Staff & Board

Staff

Rachel Filippini, Executive Director

Rachel has worked at GASP since 2001.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served as the Executive Assistant, and Program Coordinator for the GASPer Air Monitor Program.  She has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.  Much of her past experience has centered around environmental education, including being a lead poisoning prevention educator, nature camp instructor, and Site Director for an after-school program.  See our accompanying Spotlight on GASP Staff article in our Hotline (p. 11).  rachel@gasp-pgh.org

John Baillie, Staff Attorney

John received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS from Georgetown University. Before joining GASP, John worked for another environmental organization in Pittsburgh, where he focused on regional air quality issues, gas drilling, and the regulation of public utilities. John has also worked as a litigation attorney at law firms in Pittsburgh and as an in-house attorney for a railroad company.  john@gasp-pgh.org

Jamin Bogi, Policy and Outreach Coordinator

Jamin joined the GASP staff in June 2010 and was previously a Board Member.  He earned his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies–Language and Culture from Wheaton College (IL).  Jamin is an active member of and occasional trip leader with Venture Outdoors, where his wife Ivy works, and is a Board Member with the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 11).  jamin@gasp-pgh.org

Karrie Kressler, Education Coordinator

Karrie graduated from Earlham College in 2008 with a BA in Mathematics.  Shortly after graduating, Karrie worked in Cornell University’s Astronomy Department studying Martian landscapes.  She has hiked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails and canoed the Mississippi River.  In between her travels, Karrie gained conservation and sustainability experience working on organic farms and trail crews.  See our accompanying Spotlight on GASP Staff article in our Hotline (p. 11).  karrie@gasp-pgh.org

Joe Osborne, Legal Director

Joe received his JD from Boston University School of Law.  While attending law school he was editor in chief of the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal and served as a lecturer in environmental law through the Boston College Political Science Department.  In the past Joe has assisted groups including Earthjustice and Toxics Action Center in their litigation and advocacy efforts.  Joe also holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University.  See our accompanying Spotlight on GASP Staff article in our Hotline (p. 6).  joe@gasp-pgh.org

Suzanne Seppi, Project Manager

Sue served as GASP’s Executive Director for six years before deciding to work for GASP in a part-time position.  Sue has an MA in Management with a concentration in Environmental Policy.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she served as a long-time board member of GASP.  See our accompanying Spotlight on GASP Staff article in our Hotline (p. 11).  sue@gasp-pgh.org

Sam Thomas, Athletes United for Healthy Air Coordinator

Sam graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a BA in Urban Studies and Public Policy.  While in school, Sam interned in the office of former County Executive Dan Onorato.  As the Athletes United Coordinator, Sam oversees all aspects of the campaign including outreach to local athletes and event organizing.  In addition to GASP, Sam also works for Friends of the Riverfront as Project Manager, developing new segments of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Allegheny County.  sam@gasp-pgh.org

Board of Directors

Julie Bamonte Burgo

Julie Bamonte Burgo is the Pennsylvania Chair of Clean Air Revival, Inc., a national non-profit organization that provides education about the health hazards of wood smoke and other fine particulate pollution.  She is a member of several national cancer prevention organizations, including Breast Cancer Action, Pure Prevention, and Healthy Child Healthy World.  Julie graduated with a degree in psychology from Bethany College in 1989 and earned her elementary education teaching certificate from Carlow University in 1992.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 11).

Maren Cooke, PhD

Maren Cooke is the Secretary of GASP.  She is a planetary scientist by training, having received her PhD from Cornell in 1991.  After a postdoc at MIT, she worked for NASA but also stepped up her activities in science education including teaching, informal outreach, and curriculum development and illustration.  A lifelong environmentalist, Maren has been active on air quality, land use, and other sustainability issues since coming to Pittsburgh in 2000.  She began working with GASP in 2003. See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 7).

Zelda Curtiss

Zelda Curtiss served as supervising attorney for the Environmental Law Clinic at Duquesne University School of Law, Clinical Program in 2008 and from 1979 through 2007 as an assistant regional counsel and supervising attorney at the PA Department of Environmental Protection.  Her responsibilities there included work in the NPDES, sewage, mining, waste, wetlands, oil and gas, storage tanks, and remediation areas.  Zelda has extensive trial and appellate experience.  Zelda received her JD from Duquesne University, School of Law.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 10).

Greg DiMedio

Greg DiMedio is the CEO at Greener Expressions and is leading the launch of the Greener Pittsburgh initiative and website.  He is working with nonprofit, business, and government stakeholders to promote sustainability in the Pittsburgh region.  Greg has an MA in Rhetoric and Linguistics from the University of South Carolina and over 12 years of experience promoting businesses, nonprofits, and causes through print and internet marketing media.  An avid hiker and fly fisherman, Greg has served as a steward and lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and as a writer and activist for the Sierra Club.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 7).

David Eibling, MD

David Eibling is a practicing Ear-Nose-Throat physician at the VA Pittsburgh and a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh.  His career has focused on treating patients with head and neck cancer and teaching, primarily to residents, medical students, physicians and nurses.  Throughout his career he has maintained an active interest in one specific source of pollution–tobacco combustion–an interest now expanded to include other sources of pollution that affect all of us, even when outside our homes and businesses.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 10).

Marla Ferrency

Marla Ferrency has been involved with GASP since the mid 1990’s.  She is currently GASP’s newsletter editor and serves on the event committee.  She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and is active in several local non-profit organizations, including Arsenal Family & Children’s Center, the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club, and the Pittsburgh Mothers’ Center.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 10).

Thalia Gray, PhD

Thalia Gray received her BA in Archeology from Cornell University and her PhD from NYU, concentrating on early Eastern European history and land use and environmental changes over time.  She established an international field school and archeology nonprofit with Polish colleagues in 1998 (Slavia.org), which is still ongoing.  She currently works as a freelance science writer, focused mainly on health and medicine, and volunteers her time with the after-school program at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty.  Thalia is profoundly interested in improving air quality and community interaction in Pittsburgh.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline  (p.10).

Edward Gerjuoy, PhD, JD

Edward Gerjuoy, PhD, JD, a Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, has been a member of the GASP Board in the past.  He continued to work closely with GASP even after leaving the Board for personal reasons.  Relevant experience includes past membership on the PA Environmental Hearing Board, which hears appeals from actions of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, as well as past consultantships to several Pittsburgh law firms on environmental law issues.  He also has been Editor-in-Chief (1981-1986) of the American Bar Association Jurimetrics Journal of Law, Science and Technology.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline.

Walter Goldburg, PhD

Walter Goldburg, PhD, is the 2nd Vice President of GASP.  He is  a long-time board member of GASP, having served as President in the past.  He has a PhD in Physics and recently retired from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a Professor of Physics.  A long-time defender of clean air, Mr. Goldburg has specialized in coke oven emissions.  He served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Oversight of the EPA, the PA Air and Water Quality Advisory Committee, and on the County’s Air Pollution Advisory Committee.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline.

Karen Grzywinski

Karen Grzywinski has an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has been a volunteer with GASP’s Smoke Readers since the program began.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 11).

Frances Harkins

Frances Harkins is a native of the Pittsburgh area.  She studied at Carnegie Mellon University (BA) and the University of Michigan (MA).  Her work experience includes 27 years in teaching at the middle and high school levels.  For twenty-four of those years she worked as a school library-media specialist.  More recently in the summers of 2007 and 2008, she worked on staff as the GASP Outreach Coordinator.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 9).

Janis Johnson

Janis Johnson has been serving as the GASP Treasurer since 2007.  Her duties have included overseeing the preparation of financial statements, handling the independent audit, planning and monitoring the budget, and preparing the tax returns.  In addition, she has been active in fundraising.  She is a retired CPA with a BA degree from the College of Wooster and an MS in taxation from Robert Morris University.  As an avid participant in outdoor activities, she is committed to improving the air quality in the Pittsburgh region.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 11).

Jonathan Nadle

Jonathan Nadle is the President of GASP.  He served previously as 1st Vice President for three years and as Board Secretary for five years.  He has a BA in Political Science from Penn State University, and now works as an energy efficiency expert.  Jonathan is an active member of Pittsburgh’s environmental community.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline.

Ted Popovich

Ted Popovich has served on the GASP Pollution Patrol Team and as a Smoke Reader.  He has a BS in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MS in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  Ted has had over thirty years of commercial operations experience prior to his retirement from Corning Incorporated.  Subsequently, he has been an instructor at RIT and its partner schools in Europe, and currently is a YMCA Health and Fitness Staff member.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p. 10).

Kate St. John

Kate St. John is the 1st Vice President of GASP.  She is Director of Information Technology at WQED Pittsburgh and an avid birder and hiker.  She combines these skills in her Bird Blog at www.wqed.org/birdblog.  Kate was an active member in CHOC (Citizens Helping our Community), which helped defeat the Sun Coke Plant proposed for the Hazelwood LTV site.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline.

Peri Unligil, MD

Peri Unligil is a physician with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, specializing in internal medicine, and is also a clinical assistant professor there.  She studied biochemistry and then medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  She is very interested in the influence of environmental exposures on human health, and in the health of our local and global environment. She has been a resident of Pittsburgh and member of the Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club for over ten years.  See our accompanying Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (p.9).