Staff

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Reba Elliott
Executive Director

Reba is a local leader in the faith-based climate movement, and is grateful for the real commitment to stewardship shown by people of faith. Her previous work includes a decade of nonprofit management, including leadership roles at Catholic Climate Covenant and Live Green. In her spare time, she enjoys caring for bees, chickens, and gardens at home.

Sarah Spengeman
Director of Community Outreach

Sarah is dedicated to addressing the environmental problems posed by climate change, fracking, and factory farming, and strongly believes her Christian faith calls her to care for all of God’s creation. Before joining Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, Sarah worked with Catholic Climate Covenant and helped organize two national Nuns on the Bus tours with NETWORK Lobby. When not working, she enjoys traveling to her home state of California to hike in the redwoods and enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Sarah has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame.

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Olivia Moulds
Community Liaison

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Olivia is currently a senior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she’s pursuing a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning, as well as two minors in Leadership and Social Change, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She’s widely involved on campus in multiple students organizations, has a passion for campus organizing, and loves the outdoors.

Olivia es original de Richmond. Es estudiante universitaria cursando su ultimo año en VA Tech donde estudia para un Bachillerato en Reglamentación y Planificación Ambiental con dos concentraciones menores, Liderazgo y Cambio Social, y Estudios de Géneros y la Mujer. Ella pertenece a varias organizaciones estudiantiles y su pasión es como activista para grupos de estudiantes que son marginados en la universidad. A ella le encanta pasar tiempo en la naturaleza.

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Tiziana Bottino
Community Liaison

Tiziana is pursuing her Master’s in Energy Policy and Climate at John Hopkins University. She is an experienced administrator in international business, and is passionate about connecting environmental justice, faith, and activism. She also loves traveling and spending quality time with her family.

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

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

Community Council

Community Council

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.

Members:

  • 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)