Leadership

Board of Directors

  
Left to right: Steve Farrell, Lynda Farrell, Nathan Phillips, Simona Perry, Carolyn Elefant, Eric Freidman.  
Not pictured, Don Davis


PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lynda Farrell

Chester County, PA

A graduate of Susquehanna University, Lynda holds a BA in English and Special Education Certification.  A Chester County resident for 42 years, Lynda initiated the formation of PSC when her farm was threatened by pipeline expansion impacts in 1992.  With 23 years of knowledge building experience in the pipeline safety field, Lynda has brought pipeline safety education to communities in need. She has honed skills in landowner/pipeline operators communications, built relationships with citizens across the nation and with state/federal/local government and non-government agencies, as well as pipeline operators and industry agencies.  In her tenure as founder and Executive Director of PSC, Lynda crafted the concepts of the Chester County Pipeline Notification Protocol and Pipeline Information Center as well as the Mayors’ Council on Pipeline Safety, where she serves as Executive Director. Most recently, Lynda has been appointed to the national steering committee of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), a forty five country global standard that promotes transparency and accountability in extractive industries, as well as Governor Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force where she serves as a member of the Pipeline Safety Workgroup.  A former farmer and educator, Lynda brings a holistic approach to pipeline safety education.​

 

VICE PRESIDENT/ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Simona Perry
c.a.s.e. Consulting Services
Savannah, GA

​A thought leader in applied anthropology and participatory ethnography, Dr. Perry earned her PhD in the human dimensions of natural resources from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has founded c.a.s.e. Consulting Services, a community-based consultancy located in Maryland and Georgia and recently obtained her Georgia license for Community Association Management.  Simona served as a National Science Foundation Research Scientist in RPI's Science and Technology Studies Program in New York in 2011 and was awarded a Mellon GIS Post-Doctoral Scholar appointment at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania in 2009. She served as director of the Biodiversity Education Network, a non-profit international environmental education organization based in Washington, D.C. for two years, and worked as a field biologist, environmental regulator, and policy analyst with NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service in Massachusetts, Seattle, California, and Maryland from 1994 through 2003.  Simona began her service to PSC as a board member in 2013.  Her passion led her to become PSC’s second in command, participating in day to day collaboration, community outreach in Georgia and Pennsylvania and grant project research.

Carolyn Elefant, Esq.
​Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, PLLC
​Washington, DC

Practicing law since 1988, Carolyn founded Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant in 1993.  Her firm helps clients within the United States and abroad navigate through and prevail in complex, multi-party regulatory and judicial proceedings without breaking their modest budgets.  Carolyn thrives on cases of first impression and last resort, embraces innovation and serves as a tenacious advocate for her clients.  In the energy industry which is traditionally dominated by large firms, Carolyn’s woman-owned micro-firm is a rarity, yet flourishes because of Carolyn’s unwavering commitment to excellence and superior client service. Carolyn is located in Washington D.C. in close proximity to the federal agencies that many clients deal with regularly but handles cases anywhere in the nation or even the world.  Carolyn and Lynda first met when Lynda was negotiating a pipeline right of way.  Carolyn represented Lynda and neighbors in Chester County in eminent domain proceedings in efforts to protect steep slopes and the historic Brandywine Creek.  Dubbed “The Brandywine Five” by a Federal Judge, Carolyn fended off eminent domain in an unprecedented court ruling.  Carolyn joined the PSC board in 2014.  She provides the expertise needed for PSC to provide current and accurate regulatory education.


Steven R. Farrell - CSE, CCSP, VSP, NASP
Information Technology Executive
Sungard Availability Services
Chester County, PA

Steve is an Information Technology Executive, with over 20 years experience in corporate consulting. Steve guides clients through the crucial decision-making processes to achieve solutions that best suit his client’s needs.  An avid softball player, Steve has been married to Lynda for 30 years.  The logical progression from husband and safety advocate to PSC board member was made official in 2015.  Steve supports the technology and websites of the PSC and MCPS. 


 Dr. Nathan Phillips  
Department of Earth and Environment
Boston University
Boston, MA

Nathan is a professor in the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University.  Nathan was part of recent studies that documented thousands of natural gas leaks in Boston and Washington, DC.  This included finding and reporting grade one leaks, some of which remained un-repaired weeks and months later.  Nathan’s current interest is in finding solutions to the gas leaks problem by considering them as part of a holistically-managed infrastructure ecosystem.



 Eric L. Friedman  
Aviation Safety Inspector
Federal Aviation Administration
Delaware County, PA

Eric is a commercial airline pilot and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science, cum laude. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate; Airplane Single & Multiengine Land. Type ratings include: B-757, B-767, BE-1900, CE-500, CE-525S, LR-JET, SA-2000, SF-340.  Since 1988 he has maintained a Flight Instructor Certificate (Gold Seal), and holds Flight Engineer, Turbojet Powered Ground Instructor, Advanced and Instrument Aircraft Dispatcher Certificates.  An Aviation Safety Inspector (Air Carrier Operations), Air Transportation Division, Air Carrier Training Systems and Voluntary Safety Programs Branch, AFS-280, Eric has been with the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC for 11 years and is responsible for development and revision of federal regulations and policy related to air carrier crew member qualification. His duties include contract training operations, briefing senior personnel on policy questions, addressing safety recommendations (both internal and NTSB), development of mission-critical software applications and researching and reporting on data derived from voluntary safety reporting systems. Eric’s accomplishments include working directly for the Air Force Air Education Training Command (AETC) to develop, maintain, and service the courseware for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS), which utilizes the Raytheon T-6A Texan II aircraft. His primary area of responsibility was the FSSC-developed software used for Computer Aided Instruction and Training Integrated Management System, both integral parts of the JPATS specification.  Eric, his wife and son are residents of Delaware County, PA.  A staunch advocate for safety based on risk management, Eric joined the PSC team in 2016.




Dr. Donald D. Davis  
Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology
Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

Dr. Davis is currently a Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also has a joint appointment with the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment. Dr. Davis’ research and teaching at Penn State involve potential impacts of air pollution on vegetation. He has also served as a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in both The Netherlands and Australia, where he conducted research dealing with air pollution and has published more than 100 technical papers dealing with air pollution impacts on vegetation. Dr. Davis also has an environmental consulting practice where he specializes in evaluating potential impacts of air pollution emissions from coal-fired electric generating stations on the terrestrial ecosystem.  Don earned his PhD in Plant Pathology from Penn State, and has since traveled the world studying, consulting and teaching courses on forest and plant pathology.  Extensively published, Don has studied the effects of natural gas pipeline leaks on the plants in the ground above and around gas leaks.  A founding board member, Dr. Davis returned to the PSC board in 2015 after a brief hiatus.