Please join us in welcoming our new community organizer, Sarah Martik. Sarah is a bilingual theatre-enthusiast from Coal Center, PA, where she was born and raised along with her four sisters and brother. In the past, Sarah has worked as a course instructor at the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy, as the Children’s Theatre Manager at Boston Ballet, and as an English as a Foreign Language instructor for Education First. She has also assisted on numerous campaigns at both the local and national levels. Her goals as a community organizer include expanding our organization’s outreach to include more people who are so deeply impacted by environmental injustices, fostering new and stronger relationships with other non-profits in the area, and supporting community led initiatives that diversify our local economy. When you meet Sarah, don’t be surprised when she shows you pictures of her fur-niece, Willow (her sister’s lab mix).
I am writing to let you know that I am leaving my position as Executive Director at CCJ. I am incredibly proud of the work that we have accomplished over the last 5 years. Together, we have built power and amplified the voices of this community on issues around fossil fuel extraction and use in southwestern PA. I leave now knowing that we are strong, and that we will win.
Leading the Center for Coalfield Justice has been among the greatest privileges of my life. It has been a true honor, and I thank you all for your time, dedication, and support. I am thrilled to announce that starting next week, Veronica Coptis will be our new Executive Director. I cannot think of anyone better positioned to lead CCJ, and I know you will all continue to do work to improve the quality of life for present and future residents of our region.
I have accepted a job as Senior Campaign Representative for the Beyond Coal campaign of the Sierra Club, based out of Harrisburg, where I will be focusing on coal issues in and around the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. I will miss my friends and colleagues at CCJ a great deal, and I will miss working with many of you as often as I have been fortunate enough to do so. Although I will no longer be on staff at CCJ, I remain committed to its mission, and to all of the great work we are doing.
I wish I had the time to thank each of you individually. Please know that I appreciate all that you have given to CCJ during my time here.
Please join us in welcoming our two legal interns: Steve Kelly and Katharine Richter. Steve and Katharine are excited to meet everyone and begin working with our members and supporters, so please say hello when you see them in the community.
We want to welcome our two summer organizing interns: Sarah Grguras and Christopher Thomas. Sarah and Christopher are excited to meet everyone and begin working with our members and supporters, so please say hello when you see them in the community!