Who We Are

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the core leadership team for Y.E.C.A. and is responsible for developing and implementing our strategy and tactics. Each member brings strong leadership and organizing experience, along with a shared passion for following Jesus Christ and faithfully addressing the climate crisis.

Brittany Ederer
Steering Committee Chair

This is Brittany's fourth year on the Y.E.C.A. Steering Committee and she currently serves as the Chair.  Previously she filled the role of Communications Coordinator from 2015-2016.  Brittany...

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Kyle Meyaard-Schaap
National Organizer & Spokesperson

Kyle serves as the National Organizer and Spokesperson for Y.E.C.A. and has been a steering committee member since 2013. Kyle holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from...

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Brittany Bennett
Financial Secretary

Brittany is an environmental specialist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She assists with the state Voluntary Cleanup Program and is a member of the Disaster...

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Riley Balikian
Records Secretary

Riley currently works as a geophysicist at the Illinois State Geological Survey in Central Illinois. He recently graduated with a master's degree studying sustainable community development and water...

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Tori Goebel
Communications Director

Tori serves as the Communications Director for Y.E.C.A and the Evangelical Environmental Network. She attended Gordon College (B.A. ‘16) where she studied communication arts and political science. Tori’s work experience...

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Corina Newsome

Corina works as an Ambassador Animal Keeper at the Nashville Zoo, where she specializes in animal training and environmental education. Corina earned her B.A. in Zoo and Wildlife...

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Armila Francis

Armila is currently teaching in the department of Environmental Science, Public Health and Sustainable Development at Taylor University. She grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. and when she...

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Anthony Waldrop

In the fall of 2014, Anthony began his Master's in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development at the University of Maryland. After this program, he hopes to enter into...

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Luke Overstreet

Luke earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Public Health and a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) from Wheaton College (IL). While...

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Rachel Lamb

Rachel is currently a PhD student in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Through her research, Rachel is exploring how climate change governance can better...

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Katie Thomason

Katie Thomason is the Sustainable Palm Oil Markets Coordinator at Conservation International. She recently earned her MS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied...

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Rick Morris

Rick recently moved to his new home of Minnesota where he works for the Land Stewardship Project, building capacity for grassroots change in the food and farming system....

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Kaleb Nyquist

Kaleb is a graduate student at The University of Chicago, pursuing a joint MDiv/MPP degree at the Divinity School and the Harris School of Public Policy. On campus,...

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