Our Staff & Steering Committee
VAIPL is excited to welcome
two new, full-time staff members this winter!
Kendyl Crawley Crawford is excited to be at the forefront of congregational organizing efforts taking place in Virginia around the issue of climate change which has far-reaching justice and moral implications. As the former Richmond Conservation Program Coordinator for the VA Chapter of the Sierra Club, she worked on community organizing around climate change and toxic pollution. She has spent time closely organizing with faith communities in Richmond, VA. She received a bachelor’s degree in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University in 2012 and has a Master’s of Science in Environment, Science and Society from University College London where she conducted research on social movement organizations mobilizing around air pollution in London on a Marshall Scholarship. In 2015, she successfully completed the Midwest Academy Organizing for Social Change Training.
She is also a member of the NAACP and has volunteered for several organizations including Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the City of Hampton Clean City Commission. She currently is working towards a Master’s of Nonprofit Studies degree at the University of Richmond. Kendyl has received a National Hampton Alumni Association Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, a Proclamation from the City of Hampton, VA and also was declared a Young Futurist by theRoot.com.
Communications and Assistant Director
Elizabeth Stevens has been working for climate justice in various roles since 2013, including as the Administration Assistant for the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, the former Program Associate and Community Organizer for Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) through two faith-based service corps, as a volunteer with Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice, and now with Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.
She graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Sustainability Studies. It was in college that Elizabeth realized the implications of a Christ-follower’s call to being a good steward to Creation in order to love God and our neighbors. She became active in the Grantham Community Garden at Messiah College and a member of an intentional, environmentally conscious community, the Restoration House.
Laura File Long: Christian
Laura File Long grew up in southern West Virginia where coal was king — except, of course, in the small towns that had been decimated and abandoned after the mines dried up. However, it was not until her time at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she majored in History and Religious Studies, that she became invested in educating herself and others about social justice and environmental issues. Inspired by her Christian faith and the charge in Micah 6:8 to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God, Laura worked through WVWC’s Center for Community Engagement to create opportunities for awareness, education, and action.
Laura is committed to a future in faith-based social justice work. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn from and be a part of the IPL team.
Sarrah AbuLughod is the Community Engagement Manager at The Family and Youth Institute, a non-profit dedicated to researching issues and developing resources for American Muslim youth and families. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s in Human Development & Family Studies and is currently working on her Master’s in Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations with a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary.
She previously worked as the Manager of Family Services with the Opportunity Scholarship Program in Washington DC. Additionally she taught at the Saturday Environmental Academy and lead many an outdoor activity during her time working with the DC branch of Green Muslims where she served as a board member.
She has also served as a board member with the Muslim Public Service Network as well as the Next Wave Muslim Initiative and is currently a board member with the Stony Point Center in addition to this position.
Sarrah is dedicated to finding ways to motivate people through their faith practices towards more sustainable living and looks forward to working with VAIPL to continue this mission.
Daniel Bellerose is a researcher, writer, and organizer who has been working with nonprofits for the past four years, in a variety of roles. His greatest passion is for interfaith organizing as a conduit for environmental action. He has worked with a variety of organizations on interfaith environmental organizing, including Climate Caretakers, Local Futures, Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, and Friends Committee on National Legislation.
He believes that interfaith organizing is the key to creating substantive change in issues such as climate change, and immigration, as the faith community often serves as the center of the larger community. In this way, he also uses interfaith organizing as a strategy for peace-building. Daniel has been published in a variety of online journals, including The Interfaith Observer, and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions. He studied International Development, World Religions, and Political Science at Houghton College, and is consistently excited about using his experiences to further the greater good.
Richard Cizik is the President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based organization committed to an agenda that fosters values consistent with an open and free society. Cizik participated in Climate Forum 2002, at Oxford, England, which produced the “Oxford Declaration” on global warming. He was instrumental in creating the Evangelical Climate Initiative, introduced in 2006. The following year, Cizik formed a group of scientists, including nobel laureate Eric Chivian and Harvard Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson, along with leading evangelical pastors and professors, to compose a groundbreaking document entitled “Scientists and Evangelical Call to Action.”
Cizik graduated with a B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Whitworth University (1973); Master of Divinity, Denver Seminary (1979); M.A., Public Affairs, The George Washington University School of Public & International Affairs (1985). In 2005, he was awarded the Ecclesiastical degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causae, The Methodist Episcopal Church, USA. In 2014, Whitworth University awarded him a Doctorate in Humane Letters (D.H.L.) for his pioneering theological work in creation care. Cizik sits on advisory boards of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
Rev. Dr. Faith B. Harris is a minister, community organizer, and activist as well as adjunct faculty for The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University (STVU).
She teaches several courses for STVU’s Center for Lifelong Learning (Continuing Education) and in its Master of Divinity degree program among them are Systematic Theology and Creation Care, Grassroots Organizing, and the Church, and has taught other practical theology courses for STVU.
Dr. Harris volunteers for a number of interfaith and grassroots organizations among them, Organizing for Action and Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. She is passionate about serving the faith community advocating for creation care and other justice issues to improve the quality of life and faith for all.
She demonstrates her passion and faith through the diverse activities of community organizing, teaching, public speaking, and ministry in the university, the community, and the church.
She has earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree and the Master of Divinity degree, from Virginia Union University and a Masters of Sacred Theology, with an emphasis in Practical Theology, Christian Social Ethics, and Ecclesiology from Boston University School of Theology.
Mark Hoggard is a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic Christian Tradition. He holds an M.Div. in Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology, and an M.A. in Liturgical Studies from the the University of Notre Dame. He has over 30 years experience in parish ministry. For the last 15 years, Mark served as Director of Lifelong Faith Formation at the Church of St. Thérèse in Chesapeake, and was hired recently as Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Kateri Tekakwith Catholic Church in Tabb, Virginia. He is passionate about liturgy, peace and justice issues (especially environmental concerns), and helping parishes and individuals discover their God-given talents and use them to spread the Gospel.
Mark serves on the Board of the National Association for Lay Ministry, and is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is trained in group facilitation methods by the Institution for Cultural Affairs USA, and is a Level I Strengths Coach with Gallup Faith Practices. He volunteers regularly with the Sierra Club.
He is a life-long resident of Virginia, and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton, where he serves in the choir, and on the Care for Creation Team. He lives in Hampton, Virginia, with his dog, Jake.
Rosina Snow is a student in Wesley Theological Seminary’s M.Div program. She currently resides in Charlottesville, VA with her husband, where she is an intern at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She is passionate about creation care and tends to organize for faith-based climate action wherever she goes. She has worked on divestment campaigns, taught at climate teach-ins, helped organize marches, founded green teams, and written about climate justice, among other initiatives. IPL has always been a resource and inspiration for her, and she is very excited to be on board!