Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light depends on the hundreds of hours volunteered by extraordinary board members and supporters every year. Our team is comprised of part-time staff and contractors which include an executive director, an administrator, a bookkeeper, a policy engagement manager and a development associate.
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.
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Current Staff and Contractors
David Heayn-Menendez has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from Villanova University, and his MPhil from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he is currently finishing his PhD in the religious history of the Middle East North Africa region. He has long been an educator and community organizer, teaching as a university professor, private tutor, and most recently as the Director of Public Education at Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a Philadelphia based Arts, Culture, and Language non-profit.
David comes to PA IPL out of a deep passion for community organizing, social justice, and environmental stewardship. He believes “the vital work of preserving and protecting our natural environment and our communities is a foundational and inextricable component of living a life of faith.” He attends the Sunbury Islamic Center in Sunbury, PA and lives in Lewisburg with his spouse and two children. A former campaign manager, he currently holds an elected office as a Councilmember of the Borough of Lewisburg.
David is a Philadelphia native, who has lived all over the east coast in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Born into a mixed Latinx-British American Catholic family, David proclaimed the Shahada in 2006. Interfaith and intercultural initiatives and collaborations have been a significant part of his work and throughout his life. “Together as members of faith we can hold each other up, amplify our voices, and tend the garden entrusted to us.
Stacey joined us as a part-time administrator in August 2019, working behind-the-scenes to keep our data base current, our communications timely; and our events easy to navigate.
Stacey has a Master’s degree from Cabrini College and worked as an educator for several years teaching elementary children as well as working as a district Data Administrator. Stacey lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and four children.
Policy Engagement Manager
Amani initially started working with PA IPL as the Community Organizer for Beat the Heat in 2019.
Amani Reid has a bachelor’s in Political Science with an Environmental Studies minor from Temple University and is a former U.S. Army Reservist. She is also a Temple University Diamond Award Recipient.
Her past work includes being a Student Career Peer Advisor for Temple University’s Internships and Career Development Department, Education Coordinator for Audubon Pennsylvania’s Discovery Center, and U.S. Census Bureau Enumerator. She has interned under State Representative Donna Bullock, Overbrook Environmental Education Center and the Department of Interiors’ Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance.
Amani is dedicated to stewardship and advocacy work to include climate justice, environmental justice, and equality. She is a New Jersey native, however she loves to travel and has been to London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Accra,Ghana. She is a musician and child of God who is very excited to be a part of PA IPL!
Kathy Hrabovsky joined PA Interfaith Power & Light in March 2021 as Development Associate. Kathy began her career as an architect, receiving her Bachelor of Architecture, BARCH, and Master of Science in Sustainable Design, MSSD, from Carnegie-Mellon University. Studying sustainable design, environmental policy and sustainable community development in pursuit of her MSSD fueled Kathy’s passion for sustainability, which she channels into advocacy, community volunteerism and her new development work with PA IPL.
Kathy has been practicing architecture for over thirty years, twenty of which were spent serving a diverse group of clients as a sole practitioner in the Pittsburgh region. To ensure the high-quality design of any project or program, Kathy is dedicated to analyzing stakeholder needs and developing creative solutions to meet them. Over the years, Kathy has written and managed successful grant proposals; implemented energy, water and waste conservation strategies in corporate and government entity facilities; coordinated energy management platforms such as Energy Star PortfolioManager; recommended supply and demand side utility procurement strategies; implemented Indoor Air Quality improvement strategies; encouraged employees to shift their commute to an alternative or active form of transportation; successfully participated in local sustainability challenges and competitions; engaged with regional leaders to share knowledge, successes and challenges; and engaged with students, employees and upper level management through interdepartmental green team programs. Kathy is committed to energy, water and waste conservation in order to reduce carbon footprint, improve outdoor ambient air quality, and improve human health and productivity.
Personally, Kathy leads an active, healthy life-style, cycling on the weekends, organic gardening, community volunteering, and traveling with her husband and adopted dog to visit with their two grown children.
Rebecca has served as our bookkeeper since 2016 when we were lucky to get to know her through her other job as the office manager of Interfaith Philadelphia. We have heard Rebecca literally cheer aloud when a little flood of donations comes in! Her vantage point certainly allows her to see all the ways that your financial contributions keep PA IPL’s work going, and we’re thankful for her enthusiasm and her attention to detail. Rebecca and her husband Hector live in Philadelphia with their chihuahua, Mia.
Note from David and the Board: While our all-volunteer Board and chapter volunteers are both passionate and incredibly dedicated, PA IPL would benefit enormously from having a full-time Executive Director and full-time staff. Both Executive Director and all administrative/program staff are currently part-time positions. YOU CAN HELP by making a 3-year pledge commitment to PA IPL, or setting up a regular, automatically-recurring contribution to PA IPL. We are a small organization, so you really can make a big difference with your donation dollars, and right now, if you make a new 3-year pledge, the first 12 months of your pledged donations will be matched by a generous individual donor.
Student Work Study
Julia is an intern at the CommUnity Zone for her last semester as a Bloomsburg student. She is majoring in Social Work and minoring in Environmental.
Julia will be working with The CommUnity Zone on the PA IPL Creation Care project to plant trees around parts of Pennsylvania. She also will be helping with PA IPL’s Annual Bike Ride fundraiser.
Rev. Alison Cornish
The Reverend Alison Cornish served as PA IPL’s Executive Director (a part-time position) from July 2015 through July 2020, helping us continue to mature from our early beginnings to a 10-year-old organization. Under Alison’s able leadership, we expanded and deepened the interfaith aspect of our work, and we added a contracted book keeper, then a part-time administrator, and periodically added project staff.
Alison is a Unitarian Universalist minister. Her rich background in parish ministry, nonprofit management, multifaith work, advocacy for the marginalized — and a passion and commitment to care about, and for, the Earth, that shaped her theology and activism was evident throughout her time with PA IPL. We are grateful for all the ways that she shared her wisdom and shaped our journey!
Cricket Eccleston Hunter
Cricket Eccleston Hunter served as PA IPL’s Executive Director and then Program Director for over 10 years. She transformed the organization and was deeply involved in developing the program development, events, fundraising, and operations of PA IPL.
Cricket 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.”