Meet the Staff

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

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, AHS

Gwen Lehman, AHS

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

Development Consultant

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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Spring 2018 Interns

Neil Begelman

Neil Begelman

Data & GIS Intern

Neil grew up in the Philadelphia area and is currently a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems. He hopes to use his education to educate the public about various environmental issues. He has a particular interest in the intersection between technology, environmental systems, and policy. In his free time, he likes to read, listen to music, and walk through nature.

Ryan Muggleton

Ryan Muggleton

Data & GIS Intern

Ryan Muggleton is a senior environmental science student with a focus in chemistry and geographic information systems at the University of Pittsburgh. He hopes to build working experience while also exploring the capabilities of GIS Mapping as a tool for environmental advocacy. He is a former university researcher and has an interest in the strengthening relationships between scientific data and public policy, while also collaborating on projects with personal meaning to him.

Vivian Underhill

Vivian Underhill

Data & GIS Intern

Vivian Underhill is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Feminist Studies department. Her research interests intersect postcolonial and decolonial feminist science studies, critical race theory, and environmental justice frameworks. She is also a member of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, and a fellow at the Science and Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz.

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