Making the Connection Between Ecology and Theology for all Faith Traditions.

Board of Directors

Kirsten profile picKirsten Beck

Kristin Beck is a marketing researcher with Anthem, Inc. She holds a B.A. in Fine Art/Graphic Design and an MBA, both from the University of Louisville. Kristin enjoys reading, gardening and photography. She is a member of St. Athanasius parish.




Kate b2Kate Bulinski

St. Francis of Assisi – Bellarmine University

Dr. Kate Bulinski, is an associate professor of geosciences in the School of Environmental Studies at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.  She received her B.S. in Geoscience from The Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati in 2008.  Besides teaching courses in geology and paleontology, she conducts research in topics related to paleoecology and science education.   Most importantly, Kate enjoys working closely with the environmental science and studies majors at Bellarmine to help them gain the skills they need to pursue employment or graduate school opportunities.   When she has free time, Kate enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling with her husband, Ned.

Jerry C1Rev. Jerry Cappel

Church of the Ascension, Frankfort

The Rev. Jerry Cappel is an ordained Episcopal priest currently serving at The Church of the Ascension, Frankfort, Kentucky, and is the Environmental Network Coordinator for Province IV of The Episcopal Church.  Jerry’s professional interests are in adult education, ecology and faith, and interfaith relations.  Jerry also serves as President of the Kentuckiana Interfaith Community.

Tim Darst

St. William’s Catholic Church – Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light

Tim Darst recently gave up his career in accounting and dedicated his life to care for God’s creation. Tim and his wife live in a solar-powered house, grow a lot of their own food and are regular bicycle and bus commuters.

Tim is a founding member of the Company of St. Angela, a contemplative congregation of the faithful associated with the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. He was awarded the YMCA SafePlace Joyce Skees Volunteer Award, and the 2012 Green Building/Operation Brightside Acorn Award.

He is active with Project Warm, the Food Literacy Project, the University of Louisville Sustainable Operations Committee, GRASS, St. William’s Church Environmental Concerns Committee, and the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center.


Laura K2Laura Krauser

University of Louisville

Laura is a sophomore at the University of Louisville where she is working on an undergraduate degree for a double major in Geography and History with a minor in Social Change. She graduated from Presentation Academy high school with a passion for social justice and the environment.

Laura works with Kentucky IPL’s Harvesting Hands program and has been an active member of OurEarthNow for the past couple of years. Laura works on U of L’s campus as a Student Assistant to the Honors Program and currently serves as Director for Green Initiatives on the Engage Lead Serve Board Louisville. Her favorite activity is being a part of the Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions student group on campus.  Hiking, dancing, poetry, Kentucky and dogs are also among her favorite things


0 - Mitchell_outdoorRev. Joe Mitchell

Passionist Earth and Spirit Center

Fr. Joseph Mitchell is a priest in the Roman Catholic tradition and the director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, KY. He earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies and received his training in theology at Catholic Theological Union. His current work in religious environmentalism engages the relationship between the emerging scientific cosmology and Christian theology, the cultural implications this has for human institutions, and the consequence it has for human self-understanding. His work includes directing retreats, meditation courses, studies in spirituality, and religious environmental education programs.


Rabbi Gaylia Rooks

Congregation Adath Isreal Brith Sholom



christian-tateChristian Tate

University of Louisville

Chris is a graduate teaching assistant at the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Louisville. His research with Dr. Timothy Dowling and Dr. Jian Du investigates solar-tides in Earth’s middle atmosphere and the dust clouds of Mars. Outside of teaching modern physics and reading up on planetary science, Chris volunteers, gardens, and positively loves being a living person on a living planet.

Susan T1Susan Taylor

Just Money Advisors

Susan Taylor is co-owner of Just Money Advisors, a Louisville financial planning and investment management firm that helps clients focus their investment assets to support environmental sustainability and social change and to make capital available in low-income communities in the US and around the world.  Susan also serves on the board of Faith and Money Network, which equips people to explore and transform their relationship with money within the grounding of their faith. Susan and her husband and business partner, Andy Loving, are parents of two teenagers and active members of KIPL partner congregation Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty.

Joetta 1Sr. Joetta Veeneman

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Joetta Venneman, PBVM advocates with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth regarding Catholic Social Justice Issues of importance to the congregation.  Raised in rural Iowa, Joetta enjoys being active outdoors with gardening, hiking, and physical activity as the Earth simultaneously nurtures her.