Board of Directors

Shan Arora, Co-Chair – 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.

Beth Remmes, Co-ChairBeth is a public school registrar and sustainability lifestyle consultant. She leads GIPL’s Four Directions Fund program. Beth attends Unity Atlanta and lives in Lilburn, Georgia.
nonprofit leadership, GIPL Board of Directors, Georgia faith-based enviromental nonprofitRuth Menter, Treasurer – Ruth is a software consultant who advises businesses and non-profit organizations. She is an active congregant of The Temple in Atlanta.

Nancy Daves – Nancy is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  She attends All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

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Dabney Dixon – Dabney is a biochemistry professor at Georgia State University, where she also directs the STEM program. She is an active member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

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 GarrettGary is a retired energy policy analyst and active community volunteer.  He is a member of Creation Care teams at both Decatur First United Methodist Church and Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta, where he is a member.

Neha PathakNeha is a physician, currently working for WebMD.  She is Hindu and resides in Atlanta with her family.


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David Root – David is an attorney specializing in civil defense litigation and a member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur.

Tina WilkinsonTina is a project manager with a solar company, and an Earthkeeper for the United Methodist Church. She worships at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

Zubair ZafarZubair is on the staff of the Islamic Society of North America and is part of the Roswell Community Masjid in Roswell, Georgia.

 

GIPL Advisory Council

The GIPL Advisory Council supports the GIPL Board of Directors and the GIPL staff.

Rev. William Flippin: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Atlanta
Kathryn Harben: Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta
Susan Kidd: Agnes Scott College, Decatur
Charlie Nichols: Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Dunwoody
Rev. Jenny Phillips: UMCOR, Atlanta
Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta
Tina Spencer-Smith: Zion Hill Baptist Church, Atlanta
Susan Varlamoff: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lilburn


Core Values

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.

GIPL's 2014 Board of Directors: Walt Bryde (past member), Rev. Woody Bartlett, Leslie Lyons Watkins (past member), Dr. Mark Douglas, Marti Breen, Noah Levine, Rev. Reneé Kastanakis, Garry Harris, and Ruth Menter (not pictured: Rev. Cherlyn Tribble)

GIPL’s 2014 Board of Directors: Walt Bryde (past member), Rev. Woody Bartlett, Leslie Lyons Watkins (past member), Dr. Mark Douglas, Marti Breen, Noah Levine, Rev. Reneé Kastanakis, Garry Harris, and Ruth Menter (not pictured: Rev. Cherlyn Tribble)