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Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is made up of cross-sector community partners who represent diverse perspectives on  environment and health. Committee members provides strategic support, guidance, and capacity for MdEHN.


Kacey Wetzel

Kacey Wetzel has worked in environmental philanthropy for 10 years. Her main focus areas include Capacity Building, Network Development, Social Science Integration for Behavior Change, and Environmental Education. Kacey works with funding partners, local governments, non-profit organizations, and community leaders regionally to identify and develop projects that improve both community and environmental well-being. Among other roles Kacey is a steering committee member for the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and is a board member of the Social Marketing Association of North America.

Veronika Carella

Veronika Carella is Legislative Director for the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Coalition (MD CEHC). Since 2008 she has served on the state-mandated Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC). In addition to past roles with the Maryland and National PTA, she serves on state and national committees addressing environmental issues impacting children including school indoor air quality and exposure to hazardous materials (including pesticides).

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Patricia J. Tracey (Emeritus)

Patricia Tracey has been a Community Engagement Coordinator, with the Johns Hopkins Center in Urban Environmental Health since 2003. Formerly, she managed community-based research projects in East Baltimore that related to Environmental Justice issues such as lead poisoning, demolition and air pollution. She is a founding a member of the Environmental Justice Partnership, Inc., a community-based organization of leaders who educate residents and advocate for environmental justice. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins Community Research Advisory Council (C-RAC), Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance, and served as an Associate Editor on the editorial board of the journal, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.


Ann Bristow, Ph. D

Ann Bristow is Professor Emeritus of psychology from Frostburg State University (1987-2007). She has been a lifelong health advocate, working with public health departments, providing science-based educational programs, consulting in clinical services, and supervising graduate interns. Dr. Bristow served on the Maryland Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission from 2013 to 2015, and is President of the Board of the Savage River Watershed Association.  She is a founding member of Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland. At Frostburg State, she developed and taught health psychology courses and chaired the AIDS Alliance of Allegany County for many years. She is committed to utilizing the latest health research to help the general public and practitioners participate in policy decisions and promote evidence-based practices.