Kristen Mello, M.Sc., has been WRAFT’s Director since our 2017 founding. She led WRAFT’s effort to get one of the ATSDR’s PFAS Exposure Assessments, including the first PFAS blood testing for Westfield residents. Kristen serves as a Community Member on the Barnes Air National Guard Base Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), and served both on the MassDEP PFAS MCL Stakeholder Group and as a Community Liaison for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2022 Guidance on PFAS Exposure, Testing, and Clinical Follow-Up. Her PFAS advocacy work, in large part, led to her being elected a Westfield City Councilor At-large in 2019 and 2021. 

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Christopher Clark

Vice President

Christopher Clark, M.Sc., is honored to serve as the Vice-President of WRAFT. Chris spent the first 18 years of his life in Westfield, until he left for studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and then subsequently to the University of Michigan. Back at UMASS in 2017, Chris joined a developmental toxicology lab that studies the impacts of PFAS and was made aware that a PFAS contamination had hit his hometown. Chris became involved with WRAFT and has worked with the organization and local community ever since. 

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Mary O'Connell


Mary O'Connell, a graduate of Colgate University (BA Political Science) and Boston University (MA Urban Affairs) has served on Westfield's City Council for over a dozen years.  O'Connell has served on Natural Resources (Chair), Zoning, Planning and Development (Chair), Legislative and Ordinance, Personnel, and other committees of the Council.  As a member of WRAFT she has worked for PFAS reform for the City of Westfield, traveling to many meetings in both Boston and Washington DC. In addition to her water quality work, Mary has been on several local Boards and volunteers for several non-profits. 

Clare Loughlin (she/her)

Communications Advisor

Clare Loughlin is an MPH Candidate in Environmental Health at Yale School of Public Health’24 and a Science Communications Analyst at Blue Forest. At Yale, Clare is a Stolwijk fellow in Dr. Krystal Pollitt's lab studying airborne PFAS contamination, and a member of the Center on Climate Change and Public Health. 

Clare earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from Connecticut College. Clare led strategic communications and partnerships at a water finance startup and assisted low-tech river restoration in Maine and Connecticut. In 2019, Clare completed a Fulbright grant in a Malaysian palm oil community.

Katherine Dorazio

Graphic Designer / Social Media Manager 

Katherine is a Senior at the Chapin School with a passion for STEM. This past summer, she worked in Dr. Krystal Pollitt's lab at the Yale School of Public Health.  Katherine brings her knack for graphic design and visual creative talents to WRAFT.  

In her free time Katherine loves to paint and explore New York City.