Paula Del Giudice is PPRC’s Executive Director. Formerly the director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Western Office in Seattle, she brings many years of nonprofit management experience to her position. In addition, she has worked as a tireless advocate on aquatic ecosystems in the Northwest—especially salmon habitat; federal issues such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air & Clean Water acts; climate change; and public land management and wildlife issues in Nevada. Prior to working as an environmental nonprofit manager, Del Giudice wrote about environmental issues and outdoor recreation for several daily newspapers and many regional and national magazines. In 2008, she was awarded the top environmental award by the Outdoor Writers Association of America—a group of which she’s been a member for 31 years. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a M.Ed. from Regis University.When she’s not trying to stay in touch with her kids who are both in college at the opposite ends of the country, she loves to read, cook, fly fish, backpack, do hot yoga, and paint with watercolors. She is also an accomplished glass artist who began participating in shows last fall. This year she went back to running and finished in the top 10 in her age group in three 5Ks.
Before joining PPRC in 1997, Cathy worked in consulting and for major industries on environmental impact statements, hazardous waste facility permit acquisition, and regulatory training seminars. At Univ. of California, Santa Cruz she majored in environmental planning/community studies, with several “real-world” internships in city and neighborhood planning departments.
Cathy’s enduring interests are sustainability, community-building, and transforming positive ideas into tangible reality. She volunteers with organizations like Whidbey Institute and the Center for Ethical Leadership, and serves on the board of Sound Circle Center: a regional resource for Waldorf School teacher training/adult education. Cathy enjoys time with friends and family, and diversions like travel, biking, swimming, reading, knitting and gardening. She continues to pursue the elusive state of Complete Basement Cleanout.
Michelle Gaither has worked in the field of environmental technical assistance for fifteen years, helping industry, government, and institutions reduce waste, pollution, toxics, and resource consumption.
Michelle has an M.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in industrial engineering, and career experience in both areas. The two disciplines complement each other in addressing environmental issues and solutions. Currently, at PPRC, projects include Integrating lean manufacturing and environmental methods for synergistic results, systematically evaluating safer chemical alternatives, and general research, writing, and sleuthing solutions for PPRC’s rapid response inquiries around toxics and waste reduction.
Prior to PPRC, Michelle’s work experience included: management of research projects for the Clean Washington Center to develop applications for using recycled materials; Support of the labwide “Environmental Sustainability Project” for Battelle / Pacific Northwest National Labs at the Hanford site; and, manufacturing engineering at a successful electronics company.
Beyond PPRC, Michelle enjoys raising four children, playing and coaching sports, and volunteering with local school and environmental organizations.
Paula was born in Overland Park, Kansas and has lived in Texas, Alaska and now Washington for the past 25 years. She was raised in a family business and has always had a fascination with numbers. Paula brings over 28 years of business management and accounting experience to PPRC. She has been described as an accountant with the heart of a social worker. For the last 22 years, her personal mission has always been “accounting for a greater good”. She spent 2 years working in Healthcare in Anchorage, AK relocated to Marysville, WA in 1986 and worked 18 years in Tribal Government. During that time she worked on federal, state and local grants and contracts learning the regulations and requirements of funding agencies and how important this is to the financial viability of the recipient. Paula left Tribal Government in 2007 to care for her terminally ill husband and then relocated to Seattle in 2010 when she began working for PPRC.
Paula has a 12 year old granddaughter and a large extended group of friends and family that keep her busy. She is always hosting a birthday party, picnic or motivating a group to volunteer to help a community cause. She is a dog lover who is always available to dog-sit for her friends. She is active in volunteer work with the ROOTS Teen Shelter, Lifelong Aids Alliance and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Ken joined PPRC after working extensively in the manufacturing sector. He draws on this expertise while working with various industry sectors, and the challenges they face while simultaneously becoming more competitive and “green.” Contact Ken for information on:
After leaving college, where his major emphasis was psychology (P2 is all about behavior change, right?!), Ken spent some time in the autobody trade before embarking on a seventeen-year journey in the metal fabrication industry. After stints as a lead painter and supervisor, Ken spent the last six years acquiring a hat collection which included ETC (Employee Transportation Coordinator), ISO 9000 Internal Auditor, Safety Director, Human Resources Manager, and Environmental Coordinator. He received an award of recognition from the mayor for his work as an ETC and has many years of no violation inspections from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to his credit, including one which called the facility a model company in the four-county area they regulate.
Outside of work Ken enjoys a variety of activities with friends and family, including fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, cooking and motorcycle riding. He builds computers as a hobby and currently has 50+ systems in the homes of friends, relatives and neighbors.
Brian’s primary focus is reducing risk from chemical exposure through source reduction. His interests include assessing risk of consumer and worker exposures and partnering with businesses to identify alternatives for hazardous or suspect chemicals.
Brian is also supporting PPRC’s efforts to increase awareness of the links between pollution prevention and climate change, and addressing technical challenges of calculating emissions. Along with staff environmental engineer Michelle Gaither, he responds to Rapid Research requests from technical assistance providers in Region 10.
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Brian has a PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a BS in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive industrial experience in new product and process development, experimental design, manufacturing technical support, and test method development from physical testing through analytical chemistry.
Sadly to say, his greatest joy is technical problem solving, so, when not actually solving problems, he is probably talking about them while entertaining dinner guests, traveling to distant lands, or pursuing other interests and volunteer activities.
Cyrus has passions for environmental health and writing. He is excited to continue to hone his abilities in these fields while working as the Communications Manager for PPRC. Cyrus has written and edited a variety of publications, such as: magazine and newspaper stories, grants, company blogs, educational guides, and newsletters. In San Francisco, he helped manage the afterschool programs of America SCORES Bay Area, a nonprofit that promotes literacy, health, and social service in public elementary schools.
Cyrus got a BA in English from Hamilton College. He recently returned to school to get an MS in Environmental Health from the Cyprus International Institute, run by the Harvard School of Public Health. He is new to the Northwest. He loves root vegetables, lentils, and the outdoors.
Mitch brings to EcoBiz and PPRC dynamic experience in technical assistance and community outreach. A Portland State University grad, Mitch developed innovative recycling systems for the Port of Portland and Portland Community College. As a Recycle at Work Specialist with Clackamas County, he conducted sustainability outreach to hundreds of businesses. With EcoBiz, Mitch is excited to push his sustainability outreach into new fields.