Our Team

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by
what we give."
-Winston Churchill

Meet our Team


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 serves as Board Vice President. Email 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 serves as Board President. Email here.


Abigail Brown is an enthusiastic and dedicated researcher and educator with over fifteen years of experience in the environmental field. She is a developer and lecturer of an online course on water and sanitation justice with University of California. She was a Sociology PhD student at UC Santa Cruz. She holds a BSc in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College, an MSc in Water Resources Policy and Management from Oregon State University, and an MA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Her interests include urban water and sanitation access, water and sanitation infrastructure, and urban planning and sustainable development. Her master’s projects focused on: 1) empowerment and gender equality around water and sanitation in rural India and 2) equitable participation around groundwater decision-making in Central California. Her professional background includes positions evaluating surface and groundwater policies with state water agencies, conducting watershed restoration with non-profit organizations, and teaching about water issues with non-profits and universities.


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 serves as PHLUSH Treasurer and expert advisor to the Finance Committee.


Carol supports PHLUSH as Program Manager. 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.


Genevieve has a background in environmental (wastewater) engineering and works as a 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. You can learn more on her website.

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