- Paul Connett, PhD, Acting Director
Dr. Paul Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. From 1983 -2006 Paul taught chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he specialized in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.
Over the past 32 years his research on waste management has taken him to 49 states in the US, 7 provinces in Canada and 64 other countries, where he has given over 2500 pro bono public presentations.
In 1996, Paul was persuaded by his wife Ellen to investigate the controversial practice of water fluoridation. In 2000, he was one of the founders of the Fluoride Action Network which he directed for 15 years (2000 -2015). In 2003, he gave an invited presentation to a panel appointed by the US National Research Council, which published a landmark review of fluoride’s toxicity in 2006.
In 2010, with two other authors, James Beck, MD, PhD and Spedding Micklem, DPhil (Oxon), he published The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green 2010).
Currently, Paul is the Senior Adviser to FAN and specializes in international liaison among groups in other fluoridating countries.
- Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH, Senior Advisor
Bill Osmunson graduated from Loma Linda University with Masters in Public Health in 1974 and Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1977. For over 40 years, Dr. Osmunson has been a General, Family, Cosmetic, and Neuromuscular TMD comprehensive dentist. He is an author, researcher, teacher, and grandfather. For about 25 years after graduation, Dr. Osmunson promoted water fluoridation or fluoride supplements. Evaluating the research on both sides of the fluoridation controversy, convinced him that many are ingesting too much fluoride which is causing harm to teeth, bones, brains, thyroid and all cells. The most logical and least expensive place to reduce the excess exposure is fluoride cessation which will also give individual freedom to choose. We can and must reduce fluoride exposure and give each person the freedom to choose.
- Stuart Cooper, Campaign Director
Stuart Cooper has 15 years of experience working in government relations, campaign management, and direct lobbying for industry associations, nonprofits, and corporate clients, including in his current role as Campaign Director of the Fluoride Action Network since 2010. He has a B.A. from Saint Anselm College in Political Science, and resides in New Hampshire.
- Robin Lewis, Environmental Justice Director
Robin is an Environmental Justice activist, community organizer, public speaker, and local entrepreneur, assists low income and communities of colors with legislative advocacy, collaborative engagement, and outreach strategies to create sustainable and inclusive solutions. She has worked as a Certified Project Management Professional for many years, leading complex technical project launches as well as large community engagement projects on environmental issues.
Robin has a BA in Economics and an MBA from Rutgers University, as well as a MA in Sustainable Urban Planning focusing on Climate Change from George Washington University. She spends her time working to educate and engage communities of color, low income and other marginalized communities to advocate against environmental injustices impacting their health and wellbeing.
- Jay Sanders, Education & Outreach Director
Jay Sanders graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science. Jay has decades of experience in the creative fields of music, digital media, photography, and videography and has been been working in the environmental sciences since 2013.
- Ellen Connett, Managing Director
Ellen has a long history of environmental and social activism having been highly involved with the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive (a war that caused the death of an estimated one million people in eastern Nigeria), Operation Omega (co-founder of group to help refugees that were too weak to cross the border into India during the brutal war that created Bangladesh in 1972), Work on Waste St. Lawrence County, NY (a five-year effort battling a proposed municipal waste incinerator), and Waste Not (editor of weekly newsletter that tracked the waste industry’s efforts). Ellen has been with the Fluoride Action Network since it’s inception in 2000, first as Director of Pesticides, and today as Managing Director.
- Michael Connett, JD, Consultant
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from St. Lawrence University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. While in law school, Michael served as Editor in Chief of the Temple Law Review. He also received the Faculty Award for Academic Achievement, the Jerry Zaslow Memorial Award, the Kranzel Award, and was recognized for Outstanding Oral Argument in Trial Advocacy. After graduating from law school, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin Van Antwerpen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Easton, PA and the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Michael is a member of the American Association for Justice, Public Justice, and he is licensed to practice law by the State Bars of California and Pennsylvania.
Michael has extensive background and expertise in the area of fluoride toxicology, and has filed several federal administrative petitions on behalf of various consumer, environmental, and medical health organizations.
- Bill Hirzy, PhD, Consultant
Bill received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Missouri, then worked 19 years as a research and development chemist. He joined EPA in 1981 as a senior scientist in the Risk Assessment Division of the Toxics Office at Headquarters. Bill’s interest in fluoride toxicity began in 1986 as a Union official at EPA headquarters in 1986, following the lead of Dr. Robert Carton. Both Bill and Bob are charter members of the professionals’ labor Union at EPA HQ and served several terms as Union president. They were responsible for establishment of EPA’s Principles of Scientific Integrity, and they have published articles on fluoride toxicity and the ethical problems with water fluoridation. Bill has also taught chemistry and environmental science and ethics at the university level in Missouri and Washington, D.C.
Board of directors:
The Fluoride Action Network is a project of the American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The Board of Directors is the same for both.
(Chair) Paul Connett, PhD
Neil Carman, PhD
William (Bill) Hirzy, PhD
David Kennedy, DDS
San Diego CA
Katie LaJoie, RN
Director of Environment
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Willard (Bill) Osmunson, DDS, MPH