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

Board of Directors

Kirsten profile picKirstin 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.

Ali GreenwellAlli Greenwell

Ali is a graduate of Bellarmine University and currently serves as the Program Coordinator for The Parklands of Floyds Fork. In her role, she is responsible for program and partner development, managing a growing volunteer program, and planning events that engage and connect community members to the park. She is also enthusiastic about supporting local food and farmers and actively manages the Beckley Creek Park Farmers Market in eastern Jefferson County. In her spare time, Ali enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time outdoors.


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

Rabbi Rooks has served The Temple congregation since 1988.  She teaches in a variety of adult education classes, as well as teaching the Religious School’s fifth grade class and working closely with Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. Rabbi Rooks is involved in Social Action and Women’s Programming, along with Outreach to people becoming Jewish and intermarried families in the congregation. Her work with senior adults led her to create Senior University, an annual day-long series of seminars for senior adults.



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.