Dana Gold – Chairman
Patti Goldman – Vice Chairman
Marco Kaltofen (Ex Oficio)
Gigi Coe – Secretary
Craig McGlinchey – Treasurer
Dr. Steve Gilbert
Dana Gold – Chairman
Dana Gold served until 2008 as the co-founder and Director of the Center on Corporations, Law & Society at Seattle University School of Law. The Center was formed in 2003 to conduct and to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue on issues related to the roles and obligations of corporations in an increasingly privatized and interdependent global society. In addition to her role as Director of the Center on Corporations, Law & Society, Gold also taught as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law in the areas of whistleblower law and corporate governance. Prior to her work with the Center, Dana served from 1995 to 2002 as attorney and Director of Operations of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). GAP is a national nonprofit organization that was founded in 1977 to promote government and corporate accountability through advancing occupational free speech and ethical conduct, as well as by providing legal and advocacy assistance to whistleblowers. Dana’s former legal practice focused primarily on litigation within GAP’s Environmental and Nuclear Oversight Programs, where she represented whistleblowers who suffered retaliation for disclosing fraud and serious threats to public health, safety, and the environment on the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, at several Superfund sites, and at contractor-operated nuclear facilities such as Hanford in eastern Washington; Rocky Flats near Denver, Colorado; Lawrence Livermore in northern California; and Los Alamos in northern New Mexico. Dana currently serves as an employee advocacy member of the Hanford Concerns Council, an independent alternative dispute resolution forum for resolving worker concerns at the Hanford facility. She recently returned to her home state of Maine, where she writes and consults on whistleblower law and corporate governance. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and Seattle University School of Law.
Patti Goldman- Vice Chairman
Patti Goldman is the Vice President for Litigation for Earthjustice, where she leads the organization’s ten regional offices in developing and implementing effective legal strategies to protect the environment for future generations.
Early in her legal career, Patti litigated many public interest issues, including civil rights, constitutional law, governmental accountability, pesticides, and trade and the environment. When she decided to move into environmental litigation full-time, she dreamed of working for Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (as Earthjustice was known then). That dream came true in 1994, when she joined the Northwest office as a staff attorney; she became managing attorney in 1998.
Patti was given the woman of the year award by the Seattle University Women’s Law Caucus. She has been named a Superlawyer by Washington Law and Politics since 2006.
For a decade prior to joining Earthjustice, Patti worked for Public Citizen Litigation Group. In 1983, she graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, where she served as editor in chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. After graduating, she clerked for a federal district judge and worked on women’s civil rights litigation through a Georgetown University Law School fellowship. She has a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
A distinguished environmental attorney instrumental in efforts to halt the practice of whaling by the United States, Rod served as the first Executive Director of the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. Rod assisted Hanford Challenge in the establishment of our non-profit status.
Marco Kaltofen (Ex Officio)
Marco Kaltofen is a Registered Professional Engineer (Civil, Massachusetts) and an environmental scientist with more than 30 years experience in environmental, workplace, and product safety investigations in North America and Europe. He performs environmental sampling and analyses for a living and has testified as an expert witness on behalf of injured peoples downstream and downwind from chemical facilities.
Mr. Kaltofen is President of Boston Chemical Data Corporation, of Natick, Massachusetts, which provides technical support for environmentally-related organizations and for litigation. He was the founder and Laboratory Director for the Citizens’ Environmental Laboratory, Boston, Massachusetts. This laboratory was a nonprofit scientific organization which performed engineering and chemical quality evaluations of contaminated sites for grassroots community groups and for labor organization-based clients.
Mr. Kaltofen earned his undergraduate engineering degree at Boston University, and received his Master of Environmental Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering. His research focuses on long distant transport of radioactive dust particles.
Gigi Coe – Secretary
Gigi has spent most of her career working in the energy and telecommunications field. She served as the Director of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission where she prepared policy papers and recommendations to the five-member commission that oversees utility rates and planning in that state. While at the CPUC she co-authored a study of the electric services industry, recommended changes in that utility structure, and oversaw completion of a telecommunications infrastructure study. Before that she served as the Assistant Executive Director for Policy and Programs at the California Energy Commission and as an advisor to a Commissioner. In these capacities she directed and co-authored studies of utility generation sources as well as advised Commissioners on power plant licensing. For the eight previous years, she worked for Governor Jerry Brown as Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Appropriate Technology. Just previous to her retirement, she served at the Manager of Strategy for MCI’s Western Public Policy Group. She is the author of several books on energy conservation and renewable energy sources.
Since her retirement, Gigi co-founded an independent high school in San Francisco that has an emphasis on science, technology, ethics, and spirituality. She and her husband have a ranch in Eastern Washington.
Tom Robinson helps clients map value streams, simplify processes, and strengthen organizational performance. For more than twenty years Tom has facilitated executive teams and led rapid improvement and 5S workshops. He has worked as an independent consultant, internal lean specialist, and chief administrative officer. Tom holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and recently served on the Organization Systems Renewal faculty of Seattle University. He now consults full-time through his firm, RapidImprove.com
Craig McGlinchey – Treasurer
Craig McGlinchey is a financial executive with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience. He has been instrumental in achieving significant cost reductions and revenue improvements through reengineering, team building, and leadership expertise. A graduate of the Seattle University Organization Systems Renewal program where he earned a Masters Degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A CPA, Craig has a solid business background with extensive knowledge of financial reporting/planning, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, capital planning, strategic planning, accounting, and SEC reporting.
In his own words: “I want to make a difference every day. I want to do that for my family, colleagues at work and my community. I want to learn - I try to learn one new thing a day from someone new I just met. I found my greatest rewards have been teaching Tae Kwon Do. There is something really special when you work with a student and they break their first board or cinder block. Seeing the joy in their face when they can do what they thought was impossible.”
Passions in Life – Family First, Sports: Football and Tae Kwon Do, Sea Kayaking
My Hopes and Dreams:
I will leave you with my hopes and dreams for my children. I want them to find true happiness by pursuing and obtaining what they truly want to do in life. Do not be afraid to make mistakes but learn from them – some of the best innovations have come from our learnings. Be true to themselves and love life everyday. Seek out and learn something new everyday from someone they just met. Embrace diversity. After all we live in a complex and diverse world.
Valerie works with the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment on climate change and energy efficiency. She hails from a small town in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in history, Valerie moved to Busan, South Korea, taught English to kindergarteners, housewives, and business executives, and wrote a wildly-popular ESL curriculum. After traveling throughout Asia, Valerie made her way to Seattle in 2008, and she recently earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. In 2012, Valerie was awarded Outstanding Student of the Year and Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year — accolades from the professors and students she still holds dear. Her culminating project is titled, “Ouch Surfing: Getting Killer Chemicals Out of Your Furniture,” which was crucial in reversing a long-standing but scientifically-discredited flammability standard in California. In her free time, Valerie gorges herself on trashy novels, pulverizes the competition in her fantasy hockey league, and explores the culinary delights unique to the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Fremont with her dashing husband Martin, an affable Newfie named Hattie, and two fiendish cats who’d rather you not know their names.
Dr. Steven Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert , Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), has a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester, and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.).His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals addressing everyday concerns about toxicology was published in 2004 (seewww.asmalldoseof.org). His latest project is developing Toxipedia (www.toxipedia.org), a wiki based web site designed to connect science and people by placing scientific information in the context of history society and culture. This project has resulted in a series of wiki based web sites including the World Library of Toxicology (WLT,www.wltox.org), funded in part by the National Library of Medicine. He also started a web site on Integrated Pest Management (www.ipmopedia.org), in part with funding King County, WA Hazardous Waste. He recently established Health World Press (www.heallthyworldpress.org) and published its first book “Particles on the Wall” (see www.particlesonthewall.org) which united the arts and science to address issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and an Affiliate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell. Dr. Gilbert is a former owner and President of Biosupport, LTD., which he sold to SNBL USA Ltd. a Japanese based corporation. For two years he continued as President of SNBL USA and SNBL USA Biosupport. These companies were involved in pre-clinical contract research, toxicology, primate research and specialized model development including, research in cardiovascular biology, and neurobiology in a GLP environment.
Casey started in the nuclear industry as a welder in 1974. He then went into Quality Assurance in the construction, design and operation of nuclear plants until 1984. In 1986 Casey became the first well known whistleblower at Hanford. Casey revealed egregious environmental, safety, and security problems that put the workforce and the public at great risk. After failing to gain his management’s support in fixing the problems Casey went before the news media and Congress. The plants were shut down the day he went public.
In 1988 Casey was terminated for his efforts and began a career focused on environmental issues. He moved to South Carolina to work at the USDOE run Savannah River Site. He was run off that site, under the threat of armed guards, in 1991 by the same contractor that also ran the Hanford Site. The US Dept. of Labor later concluded their action was illegal.
Casey moved back to Kennewick to pursue work at Hanford for the Washington State Department of Ecology overseeing the Hanford clean-up effort. In 1994 Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary attended a whistleblower conference featuring DOE whistleblowers, and where Casey was a presenter. She subsequently appointed Casey to work for USDOE at the Hanford Tank Farms. Casey was on loan for 3 years (94-97) to the USDOE at Tank Farms as both a Project Manager and Environmental Specialist. There Casey started many efforts including the Tank Farms Vadose Zone Program which resulted in the discovery that tank waste has reached the groundwater. This $10 million project is one of the only projects in known history at Tank Farms that met its milestones and did it under budget. This was only possible by working out-of-the-box which was directly supported the Secretary of Energy. Additionally, Casey brought waste compaction to Hanford and ultimately saved USDOE tens of millions of dollars. Shortly after Secretary O’Leary left office, Casey was returned to Ecology in early 1997.
Casey continued working as an Environmental Specialist for the Washington State Department of Ecology overseeing the clean-up of the Hanford Site until 2000. His responsibilities included being the Coordinator of the Site-Wide Vadose Zone/Groundwater and Columbia River Project and sub-project manager for the pumping of the high-level radioactive liquids out of the single-shell tanks (SSTs) at the Hanford Tank Farms.
In June 1996, Casey received the $10,000 Cavallo Prize for Moral Courage in Business and Government.
Casey and his wife Laura currently live in Winthrop, Washington in the northern Cascades, where they own and operate the Old Schoolhouse Brew Pub. Casey is most known for his incredibly positive high energy and his talent of visualizing the future and making it happen through his persistence and positive empowerment of others. Casey’s biggest challenge is learning to use his uncanny power to result in positive change – not an easy task when dealing with the mind sets at Hanford.
Casey has remained in close contact with Tom Carpenter and Hanford Challenge, and he has sponsored a fundraiser for Hanford Challenge, attended several workshops, considers himself an Ambassador for Hanford Challenge, and frequently donates money and beer to us.
Mike Geffre was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. He studied at Perry Tech where he studied Instrumentation and Industrial Automation. After graduation, he worked for two years with a field service company in Renton.
Mike began working at the Hanford nuclear waste site in 1987 for Rockwell International at the Plutonium Extraction facility (PUREX). He was transferred to the Tank Farms in 1989 where he worked until his retirement in 2013. Mike has received several awards for his work at Hanford including the Presidential Award from Lockheed Martin, The Silver Bowl from Westinghouse and Outstanding Achievement from CH2MHill.
In his spare time, Mike likes to spend time with his family: wife Xuan, daughter Michaela, son in law Ryan, two grandchildren, daughter Brie, and son Nathan. He also likes to fish, hunt, hike, camp, read and carpentry. Mike loves Washington state and the Columbia River and will continue to work hard to protect it!