Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light depends on the hundreds of hours volunteered by extraordinary board members and supporters every year. Our staff is comprised of a part-time executive director, and a part-time program director, and we contract with a part-time administrator, an able book keeper and occasionally a project-linked organizer.
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 David, Cricket, and Stacey.
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 Shadada 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.
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.”
Stacey joined us as our contracted 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. We are so grateful to Stacey for the extra hands, and all of you for your financial support that has allowed this small expansion of our team!
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.
Community Organizer, Beat the Heat
Amani Reid is an environmental justice advocate and Temple University Graduate Class of 2020. She is a former student career peer advisor for the school and has interned under State Representative Donna Bullock as well as the Department of Interiors Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance. She was an Education Coordinator at the Audubon Discovery Center and an intern at the Overbrook Environmental Education Center. She is currently an Enumerator for the U.S Census Bureau and a Community Organizer for Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light.
Note from Cricket 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 program staff. Both Executive Director and Program Director 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.
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!