Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo
Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo is a Venezuelan-American, an eco-theologian, and a Presbyterian pastor working for an ecumenical (ELCA-PCUSA) Latino ministry in Beloit, Wisconsin. Alongside her parish ministry, Neddy coordinates GreenFaith’s outreach to Latin America, a multi-faith organization aimed to train religious leaders for eco-justice engagement. Neddy writes and teaches Eco-theology at diverse settings, in the USA and Latin America and volunteers as an on-farm educator at Angelic Organics Learning Center; a farm-based educational nonprofit she co-founded with her husband in Northern Illinois in 1998.
Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow
Sung Yeon currently serves as the interim executive director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the only progressive, multi-issue national organization committed to advancing justice for Asian American Pacific Americans in the United States. Before working at NAPAWF, Sung Yeon was the Director of Organizing at Interfaith Worker Justice leading collaborative work with various partner organizations, unions and faith communities on worker organizing and worker justice public policy. She also provided support to Interfaith Groups and Worker Centers across the country through providing technical assistance. Prior to IWJ, Sung Yeon was a Community Organizer at Asian American Institute where she helped organize the pan-Asian American community in Chicago to work together on presidential and mayoral elections, immigration reform, the state budget, and redistricting. Born in South Korea and having spent her childhood in Singapore and India, Sung Yeon is a first generation immigrant who came to the U.S. to study Political Science and Urban Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and earned an M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) and a board member of Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, a Korean American Immigrant Rights organization in Chicago. She lives on the north side of Chicago with her partner, Joseph Morrow, and their daughter Ella.
Eric Dillenbeck is a teaching elder in Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland. He is a member-at-large of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.
Lucy E. Janjigian
Born in Jerusalem Palestine, Lucy is an active member, past deacon and elder at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ and is a member of Presbyterian Women and Churchwide Coordinating Team. She is a painter who has had DVDs made of her paintings where the themes are Biblical and Social issues. Lucy has 3 children and 10 grandchildren.
Jeff Kackley- Chair
Abby is a teaching elder serving Northern California through Puente de la Costa Sur, a resource center for the rural South Coast. Originally from the Midwest, she now spends her down time looking for joy at the ocean, running long distances, doing headstands, drinking coffee with friends, or making art out of garbage. She swears that God’s grace is incarnate in her three sweet cats.
Alex works for an international non-profit focusing on conflict mitigation and empowerment at the grassroots level. He previously served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana with a focus on natural resource management, and a third year as Peace Corps Ghana’s National Coordinator for HIV/AIDS and Gender programming. He holds an M.Div. from Yale University where he focused on religion’s role in fomenting, sustaining, and ending violent conflicts. Alex has also worked at a drug education non-profit in rural Nebraska; was Chief Program Officer for ELI Africa, a non-profit focused on improving the lives of Mauritian youth, and was a consultant for the United Nations. He is an avid runner and singer, and has not found a sport or outdoor activity that he didn’t love.
Betty J. Tom
Betty was formerly a teacher and school counselor in the Indianapolis Public School and Warren Township School districts for 21 years, holds a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. Rev. Griffin served the Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN and is presently the Pastor the First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon, NY. She is a minister member of the Hudson River Presbytery and serves on several Presbytery committees. Rev. Griffin is passionate about missions, outreach and social justice issues.