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.
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 S. Purcell, MAed
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
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
Julie Royes, FACTS Project Manager
“His heart rate is 288 beats per minute!” I heard the paramedic say through the muddled cloud of tears, fears and sirens. My 16-day old son appeared lifeless. Three very long days and nights later, Dylan was finally stable and diagnosed with a heart condition that would require medication and eventually surgery. During that hospital stay, I understood more than ever, the fragility of life and the true importance of caring for another, tiny human being. It became very clear, on that very first Mother’s Day, that our little family would lead an exceptional life, one filled with a roller coaster of mainstream medications, ambulance rides and anxiety but also the strength and courage to seek out alternative solutions, to constantly question and find more information, to love greater than I knew my heart could and to fiercely protect my child.
What my husband and I didn’t realize, was, like many new parents, having a child forced us to look deeper into the foods we were eating, the cleaning products we were using and the toys we were buying, among everything else, knowledge and safety became our greatest priorities.
A few years later, at the age of 32, tears ran down my face once more, as I was introduced to my Pulmonary Oncologist. That moment and the months that followed were full of despair and hope, of pain and healing, of questions and the desire to find answers. It ultimately solidified my very belief in living a healthy lifestyle and that if we were to live a full life on this earth, we need to not only take care of ourselves and our growing children but we need to advocate and sometimes fight to create change for others and the environment.
I believe we all have an important story. We are more than our titles, our educational journey and formal recognizations. Our life experiences, chapter by chapter, make and mold us everyday. Having said that, as the FACTS Project Manager, I’m proud to utilize some of my unique skill-sets; I am extremely organized, detailed-oriented and actually get a little giddy over creating and maintaining new google docs, sheets and forms.
In my previous career as a successful small business owner, I learned to and now get to apply my expertise in navigating the world of connection and community through social media and website content development, marketing, record-keeping and more! With no formal graphic design education, I taught myself and thoroughly enjoy creating logos, marketing materials and signage. Additionally, I continue to use my event coordinating experience and knowledge gained regarding the nonprofit and local government world from when I worked as the Communication and Special Events Manager for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
When I’m not working or volunteering to change the city’s use of harmful pesticides, I’m busy creating memories -- usually gardening or coloring with my 3-year old strong-willed (future activist!) daughter, carpooling, volunteering at the local Montessori Charter or listening to my now 8-year old son’s obsessive stories relating to Harry Potter or his latest Lego creation and often you can find me with a camera in hand, canoeing the local waterways or relaxing under the giant Redwoods. I’ve been married to my best friend for over 14 years. His official title is the “Director of Encouragement and Support”. Actually, he is a second-generation member of the United States Coast Guard and I couldn’t be more proud to be his wife, mother to his beautiful children and partner in this crazy busy but fun journey called life.
Michelle Perro, MD
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
Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN
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.