Board of Directors

Michael Rubino

President & Co-Founder

Michael Rubino is an air quality expert who helps bridge the gap between the air in our homes and its direct impact on our health. Rubino works with over 100 doctors globally to not only raise awareness but also provide solutions to correctly identify and remove the pollutants causing this global health crisis.

 

As President of HomeCleanse, Rubino specializes in working with people who are immunocompromised or have acute and sustained reactions to mold exposure and has helped heal over 1,000 families—including celebrities and athletes. He is also a council-certified Mold Remediator by IICRC and ACAC and is a contributing member, sponsor, and speaker for the Indoor Air Quality Association.

 

He is the author of The Mold Medic and a contributor to MindBodyGreen. Rubino has been featured on Gwyneth Paltrow’s The goop Podcast and goop's website, Brandi Glanville’s Unfiltered podcast, Luke Storey, NBC, ABC, Fox, Forbes, USA Today, and Livestrong, to name a few. He hosts the YouTube series, Mold Talks, where guests include medical experts as well as mold recovery patients, including media icon Atoosa Rubenstein.


Kendra Seymour

Vice President & Co-Founder

Kendra Seymour is a Co-Founder and Vice President of Change the Air Foundation and a passionate advocate for improving health by improving indoor air quality. She oversees foundation initiatives, with a special focus on raising awareness, outreach, and fundraising.


As a mother of two, Kendra discovered hidden mold and water damage in her home were harming her family’s health. After years of research into mold and indoor toxins, and a lot of hard lessons-learned, she became dedicated to helping others by building awareness in online communities and collaborating with fellow advocates to educate the public around the importance of indoor air quality.


Kendra is an educator at heart. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and later completed a master’s degree in Initiatives in Education Transformation from George Mason University. She spent nearly a decade as a teacher and Instructional Coach in Fairfax County, having taught students at the elementary level for several years before transitioning to the role of Instructional Coach where she led professional development and supported teachers and administrators in making data driven decisions. 

Brandon Chappo

Director of Public Policy & Co-Founder

Brandon Chappo is a Co-Founder and Board Director of Change the Air Foundation. Serving as Director of Public Policy, he heads the organization’s advocacy development and implementation strategies. In working closely with community stakeholders and elected officials, he brings much-needed attention to the worldwide epidemic of poor indoor air quality and the need for improved standards nationwide.

Brandon’s advocacy journey began in the summer of 2019 after his health drastically began to deteriorate due to unknown exposure to mold and microbial growth from a water-damaged housing rental. His firsthand experience sparked his passion to help others suffering from similar circumstances. No one, he believes, should have to live in an indoor environment that makes them chronically ill. Since this realization, he’s become a resolute defender of healthier indoor air quality standards for all.

Brandon's tireless involvement with state legislators in Ohio and Florida was instrumental in the creation of Ohio H.B. 251 The Ohio Indoor Safe Air Act, Florida H.B. 933, and Florida S.B. 1394, The Toxic Mold Protections Act. His dedication led to his recent feature in the December 2021 issue of Healthy Indoors Magazine promoting his advocacy efforts.

Betsy Maldonado

Board Member

Betsy Maldonado is especially passionate about raising awareness around the importance of indoor air quality on health.  She is a certified Functional DiagnosticNutrition® (FDN) Practitioner and the founder of Ready Health Go. 

Betsy launched Ready Health Go in 2018 after partially recovering from toxic mold illness that had previously left her bedridden for nearly 5 years. As an FDN Practitioner, she specializes in helping clients improve their quality of life after being impacted by toxic mold illness, Lyme, and other hard to diagnose chronic conditions. 

Her next big opportunity, as she navigated the roller coaster journey of toxic mold illness, was with Biocidin as a Clinical Consultant.  There she trained doctors and clinics to use the complete Biocidin line of products to help patients suffering from toxic mold illness and Lyme.  

Currently she works at The Mold Guy Inc., as their Director of Operations and Education. Here she has come full circle to help clients, suffering with toxic mold illness, understand what is specifically impacting their home’s indoor air quality. This knowledge has allowed thousands of clients to take the necessary steps needed to restore their home and their health.

Corey Levy

Co-Founder

Corey Levy is accredited through the American Council for Accredited Certifications as a Certified Microbial Investigator and Certified Indoor Environmentalist, North America's oldest and most prestigious certifying body dedicated to indoor air quality. Levy is also licensed as a Florida Mold Assessor and New York Mold Assessor. 

Additionally, he is a WELL Accredited Professional, the WELL Building Standard is the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities that support and advance human health and wellness. Levy is an expert at identifying indoor pathogens and strategically sampling, validating, and developing remedial strategies in all areas of a home or building. 


As a WELL Accredited Professional, Levy utilizes extensive experience from the IAQ industry to help home and building owners design new and existing properties with a focus on health and wellness.


Levy has performed over 2,000 mold specific investigations in the past decade he has been in the industry. 80% + of Levy’s clients are individuals with hypersensitive health issues, including but not limited to Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), Lyme disease and other co-infections, autoimmune disease, and multiple chemical sensitivity. Levy attends multiple international medical conferences and workshops every year that focus on individuals with hypersensitive conditions. 


Examples of these include conferences and workshops organized by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), Integrative Healthcare Symposium (HIS) and Realtime Labs International Summit on Mycotoxin Treatments.

Strategic Advisors

Justin Nahama

 

Justin is a passionate and highly-accomplished business strategist, attorney, and Marine veteran committed to creating impact for all.  He has 15 years of experience leveraging a unique blend of legal, business, and non-profit acumen to help scale the global reach of industry leaders and early-stage companies. Justin has worked closely with disruptive visionaries in wellbeing ranging from Deepak Chopra, Oprah’s Executive Director, CrossFit’s founding team, leadership in the Navy SEAL and special operations communities, and cryptocurrency/blockchain innovators. According to a successful founder he advised, “Any effort Justin leads becomes a movement without fail.”

An intuitive “fixer” who thinks fast and effectively, Justin forged his legal practice as a federal prosecutor and Marine JAG shortly after 9/11. Justin became a sought-after advisor to senior military officers where he prosecuted felony cases earning the reputation—according to one of his awards—“as one of the premier litigators in the Marine Corps.”  Justin’s success and commitment to service continued when he transitioned to one of the largest law firms in the country. During his tenure, Justin broke the mold to make partner based on his ability to fuse business and legal strategy to empower companies around the world.  

Justin currently serves as the COO of the Chopra Foundation, a partner at the world’s largest distributed law firm, and a general partner at the venture-capital fund he founded to support veteran entrepreneurs. 

Mark Levy

 

Mark Levy's company The Mold Guy is dedicated to performing mold inspections specifically for hyper-sensitive individuals with complex health issues like Biotoxin illness, Lyme, CFS/ME and Autoimmune Issues. Founded in 2005 by Mark Levy after making a simple observation: dealing with mold contamination is overwhelming and scary. Questions like "Will mold make me sick?" and "Do I need to leave my home right now?" fly through one’s mind the instant a mold problem is suspected. Mold is no longer a conspiracy theory. The stress and uncertainty that comes along with a
mold problem has been finally acknowledged as being a big of an issue as the mold itself.

Mark is certified by the American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC). The Certification Council is North America’s oldest and most prestigious certifying body dedicated to indoor air quality. The ACAC is accredited by the prestigious Certification for Engineering and Scientific Technicians Board (CESB) and National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Every inspection project is personally supervised and conducted by a team member who is a trained Certified Mold Inspector and Certified Microbial investigator. The Mold Guy is committed to providing and maintaining the
highest standards of skill and practice in the environmental inspection profession. Our specialty is laser focused on helping hypersensitive individuals detect and prevent mold and other microbial contaminants inside of their home. The reason for this is because our clients absolutely require a higher standard of care when it comes to the inspection process and testing than what is offered by the typical
mold inspection company.

The Mold Guy team has performed over 7000 mold inspections. Approximately 95% of The Mold Guy clients are individuals with hypersensitivities, chronic
conditions, or other types of complex health issues. In order to better serve our clients The Mold Guy attends several medical conferences per year on the effects of biotoxin illness in exposed individuals. We are on a mission to help his clients have happy homes so they can breathe easy!

Brian Karr

 

Brian Karr is a second-generation indoor environmental consultant who specializes in working with hypersensitive individuals with complex medical conditions. He helps them to understand if mold, mycotoxins, or other indoor pathogens exist in their homes that may be contributing to their health conditions, and how to remedy those issues.

Karr has become a go-to mold & biotoxin resource for many medical practitioners across the country and has helped over 5,000 hypersensitive individuals nationwide to create healthier living environments that have allowed their doctors to help them get better.

Karr is the co-founder of We Inspect, and the creator of #moldfinders: METHOD; a digital training program developed for hypersensitive individuals and the doctors who treat them. The program teaches its students how to identify and remove mold and mycotoxins from their homes so they can get healthy again -- without having to hire or get scammed by a local inspector.

Karr is a Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI) accredited through the American Council for Accredited Certifications, North America's oldest and most prestigious certifying body dedicated to indoor air quality. He is an expert at identifying indicators of mold growth and strategically sampling, validating, and developing remedial strategies for mold growth and biotoxin production in all areas of a home or building including walls, floors, ceilings, crawl spaces, basements, attics, and HVAC systems.

Karr was a featured speaker at the 2020 Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Annual Meeting, presenting a specialized approach to mold and biotoxin remediation tailored specifically for hypersensitive individuals. He also contributed to several educational articles published by the Indoor Air Quality Association as a member of its Education Subcommittee. He’s also a full member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI), oftentimes attending many of the same events as Mr. Levy.

David Fontaine

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel

David Fontaine is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel.  David has a Masters degree in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and leverages 20+ years’ experience in aerospace/defense systems engineering, including safety-critical systems design, root cause analysis, project and test planning, and decision analysis.

David and his wife, Lissa, lost home and health, due to water damage hidden in their home and exposure to multiple species of toxigenic mold.  This was followed by a failed remediation, leaving them with a gutted, contaminated home.  With few good options, they sold their distressed home with full disclosure and liquidated their salvageable belongings.  They purchased a 36’ fifth-wheel RV, which has been their full-time home since 2018, while they travel with the seasons, treating with specialists along the way. 

With his background, David has a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of things.  Over the past 4 years, while doing personal research to aid his own recovery, he has examined the toxic mold problem from many different perspectives.  Studying winners and losers, profits and losses, across the landscape of real estate, insurance, public health, agriculture, state and federal agencies, veterinary medicine, and our healthcare systems, he quickly recognized deep, widespread, and totally inconsistent patterns of messaging and behavior around mycotoxins in different contexts..

David hopes his unique perspectives, passion, and tenacity will help bring improved understanding of and protection from the dangers of mold and mycotoxins.  And, as he likes to note, there are profits to be made in the solutions – and solutions are everywhere!