The work of Fossil Free PCUSA has rested on the shoulders and in the hands of hundreds of people. Below you'll meet the current Steering Committee of our work. Email us if you have questions or want to join our work. You can also stay connected in lots of ways.
Together we are for creation!
After 45 years of active ministry, Susan is Honorably Retired and serving part-time as a Parish Associate at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church outside of St. Louis. She served as Pastor of congregations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and St. Louis - as well as General Presbyter of Hudson River Presbytery. She and her husband delight in their four young grandsons - and it is for their future, that Susan has become actively involved in issues of environmental justice and gun control. Reading, walking, traveling, old movies, and obsessing about politics bring her much joy. Susan served as Moderator of the 215th General Assembly (2003) of the PCUSA.
The Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo is GreenFaith's Director for Training and LatinoAmerica. Neddy is a Venezuelan-American and eco-theologian as well as a Presbyterian pastor. Neddy has taught eco-theology courses at theological seminaries in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and the USA. Neddy is a member of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee, and co-founder of the Angelic Organic’s Learning Center in Northern Illinois.
Susan De George, Parliamentarian
Rev. Dr. Susan De George is Stated Clerk of Hudson River Presbytery, teaches World Religions and the Environment at Pace University, a Master Composter and Recycler, and a lawyer. She enjoys gardening, playing guitar, ukulele, mountain lark, and flute, knitting, reading, and having interesting conversations with folks who really want to change the world.
Dr. C. Mark Eakin has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 25 years and directs Coral Reef Watch, a program that monitors coral reef ecosystems through satellite and in water observations. Dr. Eakin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and publishes on coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change on coral reefs, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and coral paleoclimatology. He formerly co-chaired the US Coral Reef Task Force’s Climate Change Working Group, has testified before the US Congress on the impacts of climate change, was a contributing author on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report, and a Chief Scientific Advisor for the 2017 Sundance-winning film Chasing Coral. Dr. Eakin is an Elder at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, MD where he has served multiple terms chairing the Commission to the Community.
Colleen Earp serves as a director at Camp Hanover in the Presbytery of the James. She holds master's degrees in Geography and Divinity. Colleen served as a Young Adult Volunteer in New Orleans and continues to be active in the YAV Alum community. Originally and proudly from coastal New Jersey, she has lived in Virginia since 2014. She is passionate about environmental education and conservation, and loves to explore, whether it’s around the corner or around the world!
Aida Haddad, M.Div., and is presently pursuing an M.D. at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). She feels called to work at the intersection of medicine and environmental justice, believing that Fossil Free PCUSA does just that. As a member of the steering committee, Aida looks forward to organizing delegation outreach to frontline communities. Pictured is Aida (center) with her siblings (/best friends) at IUSM’s white coat ceremony.
rev. abby mohaupt, Moderator
abby mohaupt is a Teaching Elder in San Francisco Presbytery, PhD student at Drew University in New Jersey, and a farmer in rural North Texas. abby's heart work is devoted to living with integrity at the intersections of eco-feminisms, social justice, and spirituality. abby is a long distance runner, yoga teacher, mixed media artist, and climate justice activist. She brings each of these pieces of herself into everything she creates, with a commitment to disrupting systems of oppression through the radical reclamation of our bodies. she regularly guest lectures on religion and ecology, with emphasis on the intersections of race and gender.
She semi-regularly blogs at www.featheology.org, and her writing on earth care has appeared in Sojourners, the Presbyterian Church USA's Unbound, and Ecclesio. She can usually be found with at least one crayon in hand.
Katie Preston, M.Div, is passionately committed to engaging in meaningful political action to combat climate change. She worked previously with two different Interfaith Power & Light chapters, and built relationships with congregations, colleagues, and politicians in the work to embrace care for creation. She believes in our fundamental call to be good stewards, and our need to work towards a more just and whole future through a faith lens. Katie lives outside of Boston, MA, and enjoys running in all seasons, but especially fall.
Dr. Bob Ross is Associate Professor of Global Cultural Studies and Social Justice Studies at Point Park University. In addition to working on Fossil Free PCUSA's steering committee, he is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA); he is co-moderator of FOSNA’s theology committee; and he is a member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Activist Council. He has published articles on the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions and its relationship to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Unbound, Presbyterian News Service, Presbyterian Outlook, and Mondoweiss. He is a member of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Rob Vaughan serves as Communications Coordinator for Fossil Free PC(USA). He holds an M.Div from Union Presbyterian, in Richmond and an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He is the pastor at Romney Presbyterian Church, in Romney West Virginia, where the mountain air is cool and he wants to keep it that way.
Want to join the team? We'd love to have you!