Who We Are

 

June Blotnick, M.Ed

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina, June has led the organization since 2005, creating innovative programs and partnerships designed to raise awareness about air pollution and to advocate for the stronger air protections needed to improve public health. She also leads the Charlotte Climate Leaders, a stakeholders group advising the City of Charlotte, on the implementation of their recently adopted Strategic Energy Action Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions from city operations and ultimately across the city. Sustain Charlotte honored June with a sustainability award in 2012, and presented Clean Air Carolina with another sustainability award in 2014. The EPA’s Southeast Diesel Collaborative also recognized June with a 2014 Visionary Leader award for her work in reducing diesel pollution in North Carolina.

Gerald Babao

Director of Operations

Gerald is a nonprofit “lifer” and brings a passion for the environment and over 15 years of leadership, management, and support experience. Day-to-day, Gerald leads and monitors CAC’s internal operations, works closely with June on execution of strategy, and has complete business responsibility for programs and activities. Prior to joining Clean Air Carolina, Gerald worked for various emerging, national, and international non-profits. However, he is most proud of helping athletes achieve their dream of becoming an Olympian/Paralympian. For years, Gerald also worked tirelessly with the Olympic movement advocating for accessibility for people with disabilities in sport and the inclusion of canoe/kayak at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. When he is not at work, Gerald loves being active outdoors, travelling, rooting for his favorite Washington, D.C. sports teams, and exploring the craft beer scene wherever his travels take him.

Kerstan Ryan Pickell

Development Manager

Kerstan works to build a culture of philanthropy, securing private and public support for essential programs in the fight for clean air. She spent the last decade honing fundraising and program management expertise in advancement offices for universities and colleges in Michigan and Arizona, where she specialized in annual giving, donor relations, and individual giving. Kerstan received her Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Arts in both Organizational Communication and Spanish from Western Michigan University. A Michigan native, Kerstan is an avid traveler, dreams of being a contestant on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, and enjoys spending time exploring the Southeast with her husband, Spenser, and their two rescue pups, Sanders and Roary.

Kelly Picarsic

Technology Administrator

Kelly manages the organization’s day-to-day database and website operations to ensure our cloud-based systems run securely, efficiently, and effectively. As a member of our team for over 14 years, Kelly has worn various hats in marketing, communications, and development. She joined our team as a volunteer in 2004 to re-design the organization’s very first website. During that time, she also played an instrumental role in launching the organization’s first educational program, Clean Air for Kids. Since then, Kelly has held various positions in communications and development to ensure the ongoing success of the organization. She is also a certified yoga teacher and volunteers her time as President of the nonprofit Friends of Northwest School of the Arts, a parent/teacher organization in Charlotte.

Andrew Whelan

Marketing Communications Manager

Andrew oversees outreach and engagement, content creation, communications strategy, and brand development. Andrew grew up exploring the lakes, mountains, and forests of upstate New York, inspiring his passion for the outdoors. Andrew comes to Clean Air Carolina with a background in water resources, wildlife conservation, and environmental communication. He previously worked with the National Wildlife Federation, advocating for the health and restoration of the Great Lakes. Andrew holds a double Masters in Environmental Management and Public Policy from Duke University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Amherst College. Andrew is happy to be back in North Carolina with his wife and daughter after spending five years living in Michigan and New York. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys hiking, rooting for Duke basketball, and both watching and talking about movies.

Daniel Parkhurst

Policy Manager

Daniel oversees our critical advocacy activities related to local, state, and federal policymaking and manages the organization’s advocacy program to influence law and policy both throughout North Carolina and at the national level. Prior to his time at Clean Air Carolina, Daniel served as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center in Washington, D.C. where he organized and ran hundreds of briefings inside Congress covering all the signature issues of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and worked directly with the more than 80 Members of Congress and their staff of the CPC. Daniel earned his master’s degree in International Relations from Auburn University at Montgomery and his bachelor’s degrees from Auburn University. As a native of Alabama, he relished a return to South when he joined the Clean Air Carolina team in 2018.

Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky, MSPH

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air Program Manager

With experience in environmental science at the federal, state, and local level, Rachel uses her passion for public health to help MAHA members advocate for healthy air and climate in North Carolina and educate their patients about the health effects of air pollution and climate change. Previously, Rachel worked on environmental health issues with the National Toxicology Program, Environmental Protection Agency, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rachel received her Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied health effects of air pollution on the heart. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University in Biology and Sociology. Rachel is also committed to serving her community through STEM outreach and as a member of the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board.

Calvin Cupini

Citizen Science Program Manager

Calvin reports on localized pollution impacts in environmental justice areas, manages and implements the AirKeeper network of engaged citizens, and advises staff in matters of public science and environmental economics. He is currently installing a statewide particle sensor network in every single county of North Carolina. Calvin studied Environmental Science and Economics at UNC Charlotte with a focus on GIS and spatial modeling. His research included cost-benefit modeling of energy technology and policies, and the economic effects of light rail development on housing prices. Calvin’s more recent scientific focus includes a low cost air quality monitor study on fine particle pollution and low cost monitoring tools, as well as GIS modeling of solar power feasibility and land cover land use change.

Mary Stauble, M.Ed

Clean Air for Kids Program Co-Manager

Mary works with schools and local communities, using ozone gardens and citizen science to “make air visible.” She teaches the importance of clean air, ways to protect our health, and actions we can take to protect air quality. Mary’s background includes bachelor’s degrees in both biology and environmental studies, a science teaching credential, and a master’s degree in education. As a former science teacher, Mary 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 is on their Land Stewardship Committee. Mary is also an emeritus Extension Master Gardener for Mecklenburg County.

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 [email protected].

 

Don Addu, Chair

Southeast Director
Citizens Climate Lobby

Kwame Alexander, Vice Chair

Project Manager
R.J. Leeper Construction Company

Stephen Allinger

Environmental Attorney
Carolina Legal

Bob Brownlee, MD

Physician, Internal Medicine
Tryon Medical Partners

Donnetta Collier

Project Manager
Self-Help Credit Union

Ericka Ellis-Stewart

Education & Advocacy Program Coordinator
Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas

Eric Hall

Research Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Brian Magi

Earth Sciences Professor
UNC Charlotte

Joy Marshall, Secretary

Sr. Manager
TIAA

DeAndrea Newman Salvador

Executive Director
Renewable Energy Transition Initiative

Lorraine Piephoff, Treasurer

Certified Public Accountant

Allison Shockley

Architect
ODell Associates

Deb Watt

Chief Human Resources Officer
Foundation for the Carolinas

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
Atrium Health

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
Great Outdoor Provision
Grubb Properties
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
Renewable Energy Design Group
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