Governing Board

Executive Committee


Marsha Ramos, Chair

Ms. Ramos, a life-long resident of Burbank, recently concluded eight years of service as an elected official, including two terms as mayor of Burbank. She is Vice President of Geosystemns Inc., which provides consulting services in geotechnical, environmental and land development. She volunteers for the American Lung Association, Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles-San Fernando Region and is a member of Woodbury University President's Advisory Council.

s-griffin Susan Griffin, Chair-Elect

Ms. Griffin is a commercial real estate broker and property manager who has volunteered with the American Lung Association in California in both the Bay Area and in Sacramento. She helped secure the sites for the Climb events in San Francisco and Sacramento.



Stephen Legg, Treasurer

Mr. Legg is an Audit Partner at Grant Thornton in San Francisco with more than 19 years of public accounting experience. He has extensive experience in serving commercial enterprises, both private and public in the consumer products and technology industries. Mr. Legg also is an active supporter of Grant Thornton's Greater Bay Area office community leadership team, a group dedicated to giving back to the community by partnering with various local not-for-profit organizations.


Colby Morrow, Secretary

Ms. Morrow has worked in the California air-pollution control sector since 1984. She is an Air Quality manager in Fresno for the Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, providing advocacy and technical assistance on pollution control for the company and to the local customer. She has worked as a permit engineer for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and as a compliance specialist at an international consulting and engineering firm. She also worked for five years at the Council of Fresno County Governments on Transportation Clean Air Act conformity and traffic modeling.

d_pogue David Pogue, Executive Committee Member

Mr. Pogue is the National Director for Sustainability & Institutional Development at CB Richard Ellis where he manages the development, introduction, and implementation of sustainable practices and policies across the Americas. He is responsible for the introduction of CBRE's Sensible Sustainability program, which includes the endorsement of the EPA Energy Star® program.


Debra Ashby, RN

Ms. Ashby is a Senior Public Information Specialist for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, working closely with representatives from government, business, environmental, and health organizations to improve air quality and protect the public's health. She contributes many hours each year to the Orange County office of the American Lung Association in California, where she has served on the volunteer leadership board since 2004. She also regularly participates in environmental preservation and restoration efforts near her home in Newport Beach, and with the Big Sisters of Orange County.



Hassan Bencheqroun, MD

Dr. Bencheqroun is a pulmonary and critical care specialist at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. A native of Morocco, he trained in the field of internal medicine at the SUNY-affiliated Wilson Memorial Hospital, and in the fields of lung diseases and critical care at the Tufts University School of Medicine affiliate St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently working with pulmonologists at the Eisenhower Medical Center to bring minimally invasive lung disease procedures and surgeries to the community. Dr. Bencheqroun was awarded the Patient's Choice Award for two consecutive years, and has been selected to appear in the 2010 list of Top Physicians of America.




Cheryl Calhoun

Ms. Calhoun is the Managing Director for CBIZ MHM, LLC, specializing in business management, business consulting, tax, and financial planning for small to medium sized businesses and high net worth individuals. Ms. Calhoun is involved in various community organizations, specifically on philanthropy for disadvantaged women and children. She sits in the Advisory Board for Dress for Success as well as a woman-centric networking organization called the Broads Circle. She also is a Board Member for both the Urban Compass, an after school program for underprivileged youth, and Minnie House, a drug and alcohol abuse center.


Woodrow W. Clark II, PhD

Dr. Clark, a long-time advocate for the environment and renewable energy, is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, and advisor on sustainable communities. Dr. Clark was a contributing scientist who co-author, Chapter #2, Finance and Economics, co-editor, Chapter #3, Legal and Contracts and Chair of the Expert Panel in Nepal to the Third Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (UNIPCC) which won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007. Dr. Clark also is the founder of Clark Strategic Partners (CSP), an environmental and renewable energy consulting firm that guides, advices, and implements clients worldwide on sustainable development for communities ranging from schools, colleges and universities to small and large cities. 


David Tom Cooke, MD

Dr. Cooke is an Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center specializing in general thoracic surgery. His research interests include clinical studies on oncologic trials, surgical outcomes, and surgical education. Dr. Cooke is actively involved in student mentoring at UC Davis as well as various community organizations in the Sacramento area. Dr. Cooke has firsthand knowledge of the air quality problems in our state because aside from being a thoracic surgeon with patients suffering from lung disease, he suffered from childhood asthma and his father is battling adult onset asthma.



Afif El-Hasan, MD

Dr. El-Hasan is a Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, and has been an active member of the Kaiser Asthma Care Management Team for over 13 years which strives to optimize the care of thousands of Kaiser patients who suffer from asthma in Orange County. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Culturally Responsive Care Committee for Kaiser Orange County. Dr. El-Hasan has served on the Orange County Leadership Board of the American Lung Association in California for over 10 years, and was the 2008 recipient of the American Lung Association in California's Outstanding Medical Achievement Award. He is a member of the Environmental Justice Committee at the Southern California Air Quality Management District, which addresses poor air quality in low-income areas of Southern California.  



Mark Johnson

Mr. Johnson is the Director of Investor Relations for DeNA, a mobile internet company. He previously worked as IR/Corporate Development for the biopharmaceutical company MediciNova. He specializes in management, finance, strategy, communications and development. Mr. Johnson holds an MBA from the University of California, San Diego and a BA in Economics from Cornell University. In 2007, Mr. Johnson volunteered in the San Diego office of the American Lung Association in California as a Leadership Board Member, and served as its Chair in 2009.


Billy Kim

Mr. Kim is a Senior Manager in the San Francisco office of PricewaterhouseCoopers with over nine years of experience providing audit services to healthcare and not-for-profit organizations as well as large multinational public companies within the energy and geothermal power industry. He also is a leader in the PwC San Francisco Office Diversity Council and has also been involved in various company and client-sponsored volunteer events such as the San Francisco Food Bank, United Way, and the San Francisco AIDS Walk among others. 

malissa-mckeith Malissa Hathaway McKeith

Ms. McKeith is a partner at LEWIS Brisbois where she chairs the Land Use and Environmental Department. LEWIS is the 2nd largest law firm in California with 26 offices throughout the United States. She also is the Founder and President of Citizens United for Resources and the Environment Inc., a 501(c)(3), which empowers local communities through research and advocacy to ensure accountability in government decisions over natural resource and land use management. Ms. McKeith is particularly concerned about increased air pollution resulting from the decline of the Salton Sea, and the impact on high asthma rates in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

SOKane_Thumb Stephen O'Kane

Mr. O'Kane is the Chief Executive Officer at the Council of Community Clinics, a non-profit organization supporting 17 community clinics and health centers offering access to quality health care in San Diego and Imperial counties. Mr. O'Kane is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Council of Community Clinics and its two subsidiaries, the Community Clinics Health Network and Council Connections. Community Clinics Health Network provides member clinics with disease and quality management and managed care contracting services as well as clinic information technology support services. Council Connections is a group purchasing organization for community health and non-profit organizations that helps provide significant savings by leveraging its collective volume to obtain discounts on products and services. In addition to his work with the American Lung Association, he also is a board member of his local YMCA.

spadernacht Sue Padernacht

Ms. Padernacht is President of Ncline Leadership Strategies, a management consulting firm providing executive coaching, leadership development, team facilitation, and talent strategy consulting services. With 28 years of experience, her clients range from multinationals to emerging growth companies. She is a Lecturer in the MBA programs at UC Irvine where she teaches Talent Strategy, Executive Leadership and Negotiations, and was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program. She received her Master's in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College.

lynn-paquin Lynn Paquin

Ms. Paquin joined George K. Baum & Company's Public Finance Department in 2005 and is currently an Executive Vice President and manager of the California Education Group. She has broad experience in California school district tax exempt and tax credit financings, and is responsible for developing and maintaning client and elected school board relationships, structuring and implementing finance programs and managing the firm's California bankers. Ms. Paquin is involved in state and local education associations including the California School Board Association and California Association of School Business Officials. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston University and a Master's of Public Administration from Columbia University.



John A. Rodgers

Mr. Rodgers is currently Vice President for Investments at UBS Financial Services and serves as an elected trustee of the Kern Community College District. He was previously elected to serve on the Bakersfield City School Board of Education, building on his training and experience as a teacher and educator. In addition to volunteer leadership of the American Lung Association in California, he has volunteered with the Kern County Museum Foundation, along with many other community organizations.

robert-sawyer Dr. Robert Sawyer

Dr. Sawyer is the Class of 1935 Professor of Energy Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He also is a Partner at Sawyer Associates, a consulting company dealing with air pollution and higher education policy. Dr. Sawyer has worked on air pollution and energy issues at the international, national, state, and local level. He served as Chair of the California Air Resources Board from 2005-2007. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

kvandenbosch-thumb Kristi VandenBosch

Ms. VandenBosch is the Chief Digital Officer for Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, and leads its Los Angeles-based digital agency, Genex. Her integrated marketing services background has led to roles on global marketing teams for brands such as Nissan, Infiniti, Sony and Pioneer, and her expertise ranges from automotive to packaged goods, consumer electronics to financial services, and e-commerce to fashion. She is an advisor to a number of technology companies on the west coast, and a mentor at tech start-up incubator StartEngine. Ms. VandenBosch works with a number of universities, as well as the American Association of Advertising Agencies, on integrated marketing education programs, and is a frequent speaker on the influence of technology on culture and politics.