Tim Nuse joined the board in 2010. Tim recently launched his own small business and consultation service for area non-profits. He is the former Retail Energy Manager for Recreational Equipment, Inc. Prior to REI, Tim worked on environmental programs for Starbucks Coffee Company, including efforts to conserve energy and water and reduce waste. Tim collaborated with colleagues at Starbucks to found Partners for Sustainable Living, an organization that educates and inspires people to live more sustainable lifestyles. Outside of work, Tim volunteers his time with the 34th Legislative District Democrats focusing on empowering citizens to pass progressive legislation and elect effective leaders. In his spare time, Tim enjoys relaxing with friends and family, exploring the great outdoors, and is an avid sports enthusiast.
Rebecca Cate was welcomed onto the board in 2010. As mother, wife, homemaker and sometimes attorney, she is an active member of Bethany United Church of Christ in Seattle. Rebecca graduated from the Willamette University School of Law and then spent 8 years as a criminal defense attorney with the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association. Since joining Bethany UCC in 2001, Rebecca has served on several ministry teams and co-founded Bethany’s Sacred Earth Ministry Team. Through Rebecca’s leadership Bethany has partnered with Earth Ministry and become a Greening Congregation. Rebecca loves to garden, sew, bake, hike/backpack, cross-country ski, listen to classical music and make annual pilgrimages to Holden Village with her husband and two children.
Rev. Hunt Priest
The Rev. Hunt Priest joined the board in 2010. Hunt is the Rector (Sr. Pastor) of Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, he was on staff of the Episcopal Church in Newnan, Ga. Before attending seminary and becoming ordained at age 40, Hunt was as a copywriter for an Atlanta advertising agency and delta.com. He’s the father of 10-year old Will – who is a founding member of the Kids’ Green Team at Emmanuel – and has been married to Lisa Lee Priest for 15 years. The strange confluence of surname and vocation is complicated by the fact that his mother’s maiden name was Bishop.
Dr. Kevin O’Brien
Kevin joined the Earth Ministry board in 2008. He is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Pacific Lutheran University, and also teaches in the International Honors and Environmental Studies Programs. He has an M.A. in theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Emory University in Atlanta. Kevin’s teaching and research focus on the interconnections between human ethics and environmental concerns, scientific data and moral commitments, religious commitments and social justice. His wife, Mary, teaches elementary school.
Nancy L. Berry is the Director of Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church in Bellevue, where she organized the church’s environmental team and assisted them in becoming an Earth Ministry Greening Congregation. The team hosts an annual Earth Friendly Gardening seminar and plant exchange, leads summer Taize services dedicated to honoring creation, and sponsors other educational events – most recently dealing with clean energy. A life-long western Washingtonian, Nancy enjoys volksmarch and bird-watching. She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and joined the board in 2013.
Rev. Steve Grumm
Steve is a retired Lutheran (ELCA) parish pastor/community resource facilitator. He has served parishes and communities in Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. He resides with his wife Carolee, in the northwest corner of Seattle in the Ballard community. Presently he serves on the Safe Parking Steering Team administering a neighborhood grant from the city of Seattle; the Ballard Community Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness; and the Earth Ministry Board of Directors. In the past decade he has found energy and community in his volunteer and political advocacy work with The People of Puget Sound, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Ballard Food Bank, Lutheran Community Services, Faith Action Network and Earth Ministry. Steve very much enjoys urban and forest hiking, gardening, and the challenge of sustainable living practices.
Frederica (Freddie) Helmiere
Freddie joined the board in 2011. She moved to Seattle in 2010 after receiving a MAR at Yale Divinity School and a MESc at the Forestry & Environmental Studies School at Yale. There she studied environmental ethics, eco-justice, and international development. Freddie currently teaches courses in environmental studies, eco-theology and eco-justice at Seattle University, the University of Washington, and Northwest University. She and her husband John and their new daughter Charis live in Columbia City and attend Valley & Mountain– a spiritual community movement, rooted in grace, that focuses on developing spiritual maturity, deep community, social justice and creative expression in the Rainier Valley.
As a lifelong resident of Washington, Evita has enjoyed the diversity of our state and the incredible gifts it offers. Originally from Moses Lake, Evita also has lived in Morton, Seattle, Pullman (where she attended Washington State University), and Spokane where she now resides. Environment, social justice, and service are integral components of Evita’s life. As a parent, former Girl Scout/Boy Scout leader, youth leader, and camp director she has educated others about our responsibility toward creation and future generations. As a member of the Faith and Environment Network, she provided opportunities to network, educate, and empower others to get involved. Evita currently serves as the Chair for Environmental Sustainability for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane in addition to being on the property committee at the Cathedral of St. John, incorporating sustainable and non-toxic policies into all aspects of church life. Evita and her husband Lyle have three adult children.
John A. McCoy
John McCoy joined the Earth Ministry board in 2011. A retired communications professional, he most recently served as chief communications officer for the Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision International. Prior to World Vision, he was the public affairs director of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, the vice president for communications at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, and an editor and reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is the author of a book on prison life and numerous stories and articles. A member of St. John Vianney Church on Vashon Island, John is also a gardener, beekeeper and poultry farmer. He and his wife, Karen, have three adult children.
Ever since spending a summer at an organic farm, Dana has advocated for environmental stewardship, local farmers and sustainable living, as well as creative ways to eat zucchini. Dana worked as the Outreach Associate at Earth Ministry from 2010-2011 through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She currently works as a Communications Associate at EnviroIssues and serves on the company’s Sustainability Committee, bringing environmental awareness to the workplace. Dana and her husband Bobby attend Trinity United Methodist church in Seattle. She enjoys running Seattle’s many hills, biking to work and spoiling her dog Phinney.
Sr. Jo Ann Showalter, SP
Environment has been a life long passion and interest for Jo Ann. She has been on various committees including the Reclaiming Earth Committee for Mother Joseph Province and the Sustainability subcommittee for UNANIMA, an NGO representing more than 16,000 women religious and having UN status. Last year, she was able to attend the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development at the United Nations. Jo Ann graduated from St. Mary of the Woods College with a MA in Earth Literacy. She is about to begin a new ministry as a member of the Provincial Council of the Sisters of Providence.
Rev. W. Thomas Soeldner
Tom is a retired Lutheran minister and educator. For the past 17 years he has worked part time as a consultant to organizations and an executive coach for non-profit, academic, and public service leaders. During his career Tom has served as a parish pastor, an elementary and high school principal, a college and seminary lecturer, a community educator/organizer, and the director for the Southern Africa programs of the Center for Global Education of Augsburg College. Tom serves on the Professional Advisory Group for Providence Sacred Heart CPE program in Spokane. He co-chairs the Executive Committee of the Upper Columbia River Group of the Sierra Club, and co-chaired the Faith and Environment Network before its joining with Earth Ministry. Tom also participates in the Columbia River Round Table, an international alliance seeking to modernize and redress injustices in the Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States. Tom is an avid hiker and birder, and lives with his wife, Linda Finney, on forty acres of managed forest and native grassland south of Spokane, Washington.
Sarah is a transplant from the east coast and understands the importance of stewardship and why it is imperative we take better care of our surroundings. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2004 with a degree in Environmental Studies, after which she promptly joined the United States Peace Corps to serve two years in Jamaica. In those years she created an environmental studies curriculum for elementary aged children, led environmental workshops for 4-H club members and worked with local schools to create organic gardens. After leaving the Peace Corps, she backpacked around New Zealand working on organic farms and eventually found herself in Seattle. Her career evolved into working for the Fund for Public Interest, the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and currently the University of Washington – all in positions that centered on marketing. Aside from her career, Sarah enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis (when it’s warm enough!), backpacking, and camping as if she is a native Seattleite.