Kate was named as GIPL’s executive director in 2014. Kate joined GIPL in January 2012 after serving for two years as the Executive Director of Earth Covenant Ministry (ECM), a Presbyterian environmental organization. ECM merged with GIPL in 2012 and Kate became GIPL’s first Director of Congregational Support. Kate is an ordained Presbyterian minister, having earned degrees from Eckerd College (FL) and Columbia Theological Seminary (GA). Kate and her family worship at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Family fun always includes camping and hiking at state and national parks.
Leeann joins GIPL as the South Georgia Outreach Coordinator. Based in Tifton, she is a permanent deacon in the Episcopal church serving in the Diocese of Georgia. Leeann founded and leads the Creation Care Commission for the Episcopal Diocese. For the past ten years, she has cultivated the local food movement in south Georgia, spearheading and managing two community farmers’ markets (while also a bread vendor) and organizing many educational events. She served on the board of Georgia Organics for 6 years. A graduate of Wheaton College and University of Montana, Leeann is raising two boys along with her husband Albert, a banjo playing peanut pathologist. Together, they co-steward 160 acres of wetland swamp and enjoy outdoor adventures, gardening, making music, backyard poultry, and fungi.
Bob joined GIPL in May 2010 and coordinates all activities related to GIPL’s Power Wise program. Bob has worked in the environmental field for 42 years and served as director for the Sustainability Division (formerly Pollution Prevention Assistance Division) at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from 2003 to 2008. He has a BA in Biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and a MS in Public and Urban Affairs at Georgia State University.
Taylor comes to GIPL for the next year from The Road Episcopal Service Corps. She grew up in Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a Biology degree and Spanish minor. During her first year with The Road, Taylor became interested in community organizing and faithful responses to social issues. She feels called to seek connections between public health and liberating communities/spaces. Taylor enjoys playing music, biking, trying new foods, and spending time with friends.