Hayley Joyell Smith is passionate about appropriate toilet technologies and availability. She is the program director at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm where she runs permaculture and natural building educational experiences. Hayley earned her Master’s degree in geosciences from North Carolina University, where she focused on sustainable design and the influence science education has on students’ attitude and decisions making for the future. The last fifteen years Hayley has researched the relationship between people’s’ quality of life and wastewater systems. For example, while working for watershed-based non-profit she developed a place-based curriculum and working model that illustrated the connection among our natural and constructed water systems. Most of her international work focused on constructing sanitation systems for small communities. PHLUSH’s work drew her attention to issues in the United States, especially the need for comprehensive education for public toilet advocacy and disaster preparedness. You can learn more on her website: hayleyjoyellsmith.com. Hayley currently serves as Board President. Email here.
Abigail (Abby) Brown is committed to water and sanitation equity (social and environmental) in low-income and high-income countries alike as a Sociology PhD student at University of California – Santa Cruz. Her research situates urban water and sanitation exclusion within a political economic context with attention to gender, race, and class constructs. She is currently conducting research on urban water and sanitation systems in France. Abby is also developing an online university course on water and sanitation justice with an interdisciplinary team of scholars. A long-time PHLUSH volunteer since 2011, she has engaged in community outreach on public toilet design, represented the organization at international venues such as the World Toilet Summit in South Africa, and contributed to the PHLUSH blog. You can read more about her work on her website at www.abigailbrown.net or on Twitter @waterfortheages. Abby currently serves as Board Vice-President. Email here.
Poonam Sharma is an innovative and results-driven communications professional with over 10 years of experience in strategic communications and media relations in the private and non-profit sectors. She was a journalist before starting her career in corporate communications, and has worked in India, East Africa and in Vancouver, Canada . Poonam has been volunteering with PHLUSH since 2011 focusing on community outreach, communications and media relations. She is currently based in Washington, DC. Poonam currently serves as PHLUSH Secretary and Communications Advisor. Email here.
Angela Southwick obtained a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in 2005, focusing on Community Development. In addition to being a strong advocate for citizen involvement, where the community has an opportunity to influence public decisions, she believes in going a step further to support the development of community-based solutions to existing issues. After spending 10 years supporting Portland’s well-respected neighborhood system, Southwick is especially interested in supporting vulnerable populations. Also with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, experience in non-profit bookkeeping and managing a grant program, she currently serves as the PHLUSH Treasurer.
Kyle Earlywine is a sanitation entrepreneur and loves that his job is to talk with people about restrooms. Kyle’s experience with sanitation goes back to the late 90’s when his dad invented a portable flush restroom for the National Park Service. The two of them later built off of that invention in 2010 by starting Green Flush Technologies. Through their business, they are able to provide flush restroom buildings to areas that lack access to sewer and septic systems. Shortly after getting into the sanitation business, Kyle discovered a piece of PHLUSH literature while volunteering at a local homeless shelter and immediately became a fan of the work PHLUSH was doing for the homeless community. He then serendipitously connected with PHLUSH at the World Toilet Summit in Philadelphia and has stayed connected ever since. Kyle hopes to use his varied experience in the sanitation industry to aid PHLUSH in improving and securing sanitation for all.