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Caleb Roberts hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a background in community organizing around issues of transportation, economic development, and affordable housing. Caleb is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning and received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He currently works as a senior planner for Gap Strategies. He is a husband, a writer of science fiction, and a lifelong track athlete.

E: downwindersatrisk@gmail.com



Kiani Ned. Throughout her professional life, Kiani has managed the social media, branding strategy, and communications for galleries, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. She has helped launch and sustain creative projects for artists, writers, organizations, and service providers. She will be joining the DAR Team as Development Coordinator to oversee capacity building and fundraising efforts. 

E: downwindersdevelopment@gmail.com



Alicia Kendrick. Alicia Kendrick is a Joppa resident, mother and a member of the Joppa Environmental Health Project Steering Committee.  She has been working with us since 2021, joined the Board in 2022 and will be graduating from the College of Constructive Hell-Raising in May 2023.

E: downwindersalicia@gmail.com



James Perkins is a dedicated bilingual organizer with a profound commitment to community empowerment. With fluency in both English and Spanish, James boasts years of experience in leading successful campaigns that have increased community engagement, government accountability, and led to the creation of equitable policies and practices. Known for a collaborative approach and a passion for social justice, James Perkins is poised to continue to contribute valuably to communities across the DFW metroplex.

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Jim Schermbeck was born and raised in Fort Worth. Jim obtained his undergraduate degree from Austin College and did post-graduate work at the University of North Texas and University of Texas at Arlington. From 1977 to 1988 he worked to stop the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant as a volunteer and professional organizer. He was Program Director of the Dallas office of the National Toxics Campaign from 1989 to 1994, where he assisted DFW residents in identifying two Superfund Sites, including the former RSR lead smelter in West Dallas. He's been with Downwinders at Risk since 1994. He's held the title of Director of Downwinders at Risk since 2007.

E: schermbeck@aol.com