Dr. Joseph Wysocki

Joseph Wysocki is a Senior Project Manager with Solutions. Dr. Wysocki has an extensive background in housing and environmental programs and issues. His areas of expertise include sustainable and affordable housing, healthy homes including air and water quality, residential energy efficiency, and disaster preparedness response and recovery. He has over 40 years of experience in managing and leading housing and environment programs. Dr. Wysocki’s career has encompassed roles in academia and federal service, where his expertise in research and proposal development advanced numerous housing and environmental initiatives. Throughout his career, he has consulted with government, private organizations, and educational institutions including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service, National Association of Home Builders, Real Estate Editors, Home Builders Institute, National Urban League, Prentice Hall Publishers, the University of the Virgin Islands, and the College of Home Science in Baroda, India. Dr. Wysocki has authored or co-authored over 90 publications in university text books and journals. In 2011, he co-authored a chapter in the American Public Health Association book, Healthy and Safe Homes entitled “Cooperative Extension Agencies and Community Health Education.”

During his 20-year tenure as the National Program Leader for Housing and Environment with USDA, Dr. Wysocki developed, planned, marketed, managed and obtained funding for programs ranging from $1 million to $13 million per year. The specific programs for which he provided national leadership included Health Indoor for America’s Homes, Healthy Homes, Energy Star for Homes, the Extension Disaster Education Network, Water Quality, Home-A-Syst/Farm-A-Syst, and Home Buyer Education. Dr. Wysocki also developed program impact evaluations and reports for all programs he managed. His evaluations and reports provided expert analysis to Congressional inquiries, agency statistical use and in identifying funding opportunities. In supporting the 106 land-grant institutions and universities, Dr. Wysocki actively promoted partnerships with many federal agencies and private sector organizations. He served on the US Department of Agriculture’s representative to the US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on the “Health Housing Report to the Nation” in 2009.

Dr. Wysocki has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Drexel University, a Master of Science in Family Economics and Management from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics and Housing from Cornell University.

Laura Titus

Laura Titus is a Senior Assistant at Healthy Housing Solutions. She has over 15 years of experience in field research support, having overseen data management for nine research studies.  She has extensive experience in coordinating training sessions throughout the country. Ms. Titus is currently serving as the Project Coordinator for Solutions’ HUD-funded National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network. In that capacity, she is in charge of the learning management system (LMS); contacting the training partners; and organizing the ordering and shipping of training materials to training facilities nationwide. Ms. Titus is the Project Coordinator for Solutions’ CDC-funded grant for the Healthy Homes/National Lead Poisoning Prevention Training Center. She is in charge of all logistical arrangements for the trainings as well as attending the trainings. She is the Webmaster for Solutions’ website and has experience encompassing a wide range of software and applications in the office technology field, including InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ms. Titus has an Associate in Applied Science degree from Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.

Don Ryan

Don Ryan, formerly a member of Healthy Housing Solutions’ Board, Ryan is a founding Board Member of the National Center for Healthy Housing, having served on the NCHH Board since its inception in 1992. He plays a key role in NCHH decision-making by serving on the executive and finance committees.

Over the past three decades, Mr. Ryan has worked in Washington in the executive branch, in Congress, and in the public interest community on environmental, transportation, and housing policy issues. At the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mr. Ryan handled funding for mass transit and highway programs and coordinated energy conservation strategies across the transportation sector during the energy crisis of the late 1970s. He oversaw the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency as professional staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations from 1982 to 1989.

From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Ryan was executive director of the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, a national policy and advocacy organization that built a powerful network of grassroots advocates, practitioners, and experts that lobbied Congress and federal agencies to protect children at highest risk. Mr. Ryan helped shape the federal lead poisoning prevention law of 1992, which shifted the approach from reaction to prevention.

Mr. Ryan currently manages the Healthy Housing Challenge, which combines the strengths of Rebuilding Together and NCHH to help volunteer home repair organizations make high-risk homes dramatically healthier and safer.

Mr. Ryan also serves on the board of Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church. Mr. Ryan holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Carmen Pelletier

Carmen Pelletier joined Healthy Housing Solutions in September 2012 after having served as a Policy Analyst for Solutions’ parent organization, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH). She has worked on Solutions’ contracts to evaluate the HUD Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant program, and to compare the current status of legislation and regulation in the 50 states and District of Columbia regarding lead-based paint safety during and after rehabilitation of multifamily housing receiving low income housing tax credits. While at NCHH, her projects included researching and organizing HUD funding data on Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes state program grantees from FY 1999 through FY 2012. She also worked with CDC-funded state Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program grantees to collect data on the efficacy of their programs. Prior to joining Solutions and NCHH, Ms. Pelletier worked as an attorney, copyright consultant, and a royalty label support analyst for over four years.

Ms. Pelletier has a Juris Doctor from the Albany Law School of Union University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Binghamton University.

Dr. Samar Khoury

Samar Khoury is a Senior Analyst with Healthy Housing Solutions. She has over 12 years of public health experience and an additional eight years of environmental chemistry experience. Dr. Khoury is knowledgeable about environmental health and policy, especially in the area of global environmental change and health impacts. As a research associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she worked on various international policy reports related to the public health aspects of toxic chemicals exposure on vulnerable populations, particularly those in poverty globally and children living in North America. She also worked on research related to global climate change and has a very deep commitment to finding solutions for environmental health problems nationwide and around the world.

In her doctoral research, Dr. Khoury developed a strong interest in how environmental exposures, along with nutritional deficiencies, affect the health of children and other vulnerable populations in the Middle East. Specifically, she studied the connections between water quality and children’s health in residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Khoury evaluated microbial contaminants in drinking water sources, and childhood growth and morbidity. She also made a serious effort to identify practical solutions to this very serious environmental health problem, and effectively communicated her findings to the camp, after which suppliers committed to cleaning up the drinking water.

In her work, Dr. Khoury has become very experienced in developing data collection instruments, obtaining IRB approvals, meeting with and obtaining approval from national and local officials, developing relationships with local informants, training and supervising interviewers and sample collection staff, and carrying out much of the laboratory work and all of the associated data analysis.

Dr. Khoury has both a Doctorate and a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, a certificate in Health and Human Rights, a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Bachelors in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut. She is fluent in Arabic, French and Italian.

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly is a Senior Project Manager with Healthy Housing Solutions. He recently retired as a Federal SES executive with more than forty years of experience leading scientific and legally based federal programs, program and policy evaluation studies, and national change campaigns, mainly with EPA. As Director of EPA’s national Indoor Air Quality Program, Mr. Kelly led highly motivated work teams in protecting public health from exposure to indoor pollution, including radon, second-hand smoke, mold, and other triggers of asthma. He created the national “Communities in Action Campaign” to fight childhood asthma by environmental trigger prevention and medical management, drawing collaboration from CDC, the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, and countless other public and private partners to revolutionize asthma care in America’s cities. Mr. Kelly also created the “Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign” that is now saving nearly 1000 American lives annually by preventing radon-induced lung cancer through reduced residential exposure. From a base of virtually zero, more than 50 percent of America’s schools now manage Indoor Air Quality following EPA’s national guidance. Mr. Kelly also led the preparation and issuance of nationally acclaimed technical guidance for designing, constructing, and maintaining green homes and larger buildings, in which occupant health is as prominent an element of “green” as energy conservation and ecological sustainability.

Mr. Kelly designed and helped organize EPA’s in-house program evaluation system, modeled to operate as an internal management consulting firm. As Director of EPA’s Program Evaluation Division, he led the design and conduct of dozens of change-based, client-oriented management interventions in EPA programs, including air, water, hazardous waste, pesticides, management and administration. As EPA’s chief regulatory manager, he directed EPA’s internal regulatory management system and oversaw its redesign to emphasize strong scientific, legal, economic, and policy analysis. He also served as EPA’s first statutory arbiter of small-business accommodation in environmental regulation. He convened and mediated complex and typically contentious negotiations among EPA, OMB, and the Small Business Administration on some of EPA’s most sensitive draft regulations.

Mr. Kelly holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University in Washington DC and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Carol Kawecki

Carol Kawecki is a Senior Project Manager/Analyst at Healthy Housing Solutions. She has nearly 30 years of experience in program evaluation. This includes more than 20 years of experience working in environmental policy and program evaluation, and over ten years applying this experience in the public health domain.

Ms. Kawecki has designed, implemented, analyzed, and presented survey research findings in the fields of environmental health and housing, environmental policy, substance abuse, land use management, and the administration of federal block grants. Her recent experience managing research projects includes: project manager for the three-year CDC Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing Policies Study Task Order, faculty member for the Case Management track for the CDC National Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Training Center, project manager of an asthma research grant-funded home visiting program, and team member for home assessments in two healthy homes projects. Her experience managing multi-site projects includes: project manager for technical assistance under the New York State Department of Health’s Primary Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning and project manager for a two-year HUD-funded pilot program in two Upstate New York cities to address environmental health and safety hazards in home-based child care (this project received EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award in 2006).

Ms. Kawecki also has extensive experience in the preparation of toolkits and guidance documents for implementation of best practices. She is one of the contributing authors/writers of the HUD Healthy Homes Program Guidance Manual and is the editor/writer of the HUD Healthy Homes Initiative background paper on Asthma. She has also provided technical assistance on behalf of the CDC to five state and local childhood lead poisoning prevention programs in strategic planning, redesigning of case management work processes, and housing-based primary prevention.

Ms. Kawecki has a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Carlotta Joyer

Carlotta Joyner is a Senior Project Manager/Analyst with Healthy Housing Solutions. She is also a private consultant who provides research and program evaluation services for education, employment, health, and human service programs. Dr. Joyner has conducted technical support for the National Center for Healthy Housing’s (NCHH) evaluation of New York State’s Lead Primary Prevention Program since November 2008. Services for other clients have included analyzing and summarizing research on international education and foreign language programs, and designing and carrying out evaluations of a nationwide, multi-site, federally-funded employment program for youth offenders and youth at risk of court involvement, a state-wide technology professional development program for teachers, and a local voter education project. From March 1980 through October 2001, Dr. Joyner was with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC. At GAO, she was an executive who provided leadership in support of decision-makers within both parties in Congress, managed complex, multidisciplinary research and evaluation studies, and taught program evaluation methodology. Her 150-plus publications cover public health and occupational safety and health programs; health and human services programs; elementary and secondary education programs and funding; financial aid and access to higher education; workforce development programs and labor laws; and management, performance, and accountability in federal programs. Dr. Joyner has a PhD and Master of Science degree in Social Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University as well as a Master of Arts degree from George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.