Clean Air Carolina is thrilled to announce the two newest members of our team, Stephanie Johannes and Maria Sharova!
Stephanie joins us after completing her residency in pediatrics at Duke University. As our new Health Manager, Stephanie will coordinate our MAHA network of North Carolina health professionals leading the call for healthy air and climate solutions. And starting next week Maria will take on the role of Citizen Science Manager. She will oversee our AirKeepers program, our statewide network of citizen scientists equipped with air quality sensors.
We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Stephanie and Maria to the Clean Air Carolina family!
Stephanie Johannes, Health Manager
Stephanie is a pediatrician in the Triangle with a long-standing interest in health equity and environmental justice. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and her residency in Pediatrics at Duke University. She holds a master’s degree in molecular genetics and previously worked in translational research developing immune-based therapies for Type 1 Diabetes. Stephanie loves taking care of kids and their families one-on-one, and also wants to help improve their lives in the community. Seeing so much of her patients’ health and future put at risk by climate change impacts outside of her clinic led her to get involved in advocacy. She serves as a North Carolina climate advocate for the AAP Council on Environmental Health, and is a founding member of the NC Pediatric Society Task Force on Climate Change. Stephanie is excited to be working with Clean Air Carolina to advocate for healthy air and climate-smart policies that protect health, and to support healthcare organizations adapting to climate change impacts. Outside of work, Stephanie loves outdoor adventures, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three kids.
Maria Sharova, Citizen Science Manager
Maria is a researcher with a background in both social science and environmental science, who is passionate about community engagement. Originally from Maryland, Maria earned her Master of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park. She is particularly interested in facilitating science engagement through effective project design, management, and evaluation. Maria worked with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Ecological Society of America before joining Clean Air Carolin. As CAC’s Citizen Science Manager, she is looking forward to working with local communities to push for public health and environmental justice. In her free time, Maria enjoys hiking, cooking, and eating her favorite flavor of ice cream: Rocky Road.