Erica Chung, Intern, is responsible for assisting in the development of the Pharos Project's Chemical and Material Library and creating communications content for HBN. She previously worked for the New York Community Trust conducting program evaluations and brought her experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to help bridge the gap between grantee organizations and funders. Erica is also a champion of health communications, having worked for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment where she researches environmental health topics and integrates her love for art and science to develop engaging and accessible health content for the general public. Erica has an MPH from Columbia University in Environmental Health Sciences and a BS from the University of Minnesota in Biology.
Chief Executive Officer
Gina Ciganik, Chief Executive Officer, has been growing and scaling HBN’s vision since assuming the CEO role in 2016. Previously she served as Senior Advisor for Housing Innovation, establishing and leading the HomeFree initiative, an expansion of HBN’s healthy materials work into the affordable housing sector. Recognized as a national leader in transforming human and environmental health through strategic partnerships, innovative business practices, education, and leading-edge research, Ciganik has a proven track record of creating healthier spaces where we live, work, and play. Prior to HBN, she was Vice President of Housing Development at a Minneapolis-St. Paul area affordable housing development organization, where she spent two decades creating thousands of healthy, affordable homes. Her efforts culminated in the construction of The Rose, a 90-unit apartment building in Minneapolis that set a new national standard for healthy materials.
Manager of Chemical Data Systems
Michel Dedeo, Manager of Chemical Data Systems, is responsible for leading the development of the Pharos Project's Chemical and Material Library. Michel received his doctoral degree from UC Berkeley and has worked on material health issues with the Green Science Policy Institute, Perkins+Will, GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, and the UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry.
Sarah Gilberg, Developer, has worked with HBN since 2006, beginning as Administrative Assistant and later as Accounting Associate before taking on her current position. She works on Portico, the Chemical Hazard Data Commons, Pharos, and the HBN website, as well as social media and other technology and communications needs for HBN. Sarah holds a BA in biology from Carleton College and an MBA from George Washington University.
Chief Operating Officer
Bruce Green, Chief Operating Officer, has 33 years experience in business operations, change management, and software development. Bruce will advance HBN's organizational systems and lead our technology and data platforms into their next chapter. Prior to joining HBN, Bruce was COO of Navitaire (within Accenture LLP), an airline SaaS business he helped grow into a global industry leader. There, he led day-to-day business operations, helped increase product quality, and drove customer satisfaction to over 95 percent of target. He also led the 20-month, $830M carve out sale of the Navitaire business from Accenture into Amadeus. Bruce holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota.
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
Rebecca (Becca) Howard is a marketing and public relations strategist working with healthcare, quantitative and scientific professionals to translate technical insight into compelling human stories that motivate action. With her professional background in advertising agencies and trade associations, Becca believes that complex information can be digestible for any audience and drive positive change by transforming industry and consumer behavior. Rebecca has worked in the technology, financial services and healthcare spaces for organizations like the American Hospital Association, Society of Actuaries, and most recently with Sysmex America, the American subsidiary of the Japanese in vitro diagnostics manufacturer the Sysmex Group.
Becca holds a Master of Science in Public Services concentrating in Healthcare Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, Il.
Ryan Johnson, Materials Researcher, joined Healthy Building Network in 2019. He previously worked in California conducting research and managing research contracts related indoor air quality. Following this he moved into non-profit work where he collaborated with healthcare workers and other professionals doing international development work. In this role he managed and analyzed data for epidemiological research, conducted lectures on epidemiology and research methodology for healthcare workers, and helped to organize and facilitate opportunities for U. S. doctors working in China to receive continuing medical education. Ryan has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California Berkeley. He works with the HBN team conducting research on building products, chemicals, and their associated health hazards.
Chief Research Officer
Teresa McGrath, Chief Research Officer, leads HBN’s Research and Education strategies. With prior experience in government, NGO and industry, she brings a wealth of holistic knowledge and multi-sector experience to our team. Teresa led the Chemical Management Program for Sherwin-Williams, the largest paints and coatings company in the world, where she focused on hazards reduction and transparency, and assisted business units in meeting sustainability and green chemistry goals. She also spent nine years as the Senior Managing Toxicologist at NSF International’s Green Chemistry Programs, and two years at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Design for the Environment (DfE) Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).
Business Operations Manager
Sarah Pickell, Business Operations Manager, is responsible for the fiscal management of HBN. Having spent the previous 16 years with The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Sarah brings over 20 years' of financial and administrative expertise to HBN.
Operations Program Manager
Teresa Skaar, Operations Program Manager, ensures optimal productivity for the organization by developing, overseeing, and regulating various work systems and procedures. This includes managing HBN's computer systems, project management processes (Agile) and quantity-control measures. Teresa works to integrate the organizations Balanced Scorecard (BSC) with departmental project initiatives to track and report out on organizational metrics, analytics, and goals. Teresa joined HBN in 2016 as an Executive Assistant, and was promoted to Project Manager for the engineering team in 2017. She brings a diverse background to her position, having spent seven years as an office and marketing manager in the architectural industry, and five years in the affordable housing industry, working in both housing development and property management.
Rebecca Stamm, Senior Researcher, works with the team at HBN to conduct vital building materials research. She has a B.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and M.S. from Purdue University where she studied Chemical Engineering with a focus on materials. Rebecca has worked extensively in materials development and testing, quality control, and certification, including more than three years in the building materials industry. She is excited to be a part of the HBN team's important work to improve the health and safety of buildings.
Jon Stavis, Technology Manager, has been working with HBN since 2015. He works closely with the rest of the Development team on architecting, building, and maintaining HBN’s technologies including HomeFree, the Chemical Hazard Data Commons, Pharos, and HBN’s development infrastructure. In the past, Jon has built enterprise systems and worked with early stage companies in many sectors including finance, angel investing, food, wellness, forensics, certificate authorities, and GIS.
Collective Impact Director
Billy Weber, Collective Impact Director, oversees the leadership and design of HBN’s communities of practice and educational activities, with a focus on the HomeFree Affordable Housing Initiative. A widely sought and accomplished speaker, technical advisor, and facilitator on innovative projects regionally and nationally, Weber’s work focuses on the integration of sustainability and architecture through applied research, exploring and developing tools to evaluate and compare what are often disparate aesthetic, economic, and environmental goals. Before joining HBN he served in multiple roles over a nearly 20-year stint at the University of Minnesota, including as Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research and Lecturer at the School of Architecture. Weber has both a B.A. and M.Arch. from the University of Minnesota.