FracTracker Alliance has some amazing staff, affiliates, and interns. Get to know them! Jump to:  Staff  |  Visiting Researchers  |  Interns

FracTracker Staff

Brook Lenker

Brook Lenker

Executive Director

David “Brook” Lenker became the Director of FracTracker in December 2011. He focuses on improving the capabilities of the FracTracker website; creating partnerships that increase the data and information available on the site; encouraging use of FracTracker by various stakeholders and the public; and building a strong organizational structure that services the expanding geographies impacted by oil and gas activity. Learn more

Sam Malone, MPH, CPH

Sam Malone, MPH, CPH

Manager of Education, Communications, & Partnerships

Sam Malone has worked with FracTracker since its inception in 2010 as a University of Pittsburgh project. With FracTracker, Sam conducts and translates environmental health research for the website; nurtures data-sharing, joint research, class projects and other collaborative relationships; manages FracTracker’s student internship program; and serves as the initial contact for media inquiries. Learn more

Matt Kelso

Matt Kelso

Manager of Data & Technology

Matt Kelso has always been fascinated with how maps can show the way people interact with their environment over space and time. He believes that if we ask the right questions, data can tell us a lot about situations that we are not able to observe directly. Learn more

Ted Auch, PhD

Ted Auch, PhD

Great Lakes Program Coordinator

Ted Auch is a scientist with a passionate interest in policy and how the former shapes the latter to the extent that it can/does. Learn more

Karen Edelstein, MPS

Karen Edelstein, MPS

Eastern Program Coordinator

Karen Edelstein melds a strong background in environmental sciences with a commitment to information communication and interpretation. She holds a BA degree in natural resources and an MPS degree in environmental management, both from Cornell University. Learn more

Kyle Ferrar, MPH

Kyle Ferrar, MPH

Western Program Coordinator

Kyle Ferrar is an environmental health scientist and an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where he received his masters in public health degree. He is also currently a doctoral candidate in Pitt’s Environmental and Occupational Health department. Learn more

Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes

WV Community Liaison

Bill Hughes has been a resident Wetzel County, WV for over 36 years. A graduate from Wheeling Jesuit College, Bill is the chairman of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority where he has been a member for the last 13 years. Learn more

Gwen Lehman

Gwen Lehman

Manager of Operations

Gwen Lehman brings skills and knowledge from a diverse background. She has been active in the conservation field since 2005 having worked for Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a grassroots organizer and then with Audubon PA in project development and management. Learn more

Visiting Researcher

Kirk Jalbert

Kirk Jalbert

PhD Candidate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Kirk Jalbert is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who joined FracTracker in 2013 as a visiting researcher for the coming year. Learn more

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Interns

Nicolette Slagle

Nicolette Slagle

Michigan GIS Intern

Nicolette Slagle is joining us from Michigan, where she is pursuing an MS in Environmental Engineering Science. Previously, she completed an MS in Political Science at Illinois State University, where she participated in the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. At ISU, she studied Applied Community and Economic Development and served in Thailand with the Peace Corps. She received her Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Penn State. During this time, she participated in the American Indian Housing Initiative and first became concerned about the environmental justice issues facing native and indigenous communities. She has also served as an AmeriCorps member with AMD&Art in Vintondale, PA and a team leader with the National Civilian Community Corps. Her interest lays in ecotoxicology, environmental justice, and the use of community-based mapping for litigation purposes. Her joys include riding her bike, eating local foods, tasting local adult beverages, reading, photography, and seeing new things.

Lucas Wilgers

Lucas Wilgers

California GIS Intern

Lucas Wilgers is an undergraduate at the University of Redlands and will be receiving his Bachelors of Environmental Studies in April, 2015. As a member of the Center for Spatial Studies community, Lucas is familiar with data collection, GIS technologies, and map-making software such as ArcMap. He recently interned with The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter in the summer of 2014 as a stewardship intern. Through the university Lucas traveled to Tetiaroa, an atoll in French Polynesia, to collect data on ground nesting birds. He also employed Kite Aerial Photography and GPS systems to map the shifting shorelines of the fragile islands. With his colleagues, he presented this work at the 2014 ESRI Oceans GIS Forum, and will again at the 5th Annual LA Geospatial Summit. His interests include the preservation of lands and wildlife along the front-range of the Rocky Mountains, and the development of renewable energy.

Elliott Kurtz

Elliott Kurtz

Ohio GIS Intern

Elliott has a B.S. in marine science from Stony Brook University, where he first took courses in GIS. He interned at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center modeling human land use effects on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Chesapeake bay. He also worked with the non-profit Friends of Flax Pond using citizen science to study nesting patterns of a local Diamondback Terrapin population and engaging the community with its environment. He is pursuing a career using GIS and modeling to understand how human development alters ecological systems and help communities make wise management decisions.

Juliana Henao

Juliana Henao

Pittsburgh Communications Intern

Juliana is a graduate student at Duquesne University where she is completing the Environmental Science and Management program. She graduated with her bachelors in Biology, where she developed a passion for animals and wildlife. She plans to follow her career in other countries where she can be exposed to different cultures and species and hopes to be an aid to animal rescue. Her studies focus on environmental policy and management with exposure to GIS and current environmental issues.

Yu Liao

Yu Liao

Pittsburgh GIS Intern

Yu Liao just completed an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where she participated in the Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science program. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering in China. During her 6 years of Environmental Engineering study, she was interested in water chemistry, wastewater treatment and groundwater flow modeling. Yu is familiar with data collection, Auto CAD and ArcGIS. She wishes to use GIS to reflect environmental problem, such as water quality, oil and gas pollution.

Jess Schaner

Jess Schaner

Wisconsin GIS Intern

Jess grew up in the rural beauty of northeastern Ohio. While completing her degree in Environmental Studies at Warren Wilson College, she found out that the first unconventional shale gas well had been drilled in her home county on an Amish farm. Deeply concerned, she worked with a grassroots organization to educate her community on fracking and injection wells. FracTracker Alliance was an invaluable resource, providing maps of the counties injection wells and respected reports on drilling data. Since then Jess has worked as a field biologist, organic farmer, and wilderness skills instructor. Now a resident of Wisconsin, Jess sees another facet of fossil fuel extraction: frac sand mining. She is glad for the opportunity to assist FracTracker in gathering data on this important topic.

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