Our Mission + Team

THEA Protects your right to a safe environment through education and advocacy.

MISSION

The Texas Health and Environment Alliance’s mission is to protect water resources and public health by advocating and collaborating for the safe removal of toxic contamination.

We endeavor to establish an informed and engaged public movement to restore and protect environmental resources from toxic contamination.

Why Superfund Sites?

Abandoned toxic waste sites (Superfund Sites) contaminate land, air, and water throughout the United States which may manifest as illnesses within our communities. We have a personal connection to this cause. Read our founder’s story here.

Committed to Safe Water

THEA is committed to safeguarding public health by holding polluters accountable for environmental contamination. We serve as your voice to local and national government agencies. Dive deeper into our initiatives to learn more about our work.

Community Health Survey

We actively ensure that your health is at the forefront of local and national government officials’ agenda. Help us represent your voice by taking our Community Health Survey which allows us to collect health data on potential contamination exposure.

About THEA

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ADVOCACY IN ACTION

We take a multidisciplinary approach that has proven to be extremely effective at creating change.

$115,000,000
An estimated price tag to be paid for by the responsible polluters.
50,000
A community of supporters including locally and nationally elected figures.
500,000+
We consistently gather community letters to accurately represent your voice to decision makers.
1,000+
We host town halls in Houston communities affected by Superfund Sites.

PROGRAMS

THEA works to safeguard public health by preventing exposure to harmful contaminants, striving to restore our precious environmental resources for future generations. As our capacity increases, our service area will expand across the Houston metropolitan region. Our long-term goal is to improve the environment where Houstonian’s live, work, play, and worship.

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JONES ROAD

The Jones Road Superfund Site has continued to contaminate Cypress residents’ underground water wells and aquifers. Sign the Jones Road Letter to support remediation. More Info on the Jones Road Program here.

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SAN JACINTO

Over 50,000 supporters have joined the fight for remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. See how you can get involved, or meet us at our next town hall. More Info on the San Jacinto Program here.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY

Our Community Health Survey uses health data to identify potentially contaminated communities. Help us know which areas to focus our efforts by taking this 2-minute survey.

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SAN JACINTO

Over 50,000 supporters have joined the fight for remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. See how you can get involved, or meet us at our next town hall. More Info on the San Jacinto Program here.

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JONES ROAD

The Jones Road Superfund Site has continued to contaminate Cypress residents’ underground water wells and aquifers. Sign the Jones Road Letter to support remediation. More Info on the Jones Road Program here.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY

Our Community Health Survey uses health data to identify potentially contaminated communities. Help us know which areas to focus our efforts by taking this 2-minute survey.

Meet Our Board

Jacquelyn Young

Jacquelyn Young-Medcalf

CEO + Executive Director
Jackie Young-Medcalf founded THEA after she discovered it was the environment in her community that caused her family and animals to get ill. Her environmental advocacy began when she was a junior at UHCL, it was during a hydrology course when she discovered why she was having multiple seizures in a day. Today, Jackie dedicates her work to make sure another family doesn’t have the same experience. Her personal mission is for Houston to have a safe and equitable environment for all who visit and live in the region.
Sarah Davis, President

Sarah Davis

President
Sarah Davis resides in a community impacted by historical toxic waste site in the San Jacinto River. She has first-hand experience with the superfund process and organizing the community around this cause. Sarah has supported THEA from it’s early years and volunteers several hours a month in the areas of event planning, community organizing, and community outreach. Sarah provides invaluable support to The San Jacinto River Coalition.
Jeffrey Spike Ph.D., Vice President

Jeffrey Spike Ph.D.

Vice President
Dr. Jeffrey Spike is a national leader in the fields of clinical ethics and medical and public health education. Since graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1987, Dr. Spike began his career in education, with a focus on Clinical Ethics. He was Professor and the director of campus-wide ethics at the University of Texas in Houston until 2018. He is now Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and on the ethics committee of the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. With his extensive experience in environmental ethics his leadership provides THEA valuable guidance in the area of public health.
Professor Lisa Gossett, Secretary + Treasurer

Professor Lisa Gossett

Secretary + Treasurer
Lisa Gossett, J.D., chairs the Environmental Management program at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where her courses include environmental law and water management. She previously worked as an attorney for Blackburn and Carter and a larger downtown law firm. Before earning her J.D. degree at the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Gossett worked in the petrochemical industry. She also earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. She continues to support THEA by volunteering her expertise in environmental law, regulatory processes, and environmental management.

Testimonials

“Water is in everything. It’s a basic human right, and it’s just so nerve racking to think that something you use everyday to take care of your family can cause you harm. THEA has equipped me to keep my family healthy.”

- Rafaela

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Give today to keep another family from suffering unnecessarily.

Be a constant champion in our corner with a monthly recurring donation. We rely on your support to maintain our small and mighty team that protects your health by keeping your water safe.

News + Awards

5 Years of Protecting Public Health

5 Years of Protecting Public Health

April 9, 2020

Over six years ago our CEO, Jackie Young-Medcalf set out to start a movement that would educate and equip people who have suffered like her and her family have.  She didn’t know where to turn to or who could help her when she suspected that there was something wrong with the land her family lived … Read More

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Feds hope to start San Jacinto Waste Pits cleanup within 2 years

Feds hope to start San Jacinto Waste Pits cleanup within 2 years

September 18, 2019

Experts continue to work on a design to clean up the San Jacinto Waste Pits in hopes of beginning actual remediation in less than two years, federal officials said Monday. The EPA announced plans two years ago to remove about 212,000 cubic yards of material containing the dangerous compounds from the waste pits. And in … Read More

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