an introduction with contact info for GreenFaith staff
The Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo is GreenFaith’s Latin American Director. Neddy is a Venezuelan-American, an eco-theologian and a Presbyterian pastor of an ecumenical (ELCA-PCUSA) Latino ministry in the USA. Neddy has created and taught eco-theology courses for theological seminaries in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and the USA. Neddy is co-founder and on-farm-educator at the Angelic Organics Learning Center.
732-565-7740, ext. 302
Deb comes to GreenFaith after 20 years as an administrator at Rutgers University and a sabbatical that led to work in the non-profit world. She manages event planning for convergences and retreats, as well as day-to-day operations. Outside of GreenFaith, Deb is involved in environmental justice initiatives through her church, The Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ. Deb’s other part-time job is logistical coordinator of re-building efforts for communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. In her off-time, Deb is a lover of music (listening and making her own), words (reading and writing her own), spending time outdoors, and traveling to new places to experience new cultures.
Nana Firman is GreenFaith’s Muslim Director. An Indonesian, Nana directed WWF-Indonesia’s “Green Reconstruction” efforts during a post-tsunami period and developed an urban climate change adaptation/mitigation initiative. She was featured in Azizah Magazine as one of Muslim women active in the green revolution. She was recently named as a Champion of Change for Faith Leaders on Climate by the White House. Currently, Nana also co-directs the Islamic Society of North America’s Green Mosque Initiative.
732-565-7740, ext. 300
Karyn is GreenFaith’s office manager, overseeing and administering the finances, database, and administrative support related to GreenFaith’s office and programs. Prior to working for GreenFaith, Karyn worked for various non-profits, including Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and for profits such as Chinese Acupuncture Healthcare. For 13 years she volunteered for the Folk Project, a not-for-profit folk music, storytelling, and dance organization which sponsors and organizes a wide variety of folk activities in the Northern New Jersey area. She also assisted with desktop publishing for a local town newsletter, and did data entry and other office work for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Trenton. When Karyn is not hard at work, she enjoys traveling to numerous countries (South Africa, Corsica, Georgia near Russia) singing and dancing in world music camps.
732-565-7740 ext. 301
Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and GreenFaith’s Executive Director. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship from a range of denominations in nationally and internationally about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. An Ashoka Fellow and author of GreenFaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Protect the Planet (Abingdon Press, 2015), Fletcher served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church before becoming GreenFaith’s leader.
732-565-7740, ext. 305
Paul has been active in faith-based environmentalism for more than 30 years. In 1981, he founded and Paul has been active in faith-based environmentalism for more than 40 years. In 1981, he founded and chaired the Environment Committee at Temple Emeth, in Teaneck, NJ, where he has been a member for more than 50 years. For eleven years he was the Assistant Regional Director of the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the synagogue arm of the Reform Jewish Movement. During that time, he introduced the subject of Jewish Environmentalism to regional and national conventions of the Reform Movement. He served for six years as a member of the Commission on Social Action of the Religious Action Center, the social action arm of Reform Judaism. He has taught at Bergen Community College on the religious foundations of environmentalism. An ardent hiker and bicyclist, he believes that each person can make a real difference in preserving this planet, and that we have a duty to raise our voices to elected and appointed leaders to support environmental conservation.
732-565-7740, ext. 303
Stacey is director of leadership training at GreenFaith, providing resources and programs that help people of faith put their beliefs into action for the earth. Under Stacey’s leadership, programs such as the Certification Program for congregations, the Seminary Certification Program, Convergences for millennial leaders, and the Fellowship Program have offered the faith community opportunities to become more sustainable, and deepen their religious-environmental work and identity. An honors graduate of Rutgers University with dual degrees in ecology and environmental policy, Stacey has also received training from the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education,The Center for Whole Communities, Pine Wind Zen Monastery, and The Climate Project. In 2010, Stacey was named 'Top 40 under 40' environmental leaders by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and in 2013 was named one of the top 10 Spiritual Heroes by Spirituality & Health magazine.
Gopal Patel directs the Bhumi Project, an international Hindu environmental network based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The Project works with Hindu leaders and communities across the world to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the environment. Prior to this role Gopal spent time living in ashrams in India and England studying Hindu texts. Gopal works with a range of Hindu leaders and communities globally, helping them to lead environmentally friendly lives that are based on Hindu teachings and traditions.
The Rev. Jenny Phillips directs the Divest & Reinvest Now Campaign. Founder and director of Fossil Free UMC, she is also Minister for Environmental Stewardship and Advocacy for the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, and has written curricula on creation care for Christian audiences. Jenny has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She lives in Seattle, WA.
732-565-7740, ext. 306
Estrella Sainburg is the Circle Organizer for GreenFaith. As Circle Organizer, Estrella is working to support interfaith local community organizing for the environment in New Jersey and around the world. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Estrella graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in International Development and Global Poverty. As a native Spanish speaker, she hopes to empower Latino communities in the United States to advocate and ensure a healthy living environment and harmonious relationship with the natural environment, as well as see more Latinos speaking about environmental injustices. She is motivated by her belief that we are God’s tools for creating spaces for the voices of the marginalized to be heard and for the environment to be treated with care.