Board of Directors
David Root, Board Chair – David is an attorney specializing in civil defense litigation and a member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur.
Ruth Menter, Treasurer – Ruth is a software consultant who advises businesses and non-profit organizations, and is an active congregant of The Temple in Atlanta.
Dabney Dixon – Dabney is a biochemistry professor at Georgia State University, where she also directs the STEM program for the school. She is an active member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church.
Jim Hartzfeld – Jim is a business sustainability consultant and active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Susan Varlamoff – Susan is the retired Director for the Office of Environmental Sciences for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is a biologist and the author of two books: Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast and the co-author of the Laudato Si Action Plan based on Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si. She is a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn.
Shan Arora – Shan is the Director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech. He is Hindu and resides in Decatur with his family.
Nancy Daves – Nancy is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She attends All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Tanya Frazee – Tanya is a fundraising professional, currently working at Girls on the Run. She is an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur.
Gary Garrett – Gary is a Senior Technical Analyst for the Southern States Energy Board, involved in energy and environmental policy issues in the southern states. He serves on the board of the Southeast Energy Society and is a member of IEEE. He is founding and past chair of the city of Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board. Gary is also a member of Creation Care teams at both Decatur First UMC and Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta, where he is a member.
Beth Remmes – As a Facilitator for The Work that Reconnects, Beth teaches workshops on engaged spirituality and sustainable activism, with a focus on environmental and social justice issues. She is leader of the EarthCare Team at Unity Atlanta and serves on Unity Worldwide Ministries Earth Care Team. Beth has been teaching for GIPL on sacred activism, having established the Four Directions Fund.
Tina Wilkinson – Tina is very engaged in Creation Care efforts in Dunwoody and throughout Atlanta, having launched Solarize Dunwoody in 2017. As an EarthKeeper in the United Methodist Church, she is able to lead other UMC groups in faithful environmental action. She worship with her family at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.
Zubair Zafar – Zubair is the executive director of Roswell Community Masjid. He was raised in Panama City, Florida and attended the University of Florida, where he received a degree in Business Administration with a focus in economics, along with a minor in English. Currently, Zubair is pursuing his MBA with a focus in Non-Profit Management from Emory University.
These are the Core Values developed by the Board of Directors in September 2010. These values are the guiding principles of the work of GIPL.
- Respect: Valuing Creation and diversity.
- Faith: Our work is based on four faith principles: stewardship, justice, community of all life, and awe.
- Hope: Inspiring positive attitudes and actions.
- Honesty: Consistently seeking and speaking the truth.
- Results: Orienting our actions toward outcomes, which are achieved through vision, focused activities and a commitment to excellence.
- Thankfulness: Gratitude for our blessings and opportunities to serve.
- And Fun!
Former Board Members
Woody Bartlett, GIPL Co-Founder – Woody is a retired Episcopal priest and co-founded GIPL with his spouse in 2003.
Carol Bartlett, GIPL Co-Founder – Carol is a retired educator and co-founded GIPL with her spouse in 2003.
Marti Breen, Former Vice-chair – Marti is principal at C3 Marketing and active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Garry Harris – Garry is president of Sustainable Solutions Corp. and active at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Beth Bond, former Board Secretary – Beth is a communications consultant and expert on sustainability practices for daily living. She manages Southeast Green, a regional sustainability news outlet. She is a member of Decatur First United Methodist Church.
Renee Kastanakis, Former Board Chair – Renee is an attorney and active member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Dr. Mark Douglas, former Board chair – Mark is Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur and is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Kemal Korucu – Kemal is owns a transportation logistics company in Alpharetta and very active in Atlanta’s Islamic community, serving on the Board for Al-Farooq Masjid and the Interfaith Community Institute.
Noah Levine – Noah is retired from the Jewish Federation of Georgia and attends Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta.
Rev. Cherlyn Tribble – Cherlyn is an environmental engineer as well an ordained minister in the AME Zion Church. She’s active at Faith AME Zion Church in Atlanta.
Dan May, Former Treasurer – Dan is a former college biology teacher and a retired epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the Atlanta Friends Meeting.
Rev. Leslie Watkins – Leslie is the Director of Single Adult Ministries and Creation Care Ministries at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Walt Bryde, CPA, Former Treasurer – Walt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Atlanta and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.