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GASP

About

Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit citizens' group in Southwestern Pennsylvania working for a healthy, sustainable environment. Founded in 1969, GASP has been a diligent watchdog, educator, litigator, and policy-maker on many environmental issues, with a focus on air quality in the Pittsburgh region.

History & Mission

The Group Against Smog and Pollution was founded in 1969 by volunteers concerned about air quality in southwestern Pennsylvania. Since then, GASP has worked tirelessly to explain and combat our air quality problems through public meetings, engagement with the press, educational events, permit reviews, and many other means.

During these years, GASP has participated on various county, state, and national boards, with stakeholder groups, and on environmental policy committees. Occasionally GASP presses its goals with litigation, having brought action related to requiring Allegheny County to adopt pollution standards based on the Clean Air Act, enforcement of air quality standards at the Clairton Coke Works, LTV Corporation’s air quality violations at the firm’s former Hazelwood plant, DTE’s long-standing air quality infractions at its former Neville Island Shenango coke plant, and a number of other instances.

For the above work, GASP has received many awards and has been mentioned in magazines, local and national television and radio, and newspapers throughout the country.

In 2020, GASP completed a strategic plan, setting our priorities and goals through 2023. You can read more here.

Staff

Patrick Campbell

Patrick Campbell

Executive Director Read Bio › patrick@gasp-pgh.org

Patrick was named as the executive director of the Group Against Smog and Pollution in September 2021. Before joining GASP, he worked at another southwestern Pennsylvania environmental nonprofit that focused on community organizing, education, and public safety concerns around unconventional oil and gas development.

Previously, Patrick served as pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in western North Carolina before returning to the Pittsburgh region. Patrick received a master of divinity degree from Wake Forest University and a bachelor of science from Mercyhurst University.

John Baillie

John Baillie

Senior Staff Attorney Read Bio › john@gasp-pgh.org

John received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor of science degree 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. See our Spotlight on GASP Staff article in our Hotline (page 11).

Amanda Gillooly

Amanda Gillooly

Communications Manager Read Bio › amanda@gasp-pgh.org

Amanda Gillooly was hired in February 2019 to serve as GASP’s communications manager. She is an award-winning journalist who has written for myriad news organizations in western Pennsylvania, including the Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, Observer-Reporter, Beaver County Times, and Patch.com.

Most recently, she served as a writer and social media specialist for several Pittsburgh law firms and was previously the public relations specialist at Canon-McMillan School District.

Gillooly, who graduated from Point Park University with a degree in journalism, has been called a crazy cat lady and is admittedly a political junkie. See our Spotlight on GASP staff article in our Hotline (page 15).

Laura Kuster

Laura Kuster

Youth Educator Read Bio › laura@gasp-pgh.org

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster and her Master’s in Public Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Before returning to school for her Master’s degree, she was a health equity specialist at YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, managing women’s health programs and connecting lower-income residents with health coverage options.

Kathy Lawson

Kathy Lawson

Member Services Manager Read Bio › kathy@gasp-pgh.org

During Kathy’s marriage to a CPA working for Ford Motor Co., she lived in seven homes in seven states in seven years—all with two children younger than 6 in tow. When they moved back to Pittsburgh, she started a CPA firm with her husband and received an associate’s degree in accounting from the CCAC.

After working for a number of local CPA firms, she started her own small business service company. One of her early clients, The Learning Disabilities Association of America, hired her as their first Healthy Children Project Coordinator. This was her intro to the field of environmental health and she was bitten by the “save the world” bug. Next came a stint with Clean Water Action where she worked with GASP on air issues.

Ned Mulcahy

Ned Mulcahy

Staff Attorney Read Bio › ned@gasp-pgh.org

Ned earned a Juris Doctor in 2009 and Master of Public Health degree in 2010 from the University of Pittsburgh.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in chemistry from Allegheny College in 2001.

Ned’s professional career has taken a few different turns but his focus has always been on protecting natural resources and the environment. Away from GASP, Ned tends to his garden and his fixer-upper home in equal turns.

Suzanne Seppi

Suzanne Seppi

Project Manager Read Bio › sue@gasp-pgh.org

Sue served as GASP’s executive director for six years before deciding to work for GASP part-time.

She has a mater of arts degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University in biology education.

Prior to becoming executive director, she served as a long-time board member of GASP. See our Spotlight on GASP Staff article in our Hotline (page 11).

Board of Directors

Maren Cooke, PhD

Maren Cooke, PhD

Secretary Read Bio ›

Maren Cooke, Ph.D. serves as board Secretary. She is a planetary scientist by training, having received her PhD from Cornell in 1991. After a postdoc at MIT, she continued working 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.

Zelda Curtiss

Zelda Curtiss

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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. One reason Zelda serves on the board is to leave a healthier world for her seven grandchildren. See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 10).

Roger Day

Roger Day

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Roger Day, ScD, emeritus associate professor of biomedical informatics and biostatistics, at the University of Pittsburgh, continues as 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, and helping to promote interest in GASP through music. Roger’s interests in the global issues stem from the frightening level of adverse health effects from harsh air quality in Asia. See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 6).

David Eibling, MD

David Eibling, MD

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David Eibling, M.D. 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 Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 10).

James Fabisiak, PhD

James Fabisiak, PhD

Second Vice President Read Bio ›

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 has been a representative for the University on the Breathe Collaborative for the last four years. Dr. Fabisiak sees serving on the GASP board as not only a chance to help improve the regional air quality, but also to raise awareness of how many of these issues relate to more global problems of climate change and sustainability. See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 6).

Marla Ferrency

Marla Ferrency

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Marla Ferrency became a GASP board member in 1998 after working in the GASP office for several years. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and works for a fair trade project called Women of the Cloud Forest. She also volunteers for several local environmental and community organizations.

See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 10).

Karen Grzywinski

Karen Grzywinski

Board Member Read Bio ›

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 Program 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.

See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 11).

Frances Harkins

Frances Harkins

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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 twenty-four 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.

See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 9).

Janis Johnson

Janis Johnson

Treasurer Read Bio ›

Janis Johnson is the Treasurer of GASP. She has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Robert Morris University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She recently retired from public accounting and now uses her financial background to assist GASP in tax and financial reporting and planning. Always keenly interested in environmental issues, she’s becoming an educated and active environmental advocate.

See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 11).

Jonathan Nadle

Jonathan Nadle

President Read Bio ›

Jonathan Nadle is the President of GASP, serving in this role since 2002, after previous stints as Vice-President and Board Secretary. He has a BA in Political Science from Penn State University. Jonathan spent 21 years in the energy efficiency field, conducting building energy audits, teaching contractors efficiency principles and techniques, managing a utility’s demand-side management program, and providing quality assurance audits for weatherization programs and private builders. Jonathan currently works as the Energy Efficiency Director for L & J Squared Homes, a company he co-founded. See our Spotlight on a Board Member article on our blog.

Abby Resnick

Abby Resnick

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Abby Resnick, MA, 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 programs in 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. She’s continued to pursue this interest by participating in GASP’s event series, “Making the Connection,” as well as tabling for GASP at events. She has a passion for community engagement, environmental justice and GASP’s mission of “improving air quality to ensure human, environmental, and economic health.She is excited to work with GASP to help fulfill its mission of improving “air quality to ensure human, environmental, and economic health.” See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 6).

Kate St. John

Kate St. John

Vice President Read Bio ›

Kate St. John is an avid birder, peregrine monitor, and nature blogger at http://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. See our Spotlight on a Board Member article on our blog.

Peri Unligil, MD

Peri Unligil, MD

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Peri Unligil, M.D. is a physician specializing in internal medicine. 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 since 2000. See our Spotlight on a Board Member article in our Hotline (page 9).

Jobs & Internships

There are no current job openings available.

GASP works with interns both as needed for special projects/events and based on student interest and needs. Check our volunteer page for a list of current special projects. To request an internship, please email info@gasp-pgh.org with your resume and a writing sample.

Get in touch!

Group Against Smog and Pollution
1133 South Braddock Avenue
Suite 1A
Edgewood, PA 15218

Telephone: (412) 924-0604

info@gasp-pgh.org

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