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.

Melody Zhang
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Melody first got engaged with YECA as a Project Fellow, where she helped to organize conversations on earth stewardship and led various sustainability projects at her church. She recently...

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Lindsay Mouw
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Lindsay has been involved with YECA for 3 years. Previously she has been a Project Leader, a Climate Leadership Fellow, and served on staff as the Project Coordinator....

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Kyle Meyaard-Schaap
National Organizer & Spokesperson

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap 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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Christine Seibert
Financial Secretary

Christine Seibert serves as an Energy Efficiency Coordinator in Orono, Maine helping families to winterize their homes and save energy. She recently earned a degree from Gordon College in...

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Armila Francis
Records Secretary

Armila is on the teaching staff in the Plant Pathology department at UW-Madison. She grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, where she enjoyed being outside, doing puzzles, reading,...

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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

Recently transitioning from her career as a zookeeper, Corina Newsome is currently a graduate biology student at Georgia Southern University, specializing in avian conservation. Corina earned her B.A. in Zoo...

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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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Matthew Groves

Matthew Groves is a science and faith educator currently living in Nashville, where he attends Vanderbilt Divinity School. He uses his background as a science undergraduate and an...

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Lincoln Morris

I serve as the Farm Crew Leader at South Wind Produce, a small-scale, ecologically-minded farm growing fruits, vegetables, and small grains in the heart of the North Carolina...

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Susan Lamb

Susan is graduate student at University of Florida studying Soil & Water Sciences. She is currently researching water use decision-making and drivers to irrigation of the High Plains...

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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 Morris lives squarely in the intersection of faith, politics, and the environment. He got into climate change advocacy after a superstorm ripped through his home state of NJ while...

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