Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is growing! While we depend on the hundreds of hours volunteered by board members and supporters every year, we also have a (currently part-time) executive director on staff, as well as a program director, for a total of 1-full-time equivalent. Together with the board our staff sees that our operations run smoothly and that we can reach out to congregations and people of faith throughout Pennsylvania. Email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org will reach both Alison and Cricket.
Executive Director: Rev. Alison Cornish
The Reverend Alison Cornish is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and comes to PA IPL with a background in parish ministry, nonprofit management, multifaith work, advocacy for the marginalized — and a passion and commitment to care about, and for, the Earth, which has shaped her theology and activism over the past two decades.
A graduate of Wellesley College, the University of York (UK), and Andover Newton Theological School, Alison has also engaged in ongoing study with Gaian teacher Joanna Macy, and is a graduate of the GreenFaith Fellowship program, which is dedicated to preparing clergy and lay leaders for the challenges of ministry in a time of climate change. Most recently, Alison worked as Senior Director of Programs for Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia working with congregations of all denominations, their historic buildings, community ministries and development of resources.
Alison lives in Philadelphia, and is married to Pat Moran, an artist and art installer. She is amazed and delighted to be living alongside the Schuylkill River, and in her spare time, volunteers at the Fairmount Water Works, the country’s first municipal water system; and looks forward to getting on the river in a small boat – and maybe even in the river as it continues to be cleaner and healthier!
Note from Cricket and the Board : Alison began in July 2015 as the Interim Executive Director now, and joined us officially as the Executive Director in October 2015. We want to make that position stable and productive. It needs to grow to be a closer-to-full-time position. YOU CAN HELP by making a 3-year pledge commitment to PA IPL, or setting up a regular, automatically-recurring contribution to PA IPL (a national grant will MATCH those!). Click through to learn more about A Time To Build Up: our campaign to grow our impact and become organizationally sustainable. We are a small organization, so you really can make a big difference with your donation dollars.
Program Director: Cricket Eccleston Hunter
Cricket Hunter has degrees in biology and education and has been both a middle school science teacher and a recruiter for Teach for America. She is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in State College, where she resides with her husband and two daughters. Cricket has been with PA IPL since the fall of 2010. In her own words: “PA IPL represents, for me, an integration of the science that has long interested and concerned me with a faith-based imperative to care for the earth and (perhaps even more urgently) for our brothers and sisters: particularly the poorest among us who inevitably bear the brunt of our human experiment in constantly expanding consumption.”