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.

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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Anthony Waldrop
Steering Committee Chair

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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Brittany Bennett
Co-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
Treasurer

Riley recently graduated with a master's degree in Environment and Resources and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, Riley studied sustainable community development and water...

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Luke Overstreet
Communications Coordinator

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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Brittany Ederer

Brittany is a graduate student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Environmental Conservation program. She also works for Care of...

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Andrew Kinzer

Andrew lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with his wife, Alex, who is pursuing her Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan. Andrew is currently working as...

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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. He also...

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