Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and 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 Calvin College (B.A. '12) and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary (M.Div. '16). Before coming on staff at Y.E.C.A., Kyle served for four years as the Creation Care Coordinator at the Office of Social Justice for the Christian Reformed Church in North America, where he worked to educate and equip individuals and congregations to learn and act at the intersection of creation care and Christian faith. Much of his professional experience has involved the integration of theology, science, and action toward a deeper awareness of our Christian responsibility to care for God's earth and to love our neighbors, both at home and around the world.
Kyle has received numerous awards for his work, including being named in 2015 to Midwest Energy Group's inaugural 40 Under 40 cohort for his work on climate change education and advocacy. He has been featured in national and international news outlets such as PBS, NPR, NBC News, Reuters, and U.S. News and World Report. He is married to Allison and resides in Grand Rapids, MI with their son Simon. In his free time, Kyle enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outside in God's beautiful creation.
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 includes leading digital strategy for an advertising agency and serving as Communications Manager for an educational organization. During her senior year of college, Tori developed a passion for using communication skills to help her community and create change while serving as Commencement Director for her class and helping to raise funds for the class gift. Tori has long had a passion for defending the environment as an act of stewardship for God’s creation, and she sees her role at Y.E.C.A as the perfect intersection of her communications background, passion for improving communities, and defending creation against the threat of climate change.
Tori was born and raised in New England and currently lives in the D.C Metro area. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring local parks and finding new coffee shops.