BIOS

Peggy Combs-Way

is the mother of an adult daughter who was diagnosed with FAS in 1986.  Her advocacy work has included lobbying at the both the state and federal levels, serving on the Board of Directors for CalFAS, and on the Steering Committee for the FASD Center for Excellence.  Peggy’s role as President of SoCal NOFAS gives her the opportunity to share her and Tracy’s story to raise awareness of FASD in Southern California.  She also facilitates the monthly FASD Parent/Careegiver support group.  Peggy is a long time member of the NOFAS birth mother network – The Circle of Hope.

Julie Pollock

has been teaching special education for 17 years in San Diego.  She earned her Masters degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior management from National University in 1999.  Ms. Pollock is the mother to an adopted son who has been diagnosed with FAS.  His needs have brought her to SoCal NOFAS where she serves as the Vice President.

Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD

is the Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego, co-director of the Center for Better Beginnings, and founder of the Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery at UC San Diego. He leads the public awareness campaign Nine Months Matter to promote healthy, alcohol-free pregnancies. He is also Medical Director of MotherToBaby California, a service that provides no-cost evidence-based information, risk assessment, and referral to pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding exposures to recreational substances, medications, and other environmental agents. He was one of 2 doctors at the University of Washington who first identified FAS in the United States in 1973. Over the past 40 years he has continued to make significant contributions to our understanding of the prenatal effects of alcohol, most recently as the head of the Dysmorphology Core of the large NIAAA consortium studying this disorder. Additionally his research has focused on the clinical delineation of birth defects, mechanisms of normal and abnormal morphogenesis and the recognition of new human teratogens. Dr. Jones has authored over 400 publications in scientific journals as well as several books, and is the author of “Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation” which is now in its 7th edition.

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

is a perinatal epidemiologist who specializes in the study of medications, vaccines, alcohol, and other environmental agents that a woman can be exposed to during pregnancy and which might interfere with the normal development of the baby.  She is Professor in the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego, co-directs the Center for Better Beginnings, and is the Program Director of MotherToBaby California, a service that provides no-cost evidence-based information, risk assessment, and referral to pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding exposures to recreational substances, medications, and other environmental agents.  She leads a large national and international research program, as well as an active training program for pre- and post-doctoral students.