Project Assistants


Matthew Hutchinson (Senior)

Matt is a Chemistry major and Global Health minor with interests in analytical chemistry and nutrition. He has worked on several projects which aim to quantify nutritional deficiency within a global context, the most recent being a collaboration between Tufts University and the World Bank. Matt intends to blend his interests in chemistry and nutrition to improve the world’s access to “good food”.
Hometown: Enon Valley, PA
High School: Blackhawk High School

Kala Mahen (Senior)

Kala is a Neuroscience major on the Pre-Med track with interests in Environmental Science, Global Health, and Psychology. She is a pitcher on the varsity softball team at Allegheny and participates in Newman Catholic Club, Pre- Health Club, and Students for Environmental Action. She considers herself a non-practicing vegetarian and enjoys water sports, hanging out with the above mentioned creekers, and shopping. She was lucky enough to participate in Creek Connections while attending Lakeview.
Hometown: Mercer, PA
High School: Lakeview High School

Grace O’Malley (Junior)

Grace is an intended Biology-Spanish double major with the intentions of becoming a field researcher in either aquatic or marine biology. She is a member of the Allegheny varsity women’s lacrosse team as well as a member of the Outing Club and AWA. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with her dog.
Hometown: Winfield, PA
High School:  Selinsgrove High School

Brianna O’Neil-Hankle (Junior)

Brianna is an intended Environmental Science major on the Engineering track. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and biking. She is a member of the Outing Club, Knitting Club, and Students for Environmental Action. She participated in Creek Connections while attending North Hills and absolutely loved it!
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: North Hills High School

Mary-Elizabeth Zipparo (Junior)

Mary-Elizabeth, Mimi, is an intended Biology major and Psychology minor on a Pre-Med track.  She participates in Biology Club, Pre-Health Club, and Meditation Club.  Mimi enjoys reading, hanging out with her friends and family, and going on mini adventures throughout the day.  She was also a member of the QV Creekers during High School, who work with Creek Connections.
Hometown: Sewickley, PA
High School: Quaker Valley High School

Gretchen Barbera (Sophomore)

Hometown: , ME
High School:  High School

Isabella Petitta (Sophomore)

Isabella Petitta, Bella, is an intended Environmental Science major and Psychology minor.  She participates in Students for Environmental Action, Outing Club, and Knitting Club.  Bella enjoys hiking, kayaking, and anything outside. She participated with Creek Connections in middle school and loved it!
Hometown: Cranberry Twp, PA
High School: Seneca Valley High School