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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 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. Scott is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Born in Pennsylvania, he is the grandson of coal miners.
Shyamali Roy Hauth
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.
Jack has been in public service for 33 years, and currently serves as the national Director of State & Local Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has spent most of his career working on Climate Change and at the nexus of federal and state environmental policymaking, including previous stints at the White House Office of Management & Budget, on Capitol Hill, at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Deputy Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and then as the Deputy Director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities. Jack lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife, two sons and dog. He currently serves on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee of Great Falls United Methodist Church, on the Board of Friends of Riverbend Park, and as the Church’s Chartering Organization Representative for Scout Troop 673. He previously served as Treasurer of the Great Falls Citizens Association. Jack received his B.A. in Political Economy and M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Virginia.
I owned the Chantilly franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for 18 years and have recently retired. I learned a lot about how waste is handled in Northern Virginia, especially how hard it is to recycle our common household items. Because of this experience, I am a board member of the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS), their Solid Waste Team Lead, and the FACS Glass Recycling Working Group member. I am also a member of the Virginia DEQ’s Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force, and a member of the Virginia Recycling Association. I founded the Virginia Bottle Bill Organization, now working with the VA Sierra Club to get a beverage deposit law passed in Virginia.
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.
For nearly 20 years, Julie led the EPA group working with local and state governments to help them design and implement climate, energy and heat island policies and programs. She now leads climate advocacy initiatives through interfaith organizations. As a member of Temple Rodef Shalom, she co-leads the Dayenu Climate Circle’s Local and Congregational Pathway, helping area Jews learn about and then engage in local and state energy and climate decision making. She represents a subset of this group in the FACS Arlington Hub, bringing interfaith perspectives into critical county energy investment decisions. She is creating a webinar series – Understanding Racism in Our Communities – that will teach us about the history of racism in Arlington, Falls Church and Fairfax, illuminate how this historic racism pays out in today’s decisions and show ways we can act to create non- and anti-racist policies. In 2017, she co-founded the Arlington-McLean chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Our Muslim-Jewish partnership of women has forged deep, lasting friendships as they work together to build bonds and combat hate.
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. Sarah Scherschligt
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.
Kris began as a volunteer for FACS for the Mt Vernon District several years ago, as part of her work on the Climate Action Team at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, and joined FAC’s board in May 2022 after serving as the Fairfax Hub leader for 5 months.
As a long-time resident in Fairfax County, she led the re-invigoration of the Citizen’s Advisory Board to the local mental health center, supported Safe Haven, a monthly gathering for LGTBIQ teens and Cis gender teens at MVUC, and has served on the board of Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, twice.
Her passion is to work toward a liveable planet in the face of the climate emergency and overshoot, which means reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building in climate justice and economic justice at every opportunity, and nurturing people’s love for their neighbors and the natural world, both through collective action and the Work That Reconnects.
Ms. Josefina (Jo) Doumbia is a Colombian national and holds Chemical Engineering and Master’s and Doctorate Environmental Engineering degrees. After over 25 years, she recently retired from the World Bank where she focused on environmental, sustainability and climate change aspects. By working in approximately more than 50 developed and developing countries she gained a great understanding of the key environmental and social impacts to peoples and environment generated by numerous sectors (i. e., petrochemical, manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, etc.) She held numerous leader positions managing environmental and social teams conducting environmental and social impacts assessments and implementing environmental management systems; she produced numerous environmental and social guidance documents; and delivered environmental and social related lectures and trainings in many countries.
Throughout the course of her career she witnessed and actively participated in the spiral transformation of the environmental disciplines. From being a strictly end-of-the-pipe regulatory focused approach these disciplines have moved to optimizing the use of raw materials, natural resources and energy, reducing/eliminating the generation of residues and working towards reaching a circular economy. Given her environmental/social worldview, Ms Doumbia is passionate about helping the disenfranchised to reach local and international climate solutions in particular those who do not have access to relevant information because they do not speak English.
Currently, Ms. Doumbia volunteers with several local environmental and social organizations putting her well-rounded global expertise to the service of these organizations to help addressing climate change challenges. In addition, she is also a certified VA Master Naturalist and an Audubon at-home Ambassador. Ms Doumbia lives with her family, husband and two sons, in Annandale where she cherishes her self-created native backyard sanctuary.
Bailey Kasten, CAE, ICE-CPP serves as the Chief Data Officer for the Design-Build Institute of America where she is responsible for leading initiatives in all things data, membership, and diversity as well as for generally finding ‘a-ha’ moments for the organization and its components lurking in the data. Bailey has over 18 years of experience in association management and serves in volunteer roles for both the American Society of Association Executives on the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Exam Committee and the Virginia Society of Association Executives on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, two of her favorite communities. Bailey is also active in her local Northern Virginia community as a leader for her daughter’s Girl Scouts Brownie troop and as Committee Chair for her son’s Cub Scouts pack. Needless to say, tips for camping with kids are always welcome! Serving on the FACS Board gives Bailey a chance to use her nonprofit management and governance experience to good use in helping strengthen the organization to meet the challenges of its important work. Bailey and her family are active members of McLean Islamic Center.
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.
Meaghan joined the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) in June 2022. She oversees our digital organizing, as well as supports faith communities and our FACS Hubs on local climate solutions. Meaghan is a native of Arlington County and has previously worked as a lacrosse coach for Catholic University (D.C.), Pride Girls Lacrosse, and as a referee, league manager, stick-stringer, and personal trainer. She started her environmental career as a poll greeter and door-to-door canvasser and has volunteered with EcoAthletes, EcoAction Arlington, and Sierra Club. Meaghan earned her B.A. in Studio Art at Christopher Newport University (CNU) where she was a two-time All-American in lacrosse. Meaghan is enthusiastic about empowering people of all faiths and backgrounds to bring awareness and action to the intersection of social inequity and the climate crisis.