OhIPL Board

Jason Cervenec
AL054Jason Cervenec is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Byrd Polar Research Center. Jason earned his M.Ed. in secondary science education and B.S. in biology from The Ohio State University.  He taught science for 11 years in a public high school, including the courses biology, Advanced Placement biology, natural systems science, and physical science…More
The Rev. Deb Conklin
PastorDebMarch2016The Rev. Deborah Conklin is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Bowling Green Ohio and is the Executive Director of a transitional housing program for homeless women recovery from chemical dependency. Her advocacy work began in 1988 working for the Toledo Metropolitan Mission where she led an Employment Readiness and Placement project for African-American young men, the highest unemployed population in most communities. More
The Rev. Frank Edmands
Born in Massachusetts, Frank fell in love with Creation wandering the woods and exploring the beaches of Onset and Buzzards Bays, fishing and sailing.  As a sonar technician in the US Navy, deep ocean sounds, chirps, clicks, and whale songs introduced him to marine science and oceanography. He worked as a marine technician for the University of Southern California and later earned a BA and MA in Biology from the California State University, Fullerton. …More
Dr. Greg Hitzhusen, M.Div.
Greg_hitzhusen-150x150Greg Hitzhusen is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (OSU); he was the founding Director of OhIPL His work and research center on the intersection of faith and the environment and on developing partnerships between scientific and faith communities…More
Jared Howard
Jared HowardJared Howard is a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Pastoral Intern at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, Ohio. At Trinity, Jared is actively involved in the Eco Justice and Spirituality group, SEEDS (Sustaining Earth and Environment Daily and Sustainably), serving as a Student Intern. As a member of SEEDS, he has offered prayers and lobbied at the Ohio State House on behalf of the environment.  More
Rev. Meribah Mansfield
Board Chair
Meribah-MansfieldThe Rev. Meribah Mansfield has been involved with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light since its initial meeting in October 2007. She served on its founding board from 2008-2011, and rejoined the board in 2016. Care for creation is fundamental to her faith. She is a vegetarian who believes that all people deserve to have access to fresh, healthy food, so she has served on the board of Franklinton Gardens since its inception in 2013. It is an urban farm that grows and shares fresh food in the food desert of Franklinton. As an ordained Episcopal deacon in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Meribah currently serves at St. John’s in Columbus…More
Jim Rogers, J.D.
JimRogers_An A.B.  graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and J.D. graduate of George Washington University, Jim has a varied background working in law and the non-profit and for-profit sectors, with notable tours as a Legal Aid Attorney, lobbyist and public relations staff for the ACLU of Ohio, and a program reviewer for United Way of Greater Cincinnati…More
Jessica K. Shimberg
P1040195Jessica K. Shimberg, joined the board of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light in 2014 as a natural progression within her “rabbinistry.” A lifelong learner, advocate, and partner with the earth, Jessica has long been associated with Jewish organizations that offer environmental education and advocacy and assist Jews in recognizing Judaism’s sacred relationship with the environment…More
Sr. Caroljean Willie
Cj3Caroljean Willie is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education. She has extensive experience working crossculturally throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and has also given presentations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. More…


Bishop Tom Breidenthal
Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

Dr. Alvin Compaan
University of Toledo

Dr. David Orr
Oberlin College

Janine Migden-Ostrander
Regulatory Assistance Project


Bill Spratley
Green Energy Ohio

Dr. Lonnie Thompson
Byrd Polar Research Center
Ohio State University

Rev. Rebecca Tollefson
Ohio Council of Churches