Meet Our Summer Interns: Nick and Maura!

Posted May 16, 2018, by Sarah Martik

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Please welcome the newest additions to the CCJ team: Nick and Maura!

Nick and his family have resided and worked within Washington County for their entire lives.  Currently, he is enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and is finishing his degree in Environmental Studies. Nick is passionate about the environment and hopes to see an increase in environmental protection to help ensure the health and well-being of his family, including his 4 nephews and 1 niece.  As a part of his goals, he aims to educate and provide his community with the necessary knowledge and tools to combat pollution and corruption perpetuated by the large energy companies. When he is not working, he likes to play music, watch baseball and spend time with his family and friends.

Maura also studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she majors in environmental science. She lives with her family just south of Pittsburgh in the Borough of Carnegie where she enjoys baking, reading, and gardening. Maura believes the success of big business should not come at the cost of a community’s well being and is excited  to be part of CCJ,where she hopes to get to know the coalfields and the people who live in them.

Nick and Maura are both are eager to work with our members and supporters as our summer organizing interns, so if you see them around this summer, be sure to say hi!


  • Sarah Martik

    Sarah joined the CCJ team as a Community Organizer in 2017 after previous work in performing arts and foreign language education, and became our Executive Director in 2023. A resident of Coal Center, PA, she is excited to work on issues related to legacy coal mining and the connection between the Appalachian petrochemical buildout and increases in fracking in southwestern PA communities like hers. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy but often says that her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the California University of Pennsylvania has been more useful in her work than anything else (ask her why sometimes!). When she is not working, Sarah loves spending time with her fiancé, niece, and nephews, and going on walks with her "fur kid" Lucy. Contact Sarah at smartik@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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