JACKIE JAMES-CREEDON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In 2014, Jackie James-Creedon received the Environmental Quality Award from the EPA for her leadership and science-based activism in the fight against clean air violations at Tonawanda Coke. In 2005, Jackie and her neighbors founded the Clean Air Coalition of WNY, and worked together to hold the company and its environmental manager responsible for emitting benzene, particulate matter, and other dangerous chemicals into surrounding neighborhoods. Using community-based science, collaboration with government agencies, and a campaign of public pressure, community members achieved a 92% reduction of benzene (a known carcinogen) at Tonawanda Coke. Additionally, the work of Jackie and her fellow citizens contributed directly to the company’s 2013 conviction on fourteen counts of breaking environmental laws in U.S. district court . Today, Jackie works with fellow Western New York citizens as the director of Citizen Science Community Resources. She holds a BS in Chemistry from SUNY Fredonia.
Dr.Shaun Crawford, Technical Director
Dr. Crawford is an environmental and health consultant with advanced degrees in Environmental Engineering and Industrial Hygiene. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level course work in Urban Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, and Environmental Health Sciences since 2008. His research has been published in scientific journals, presented at national conferences, and delivered to classes and communities as a speaker for students and the public.
Dr. Crawford has participated in extent of contamination studies for environmental pollutants since 1992. In 2009, he was assigned the role of Technical Advisor to WIAT 13 in Birmingham, Alabama to assess the extent of contamination from two nearly adjacent coking operations, as well as other steel-making industries, in the Environmental Justice communities of North Birmingham. This award-winning documentary series eventually spurred a Superfund Action by the USEPA in North Birmingham. Additionally in 2011, as a faculty member at University of Alabama, and in collaboration with faculty at Birmingham-Southern College, Dr. Crawford applied for and was awarded a grant from the USEPA to collect composite surface soil samples from the yards of consenting property owners for steel-making contaminants in west North Birmingham.
Board of Directors
ANNE ADAMS-SMUTZEr, Secretary and Treasurer
Anne Adams-Smutzer is a lifelong resident of Western New York with a BA in Political Science from Buffalo State. Anne’s political experience includes an internship for New York’s Assistant Secretary of State Sheila Murphy (who directly worked with Governor Mario Cuomo’s Office). She also worked for New York State Assembly Speaker Mel Miller and Assemblyman Paul Tokasz. Anne is a member of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society and an Alumni of the Kenmore Citizens Police Academy. She is an active community advocate, and the parent of an adult autistic son.
Andrew Baumgartner is a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist currently attending medical school at the University at Buffalo. He has held positions on both the Town of Tonawanda Environmental Commission and the Erie County Environmental Management Council. As a member of the planning team for CSCR’s preliminary soil testing project, Andrew managed the team of volunteers who extracted the necessary soil samples.
SARAH B. BUCIC
Sarah B. Bucic is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse and a mother. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 30, Sarah was driven to explore her environment for potential toxins. Although she lives and works in Delaware, Sarah was born on Grand Island, NY. In March 2011, she testified in front of the US Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works in favor of protection of the Clean Air Act on behalf of the American Nurses Association. Sarah has advanced certification in Community and Environmental Health Nursing and has taught clinical and classroom nursing to undergraduate nursing students. In 2012, Sarah served as Delaware's Clean Air Ambassador for Earthjustice .
Jean Harmon brings 25 years of experience in government to our organization. Most recently, she worked as a legislative aid for Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello. She holds a BS in Political Science and Communications from Canisius College. Jean has been a long-time community advocate in Tonawanda, earning awards for her work including 1991 Volunteer of the Year from the YWCA of the Tonawandas and 1991 Woman of the Year from Amherst Business and Professional Women’s Association. She comes to us with extensive experience serving on other board of directors, including United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, The Salvation Army, YWCA of the Tonawandas, and Tonawanda Visual and Performing Arts.
PHILIP L. HABERSTRO, Board Chair
Philip L. Haberstro is the founder and CEO of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and WNY, Inc. Phil graduated from SUNY Brockport and is a faculty member at Daemen College. As a board member of Buffalo Sunrise Rotary and Partners for a Livable Western New York, Phil stays actively engaged in the Buffalo community. He has mentored over 200 young professionals through Wellness Institute internship programs and is a co-founder of the Western NY Higher Education Health and Wellness Consortium. Phil is also a CDC-certified WORK@HEALTH trainer.
Adele Henderson is an artist who has taught at the University at Buffalo for the past 28 years. Born in the Midwest during the height of the cold war, Adele’s work focuses on our perceptions of risk, real or imagined. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and her MFA from Arizona State University. She is a board member of the Western New York Book Arts Center and a founding member of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York. Adele’s work can be found at adelehenderson.com.
TIMOTHY LOGSDON, MSED, LMHC, NCC
Timothy Logsdon, MSEd, LMHC, NCC is a self-employed counselor serving families affected by mental illness and substance abuse. He holds an MS in Education from SUNY Brockport with a specialization in Community Mental Health. Tim is a founding member of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York. He has published several journal articles and served as a board member for multiple subcommittees of the Metropolitan Medical Response System. In addition to his work with CSCR, Tim is the founder of Excellence in Substance Abuse Recovery, which advocates for system change in the treatment of substance abuse.