Dorothy Argyros, Esq. is a founding PEHKA Trustee. Born in Atlantic City, NJ, she was a Depression Era kid who worked in North Carolina on Civil Rights voting initiatives until she returned to NJ in 1960. Dorothy earned her BA degree at Kean College, and her Law Degree at Rutgers University. She remains a licensed attorney in NJ and works for social, environmental, and economic justice. She helped found Monmouth County Coalition for the Homeless, and Neighbors United, taking on Exxon Corporation over a neighborhood oil spill and ending with a cash settlement and clean-up of the site. Dorothy currently fights Eminent Domain Abuse and pickets each Saturday against the war.

Ileana Fontanes is PEHKA’S Secretary of the Board. She works to improve the quality of life of underrepresented individuals and families. She assists low-income and immigrant residents in a "Self-Help" approach to help families determine actions needed to rectify housing problems and lessen hazardous exposures. She has collaborated with social service agencies in creating tenants’ rights workshops and is a member of a grassroots organization that provides research and advocacy on housing issues pertaining to health, affordability and discrimination. She outreaches to homeless and indigent individuals seeking social and health resources. Ileana is certified as both a court and medical interpreter and assists vulnerable individuals who need interpretation for medical intervention at hospitals/clinics or who face mediation/court proceedings.

Peter C. Lippman, Assoc. AIA, REFP, is an Educational Resource Planner and has dedicated his 15 year professional career to researching, programming, and planning learning environments. He has a Bachelor’s in Architecture and a Masters degree in Psychology. He uses various research methodologies to evaluate environments and make appropriate design recommendations. Peter proposed design solutions for the Mini-Treatment Lounge at Harlem Hospital Center’s Aids Pediatrics Clinic and for the School for Medical and Dental Assistants, both in NYC. Peter has also researched sustainable office environments, and currently focuses on how the physical environment influences teaching and learning. He co-chairs the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on Architectural Education Conference in New York City; the Cyberspace and Digital Environments Network for the Environmental Design Research Association; and is the New York State Governor for the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.

Carol Oliver, PhD is PEHKA’S Treasurer. Carol earned her PhD in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York, and a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College, also CUNY. Carol’s interests include instructional technology and pedagogy, and how designers and educators use cyberspace environments and technology in educational settings. Her research interests also include how behaviors are integrated into the work setting by individuals, groups, and organizations. She enjoys mentoring work to empower low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students to overcome social-environmental issues. Fluent in Spanish, Carol was born and lives in New York City. Her family is native to Puerto Rico.

MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci, PhD, is PEHKA’s Director. MaryAnn has collaborated with community groups to reduce the effects of environmental exposures on health in Yonkers, NY, South Philadelphia, PA, and Neptune, NJ. MaryAnn cofounded mi casa, a grassroots organization to educate and advocate for healthy housing for lowest income residents. Her published research demonstrated a link between neighborhood factors and asthma emergency visits in Central Harlem. She works to develop collaborations between college resources and community groups and is an adjunct instructor on social and environmental effects of sustainable design. She has presented her work at several professional conferences and her affiliations include Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, Community-Based Public Health Caucus, and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.


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