About Bay Area for Clean Environment: Bay Area for Clean Environment (formerly No Toxic Air) is a non-profit organization formed in January 2010 by a group of residents in the Silicon Valley to educate residents of Silicon Valley Bay Area about the health and environmental dangers of mercury and other forms of pollution and to work to reduce the impact of major sources of pollution in the community, particularly from the neighboring cement plant and quarry.
Bay Area for Clean Environment Board of Directors
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Richard Adler is the president of People & Technology, a research and consulting firm in Silicon Valley. He is also a Research Associate at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA. He holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco. He has lived in the Bay Area for more than 40 years.
Tim Brand earned a BSEE from University of Illinois and has lived and in the Bay Area for 31 years working for various high tech companies as an RF engineer. He has expertise in microwave circuit and antenna design with a specialty in RFID and currently works for Savi Technology as a principal engineer. Tim began advocating for the community in 1996 in successfully opposing Kaiser Cement Company's plans to incinerate tires to fuel its kiln.
Barry Chang has been a member of the Cupertino City Council since 2009. He ran on a platform of protecting the community's environment and air quality, a promise, which he is now working to fulfill. In 1995, he was elected to the Cupertino School Board and in 2003 was re-elected with the highest number of votes of any candidate. In addition, he served four years on the Cupertino Public Safety Commission. Barry has lived in Cupertino since 1985, where he and his wife raised their family and started a small business that they still operate today.
Roy Hong, MD, is a plastic surgeon in practice in Palo Alto. He is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his plastic surgery training at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University. He also completed a general surgery residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, a surgical research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in microvascular surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has served as an overseas volunteer physician in South Korea and in Hanoi, Vietnam. He has lived in the Bay Area for 14 years with his wife and two children.
Thorsten von Stein, MD, PhD, is a pharmaceutical physician who has served as chief medical officer of three biopharmaceutical companies. He has spent 17 years in drug development and clinical research in various therapeutic areas, leading the clinical development of several marketed pharmaceutical products. With his wife and two daughters, Thorsten has lived in the Bay Area since 1997.
Paula Wallis, aka Wallis Alviar, is a former broadcast journalist who has reported on issues and events in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 15 years. Before retiring to raise a family, she worked as a reporter for KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, and KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate also in San Francisco. She has lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years.
John Bartas is a computer scientist, veteran of 10 high-tech start-ups, and a Cupertino resident for over 20 years. He has has been a volunteer for his children’s schools and other Cupertino projects. Professionally he contributed to the standards that define the Internet and developed the first commercially successful software to link a PC to the Internet. He worked on the first Ethernet switch, the original network “Sniffer”, and the first voice messaging system. He is currently working on wireless video streaming and is an activist for Network Neutrality.