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.
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
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. 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.
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.
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 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
John Cartmill has a background in software engineering, physics and oceanography and has worked primarily as a contractor supporting Navy programs. He has been an advocate for combating the effects the climate change since 2005 and has served as a director for Fairfax Climate Watch. He has lived in Herndon with his wife Wendy since 1995 and has been attending Reston Bible Church for the past 10 years.
The Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions Community Council is an advisory committee and working group. Each member is a leader at his/her place of worship. The council advises the staff and board on strategy and plans and plays a primary role in carrying out the organization’s work.
Aisha Bigbee, Alfred Street Baptist Church
Bob Denniston, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Brian Christoffersen, Christ Crossman UMC
David Kepley, Providence Presbyterian
Sultan Ahmed, ADAMS Center
Jeff Johnson, Unity of Fairfax
Joe Cohen, Temple Rodef Shalom
John Cartmill, Reston Bible Church
Nitin Drugas, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Jerry Foltz, Wellspring UCC
Robert Faithful, St John’s Episocopalian
Scott Peterson, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Rev. Sarah Schlerschlict, Peace Lutheran
Rev. Jean Wright, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Marsha White, Accotink Unitarian Universalist
Lise van Susteren, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
Barbara Bacon, Mount Vernon Unitarian Universalist
Eric Goplerud, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Keith Curtis, Herndon Friends Meeting
Larry Underwood, Bull Run Unitarian Universalist
Lynn Alsmeyer-Johnson, Mount Vernon Unitarian Universalist
Lavona Grow, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
Leah Rampey, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Melissa Kaltos, Accotink Unitarian Universalist
Natalie Prien, Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun
Mary Rose Janya, Accotink Unitarian Universalist
Linda Kato, Accotink Unitarian Universalist
Dave Lincoln, Grace Presbyterian
Shelley Tamres, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling
Rick Hartley, Unity of Fairfax
Gayle Schlenker, John Calvin Presbyterian
Chris Bauernshub, Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Sue Tate, Westminster Presbyterian
Beatrice Hurt, Westminster Presbyterian
Pramodh Adi, Hindu Temple Sterling (Balaji Temple)