Amanda Reddy is the Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, an organization founded on the premise that better housing can be a powerful platform for better health. Since joining the organization in 2012, she has advanced numerous initiatives, including those related to healthcare financing of healthy homes services, training and TA to support the launch and growth of sustainable healthy homes programs, and the development of indicators for the HUD Healthy Communities Index. Prior to NCHH, Ms. Reddy was a research scientist with the New York State Department of Health, where she provided program evaluation, management, and technical support for the Asthma Control, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Healthy Home Environments for New Yorkers with Asthma programs. Ms. Reddy holds an MS in environmental health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA in neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College.
Giancarlo Valdetaro is a Fall 2021 NCHH intern. He is currently a senior at Cornell University, majoring in government and history with a minor in city and regional planning. Mr. Valdetaro has several years of experience in electoral organizing, including working on for the Democratic Party of Georgia on state legislative races during the 2020 election. At Cornell, he has contributed to research on state legislative petitions about African-American civil and political rights in the Antebellum era, as well as the prosecutorial response to violence in the U.S. criminal-legal system.
Christopher Bloom, Communications and Marketing Manager, joined NCHH in January 2008. Previously, as a project coordinator, he managed the daily operations of NCHH’s national lead safety training program, active in 38 states from 2009 to 2013, which certified over 27,000 renovators in EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. His attention to detail and his rapport with both instructors and contractors helped it to become one of the most successful RRP training programs in the nation. Before joining NCHH, he sold new custom single-family homes and townhouses. Mr. Bloom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Textual Studies from Syracuse University.
Jill Breysse, CIH, Project Manager, has worked for the National Center for Healthy Housing since 1998. During that time, she has overseen more than 10 healthy homes research studies, analyzing the relationship between green affordable housing renovation and health outcomes and exploring the impact of energy retrofits on both lead poisoning and asthma outcomes. She currently leads NCHH’s Aging Gracefully project, helping to improve elderly residents’ physical function and enhance their housing conditions so that they can safely age in place. Ms. Breysse has authored several peer-reviewed research articles evaluating healthy homes hazard assessment tools and interventions. Most recently, she was lead author of guidance on conducting health impact assessments for housing decisions and helped to develop the National Healthy Homes Standard, an evidence-based standard of care for existing owner-occupied and rental housing. Ms. Breysse holds a Masters of Health Science degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Sherry Dixon is a biostatistician with more than 20 years of experience with the analysis of housing, environmental, health, and biological research data. She has played a key role in the statistical analysis for all of National Center for Healthy Housing’s research and evaluation projects, encompassing lead hazard control, weatherization, green and healthy homes, asthma, and allergens. Dr. Dixon earned her MS in biostatistics and PhD in statistics from Western Michigan University.
Laura Fudala joined NCHH in January 2014 as a project coordinator to provide a wide variety of coordination, research, writing, and support functions on multiple NCHH projects. She currently manages a New York State Department of Health contract and an EPA cooperative agreement that together provide coordination, evaluation, technical, training, and/or programmatic support for healthy homes stakeholders such as the New York State Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program and those working to support the launch and growth of large-scale, evidence-based, sustainable asthma home visiting programs. Previously, Ms. Fudala worked as an international program associate for the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and a project scientist for Island Environmental, Inc. Ms. Fudala holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Allegheny College.
Sarah Goodwin, Policy Analyst, joined NCHH in June 2017. She previously served NCHH as a policy intern for a year, where she helped to establish and run Find It, Fix It, Fund It: A Lead Elimination Action Drive and all of its workgroups. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University.
Michelle Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, joined NCHH in December 2008. She oversees human resources, communications, operations, and IT management. An accomplished professional with 15 years of experience in operations, human resource development, and employee relations, Ms. Harvey’s duties include partnering with members of senior management to guide corporate business objectives, workforce planning, and communications across the organization. Her strengths include innovation, leadership, change management, organizational development, and capacity building. Prior to joining NCHH, Ms. Harvey worked with Community Preservation and Development Corporation in the capacity of Operations Manager, where she played a leading role in managing both materials and personnel, in addition to human resources tasks such as managing payroll and hiring employees. Ms. Harvey graduated from Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD, with an Associates degree in Business Administration.
Dr. David Jacobs is the Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing. He also serves as Director of the U.S. Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Housing Related Disease and Injury for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO WHO), an adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and as a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on childhood lead poisoning prevention and was principal author of both the President’s Task Force Report on the subject in 2000 and the Healthy Homes Report to Congress in 1999. He has testified before Congress and other legislative bodies and has authored or coauthored many peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Jacobs is the former director of the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was responsible for program evaluations, grants, contracts, public education, enforcement, regulation, and policy related to lead and healthy homes. His current work includes research on asthma, international healthy housing guidelines, lead poisoning prevention, and green sustainable building design. Dr. Jacobs is a Certified Industrial Hygienist® and holds degrees in political science, environmental health, technology, and science policy and a doctorate in environmental engineering.
Carol Kawecki, Senior Project Manager/Analyst, rejoined NCHH in 2019 after nearly a decade at Healthy Housing Solutions, NCHH’s for-profit subsidiary. Ms. Kawecki has designed, implemented, analyzed, and presented research in the fields of environmental health and housing, best practices for case management, and funding sources for healthy homes workforce development. She has been a faculty member of the CDC-funded National Lead Poisoning Prevention Training Center since its inception in 2005. In this capacity, she developed, revised and presented all modules and related exercises for all training tracks.One of the contributing authors/writers of HUD’s Healthy Homes Program Guidance Manual and the editor/writer of the HUD Healthy Homes Initiative background paper on asthma, she has also provided technical assistance on behalf of the CDC, Nebraska, and New York State to state and local childhood lead poisoning prevention programs in strategic planning, redesigning of case management work processes, and housing-based primary prevention. Ms. Kawecki holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College.
Amy Murphy, MPH, has worked as part of the NCHH team since 2008, providing training and technical assistance to the New York State Department of Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program. Ms. Murphy has worked in the field of lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes for 25 years; for 15 years she provided leadership for the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s nationally recognized childhood lead poisoning prevention program. As a public health consultant with 30 years of experience, Ms. Murphy also works in the fields of maternal and child health, communicable diseases, and community health improvement. Ms. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is certified by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (2014) as a ToP™ (Technology of Participation) facilitator and trainer of group facilitation processes.
Anna Plankey, Junior Analyst, joined NCHH in January 2019. Initially serving as a policy intern, she aided in the coordination of the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition’s Hill Day in February 2019 in conjunction with the Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Housing Conference in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Public Policy from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Darcy Scott, Senior Policy Advisor, has been engaged in federal advocacy efforts for over 15 years. After serving as the DC director of a women’s organization dedicated to influencing the direction of discretionary spending, she worked with a number of large-scale organizations, such as the ACLU and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to influence legislators both in Washington, DC, and back in their home states through public engagement. Ms. Scott went on to run the government affairs department at M+R Strategic Services before becoming a sole proprietor, leveraging the power of organizations and coalitions to influence the legislative process. Clients have included the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Habitat for Humanity International, United Way Worldwide, the Colombe Foundation, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. Ms. Scott has an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a graduate degree from Northwestern University. She sits on the advisory board of the Women’s Information Network, serves on the board of Peace PAC, and is on the Scoville Fellowship Board.
Jonathan Wilson has worked for NCHH since 1993 and currently serves as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer. He has served as a program manager for research, technical assistance, and policy work. Mr. Wilson helped coordinate the Evaluation of the HUD Lead Hazard Control Grant Program, the largest and most comprehensive study of lead hazard control in housing ever undertaken in the United States. His current work includes assessment of the effects of energy efficiency on resident health and methods to protect residents from radon exposure. Mr. Wilson has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed research manuscripts evaluating assessment tools and interventions for healthy housing hazards. He came to NCHH with a background in nonprofit housing development and a Master of Public Policy degree.