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About Us

Our Mission

Protect PT (Penn-Trafford) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring residents' safety, security, and quality of life by engaging in education and advocacy to protect the economic, environmental, and legal rights of the people
in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. 

Protect PT was established in 2014 as a grassroots community-based nonprofit organization designed to protect our community from the harmful environmental impacts of fossil fuel activity. We are dedicated to ensuring Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties residents’ safety, security, and quality of life.

Meet the Team

Gillian Graber (she/her), Executive Director

Gillian Graber (she/her), Executive Director

James "Jim" Cirilano (he/him), Community Advocate (he/him)

James "Jim" Cirilano (he/him), Community Advocate (he/him)

Kiara Jimenez (she/her), Communications Manager

Kiara Jimenez (she/her), Communications Manager

Emily Nissley (she/her), Project Coordinator

Emily Nissley (she/her), Project Coordinator

Tom Pike (he/him), Environmental Policy Advocate

Tom Pike (he/him), Environmental Policy Advocate

Brendan Wissinger (he/him), Community Organizer

Brendan Wissinger (he/him), Community Organizer

Yvonne Sorovacu (she/her), Environmental Scientist.

Yvonne Sorovacu (she/her), Environmental Scientist.

Fabiana Licata (she/they), Environmental Program Assistant

Fabiana Licata (she/they), Environmental Program Assistant

May Torpey (they/them), Sustainability Coordinator

May Torpey (they/them), Sustainability Coordinator

Laura Vincenti (she/her), Municipal Grant & Outreach Manager

Laura Vincenti (she/her), Municipal Grant & Outreach Manager

Meet the Interns

Sophie Vincens (they/he/she)

Sophie Vincens (they/he/she)

Megan Duda (she/her)

Megan Duda (she/her)

Cammy Hyde (she/her)

Cammy Hyde (she/her)

Ryan VanPell (he/him)

Ryan VanPell (he/him)

Alaina MacPhail (she/her)

Alaina MacPhail (she/her)

Ganesh Pennathur (he/him)

Ganesh Pennathur (he/him)

Community Environmental Education Center

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