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.
An active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, John has been the chair of that congregation’s Sustainability Committee and now serves as vice-chair of the Mission Council for the church. Trinity Presbyterian has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, and John understands the nuances of working within a congregational setting when it comes to environmental issues. John also has a long history in working within Georgia’s environmental non-profit community, having worked on the development staff at the Nature Conservancy and environmental education programs at the Georgia Aquarium. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lifecycle Building Center in Atlanta, a local favorite of the GIPL Team.
Brian Savoie comes to GIPL with over 30 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing consulting. As the project manager for the Catholic Pilot Project, parishes and schools that have been selected by the Catholic Archdiocese to reduce their environmental impact and increase their energy and water efficiencies by 25%. Brian received degrees in engineering from Duke University and Georgia Tech. He is an active parishioner of St. Jude Catholic Church in Sandy Springs. Brian loves nothing more than being outdoors with his family, camping, hiking and cultivating appreciation for God’s wondrous Creation.
Valerie comes to GIPL with 32 years of experience as CEO/Founder of Hill Rawls Marketing Consultants, where she works to execute sustainable marketing strategies. She is also Managing Director of Hill Eco, Inc., an organization creating scalable ecological built environments. She is excited to support the mission of GIPL and help to create equitable, co-collaborating, and sustainable strategies for GIPL’s work to reach all communities. Valerie’s passion is to engage the disengaged in the climate and environmental justice narrative.