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, Outreach Ministry Board, 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

Jessie Dye

Program & Outreach Director
JessieJessie 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

Chris Olson

Operations Manager
ChrisChris grew up in northwestern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After college, he moved to Seattle in 2008 to work as the Outreach Coordinator for Earth Ministry/WAIPL as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. He has since spent time working to restore Seattle’s forested park land with the Washington Conservation Corps and as a cheesemonger for Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Pike Place Market. Chris recently returned to EM/WAIPL as our part-time Operations Manager, while also serving as the Camp Erin Coordinator for Providence Hospice of Seattle, a weekend-long camp for children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one. When not volunteering around Seattle or checking out the many amazing happy hours in town, he has a great time getting his hands dirty in his new p-patch plot and has copious amounts of spinach and beets to prove it!

Email: chris at

Jessica Zimmerle

Outreach Coordinator
JessicaJessica joined the Earth Ministry team in August, 2013 as part of the year-long Lutheran Volunteer Corps program. She is a recent graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where she received a degree in Environmental Studies with minors in Religion, Biology, and French. While in school, Jessica was elected the sustainability director for her resident hall council and was active with the GREAN (Grass Roots Environmental Activism Now) club on campus. She also studied abroad in both Madagascar and Martinique, and spent the summer after graduation volunteering for a sea turtle conservation project in Greece. Jessica is passionate about both global and regional environmental issues and is compelled to work towards interdisciplinary solutions to these problems. Some of her favorite campaigns have included raising awareness about proposed Pacific Northwest coal export terminals and helping start PLU’s fossil fuel divestment movement. Jessica is looking forward to facilitating the Greening Congregations program and spreading the spark of sustainability this year with Earth Ministry!

Email: jessica at

Karin Frank

Outreach Coordinator
KarinKarin joined Earth Ministry in September 2013 as part of the year-long UCC Justice Leadership program. Karin is a lifelong Seattleite and University of Washington graduate and is excited to be back in the area. She is currently taking a break from her studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and recently spent the last six months teaching in Bangladesh and travelling in Turkey. As a Pacific Northwesterner Karin loves being outdoors in the most beautiful region of the world and has been exploring the Jewish experience of the environment. She is thrilled to be working as the Outreach Coordinator with Earth Ministry/WAIPL and is looking forward to helping WAIPL develop and grow. Her inner scientist will enjoy working on Earth Ministry’s toxins project after years of reading unsettling scientific articles on the topic.

Email: karin at

Earth Letter Editorial Staff

Clare Josef-Maier

Editor of Earth Letter
ClareClare has been privileged to be on staff with Earth Ministry in a variety of capacities from 2009 to 2013. She was introduced to the organization through Lutheran Volunteer Corps following her graduation from Pacific Lutheran University, where she authored her senior thesis on interdenominational dialogue and ecological theology.

In 2013, Clare earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. She is currently a therapist with the Lutheran Counseling Network in Everett and Seattle. Clare is also a deaconess candidate with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and active member of Ballard First Lutheran Church in Seattle. She is pleased now to remain involved with Earth Ministry as assistant editor of Earth Letter.

Email: clare at