The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD, or fracking).
EHP’s team includes medical professionals, community service professionals, and public health scientists who are available to assist individuals and communities in many ways:
- EHP’s onsite Public Health Nurse is available for exams and consultations with people who think their health may be compromised by nearby UOGD activities. Clients can be seen by appointment in our local office or in their homes. Our Public Health Nurse also provides referrals, helps clients navigate the health care system, and consults with environmental health specialists.
- EHP is also a resource center for information related to UOGD activities. Our staff is available by appointment in the office and by phone to address concerns residents have about their environmental conditions. We will answer questions, provide guidance, and steer people toward other resources when possible. EHP also provides limited air and water quality monitoring devices to qualified residents.
At EHP we are aware that the lack of objective, reliable data on the health effects of UOGD activities raises many questions about the origins of residents’ health problems and the scope of public health risks in communities. We do not, however, see this uncertainty as a cause for inaction. As public health professionals we know that the perception in the community of environmental dangers, along with plausible sources of hazardous substances, are reason enough to provide a public health response.
While governmental agencies and other institutions are beginning the extensive research required to help determine adverse health and environmental impacts on regions affected by UOGD, this type of research takes a long time to conduct. We know people need information and help now!
Alison L. Steele, MBA – Executive Director
asteele [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Alison L. Steele earned her undergraduate degree in physics from Drew University in Madison, NJ and her MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. As part of her graduate work, Alison studied sustainability tools and practices used by leading companies in Europe, performed consulting services for large Pittsburgh-area companies, and published research on organizational behavior techniques used to aid adoption of sustainability initiatives. Prior to starting at EHP, she led policy and education efforts at Conservation Consultants, Inc. and developed the company's flagship grassroots community engagement program, which focused on advancing home health and energy efficiency in low-income Pittsburgh neighborhoods. She is currently serving as Vice President of the board for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance.
David R. Brown, ScD – Environmental Public Health Scientist
dbrown [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
David Brown is the Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc. He is the past Chief of Environmental Epidemiology and Occupational Health in Connecticut and was previously Associate Professor of Toxicology at Northeastern College of Pharmacy and Allied Health. He also served as Deputy Director of the Public Health Practice Group of Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brown graduated from Cornell University in Biochemistry, received his MS from the University of California in Environmental Health, and his ScD from Harvard School of Public Health in Toxicology.
Jessa Chabeau, MSW – Public Health Program Manager
jchabeau [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Jessa Chabeau received her BA in Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. For her Master's in Social Work, Jessa focused on Community Organizing and Social Administration, while also becoming certified in Human Services Management. While studying at the University of Pittsburgh, Jessa participated in a 9-month field placement at EHP in 2013, which led to her officially joining the organization in 2014 after graduation.
Nathan Deron, MSPPM-DA – Environmental Data Scientist
nderon [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Nathan Deron earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and his Master’s in Public Policy, Management, and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University. While completing his Master’s, Nathan worked with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to investigate novel interventions for frequent utilizers of emergency services in Allegheny County. He also worked with 412 Food Rescue to develop a new model of food recovery to address rural hunger in Greene County, PA. Before attending Carnegie Mellon, Nathan spent three years at City of Asylum working to provide sanctuary to persecuted writers from around the world, including managing the Alphabet City performance venue.
Patrick Dooling, MS – Deputy Director
pdooling [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Patrick Dooling received his BS in Geosciences from Penn State University and MS in Geology from the University of Utah. After studying a wide array of geological sciences including volcanology in Iceland, earthquake geology on major faults in Southern California, and sedimentology in southern Utah, he worked as a petroleum geologist and project manager in Houston, TX. Eager to transition to a career in environmental conservation, Patrick joined the Colorado-based Western Slope Conservation Center in 2016. As Executive Director, Patrick led the organization’s efforts to build grassroots support to protect and enhance Colorado’s iconic landscapes and watersheds.
Lydia H. Greiner, DrPH, APRN – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
lgreiner [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Lydia Greiner has nearly 20 years of experience working with communities to implement health promotion initiatives. As the former Manager of Community Services for Fairfield University School of Nursing she successfully obtained grant funding to support programs to address lead poisoning in young children, cardiovascular health in older adults, and risky behaviors in adolescents in Bridgeport, CT. In 2008 she was instrumental in creating an academic-community partnership in Nicaragua. Over the past five years, this partnership has addressed community needs for HIV/AIDS education, cardiovascular health resources, and improved hand hygiene.
Ms. Greiner is a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s in nursing at Fairfield University, and her DrPh at Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Greiner teaches public health nursing at Fairfield University and psychiatric nursing at California State University San Marcos and volunteers one day each week at a nurse-run clinic for the homeless in Ocean Beach, CA.
Edward (Ned) Ketyer, MD, F.A.A.P. – Medical Advisor
eketyer [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Ned Ketyer earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has worked at Pediatric Alliance since 1990 and is the editor of the popular pediatric blog, The PediaBlog.
Dr. Ketyer is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health. He is also a board member for Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Philadelphia.
Debbie Larson, BA – Medical Outreach Coordinator
dlarson [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Debbie Larson received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied economics and mathematics. She worked for many years as an economic analyst and as a network and computer support specialist. More recently, she worked as an outreach educator for RiverQuest. She is a member of the Shale and Public Health Committee of the League of Women Voters.
Celia Lewis, MS.ED, PhD – Research and Communications Specialist
clewis [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Celia Lewis received her MS from Bank Street College of Education and her PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. Dr. Lewis has extensive experience in environmental conservation, education and public health. She has served as Assistant Head of Public Education at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, conducted research for Environment and Human Health, Inc., the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School Forests. Recent research also focuses on the public health implications of air and water contamination from energy sources.
Sarah Rankin, MPH, BSN, OCN – Public Health Nurse
srankin [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Sarah Rankin received a BA from Penn State University before completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked as an oncology nurse and nurse manager at UPMC Shadyside and Hillman Cancer Center for nine years before completing her Master’s in Public Health through the University of Florida. Concentrating on epidemiology and environmental health during her graduate studies, Sarah completed an internship with EHP during the spring of 2018.
Scott Smith, MA, MFA – Communications Coordinator
ssmith [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Scott Smith holds a Masters in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Scott Smith has worked in the communications field for more than 20 years. Most recently, he was employed as a communications specialist and public relations coordinator at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, where he worked extensively on promoting affordable housing programs.
Sherry Van Lange, MBBS, MPH – Data Analyst
svanlange [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Sherry Van Lange received her Medical Degree from the University of Guyana and her Masters in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). During her time as a doctor in the Caribbean, she developed a passion for environmental and public health. While at SCSU, she conducted community-based opioid research and completed a thesis paper about predictors of opioid prescribing practices. As a graduate student, she began working with EHP on the Safety Assessment of Siting Large Shale Gas Compressor Stations in Residential Neighborhoods in New York State. She continues to work with EHP as a data analyst after graduating from the MPH program.
Beth Weinberger, MPH, PhD – Research and Communications Specialist
bweinberger [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Beth Weinberger received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Political Science from Yale University. She began her career in direct service maternal-child health but has since focused primarily on research and consulting. Ms. Weinberger was a research associate at Yale University’s Institution for Social & Policy Studies where her research focused on civic engagement. She has also provided research consulting and freelance writing services for non-profit and other organizations including Environmental and Human Health, Inc., the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and Farnam Associates. Along with Celia Lewis she has formed the environmental health consulting firm, Thimble Creek Research.
Interns, Graduate Assistants, Fellows
Lindsey Barnhart - Environmental Health Intern
lbarnhart [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Lindsey Barnhart is pursuing her BA in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Washington & Jefferson College. She has worked at W&J's Center for Energy Policy and Management.
Lauren Virgin - Social Media Intern
lvirgin [at] environmentalhealthproject.org
Lauren received her BA in English, with a minor in Professional Writing, at Washington & Jefferson College. She is currently working towards finishing her MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.
EHP Board Members, 2019
Illah Nourbakhsh, PhD, MS - Chair
Professor of Robotics, the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Mike Kane - Treasurer
Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN - Secretary
Director, Center for Global & Public Health, Villanova University
Norman Anderson, MPH - Scientific and Community Advisory Committee Chair
Environmental Health Consultant
Samantha Rubright, DrPH, CPH
Senior Communications Specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton
Scientific and Community Advisory Committee Members, 2019
David Ball, Peters Township Council Member
Ronald Bishop, Phd, CHO, SUNY Onenota
Lois Bjornson, Scenery Hill PA resident, Clean Air Council
Kathryn Brasier, PhD, Penn State
Helen Boylan, PhD, Westminster College
Richard Clapp, DSc, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Don Fugler, consultant, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS)
Deborah Gentile, MD, Pediatric Alliance
Gillian Graber, Protect Penn Trafford
Julie Huntsman, DVM
Susan Nagel, PhD, University of Missouri
Kathleen Nolan, MD, MSL, Senior Research Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper
Eduardo (Jay) Olaguer, PhD, Assistant Division Director for Air Quality at Michigan DEQ
Sharyle Patton, Commonweal
Bruce Pitt, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Randy Sargent, Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab
Nadia Steinzor, EarthWorks
Patrice Tomcik, Mom’s Clean Air Force
Julie Weatherington-Rice, PhD, Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants
Linda Wigington, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS)
EHP’s work is supported by foundations and individual donors. Click here to donate now.
2019-2020 Funding Sources (listed alphabetically):