Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
Adam Daniel Kline was the State Senator for Washington’s 37th district, comprising part of South Seattle, six precincts in Renton and two in Tukwila. He served the 37th District for more than 14 years. He chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was a member of the Government Operations and Elections Committee and the Rules Committee. Kline practiced law 32 years before retiring in 2004 to work for the Laborers Union. He was a cooperating attorney with the ACLU and is active with NARAL and Washington Conservation Voters.
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.
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.
Mark Wittow is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates, where he leads the firm’s intellectual property/technology transactions practice group. Mark co-chairs the Northwest Chapter of the Copyright Law Society of the United States and is a member of the CLE Board of the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association. Mark is an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University Law School, where he teaches the Arts Legal Clinic course. He is and has been an active volunteer for many years with Washington Lawyers for the Arts and received that organization’s 2015 Brio Award for outstanding volunteer service as a pro bono counselor and presenter. Mark also serves on the board and as Treasurer of The Westerlies Music.
Mark resided and worked in Alaska in (most of) 1977-1997. From 1989-1997, Mark represented the State of Alaska as outside counsel in the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation, focusing on natural resource damage assessment and restoration and remediation issues in the litigation and implementation of the litigation settlements. In 1987-1988, while a law student, Mark assisted the plaintiffs’ trial team in the Woburn, Massachusetts toxic tort litigation, the case described in the book and film A Civil Action. (He did not appear in either work.) Mark is a graduate of Hampshire College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a former Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals law clerk.