Chesapeake PSR

Leadership

Chesapeake PSR's work in Maryland in governed by a board of directors and a staff. Our Virginia effort, which began in 2017, is being led by Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Chesapeake PSR, Barb Gottlieb, director of environment and health at national Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and an advisory group of health leaders and health advocates.

We expect that in late 2017, an operational structure will be in place for both Virginia and Maryland under Chesapeake PSR.

Learn more about our leadership and staff below.

MARYLAND

Board of Directors

Gina Angiola, MD

Dr. Gina Angiola is a retired physician who has cared for patients both as a solo practitioner and in a teaching capacity in obstetrics and gynecology. She is passionately committed to preventing illness by promoting healthy environments and believes that the work of physicians, now more than ever, cannot be limited to the office setting or the operating room. She is the lead campaigner for Chesapeake PSR on issues surrounding unconventional gas development - fracking - and supports Chesapeake PSR's work on climate change and clean energy solutions. Dr. Angiola has a BS in Chemistry from MIT and an medical degree from University of California, Irvine.

Alfred Bartlett, MD

Dr. Alfred Bartlett is a pediatrician, epidemiologist and retired U.S. Public Health Service officer. From 1991-2011 he was senior medical advisor for U.S. Agency for International Development’s Child Survival Program, providing program, policy and technical leadership and direct support to programs in more than 20 countries. From 1986 to 1991 he carried out community-based child health research and program development in Guatemala as faculty of the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. From 2011 to 2013 he was director of Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, developing a new five-year Gates Foundation grant before retiring. From 1984 to 1986 he was a fellow and faculty member at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. From 1981 to 1984, he was an EIS officer and epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He completed his medical degree and residency training in pediatrics at Tulane University. After graduating from Harvard University in 1966, he served four years in the U.S. Navy, including 18 months as a river patrol officer in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star (combat V), Navy Commendation and Purple Heart. He is author of more than 40 published medical and scientific articles and book chapters. 

Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, President

Dr. Gwen DuBois is an internist practicing in Baltimore and a frequent speaker on issues related to clean energy and toxic air pollution. She is an instructor in Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the Public Health Committee of the Maryland State Medical Society. She is interested in addressing the health implications of toxic air pollution and in ensuring that the United States safely winds down its use of nuclear energy. 

Stephanie Fowler, PhD, MPH

Dr. Stephanie Fowler is a cancer prevention researcher and public health professional passionate about preventing human health from being exploited for profit. Her work with Chesapeake PSR involves pushing legislation to eliminate exposures to environmental carcinogens and working to strengthen transparency within government and industry. Fowler earned a MA and PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Toledo and a MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with specializations in environmental health and policy. Given Fowler’s strong background in research design and statistical analyses, she works to interpret, educate, and translate the science of environmental carcinogenesis to the general public and policy-makers.

Richard Humphrey, MD, Treasurer

Dr. Richard Humphrey is an oncologist and an associate professor of pathology at the The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for more than 47 years. Humphrey founded and directed the Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Disease Research and Treatment Program at Johns Hopkins and was also the director of the immunology laboratory in the department of pathology until his partial retirement in 1999.

Arthur Milholland, MD

Dr. Arthur Milholland retired after 30 years on the faculty of the University of Maryland's Department of Anesthesiology. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and previously served with the Army Medical Corps at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. Milholland has been active with PSR since 1983. His advocacy has addressed the larger medical problems of nuclear weapons, climate change and poisoning of the environment. He supports human rights (including national health insurance), peace advocacy, nuclear weapons abolition, environmental stewardship and justice, including a living wage for all. He is a vegetarian for environmental protection and compassion for animals. 

Laalitha Surapaneni, MD, MPH

Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni is an Internal Medicine physician. She earned her MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was involved with Project CURE, an organization that helps repurpose medical supplies and reduce medical waste. She works with Chesapeake PSR on air pollution issues from energy sources and on climate and health education. 

Yousef Zarbalian, MD

Dr. Yousef Zarbalian is a rheumatologist practicing in Northern Virginia. During residency training at the University of Maryland, he became interested in understanding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing. He is active in several local organizations that advocate for a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy in Virginia and the United States.

Staff

Tim Whitehouse, JD, MA, Chesapeake PSR Executive Director

Tim Whitehouse has more than 20 years of experience working on a wide range of environmental issues with governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups. He has worked as an environmental consultant for a major metal recycling company and a company that produces industrial hygiene products. Previously, he was head of the Law and Policy Program at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada and a senior attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. He is interested in the interface of policy and science and on strengthening transparency in government.

Sara Via, PhD, Co-Lead, Climate Health Action Team

Dr. Sara Via is Professor of Biology and Entomology at University of Maryland and co-leads Chesapeake PSR’s Climate Health Action Team. Dr. Via held faculty positions at the University of Iowa and Cornell University before coming to University of Maryland in 1997. Her 50 research publications in evolutionary genetics have been cited by other researchers over 9,500 times, and she was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland in 2005. Since 2013, when she received training in climate change education from former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project, Via has spoken about climate change to many community groups and is currently reaching many Marylanders through University of Maryland Extension. Via’s work with Chesapeake PSR emphasizes public outreach on climate change and raising awareness of the significant health co-benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the EmPOWER program for energy efficiency. 

Alfred Bartlett, MD, Co-Lead, Climate Health Action Team

(See above, under Board of Directors.)

Max Obuszewski, Peace and Justice Coordinator

Max Obuszewski is a Baltimore-based peace and civil rights activist.

Luisa Beltran Rey, Intern

Luisa Beltran Rey is a student at the University of Maryland, majoring in government and politics. Luisa has a passion for politics and the environment and has been active in environmental protection issues through the university MaryPIRG chapter. 


VIRGINIA

Advisory Group

Erica Mitrano Bardwell, RN

Erica Mitrano Bardwell is a lifelong environmentalist focused on climate justice and the link between ecology and human well-being. A cardiac nurse in Washington, D.C., she had a seven-year career as a print journalist before starting nursing school. In her free time, she loves bicycling, hiking, gardening and generally just being outside. If you let her, she will try to convince you to compost. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Jeff, and a geriatric house cat, Saki.

Lakshmi Fjord, PhD 

Dr. Lakshmi Fjord is a medical anthropologist who specializes in the environmental humanities. Her research, publications and advocacy converge on social justice issues related to race, disability, age, gender and poverty. Currently, her focus is on health and economic impacts faced by the community of Union Hill in Buckingham County, Virginia, where Dominion Resources proposes to locate the only Virginia Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in an 85 percent African American historic freedmen community.

Kim Miller

Kim Miller is the Hampton Roads organizer for Mothers Out Front. Mothers Out Front has engaged thousands of mothers and grandmothers nationally who are committed to fighting for a healthy environment for our children today and a livable climate for future generations. Her work in Hampton Roads is focused on developing volunteer leaders and growing our community so together we can create real and measurable changes by encouraging decision-makers to commit to transition from fossil fuels to sustainable renewable energy. Mothers Out Front has been engaging mothers in Hampton Roads to take action for environmental justice in a public housing community that experiences disproportionate recurrent flooding, advocating for a 100 percent commitment to renewable energy to significantly reduce municipal carbon emissions and resisting the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Kim has recently been awarded a certificate of completion for Marshall Ganz’s Leadership, Organizing and Action Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Susan Miller MD, FAAFP, PSF

Dr. Susan Miller is a retired family physician who worked in private practice and at VCUHS for 36 years. She has been involved in the patient safety and quality improvement movements and primary care redesign. A lifelong environmentalist, she raised three kids with her academic husband in a super insulated solar home in 1983 and now lives in one of Richmond’s first LEED Gold homes. In retirement she will work for Improved Medicare for All and a sustainable and healthier environment.

Mark Ryan, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Mark Ryan is a family physician in Richmond, Virginia. He has dedicated his career to working in medically underserved rural and urban communities in Virginia, and in the Dominican Republic. He currently divides his time between medical practice in South Richmond, and in teaching medical students with a focus on social determinants of health and humanism in health care.

Chad Oba

Chad Oba is a co-founder, president and acting chair of Friends of Buckingham. Friends of Buckingham, a citizens' organization, was founded in September 2014 in response to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a mammoth compressor station that was proposed for Virginia. The proposed siting of the compressor station in Buckingham County prompted a response to protect the health of the citizens who would be affected, as well as the water, air and cultural resources of this rural, densely populated area. Quality of life, including the right to breathe clean air and have access to clean water and live a healthy life, have always been of the highest importance to Chad. The compressor station would severely compromise all of that for her family and for many of her neighbors. Chad believes that our energy systems should not continue to create these kinds of sacrificial zones, nor contribute worldwide to the devastating effects on our ecosystems and the Earth's climate. We need to be deploying cleaner, more sustainable solutions through the use of renewable energy, which is increasingly readily available. Chad has worked in the community as a mental health provider for 24 years and has been a Buckingham resident for 31 years.

Tina Smusz, MD

Dr. Tina Smusz is a physician with a 25-year career in medicine – first in emergency medicine, followed by mid-career retraining in hospice and palliative medicine. She left active practice in 2014 to focus on establishing a hospice house for the New River Valley of Virginia and to engage in resistance work against the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline threatening her part of the state, near Blacksburg. In addition to fighting that immediate threat, Tina incorporates a call for clean renewable energy into all her presentations, since we have to assure audiences that Virginia will have ample energy to meet our needs, while also protecting health.

Aaron Sutch, MA

Aaron serves as the VA SUN program director. He develops and manages all the Virginia co-ops, provides technical support for residents and organizations wishing to go solar, and supports policy advocacy for solar in Virginia. His experience includes project development, municipal sustainability leadership, and policy advocacy focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Aaron received a dual MA in international affairs and natural resources; specializing in international energy policy from American University School of International Service and United Nations University for Peace. He has published numerous articles and speaks fluent Spanish. A native of San Diego, Aaron enjoys being on the water, playing guitar and spending time with his son, Gabriel.

Yousef Zarbalian, MD

Dr. Yousef Zarbalian is a rheumatologist practicing in Northern Virginia. During residency training at the University of Maryland, he became interested in understanding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). He organized and hosted a workshop for Chesapeake PSR on the health effects of fracking, testified in Annapolis in favor of a moratorium on fracking in Maryland, and testified at the final EPA hearing in favor of proposed federal rules to reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds. He is active in several local organizations that advocate for a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy in Virginia and the United States.

Staff

Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director, Chesapeake PSR

See Maryland staff, above.

Barb Gottlieb, Environment and Health Director, PSR

Barbara Gottlieb guides PSR's national work on climate, energy and air quality. She conceives and develops program ideas, prepares materials, writes reports and white papers, makes educational and media presentations, and engages PSR chapters and members in advocacy. She is the lead author or co-author of PSR’s major reports on the health implications of fossil fuels, including Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas; Coal Ash, the Toxic Threat to our Health and Environment, and Coal's Assault on Human Health. Prior to serving in her current position, she served as deputy director, directing "Code Black," PSR’s program to close coal-fired power plants. Her prior work encompasses several decades in the nonprofit sector, where she carried out grassroots organizing, advocacy, fundraising and communications. At the Women’s Edge Coalition, she conducted outreach to women's organizations around the world and mobilized members to take action on international assistance policy. As the deputy director of the Center for Media Education, she helped design, and then managed, research on youth use of electronic media for civic engagement.  Earlier, she directed a nonprofit that raised funds for grassroots development projects in Central America. She also lived in Guatemala for five years where she worked for an indigenous organization, raising funds and conducting grassroots training in sustainable development.