Staff Updates

CCJ is Expanding!

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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).

Changes at CCJ

Dear Supporters,

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. 

Thank you,
Patrick