About Us

OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to engaging in local water quality and air quality monitoring, educating the community about environmental issues, and empowering volunteers with the tools needed to assess the health of our natural resources.

HISTORY OF ALLARM

Lawrence & Mercer ALLARM began in September 2012 as Tyler Umstead (2014) and Lance Jubic's (2015) research project, under the guidance of Dr. Helen Boylan of Westminster College's Chemistry Department. The ALLARM program was started by Dickinson College, PA and this website is an extension of that program in the western Pennsylvania counties of Lawrence and Mercer, which are the counties surrounding Westminster College. This website was created for the purpose of sharing water quality data gathered by many individuals in the community and by Westminster College. There are many sources of contamination for water bodies, some are by the oil and gas industry, by agriculture activities, and by industrial activity. Lawrence & Mercer ALLARM encourages and promotes citizen science, if you would like to learn more about our program, please email allarmstudent@lawmerallarm.org


MEET THE TEAM

Helen Boylan, Ph. D.

  • Professor of Chemistry, Westminster College
  • Environmental Science Program Coordinator
  • Lawrence Mercer ALLARM, Program Director

Dr. Helen Boylan specializes in analytical chemistry & environmental science. More information on Dr. Boylan or ALLARM at www.westminster.edu

Tyler Umstead

  • Research Assistant at Duquesne University
  • Westminster College ('14)
  • Duquesne University ('16)

Co-founder of Lawrence Mercer ALLARM and recipient of the 2013 Western PA Environmental Award. More information about Tyler is on LinkedIn.

Lance Jubic

  • B.S. in Biochemistry, Westminster College (2015)

Co-founder of Lawrence Mercer ALLARM and recipient of the 2013 Western PA Environmental Award. More information about Lance on LinkedIn.

Rachael Huff

  • Westminster Undergraduate (2018)
  • Mathematics Major, Computer Science Minor

Rachael is a member of the Westminster College Honors Program, Omicron Kappa Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon, and Pi Sigma Pi. She is the recipient of the Nell Glaser Whipkey & Kenneth Whipkey Scholarship. Rachael has competed in Robotics and participates in the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Conference and URAC.

Andrew Kearney

  • Westminster Undergraduate (2019)
  • Environmental Science Major, Math Minor

Andrew is a passionate outdoorsman and nature enthusiast. He is a member of the Westminster Cross Country team as well as a volunteer worker at the aquaponics garden in the Ben Franklin Early Learning Center in New Castle. He hopes to use his passion for the environment in combination with his problem solving and mathematical skills to become an environmental engineer in the future.

Lexie Yoho

  • Westminster Undergraduate (2018)
  • Environmental Science Major

Lexie is a recipient of the Helen R. Ferguson Scholarship (Environmentall Science). She is also president of the Pre-Veterinary Society, Green Party, and Sierra Student Coalition; Vice President of the Volleyball Club as well as a member of: Tri Beta (Biology Honors Society), the Westminster Varsity Volleyball Team, and Tiny House Project Team.

Jessica Grady

  • Westminster Undergraduate (2019)
  • Environmental Science Major

Jess is a member of the Westminster College Honors Program, Omicron Kappa Sigma, and the Green Party at Westminster College. She is a Resident Assistant on campus and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

Tia Kowalo

  • Westminster Undergraduate (2019)
  • Environmental Science Major

After Westminster, Tia hopes to continue her education in the OneHealth field (Environmental Public Health). She is a work study student for the Biology and Environmental Science departments, and is a member of Tri-Beta.

Jamie Linderman

  • Westminster Graduate (2016)
  • Environmental Science, Writing

Jamie hopes to continue her education after Westminster with either graduate or law school. She was a work study student for the Political Science department, a Celebrity Series volunteer usher, and a writer for the Holcad.

Mara Sawdy

  • Westminster Graduate (2015)
  • Environmental Science, Peace Studies

Recipient of the Helen R. Ferguson Scholarship (Environmental Science) and the Barbara Ostrowski Scholarship (Peace Studies). Mara was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and Model United Nations Secretary. After Westminster College , Mara hopes to work in the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help protect endangered animals.

Christina Mauri

  • Westminster Graduate (2016)
  • Environmental Science, Writing

Christina volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity and was the treasurer for the Green Party at Westminster College. She hopes to work for the EPA in the future.

Kelsey Kilbane

  • Westminster Graduate (2016)
  • Biochemistry

Kelsey hopes to work in the chemical industry field.