Board

Board of Directors

Rev. Leo Woodberry, Board Chair (Florence, SC)

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Rev. Woodberry was born and raised in New York City. There he became involved with community organizing at an early age, as a student organizer. Reverend Woodberry is the pastor of Kingdom Living Temple, Executive Director of New Alpha Community Development Corporation in Florence, SC, and a member of the SC Environmental Justice Network. He became involved in environmental work in the 1990s with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, around the issue of mercury emissions and advisories. He joined the newly formed African American Environmental Justice Action Network (AAEJAN) in 1994. AAEJAN was instrumental in uniting people of color across America, and in influencing the Ford Foundation and other philanthropic entities to support people of color communities disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. Reverend Woodberry has also worked with a host of other organizations such as the; Southern Organizing Committee (SOC), The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Xavier University of Louisiana, The Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, The Environmental Protection Agency NEJAC (Region Four), SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, The National Wildlife Federation, SC Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Coastal Carolina League, South East Climate Network, Green Faith, Clemson Education and Research Center, Francis Marion University, WEACT, Advancing Equity and Opportunities, Agricultural Missions, Inc. and a host of other organizations. He has and continues to work in the areas of; water, air, as well as renewable and sustainable energy issues with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Reverend Woodberry attended Francis Marion University and The University of South Carolina. He retired from AT&T after 20 years of service and received three Vice Presidential Corporate awards. The SC State Senate also presented him with an award in recognition of his community service.

Amy Adams, Vice-Chair (Washington, NC) 

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Amy is North Carolina Program Manager for Appalachian Voices. Raised on the Pamlico River in Washington, N.C., Amy has spent her career in public service for environmental protection. She earned a B.S. in biology and M.A. in environmental science education at East Carolina University and spent three summers researching sharks in the Bahamas in association with researchers from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She served as an outreach specialist for the Center of Applied Aquatic Ecology before joining the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2004. Over the next decade, Amy rose in the ranks to become the regional office supervisor for DEQ’s Washington region. in 2013, Amy joined Appalachian Voices, a non-profitbased in Boone, NC that promotes diverse local economies and thriving communities and defends the land, air, and water of our region from the worst environmental threats. She also currently serves as an Environmental Justice Co-Chair of the Southeast Climate and Energy Network and is a project partner on The Lilies Project, a project to use art and creative placemaking to increase awareness of the impacts of coal ash and to aid in uplifting the communities who bear the toxic burden of our electricity's hidden cost.  Amy joys spending time outdoors with her two children, hiking, boating, camping and playing music together. Amy was the 2016-2017 Co-Chair of SCEN's Environmental Justice Working Group. 

Brent Bailey, Secretary (Jackson, MS) 

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Brent is a 1994 graduate of Mississippi State University in Agriculture and Biological Engineering.  After graduation, Brent worked as an Environmental Consultant for two central Mississippi environmental engineering firms.  In 1999, Brent went to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation to become the organization’s Environmental Programs Coordinator and served in that capacity for over seven years.  Since October 2006, Brent has served as the State Activities Coordinator for the 25x’25 Alliance. Brent works with stakeholders to mobilize support for and communicate to the public agriculture and forestry’s role in renewable energy, resource conservation and climate adaptation. Brent was also the 2016-2017 Co-Chair for SCEN's FRESH Energy Committee Working Group.

Susannah Tuttle, Treasurer (Durham, NC)

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Susannah is the director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches, addressing the environmental issues and justice impacts of climate change as a moral imperative. She is a life-long UU and received a Master’s of Divinity degree with an emphasis on ecological ethics from Starr King School for the Ministry. Susannah currently serves on Interfaith Power & Light’s national Board of Directors, Duke Energy’s NC Eastern Advisory Council, and UNC School of Law’s Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3) Advisory Board.

Michael Hansen (Birmingham, AL) 

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Michael is the executive director of Gasp, a Birmingham-based healthy air advocacy organization. A Tennessee native, Michael has lived and worked in Birmingham since 2008. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama. He has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit advocacy, management, and strategic communications. Prior to joining the Gasp team in 2013 he was director of public relations for The Modern Brand Company where he managed media relations and social media efforts the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership’s Champions for Health campaign — which included the highly successful SmokeFree Alabama initiative. Before joining The Modern Brand, Michael served as public relations and marketing coordinator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Michael is an active member of the Birmingham community and is a passionate advocate for health equity, food access, civil rights, and equality.

Lindsay Harper, Vice-Chair (Atlanta, GA) 

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Lindsay is Executive Director for Georgia WAND. A native of Atlanta, GA, and a second-generation graduate of Howard University, she holds degrees from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and Georgia State University/the Paris-Sorbonne University (dual). She’s worked with In the Public Eye, Inc, WVEE V-103 in Atlanta, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters and been nominated for an Emmy®. Recently, she designed two voter pledge cards for the WeCount! program, each containing civic engagement information as well as critical voter education about issues identified in the community. Lindsay is deeply committed to the intersections of environmental health, racial justice, and peace. In 2013, she launched her flagship global initiative, the GreenGoingForward platform. Additionally, Lindsay has implemented sustainability projects and programs that generate positive images of communities of color and empower the global community through education. She finds that there is a need to engage diverse communities through new media, small business collaborations, and nonprofit volunteering. One of the most successful outcomes of her leadership was a Go 4 Green Sustainability Tour held at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2014. Lindsay believes that economic empowerment through business education and community development is the strongest weapon to promote peace and combat the systematic damage war causes all of us.

Connie Leeper (Durham, NC) 

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Connie is the Organizing Director for Durham based NC WARN, a 30-year old climate and energy justice non-profit working for a swift transition to clean renewable energy.  NC WARN is an electric utility watchdog, challenging Duke Energy, a regulated monopoly, to shift its business model away from building fossil fuel plants we don’t need and raising residential rates to pay for them. She also co-convenes annual NC Climate Justice Summit, a flagship event of the NC Climate Justice Collective. The NC CJC works with frontline communities to explore the impact of climate change on food, water, health, housing, jobs, transportation and energy with a focus on resiliency and justice. Connie was also the 2016-2017 Co-Chair for SCEN's Environmental Justice Working Group.

Luis Martinez (Asheville, NC)

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Luis is the Director of the Southeast Energy, Climate and Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRCD). Luis’s legal advocacy for NRDC focuses on strengthening state climate policies, utility regulations, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Prior to joining NRDC in 2004, he served as a special aide to the president of Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board as well as that agency’s legislative director. During his time there, he also assisted with cleanup efforts on the islands of Vieques and Culebra after more than 50 years of U.S. military occupation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and behavior from the University of Michigan and a JD from Tulane Law School. He works out of NRDC’s satellite office in Asheville, North Carolina.

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  • Alexander Easdale
    published this page in About 2020-03-26 18:25:16 -0400