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American Restroom Association is a 501(c)(3)
Tax Exempt Nonprofit Organization

American Restroom Association was incorporated in the state of Maryland, USA in September 2004.

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Mission Statement

The American Restroom Association advocates for the availability of clean, safe, well designed public restrooms.

The Scope of Our Mission Included

  • Restroom design and technology
  • Restroom availability and accessibility
  • Pertinent legislation and regulations
  • Documenting the problems faced by people who hesitate to travel or who avoid activities that put them out of range of proper toilet facilities

Our Goals

  • Generate public relations campaigns that result in positive coverage by the press
  • Address regulatory and legislative weakness
  • Act as a health impact clearing house
  • Survey and develop “Municipal Friendliness Ratings”
  • Communicate with other similar associations around the world
  • Develop suggestions, brochures and suggested designs
  • Serve as clearing house for companies and individuals promoting these products and designs
  • Develop lines of communication with mall and building managers, architects, builders and other groups

ARA Founding Press Release

November 8, 2004: American Restroom Association (ARA) Launched, will present at the World Toilet Summit  in Beijing.  Click here for full article.

Board Members and Roles

Executive Board Members

Executive Director:  Tim Pyle, M.B.A., M.S., Executive Director – International Paruresis Association, Catonsville, MD

President and Co-founder:  Steven Soifer,  Ph.D.LGSW, Co-founder, Advisor, and Consultant – International Paruresis Association, Oxford, MS

Vice-President:  Kathryn Anthony, Ph.D.,  Professor – School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Secretary: Brad Polsky, Design Innovation & Research, Future Readiness, Inc.

Treasurer:  Tom Achatz, P.E., Past President & Board member – IPA, Project Manager – General Motors, Brighton, MI

International Plumbing Code Consultant:  Bruce Pitts, BSMET, Independent Restroom Design Advocate, Aiken, SC

Additional Board Members

Lori Apfel Cardeli, AIA, NCARB, Architect – Anne Decker Architects, LLC, Bethesda, MD

Kyle Earlywine, representing PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human)

Cheryl Gartley, President and Founder – The Simon Foundation for Continence, Wilmette, IL

Donald D. Goertz, AIA/CSI – Architect, La Jolla, CA

Chad Kaufman, President, Public Restroom Company

Tom Keating, Ph.D., Founder & Coordinator – Project CLEAN, Decatur, GA

Harvey Molotch, Professor Emeritus, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, New York University

Mary Munk, Independent Restroom Design Advocate – Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans, La Jolla, CA

Board Observers/Coalition Partners

Carol McCreary, Program Manager – PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human)

Stalled! – Seb Choe, Liaison to ARA

Interested in connecting your nonprofit to ARA as a Coalition Partner? Contact Tim Pyle, ARA executive director.



Contact Us

American Restroom Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 21237
Catonsville, MD 21228

Phone:  800-247-3864

An independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004

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