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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Riley Balikian
Co-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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Armila Francis
Co-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

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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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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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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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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