Board of Directors

(organizational affiliations for identification purposes only)

Chip Halverson, ND

Dr. Chip Halverson is a primary care physician and Chief Medical Director at Selah Natural Medicine and founder of the Northwest Center for Biological Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Halverson has been active on issues relating to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for over 20 years and offers a unique experience and perspective as a parent, teacher, school administrator, local union president, volunteer lobbyist, researcher, and physician specializing in environmental medicine and health optimization by treating the root cause of illness. Dr. Halverson has been designated a School Mentor by the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program and has served as a consultant to the National Education Association (NEA) and Washington State Board of Health in updating their IEQ resources. He is a founding member of the NEA Healthy Schools Caucus and founder of both the Washington Education Association (WEA) Healthy Schools Caucus and the NEA Healthy Schools Caucus Youth Activism Award.

Linda Mendonca Vice President
Linda Mendonҫa, RN, MSN, MEd, NCSN, APHN-BC

Linda Mendonҫa has been a registered nurse for 35 years, practicing school nursing for the past 22. She has served as the director for Rhode Island on the National Association of School Nurse’s board and is a Past President of the RI Certified School Nurse Teachers Association. Ms. Mendonca has been involved and responsible for many prevention programs in her school and has been honored by a number of organizations. Ms. Mendonca was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor of Community Health Nursing at RI College beginning in the fall 2016 semester and will be consulting part time with the RI Department of Health on school health issues. She currently serves on the RI Leadership and Northeast board for the American Lung Association and has been involved with the RI Department of Health’s Asthma in Schools Subcommittee (Asthma Coalition) for many years. She received her RN diploma from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Providence, BSN from Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, MEd in the field of school nursing from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA, and MSN in advanced public health nursing from Rush University, Chicago, IL.

Chair- Science Committee, Dr. David Carpenter Treasurer
David Carpenter, MD

Dr. David Carpenter is the Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany. He has served on various national and international committees and was the founding Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany until he left the position in 1998. His research areas include environmental exposures to toxins, public health education, and neurotoxicology.

Janet Phoenix, MD, MPH

Dr. Janet Phoenix is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She is Executive Director of a national nonprofit organization, the Coalition for Environmentally Safe Communities. She was the recipient of a 2008 Health Policy Fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Susan Goekler, PhD
As Executive Director and CEO of two professional associations, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) and the American School Health Association (ASHA), Susan Goekler (formerly Susan Wooley) oversaw operations and represented the associations, their members, and the field. She first became engaged in issues with the physical environment of schools when that was the theme for ASHA’s annual conference in 2004. She has co­-authored or co­-edited several school health ­relevant publications. Her publications include a chapter on family engagement that supports student success, a journal article on the relationship between school health councils and school health policies and programs in US schools that reported SHPPS data, and the book Health Is Academic: A Guide to Coordinated School Health Programs. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in health education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a PhD. in health education from Temple University. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). She is currently living in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and enjoying retirement from full-time work while taking on projects of interest.

Hillary Brown, AIA

Carolyn Smith Evans, MS
Carolyn Smith-Evans is a teacher in the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State with a BS in Social Sciences and received a master's degree in Psychology. She became active in the area of environmentally healthy schools when her son was chemically injured at school. She began her work as a parent activist and then worked with her local union association on these issues. Eventually, she worked at the national level within NEA to create awareness and training opportunities for NEA's members. She was one of the three co-founders of the NEA Healthy Schools Caucus and has served in a leadership position within the caucus since its inception.