Nsilo Berry, Health Impact Researcher, joined HBN in 2020. Previously, Nsilo worked with nonprofit organizations such as Global Health Brigades and Power-Up Gambia, where he was responsible for sustainable health projects in Central America and Africa. The variety of projects included the construction of sanitation stations in an effort to reduce the transmission of infectious bacteria, as well as the installation of portable solar units for remote health clinics. With educational degrees in Biomedical (B.S.) and Material Science (M.S.) engineering, Nsilo is passionate about leveraging his STEM background in low-income communities in addition to BIPOC ones as well. Nsilo’s experiences will provide valuable insights to the research department, while furthering HBN’s mission of environmental justice for all.
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.
Cassidy joined the Healthy Building Network in 2021 as a Materials Researcher. Prior to joining HBN, she worked as a Research Associate with the University of California, Berkeley Sustainability and Health Equity Lab where she conducted biomonitoring research assessing chemical exposures in women workers such as firefighters and nurses. She has also worked in public health research at University of California, San Francisco and New England Research Institutes on a range of studies from food insecurity and diabetes to BPA exposure in children. Cassidy received her BA in Biology from Boston College and her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science and Industrial Hygiene from University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work focused on aerosol solvent use and exposure among UC Berkeley employees. She looks forward to contributing her experience in environmental health to the research team’s work investigating the human health effects of building materials.
Sarah Gilberg, Lead Developer, has worked with HBN since 2006. She is currently the lead developer for Pharos, HomeFree, and the HBN website. 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.
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.
Kristal Johnson, Development Associate, has 15 years experience in nonprofit development and fundraising. Kristal holds a BA in Sociology and certifications in grant proposal writing and program evaluation from Fort Hays State University. Kristal has authored many peer-reviewed publications related to nonprofit development and fundraising. She is a Women Empowering Change Professional Award winner and a long-standing member of the Grant Professionals Association and Nonprofit Technology Network. Kristal serves as a grant reviewer for foundations and federal agencies.
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.
Roberto Valle Kinloch
Roberto Valle Kinloch, HomeFree manager, leads HBN's HomeFree program, with a focus on building the capacity of affordable housing leaders to adopt and make informed decisions about healthier building materials and practices. Roberto has 10 years of experience working with local government, nonprofits, and the private sector delivering resource efficiency solutions through an equity lens. Before joining HBN, Roberto developed a plastic-neutral strategy for Burt’s Bees in Durham, N.C., led research and development efforts on sustainable building management practices in the U.K. and Norway, and spearheaded the implementation of a large-scale clean energy program in his home country of Nicaragua. Roberto serves as the Solid Waste representative for Durham’s Environmental Affairs Board and collaborates with local nonprofits and community leaders on community organizing and circular economy issues. Roberto holds an M.Sc. in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading in the U.K. and a Ph.D. in Energy Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway.
Founder and Strategic Advisor
Bill Walsh is the Founder, and a Board Member, of Healthy Building Network (HBN). Currently serving as Strategic Advisor to the organization, Bill created Healthy Building Network in 2000 to define the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing. He has been Visiting Professor at Parsons School of Design, was a founding member, and currently serves on, the Advisory Board of the Healthy Babies Bright Futures initiative, and was a founding member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative. In 2012 Bill received the US Green Building Council’s Leadership In Advocacy Award and was named a Fellow at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts. In 2013 Bill was awarded the Healthy Schools Hero by the Healthy Schools Network, and in 2018 he was awarded the WEACT for Environmental Justice Leadership Award.
Senior Director of Communications and Marketing
Austin Wiebe, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, joined HBN in 2020. Austin previously served at CLUES – Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, where he managed the development of a fully bilingual website, grew event and social media audiences and oversaw all communications and marketing strategies. He has worked as a writer, editor, web manager and creative professional with organizations including CSC Publishing, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Xperitas. Austin studied journalism, Spanish and design at the University of Minnesota.