Who We Are

June Blotnick

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.

Gerald Babao

Director of Operations

Gerald brings nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience in his role as Director of Operations to make Clean Air Carolina’s vision and goals a reality by keeping systems running smoothly. With a background in leadership, management, and support, Gerald leads overall operations throughout the organization and is responsible for day-to-day execution of CAC’s strategy. He has a range of key responsibilities, including internal technology support, human resources, performance management, financial management, strategic planning, staff support, and managing our front-line staff. Prior to joining Clean Air Carolina, Gerald worked for various nonprofits (ranging from sports/recreation to child development) where his responsibilities included business development, marketing, fundraising, grant management and strategic/corporate partnerships. He is most proud of working with the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympic and other international organizations to make the sport of canoe/kayak accessible to people with disabilities in both the United States and abroad. Gerald is passionate about supporting the development of community focused nonprofits both locally and internationally.

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.

Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air (MAHA) Program Manager

Rachel serves as Manager for Medical Advocates for Healthy Air. With experience in environmental health at the federal, state and local level, Rachel uses her passion for public health to help MAHA members advocate for healthy air in North Carolina and educate their patients about the health effects of air pollution. Previously, Rachel worked on environmental health issues with the National Toxicology Program, Environmental Protection Agency and the University of North Carolina. 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 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.

Mary Stauble

Clear the Air for Kids! Program Manager

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

Citizen Science Program Manager

Calvin studied Environmental Science and Economics UNC Charlotte with an economic focus on GIS and spatial modeling. His research includes cost-benefit modeling of energy technology and policies, and the economic effects of light rail development on housing prices. His scientific focus included a low cost air quality monitor study with Clean Air Carolina Board Member, Dr. Brian Magi, on fine particle pollution and low cost monitoring tools, as well as GIS modeling of solar power feasibility, and land cover land use change. As Clean Air Carolina’s Citizen Science Manager, Calvin produces GIS research of air pollution, reports on localized impacts in environmental justice areas, manages and implements the AirKeeper program as well as advises staff in matters of science and economics. Calvin enjoys watching soccer and is a season ticket holder of Charlotte Independence and is also lead of the Barbershop Quartet, Technically Sound.

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 as a Marketing and Communications specialist for a nonprofit consulting firm, providing marketing and communications services to nonprofits.

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.

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 gerald@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