THIS STRONG TEAM OF DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS HELP TO FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN THE COALFIELDS OF SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. 

Staff

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Executive Director -  Patrick Grenter, esq.

Patrick joined the staff of CCJ in January 2012 as Executive Director. In this role, he is responsible for managing all of CCJ’s operations and development. Prior to joining the staff, he was a member of the Board of Directors. Patrick worked previously as the Legal Director for Three Rivers Waterkeeper, an organization dedicated to improving the region’s water quality. Patrick co-founded Three Rivers Waterkeeper with a fellow Pitt Law graduate in 2009.

Patrick graduated with a BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University in 2005 and with a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2009. Patrick graduated from Pitt with a certificate from the  Environmental Law, Science and Policy program and during law school worked in the Environmental Law Clinic

He lives in the South Hills with his wife, Olivia, their two young kids and dog, Boone. Patrick enjoys playing basketball, competing in triathlons and running races, loves hiking, camping and the Chicago Bears. 

He can be reached at patrick@coalfieldjustice.org

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Deputy Director - Veronica Coptis

Veronica Coptis joined the CCJ staff in March 2013 as a Community Organizer and is now serving as the Deputy Director. She grew up in western Greene County near the Bailey Mine Complex and currently lives in the eastern part of the county.  Before joining the CCJ staff, Veronica served on the Board of Directors for CCJ and organize with Mountain Watershed Association.  She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University and is Chapter Chair for the Pennsylvania Chapter of Sierra Club. She enjoys hiking and geocaching at Ryerson State Park and other areas around Greene County. If you see Veronica around town, ask her about her chickens!

She can be reached at veronica@coalfieldjustice.org

 

Staff attorney - sarah winner, ESQ.

Working with plaintiffs in Dallas, Texas who were disproportionately and adversely affected by the harmful effects of industrial nuisances inspired Sarah to commit to a career in environmental law. Since then, Sarah has been fortunate to work on a variety of complex environmental issues. Sarah earned her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As a Certified Legal Intern at the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic, Sarah worked on a variety of environmental matters involving coal extraction and natural gas development. After law school, Sarah was the Interim Legal Director at CCJ before joining Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services as a Resident Attorney. In March 2016, Sarah returned to CCJ as Staff Attorney. When she's not working, Sarah enjoys hiking, running, and skiing. 

She can be reached at sarah@coalfieldjustice.org


board of directors 

dr. robert east - chair

lauren williams, esq. - vice-chair

ken yonek - treasurer 

nicole fifer - secretary 

charles hunnel

tom breiding

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joanne kilgour

kim teplitzky