Our Field Team

Led by co-founder and senior director Dominique Browning, Moms Clean Air Force is a national movement of more than 1,000,000 moms — and dads too! — who are protecting our children’s right to clean air — just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, when the Clean Air Act was first passed. Learn more today.

Rallying that incredible force of moms and dads every day is our family of bloggers and grassroots field team, starting up state chapters to take our mission to local communities.

We are here to tell Washington: Listen to your moms. We share the air — and we want it clean.

Karin Quimby

National Field Director

kquimby@momscleanairforce.org

Karin Quimby comes to Moms Clean Air Force with a strong background in political affairs, coalition building and field management. Karin served as the Southern Regional Field Director and Deputy Director of Project One America at the Human Rights Campaign, and before that managed environmental issues for two elected leaders in California. In addition, Karin co-founded and co-directed the Environmental Coalition of Faith Communities, Santa Barbara and has significant experience in faith-based organizing and in building durable coalitions. She has a PhD in English from the University of Southern California and prior to turning to work in politics full time taught film, literature and LGBTQ studies at the university level. She lives with her spouse, Jo Ann, in Washington D.C.

Trisha Sheehan

Trisha Sheehan

National Field Manager 

tsheehan@momscleanairforce.org

Trisha manages the field staff and volunteers across the country to develop and deploy strategic plans to increase grassroots advocacy on key environmental issues at the local, state and federal level. Trisha works with our elected officials to advocate for strong policies at every level of government to protect our children’s health from toxic chemicals, air pollution and the impacts from climate change. Trisha has a Masters of Business Administration with a B.S. in Marketing and serves on the board for the Columbia Center School of Public Health in NYC. Trisha lives in New Jersey with her three young sons.

Shakeila James

Shakeila James

Regional Field Manager 

sjames@momscleanairforce.org

Shakeila works with the field staff and volunteers across the country. Shakeila has successfully launched numerous fundraising campaigns for organizations and individual entities. She is a graduate of both Winthrop University and Webster University where she received dual BA degrees and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Counseling in addition to formal leadership and organizational training. Shakeila’s passion for Moms Clean Air Force is simple. As an African-American woman, she was not exposed to the conversation about climate, the environment or its effect on our health until adulthood. As a devout Christian and advocate, Shakeila endeavors to spread awareness about the issues that directly affect generations to come. She is a native of South Carolina, where she resides with her husband, 3 children and loving miniature Goldendoodle. Shakeila is a devoted community servant and activist and a lover of faith, family, and future and all things Southern.

Gabriela Rivera

Gabriela Rivera

Regional Field Manager 

grivera@momscleanairforce.org

Gabriela has a long history of constituency and political organizing, both at the state and national level. She organized to increase Latino civic engagement and access to higher education in California and Arizona. Coming from a diverse community herself, Gabriela brings her organizing experience to Moms Clean Air Force because she understands that the health of children from diverse communities are disproportionately and adversely impacted by the environment in which they live. Gabriela is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she received a Bachelor’s in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations. She received a Master of Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco

Dee Dee Belmares

Dee Dee Belmares

Field Consultant, Texas 

dbelmares@momscleanairforce.org

Dee Dee was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She currently lives in San Antonio with her partner of 18 years, Melissa, their son, Austin, and their two dogs, Henry and Selena. Dee Dee has a BA in History from Southwest Texas State University and is also a small business owner.

Christine Berg

Christine Berg

Field Consultant, Colorado

cberg@momscleanairforce.org

Christine is mom to two young children. She also serves as mayor for the city of Lafayette, Colorado. Lafayette is an historic mining town home to a 1 Megawatt solar garden and curbside composting. Her community champions sustainability, but also borders significant oil and gas extraction (with nearly 20,000 oil and gas wells in the adjacent county). Christine advocates that regardless of borders, we all share the same air – our children deserve to have equal robust protections against air pollution regardless of income, political influence or geography.

Elizabeth Brandt

Elizabeth Brandt

Field Consultant, Washington, D.C.

ebrandt@momscleanairforce.org

Formerly a Moms Clean Air Force D.C. “Super Mom”, Elizabeth’s love for the environment was inspired by the natural surroundings of Washington State during her childhood. Elizabeth worked for many years as a child welfare social worker in Washington State before becoming a stay at home mom. A mother of two daughters, Elizabeth’s concern about the impact of climate change was heightened after the birth of her first child.

Laura Burns

Laura Burns

Field Consultant, Ohio

lburns@momscleanairforce.org

Laura has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and worked as a biologist in a research lab for several years. Her experiences in research served to confirm her commitment to environmental health. She’s a passionate Clean Air activist. Shortly after the birth of her second child, Laura joined Moms Clean Air Force. Along with being a field organizer she writes regularly for the Moms Clean Air Force blog. When she’s not talking to people about air quality and pollution, Laura spends her time with her husband and two children: homeschooling, building with Legos, practicing ballet, and  enjoying the beauty of Ohio.

Jennifer Cantley

Jennifer Ann Cantley

Field Consultant, Nevada

jcantley@momscleanairforce.org

Jennifer is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Life Coach and owner of One Source Network LLC, a company dedicated to holistic alternatives and organic ways of healing your body, mind, spirit and your surroundings (mother earth). Jennifer currently lives with her family in Nevada’s Capital, Carson City, enjoying views of Nevada’s blue skies and her sacred mountain, Jobs Peak.

Karina Castillo

Karina Castillo

Field Consultant, Latino Outreach, Florida 

kcastillo@momscleanairforce.org

Karina holds a Masters of Professional Science degree in Weather, Climate, and Society from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology and Applied Mathematics from the University of Miami. Karina has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and for the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management.

In 2017, Karina made Grist’s annual list of emerging green leaders. The environmental media site selects 50 of the nation’s most talked-about organizers whose “fresh, forward-thinking solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges” stand out. For its second edition, Grist editors chose solution-based thinkers whom they are calling “The Fixers.” View Karina’s Grist profile here.

Karina has extensive experience in educating and engaging diverse audiences in climate change especially in the South Florida region. She has been invited to numerous national climate related summits and events including the release of the National Climate Assessment release at the White House in 2014.

Celerah Hewes

Celerah Hewes

Field Consultant, New Mexico

chewes@momscleanairforce.org

Celerah grew up in Corrales, New Mexico where she loved to climb trees and race her bike with the neighbor’s horse. After moving to San Francisco to get her MA in U.S History, she returned home to New Mexico to have a family. Since returning, she has been working with local businesses who believe that taking care of people and protecting air, land, and water is as important as profit. She has a four year old daughter who loves exploring nature and hopes to help preserve that for other families.

Alexandra Merlino

Alexandra Merlino

Field Consultant, New Mexico 

amerlino@momscleanairforce.org

Alexandra is an entrepreneur and nonprofit executive with more that 15 years experience growing small business and nonprofit enterprises. She has launched and managed organizations and businesses focused on sustainability, economic development, consumer products and community. A Los Angeles native, Alexandra moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2007 to enjoy the great outdoors and the rich cultural heritage of New Mexico.

Mollie Michel

Mollie Michel

Field Consultant, Pennsylvania

mmichel@momscleanairforce.org

Mollie Michel’s passion for organizing and advocacy started when she began volunteering to support the public school community in Philadelphia, where her children attend their neighborhood school. A former birth doula and non-profit development professional, Mollie understands how vital clean air and water is for pregnant women, babies, and kids. She is an avid runner, voracious reader, and lives in South Philly with her husband, two daughters, and their pit bull rescue dog, Princess Cleopatra.

Kay Mills

Kay Mills

Field Consultant, Missouri 

kmills@momscleanairforce.org

Kay has been a political organizer in Missouri for over 15 years. She holds a BA in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Her previous experience includes work with the Service Employees’ International Union, Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition and various political campaigns including serving as field director for a state senate campaign. Kay has worked on many issues in her career, including fighting for expanded access to health care. Kay lives in Southwest Missouri with her husband and three daughters. Much of her free time is spent watching her daughters play soccer and hiking with her family in the beautiful Ozarks hills.

Claudia Najarro

Claudia Najarro

Field Consultant, Nevada 

cnajarro@momscleanairforce.org

Claudia brings to Moms Clean Air Force five years of leadership expertise in the Las Vegas community in the field of health and politics representing low-income communities and people of color. Her previous role at CHISPA NV allowed her to engage the Latino community in environmental issues and develop them into leaders that organize and inspire change in their communities. Claudia currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband and kids who are the root of her motivation to ensure that her peers are armed with the necessary knowledge and tools to advocate for a safe and healthy environment for all. As a member of the Moms Clean Air Force team, she commits to continuing education in order to drive the change needed to raise air pollution awareness and empower others to take action.

Kelly Nichols

Field Consultant, Midwest

knichols@momscleanairforce.org

In addition to her work on clean air, Kelly is a mom of twins. Before they were born, she was an actress, singer, playwright environmental educator and stand-up comedian in New York City. While in New York, she also worked as a research assistant in epidemiology and public health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Two of the research projects she worked on investigated the effects the World Trade Center disaster had on pregnant women and their infants, and the effects of environmental exposures on early puberty in children living in East Harlem. Kelly and her husband relocated to the Chicago suburbs when her twins were a little over a year old. She really enjoys her work in advocacy and activism, and has found no matter where you live, there is always a lot of work to do. Recently she has begun working on outreach with Moms Clean Air Force to states surrounding Illinois, including: Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Melissa Nootz

Melissa Nootz

Field Consultant, Montana 

mnootz@momscleanairforce.org

Melissa lives in Livingston, Montana with her husband and two daughters. A lifetime advocate for clean air and a stable climate, after high school she worked for Nebraska Citizen Action, knocking on doors to advocate for wind energy. She earned her B.A. in English and B.S. in Biological Sciences, and worked in research for nearly 10 years before her motherhood journey began. The following decade she became impassioned witnessing the strength of new parents through volunteer work focused on supporting, empowering, and advocating for new parents and babies. Formerly living in a community designated as a Superfund Site compels her to work for environmental justice for all families to be able to live free from hazardous pollution and a changing climate. She believes we all have a right to clean air, water, and soil, and that no one should have to experience fears that their backyard is an unsafe place to play.

New Hampshire field consultant Sara Persechino

Sara Persechino

Field Consultant, New Hampshire

spersechino@momscleanairforce.org

Sara is a New Hampshire native who now lives in Contoocook with her husband and two daughters. She earned her B.A. in Communication and Sociology from New England College and a M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth. She’s a former Hopkinton Selectwoman and currently serves on the Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library board. As a mom and a professional, Sara is committed to creating a healthier environment for all our children–today and in the future.

Columba Sainz

Columba Sainz

Field Consultant, Arizona

csainz@momscleanairforce.org

Columba was born and raised on the border of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, CA. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Phoenix, Arizona. Columba holds a degree in Liberal Arts and has worked for over 10 years on uniting her community and teaching faith, with a focus on early education and youth group programs. Columba had the opportunity to join a group of moms at a local library, interacting with moms from different countries (India, Kazakhstan, Peru, Turkey, and Colombia) and despite the difference of cultural backgrounds or religion, they were able to agree with one thing, “Moms are willing to be direct and work hard to ensure that they are building a cleaner world for their kids.” Columba believes in the power of unity and advocating together so that our children are free from contamination, toxins and pollution. She deeply believes that small communities can make huge impacts in the world, therefore she wants to educate members of her community to ensure that they have the tools that are necessary to advocate for themselves.

Patric Tomcik

Patrice Tomcik

Field Consultant, Pennsylvania

ptomcik@momscleanairforce.org

Patrice is a mother of 2 sons and is passionate about public health and advocating for a healthy environment at home, schools, and outdoors for children. She volunteers for the Mars Parent Group and Protect Our Children Coalition which are organizations dedicated to protecting children from unconventional natural gas development. She has created many community education outreach pieces and has served as a science consultant for various groups and communities. Patrice has 8 years of experience as a stay at home mom, 10 years of business experience in medical sales, and 4 years of experience in the fields of Genetics and Molecular Biology. Her hobbies are exercising, reading, gardening, and sports with her sons.

Montana state field manager Michelle Uberuaga Z.

Michelle Uberuaga Z.

Field Consultant, Montana

muberuaga@momscleanairforce.org

Michelle moved to Montana to work on a research crew in Yellowstone National Park. She now lives in Livingston, Montana, and works as an activist, mother and an environmental attorney. She grew up in Mount Rainier National Park where she learned that children should be allowed limitless opportunities to wander aimlessly in the woods. She believes in the immense power of mothers to positively influence our political systems.