CAP Members

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Danielle Corazza is a service-connected disabled veteran of the US Army and National Guard, and the founder of Applegate Solutions, a small business which offers versatile, intuitive, common-sense solutions to those in need. Her primary focus is veteran and military family advocacy, which combines her passion for healthcare policy and implementation with her unique experiences in both arenas.

Using her Montgomery GI Bill and Veteran Rehabilitation, Danielle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from Strayer University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Danielle lived in Tarawa Terrace on Camp Lejeune from birth in 1980 through 1986. One of her parents was Marine Corps, and the other was Navy.

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Craig Unterberg is the chair of Haynes and Boone’s New York-based Prime Brokerage and Equity Lending Practice Group and is a leading authority on the U.S. margin regulations. Craig provides extensive regulatory advice on margin lending issues to a multitude of financial institutions and hedge funds. Craig has worked on an industry-leading number of single stock and portfolio loan transactions to hedge funds, investment companies, and private equity groups making him a market leader in handling complex onshore and offshore margin facilities.

Craig’s father began his active duty as a physician in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to Camp Lejeune in 1974. His family lived at Camp Lejeune for approximately 2 years while he was a child. In February of 2015, Craig’s doctor discovered a mass and he received a diagnosis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer).

Craig has dedicated a significant amount of his adult life working with different philanthropic agencies on issues that he is passionate about. In dealing with his recent health issues and working through the reimbursement process with the Veterans Association, he became committed to finding an avenue where he can assist veterans, family members, and other people impacted by the contamination at Camp Lejeune.

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Bernard Hodore is married to the lovely Beverly S. Hodore. In 2010 they started a non-profit organization called BBE Inc in the Atlanta area to help homeless veterans in their efforts to obtain their disability benefits from Veterans Affairs as well as to help them sustain and maintain a better way of life. Bernard was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC.

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Retired Master Sergeant Jerome (Jerry) Ensminger has been fighting for justice on the Camp Lejeune contaminated drinking water issue since August 1997. Before that, he served in the Marine Corps for 24 years.

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Christopher Orris was exposed in utero in 1974 while his family lived on Inchon Street at Tarawa Terrace as well as after he was born. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease in 2011 and is now passionate about being an advocate for the children exposed in utero. Currently, he is an auditor who resides in New Bern, NC who enjoys off-roading and craft beer.

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Lori (Lou) Freshwater is a native of Jacksonville, NC. She spent part of her childhood living on board Camp Lejeune in the early eighties. She lost two siblings to neural-tube defects and in 2013 she lost her mother to leukemia. Lou earned a BA in English Literature Summa Cum Laude and an MA in English and Creative Writing with distinction. She writes about military hazardous waste sites at Beacon Reader and has an upcoming feature story in Earth Island Journal.

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Dr. Richard Clapp, DSc

Richard Clapp has an MPH degree from Harvard School of Public Health and a doctoral degree from Boston University School of Public Health. He was the founding Director of the Massachusetts Cancer Registry in the Department of Public Health from 1980-1989. He joined the B.U. School of Public Health as a full-time Faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health in 1993; he retired in 2010 and is now Professor Emeritus. He is also on the Adjunct Faculty at the U. of Massachusetts – Lowell.

Dr. Clapp has done research and taught courses in epidemiology and environmental
health for over thirty years. His research interests include the health effects of dioxin and Agent Orange, the health effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and other environmental exposures to toxic chemicals. He is a member of several professional organizations and served on the editorial board of two journals. He has been on the Camp Lejeune CAP since 2006. You can visit his website here.

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Tim Templeton is a Marine who was stationed at Camp Lejeune from early 1984 until December 1986, living at French Creek and working in the Hadnot Point Industrial Area as a small missile systems electronics repair technician. He is co-administrator for the Facebook group “Contaminated Marines of Camp Lejeune”.

Since leaving Camp Lejeune, he has worked as an engineer and scientist in broadband telecommunications and served as a public school board trustee. Tim is a senior member of the SCTE engineering society, holding Emeritus certifications, and is a member of IEEE and ComSoc. He holds an engineering degree with emphasis in computers and electronics and participated on the University of Kansas Information and Telecommunication Technology Center’s Industry Advisory Board as a corporate representative.

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Mike Partain was Born at Camp Lejeune. He was diagnosed with male breast cancer at the age of 39. Since then, he has worked tirelessly as an advocate for those poisoned at Camp Lejeune. Mike is currently pursuing his Masters in History at UCF and enjoying being a father. You can read more about what Mike has accomplished in this article, How a Bunch of Scrappy Marines Could Help Vanquish Breast Cancer, at Mother Jones.

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Kenneth P. Cantor, PhD

Dr. Cantor is a senior epidemiologist with the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, where he has directed studies of cancer and environmental factors since 1977. He has a major interest in studying the relation between human cancer and exposure to pesticides and drinking water contaminants and has conducted numerous studies in these areas. Dr. Cantor has served as advisor to national and international organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization. He holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has authored or co-authored over 140 original research and review articles.

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Pat Breysse, PhD

Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)

Pat Breysse, PhD, joined CDC in December 2014 as the Director of NCEH/ATSDR. Dr. Breysse leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. He came to CDC from the Johns Hopkins University where he served as Associate Chair for Educational Programs within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Program Director for the Industrial Hygiene Training Program, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.

During his 30 years at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Breysse established a long-standing expertise in environmental health as well as a strong record as a leader in the field. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at more than 25 scientific meetings in just the past 5 years. His research has focused on the evaluation and control of chemical, biological, and physical factors that can affect health, with a particular concentration on risk and exposure assessment.

Dr. Breysse received his PhD in Environmental Health Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and completed postdoctoral training at the British Institute for Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also a board certified Industrial Hygienist and an editorial review board member for the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

5 thoughts on “CAP Members

  1. Good morning.

    As a navy veteran of ten years as a Corpsman, I spent 2 1/2 years at Camp Lejeune. Was ther from August 1969 through January 1972. My wife and two sons lived at Midway Park for 1 1/4 years, wit my youngest son being conceived and born at base hospital.

    My wife was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in August 1994. Breast removal was done along with chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery. The cancer resurfaced again in the other breast late in 1995 with another round of surgery, chemotherapy and reconstruction. In 1996 the disease once again began to ravage her body. She had also developed lymphodema in her left arm which was very painful for her. During this time she was being treated with very high dose chemotherapy. On November 23 1996 she went into a chemo induce coma and was not expected to live through that weekend. She did come out of the coma 2 days later and spent the next 30 days in the hospital. The doctors told the family that there was nothing more they could and sent us home to care for her with the help of Hospice. She want to see the wedding of our oldest son, but was to ill. She saw a video instead. She saw her last Christmas and we saw a sparkle in her eyes for the first time in a long time. On January 27, 1997 at 7:15 pm Fonda Rae McKinny Croghan died peacefully with her oldest son and new bride watching on. she is now in a far better place than here.
    Now to my story which is much shorter. I was was diagnosed with Transitional Renal Cell Carcinoma in May 2006 with surgery to remove my left kidney. This disease is on on the approved list than can allow a veteran to apply for disability. As of today it has been 1095 since I applied and receive my denial on day 519. I am presently have an appeal to the board veteran’s pending. So I wait, as I do not have the time and resources to have legal system help with my disability claim, the Veterans Adminstration will propbly win again.
    Thanks for listening and kind regards.

    Charles L Croghan
    croghancl@gmail.com
    503-704-1685

    1. Hello my name is Maryann, I’m going to keep this real sort. My son at 19 years old passed away of lymphoma. I would really like to find out how I can go about reaching one of the CAP members Lori Freashwater or get a email contact. Can you help me to do that? Much appreciated!

  2. Many of the Married Navy Corpsman worked at the Naval Hospital and had their babies at Camp Lejeune. Many are buried with the Marines infants at the The Wilmington National Cemetery (Civil War Era) not just the Cemetery in New Bern that Mr. Orris recently discovered. So please check there also, you will see. I followed the rules for my Ultrasound at Camp Lejeune Naval OB/GYN clinic in 1979. You sat and drank lots of toxic water right from the fountains in the hall at the hospital. The need for a full bladder of toxic water during all ultrasounds exposed mother and babies living off base also.

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