Staff

LeeAnne Beres

Executive Director

leeanneLeeAnne joined the Earth Ministry staff in 2005, and with the addition of WAIPL in 2008, now serves as the Executive Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light. LeeAnne has over 20 years experience in the Seattle environmental community. Prior to coming to Earth Ministry/WAIPL, she served as the Associate Director for Save Our Wild Salmon, Outreach Director of the NW Energy Coalition, and in organizing positions with the Marine Fish Conservation Network, Greenpeace and various campaigns. She also survived two years working as a fisheries biologist on commercial fishing boats in the Bering Sea. Past board service includes the Washington Environmental Council (VP for Membership), the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited, and the NW Energy Coalition.

LeeAnne is active in her church, Fauntleroy United Church of Christ, where she has served on the Church Council, Service & Outreach Ministry, Senior Pastor Search Committee, and Green Committee. LeeAnne has a Master’s degree in Marine Fisheries Management from the University of Washington, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Whitman College, and a Certificate in Management Skills from UW.

Email: leeanne@earthministry.org

 

Jessica Zimmerle

Program & Outreach Director

Jess outside Murray DC croppedJessica started with Earth Ministry in 2013 as our Outreach Coordinator, and became Program and Outreach Director in 2017. She supports Earth Ministry’s members through our Greening Congregations and Colleague Connection programs, and engages the religious community in advocacy campaigns on chemical safety, fossil fuels, public lands, and more. Jessica is also the lead program staff for Washington Interfaith Power & Light.

Jessica is in seminary studying toward a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and she is a candidate for rostered leadership in the Deaconess Community of the ELCA. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Environmental Studies with minors in Religion, Biology, and French from Pacific Lutheran University. When not teaching adult education workshops for Earth Ministry, Jessica is an active member of Ballard First Lutheran Church where she facilitates Renewal, a spiritual community for young adults. In any spare time she always wants to be outside especially with a good book or board game!

Email: jessica@earthministry.org

 

Jessie Dye

Senior Campaign Strategist

Jessie & Pope (587x640)Jessie joined the Earth Ministry team in 2007 and established Earth Ministry’s faithful advocacy program. As of 2017 she has become Senior Campaign Strategist, spearheading our work for climate justice and developing partnerships among faith communities, environmental groups and Native leaders in support of Tribal sovereignty. Jessie came to us with a law degree from Emory University and a long career as a mediator and manager, including 20 years with the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. Prior experience includes work with the Seattle Human Rights Department, Washington Arbitration and Mediation Services, and Catholic Community Services. Jessie has a long-standing passion for environmental protection and social justice, and has volunteered for a variety of organizations including EarthCorps, Toastmaster, and Evergreen Retriever Rescue.

She is the mother of two adult children, a long-term homestays for many young adult internationals working locally in environmental restoration, and an inveterate rescuer of dogs. Her home church is St. Mary’s Parish in central Seattle.

Email: jessie@earthministry.org

 

Diane Bell

Operations & Development Manager

Diane headshotDiane joined Earth Ministry in 2016. Following a decade long, successful career in corporate commercial real estate, Diane shifted priorities focusing solely on her two children for five years. During that time she was actively involved as a volunteer in her community.  This led her into the role of Community Development Director at the Center for Spiritual Living here in Seattle, where she led their fundraising and development efforts along with increasing community involvement and engagement.  In her role as Operations and Development Manager at Earth Ministry she brings her spirit of service, enthusiasm for activism, and strong community focus to our mission of engaging faith based communities in caring for the Earth.

Email: diane@earthministry.org

Leda Zakarison

Outreach Coordinator

Leda joined Earth Ministry Leda Zakarisonin 2017 as a member of the United Church of Christ Justice Leadership Program (JLP). She grew up in Pullman, WA as a fourth-generation “daughter of the Palouse” and graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in French. Leda worked for three years as an intern in Whitman’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and founded the college’s chapter of Better Together, an organization that promotes interfaith understanding on campuses through conversations and direct service work. Leda also served for one year as a coordinating intern for Whitman’s Mentor Program, where she helped pair Whitman students with local elementary school students in need of a positive and consistent role model. She participated in several week-long service trips, including one working with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which piqued her interest in environmental and social issues affecting Native communities. She is excited to spend the year exploring the intersection of faith and social and environmental justice.

Email: leda@earthministry.org

Hunter Paulson-Smith

Operations Coordinator

FullSizeRenderHunter joined Earth Ministry in 2017 through the Justice Leadership Program (JLP). Hunter graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 2016. They majored in creative writing but also studied environmental studies, public health, and queer studies. Originally from Chicago, Hunter has lived in Arizona, North Dakota, Florida, Minnesota, and now Washington. Experiencing different parts of the country has made them more adaptable to new places and curious about other people’s cultures and ways of life. Hunter is interested in finding ways to make spaces more accessible and safe for ALL members of the LGBTQ+ community. They love to have discussions and learn new perspectives about the intersections of gender, race, class, and environmental advocacy. Hunter also works at Keystone UCC as the outreach intern. They’re excited for a great year ahead!

Email: hunter@earthministry.org

Rev. Meighan Pritchard

Editor of Earth Letter

Meighan has a long history of putting faith into action. She is currently the pastor at Prospect Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle and is the editor of Earth Ministry’s newsletter, Earth Letter. Meighan received her master of divinity degree in 2010 from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Prior to seminary, Meighan was an editor, an elementary music teacher, a church handbell choir director, and administrative support at Seattle Symphony. In 2006, she joined CrossWalk America to walk from Phoenix, AZ to Washington, DC, talking about progressive Christianity as articulated in the Phoenix Affirmations. A year at Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank, sharpened Meighan’s desire to work on environmental challenges from within the faith community, as did several years serving as the Minister for Environmental Justice with the United Church of Christ.

 

Alicia Healey 

Bookkeeper

Alicia HealeyAlicia is an independent consultant who has more than 15 years experience working with non-profits and small businesses on clean energy advocacy & policy. She serves in administrative, operational, communication, outreach, and project management capacities. Her clients include the NW Energy Coalition, Earth Ministry, Save Our Wild Salmon, eFormative Options, Northwest Sustainable Energy and Economic Development, the Small Wind Certification Council, Wildlands Network, Western Landowners Alliance and the Western Grid Group. At Earth Ministry, Alicia serves as the organization’s bookkeeper and helps develop and maintain the accounting and budgeting systems. She is also an independent musician, producer, and engineer with a project studio, The Winterblue Room, in Seattle.