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Profiles of Women at EPA

Women were at the forefront of the environmental movement long before the first Earth Day in 1970. Outstanding women like Rachel Carson and Hazel Johnson dedicated their lives to teaching us how, when we protect the environment, we also protect our health and our communities. You can learn more about the history of women’s leadership on the environment through the White House project on the untold history of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM fields). Every Women’s History Month, we celebrate the work of Rachel Carson, Hazel Johnson, and the work of many other women who are taking action on climate, clean water and other big issues.

Here at EPA, women serve in numerous leadership roles and play an integral part in the agency's decision-making. Thanks to the work and dedication of our scientists, rule-makers, lawyers, and specialists, we're able to fulfill our mission and make the Earth a better place. We hope the profiles below will inspire others to work towards a healthier and more sustainable environment.  You can also view more profiles of women scientists and researchers at EPA in EPA's Science Matters newsletter.

photo of Christy MuhlenSince the late 1990s, women have earned about half of all science and engineering bachelor’s degrees. One of our engineering technicians at the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center Lab in Cincinnati, Christy Muhlen, synthesizes lead particles to investigate lead corrosion. Water can break down lead service pipes in our homes, contaminating the water we use. Christy’s research will help develop techniques to curb and stop the contamination of lead in drinking water. photo of Kelley Chase Women work in every part of the EPA, doing every type of job imaginable. Kelley Chase is an On-Scene Coordinator in our Philadelphia office, and a member of our Mid-Atlantic Scientific Dive unit. She’s conducting a transect survey, where she moves along a specified stretch of ocean, to measure the health of coral offshore of Puerto Rico. She has been a certified SCUBA diver since 2006. photo of Deepika KurupSince before Rachel Carson started advocating for a ban on DDT, women have led and innovated to protect the environment and people’s health. That includes young women like Deepika Kurup, who researched and created a way to purify water using solar energy. She was a winner of a President’s Environmental Youth Award in 2014, and she attends Nashua High School South in Massachusetts. photo of Katrina VarnerOnly 27.9% of environmental scientists and geoscientists are women, though their ranks are growing. Katrina Varner, an Environmental Research Scientist at the National Exposure Research Laboratory in Las Vegas, has been conducting research for the EPA since 1990. Her research centers on how to characterize pollutants and contaminants, and how they impact the health of humans and animals. photo of Dr. Sandy RaimondoPresident Obama has said, "One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science and engineering." Dr. Sandy Raimondo, a self-proclaimed "biology nerd," is a research ecologist at the EPA’s Gulf Ecology Division in Florida, where she studies the effects of chemical contaminants on endangered species. Sandy is shown here in the field in an estuarine marsh on the Gulf Coast.
Profiles of Women at EPA
Name Profile Summary Photo

Lisa Donahue

Environmental Scientist
Water Protection Division
EPA Region III, Philadelphia, PA

Lisa Donahue is an enforcement team leader in our Philadelphia regional office. Read more about Lisa Donahue.

Lisa Donahue, Environmental Scientist

Justina Fugh

Director, Ethics Law Office
Washington, DC

Justina Fugh oversees EPA's ethics program that educates and counsels employees about federal ethics laws and regulations and the Hatch Act. Read more about Justina Fugh.

Justina Fugh

Jacquie T. Huynh-Linenberg

Attorney Advisor
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
Washington, DC

Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg works on enforcement issues involving Suprfund and RCRA. Learn more about Jacquie T. Huynh-Linenberg.

Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg

Edna D. Mercado

EPA Leadership Development Institute
Office of Administration and Resources Management
Washington, DC

Edna Mercado works at EPA's Leadership Institute managing employee development programs. Read more about Edna Mercado.

photo of Edna D. Mercado

Dale H. Perry, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Research and Development
Washington, D.C.

Dale Perry is the Deputy Chief of Staff for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Read more about Dr. Dale Perry.

Dale H. Perry, Ph.D., Science Advisor

Ann Richard

Research Chemist
Office of Research and Development
Research Triangle Park, NC

Ann Richard is a lead researcher in EPA's Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, evaluating potentially harmful chemicals to better protect public health. Read more about Ann Richard.

photo of Ann Richard

Sandra Rivera, MBA

Environmental Protection Specialist and EPA’s Hispanic Employment Program Manager Council Chair
Office of Mission Support (OMS)
Washington, DC

Sandra Rivera works as a Program Manager for OMS’s Office of Information Management. Read more about Sandra Rivera.

Sandra Rivera

Paula Selzer

Senior Policy Advisor, Children’s Environmental Health
US EPA, Region 6

Paula Selzer works with partners at different levels of government, academia, the private sector and community-based organizations to reduce children’s exposures to environmental health hazards. Read more about Paula Selzer.

Paula Selzer, Children’s Health Coordinator

Kathleen Stewart

Environmental Scientist
EPA Region 9
San Francisco, CA

Kathleen Stewart works on improving the air quality, indoors and outdoors, for people living in in the Pacific Southwest. Read more about Kathleen Stewart.

Kathleen Stewart, Environmental  Scientist

Maryann Suero

Environmental Health Scientist
EPA Region 5
Chicago, IL

Maryann Suero works on reducing children’s exposure to dangerous chemicals and environmental hazards in schools. Read more about Maryann Suero.

Maryann Suero, Environmental Health  Scientist

Kelly Witter

Environmental Engineer
Office of Research and Development
Research Triangle Park, NC

Kelly Witter manages programs to connect the needs of communities with the expertise of our employees. Learn more about Kelly Witter.

Kelly Witter, Environmental Engineer