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Staff

Michele Buford

Michele serves as the educational program specialist for Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). Michele has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years. Beginning as a teacher's assistant, she quickly worked through the ranks, teaching various grade levels and has served as an academic specialist, school principal, and adjunct faculty member.

Michele received her master's in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University and earned her education specialist degree in educational leadership from Barry University. 

Michele joined WHE in 2017 and will continue to serve students by assisting with the Healthy Schools PA program.  It is Michele's passion to help create healthier generations for years to come.

Chelsea Holmes

Chelsea is director of community education at Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). She began her career as a teacher, both in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2011, she joined Chatham University’s School of Sustainability to obtain her Masters degree in Food Studies. While at Chatham, Chelsea worked at Women for a Healthy Environment, and completed an internship with Clean Plates, New York City. After receiving her degree in 2013, she began working with WHE full-time and now has the opportunity to combine her teaching skills with her passion for food and the environment.

Chelsea is currently attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach and serves on Pittsburgh Food Policy Council.


Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Michelle has worked in the non-profit field for nearly 20 years gaining expertise in the fields of non-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, lobbying and grassroots initiatives.

She is the first executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). In this role she leads the organization’s strategic activities, focusing on prevention of human health problems linked to environmental risk factors.

WHE provides the community access to reliable, scientific information; supplies citizens with the tools necessary to advocate for policy solutions that address environmental issues that impact human health; and informs the region through educational workshops and conferences, community events and speaking engagements.

Her experience includes: