Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson, Chair and Acting Executive Director

Scott is a Unitarian-Universalist and co-founder of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. Chair of the board of directors, he also serves as chair of the board’s advocacy committee and works to strengthen and expand local hubs. A frequent speaker at events, he also helps to build coalitions. He has played an important role in growing FACS since its inception. Previously, he was employed in the financial industry, where he was a managing director of communications at the New York Stock Exchange and director of communications at the Nasdaq Stock Market. Scott is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Certificate of Financial Planning from Georgetown University. Born in Pennsylvania, he is the grandson of coal miners.

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Jo Doumbia, Vice Chair

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. 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.

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Rick Galliher, Treasurer

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. 

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.

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Bailey Kasten

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 a leader for her daughter’s Girl Scouts Brownie troop and Committee Chair for her son’s Cub Scouts pack.  Bailey and her family are active members of McLean Islamic Center.

Julie Rosenberg

Julie Rosenberg

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 leads FACS Arlington Hub. 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.

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Kris Rosenthal

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. She is the Fairfax Hub leader. 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.

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Sarah Selvaraj-Dsouza

Sarah Selvaraj-Dsouza is a community organizer, social justice advocate, mom and small business owner. She serves on several boards including the Reston Association, GMU School of Music, and FACS. 

As executive director of Restonstrong, Sarah has played a vocal role in advancing solutions for restons unhoused neighbors since 2021. The grassroots initiative under her leadership has grown to become #restonSTRONG a 501c3 community action group with amazing charity partners and community supporters. Supporting a feeding hundreds on a weekly basis solely through food rescue donations and community partnerships. 

Diversity, innovation, and adaptation have been an integral part of her life. Raised in India, she travelled on a full scholarship to Singapore and completed her engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, she also obtained a MB in Bristol, England, and moved to Reston 14 years ago to start a family.

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Jeff W. Johnson

Jeff has been a member of the Unity of Fairfax church in Oakton, Virginia and an active leader of its EarthCare Ministry Team, which is responsible for the congregation’s environmental education and physical care of God’s Five Sacred Acres. Through his and other EarthCare Ministry Team members and the Senior Minister, Unity of Fairfax became a Founding congregation of FACS. He is a Climate Change Policy Consultant who supports government and non-profit organizations in planning and implementing initiatives to address the climate crisis. Prior to his dual retirement he was a Captain in U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence with 37 years of Navy service and an Intelligence Community contractor for 26 years. He holds an MA Degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and BA Degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the Universities of Oregon and Iowa respectively. Jeff has been a resident of Reston, Virginia for 23 years and Fairfax County for 43 years.

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Joseph M. Gillmer

Joseph is the Executive Director of Development of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Certified Specialist in Planned Giving, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Since 2001, Joe Gillmer has served nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector with expertise in nonprofit operations, major and annual fund giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, and integrated traditional direct response and digital marketing outreach. He has helped raise more than $865 million, including support for hundreds of faith-based organizations across the United States 

Joe and his wife, Leah, live in Franconia, VA. After participating in Solarize Fairfax and a home energy audit in 2017, Joe and Leah implemented a variety of energy conservation and generation measures over the last five years to reduce their home net energy use by 93%. 

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Asmaa Idrisu

Asmaa is a Project Management specialist with an engineering background and over 15 years of experience in technical projectsShe supported the Program Management Office at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where she managed Business Modernization efforts. Asmaa provided program, policy, & content management support to the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Office at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She’s also worked with the US Census Bureau’s Office of Systems Engineering. Today, Asmaa is a Senior Project Manager for ICF where she supports multiple engineering Projects and serves as the Co-chair of the Black Employee Community Network.

Before joining FACS’ board, Asmaa served on the Board of Directors for the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) as the Communications Co-chair for two years.

Staff

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Christopher Topoleski, Executive Director

Chris joined FACS in December of 2023 as the executive director. In his prior role, Chris advocated for education equity and racial justice for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. His career in DC includes positions in the U.S. Congress, nonprofits, and industry. Chris is passionate about social justice and inclusiveness and volunteers with Restonstrong supporting their government relations efforts as well as co-managing Restonstrong’s weekly free produce market. He has a bachelor’s in economics from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) and has completed graduate coursework at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Chris is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston and led their LGBTQ+ task force from 2020 – 2022.

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Christine Montagnese, Climate Solutions Organizer

Christine Connelly Montagnese joined FACS in March of 2023. She is a lawyer who served as a communication specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Administration for Native Americans. Early in her career, she created young environmental stewards serving as an environmental educator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Nature Forward. Now, after working in compliance at large financial institutions for several years, Christine is thrilled to be returning to her passion. She has a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Maryland and juris doctor from the Penn State School of Law. She is a master naturalist and practicing Catholic.