NRS Genesis 9:9 “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.”
PEC Executive Committee
and Regional Representatives
The volunteer Steering Committee consists of a Moderator, Vice Moderator, Treasurer, Regional Representatives and at-large members. They are nominated and elected by membership. All PEC members are eligible to serve on the Steering Committee. Terms are two-years in length, with the possibility of being re-elected twice. The PEC Coordinator is a part-time paid staff person who helps to coordinate the work of the Steering Committee. PEC Steering Committee gathers annually for planning at one of the camp and conference centers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Moderator: Diane Waddell
Diane incorporates her work as a nurse practitioner in integrative, holistic medicine with her passion of caring for Creation. In her eco-spiritual journey, she has had a particular interest in sustainable agriculture/honoring the land, toxic burden/Precautionary Principle, social and economic justice, and sharing Earth equitably with God’s creatures. She founded and moderates Heartland Presbytery’s environmental justice team, which has written and sent several overtures to GA. Diane has been a member of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee for several years. She has made travel study trips for social and environmental justice to Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Guatemala as well as medical mission trips to Jamaica and Kenya. She lives in St. Joseph, MO.
Sue Smith is the former Treasurer of Presbyterians for Earth Care, a recent M.Div. graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ.
Sue Regier has been a member of PEC since 2004 and has many years of experience managing finances. She has been on the finance committee at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill NC since 2010. She is experienced in tracking funds, writing grants and managing grants through her professional work managing land acquisition planning and implementation for the NC State Parks System. Her passion for faith-based justice is rooted in her family where her parents worked for social justice causes from a faith perspective. Sue lives in Durham NC.
Northeast Regional Representative: Dana Eglinton
Dana Eglinton has been fascinated with the natural world as long as he can remember, but only learned to care for it when he became a Christian. It was the church of Jesus Christ that taught Dana to love not only God, but also God’s earth and its people. He is pastor of Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, in Bordentown, NJ and a participant in its Earth Care Ministry. He has also worked as a homebuilder, specializing in environmentally responsible construction and Habitat houses. Dana is an enthusiastic bird watcher, hiker, canoeist, backpacker, gardener, consumer of local and organic foods, participant in environmental campaigns, husband, and father.
Southeast Regional Representative: Nancy Fayer
Love for the Earth was deeply instilled in Nancy as a child on a grain and beef farm in central Indiana and in 2005 she began actively working to increase community awareness of the impacts of climate change. She started a monthly environmental speaker series, The Earth Forum of Howard County, sponsored and hosted by First Presbyterian of Howard County (FPHC). At FPHC, one of the original PC-USA Earth Care Congregations, Nancy coordinates the Earth Care Team, which developed a Living Laboratory for storm water management best practices on the church grounds. In the Baltimore Presbytery, Nancy worked with the Creation Care Group to build on the work of Heartland Presbytery, to successfully overture the 220th General Assembly to affirm the authority and funding of the EPA.
Midwest Regional Representative: Paul Henschen
Paul Henschen is a Presbyterian minister of twenty-seven years, having served churches in Virginia, Louisiana, and Kentucky. Paul is now pastor at The Presbyterian-United Methodist Church in Ellendale, North Dakota. He grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he hiked the Appalachian Trail and developed a deep love for nature. He has held Earth Sunday services each year in his ministry and is now chair of the Presbyterians for Earth Care Team in Northern Plains Presbytery. This team sees its main role as educating the people in the presbytery and has been using one presbytery meeting per year to do so. Paul is married to Susan Simle and has one son and two step-children. He enjoys hiking and camping, fishing and team sports, and working on the computer and reading.
Southwest Regional Representative: David Sholin
David Sholin returns to the PEC Steering Committee having previously served beginning in 2003. While on the Steering Committee he was active on the Membership and Fundraising Committees. Prior to being on the Steering Committee, he served on the PEC Nominating Committee. David lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Northwest Regional Representative: Holly Hallman
Holly has been active as a regional representative since 2011. She has learned a lot! She has been invited to explore the connections that bind theology and our challenged world–from the reaches of the Northwest, meeting people of many faith traditions. It is her hope that PEC will grow into an advocacy organization that gives voice to issues that appear to be small and local but are, in reality, important fibers in the tapestry of climate degradation. In the end she wants to grow the hope that is promised to us by the empty tomb. To do the work ahead we need to live into that hope.
Pacific Representative: Kathleen Dove
Kathleen is “home again” in the southwest, after living in Alaska for 20 years. She grew up in Phoenix and spent many formative years in southern California. Her father, an outdoorsman, instilled in Kathleen a love of nature. She grew up camping, skiing and hiking and spent summers on her grandparents farm. Kathleen attended Arizona State University and earned a Master’s in Political Communication and then pursued a doctorate at the University of Alaska. Academically, Kathleen studied the intersection between environmental policy and science. Currently, Kathleen’s professional focus is large-scale transportation projects, ocean warming and climate change, air and water pollution. Kathleen enjoys the beach and is active in her church community.
Tama has enjoyed leading educational experiences in earth care since 1990 and serves in the Creation Stewardship Ministry in New Hope Presbytery in North Carolina and the surrounding region. She loves discovering in the wild and her action interests include litter, safe crossings for wildlife, water, and wildlife habitat. Tama finds strength for this calling through her relationship with Christ, family and friends, and earth care companions.