Staff

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Meg Mall
Executive Director

Meg has 15 years of nonprofit experience providing support and leadership to international development organizations, social enterprises, global associations and local nonprofit organizations. Through her experiences she has worked with countless stakeholders across the globe at the individual, partner, and multilateral levels building partnerships and coalitions. Meg is thrilled to be joining an organization where she will be working with faith leaders on the global issue of climate change while making an impact locally.

 

Before joining Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, Meg filled many roles at Goodwill Industries International, Inc., most recently in the capacity as an International Development Consultant, and prior to that as the Director of International Development. Meg was the General Secretary for Workability Americas, the former regional member of Workability International, the largest global association representing organizations committed to the employment of people with disabilities. Meg holds a Masters in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a degree in International Business and Spanish from Valparaiso University.

 

 

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Jackie Verrecchia
Membership Engagement Manager

Jackie is an environmental studies graduate of Allegheny College. Her academic focus was intersectionality in environmental justice issues. Previous to FACS Jackie worked for a housing non-profit in Central Appalachia. Jackie has experience bringing together diverse groups of people, working with groups of faith, as well as listening and understanding stakeholder groups. Jackie is excited to meet and work alongside communities of faith in Northern Virginia to address climate issues!

Board of Directors

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Eric Goplerud
Chairperson

Dr. Eric Goplerud is a clinical psychologist, and Vice President and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. A longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Eric has been involved in interfaith social justice efforts to end homelessness in Fairfax County and developing local solutions to climate change. His career and his advocacy stem from a common motivation: to bring people together to solve problems that most severely impact people who are poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable.

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Scott Peterson
Secretary

Scott is a Unitarian-Universalist and co-founder of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. He also serves as the executive director of Checks and Balances Project, a pro-sustainability public watchdog. Previously, he spent 15 years in the financial industry both as managing director of communications at New York Stock Exchange Regulation and director of communications at the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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Jean Wright
Treasurer

Rev. Dr. Jean Wright, one of the co-founders of FACS, is recently retired from pastoral ministry and as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society. She is ordained in the American Baptist Churches/USA. Prior to relocating to Virginia, Jean served as Chair of the Greenway Committee, Town of Groton, MA. She has been involved in interfaith organizations for many years and served as
President of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance in Lowell, MA.

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David Kepley
Board Member

David is an ordained ruling elder and deacon at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax.  He is head of the Earth Care Team at Providence, as well as the head of the National Capital Presbytery Earth Care Network, a group of 12 Presbyterian churches in the DC area dedicated to encouraging others to become better stewards of the Creation.  An amateur photographer by avocation, he delights in portraying the beauties of the natural world.   David retired from a 34-year career with the National Archives and a 25-year career as an adjunct history professor at NOVA.

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Joe Cohen
Board Member

Joe is a member of Temple Rodef Shalom (TRS), which means Persuers of Peace, in Falls Church.  His family joined TRS in the early 1970s.  He has consulted professionally in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, and energy and the environment for nearly four decades.  His work has included support and analysis for technology research, development, and demonstration programs, commercial projects, building energy audits, and energy/economic/environmental modeling and forecasting.  Joe has served as Co-Chairman of TRS’s Green Team and teaches Sunday school music to grades K-6 and performs in various bands at the temple

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Laurie Dodd
Board Member

Laurie is a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, where she has served on the Green Sanctuary Committee and the Board. She is a child advocate attorney, representing neglected and abused children. She has long been involved in advocacy on environmental and social justice issues and was a candidate for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2019. She believes local government plays a vital role in addressing our climate crisis, and citizen advocacy is needed to promote climate action.

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Ani Fete Crews
Board Member

Ani Fete Crews is the Director of Blessed Tomorrow, a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation. The program empowers faith leaders to lead and broaden climate engagement within faith communities. Ani has 15 years of experience in issue advocacy, coalition building, community outreach and leadership development in both the non-profit and government sectors. Ani lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and daughter!

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Shyamali Roy Hauth
Board Member
Shyamali is an Indian immigrant, US Air Force veteran and community organizer who has been working on environmental and equity issues for many years. She serves as Outreach lead for several organizations including the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition and VAratifyERA and in 2019 was a candidate for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Shyamali was raised in the Hindu tradition and remains active in the Himalayan tradition of yoga and meditation. She knows that all change begins at the local level and promotes that in her TV program ‘Global to Local’. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is also a certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Shyamali is a keen advocate for the intersectionality of climate solutions and social justice..
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Rev. Sarah Scherschligt
Board Member

The Rev. Sarah Scherschligt is the lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria (Fairfax County). With a background in biology and environmental ethics, Sarah has made caring for God’s creation an integral part of her ministry. She founded the ELCA Metro DC Synod Creation Care Team and is currently leading her congregation through a renovation with a focus on sustainable design. She believes that environmental devastation is the most important moral issue of our time and she is grateful to be working with FACS on local solutions to a global problem.

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

 

Outreach Volunteer (various location): FACS is frequently invited to have a table or booth at events, fairs and festivals in the community. Outreach Volunteers represent FACS and answer questions at these tabling events. The volunteers are provided with the informational materials to set up at the table and with answers to FAQs. Tabling events generally last two to three hours and may be in the evening or on a weekend. This position allows for a flexible and on-call time commitment. Volunteers should be friendly, personable, and excited to share the work of FACS’ programs with the community. You can sign up for an event HERE! or email jackie@faithforclimate.org to be contacted when events come up. 

Grant Support Volunteer:  The FACS grant volunteer prepares and tasks volunteers to write grants for submission. Time demands are flexible but actual grant submissions require working on a deadline.  While some of the work is administrative, (Time commitment: varies.) Grant-related tasks include:

  • Reading through newsletters to identify grant opportunities
  • Researching grants 
  • Managing the grants calendar
  • Scheduling meetings, matching grants to programs, and finding precedent in earlier submitted grants
  • Assembling attachments to accompany the grant narrative

Volunteer Your Special Skills: Have a special skill? We are looking for volunteers with a few spare hours a month who can help FACS with fundraising, legal, financial and social media backgrounds. If you are interested email meg@faithforclimate.org.

Faith Captain: A Faith Captain will work within their faith network to introduce lay leaders, congregations and individuals to FACS. The Faith Captain will represent FACS by promoting FACS’ mission, programs and advocacy to new congregations in Fairfax County. Click here for more information!