Who We Are

June Blotnick

Executive Director

June has served as the Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina since 2005. She has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofit and community based organizations in North Carolina. As the first paid staff member of Clean Air Carolina, June manages a wide range of educational and advocacy initiatives aimed at ensuring healthy air for North Carolina. In 2014, she was awarded the 2013 Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) Visionary Champion Leadership Award by the Environmental Protection Agency for her outstanding work in improving air quality in our communities by reducing toxic diesel emissions. June holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Education from Appalachian University. She is the mother of two and has lived in the Charlotte area with her husband for over 30 years.

Terry Lansdell

Program Director

Terry serves Program Director for Clean Air Carolina and Medical Advocates for Healthy Air. A committed public servant, he continues to serve on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission as well as the Transit Services Advisory Committee for the City of Charlotte. He has helped usher in the Light Rail Blue line, integrated bicycle accommodations throughout the transit system, and supported the ongoing conversion of the city’s bus fleet to low sulfur fuel and hybrid buses. These successes came from a foundation of working with a variety of boards, organizations and nonprofits to advocate and promote safe active transportation and healthy environments for kids and adults. We’re proud to say, Terry practices what he preaches by regularly using public transit and finding happiness riding his bike.

Laura Wenzel

Manager, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air

Laura Wenzel manages our Medical Advocates for Healthy Air program. An inveterate networker, Laura has worked as a journalist and social worker in the areas of community organizing, youth development, immigration services, civil rights and environmental justice. She cohosted and produced La Salud Familiar, a Spanish-language radio show on health and community, and founded a Spanish-language youth media program, Pa’lante, guiding Latino youth toward healthy, productive activities. Laura received two graduate degrees from UNC Chapel Hill – one from the School of Social Work, where she focused on non-profit leadership, sustainability and community development, and one in Cultural Anthropology, where she focused on social constructions of mental illness in Spain. One of Laura’s favorite adventures was a six-week cross-country road trip she took with her teenager, during which they visited and blogged about youth environmental stewardship programs. Passionate about community organizing, Laura also works with agencies and communities to promote civil, environmental and economic equity.

Kelly Picarsic

Membership Specialist

Kelly was hired in June 2008 but had worked with Clean Air Carolina as an active volunteer for four years prior to employment. She has been instrumental in building the organization’s online grassroots network and taking the lead in utilizing internet advocacy tools to heighten community awareness and engagement on air quality issues. As a volunteer in 2005 Kelly helped develop our first campaign – Clear the Air for Kids!. She spearheaded a school bus air quality demonstration project in partnership with the Clean Air Task Force. She currently serves as our Online Communications Manager. When not working, Kelly can be found hiking through the woods with her husband and their two children Autumn, age 17 and Clay, age 13.

Daniela Villarreal

Communications & Marketing Manager

Daniela joins Clean Air Carolina with a background in government, nonprofit, and consulting. A native Floridian, Daniela has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in International Affairs. While at Florida State, Daniela interned with the Florida Legislature and the City of Tallahassee Mayor’s Office. Daniela’s experience includes nonprofit development in Washington, D.C. and marketing for Florida State University’s Research Complex. Following graduation, Daniela served at a nonprofit consulting firm, providing marketing and communications services to nonprofits.

Mary Stauble

Coordinator, Clear the Air for Kids! Program

As coordinator for our Clear the Air for Kids! program, Mary works in schools and the community teaching people about the importance of clean air, how it impacts human health, and actions we can take to protect and improve our air quality. Mary’s background includes degrees in biology, environmental studies, a science teaching credential and a Master’s in education. As a former science teacher, she taught composting classes for Mecklenburg County for over eight years and has worked for the Soil and Water Conservation District as an Urban Conservationist. She volunteers with Catawba Lands Conservancy and as a Mecklenburg County Master Gardener. In her spare time, she practices yoga, gardens with native plants, and plays music with friends. Mary and her husband have two daughters.

CALVIN CUPINI

COORDINATOR, Citizen Science PROGRAM

Calvin joined our team in August 2016. He’s an Environmental Science and Economics major at UNC Charlotte with an economic focus on renewable technology and energy markets, and the shift from large energy suppliers to self-sufficient households. His scientific focus is a private study opportunity with Clean Air Carolina Board Member, Dr. Brian Magi, on fine particle pollution and low cost monitoring tools. As Clean Air Carolina’s Citizen Science Coordinator, Calvin will produce maps of air pollution, reports on localized impacts in environmental justice areas, and educational curriculum as part of our Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation funded Clean Air Zones Monitoring Project. In his spare time, Calvin enjoys watching soccer, is a season ticket holder of Charlotte Independence and founder of Jack’s Militia. He also sings Barbershop with the Gold Standard Chorus, and sing-lead for a recently started quartet that will be out and about in Charlotte soon.

Board of Directors

We are actively recruiting additional board members who can contribute unique skills and backgrounds to Clean Air Carolina. For more information about joining our board, please contact ernie@cleanaircarolina.org.

Kwame Alexander

Project Manager
R.J. Leeper Construction Company

Bob Brownlee, MD

Physician
Carolinas HealthCare

Libby Cable

Non-profit Consultant

Sherrell Dorsey

Social Impact Writer

Ericka Ellis-Stewart, Chair

Donor Relations Specialist
Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas

Maria C. Gelabert

Chemistry Professor
Winthrop University

Brian Magi

Earth Sciences Professor
UNC Charlotte

Joy Marshall, Vice Chair

Sr. Manager
NNT Data Consulting

Martha Odom, Secretary

Attorney
The Odom Firm PLLC

Lorraine Piephoff, Treasurer

Certified Public Accountant

Board Advisors

Nancy Bryant

Founding Director
Clean Air Carolina

Betty Chafin Rash

Independent Public Policy Professional
Former Charlotte Mayor Pro tem

Lawrence Raymond, MD, ScM

Director, Occupational & Environmental Medicine

HEALTHWORKS Division
Carolinas HealthCare System

Lisa Renstrom

Campaign Co-founder

DivestInvest

Arts & Science Council
Asthma Alliance of North Carolina
Belk
Belmont Middle School, Gaston County
Blumenthal Foundation
Capital Area Friends of Transit
Carolina Raptor Center
Carolinas HealthCare Levine Children’s Hospital
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation-Clean Air Clean Water Alliance
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte AHEC (Area Health Education Center)
Charlotte Regional Environmental Network
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
City of Charlotte
Davidson College
Dogwood Alliance
Duke Medical Center
Duke University Environmental Scholars Program
Duke University Climate Coalition
Duke University Stanback Internship Program
East Carolina University
EarthShareNC
ERG Associates
Fred and Alice Stanback
Historic Washington Heights Community Association
Justice Action Mobilization Network
Leadership Charlotte
MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center)
McDowell Park Nature Center
Mecklenburg County Air Quality
Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission
Mecklenburg County Health Department
Mecklenburg County Medical Society

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Moms Clean Air Force
Mothers and Others for Clean Air
NC Air Awareness Program
NC Conservation Network
NC Interfaith Power and Light
NC Justice Center
NC Public Health Association
NC State University Center for Human Health and the Environment
NC State University Clean Energy Technology Center
NC WARN
Northwood Estates Neighborhood Association
Novant Health
O2emc
Oaklawn Park Community Improvement Association
One Percent for the Planet
RePower Our Schools
Rodgers Leeper
Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, Chapel Hill
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Environmental Law Center
Sustain Charlotte-Transportation Choices Alliance
Triangle Clean Cities Coalition
Trinity Episcopal School
UNC Institute for the Environment Healthy Homes Task Force
UNC Chapel Hill Appel Internship Program
UNC Health Care System, Preventative Care Residents
US Environmental Protection Agency
Vannoy Construction
Wilson Heights Neighborhood Association
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation