Joanne Stanton has a degree in Public Health from Temple University and is co-founder of Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water. Joanne is a community and political activist for children’s environmental health issues and along with Hope serves on the National PFAS Contamination Coalition. She grew up in Warminster, Pennsylvania near the Warminster Naval Air Base and Willow Grove Naval Air Station; both National Priority List Superfund sites. Following her son’s cancerous brain tumor diagnosis, she became involved in community and political activism surrounding children’s environmental health issues and has co-authored a current events book on the topic that was published by Morgan James in 2018. The book is titled: Behind Closed Doors: The Practices Harming our Children’s Health and What We Can Do About it, an expose about the declining health of an entire generation of American children caused by weak chemical laws and poor industry practices, providing steps that can be taken to help parents reverse that trend.
Additionally, she has more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a senior medical and scientific communications writer. In June 2018, Stanton was invited to present her book’s research, as well as related environmental health topics, at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and was inducted into Temple University’s Gallery of Success. Stanton continues to speak and advocate for stricter chemical laws, industry and political reform, and enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS. You can buy Joanne’s book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Behind-Closed-Doors-Uncovering-Practices/dp/1683505751
Mark Cuker is one of the foremost environmental litigation attorneys in the country. Some of his high-profile toxic tort cases – most notably the Toms River case have been profiled in books, television news programs and on the internet.
Toms River involved children who were developing cancer at an alarming rate — so high that the New Jersey town was designated a “cancer cluster.” The community demanded answers, and, shepherded by Mark Cuker and his team, they discovered that the town’s drinking water had been polluted by chemicals like styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) trimer and by-products of dye manufacturing for decades. https://www.cukerlaw.com/category/news/
Hope Grosse is the co-founder of Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water and serves on the National PFAS Contamination Coalition working to establish enforceable federal and state drinking water standards for this chemical class. Hope acts as the main point of contact for community outreach and leads social media efforts. She is the community liaison updating residents about PFAS water contamination and related issues. Hope has been featured WHYY’s Radio Times, Live with Marty Moss-Coane discussing PFAS chemicals health and regulations. https://whyy.org/episodes/pfas-chemicals-health-and-regulation/ She also serves, with Joanne, as a Community representative on the Warminster Naval Airbase Technical Review Committee charged with oversight of the environmental clean-up under CERCLA.
Hope Grosse grew up directly across the street from Warminster Naval Base and also worked on the base after high school graduation. Her father died of cancer at 52 years of age and she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer at age 25, which quickly spread to her lymph system. Other Unexplained tumors have also been removed from her body over the years.
After learning that the Warminster Naval Base was named a Superfund National Priority site, she began to get involved in environmental advocacy and was committed to bringing awareness to others in her community. Although she is primarily concerned about PFOA/PFOS/PFHxS water contamination, she is also concerned with the combined and cumulative effects of the 75 other harmful chemicals she was exposed to, many of which and were found at dangerous levels in the water, soil and air.
Dr. Resa M. Jones
Dr. Resa M. Jones is the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a member of the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Additionally, she leads the Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program.
Dr. Jones earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Epidemiology program, which is ranked 8th in the U.S. and is known for its behavioral and social epidemiology and large cohort-based research. Since 2004 Dr. Jones has been on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health. She held a joint appointment at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center and was a member of the VCU Center on Health Disparities.