Meet The Team

We're educators, environmentalists, doctors, faith leaders, scientists, and concerned citizens all working together to hold Chemours/DuPont accountable for decades of pollution.


Jessica Cannon, MD

Jessica Cannon is co-founder of Clean Cape Fear. She is a mother of three boys, a retired physician and a self-described ‘political junkie’.  A native Virginian, she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Virginia, and her medical training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia. Before going to medical school, she worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide. Along with their children, she and her husband Kevin have lived in Wilmington for 17 years, where she practiced medicine until 2006.

Jessica believes, in the tradition of Paul Wellstone, that “we all do better when we all do better.” Her particular areas of interest include political and civic issues that affect the well-being of children and families in our community. But she has opinions on almost everything. Just ask her.

In 2019, Jessica was appointed to Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s board due to her tireless advocacy for clean water. She is also co-founder of Suit Up Wilmington, a 3,500+ member grassroots organization, formed in November 2016, that works for fairness and accountability in government in Southeastern North Carolina.


Emily Donovan

Emily is co-founder of Clean Cape Fear. She is a tireless advocate for clean water, spending her free time educating the public on the dangers of PFAS and other toxins in our drinking water. In 2017, Emily worked to secure a $200K donation for reverse osmosis filling stations in Leland area public schools; ultimately, Brunswick County declined the donation putting approx. 3,500 children at risk for continued PFAS exposure. She has testified before Congress twice regarding DuPont/Chemours poisoning the drinking water supply for a quarter of a million residents downstream of their Fayetteville, NC facility; including giving testimony during the first ever congressional hearing on PFAS contamination. She regularly travels the country sharing her personal impact story and those of her neighbors and friends. She also frequents Washington, DC and Raleigh, NC pressuring lawmakers and regulators for swifter responses to our growing PFAS contamination crisis.

Emily is also the part-time Youth Director at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. located on Wrightsville Beach.  She is a strong public advocate for social justice issues and regularly partners with community organizations to influence public policy that adversely impacts the "least of these" [Matthew 25: 44-45].  Prior to her ministry calling, she spent ten years in marketing communications working for a Global Fortune 500 company where she regularly traveled the world implementing marketing strategies.  

Emily lives in Brunswick County with her husband, David, and boy/girl twins.  She's been a resident of Brunswick County since 2009.


Kyle Horton, MD

Dr. Kyle Horton is an internal medicine physician and emerging leader in public policy advocacy related to Veterans, healthcare, and environmental issues. She joins the Clean Cape Fear leadership team after having been an endorsed Clean Water Candidate in her congressional bid in 2018.  Dr. Kyle graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received the highest student affairs leadership award. She then earned both her MD and MBA degrees in a 5-year physician leadership development program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA where she was named Outstanding Senior Resident.

Dr. Kyle is a former Dept. of Veterans Affairs physician and has brought her experience to Capitol Hill with legislative work to address Veteran toxic exposures, suicide prevention, care for women Veterans, and opiate safety among others. As a public health advocate, she’s committed to ensuring healthy and safe environments for families, including what should be a right to clean water. In addition to the fight to address PFAS contamination, her environmental advocacy has included issues related to climate change, Atlantic offshore drilling, the biomass (wood pellet industry) that’s deforesting NC, and water contamination from coal ash, hog waste, and at Camp Lejeune.

She returned to North Carolina in 2012 and currently resides in Kure Beach. 


Johnsie Lang, PhD

Dr. Johnsie Ray Lang is a civil engineer at Arcadis. She was an ORISE post doctoral researcher at the EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.  Johnsie was raised in Wilmington, NC, graduating from New Hanover High School in 2001. 

Johnsie's current and past research areas include solid waste, PFASs, and harmful algal blooms.  Johnsie's previous publications demonstrate a national estimate for PFAS release from US municipal landfills to wastewater treatment plants and PFAS release with time from carpet and clothing in model anaerobic laboratory scale landfill reactors. 

Johnsie holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from NCSU with PFAS release from municipal solid waste and landfill leachate as her dissertation topic and a MS in Environmental Engineering from NCSU with sulfate leachate from construction and demolition (C&D) waste fines as her thesis topic. 


Deborah Todd, MT (ASCP)

Debbie is a retired ASCP certified medical technologist with more than 30 years experience in clinical research. She received her B.S. in Medical Technology from Michigan State University and completed an internship at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.. In addition to ASCP certification, Debbie is also licensed by the states of California and Florida.

Debbie spent her career studying infectious diseases in blood donors, epidemiological studies of cancer risks, biospecimen protocols for data collection related to health statistics in children and their environments.

Debbie lives in Leland, NC with her husband. She enjoys volunteering in numerous community-based activities, especially in the areas of children’s education and welfare.


Patty Kelley

Patty is a retired Air Force veteran. She has a BS in Business Administration, as well as, faithfully served our country for 41 years as active duty in Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard. Patty retired in Vermont where she supervised a 7-person development team at the Department for Children and Families. In July 2017, Patty moved to Leland, NC.

She spends her free time volunteering at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the Patriot Guard Riders, and the American Legion. She have a passion for our planet and strongly believes we all deserve clean air and water.

Patty is married with two adult children.