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Board of Directors
GENEVIEVE SCHUTZIUS, PE
Genevieve has a background in environmental engineering and works as an environmental and water resources consultant. She holds a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder and Oregon State University, respectively. She is passionate about understanding and mitigating impacts to human and ecological health due to environmental pollution or inadequate sanitation and hygiene access. She also is interested in human behaviors surrounding the use and adoption of sanitation/hygiene technology. She has completed coursework in Engineering for Developing Communities in Israel, has volunteered to assist in footbridge construction in Haiti, and most recently traveled to Vietnam, where she conducted her MS thesis research on the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in septic tank sludge and waterways in Ho Chi Minh City. Genevieve currently serves as Board President. Email Genevieve here.
Angela obtained a Master’s degree in 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. After spending 10 years of working for Portland’s well-respected neighborhood system, Angela is especially interested in helping vulnerable populations. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, long-term experience in non-profit bookkeeping and grant management, and extensive knowledge of IRS rules and regulations related to 501(c)3 organizations. Angela currently serves as PHLUSH Vice President and expert advisor to the Finance Committee. Email Angela here.
HAYLEY JOYELL SMITH
Hayley is passionate about appropriate toilet technologies and availability. She is currently a Visiting Instructor of Geology at Hanover College, and was previously the program director at the Ecovillage Training Center where she ran permaculture and natural-building educational experiences. Hayley earned her Master’s degree in geosciences from North Carolina University, and focused on sustainable design and the influence science education on student attitude and decision-making. Over the last fifteen years, she has researched the relationship between quality of life and wastewater systems. While working for a watershed-based non-profit, she developed a place-based curriculum and working model that illustrated the connection among our natural and constructed water systems. While her international work has focused on constructing sanitation systems for small communities, PHLUSH drew her attention to the need for public toilet advocacy and disaster preparedness in the United States. You can learn more on her website. Hayley currently serves as Board Secretary. Email Hayley here.
Kyle is a sanitation entrepreneur and loves that his job is to talk with people about restrooms. His 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 their work. He then 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. Kyle currently serves as Board Treasurer. Email Kyle here.
Merilee Karr is a science journalist, family physician, and emergency preparedness advocate. She attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, then Family Medicine residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. Both institutions encouraged an expansive view of health. Her M.F.A. from Portland State is in long-form journalism. She has reported on West Nile virus, Portland rats, indoor air quality, and cultural barriers to reducing medical mistakes. As a Team Leader with Neighborhood Emergency Teams (Portland’s CERT), she studied and taught Disaster Sanitation, leading her to PHLUSH. Joining the Board has given her a view of the astounding breadth of sanitation activism, and the synergy of solutions among its various fields. She is also a designer and maker, who was about to launch workshops to build simple, cheap handwashing stations for disasters, when the pandemic intervened. Her design is posted on Instructables.com, under Creative Commons license. Merilee currently serves as Board Director. Email Merilee here.
Carol is PHLUSH's co-founder and now serves as an adjunct contributor. She sees solving toilet issues at the heart of human dignity, community well-being, and the health of people and our planet. Her passions run the gamut from championing public toilets to questioning how much longer we can afford to use drinking water to transport our pee and poo to wastewater treatment plants vulnerable to seismic events, climate change and sea level rise. She represents PHLUSH on the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) for their knowledge-management project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Equipped with an MA in teaching and an MS in development management, Carol spent three decades working in Morocco, Tunisia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. Along with five neighbors, she co-founded PHLUSH in 2005 in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown District. Email Carol here.
JENNA NIMAR, MBA
Jenna found PHLUSH one night following a Google rabbit hole, trying to learn more about restroom accessibility advocacy and the landscape of public restrooms. Immediately impressed by PHLUSH’s legacy and impact, she knew she wanted to be a part of PHLUSH’s mission. Sharing a decade of experience in philanthropic fundraising, Jenna volunteers her time helping PHLUSH continue to grow and deepen its relationships with supporters, serving as PHLUSH’s Development volunteer. Email Jenna here to learn more about how you can support PHLUSH.
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Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, and PHLUSH realizes that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and health can be improved with adequate access to restrooms. We are beginning to dive into the intersection of restroom advocacy and MHM -- learn more by hearing our board President, Genevieve Schutzius, speak on the intersection…
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Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising…
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