Kim Foreman | Executive Director | kim.foreman@ehw.org

Kim Foreman is the Executive Director for Environmental Health Watch. Kim brings nearly 20 years of experience working on environmental justice issues in Cleveland. Kim joined EHW in 1999 as a part-time health educator, and has served in the role of Executive Director since 2015.

As the Executive Director for EHW, Kim has focused on Environmental Justice Issues and adverse outcomes of environmental exposures, both indoors and outdoors, that disproportionately impact poor and minority communities. During her eighteen years with EHW, she has developed, implemented, and managed various local, direct service, grassroots projects, worked on national projects, spoken at local and national conventions, and has helped EHW obtain national attention for its work through outlets such as the New York Times and Al Jezeera English.

Kim became passionate for the work of EHW through some of her own lived experiences, including living some of the challenges that the clients they serve. It wasn’t until joining EHW that Kim realized how severely children and families were being impacted by environmental hazards in the home, like lead.

Kim Foreman holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She also a licensed lead risk assessor and Roots of Success instructor. Kim lives on the West side of Cleveland and has two adult children.


Mandy Metcalf | Associate Director | mandy.metcalf@ehw.org

Mandy Metcalf is the Associate Director for Environmental Health Watch. Mandy joined EHW in 2008 and has been working to create sustainable neighborhoods for over the last 15 years.

Before joining EHW, Mandy served as director of the Cleveland EcoVillage, a neighborhood redevelopment initiative organized around principles of ecological design and community involvement.  She also has worked as a city planner and a healthy homes practitioner.

She is inspired by the need to fight inequity in our society and give everyone a chance to live a healthy, meaningful life in balance with nature. Her interests include historic preservation in legacy cities, walkable infrastructure, Kutchi embroidery, stand-up paddleboarding, and poetry. She currently lives in the Kamm’s Corners neighborhood of Cleveland with husband Michael and toddler Caz.

Mandy holds a bachelor’s in Environmental Resource Management from the Pennsylvania State University and master’s of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Akbar Tyler | Director of Training and  Healthy Homes

Akbar is Director of Training and Healthy Homes for EHW. Akbar started with EHW in 1992 and has over 18 years of experience working with in-home assessments, field research, and education and training of tenants and other providers. 

During his 18 years, Akbar has gained vast experience conducting home hazard assessments, remediation, family education, healthy house training, and research. Over the years his emphasis in research has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. From lead poisoning, to asthma, pesticide exposure, and other health conditions associations with substandard housing.

Akbar has a passion for cultivating people and soil and sharing his knowledge about the value of nutrition and the importance of maintaining a healthy home. Akbar is a husband and father to 6 wonderful children and currently lives on Cleveland’s west side. At home he can be found working in his garden and tending to his ducks. 

Board of Directors

Eric Friess

Don Slocum

Elizabeth Cagan

Phil Star

Melanie Knowles

Sandra Byrd Chappelle,

Betsy Ferguson

Keymah Durden

William J. Thrush