wHO WE ARE

FACTS was founded by two North San Francisco Bay Area mothers who want to help connect families locally, regionally and across the country who are trying to keep their children safe from the ubiquitous toxic exposures in our modern world. FACTS is a project of the Center for Environmental Health. 

Our mission

Families Advocating for Chemical & Toxics Safety (FACTS) is a one-stop clearinghouse for evidence-based information and expert resources in children’s environmental health. FACTS promotes easy, affordable, and sustainable actions to remediate the unnecessary and harmful exposure to chemicals and toxics in our everyday lives.


lENDRI pURCELL, Co-founder & president

Lendri Purcell

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Vice-President of Jonas Philanthropies, philanthropic consultant, Former Advisory Board member of Safe Passages, current Advisory Board member to the Jonas Nursing & Veterans Healthcare at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Founder of: LP Learning, East Bay the Oakland Youth Friendly-Business Awards, Youth Ally Alliance, FACTS (Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxics Safety)

    Lendri Purcell is a teacher, philanthropist, a philanthropic consultant and a children’s rights and environmental health advocate and activist.  Her advocacy work began as a teacher with Teach for America in Oakland, CA where Lendri created reforms in schools for children with special needs.  In addition, Lendri worked as a case manager, a community schools coordinator, and a program officer for Price Charities. At the same time, she spearheaded the Jonas Youth Development Initiative that disbursed close to 3 million dollars to support mentoring, school to career training programs and mental health support for highly at-risk San Francisco East Bay youth. The grant-making program was especially unique in that Lendri created a youth advisory board reflective of the community served to help recommend grants. Lendri founded the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards, a model program that has been replicated outside the East Bay to promote business investment in the youth development sector. In addition, she founded the East Bay Youth Ally Alliance to coordinate and enhance youth development efforts through trainings, coaching, special events and social media.
    In response to learning that her baby had an elevated lead level, Lendri embarked on a quest to find the source of that exposure. During that process, she uncovered numerous common toxic chemicals in her home and in the lives of all American children and went on to spearhead Jonas Philanthropy’s Childrens’ Environmental Health Initiative. The program makes impactful grants with a focus on toxics education for medical providers, consumers (parents) policymakers and retailers. As an advisory board member to the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Lendri helps inform the research topics of the center's PhD and DNP nurse scholars and Lendri recently spearheaded the environmental health, school nursing and complimentary medicine scholar cohorts.

    In her role outside the fund as an activist, Lendri has been working on expanding lead testing to all babies in California and raising awareness and about the hazards of wireless radiation, especially for children. As a philanthropist/activist Lendri has been bringing science related to the hazards of EMF radation to health funders. Lendri is also working in Sonoma County to form a local environmental health network and to promote toxics free school policies. In addition, she recently launched FACTS (Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxics Safety) a parent-driven social media education and advocacy group that provides easy tool-kits to help parents reduce toxic exposures in their homes, schools and public spaces. FACTS strives to effect change at a larger level by influencing consumer demand for non-toxic products, by harnessing parental discontent with the status-quo to effect policy changes at the local, state and federal levels.

nICHOLE wARWICK, co-founder & executive director

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Nichole L. Warwick, MA Psychology

Environmental Health Advocate, Educational Programs Innovator, Expressive Arts Educator & Therapeutic Consultant

Founder of: FACTS (Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxics Safety) and Wild Hearts Nature-Based Expressive Arts Programs for Youth

Nichole is a mother, educator, and environmental health advocate. She has been working with youth and families for over 22 years in the fields of education and psychology.  After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, Nichole fell down the rabbit hole of environmental toxics research, became deeply concerned by the environmental and social injustices affecting health, and expanded her career to address the issues around toxicity and children’s health. She now devotes herself to ensuring children grow up in safe and healthy environments. 

Nichole is an award-winning educator and accomplished expressive arts facilitator with expertise in youth leadership and development. She works as a Person-Centered Expressive Arts Facilitator/Educator and Environmental Health Advocate. She works with Jonas Family Fund, Daily Acts, and The REACH Charter School. She also serves on the Ceres Community Project's Board of Directors as Secretary, Governance Committee Member, and Youth Development Committee Chair. 

Spending creative time with youth in nature and helping cultivate the ecology of their imaginations is Nichole’s passion! A deep desire for social and environmental justice influences her professional and volunteer work with youth in Sonoma County. In 2012, she received the Outstanding Environmental Education Program/Educator Award for special innovation and insight in teaching students about the environment from the California State Legislature, Sonoma County Conservation Council, and Sierra Club Sonoma. Her environmental education projects in the Sebastopol Unified School District also received United States Special Congressional Recognition, and she was a nominee for the American Red Cross Real Hero in the Environment in 2013. 

Nichole earned a Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychology and a Certificate in Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change from Saybrook University in 2007. She was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader, 2012, and by Occidental Arts and Ecology Center as a Garden Teacher, 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Sonoma State University, 1998


advisory board


Catherine Dodd, phd, rn, FAAN

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Catherine’s career has been devoted to ensuring access to person/employee centered coordinated care. She is a health delivery strategies consultant and lends her extensive experience in systems approaches to health. Her past experience includes Director of San Francisco Health Service System, Deputy Chief of Staff for Health and Human Services for Mayor Gavin Newsom City and County of San Francisco, District Director US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Regional Director US Department of Health and Human Services for President Clinton. She has deep expertise in health care benefits design, well-being, end of life/palliative care, administration, environmental health & social determinants, public policy and happiness. Informed by nursing and her work in the Clinton administration, she has a broad perspective of health, systems, health policy and political engagement.


Megan Kaun, mS

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Megan Kaun is an environmental engineer with over twenty years experience in environmental remediation and planning. Megan’s research on pesticide use in public spaces and desires to protect the spaces where children learn and play led to Sonoma County Conservation Action’s Toxic Free Future campaign. She also serves on their board of directors. Through her work as vice-chair of Santa Rosa’s Board of Public Utilities (2013-2017), background in environmental remediation, and passion for keeping toxics away from kids, she has become a North Bay leader in non-toxic public landscape maintenance policy. Megan was born and raised in Sonoma County but spent her early career working as a hydraulic engineer/hydrologist on stream restoration and dredged material reuse projects for the Army Corps of Engineers in Chicago and San Francisco. She holds engineering degrees from Northwestern and Stanford.



Michelle Perro, MD

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Michelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than ten years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics. She is currently lecturing and consulting as well as working with Gordon Medical Associates, an integrative health center in Northern California.

Michelle is one of the founders and is currently the Executive Director of GMO Science.

Michelle is the co-author with Vincanne Adams, PhD, of What’s Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It

She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Made Safe and Documenting Hope in addition to her clinical practice at Gordon Medical.


Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN

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Barbara Sattler is Professor, Public Health Program, University of San Francisco. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of environmental health including research, graduate education, as well as work with clinicians and communities, where she has focused much of her work on the relationship between chemical exposures and human health - in homes, schools, workplaces and communities. She has worked extensively in educating health professionals and policy makers and been the Principle Investigator on NIH, EPA, and USDA grants. At the University of Maryland, where she worked for 23 years prior to coming to San Francisco, she directed the Environmental Health Education Center that included the first graduate program in environmental health for nurses in the country.

In addition to her numerous publications, articles, chapters in textbooks, and the book Environmental Health and Nursing she served on state and national advisory bodies, including the Institute of Medicine and the EPA’s Child Health Protection Advisory Council. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (www.enviRN.org), a national network of nurses working on environmental health issues from an education, practice, research, and policy perspective. She is a Registered Nurse with an MPH and Doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She currently serves on several non-profit boards and on the Science Advisory Board of the Breast Cancer Fund.


Staff


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Adriann Saslow

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Adriann is passionate about making the world a more beautiful place to live.  Over the course of her life that has included making art, gardening, fostering shelter cats, volunteering for hospice, and now social and environmental justice.  She’s a co-founder of the non-profit NoGasHere.Org, trying to protect school children from a gas station being built across the street. Adriann’s skills with art and people make social media and communications a natural way for her to keep people informed and hopeful.  Adriann lives with her spouse and two young children in Petaluma, CA.