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FIGHT FOR ZERO LEADERS, GRASSROOTS MEMBERS, ALLIES & VOLUNTEERS 

As a community-driven organization, we depend on individuals to volunteer their time, skills, knowledge, and resources. Everyone we unite with has a personal connection to nature and is passionate about fighting for zero diseases and pollution in Florida. We are fortunate to have people who desire change and are invested in this mission. This is why we highlight those who have selflessly volunteered with Fight for Zero, whether with administration work, citizen science, education, or signing up for projects and events; we appreciate everyone who has helped us protect the environment and lives.  

Stel Christel Bailey

Founder & Executive Director Stel Bailey

Stel Bailey is the Chief Executive Director of Fight for Zero, a National PFAS Contamination Coalition (NPCC) Co' Facilitator, and a nationally recognized environmental health advocate who is a cancer cluster survivor and community leader passionate about protecting Florida's natural resources and human health. 

Bailey's life took an unthinkable turn in 2013 when her father, brother, the family dog, uncle, and herself were diagnosed with cancer without a family history. Their case was so unique that they had genetic testing, which showed no mutation genes, indicating they did not have an increased risk of developing the disease. It was documented in Bailey's medical records that her cancer was likely environmentally caused.

Determined to find answers, Bailey began crowdsourcing cancer cases where she grew up in Brevard County on Florida's space coast. As she publicly shared her family's case, she connected with others across Florida impacted by diseases in unusual ways.

Through extensive research, Bailey learned that her family was exposed to man-made substances and legacy contamination from the Department of Defense and space industry activities. There was careless dumping of hazardous chemicals into the county's waterways, multiple cancer cluster investigations dating back to the 1970s, ALS and other disease cluster concerns, and in 1978 the drinking water in Brevard County was rated the worst in the United States. 

As a cancer survivor, caregiver, mom, and military dependant, Bailey became passionate about clean water, toxic exposures, the environment, and disease prevention. Since being in remission from cancer in 2014, Bailey has been invited as a community liaison for the National Academy of Sciences, is a leading voice in environmental health for numerous agencies, and is a well-known motivational speaker who works to connect impacted communities with academics. 

Her powerful testimony of overcoming illness and losing loved ones to environmentally-caused diseases has given her an influential platform to educate and inspire others to care more about the ecosystem. 

Deputy Director Jeff Dubitsky

Jeff Dubitsky is a father of five living in Satellite Beach, Florida, next to Patrick Space Force Base, where a 2018 Department of Defense report showed the third-highest detected levels of PFAS chemicals nationwide. PFOA and PFOS were found at 4.3 million parts per trillion in the groundwater near Dubitsky's home. Additionally, he learned that his neighbors in South Patrick Shores lived on top of land used as a military landfill by the Navy decades ago. He assisted neighbors in getting a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) investigation by helping dig up military debris, bringing awareness, writing emails, and contacting Erin Brockovich's team, who came to Satellite Beach in September of 2018. Dubitsky works as the Vice President of Fight For Zero, the south Brevard Director, and is on a mission to ensure his children have a future free from toxic exposures. 

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Cheryl Jozsa of Bayshore High School in Florida

West Coast Director Cheryl Jozsa

Cheryl Jozsa successfully got the Department of Health in Manatee County, Florida, to launch a cancer study after learning that over 500 Bayshore High School graduates were diagnosed with rare diseases at young ages. Jozsa's sister, Terri, a 1979 graduate of Bayshore High School, was among the alumni. After extensive research, she learned that her sister was likely exposed to harmful toxins from a former machine parts manufacturing company near the school. Jozsa has spent over a decade connecting with impacted families, fighting for better regulations on school drinking water and environmental safety, and is passionate about protecting children from dangerous exposures. She works as the West Coast Director for Fight For Zero and is a recognized statewide advocate bringing attention to polluters and disease rates. 

Zero Waste Program Manager Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth Baker is a Brevard County resident passionate about plastic-free living and litter prevention. Baker educates communities on how litter endangers the environment, wildlife, and economy and is helping change how we think about waste. Vulnerable communities are at the most risk of harmful exposures from landfill emissions, which is why Baker is working on creative solutions to lessen the amount of trash we produce. She spends countless hours photographing and video-recording trash throughout communities while organizing cleanups to stop the source of pollution from entering our waterways, soil, air, and bodies. Baker is a powerful voice urging people, businesses, and the government to consume responsibly, ethically, and consciously.  

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Emerald Cromwell Pinellas County, Florida

Pinellas County Leader Emerald Cromwell

Emerald Cromwell is a nurse from Pinellas County, Florida, diagnosed with rare adrenal cancer (ACC) and learned of two close friends with the same disease. She took it upon herself to get better-detailed data on adrenal cancer for those who attended Boca Ciega High School and surrounding communities. Shannon Jager, Cromwell's best friend, passed at 42 of adrenal cancer, and "Shannon's Walk" was formed to continue cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Cromwell works alongside colleagues on cluster-based research to aid in disease crowdsourcing efforts. Her passion led her to become an advocate and voice for those exposed to environmental toxins and facing rare diseases. Cromwell continues her battle against adrenal cancer.  

Environmental Science Program Manager Josh Bailey

Josh Bailey is a US Army veteran and currently serves the public as an employee of the National Park Service. Bailey became passionate about protecting Florida's natural resources, which led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in environmental science at Southern New Hampshire University. At SNHU, his studies focused on conservation biology, ecology, and natural resources. 

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Cancer Survivor Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Jackson is a  1989 Satellite High School graduate diagnosed with rare bone cancer at 19 during the 90s while a cancer cluster investigation occurred in her Florida community. The Florida Department of Health concluded that a virus caused the disease cluster. Jackson works as a wellness educator and is passionate about disease prevention.  JenJackson.JuicePlus.com

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Cancer Survivor Victoria Sittig

Satellite High School 2002 graduate Victoria Sittig was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2017. Sittig grew up in Brevard County, where some of the nation's highest levels of PFAS chemicals were found. Her best friend Kelly died of breast cancer at age 35, four months after her diagnosis. Sittig volunteers with Fight for Zero to get action on PFAS and other DoD contamination. 

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Hydrogeologist Dave Woodhouse

Dave Woodhouse is a professional and registered (FLA) geologist with over 50 years of experience in hydrogeology and environmental forensics and as a court-recognized expert in bedrock fracture flow and the fate and transport of chemicals. He has consulted the EPA, Department of Justice, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and all military branches. His book: Geology for Environmental Engineers Book

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Cancer Survivor Teri Stagg

Teri Stagg is a 17-year cancer survivor who played a crucial role in helping crowdsource cancer cases in Satellite Beach, Florida after a 2018 Department of Defense showed high levels of PFAS chemicals at the Air Force base next to the community where she lived. Stagg assisted to get a health study and continues to bring awareness to environmental exposures.

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Health Advocate Misti Blu Day

Misti Blu Day fought a lifelong battle navigating the healthcare system to figure out why she was sick. After multiple misdiagnoses, she was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and MTHFR mutation. Day has undergone multiple open heart surgeries and other health struggles. She uses her experience to help others through advocacy, education, and awareness. bludreamhealth.com

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Cancer Survivor Crissy White

Jessica Helton Fight for Zero

Health Advocate Jessica Helton

Dawn Harrell Fight for Zero

Artist & Advocate Dawn Harrell

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Health Advocate Kerri Zuber

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Citizen Scientist Evelyn Quick

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Citizen Scientist Rebecca Chapman

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Parent Advocates Holmes Family

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Citizen Scientist Jodi Warren

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Jennifer Corley Fight for Zero

Citizen Scientist Jennifer Corley

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Citizen Scientist Catherine

Becca McCullough Fight for Zero

Citizen Scientist Becca McCullough

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GIS Mapper DP Braden

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Graphic Designer Dan Spurlock

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Clean Water Advocate Tiffany Johnson

Addisyn Mayer Florida
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Youth Advocate Addisyn Mayer

Youth Advocate Colleen Margaret

Citizen Scientist Nadia Stratta

Watchdog Stan Johnson

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE ALLIES IN FLORIDA 

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Volusia County Leader Libby Higbee

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Filmmaker Erik E. Crown

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Apopka Cancer Eddie Poirier

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Volusia County Suzanne

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EEARSS Frank Robb

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SAFE Director Susan Wind

NATIONAL COLLEAGUES AND ALLIES

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Nantucket PFAS Action Ayesha Khan

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PFAS Exchange Dr. Courtney Carignan

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North Carolina Dr. Kyle Horton

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Colorado Liz Rosenbaum

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New Hampshire, Michigan, North Carolina: Laurene Allen, Sandy Wynn-Stelt, Katie Bryant

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Slingshot & South Carolina Dana Colihan & Cheryl Cail

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National PFAS Contamination Coaltion 

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Environmental Attorney Rob Bilott

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Environmental Advocate Erin Brockovich

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No Defense Documentary Crew

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Firefighter & Advocate Jason Burns

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Trevor Trek Foundation Trevor Schaefer

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Meredith Wilson

Milso & Advocate Meredith Wilson

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Mandy feindt

Army Officer & Advocate