Meet our Board and Staff

October 6, 2018

phhayleyHAYLEY JOYELL SMITH is passionate about appropriate toilet technologies and availability. She is currently a Visiting Instructor of Geology at Hanover College, and was previously the program director at the Ecovillage Training Center where she ran permaculture and natural-building educational experiences. Hayley earned her Master’s degree in geosciences from North Carolina University, and focused on sustainable design and the influence science education on student attitude and decision-making. Over the last fifteen years, she has researched the relationship between quality of life and wastewater systems. While working for a watershed-based non-profit, she developed a place-based curriculum and working model that illustrated the connection among our natural and constructed water systems. While her international work has focused on constructing sanitation systems for small communities, PHLUSH drew her attention to the need for public toilet advocacy and disaster preparedness in the United States. You can learn more on her website. Hayley serves as Board President. Email here.

KYLE EARLYWINE is a sanitation entrepreneur and loves that his job is to talk with people about restrooms. His experience with sanitation goes back to the late 90’s when his dad invented a portable flush restroom for the National Park Service. The two of them later built off of that invention in 2010 by starting Green Flush Technologies. Through their business, they are able to provide flush restroom buildings to areas that lack access to sewer and septic systems. Shortly after getting into the sanitation business, Kyle discovered a piece of PHLUSH literature while volunteering at a local homeless shelter and immediately became a fan of the their work. He then connected with PHLUSH at the World Toilet Summit in Philadelphia and has stayed connected ever since. Kyle hopes to use his varied experience in the sanitation industry to aid PHLUSH in improving and securing sanitation for all. Kyle serves as Board Vice President. Email here.


ABIGAIL BROWN is committed to water and sanitation equity in low-income and high-income countries alike as a current Sociology PhD student at University of California in Santa Cruz. Her previous training includes an MS in Water Resources Policy and Management and MA in Sociology. Abby’s research examines urban water and sanitation exclusion with attention to gender, race, and class. Abigail recently developed an online university course on water and sanitation justice with an interdisciplinary team of scholars. As a PHLUSH volunteer since 2011, she has engaged in knowledge sharing on public toilet design, represented the organization at venues such as the World Toilet Summit in South Africa, and contributed to the PHLUSH blog. Abigail serves as a Board Secretary. You can read more on her website. Email here.

SouthwickHeadshopBWcontrastANGELA SOUTHWICK obtained a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in 2005 focusing on Community Development. In addition to being a strong advocate for citizen involvement, where the community has an opportunity to influence public decisions, she believes in going a step further to support the development of community-based solutions. After spending 10 years of working for Portland’s well-respected neighborhood system, Angela is especially interested in helping vulnerable populations. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, long-term experience in non-profit bookkeeping and grant management, and extensive knowledge of IRS rules and regulations related to 501(c)3 organizations. Angela serves as PHLUSH Treasurer and expert advisor to the Finance Committee. Email here.

POONAM SHARMA is an innovative and results-driven communications professional with over 10 years of experience in strategic communications and media relations in the private and non-profit sectors. Poonam was a journalist before starting her current career in corporate communications. She has proven expertise in multicultural communications with specialized training at workshops including ​Going global and ​Communicating across the language barrier, and has worked in India, East Africa and Canada. Poonam has been volunteering with PHLUSH since 2011 focusing on community outreach, communications, and media relations. She creates attractive graphics, builds fresh and responsive formats for communications materials, and managed compilation of the ​Public Toilet Advocacy Toolkit. She is currently based in Washington, DC.  Poonam has long served PHLUSH as Communications Advisor. Email here.

CAROL MCCREARY supports PHLUSH as Program Manager. She sees solving toilet issues at the heart of human dignity, community well-being, and the health of people and our planet. Her passions run the gamut from championing public toilets to questioning how much longer we can afford to use drinking water to transport our pee and poo to wastewater treatment plants vulnerable to seismic events, climate change and sea level rise. She represents PHLUSH on the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) for their knowledge-management project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Equipped with an MA in teaching and an MS in development management, Carol spent three decades working in Morocco, Tunisia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. Along with five neighbors, she co-founded PHLUSH in 2005 in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown District. Email here.


Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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