October 2020 Newsletter: A Time of Change

A time of change

Friends, as we enter into this Fall season of transformation I wanted to share with you some changes that are taking place at PA IPL. As many of you know, we were delighted to welcome our new Executive Director, David Heayn-Menendez, earlier this month. He has already stepped into leadership and is working hard to move our organization forward.

At the same time, we are saddened to announce that Cricket Hunter, our long-time Program Director and our founding staff person, has decided to leave the organization after 10 years of incredible service and contribution to PA IPL. Over the coming weeks, we will have an opportunity to honor Cricket and her invaluable work.

Our Board has been strong during this period of dynamic transition, and has helped PA IPL to maintain financial stability with our Stories from the Road Campaign, while managing staff changes, adapting to the limitations of the pandemic, and welcoming new board members. This is due in large part to the dynamic energy of our Board President, Barb Ballenger. After 5 years of service on the Board, Barb will be stepping down this month to complete academic work and continue in her full time role as an Associate Priest at St. Martin in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. We thank Barb for her tremendous work at this critical time and invite you to share your gratitude with her as well via email to bballenger@stmartinec.org.

This month I will be stepping up as board president, Melinda Krokus will be the new board vice-president, Donna Korba will step in to serve as Secretary, and Bill Cozzens will continue in his vital role as Treasurer.  We will welcome at least two new board members at the annual organizational meeting on November 15th. The 7PM meeting (via Zoom) will include an interfaith prayer service for the health of our country.
(See prayer and process, below!)

I’m looking forward to building on Barb’s leadership to help our board grow, adapt, and support our organization into the future. While change can be challenging, we are also energized by the possibilities that accompany transition. PA IPL remains committed to its core mission of cultivating a strong interfaith voice to promote policies and actions that fight for our planet. In this current moment of pandemic and societal vulnerability we are convinced more than ever of the need to stay connected and hopeful for the challenges that lay ahead. 

We welcome your continued support of our vision and appreciate your ongoing involvement in the work of PA IPL. And of course, we always invite your ideas on ways to make the organization even more vibrant and impactful. Please contact me if you have questions or suggestions at rabbinm18@gmail.com.

Best wishes,