John Welsh is a freelance photographer from Philadelphia and has been working mostly as a photojournalist since 1987. His other diversions in photography have taken him to remote reaches of Iceland and an ongoing project photographing the Delaware River in its entirety.
He discovered the Huber Coal Breaker in May of 2012 and immediately knew his work as a journalist wouldn’t disappear as all of the newspapers before him did. What he didn’t know was he would soon be a wearer of many hats (especially the reluctant title of Director, but someone has to have that title, right?).
A writer by both profession and passion, Alana has 15+ years of experience in journalism, corporate communications, social media, voice narration, and radio. Her non-writing interests include abstract art, music, politics, ice hockey and many types of activism. Alana holds degrees in humanities, professional writing and education.
Gabby Zawacki is a self-proclaimed Anthracite expert and adventurer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and exploring. By trade, Gabby is a writer with editing and publishing experience and holds degrees in Professional Writing and Literature. Currently she works for EPCAMR as a Watershed Outreach Specialist.
Chris jumped headlong into the anthracite mining history scene in 2000 with the creation of the website Underground Miners. Since its inception, Chris, along with his friends explored and documented hundreds of abandoned anthracite mining sites in the Lackawanna and Wyoming valleys. He has performed maintenance in all three anthracite mine tours and worked in two active coal mines. Along with anthracite mining, Chris’ other passion is aviation. He began flying radio control model aircraft in 1992, earned his pilot’s license in 1997 and currently works as an aircraft mechanic. Chris’ new hobby, flying multi-rotor helicopters matched well with the photographic needs of Beyond the Breaker. A rare mashup was formed, photographic flight and anthracite history, and through it Chris has brought an insight to film’s production that’s truly unique.
Anthony Wood has been a freelance Photographer since 1981. He specializes in location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits. He lives and works in the Philadelphia area.
Matthew McClanahan is an independent filmmaker and video production specialist based in the Philadelphia area. Recently, he served as cinematographer and co-composer on the short film “Taking a Gamble”, which took 2nd place at the Alamo Drafthouse Off-Centered Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Matthew has also been commissioned by Volkswagen of America to direct a promotional short film for the “Think Tiguan” marketing campaign. In his spare time, he composes digital music, embarks on the occasional urban exploration, and brews beer.
Musician and composer Sheila Hershey has been writing music since she was in elementary school. Lately she’s been exploring the East Coast’s indie music scene performing as a singer-songwriter/cellist. Sheila also works as an educator promoting music-making and songwriting in the Wilmington and Philadelphia region.