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 can refer you to a health care provider, help you navigate the health care system, provide information about health effects from UOGD, and offer you actions you can take to help protect yourself from harmful exposure to UOGD emissions.
- 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 works with communities to monitor air quality, assess health impacts, and create more awareness of public health exposures and risks for those living near shale gas development.
Alison L. Steele, MBA – Executive Director
asteele [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Alison)
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, PA. 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.
Patrick Dooling, MS – Deputy Director
pdooling [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Patrick)
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.
Imran A. Ali, MS — Data Analyst (Appalachia)
iali [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Imran)
Imran Ali earned his BS in applied mathematics in 2016 and his MS in data analytics in 2018 from Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, PA. Prior to joining EHP, Imran held the position of Development Analyst Specialist at Caron Medical Center.
Jessa Chabeau, MSW – Regional Manager, Appalachia
jchabeau [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Jessa)
Jessa Chabeau received her BA in sociology from Pennsylvania State University and her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. During her MSW studies, 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 (Email Nathan)
Nathan Deron earned his BS in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and his MS in Public Policy, Management, and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University. While completing his MS, Nathan worked with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to investigate novel interventions for frequent users 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.
Edward (Ned) Ketyer, MD, FAAP – Medical Advisor
eketyer [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Ned)
Ned Ketyer earned his BS 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 (Email Debbie)
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.
Scott Smith, MA, MFA – Communications Manager
ssmith [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Scott)
Scott Smith holds an MA in English from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Scott 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.
Keeley Teslik, BA – Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
kteslik [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Keeley)
Keeley Teslik earned a BA in English from Duquesne University, where she was the recipient of the Carroll Creative Writing Scholarship, O'Donnell Award for Excellence in fiction writing, and a featured writer in the university's reading series. Keeley previously led multiple social media and email marketing campaigns with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) during PPC's referendum campaign, which aimed to improve city parks. The campaigns were successful in securing public support for an additional $10 million in annual park funding.
Sherry Van Lange, MBBS, MPH – Data Analyst (New England)
svanlange [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Sherry)
Sherry Van Lange received her medical degree from the University of Guyana and her MPH 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 – Director of Research and Policy
bweinberger [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Beth)
Beth Weinberger received her MPH from the University of Michigan and 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. Beth 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.
Makenzie White, MSW, MPH – Public Health Manager
mwhite [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Makenzie)
Makenzie White received her MSW and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. She was the former program director of Oakland Residential for the Community Human Services Corp, which empowers individuals and families to live in stable housing, connect with community resources, build relationships, and access quality food. Makenzie volunteers as the president of the Pittsburgh chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where she brings a much-needed public health perspective to engineering projects in developing countries.
Interns, Graduate Assistants, Fellows
For information about EHP’s current job openings, visit our careers page or contact us at info [at] environmentalhealthproject.org.
Fellow | lfiksel [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Liora)
Liora earned her BS in public health with honors from the University of Arizona in May 2020. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in environmental health at the Yale School of Public Health.
Intern | emcdermott [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Elena)
Elena earned her dual BS degrees in biology and environmental science from Waynesburg University in May 2021. She performed environmental research while studying abroad in Australia and has worked previously with an environmental consultant at Michael Baker International. Elena is currently conducting research on the impacts of oil and gas activity on water and soil, and will pursue a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina.
Fellow | kralph [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Keyanna)
Keyanna earned her BA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Virginia in May 2019, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Intern | dsepe [at] environmentalhealthproject.org (Email Darrian)
Darrian earned her BS in Health Science (Public Health) with honors in May 2020 from Slippery Rock University (SRU) and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at SRU.
EHP Board Members
Norman Anderson, MPH - Scientific and Community Advisory Committee Chair
Environmental Health Consultant
Mike Kane - Treasurer
Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Illah Nourbakhsh, PhD, MS - Chair
Professor of Robotics, the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Samantha Rubright, DrPH, CPH
Senior Communications Specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton
Senior Policy Analyst and Research Manager, EARTHWORKS
Owner, Tree Climbing Colorado
EHP’s work is supported by foundations and individual donors. Click here to donate now.
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