Rev. T. Wyatt Watkins, H-IPL Board Chair
Wyatt Watkins is a congregational pastor, the author of five books, a professional storyteller, and violinist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. His love of Irish music inspires his passion for provoking reflection on and joy for creation, and our mandate to safeguard it. With H-IPL since its inception, he has co-led Creation Care Leadership Workshops and Climate Boot Camps across Indiana, helping to form local affiliates. He is proud that the Indianapolis affiliate known as Eastside Creation Care Network (ECCN), where his church resides, now boasts five congregational solar rooftop installations. Wyatt’s own congregation “went solar” in 2014, developing a “pay-it-forward” funding model to encourage other area congregations to do likewise. Wyatt has chaired the H-IPL board since 2016.
Mr. Ray Wilson, P.E., Vice-Chair
Ray Wilson has worked for Countrymark Cooperative, and since 1997 has been the president of Ray Wilson and Associates, a firm working on organizational development and operational improvement. His consulting expertise has been invaluable in helping H-IPL find clarity of purpose as it envisions future possibilities for addressing its mission. His engineering background has enabled him to assist many faith communities in the installation of solar arrays for their buildings. In addition to having installed solar on his own home, he led his Unitarian Universalist congregation to purchase solar panels. He leads Using Energy Prudently workshops on behalf of H-IPL throughout the state. Ray is a member of Indy Green Congregations, the north Indy affiliate of H-IPL.
Dr. Stephanie Kimball, Secretary
Dr. Stephanie Kimball was H-IPL’s very first staff member. She developed the Task of the Month program used widely among our congregations and the regional affiliate structure on which our statewide organization is based. She is a climate activist, educator, writer, and organizer. Stephanie’s background is in education with degrees in elementary and special education as well as a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Social Foundations of Education. She is currently one of H-IPL’s instructors offering workshops on building congregational green teams and interfaith groups, sustainable living, and dealing with grief in an age of ecological collapse. Stephanie lives outside of Bloomington, Indiana where she is developing a regenerative mini-farm and attends the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington.
The Reverend Dennis Shock
Dennis Shock has served six United Methodist congregations in Indiana and represents the Indiana United Methodist Conference on the H-IPL Board. A founding member of H-IPL, Dennis has served as treasurer and is providing leadership to the formation of an affiliate group in Hamilton County located to the north of Indianapolis. He is a charter member of the Carmel Green Initiative, and an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church, where he chairs the Green Team. Dennis utilizes his wisdom and insight to give direction to the advocacy programs developed through H-IPL’s legislative outreach initiatives. He has a Masters of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary and B.A. from the University of Indianapolis.
The Reverend Kimberly Koczan
Kimberly serves on the Creation Care Task Force for the Church of the Brethren. She has served Presbyterian (USA), Church of the Brethren, and United Methodist congregations and camps. She is a spiritual director at Wisdom’s Well and integrates eco-spirituality into sustainable food efforts. She is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program from her work at the intersection of environmental justice, community building, and faith. Having joined the H-IPL board in the fall of 2015, Kimberly brings an enthusiasm and creative energy that is renewing and challenging to the board. Living in Fort Wayne, and attending Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, she opens more possibilities for H-IPL’s expansion of the northeastern Indiana affiliate, Interfaith Earth Care Coalition. With a variety of experiences in nonprofit work, she is eager to raise funds and develop programs for H-IPL’s expanding mission.
Dr. Cassie Majetic
Dr. Cassie Majetic is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, with expertise in botany and evolutionary ecology. She also serves as program coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Studies at the college, teaching environmental science and conservation biology. A member of Saint Anthony De Padua parish, South Bend, and with close ties to the Sisters of Holy Cross at Saint Mary’s, Dr. Majetic draws a great deal of her passion for environmental justice and creation care from Catholic social teaching perspectives. She is excited to extend these passions to the work of H-IPL, especially in terms of educational initiatives. Dr. Majetic also currently serves on the Green Ribbon Commission for the City of South Bend’s Office of Sustainability.
Dr. Saiyid Masroor Shah
Dr. S. Masroor Shah is a retired radiation physicist living in Newburgh, Indiana. He attends the Islamic Center of Evansville and chairs the Islamic Society of North America’s Green Masjid Task Force. Dr. Shah is a member of Tri-State Creation Care, an H-IPL affiliate group, and a frequent contributor to print and online publications, especially on the topics of interfaith cooperation and environmental responsibility among faith groups. He brings to the H-IPL Board his unique perspective as an environmentally passionate Muslim and scientist, years of interfaith work, experience on many different boards, and his many friendships and connections in the Evansville area. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Texas Tech University.
Ms. Annette M. Johnson
Annette Johnson brings to the H-IPL board a passion for legislative advocacy. An active member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, she serves on the Sickle Cell Initiative Board. Annette currently works for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department as a Senior Adult Education Instructor teaching adult education to jail inmates. She serves on the Fay Biccard at Crooked Creek Board and is a member of Earth Charter Indiana. Her political expertise is a valuable asset in the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. She joined the H-IPL board in the summer of 2015 as a personal faith response to climate change.
Rev. Daryl Emowrey
Daryl serves as the pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Angola, Indiana. He was raised in the Lutheran church and was an active participant in church youth groups. His faith deepened at DePauw University while working for the University’s Center for Spiritual Life. For the first time, he met people who did not consider themselves Christians. He had the opportunity to interact and befriend Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu students. Through developing relationships with these students and engaging with them in issues of faith, he developed a deeper appreciation for his own faith tradition.
While attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary, he began to connect his faith with caring for the earth. He was a member of the Seminary’s environmental group that partnered with Interfaith Power and Light in Ohio to do an energy audit of the Seminary. Once he served as a volunteer to conduct the audit, he was hooked! He loves learning about practical ways to reduce energy demands and find alternative sources of energy that do not contribute to climate degradation. He is excited to partner with Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) as a board member and brings to H-IPL a faith-based perspective to current and emerging climate issues that confront a new generation of Indiana faith leaders.
Rev. Robert Heimach
Robert Heimach has been senior pastor of Irvington Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis since 2003. Heimach is a 1986 graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he majored in finance.
He is married to Jennifer, and they have a daughter, the Rev. Abigail Heimach-Snipes who is a Resident Associate Pastor at 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and a son, Lawson, who works as a wind turbine technician.
Rev. Heimach is a strong advocate for renewable energy, recycling and sustainable living. His church installed solar panels in 2018 and they have reduced their energy consumption by 30% in the last four years.
Amy Huser is the Sustainability and Outdoor Education Director at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan. In 2016-2017 she consulted with Camp in writing Camp’s triple bottom line based 2022 Resilience and Sustainability Plan (R&S Plan) and formally joined Camp staff in August of 2017. She currently guides and tracks progress on the implementation of the R&S Plan, with a focus on the environmental and social sustainability goals. She also directs Camp’s Outdoor Education program in which 2000 students come to experience nature each year. Previously she enjoyed a fourteen year career as an art teacher, weaving themes of sustainability into lessons and sponsoring her school Green Team. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bluffton College, a master’s in Art Education from the University of Missouri, and a master’s of science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities from Green Mountain College.