About Tri-valley cares

Building the future

Tri-Valley CAREs works to strengthen global security by stopping the development of new nuclear weapons in the US and promoting the elimination of nuclear weapons globally. Nuclear weapons decrease rather than increase human security. Nuclear weapons pose one of the great social, economic and ecological challenges of our time.

Tri-Valley CAREs was founded in 1983 in Livermore, California by concerned neighbors living around the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of two locations where all US nuclear weapons are designed. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the US nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities.

 

Meet our people

TVC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Loulena Miles, President, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 1995. Former Intern and Staff Attorney for Tri-Valley CAREs, 2000-2008. Currently practices estate planning law as a partner at Miles & Torres Associates; has practiced public interest and environmental law in a variety of government and nonprofit settings; BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and JD from Golden Gate University. Richmond, CA.

Mary Perner, Vice-President, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2004. Liaison to Livermore City Council, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and Livermore political clubs and social organizations, including the Tri-Valley Non-Profit Association, Indivisible and others. Retired learning center director, small business owner of a tutoring service for at-risk youth. Livermore, CA

Lukasz Wojtaszek, Treasurer, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2021, solar technologies expert, current program director at GRID Alternatives, will be volunteering skills in administration, documentation and tracking to the group in 2021. Oakland, CA

Gail Rieger, Secretary, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2012. Currently working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Liaison to Tracy and Central Valley City Councils, San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, community groups, including Tracy “Go Team.” Serves as liaison to Tri-Valley CAREs’ Environmental Committee for Site 300. Tracy, CA

Judith Flanagan, volunteer expert at Tri-Valley CAREs since 2005. Drawing on her training (PhD Medicine) she provides biological technical advice and analysis to the group; also continues to advocate for peace and justice in her hometown where she returned after many years working in the Bay Area in the University of California system and National Labs. Sydney, Australia

Tony Green, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2021, teaches math and science at Tilden Preparatory Academy; founder and owner of the Livermore-based Speaking Green; engages audiences to promote environmental sustainability, conservation, and alternative energy technologies. Livermore, CA

Kala Hunter, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2021, environmental science writer at DeepRoot Green Infrastructure in SF; Sea Kayak Guide for disabled/under-resourced youth at Environmental Traveling Companions, will be assisting Tri-Valley CAREs in 2022 to upgrade its on-line communications. San Francisco, CA

Marylia Kelley, co-founder and member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 1983. Serves as the group’s Executive Director 1985-present. Background in management and journalism. Livermore, CA

Inga Olson, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2000. Retired State of California Senior Policy Analyst. Former Program Director at Tri-Valley CAREs. Liaison to California state legislative offices and Sacramento- area public interest organizations, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, Davis Friends Meeting, Peace Action and others. Sacramento, CA

Pamela Richard, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 2005. Liaison to Native American Communities. Manages Tri-Valley CAREs’ volunteer neighborhood outreach activities. Currently a respite employee for disabled children. Danville, CA

Ann Seitz, member of Tri-Valley CAREs since 1995, retired office manager; in retirement, Ann specializes in playwriting and art projects; assists the group with strategic planning materials and creative games. Hayward, CA

TVC STAFF & TECHNICAL ADVISORS

Marylia Kelley is the Executive Director of the Livermore-based Tri-Valley CAREs. She brings more than 37 years of in-depth research, analysis and facilitating public participation in decisions regarding U.S. nuclear weapons and environmental cleanup, with a focus on the Department of Energy, its National Nuclear Security Administration and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Kelley has provided testimony on the nuclear weapons complex before the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature, and has been an expert witness in environmental litigation involving Livermore Lab and other nuclear weapons sites. She represents Tri-Valley CAREs at the United Nations, including by conducting advocacy to support the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Kelley has provided input to the National Academy of Sciences, including on the proliferation risks of the National Ignition Facility and remediation challenges posed by toxic and radioactive pollution in groundwater at the Livermore Lab. She has written for numerous publications, including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Hill, the East Bay Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Kelley also serves as editor for the group’s newsletter, Citizen’s Watch. Kelley’s work with Tri-Valley CAREs has garnered numerous awards over the years, and, in 2002, she was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame. She has a background in journalism and humanities, and graduated summa cum laude from John F. Kennedy University. Kelley has lived in Livermore since 1976. marylia@trivalleycares.org

Scott Yundt is the Staff Attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs, a position he has held for more than dozen years. Scott specializes in public interest and environmental law. He manages the group’s community “right to know” program, including Freedom of Information Act activities from initial request through litigation. He also facilitates a support group for Dept. of Energy nuclear weapons workers and contractors made ill by on the job exposures and heads up the group’s activities to achieve conversion of Livermore Lab from nuclear weapons to a “green lab” focused on civilian science initiatives. Scott graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he double majored in environmental studies and legal studies. He then graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he received a Public Interest Law Certificate and the Pro Bono Publico Award for his commitment to serving the public interest. scott@trivalleycares.org

Raiza Marciscano-Bettis is the Outreach and Spanish Translation Specialist at Tri-Valley CAREs. Originally from Panama Raiza has been in the U.S. for more than two decades and is a Livermore resident. She fills a leadership role in conducting the group’s outreach activities, including speaking, writing and translating information about Livermore Lab, and its Site 300, into Spanish. Raiza manages the group’s community organizing with the goal of expanding participation opportunities in environmental decision-making for Spanish-speaking residents and youth. She also maintains the group’s website and social media accounts. raiza@trivalleycares.org

Peter Strauss began working for Tri-Valley CAREs in 1991 as Technical Advisor on the Superfund cleanup of the Livermore Lab’s Main Site. In the mid-90s, he was also awarded a second contract by Tri- Valley CAREs to analyze data and advise on the Superfund cleanup at the Livermore Lab’s Site 300 high explosives testing range. His responsibilities include providing detailed analysis of reports, well logs and other technical data on soil and groundwater contaminants and their migration through the environment. Peter also provides the group with comparative analyses of potential or selected remediation technologies and assists with the preparation of written comments on key aspects of the Superfund process. Peter authored Tri-Valley CAREs’ Community Guide to the Site 300 Cleanup, as well as its companion guide to the Lab’s Main Site cleanup. Peter has also completed a comprehensive study of plutonium problems at Livermore Lab. He earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Science and Policy from State University of New York. petestrauss1@comcast.net

our Work

Tri-Valley CAREs has been operating for over 36 years. During this time we’ve conducted original research and produced reports and analyses that have been cited by delegates to the United Nations, U.S. members of Congress, major media outlets and others. We’ve conducted numerous meetings with members of Congress, their staff and Administration officials with oversight responsibilities for the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, mobilized the community and played a pivotal role in exposing security deficiencies at Livermore Lab. We’ve helped raise awareness about the DOE’s Complex Transformation plan to revitalize the nuclear weapons complex, and helped prevent construction of numerous nuclear weapons projects across the country.

We’re passionate about regularly informing and activate thousands of our members and numerous allies so that they may more effectively raise their authentic voices to create positive social and political change.
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