Board of Directors
David Root, Interim Board Chair – David is an attorney specializing in civil defense litigation and a member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur.
Carol Bartlett, Interim Board Vice Chair – Carol, a retired educator and community activist, founded GIPL with her husband Rev. Woody Bartlett. A faithful Episcopalian, this is her second tour of duty on the GIPL Board, having previously served on its original steering committee.
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.
Beth Bond, Secretary – Beth is a media and communications guru and founder of Southeast Green, an on-line sustainable news site. She is an active member of Decatur First United Methodist Church.
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.
Kemal Korucu – Kemal is a software engineer focusing on transportation logistics and is engaged deeply in Atlanta’s interfaith community and an active Islamic leader of Al-Farooq Masjid in Atlanta and Masjid Omar Bin Abdul Aziz in Norcross.
Susan Varlamoff – Susan is the Director for the Office of Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. She is a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn.
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 Founder – Woody is a retired Episcopal priest and founded GIPL 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.
Renee Kastanakis, Former Board Chair – Renee is an attorney and active member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
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.
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.