Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Eric Goplerud

Chair

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.

Scott Peterson

Co-Vice-Chair

Scott is a Unitarian-Universalist and co-founder of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. A FACS board member and vice-chair of external affairs, he is also chair of the advocacy committee. In that role, his focus has been on moving Virginia’s largest population center, Fairfax County, to address the climate emergency. As the organization’s representative to the Virginia Conservation Network’s legislative committee, he guides FACS’s statewide legislative strategy, works closely with advocacy teams, and helps to build coalitions. Previously, he was employed in the financial industry, where he was managing director of communications at New York Stock Exchange Regulation and director of communications at the Nasdaq Stock Market. A senior fellow at the investigative public watchdog Checks and Balances Project, he is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Born in Pennsylvania, he is the grandson of coal miners.

Shyamali Roy Hauth

Co-Vice-Chair

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.

Rev. Sarah Scherschligt

Treasurer

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.

David Kepley

Secretary

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.

Joe Cohen

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-Chair of TRS’s Green Team and teaches Sunday school music to grades K-6 and performs in various bands at the temple.

Donald Craig

Donald Craig recently relocated to the No.VA area from California. He is a member of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC. He has been a long time community advocate around social justice and environmental issues in California and now in Virginia. Donald is currently active on Boards with the NAACP, the Poor People’s Campaign as well as several other community groups. He strongly believes in making a positive difference.

Ani Fête Crews

Ani Fête 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.

Anthony Granado

Anthony Granado is the Vice President of Government Relations for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). He directs the CCUSA Social Policy Team. Prior to coming to CCUSA, Anthony served as Director for the Office of Domestic Social Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Anthony also previously worked as the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Portland, Oregon. Upon finishing graduate school, Anthony served as legislative assistant to the Oregon Catholic Conference and as Coordinator of the Office of Justice and Peace and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for the Archdiocese of Portland. In addition to his service to the Church, he taught as an adjunct faculty in history at Portland State University and served on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for the Department of Community Justice of Multnomah County, Oregon.

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Portland and a master’s degree in history from Portland State University.

Rev. Dr. Jean Wright

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.

Erika Yalowitz

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Erika is passionate about conservation and the importance of healthy soil, air and water for the preservation of life on our planet. 

Her community involvement includes roles as Vice-President of the Providence District Council, Corresponding Secretary of the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations and a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Tysons Partnership. She has been active for the past decade in the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and her activism includes multiple campaigns, from the Stop Violence Against Women in Amnesty International in 2003, to her own bid for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2019, which was based on a strong environmental and transit platform. She is a co-founder of the Virginia Menstrual Equity Coalition that has successfully worked with the VA General Assembly to reduce tax and increase availability of feminine care products. She serves on the Tysons Transportation District Advisory Board and currently works with Arlington JDR Court.

Erika is an alumna of the Universidad del Rosario’s School of Political Science & Government and International Relations. She completed graduate studies in Political Management and Governance with GWU and has professional studies in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Staff

Andrea McGimsey

Andrea McGimsey

Executive Director

Andrea is a committed environmental activist, advocate and leader. She served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2011, where she led the county’s work on climate solutions. Previously she directed the Campaign for Loudoun’s Future, mobilizing citizens to protect the county’s environment. She co-founded 350 Loudoun and is a presenter and mentor with the Climate Reality Project.  Andrea has served as executive director of several non-profit organizations, including Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg.  As Senior Director for Global Warming Solutions of Environment America, she led campaigns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible economy-wide in the United States. She is an active Lutheran and a native of Northern Virginia.

Natalie Ramirez Cain

Digital Organizer

Natalie brings extensive project management experience and a passion for writing and creative design to her role. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at North Carolina State University before moving to the northern Virginia area, where she currently resides with her husband, son, and two cats. She is a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Alexandria, where she has served as Council President and as a member of the Racial Justice team. She has a history of volunteer work, including conservation work in Australia. She is an alumnus of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Fundamentals and Maximizing Your Leadership Potential programs. She enjoys writing, reading, and yoga.

Sashia Scott

Community Organizer

Sashia Scott, Community Organizer for Prince William County, graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Government and International Politics. She has worked as a freelance social media manager for clients ranging from churches to micro influencers. Prior to that she served as the Administrative Assistant of Unity of Fairfax. Sashia is a strong advocate for social change with numerous connections in Prince William County.