The SLF Team

Experts in their Field

Passionate Volunteers

Problem Solvers

Community Engagers

Lindsay Bazett

Board Member

Lindsay Bazett is a UC Davis trained biologist with academia and private industry-based work experience in both cancer research and sustainable mariculture.  Her non-profit work has included assisting in the establishment of the first marine-protected area in Madagascar on the Mozambique Channel, launching a family-based birth center focused on The Midwifery Model of Care in Encinitas, CA, and organizing Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons” public education conferences in San Diego, CA, Boston, MA and New York, NY with her husband to share the lessons learned at the helm of a nuclear accident by heads of state, government agencies and nuclear industry advisors in the U.S. and Japan.  She is a mother of four healthy children residing in Southern California and believes that every child has the right to exist on a livable planet.

Christopher Hoover

Board Member, Treasurer

Christopher Hoover is a technology entrepreneur with interests spanning genomics, digital health and energy innovation. Based in San Diego, he focuses on business ideation, marketing and business development for startups with market-defining technologies. His experiences range from molecular biology system companies (Invitrogen) to global sales and marketing of biocomputing systems for drug discovery. He also served as the US CEO of the MedinCell Corporation, a controlled-release injectable drug delivery company. 

Cathy Iwane

Board Member

Cathy Iwane has a post-graduate degree in Japanese, having attained Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 Certification (日本語検定能力試験一級) at Wakayama College of Foreign Studies. She taught English in the public and private sector in Japan for 25 years. Cathy Co-Founded, served as Curriculum Developer and School Administrator at Gaia English Academy in Wakayama, Japan. She was interpreter for Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and media outlets in June, 2013 at the San Diego Chambers of County Supervisors for a conference entitled, ‘Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons.’  Cathy has two daughters with her Japanese husband and stands by her difficult choice to evacuate them to her home state of California in 2012, due to health concerns resulting from the Fukushima accident. She’s a certified yoga teacher and remains engaged in the effort to educate the public about the nuclear waste at San Onofre and the realities of the ongoing Fukushima disaster.

Holly Pickerel

Board Member

Holly Pickerel is Design Director for Corporativo Atelier, a large weaving mill in Mexico. She leads design development and fabric execution through sustainable and best product choice for major clients in the residential and hospitality industry.  Holly began her career as the owner of Studio Alegre for more than two decades, her resume includes teaching at The San Diego Art Institute as well as Design and Merchandiser at Produce Apparel and GJeans. She earned a BA in Journalism and Spanish from San Diego State University.

Bart Ziegler


Bart Ziegler has a PhD in community and environmental medicine from UC Irvine, and currently directs the Samuel Lawrence Foundation (SLF).  His driving force for involvement with Learning Equality is the desire to increase the efficient use of technology to make education available to all.  Bart’s background in science and his ability to bring people together fosters growth rooted in each particular community’s values. SLF welcomes innovative approaches to expand efforts in science, education, and the arts around the world.

Farley Ziegler

Board Member

Farley Ziegler’s film, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, the Wall Street Journal cited as “…among the great art documentaries of the past half-century.” Her film, Tim’s Vermeer, produced with Penn & Teller, followed inventor Tim Jenison and his pursuit to paint a Vermeer. The documentary, which also featured David Hockney, was nominated for a BAFTA, and made the Academy’s short list for Best Documentary. She previously worked with Penn Jillette and Teller, producing with Penn the hit comedy documentary, The Aristocrats.

Chuck Ziegler

Board Member

Charles Ziegler has facilitated startup finance and direction for many successful technology companies, including Zeta, Verseon, and Oolu Solar.  He has a Bachelors in Chemistry from Reed College, and previously has worked in financial derivatives, hedge fund management, and internet companies.  Charles lives in the Bay Area with his wife and has one daughter who is an advertising executive.  He spends his time practicing and playing the banjo.

Torgen Johnson

San Onofre Program Director

Mr. Torgen Johnson, master’s in architecture and urban planning from Harvard.  In 2013 Torgen, and the Samuel Lawrence Foundation supported public conferences titled, “Fukushima: ongoing lessons,” where a panel of top international leaders spoke about the risks of nuclear power.  He became engaged in the effort to seek the safest nuclear waste storage at San Onofre because of the impact the site has on the lives of his four children.

Chelsi Sparti

Associate Director

Amanda Palucki

Program Coordinator

Thomas English

Thomas English, PhD in engineering and an expert on high-level spent nuclear fuel, who has worked with Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and the EPA.  He has advised the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy across four Presidential administrations, advised the Government of Sweden, and was the architect of the California Clean Air Act, among other achievements.

Jessie Speer

Jessie Speer is an attorney and received her doctorate degree in geography from Syracuse University.  Her work has examined the U.S. urban development that has entrenched individuals in a cycle of displacement.  She co-founded the Samuel Lawrence Foundation and was a driving force for the community engagement model that is a hallmark of the Foundation.

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