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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, Executive Director (she/her)

Gillian Graber, Executive Director (she/her)

Yvonne Sorovacu, Environmental Scientist (she/her)

Yvonne Sorovacu, Environmental Scientist (she/her)

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

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

Kiara Jimenez, Communications Manager (she/her)

Kiara Jimenez, Communications Manager (she/her)

Tom Pike, Environmental Policy Advocate (he/him)

Tom Pike, Environmental Policy Advocate (he/him)

Emily Nissley, Project Coordinator

Emily Nissley, Project Coordinator

May Torpey, Sustainability Coordinator

May Torpey, Sustainability Coordinator

Brendan Wissinger, Community Organizer

Brendan Wissinger, Community Organizer

Laura Vincenti, Municipal Grant & Outreach Manager

Laura Vincenti, Municipal Grant & Outreach Manager

Community Environmental Education Center

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