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 - Veronica Coptis

Veronica Coptis joined the CCJ staff in March 2013 as a Community Organizer and is now serving as the Executive 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 with her husband and daughter. 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

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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; however, she has also assisted on numerous campaigns at both the local and national levels. When you meet Sarah, don’t be surprised when she shows you pictures of her fur-niece, Willow (her sister’s lab mix).

She can be reached at smartik@coalfieldjustice.org


board of directors 

ken yonek - treasurer 

nicole fifer - Chair 

charles hunnel

tom breiding

kim teplitzky

Lois Bower-bjornsoN - Secretary

Patrick Young

Meghan Dille

Keith Fullerton