Kristen graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Environmental Studies and a passion to go back to the community where she grew up to make a positive impact.
Kristen's family has lived in Washington and Greene Counties for generations. She grew up in North Strabane but spent countless weekends on her grandma's farm in Amity. Her great-grandparents were coal miners and steel workers in Washington County. She has had experience with forestry, natural resource conservation, park management and agriculture. Last summer, she helped to create a mobile food market to bring local produce to people in need in Meadville, PA while also supporting local farmers.
In her free time, you'll find Kristen canoeing, fishing, hiking, gardening and toying around with her film camera. She is excited to get her feet wet contributing her skills and learning as much as possible while working for CCJ!
Mason is a senior at Washington & Jefferson College majoring in Environmental Studies and History. A lifelong resident of Cecil, Washington County, he is no stranger to brownfields and natural gas developments.
Mason is a 2016 graduate of Canon McMillan High School and wanted to get more involved in environmental justice work because he personally knows two local Ewings sarcoma victims. He most recently interned for SWPA-Environmental Health Project but has also worked with Kristina Marusic at Environmental Health News and Justin Nobel at Rolling Stone. While working with Marusic, Mason conducted urine samples looking for fracking related chemicals, the first study in the state of its kind.
In his free time he enjoys producing music, nature walks, and reading.