Meet the Staff

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

FracTracker Staff Listed Alphabetically

Ted Auch, PhD

Ted Auch, PhD

Great Lakes Program Coordinator

Ted’s primary responsibilities include mapping and bringing to light data gaps associated with the waste, water, and land-use footprint of the unconventional oil and gas build-out across the Midwest/Great Lakes region of North America. Ted’s primary interests include frac sand mining, watershed security... Learn more

Karen Edelstein, MPS

Karen Edelstein, MPS

Eastern Program Coordinator

Karen Edelstein’s work with FracTracker involves mapping oil and gas infrastructure and associated community responses, transitions to clean energy, and demographics of impacted communities. Primarily she works on oil and gas development issues along the East Coast. Learn more

Kyle Ferrar, MPH

Kyle Ferrar, MPH

Western Program Coordinator

Kyle manages work in the west coast region, where most of the current projects focus on extraction activities in California and Colorado. He is constantly managing relationships and collaborating with allies, including community groups, other researchers, and both local and national advocacy groups. Learn more

Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA

Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA

Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement

At FracTracker, Kirk directs a number of efforts across the U.S. empowering people to document and communicate issues related to oil and gas development. Using ethnographic and participatory research methods, these projects... Learn more

Matt Kelso, BA

Matt Kelso, BA

Manager of Data & Technology

Matt Kelso has been with the FracTracker Alliance since 2010. Matt maintains numerous oil and gas related maps and performs data analysis for the FracTracker site. He also works extensively with other nonprofit organizations in order to help them with... Learn more

Gwen Lehman

Gwen Lehman

Manager of Operations

Gwen’s main responsibilities at FracTracker are working with all staff at an administrative level, assisting with HR related issues, and support in a variety of ways. Her job varies each day from monitoring budgets, helping with event planning... Learn more

Brook Lenker, MA

Brook Lenker, MA

Executive Director

David “Brook” Lenker is the Executive Director of the FracTracker Alliance and based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. He oversees the strategic programmatic, operational, and fundraising activities of FracTracker and works with the board... Learn more

Sam Rubright, DrPH

Sam Rubright, DrPH

Manager of Communications & Partnerships

Samantha (Malone) Rubright has worked with FracTracker since its inception in 2010. With FracTracker, Sam conducts and translates environmental health research for the website; nurtures... Learn more

Rebecca Vollmer, PhD

Rebecca Vollmer, PhD

Manager of Development

Rebecca is a fundraising and business development consultant with non-profit, corporate and academic clients across the northeastern United States, California, and in select major Asian cities. She has served as... Learn more

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Fall 2016 Interns

Daniel Menza

Daniel Menza

California Data & GIS Intern

Daniel is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, working on a B.S. in Environmental Science. He will be applying to Medical School soon, and is very interested in the field of Environmental Health. He has worked on clinical research in environmental and occupational health the past two summers, helping research the effects of overnight shift work, and the effect of air pollution on the cardiovascular system. This year he is interested in studying the effects of air pollution in the San Francisco Bay on heart attack rates, specifically the effects of the oil refineries in the region. His hobbies include bike riding, hiking, longboarding, and skiing.

Nathan On

Nathan On

Ohio Data & GIS Intern

Nathan On joins us from The Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Geographic Information System with a minor in City and Regional Planning. Outside of school, Nathan enjoys exploring in areas and traveling. He likes to stay active by working out and going on long distance runs. Last but not least, he is a huge foodie!

Susan Volz

Susan Volz

Social & Community Issues Research Intern

Susan is currently attending Drexel University where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. As part of her degree she is researching and writing a case study about the relationships between the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and state government and the effect of this on regulation. She is also a member of Fossil Free Drexel, a student activist group campaigning for divestment from the fossil fuel industry. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading, traveling, running, and checking out British TV on Netflix.

Spring 2017 Interns and Fellow

Jian Chen

Jian Chen

Data & GIS Intern

Jian is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Geology with a graduate minor in Statistics at Auburn University. He comes from China, and his hometown is located in a small county in central China. As part of his thesis, his research focus on the clustered seismicity in Alabama and he is trying to figure out the causing of the increasing earthquake swarms in Alabama, to determine whether they were induced by injection or just naturally occurring. At his leisure time, he likes reading, hiking, and travelling. “War Eagle!!!” from Auburn.

Leann Leiter

Leann Leiter

Environmental Health Fellow

Leann is a recent graduate from the Masters in Sustainable Communities program at Northern Arizona Univ. She studied the social, political, and economic contexts of what makes communities just and sustainable, and conducted her thesis research on household disaster preparedness. She has a passion for advocacy at the intersection of social and environmental justice, and as the new Environmental Health Fellow, she is thrilled to engage others in her enthusiasm for participatory, community-based research. Leann loves any excuse to be outside (like fly fishing, foraging, and growing food), and nurtures a major fascination (or some may say obsession) with abandoned houses.

Sarah Ponte Cabral

Sarah Ponte Cabral

Data & GIS Intern

Sarah is pursuing a Master Degree in Environmental Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently working on a NSF-funded research, which has the objective to understand how carbon-based nanomaterials, specifically fullerenes, affect benthic organisms and their biogeochemical implications in a freshwater ecosystem. Her research interests include aquatic ecology, renewable energy, and life cycle assessment. Outside of college, Sarah enjoys traveling, biking, dancing and trying out different cuisines.

Katie Van Munster

Katie Van Munster

Data & GIS Intern

Katie is attending Rochester Institute of Technology where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science. Her thesis work involves modeling the health effects of emissions from diesel trucks that transport materials to and waste from hydraulic fracturing wells in Pennsylvania. She is also interested in the effects of natural gas development on wildlife and the environment. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, spending time with her dogs, the occasional video game, and drawing and writing in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

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