Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)

The Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee is a body of external researchers, academicians, health care providers, environmentalists, state and tribal government employees, and members of the public who advise EPA on regulations, research, and communications related to children's health. Members serve voluntarily and the CHPAC meets about two or three times per year to provide specific recommendations to the EPA administrator.


The legal authority for CHPAC is the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 USC App 2. CHPAC acts in the public interest and supports EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities under Executive Order 13045 of April 21, 1997 (62 Fed Reg 19885; April 23, 1997). CHPAC provides advice on topics such as air and water pollution regulations, chemical safety programs, risk assessment policies, and research, which reflect the wide ranging environmental issues which affect the health of children. While most attention is paid to domestic issues, CHPAC sometimes addresses global issues such as climate change.

For more information about CHPAC, contact Martha Berger or 202-564-2191. Read general information about FACA committees at EPA.

Committee Members


Name Title Organization City, State ZIP
Barbara Morrissey, MS
Committee Chair
Toxicologist Washington State Department of Health Olympia, WA 98504-7846
Ellen Braff-Guajardo, JD, M.Ed Program Officer W.K. Kellogg Foundation Battle Creek, MI 49017
Susan Buchanan, MD Assistant Professor, School of Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL 60612
Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHN, FNAP Associate Dean for Nursing Worcester State University Worcester, MA 01602
Jennifer Counts, Ph.D. Section Head, Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs Procter & Gamble Cincinnati, OH 45224
Joel Forman, MD Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY 10029
Maeve Howett, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC Co-Director, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Associate Clinical Professor Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University Atlanta, GA 30322-4027
Gredia Huerta-Montanez, MD Investigator PROTECT, Northeastern< University and University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus/td> Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00971
Lloyd Kolbe, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Applied Health Science Indiana University Vero Beach, FL 32962
Sandra Kuntz, Ph.D., RN Associate Professor, College of Nursing Montana State University Kalispell, MT 59901
Lawrence H. Lash, Ph.D. Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Pharmacology
Wayne State University School of Medicine Detriot, MI 48201
Jeanne M. Leffers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Emeritus Professor, Dartmouth College of Nursing University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA 02747
Jennifer Lowry, MD Chief, Section of Clinical Toxicology Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics Kansas City, MO 64108
Leyla McCurdy, MPhil Senior Advisor Children’s Environmental Health Network Washington, DC 20002
Thomas Neltner, JD, CHMM Chemicals Policy Director Environmental Defense Fund Washington, DC 20009
Greg Ornella, MD, MS, FACOEM Corporate Medical Director Sherwin-Williams Cleveland, OH 44115-1075
Brenda Reyes, MD, MPH Bureau Chief
Community and Children Environmental Health
Houston Department of Health and Human Services Houston, TX 77054
Kate Sande, MS Senior Regulatory Specialist - Toxicology Ecolab St. Paul, MN 55102
Adam Spanier, MD, Ph.D., MPH Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division Head General Pediatrics & Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Medical Directo
University of Maryland Baltimore, MD 21201