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 Calvin College (B.A. '12), a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary (M.Div. '16), and is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). 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.
In 2015, Kyle was named 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.
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, going on little bike adventures, growing things, and foraging in her backyard. She moved to Upland, Indiana to attend Taylor University in 2008, where a friend in her plant biology class got her truly jazzed about environmental science. She holds a BS in Biology (Taylor '12) and a Masters of Environmental Science (Taylor '13).
While in undergrad, Armila served on the cabinet of Stewards of Creation, the student-run creation care club on campus, and in grad school, she started a campus garden. While teaching at Taylor, she helped lead the Sustainability Assistants, a group of students who promote campus-wide sustainability initiatives. She also served as the faculty sponsor for the Taylor University chapter of the Food Recovery Network.
In her leisure time, Armila enjoys spending time with her husband, Nate. They enjoy being outside, doing puzzles, reading, going on little bike adventures, concocting edible experiments in the kitchen, writing letters, and foraging.
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 a student at Wheaton College, Luke worked as a research and health intern at Shalom Delhi HIV/AIDS Care Center (a project of Emmanuel Hospital Association), where he helped research the needs of families affected by HIV/AIDS and developed a project proposal for an income generation program for these families.
Luke grew up in a missionary fmaily and lived in Nouakchott, Mauritania for nearly four years, where he developed an interest in the dependence of human health upon the condition of the environment. In the near future, he hopes to further this interest by pursuing a Masters in Public Health with an interdisciplinary emphasis on environmental protection.
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