Our Team

Our team of designers, public health experts, researchers—in partnership with industry experts—has collaborated on the evidence-based resources shared here. 

― Core Team

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Dr. Erika Eitland, ScD, MPH

Lead Author, Research Analyst, Perkins&Will

Erika has dedicated her life and career to the pursuit of a healthier world. At first, that meant testing new therapies through genetics and stem cell research. But when she was introduced to the study of public health, she pivoted. By looking at the entirety of the built environment (and its scientifically backed impact on well-being), Erika saw a way to elevate human health across the board. It’s a philosophy she calls “physiological equity,” and it means that everyone has the right to a healthy environment. 

 

With a Masters in Public Health and a Doctorate of Science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Erika brings her research expertise to our Human Experience (Hx) Lab, integrating public health research with our design process—helping us design healthier schools where students and communities can thrive.

Brooke Trivas

Principal, K-12 Practice Leader

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Steve Turckes

Principal, K-12 Practice Leader

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Rachael Dumas

K-12 Knowledge Manager

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Anna Wissler

Public Relations Specialist

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― Co-Authors and Peer Reviewers

Aimee Eckmann

Principal, K-12 Practice Leader, Perkins&Will

Angela Whitaker-Williams

Principal, K-12 Practice Leader, Perkins&Will

Shannon Gedey

Architect, Perkins&Will

Brad Rogers

Workplace Strategist,

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Phoebe Beierle

Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council

Tracy Enger

Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Anisa Heming

Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council

Katie Lockley 

Green & Healthy Schools Senior Director Green Building Alliance

Aviva Musicus, ScD

Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Executive Director, Women for a Healthy Environment

Kara Rubio

Program Coordinator, Healthy Schools Pennsylvania, Women for a Healthy Environment

Lorna Rosenberg

Health Committee Chair, Pennsylvania Green and Healthy Schools Partnership

Kristen Tate

Head of Communications, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Sharon E. Taverno Ross, PhD

Department of Health and Human Development, School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh

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The guidance provided on this site is based on the available information as of the date of publication and does not replace federal, state, or local public health recommendations but aggregates best practices and innovative solutions at the intersection of buildings and school health. We encourage schools to reach out and seek expert advice on their unique circumstances.