Staff

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IPC's Team

Jodi Rose, Executive Director

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jodi@interfaithchesapeake.org

Jodi graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and worked in the environmental consulting field for 15 years managing soil and groundwater remediation projects and running her own property due diligence consulting firm. As a volunteer in her Catholic parish in Indiana, she spearheaded several environmental and social justice programs that engaged fellow parishioners to live out their faith in action. It was during this time that Jodi felt a strong calling to work at the intersection of faith and environment. Shortly after relocating to Rockville, she became the ED of IPC and grew the organization's influence on watershed restoration action in Maryland. She is married and has two teenage boys. 

 

Anna Awimbo, Program Manager

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anna@interfaithchesapeake.org

Anna is an expert on issues related to the impact of technological and cultural changes on the environment, economy and society. She has more than 20 years of experience identifying and developing effective alternative systems to address climate change, poverty, and unemployment. She most recently directed the Collaborative Communities Program at the Center for a New American Dream where she designed and coordinated their trainings focused on greening communities, creating sharing systems and supporting local economies.  In her free time, Anna enjoys volunteering at her children’s school in Maryland where she has led efforts to launch a green neighborhood initiative and build an outdoor classroom and garden.  She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University and her MBA from George Washington University.

 

Bonnie Sorak, Outreach Coordinator

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bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Bonnie graduated from Florida State University where she had a double major in Communications/Public Relations and Political Science. After graduating she worked for several non-profit organizations before embarking on a decade-plus career as a real estate agent. She is the mother of 4 boys, and has been volunteering in her kids’ schools, PTAs, chairs the Columbia Jewish Congregation's Green Team, and many other community organizations. She enjoys starting new initiatives and fostering collaborations with a variety of people. She has a deep commitment to food integrity issues as evidenced by her commitment to a vegan diet and has brought a CSA to her congregation and PTA. Bonnie looks forward to helping IPC to connect with diverse congregations. She understands the barriers they face because she has started so many initiatives in her own community.

 

Kolya Braun-Greiner, Religious Educator

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kolya@interfaithchesapeake.org

Kolya attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City ('92), M.Div. where her studies focused on theology and ecology, and participated in founding “Ecologians,” to assess and activate energy conservation measures at the seminary. An experienced facilitator and faith-based curriculum writer, Kolya has led groups on peace, environmental justice, Native American land rights, advocacy for farm workers, and is a trainer of the non-violence program Creating a Culture of Peace in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Prior to coming to IPC, she served as staff with the Catholic Climate Covenant, where she wrote the curriculum Creation Cries for Justice, Catholic Social Teaching on Climate Change.  Kolya lives with her husband, a Presbyterian pastor, and her daughter in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she is gradually converting her suburban lawn to native plants.

 

Andrea Proctor, Administrative Assistant

info@interfaithchesapeake.org

 

ON AIR: IPC in the Media

Living Questions: Faith-Inspired Environmentalism. Listen HERE as IPC's Executive Director Jodi Rose, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin and Emmalee June Aman discuss the role faith plays in motivating environmental activists and what religious scriptures and faith leaders say about humankind's responsibility in caring for Creation. The discussion was originally aired June 7, 2017 on WYPR 88.1FM.

On March 29, 2017, Jodi appeared on The Green & Sexy Radio ShowListen to the conversation HERE.

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