Maine Interfaith Power & Light

Board of Directors

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Laurie Osher, Board President, Congregation Beth El in Bangor, ME

Laurie is expanding the work of MeIPL in congregations to include energy efficiency evaluations for congregation buildings and assistance with development of green teams in communities that join MeIPL's cool congregations membership program. Outside of volunteering for MeIPL, Laurie is a small business owner. Her consulting firm, Osher Environment Systems, helps home and business owners increase the energy efficiency of their buildings. Laurie brings to MeIPL an expertise in Global Change Science. Prior to launching her business, she was a University professor and research scientist. She and her research team quantified the impact of land use changes on soil and ecosystem carbon storage and loss in forests, grassland and estuarine ecosystems. She earned her PhD from the University of California Berkeley, her Master’s from North Carolina State University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Parivash Rohani, Baha'i Faith, Auburn, ME

Parivash Rohani left Iran and fled to India in 1979 due to religious persecution. She arrived in the United States in 1986 as an immigrant. Currently Parivash lives in Auburn with her husband and children. Professionally, she is a registered nurse working in the intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. Parivash has been involved with many humanitarian, environmental, and interfaith projects. Her involvement in MeIPL is due to her firm conviction that change happens organically at the grass roots level, and justice demands universal participation. Parivash believes it is our moral obligation to be involved in social action and participate in the prevalent discourse of society.

Dan Huisjen, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, ME

Dan came back to Maine in 2002 after living on the west coast for a bit over a decade. Dan's early upbringing was Christian, but he's recently started studying and practicing Druid spirituality as a Candidate Member of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. He chose to practice Druidry for its focus on the primacy of ecology in human affairs, and nature as a source of spiritual strength. He has tried to be a market gardener once and is still active in the garden, but is focusing professionally on energy auditing. Dan has a deep concern for how we will make the transition to a low-carbon society, either voluntarily or not. He feels that how we stay warm in the winter, keep food on our plates, and keep joy in our hearts needs to be a local, sustainable, thoughtful endeavor. Dan will happily talk for hours about food, gardening, home scale greenhouses, and home weatherization.

Mark Glovin , First Universalist Church, Rockland, ME

Mark Glovin PhotoMark is in the middle of his ninth year serving the First Universalist Church in Rockland which is a growing and thriving Unitarian Universalist congregation. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2003 after receiving a call to ministry while attending Clark University where he majored in philosophy. A native New Englander, Mark learned lessons early in life about painful blessings by following the Red Sox.

 

Mark also learned early in life about Beloved Community through his experience at overnight summer camps. Spending summers from the age of 7 until 23 at camp, Mark developed a love of the outdoors and a deeply felt sense of our interconnectedness to Earth. Grounded in this belief that separateness is the illusion, Mark does his best to model and invite his congregants to live out Thurman’s admonition to “do what makes you come alive,” keeping in mind that what we do affects everything around us even just a little bit. And so, we are called to act wisely and generously, with creativity and compassion.

Rev. Susan Gilpin, Foreside Community Church, Falmouth, ME 

Susan serves on the Justice and Outreach Ministry and Green Team of the Foreside Community Church, U.C.C. in Falmouth.  She founded the Osprey Group at Maine Audubon, which co-sponsored the Awaken to Action Conference with MeIPL in April of 2011.  Susan is passionate about protecting the environment and wants it to be there for her grandchildren and future generations.  She is a member of the Falmouth Conservation Committee and an ordained U.C.C. minister.

 

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