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Cast Your Vote for GASP’s 2021-23 Board of Directors

Dear GASP Members,

The time has come for dues-paying members to vote for nominees for election or reelection to our board of directors for terms running from 2021-2023. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Casting your vote is easy: Check “yes” or “no” for each candidate and input your name, address, and email in the allotted space.
  • Please complete your ballot by Feb. 28, 2021.
  • Candidates will be elected by a simple majority of member votes.
  • Election results will be announced at GASP’s annual business meeting slated for 7 p.m. March 3.
  • For the safety of our board, staff, and members, this meeting will be held virtually. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing rachel@gasp-pgh.org. The Zoom link will be emailed to you.

“About half of our board is up for re-election presently, but GASP is eager to add some new voices and perspectives to our Board of Directors,” Executive Director Rachel Filippini said. “With this in mind we will be having another election later this year – so if you are interested in being considered please email your resume to rachel@gasp-pgh.org so we can follow up with you.”

2021-23 GASP Board Ballot

    Roger Day, ScD, emeritus associate professor of biomedical informatics and biostatistics, at the University of Pittsburgh, continues as a teacher, study design consultant, data analyst, and software developer. His interests in air pollution issues in the region stem from harms to regional children and from the region's "leading" role in the country in poor air quality. His interests in global air quality stem from the frightening level of adverse health effects from harsh air quality conditions in Asia, as well as the long-term consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. Over five years on the GASP board have given Roger many opportunities to contribute, working on the ties between environmental problems and economic justice, coordinating efforts on community engagement, helping to promote interest in GASP through music.
    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 Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University, School of Law.
    James Fabisiak, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He performed his graduate studies in Pharmacology at NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (MS) and Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (PhD). He now conducts cellular and molecular toxicological research pertaining to the response of the lung to environmental insults such as air pollution, as well as working on applied and translational environmental health issues in Pittsburgh communities. He has been a resident of Pittsburgh for over 25 years and a representative for the University on the Air Quality Collaborative for the last 4 years. Dr. Fabisiak sees the chance to serve on the board of GASP as not only a chance to help improve the regional air quality but also raise awareness as to how many of these issues relate to more global problems of climate change and sustainability.
    Marla Ferrency became a GASP Board member in 1998 after working in the GASP office for several years. She is currently GASP's newsletter editor. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and volunteers for several local environmental and community organizations.
    Karen Grzywinski has an undergraduate and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a volunteer with GASP's Smokereaders for more than ten years, concentrating her efforts on the Shenango Coke Plant. Following the closure of the plant, she is now active in a community group that is monitoring the shutdown of the facility, promoting non-polluting reuse of the site, and documenting before and after health standards in the surrounding neighborhoods.
    Frances Harkins is a native of the Pittsburgh area. She studied at Carnegie Mellon University (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A.). Her work experience includes 27 years in teaching at the middle and high school levels. For 24 of those years she worked as a school library-media specialist. Fran was the membership chair of CHOC (Citizens Helping Our Community), which fought the building of a new coke plant in Hazelwood. She also worked to oppose the strip mining of Hays Woods, the new home of Pittsburgh's bald eagles.
    Abby Resnick, M.A., is a retired biostatistician with over 35 years of experience in that field, as well as in project management. Over the years, Abby has worked on public health issues including tobacco cessation and education, substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental and behavioral health services, quality of life for the elderly, and organ donation education and promotion. Public health issues have always interested Abby. Due to a family member's asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), she became more interested in the connection between air quality and health. Since her retirement and as a member of the GASP Board she has continued to pursue this interest by participating in GASP's event series "Making the Connection" as well as working at the GASP booth at the Clean Air Dash. She hopes to continue to work in this area as well as the membership committee and other projects with GASP to help fulfill its mission of "improving air quality to ensure human, environmental, and economic health."
    Kate St. John is an avid birder, peregrine monitor, and nature blogger at birdsoutsidemywindow.org. In 1999 she was an active member in CHOC (Citizens Helping our Community) which helped defeat the Sun Coke Plant proposed for the Hazelwood LTV site. She currently serves as GASP’s 1st Vice President.
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