OhIPL Board

 Rev. Dr. Eric H. Brown

Eric Brown was born on February 26,1956 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the son of a Baptist pastor, Rev. Curtis Brown, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ohio. Pastor Eric Brown graduated from Sandusky High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana…More

Jason Cervenec
AL054Jason Cervenec is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Byrd Polar Research Center. Jason earned his M.Ed. in secondary science education and B.S. in biology from The Ohio State University.  He taught science for 11 years in a public high school, including the courses biology, Advanced Placement biology, natural systems science, and physical science…More
Rev. Deb Conklin, Board Treasurer
PastorDebMarch2016The Rev. Deborah Conklin is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Bowling Green Ohio and is the Executive Director of a transitional housing program for homeless women recovery from chemical dependency. Her advocacy work began in 1988 working for the Toledo Metropolitan Mission where she led an Employment Readiness and Placement project for African-American young men, the highest unemployed population in most communities. More


Dr. Greg Hitzhusen, M.Div.
Greg_hitzhusen-150x150Greg Hitzhusen is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (OSU); he was the founding Director of OhIPL His work and research center on the intersection of faith and the environment and on developing partnerships between scientific and faith communities…More
Jared Howard, Board Secretary
Jared HowardJared Howard is a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Pastoral Intern at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, Ohio. At Trinity, Jared is actively involved in the Eco Justice and Spirituality group, SEEDS (Sustaining Earth and Environment Daily and Sustainably), serving as a Student Intern. As a member of SEEDS, he has offered prayers and lobbied at the Ohio State House on behalf of the environment… More
Rev. Meribah Mansfield, Board Chair
Meribah-MansfieldThe Rev. Meribah Mansfield has been involved with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light since its initial meeting in October 2007. She served on its founding board from 2008-2011, and rejoined the board in 2016. Care for creation is fundamental to her faith. She is a vegetarian who believes that all people deserve to have access to fresh, healthy food, so she has served on the board of Franklinton Gardens since its inception in 2013. It is an urban farm that grows and shares fresh food in the food desert of Franklinton. As an ordained Episcopal deacon in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Meribah currently serves at St. John’s in Columbus…More
Mark A. McClain
Mark A. McClain received his BA degree in sociology from Harvard College and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. He spent 20 years in the law profession serving in various capacities, including Chief Prosecutor of the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland, assistant U.S. attorney, judge, civil rights and defense attorney. In 2006 he was called to the ministry in the Primitive Baptist Church…More
Jim Rogers, J.D., Board Vice-Chair
JimRogers_An A.B.  graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and J.D. graduate of George Washington University, Jim has a varied background working in law and the non-profit and for-profit sectors, with notable tours as a Legal Aid Attorney, lobbyist and public relations staff for the ACLU of Ohio, and a program reviewer for United Way of Greater Cincinnati…More
Jessica K. Shimberg
P1040195Jessica K. Shimberg, joined the board of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light in 2014 as a natural progression within her “rabbinistry.” A lifelong learner, advocate, and partner with the earth, Jessica has long been associated with Jewish organizations that offer environmental education and advocacy and assist Jews in recognizing Judaism’s sacred relationship with the environment…More
Kelsey Simkins

Kelsey Simkins is a seminary student at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, focusing her studies on practical theology, ecotheology, and social and ecological justice. At MTSO, Kelsey assists with symposium planning for the Seminary Environmental Leadership Initiative and works on Seminary Hill Farm. Previously, Kelsey facilitated educational workshops, youth leadership programs, and internships focused on sustainability and ecojustice as the Education Program Coordinator at The GrowHaus, a nonprofit urban farm, fresh food marketplace, and sustainable education hub in Denver, CO. …More

Dr. Tim Van Meter

In the early 1990’s, I worked as an environmental planner for an engineering firm writing environmental impact statements for road projects in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. It was in the midst of this work that I first read The Sand County Almanac. Aldo Leopold – along with Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Thomas Merton, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Thomas Berry, and others – raised crucial questions about the interrelationship of community, place, health, and land. …More

Sr. Caroljean Willie
Cj3Caroljean Willie is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education. She has extensive experience working crossculturally throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and has also given presentations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America… More


Bishop Tom Breidenthal
Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

Dr. Alvin Compaan
University of Toledo

Dr. David Orr
Oberlin College

Janine Migden-Ostrander
Regulatory Assistance Project


Bill Spratley
Green Energy Ohio

Dr. Lonnie Thompson
Byrd Polar Research Center
Ohio State University

Rev. Rebecca Tollefson
Ohio Council of Churches