Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD
Carol has been the Executive Director of TEDX since 2008. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado. Carol directs the development of TEDX’s scientific products, services, and communication strategies. She also lectures on the work of TEDX at meetings, conferences, and college classrooms across the country. Carol lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Prior to joining TEDX, Carol was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. There, she developed behavioral interventions to prevent disease transmission. She received her PhD from the University of Denver, where she studied human cognition, learning and memory.
“I am thrilled to be able to work every day discovering and sharing knowledge that helps people live healthier lives.”
Ashley Bolden, MS
Ashley has expertise in systematic review methods, endocrine disruption, and reproductive physiology. She is currently utilizing systematic review principles to evaluate scientific evidence that relates exposures to a wide variety of endocrine disrupting chemicals with health outcomes throughout all stages of the lifespan. Ashley joined TEDX in 2011 and works from Everett, Washington.
Prior to working at TEDX Ashley studied immune response in the brain following closed head traumatic injury. In graduate school at the University of Colorado, she explored the impacts of waste-treated water on the reproductive behaviors and physiology in both wild and experimental fish models.
“I know that the work I do has positive impacts on activities I enjoy, such as backpacking, fishing and connecting with neighbors. When we do things like cooking together and shopping, I know I’m doing what I can to reduce our exposure to EDCs, and keeping the people I love safe. ”
Katie Pelch, PhD
Katie's expertise includes systematic review methods and in vitro and in vivo animal models of human health and disease. She is currently employing systematic review to evaluate the evidence for developmental programming of health outcomes by a wide variety of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Katie began working at TEDX in 2016 from her office in Seattle, Washington.
Prior to joining TEDX, Katie was a postdoctoral fellow in the National Toxicology Program where she studied a group of more than twenty chemicals that are potential replacements for bisphenol A, an endocrine disruptor that is widely used in consumer products. She received her PhD from the University of Missouri where she used a mouse model of endometriosis to understand how environmental chemicals contribute to disease.
“I love being part of an organization whose mission is to reduce the impact of harmful chemicals on the health and well-being of my family and community.”
Christina Ribbens, BA
Chris handles all of the financial and administrative needs, and manages the communication strategies of TEDX. She also supports the research staff by procuring scientific studies and maintaining TEDX’s database of over 50,000 scientific references. She has managed TEDX’s Colorado office since 2009.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Western State College of Colorado in biology, with extensive studies in accounting and business. She has a diverse background in business management and accounting.
“I love knowing that the work we do will help make a healthier world for my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”
Johanna Rochester, PhD
Jo has expertise in physiology, endocrine disruption, and systematic review. She currently uses systematic review techniques to explore the relationship between synthetic chemicals and human health. Jo has authored several papers on the health effects of bisphenol A and its alternatives. She has been working for TEDX from the Western Slope of Colorado since 2012.
As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Jo studied the effects of social cues on brain hormones in rodents, and the implications for human reproductive health. Before that, she studied the effect of endocrine disruptors in birds at the University of California, Davis, where she received her BS, MS, and PhD.
“Endocrine disruption is a major problem of our modern world. I’m heartened to see our work bringing awareness to this issue and making positive change.”
Kim Schultz, BS
Oil and Gas Program Coordinator
Kim studies the potential health impacts from exposure to chemicals introduced and released during oil and natural gas extraction and production. She has extensive experience aggregating, managing, and analyzing data from diverse sources. Kim has worked for TEDX in the Colorado office since 2009.
Prior to joining TEDX, Kim studied native plant populations used for restoration of public lands in Colorado and soil fertility in organic farming systems. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in International Agronomy.
“It is a privilege to be on a team of such dedicated researchers. May our founder Theo Colborn’s legacy of protecting public health and the environment live on.”