of toxic chemicals, pollution prevention, community right-to-know, toxic use reduction and safe substitute programs, and community health.

Joy lives with her husband, daughter, and cat. She enjoys reading, gardening, kayaking, and listening to her daughter play the French horn.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 110; Mobile: (858) 382-9448

Communications

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Jamie Hampton
Communications Consultant

Jamie Ortiz imageJamie joined EHC in the spring of 2012 as a communications consultant. For nearly a decade, she honed her digital marketing and media relations talents at public relations agencies in California and Oregon before moving to an in-house role with an environmental organization. She now owns her own business working as a part-time communications consultant for environmental and social justice organizations throughout San Diego and California. She's best reached by email or cell phone.

Jamie lives in Ocean Beach and rides her bicycle everywhere – she means everywhere. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (858) 337-7466

Mia Bolton
Communications Consultant

Mia Bolton EHC websiteIn 2013, Mia joined EHC as a communications and PR consultant. Acting as the internal communications team, she oversees everything from advocacy media strategy to social media campaigns and fundraising appeals. Working with the internal teams, she crafts the organization's branding and marketing plans to ensure its incredible work gets the platform and attention it deserves. She believes in the power of a good media story to change the world, one headline at a time. Mia now represents a variety of environmental organizations and small businesses working to make communities in the San Diego/Tijuana region happier and healthier. 

You can spot her riding her bike from Ocean Beach to National City, coffee in hand.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (301) 395-4145

Healthy Kids Campaign

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Leticia Ayala
Campaign Director, Healthy Kids

Leticia AyalaLeticia received a B.A. in Business Administration in 1994, became a certified Lead Hazard Control Specialist in 2000, and was Home Energy Rating System certified in 2010. She joined EHC as Office Manager in 1995, became Membership Associate in 1997, Coordinator of EHC's pilot lead poisoning prevention project in 1998, and Campaign Director in 2002. In high school, Leticia was the Youth Representative for the Los Angeles Mayor's Committee on Children, Youth and Families. She is a member of the San Diego Citizen Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, the Southern California Healthy Homes Collaborative, Smoke-Free Housing Taskforce and the California Healthy Housing Coalition. Leticia is a 2010 graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Leticia enjoys working for justice and is passionate about protecting children rights. She enjoys nature, traveling, photography, camping, feng shui, and dancing Rueda de Casino with her husband Pablo.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 121; Mobile: (619) 952-3632

Luz Palomino
Community Organizer, Healthy Kids Campaign

Luz PalominoLuz joined EHC in 1997 after completing EHC's inaugural SALTA leadership training program. She is an Environmental Protection Agency certified Lead Sampling Technician. Luz participated in the Community Environmental Health Resource Center's project that pilot tested and created the community-based assessment tools for the Healthy Homes program.

Luz likes working with the diversity of people in the community, especially helping to protect children's health. She enjoys walking around her Sherman Heights neighborhood with her grandchildren and seeing the changes we have made to improve it.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 141; Mobile: (619) 307-1696

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Magdalena Cerda
Campaign Director, Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Magdalena CerdaMagdalena joined EHC in 2000. She was technical coordinator for the Mexican government agency INEA (Instituto Nacional de Educación para los Adultos), where she worked with adult literacy programs in the border region. She served as president of a community group in Colonia Guadalupe Victoria in Tijuana that secured land rights and infrastructure from the Mexican Government. In 2009, she received the Grass Roots Organizer award from the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries.

Magdalena likes EHC's environmental and social justice efforts to create a world where many worlds can co-exist. Her family and friends are her joy, strength, and inspiration; dancing is her therapy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing, gardening, traditional Mexican cooking, sewing, and arts and crafts.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 117; Mobile: (619) 307-1695

Aníbal Méndez
Community Organizer, Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Anibal MendezAníbal joined EHC in 2008 as the Youth Group Coordinator for our Tijuana Community Action Team. He has a degree in psychology, is a graphic and webpage designer, a musician and composer, and has been a teacher, therapist, radio spokesperson, and video performer.

Aníbal enjoys seeing the Tijuana Youth Group members develop, learn, and increase their commitment to each other and to improving the quality of life in their community. His personal interests include music, psychology, reading, and sewing.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 119; Mobile: (619) 884-0166

Green Energy/Green Jobs Campaign

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José Franco García
Organizing Director

Franco GarciaFranco joined EHC in 2010. He has a B.A in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego. He directed the Community Building Department at the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils in San Diego and worked with the United Domestic Workers of America and SEIU 2028.

Franco likes working for environmental justice to secure a safe and healthy environment for the community. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext, 164; Mobile: (619) 794-5694

Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign

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Georgette Gómez
Associate Director, Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Georgette GomezGeorgette received a B.A. in Environmental and Natural Resource Geography Analysis in 2004 and joined EHC that fall as Community Organizer for the Clean Bay Campaign. In 2008 she became the Policy Advocate for the Barrio Logan Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign and was promoted to Associate Director for all TFN activities in Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, City Heights and National City in 2011. Georgette is Vice President of the Historic Barrio District Community Development Corporation Board of Directors, where she chairs the Community and Economic Development Committee. She is a co-founder of Sustainable San Diego.

Georgette enjoys meeting people from all ethnicities, cultures and walks of life, traveling, biking, camping, and appreciating nature.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 104; Mobile: (619) 952-4589

Carolina Martínez
Senior Planner and Policy Advocate, Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Carolina MartinezCarolina joined EHC in 2010 as the Policy Advocate for the Toxic-Free Neighborhood Campaign's efforts in National City. She has M.A.s in Urban Planning and in Latin American Studies. Her experience includes environmental justice policy advocacy in Oxnard, California, collaborating with community groups in Orange County on cultural and social justice campaigns, and researching international labor rights.

Carolina enjoys working at the intersection of race, culture, gender, civic engagement, environmental issues, health, and city planning in the struggle for environmental justice. She spends her free time playing Son Jarocho and learning to play Bomba.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 131

Monserrat Hernández
Community Organizer, Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Monserrat HernandezMonserrat learned about the opportunity to participate with EHC at her children's school and then served on EHC's Barrio Logan Community Action Team for five years. During that time, she was involved in the effort to change truck routes in the community. Monserrat began working at EHC in 2007.

Monserrat likes meeting people in the community, working with them to improve the quality of life for families and learn about social and environmental justice.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 103; Mobile: (619) 952-3656

Tuan Luu
Community Organizer, Climate Justice Campaign

Tuan joined EHC in 2014, inspired to get the Vietnamese community and other communities in City Heights involved in planning and making changes to improve their neighborhood. Before joining EHC, Tuan worked with the United Domestic Workers of America and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees for ten years as Lead Organizer. 

Tuan speaks fluent English, Vietnamese and Cantonese and loves his work mobilizing and connecting community members in City Heights.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (619) 474-0220 ext. 115; Mobile: (619) 788-2790

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