Teresa Norberg-King, Federal Government, USA
Eric Van Genderen, International Zinc Association, USA
Immediate Past President
Roman P. Lanno, Ohio State University, USA
Katherine von Stackelberg, NEK Associates, LTD, USA
Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Lisa Ortego, Bayer Crop Science, USA
Walter Berry, Federal Government, USA
Susanne Brander, Oregon State University, USA
Markus Hecker, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Michelle Hornberger, Federal Government, USA
Sarah Hughes, Shell Health Americas, USA
Nile Kemble, Federal Government, USA
Tisha King-Heiden, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, USA
Patricia Ramirez Romero, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico
Sue Robinson, INTERA Incorporated, USA
Cynthia Stahl, Federal Government, USA
Derek Green, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
James Feller, Ohio State University, USA, ex officio
SETAC North America Executive Director
Greg E. Schiefer, ex officio
Meet Your Leadership – Executive Committee
Teresa is a Research Aquatic Biologist and subject matter expert at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory in Duluth, Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming while working for USEPA. Her research focus has been on developing effective methods for identifying significant stressors and effects in aquatic systems where effluent and sediment contamination are of concern. She credits SETAC with playing a central role in keeping her aware and connected to some of the best science and scientists in the world.
Eric Van Genderen is the Associate Director of Environment & Sustainability for the International Zinc Association and provides oversight of their environmental research portfolio, global regulatory affairs and sustainable development programs. His role includes oversight of the global environmental research portfolio, regulatory affairs and sustainability programs related to recycling and life cycle assessment.
Roman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Energy Research, Training, and Innovation (CERTAIN) at Ohio State University in Columbus. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. The primary focus of his research group lies in applied and theoretical aspects of chemical exposure assessment and ecological effects assessment in various environmental media.
As president, Roman has the overall executive responsibility for the management of SETAC North America and is directly responsible for carrying out the orders of the board of directors.
Trina is a Principal at NEK Associates LTD, a small firm specialized in developing risk-based modeling tools to support sustainable environmental decision making. Trina received an A.B. from Harvard College and her masters and Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management. She is a Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) and is a research affiliate at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She co-leads the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group (BGC) at Harvard University. Trina designs and implements human health and ecological risk assessments, focused on integrated, risk-based modeling approaches to support sustainable environmental decision making.
She serves as treasurer for SETAC, which makes her SETAC North America’s chief financial officer; responsible for controlling and recording its finances, liaising with the SETAC World Council on financial matters, assisting with the preparation of the annual budget, presenting periodic reports and participating in the annual budget audit.
Lisa is a Senior Principal Scientist in Bayer’s Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment Team in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Lisa received her B.S. from Louisiana State University in environmental health and her Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Mississippi. She has been a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology since 2001.
Meet Your Leadership – Board Members
Walter has been working at the USEPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) lab in Narragansett, Rhode Island, since 1979, first as a graduate student, then university researcher, contractor and federal employee. At various times in his career he has worked in sediment toxicology, the development of water quality criteria and sediment guidelines, wetlands ecology and navigational dredging. He is currently the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for ORD’s Nutrients Translational (solutions driven) Science Pilot. He serves on the executive boards of the Land Conservancy of North Kingstown and The Concerned Citizens of Davisville and has been on the editorial board of IEAM since its founding.
Susanne received her B.S. from Elizabethtown College, a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, and soon after, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for The Nature Conservancy, where she realized her career would be centered around the study and protection of the environment. Susanne earned a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, then a Ph.D. in Toxicology and Pharmacology from the University of California Davis. After a few years as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she moved west again to Oregon State University, where she is now faculty in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Brander’s research is funded by NOAA and the USEPA, and it encompasses the fields of toxicology, endocrinology and ecology, integrating molecular approaches – such as evaluations of gene expression and DNA methylation – with measurements at the organism- and population-level in fish and invertebrates.
Markus is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan where he studies the impacts of chemicals released into the environment and the risks they pose to aquatic ecosystems and human health. He is considered an expert in ecotoxicogenomics, hazard characterization of contaminants in native fishes and amphibians, and development of alternatives to live animal testing.
Michelle is a research scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and has served SETAC at both the local and national levels since 1992. After completing her bachelor’s at University of California (UC) Santa Barbara, Michelle worked as a geological technician at the USGS, crushing rocks and mapping mineral zones in the Arizona desert. Three years later, Michelle returned to school for a master’s degree in marine ecology, then began her USGS research career studying the environmental impact of metal contaminants in estuarine and freshwater systems. It was 10 years before she would return to graduate school, where she received her Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis.
Sarah obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science at University of Guelph and a master’s degree in environmental toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan. After her Ph.D., Sarah started as an Ecotoxicologist in the Risk Science Team of Shell Oil Company in 2008 in Houston, Texas, where she still works as a Senior Ecotoxicologist. Sarah’s role in Shell is to provide subject mater expertise on the environmental fate and effects of chemicals and contaminants and develop research solutions for Shell’s businesses globally. Sarah is adjunct faculty at four universities – University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, Clemson University and, most recently, Texas Christian University – and has served on multiple student thesis committees, thereby bringing both academia and industry experience to the board. As a Canadian/US dual citizen and actively supporting research programs in both countries, Sarah believes she can offer perspective on issues that supports the majority of North American SETAC members.
Nile is a Fisheries Biologist with USGS at the Columbia Environmental Research Center in Missouri. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in biology with a wildlife emphasis and a M.S. from the University of Missouri in Fisheries Management. Nile has worked with a variety of other organizations, both nationally and internationally, to develop sediment quality guidelines that can be used to predict the incidence of toxicity in sediments as well as working with ASTM and USEPA in developing standard methods for conducting toxicity tests with contaminated sediments. Nile’s current research is primarily focused in evaluating toxicity and effects of hazardous algal blooms on freshwater fish and invertebrates and working on developing a bait food for eradicating invasive carp. He has published 94 peer reviewed articles or final reports.
Tisha has been an active member of SETAC since graduate school in 2003, spending the majority of her efforts working with the SETAC North America Student Advocacy Committee. Tisha is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, a primarily undergraduate/comprehensive university.
As a member of the board of directors, she is committed to seeing increased involvement of undergraduate students within SETAC North America, particularly those from marginalized groups.
Patricia is a Professor of Aquatic Pollution and Ecotoxicology at Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico City. She received a B.S. in hydrobiology, a M.S. in experimental biology from UAM and a Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio. Her research has focused on the effects of metals and PAHs on aquatic invertebrates. Patricia founded the SETAC Mexico Regional Chapter and was elected as their first president and subsequently received the Eugene Kenaga SETAC Membership Award in 2012.
Sue is an Environmental Toxicologist with 34 years of experience, specializing in evaluating the fate, effects and impact of chemicals and physical stressors on ecological and human health. Since joining INTERA Incorporated, Sue has continued her work on the fate and effects of metals associated with mining and refining operation impacts (sediment, surface water, soil, biota) has been a focus of hers over the past 22 years.
Cynthia has been a SETAC member since 2002 and quickly found a professional home among interesting members. Collaborating with others, she worked to bring the first debates on uncertainty, sustainability and climate change to SETAC meetings. Cynthia has chaired the Decision Uncertainty Working Group (under the Ecological Risk Assessment Interest Group) and the SETAC Science Committee. She was a founding member of the Sustainability Within SETAC (SWS) Interest Group. Traditionally trained as a bench scientist in biology and biochemistry, Cynthia has spent her 35-year career applying these sciences, first in toxicology and then in multi-criteria environmental policy analysis. With each educational and career move, her primary focus changed from conducting good science, to assuring the presentation of relevant science to decision-makers, to integrating science across scientific disciplines and understanding decision-making context that is shaped by diverse social and cultural perspectives for multi-criteria decision-making.
Meet Your Leadership – Student Members
Since joining SETAC in April 2018, James has become involved in several different projects and positions. He initially joined SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) as a member-at-large and most recently served as the 2019 Student Noontime Seminar Chair for SETAC Toronto. Regionally, James has been involved in the recent revitalization of the SETAC Ohio Valley Chapter (OVC). He serves as the OVC Student Representative on the advisory board and coordinates the newsletter as well.
Derek is the vice chair of NASAC and a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan, where he uses multi-omic, modeling and biochemical approaches to identify sensitive predictors of selenomethionine toxicity to enhance the protection of at-risk fish populations. He formerly completed a master’s degree focused on mercury contamination, energetics and the stress response in freshwater fish affected by hydroelectric dam development.