Our Staff

Kara Rubio

Kara is the Healthy Schools PA program coordinator for Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). Kara received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and has experience working directly in and with schools as a former program coordinator for non-profit organizations focused on before-and-after school programs and special education.

Kara joined WHE in 2018 and is passionate about creating green, safe, and healthy learning environments for children in the Southwest Pennsylvania region through engaging curriculum, strategic planning, and technical assistance for schools and school districts.

Chelsea Holmes

Chelsea is the director of community education for Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE), where her responsibilities include community outreach, curriculum development, and leading the organization’s in-school training initiatives.

She began her career as a teacher in the United States and abroad and combines her education background with her passion for food and the environment.

Chelsea earned a master’s degree in food studies from Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and is currently attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach.

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Michelle is the first executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). In this role, she leads the organization’s strategic activities, focusing on prevention of human health problems linked to environmental risk factors.

She brings nearly 20 years of experience working with community stakeholders; national, state, and local governments; foundations; corporations, and non-profit organizations.

A frequent guest speaker at health and environmental national, state, and local conferences, Michelle’s expertise and insight are often sought by regional media.

She serves on the Plum Borough Zoning Hearing Board, Rock for the Heart Board of Directors, and co-chairs both the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the PA Green and Healthy Schools Partnership’s Health and Wellness Task Force.

Michelle is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and completed post graduate work at Duquesne University’s School of Law.

Board of Directors

Healthy Schools PA is a program of Women for a Healthy Environment. We remain grateful to this talented team of community champions, health and wellness professionals, and committed child advocates for their leadership.

Ann McGuinn, Chair | Community Volunteer
Yvonne Cook, Vice Chair | Highmark Foundation
Peggy King, Secretary | Community Volunteer
Caren Glotfelty, Treasurer | Allegheny County Parks Foundation

Susan Brownlee | The Fine Foundation
LaVerne Baker Hotep | Community Volunteer
Betsy Kampmeinert | Community Volunteer
Rachel Kisic | Leadership Pittsburgh
Jody Mulvihill | Community Volunteer
Gina Pferdehirt | UPMC Health Plan
Deborah Rohe | Consultant
Donna Evans Sebastian | The Heinz Endowments
Margaret Slota | Georgetown University
Stacey Vaccaro | The Children’s Institute
Seth Wilmore | Leadership Pittsburgh

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Dorothy (Dotty) Beckwith | Community Volunteer
Nancy Fales | Community Volunteer