To inform, empower and work for and with communities affected by the mining, processing and use of coal.
our history and accomplishments
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Aimee has been working for Citizens Coal Council since the organization's headquarters relocated from Washington, DC to Pennsylvania in 2005. She has experienced first-hand the effects of underground coal mining on property, as Consol Energy's longwall mine passed under her house in 2007.
Aimee has been a tireless advocate for coalfield citizens, working hard to rebuild the tarnished relationship between people living in coal-impacted areas and the federal regulators charged to enforce protective coal mining laws. Likewise, Aimee has focused her efforts on ensuring that federal regulators are empowered to defend coalfield citizens' rights to clean air and water, and that these powers are protected against the threats of coal industry political allies.
Aimee has her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and her Master's in Nonprofit Management, both from Robert Morris University.
Rosie, a native Pennsylvanian, joined CCC as Development Director in 2009. She is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University with her Bachelor's Degree in History.
During her undergraduate career, she was a founding member of the Cornell Undergraduate History Association, a recipient of the Cornell Club of Pittsburgh Scholarship, and an active member of the Cornell Forum for Justice and Peace.
Rosie enjoys writing, traveling, hiking and tries to spend as much time outdoors as she can. She lives with her husband and two children in Canonsburg, PA.
RICHARD STOUT- Chair
Richard Stout became a pro-active citizen in 1993 when members of Citizens Organizing Project (COP) in Knox County, IL wanted help to oppose a mining permit. They asked Rich to analyze crop yield data from reclaimed farm land collected by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (ILDOA). The challenge to that mining permit led to helping with other challenges, to supporting other communities opposing mining permits, and to lobbying trips with other citizens to the state capital in Springfield, IL and to Washington, DC.
He joined the board of Citizens Coal Council (CCC) in 1999, as a delegate from COP. He is grateful for the lessons in engaged citizenship he learned from his mentors in COP (among others Jane Johnson and Anna Sophia Johnson). Citizen environmental activism is essential to the health and well being of all of us. He is especially proud CCC’s effectiveness helping so many local coalfield groups while playing a leadership role nationally regarding enforcement of SMCRA and CWA. He chairs the CCC board in 2016.
Rich (PhD, Indiana University, 1984) is a professor of economics at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. His teaching interests include courses in introductory economics, statistics, and the economics of nonprofit enterprises. His current research interest is forecasting corn yields, an outgrowth of his study of Illinois crop yields on reclaimed strip mined farm land after Illinois initiated its Permanent Program of farmland reclamation in 1983 under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) was signed by President Carter in August 1987.
Michele has been practicing law since 2000, with experience with the federal government and the private sector, in commercial bankruptcy, business law and real estate, including work in the coal and natural gas industries. She earned a law degree from West Virginia University as well as a M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Michele is passionate about social justice and environmental issues. She is originally from Fredonia, New York and currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and two children, where she works as in-house counsel in the telecommunications field.
FRANZ RAETZER- Treasurer
Franz immigrated to the USA with his wife and daughter in 1971 and moved to Harriman, TN in 1979 when PCEC moved its Headquarters to Knoxville. He was active in the Roane Co. chapter of Habitat for Humanity for about 15 years in all phases of house building and was its treasurer for 8 years. Franz has been a member of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) since about 1988 and served for 4 years a treasurer. He's currently a member of its finance committee, the E3 committee (Energy, Ecology and Environmental Justice), the Anti-Racism Transformation Team and the Good Jobs Green Jobs committee. He enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and woodworking.
Jon is originally from the village of Moencopi in Northern Arizona, and his concern for the environmental and social impacts of coal are rooted in his direct experience watching Peabody Western Coal mining operations creating untold damage for future generations of Hopis.
Jon served as a founding board member in Native Education Alliance (Tucson), which provided free training to teachers on best practices in teaching Native American Students. He recently served as vice president of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund, and as board president for Black Mesa Trust. He has his MSW from the University of Washington, and he works in the Behavioral Health field.
Marguerite is an attorney with over 20 years’ experience in a wide-range of civil litigation matters. Marguerite graduated law school with honors, and then undertook her LL.M. from the University of San Diego. After several years of practice, Marguerite pursued her LL.M. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, graduating summa cum laude in 2013. She currently lives and works in Prescott, Arizona. Marguerite is very interested in social justice issues concerning environmental law, and has provided pro bono services in environmental law to a few organizations.