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 at earthministry.org

Jessie Dye

Program & Outreach Director
Jessie & Pope (587x640)Jessie started at Earth Ministry in March, 2007, and now also serves as the lead program staff for Washington Interfaith Power & Light. Jessie comes to us with a law degree 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 and the Washington State Catholic Conference.

She is the mother of two children, home-stay mother of several young adult internationals working locally in environmental restoration, and provides a foster home for golden retrievers through Seattle Pure Bred Dog Rescue. Her home church is St. Mary’s Parish in central Seattle.

Email: jessie at earthministry.org

Jessica Zimmerle

Outreach Coordinator
JessicaJessica joined the Earth Ministry team in 2013 through two years of service in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and has since transitioned to full time staff. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where she received a degree in Environmental Studies with minors in Religion, Biology, and French. Jessica facilitates the Greening Congregations program and supports Jessie on Earth Ministry’s faithful advocacy campaigns.Having partnered with the Lummi Nation since undergrad, Jessica especially enjoys working with our tribal partners. As a young woman she is also passionate about our environmental health campaigns for safe chemical reform. 

When she’s not teaching adult education workshops, Jessica is an active member of Ballard First Lutheran Church. She is also a seminary student pursuing a MA in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. In any spare time after that she always wants to be outside especially with a good book or board game!

Email: jessica at earthministry.org

Diane Bell

Operations and Development Manager
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Diane 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 new 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 at 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.

 

Emily Martin

 

Representing Earth Ministry at a "No Dakota Access Pipeline" rally

Emily representing Earth Ministry at a “No Dakota Access Pipeline” rally

Emily recently joined Earth Ministry as a United Church of Christ Justice Leadership Program (JLP) intern. Emily graduated from The Evergreen State College in June, 2016 with a focus in environmental justice, and is passionate about the intersections of environmental health with race and income. During college, Emily worked for Washington State Senator John McCoy, where she learned about tribal issues and the legislative process. She also worked as a food sustainability intern for Evergreen, providing affordable organic and fair trade food options for students on campus. Emily attends Bellevue First Congregational and participates in their weekly social justice meetings.