Mr. Ray Wilson, P.E., 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.
The Reverend Steve Cain, Treasurer
Steve Cain is a retired full elder in the United Methodist Church residing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Having served as a missionary to Brazil for 8 years, and as campus minister at Purdue Wesley Foundation from 1989 to 2006, Steve was sensitized to earth justice and began preaching this issue while in Brazil in the 1980’s. Steve earned a DMIN in 2003 from CTS in the area of mutuality in marriage, overcoming toxic patriarchy, and uses this work in his counseling practice. Taking a coal tour with HIPL in 2009 made creation care a main issue. Currently serving as co owner and counselor at LIVING WATERS PEACE CENTER, working part time as Chaplain at Dupont Hospital, Steve keeps growing by teaching conflict resolution at Indiana Tech University. Recent growth includes a deeper understanding of the peace systems that were present in the First Nation tribes and how they might be important for us going forward into the future, and a clearer vision of how seven generation thinking could radically renew our society. HIPL is an important tool for renewing Indiana and Steve is honored to be joining its board in order to serve.
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.
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.
Ms. Amy Huser
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.
Mr. Frederick D. Emhardt
Fred is an attorney who has been in private practice in the Indianapolis area for over thirty-five years and is an active member of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Fred has served as a deacon, is active with the Men@Second ministry, and volunteers for the Northside Food Pantry and garden located on the grounds of Second on North Meridian Street.
Fred has significant experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in environmental cases in Indiana state and federal courts. In 2019, Fred started his own practice, Emhardt Law LLC, with an office near his home in Carmel, Indiana, to focus on assisting individuals in litigation and trials. He hopes to dive deeper into work to influence Indiana legislative efforts to promote renewable energy use with his new practice.
Ms. Lori Crain
Lori Crain has been passionate about creation care and environmental causes since attending Wayne High School in Fort Wayne. She is retired after teaching elementary school, Jr. High General Science, and High School Biology and Honors Biology for a many years. She is an active member of the Lafayette Church of the Brethren, where she works in the community garden and leads the Green Team.
She has degrees in Elementary Education from Manchester University and Indiana University and in Environmental Stewardship from McPherson College. She works part-time at Bennett’s Greenhouses in Lafayette. Lori enjoys hobbies such as vegetable and flower gardening, as well as hiking in State and National Parks. She serves on the Camp Mack Festival Steering Committee as chairperson, and will be the team leader of summer Splash Camp, and has been camp counselor many times. Lori is concerned about the effects of climate change for future generations, and is dedicated to improving global and local environments. She feels honored to serve on the H-IPL Board.
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