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Photo Name Brief Biography Contact Information
  Huda Alkaff
Huda is the Founder and Director of the Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin, since 2005. She is an environmentalist by training and education, her higher education degrees are in conservation ecology and sustainable development / science and environmental education from the University of Georgia and she has experience teaching environmental science courses at the University of Wisconsin. Huda is the Vice Chair of the Interfaith Earth Network, and a Board Member of Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light (formerly Wisconsin Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign) since 2003. She is also a member of MICAH's Environmental Justice committee.
  Rev. Adam Arn Adam Arn is the Associate Pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Grafton where he has served since 2003. He has a B.A in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University. One of the primary emphases in his graduate work was ecological hermeneutics, which involved reading sacred texts from the perspective of the Earth community with an eye toward addressing contemporary environmental concerns. Some of the issues he addressed were global climate change and the honeybee crisis know as Colony Collapse Disorder. In addition to advocating for environmental stewardship as a critical component of spiritual formation, he understands the importance of exploring one's sense of place, which is why he can often be found meandering through the white cedars of Lake Michigan's unique coastal ecosystems adam(at)vineyardcc.com
  Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo
WIPL Secretary
Neddy is an eco-theologian, with a Doctor of Ministry on Eco-justice Ministries and Eco-spirituality from Drew University. Neddy, a Venezuelan-American, is the Pastor of an Ecumenical (ELCA/PCUSA) Latino ministry in Southern Wisconsin, where also, together with her husband and children, moved fifteen years ago to help start the Angelic Organics Learning Center, an exciting and engaging place to learn about food, farming and caring for the earth. As part of her doctoral program, Neddy has taught Eco-Theology in Latin American seminaries; Guatemala (CEDEPCA), Perú (AETE) & Bolivia (ISEAT). Neddy is a co-author of the NCCC Declaration “God’s Earth is Sacred”, and on its latest book: “God’s Earth is Sacred: Essays on Eco-Justice” (2011). She has also published in David Rhoads’s book “Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet”. Neddy shares her passion for God’s creation through worship, workshops and a Spanish website: eco-justicia.org. neddy.astudillo(at)gmail.com
  Dr. Peter Bakken (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), received his PhD in theology from the University of Chicago. His dissertation focused on theological and ecological assumptions of Aldo Leopold and Joseph Sittler. He is Coordinator for Public Policy for the Wisconsin Council of Churches, promoting faith-based advocacy on issues from climate change to hunger and health care reform. For 14 years he was Coordinator of Outreach for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, a Christian environmental education organization. His publications include Church on Earth: Grounding Your Ministry in a Sense of Place (with Jeff Wild) and a collection of writings by Joseph Sittler, Evocations of Grace: Writings on Ecology, Theology and Ethics (coedited with Steven Bouma-Prediger). bakken(at)WisconsinIPL.org
  Rev. Dr. John Helt
WIPL Vice President
Rev. Dr. Helt is the Pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Colgate. He graduated with M. Div. from Eden Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Rev. Helt served UCC congregations in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He served on the Wisconsin Council of Churches, board of directors, 1992-2000, is a baritone, Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee, since 2010, and serves on Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ, historical committee, worship committee, annual meeting planning committee, association and conference committees on church and ministry. johncliffordhelt(at)gmail.com

Dr. Rebecca McAllister


Rebecca is a family nurse practitioner, and also meditation instructor trained in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She teaches healthy living, disease prevention, and stress reduction. One of the best tools, to achieve all three, is mindfulness meditation. Rebecca currently works as the director of the Windhorse Retreat Center and part-time nurse practitioner in Plymouth, WI. Rebecca holds a Nursing Doctorate in Community Health from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. windhorse.shambhala(at)gmail.com

Melissa Taylor
WIPL President


Melissa Taylor, Unitarian Universalist, is the Just Trade Buyer/Manager (HOPES Center), Racine, Oct 2008 to present, Green Congregations participant, 2007 to present, Green Sanctuary participant, Olympia Brown UU Church, 2006 to present, Sierra Club participant, Racine Chapter, 2006 to present, and was the Racine Coordinator for Youth Restoring Earth, July 2010 to March 2011. meliss.taylor2638(at)att.net
  Rev. Nick Utphall
Nick Utphall is a pastor of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Monona, where he has served since 2004. In that time he has gotten to commute by bike most days and has been excited to help with the start of a community garden and work on developing creation care as central to all our vocations. nick(at)ststlc.net
  Katy Walter
Katy is an organizer and advocate for clean energy issues with Clean Wisconsin. Her professional experience includes training students to run their own social and environmental campaigns, and directing a fundraising canvass to fight global warming. Katy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science kwalter(at)cleanwisconsin.org

Dr. Daniel Weber

Dan received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is a Senior Scientist in the Children's Environmental Health Sciences Center. Dan’s community outreach activities include Canfei Nesharim: Sustainable Living through Torah, J-WISE: Jewish Wisconsin Initiative for a Sustainable Environment, and Tikkun Ha'Ir, an advocacy program of the Jewish community to enhance environmental and social justice in Milwaukee. He represents Tikkun Ha’Ir on the Environmental Justice Committee of MICAH: Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope.

  Sr. Janet Weyker, OP
WIPL Treasurer
Janet Weyker, OP - (Catholic) is a graduate of St. Mary-of-the- Woods College in Indiana where she studied Earth Literacy. Currently she serves as Director of "Rooted in Hope", the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center that is dedicated to environmental education and care of Earth. She earned masters degrees from UW-Madison and UW-Platteville in art education and counseling; her prior ministry experience includes teaching, administration, and campus ministry. eco-justice(at)racinedominicans.org
Rooted in Hope
Racine Dominican
Eco-Justice Center
7133 Michna Road
Racine, WI 53402

Founder of Wisconsin Interfaith Climate & Energy Campaign (1999)

The Rev. Dr. Dave Steffenson The Rev. Dr. Dave Steffenson is a retired United Methodist minister. He has a BA from the U. of Denver in social sciences and journalism; Th.M from Iliff School of Theology, Denver; STM in political social ethics from Yale University Divinity School; and the Ph.D. in "Ecological Social Ethics" from The Union Institute and University, a national program based in Cincinnati, OH. He taught college Eco-Ethics courses part-time for over 35 years. He directed WICEC on his retirement for three years and is still active in the program and other environmental activities. dsteffe70@gmail.com

Thank you to Former WICEC/WIPL Board Members!

Wayne Stroessner; Rev. Dick Blomker; Rich Bogovich; Dr. Joe Bachman, MD; Rev. Jim Theselius; Sarah Streed; Rev. Sue Moline Larson; Sr. Shell Balek; Elisha & Kim Herb; Susan De Vos; Judy Skog; Alycia Ashburn; Mark Edge; Dennis Briley; Trish Tucker-Kees; Amy Johnson; Mark Kresowik; Ryan Schryver; Rev. Meru Doug Szper,Rev. Susan Gilbert Zencka; Rowland Todd; Mike Mangan; Michelle Moede; Bob Reuschlein; Terry Burki; Chris Cowles: Justin Yotter.



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