Oregon PSR would not be able to engage in our work so effectively without the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. In this section of our website, we would like to acknowledge just a few of our stand-out volunteers for their efforts, and we appreciate everyone who helps us make this critically important work for a healthier and more peaceful world possible. Thank you!
Isabelle Cetas, Environmental Health Working Group Member
Isabelle worked with Oregon PSR's Environmental Health working group recently to write a factsheet on the health effects of airborne diesel particulate matter. She also helped organize Oregon PSR's delegation to the Clean Air Lobby Day in Salem in February 2017. Isabelle graduated with distinction from Whitman College in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Humanities. She believes that Oregon PSR is unceasing in their advocacy, and she values our organization's ability to collaborate with other organizations and community members to effect meaningful and lasting change in both urban and rural settings all over Oregon.
Margie Kircher, MS, OT, Environmental Health Working Group Member
Margie has spent over 25 years as an occupational therapist working with children in special education in Vancouver, WA. She has personally noticed a sharp increase in kids suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, and learning impairments. Margie works tirelessly with Oregon PSR to document and speak about the connections between those disorders and prenatal exposure to environmental toxins such as endocrine disrupting chemicals, heavy metals, and particulate matter from fossil fuel combustion. Margie says that her driving motivation is a concern for the well-being of children and future generations. We applaud Margie for her steadfast hard work on protecting neurological health!
Nicki Nabavizadeh, MD, Oregon PSR Healthy Climate Program Volunteer
Wanting to engage in both health care and community support, Nicki began volunteer work with Oregon PSR in 2014 when she testified to the DEQ in Boardman in opposition to a proposed coal export facility. In 2015, she chose to work with us during an elective rotation within her residency program, completing both research and program work. In November 2016, Nicki joined other Oregon PSR health professional members to testify before the Portland City Council in support of a resolution opposing oil-by-rail trains in our region, which later passed unanimously. We are so grateful to Dr. Nabavizadeh for her valuable work to protect our climate and our children’s health!
Piper Nash, Oregon PSR Environmental Health Working Group
Piper, a third year medical student from Bend, OR, had this to say about her work with Oregon PSR: "I have been amazed by how active Oregon PSR members are and by how many projects are being run simultaneously. It seems like Oregon PSR is consistently up-to-date and working hard to protect the health of Oregon communities, the state’s natural environment, and the way of life so many Oregonians enjoy. I believe that climate change is the greatest threat to health that humans face, and volunteering with Oregon PSR helps me fulfill a need, beyond treating individual patients when they become sick, of improving the health of our community."
Akash Singh, Oregon PSR Volunteer
Akash is a Student Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, a scientist with PSU's STAR Research Lab, and the Environmental Justice Organizer at Neighbors for Clean Air. He represents the NAACP and the Environmental Justice Task Force for the Cleaner Air Oregon regulatory initiative. Through his work, Akash has realized that there is an unfortunate lack of highlighting how social issues such as immigration policy, the refugee crisis, and police brutality have public health consequences. He sees Oregon PSR as a community champion in bridging that gap by connecting critical social issues and the public health paradigm. He is ecstatic to bring his skills to organizations and coalitions, committed to social justice, that improve the lives of marginalized communities.
Dr. Bill Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS
Bill is a PSR member living in Newport, Oregon. The central focus of his work over the past decade has been issues of injustice resulting from the influence and power of corporations on health and democracy. His new book, Preventing War and Promoting Health: A Guide for Health Professionals, a project that began among Dr. Wiist and his colleagues on the American Public Health Association's Public Health Working Group on Primary Prevention of War, will be coming out this September. Bill has been active in Oregon PSR's coalition work to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill in the Oregon Legislature.