Jessica Mengistab, BSN, RN
Jessica Mengistab, BSN, RN, is the Program Manager for Climate and Clean Energy Advocacy with The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. In her role, Jessica works on outreach and engagement of nurses, nursing organizations, and ANHE partner organizations on climate change and clean energy advocacy campaigns. Jessica also works in the acute care setting specializing in Maternal Child Health caring for birthing individuals in labor and delivery and maternity. Jessica draws from her background studies in Sociology at Rutgers University and Nursing at Villanova University to fuel her passion and work in community health, health equity, and environmental justice.
Elizabeth Hauptman is the Moms Clean Air Force field coordinator in Brighton, Michigan. She also coordinates volunteer engagement for Moms Clean Air Force across the US. She is a vegan chef, organic vegetable gardener, volunteer basketball coach, and long-distance runner. She serves on Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s Environmental Advisory Board, the Brighton Area Chamber Environmental Council, and the Citizens’ Advisory Workgroup of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.
Gloria E. Barrera
Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, currently works as a certified school nurse at a public high school outside of Chicago, and as an adjunct professor of nursing at several universities, most notably at DePaul University, UIC, and Elmhurst University. She is committed to being a lifelong learner and continues her efforts in improving child health outcomes in our most vulnerable populations through her current practice, advocacy, and teaching. Barrera is the first Latina President of Illinois Association of School Nurses (IASN). She is an active representative of Hispanic nurses on the Nursing Coalition on Climate Change and Health, and a fellow of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE). She has gained interest in addressing environmental health issues and protecting public health from climate change. She’s been recognized for her leadership and community work by several organizations, both locally and nationally and most recently was named 40 Under Forty in Public Health by de Beaumont Foundation.
Mr. Aaron Ramos is a veteran Dance Educator with over 15 years experience in the field. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2007. Mr. Ramos currently teaches dance at Franklin Middle School in New Jersey and was named Teacher of the Year in 2015. He was also featured in a mini documentary by NJ State of the Arts, along with his dance classes- particularly his Advanced 8th Grade All Boys Dance Class.
Angie Whalen is an experienced educator with eight years of classroom and school admin experience. She started her career with Teach for America and has taught in San Antonio, Shanghai, Austin, and Cleveland. She currently works at Hazel Health, a telemedicine company working to bring equitable healthcare access to students. She is motivated by the vision that learning experiences can positively alter the course of a student’s life.