Meet Our Board

Doug Bland
Doug BlandExecutive Director
Doug Bland is pastor at the Community Christian Church in Tempe where he has served for twenty-two years. The church’s inter-religious and multi-cultural storytelling concerts earned the Diversity Award form the Tempe Human Relations Commission.
Doug has chaired the Earth Care Commission for the Arizona Ecumenical Council and is Executive Director for the Arizona Interfaith Power and Light—a religious response to global warming.
He is adjunct faculty at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, where he has taught “The Art of Storytelling”, “Telling Sacred Stories,” and “Using Storytelling in Businesses and Organizations,” “Storytelling & Advocacy,” “Storytelling & Healing.”
Patrick Grady
Patrick Grady President
Patrick is committed to living into his faith through action on environmental issues and hunger. Joining AZIPL in 2014 has fueled that passion.
Since retiring from work with cities and urban development in 2006, Patrick has been a consultant, written three books on pioneer life in Arizona, served on the Board of the Cave Creek Museum, was the chair of Green Cave Creek and recently led the Green Team of The Fountains UMC. He currently serves as the Chair of the AZIPL Fundraising Committee.
Patrick and his wife, Leslie, recently moved to Prescott, looking to live more simply and sustainably in a smaller community. They are excited about this new journey and living closer to their grandchildren who live in Flagstaff.
Nona Siegel
Nona SiegelSecretary
Nona Siegel is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been passionate about how humans interact with the earth since graduating from UCBerkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources in 1975. Born and raised in Montana and Los Angeles, the contrasts made a big impact. She has been curious about the human need to find spiritual meaning, and AZIPlL has been a great way to connect with fellow Eco-travelers, and turn environmental angst into action. Exploring nature, cooking, reading, creating and teaching grandchildren to savor the natural world are her favorite activities.
Molly Cashion
Molly Cashion
Molly is pumped up about working towards a sustainable future that is relevant to both local and global issues. She holds an MA in Sustainability from ASU’s School of Sustainability. In addition to researching different perspectives and approaches to education, Molly was a fellow with the Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program and a Teaching Assistant for an International Development and Sustainability course at Arizona State University.
Prior to returning for her Master’s degree, Molly utilized her undergraduate degree in Biology as a Legal Assistant for an environmental nonprofit that leveraged the power of the law to protect and preserve the environmental resources of the Southeast. Now, through ASU’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, she organizes and supports regional workshops for K-12 teachers on how to implement sustainability science and practices in the classroom.
She also finds a passion for service, volunteering at several environmental and social justice advocacy groups, and commonly indulges her addiction to nature with hikes and picnics.
Beverly Damore
Beverly Damore
Beverly has spent more than 20 years in non-profit leadership in communications and fundraising roles, including service as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
She earned a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.
A fourth-generation Arizonan, Beverly grew up in both urban and rural parts of this beautiful state and loves to explore it with her husband and their three dogs. She feels passionately about working to assure that both nature and those who live within it are given a fighting chance to thrive.
A strong believer in the interconnectedness of the universe, when not in the Valley working and trying to deepen her spirituality and well-being through meditation, you’ll find her in Flagstaff either hiking or (hopefully) napping in a hammock.
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Steven has been a Pastor/Social Worker/Spiritual Director. As Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, he served twenty years and initiated formation of The Good Earth Group, the congregation’s green team that has been active since the 90’s. His wide variety of jobs and hobbies (grave digger in college, wilderness trek leader, organic gardener) have kept him close to the earth. His understanding and experience of God as Ground of Being has ever been influenced by Celtic Christianity’s earth embracing theology. A solar addict, he moved from upstate New York to Arizona in 1991, drawn by the diverse climactic zones, especially the desert, and of course, the sun. Pastimes: reading, writing, hiking, travel (by 2002 Prius but some by air, mea culpa). Currently he is retired from ministry but still educable.
David Krantz
David Krantz
David is a co-founder, president and chairperson of Aytzim: Ecological Judaism. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light, he also serves on the board of directors of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate; on the founding team of the Interfaith Oceans; and on the cabinet of the American Zionist Movement.
David is a National Science Foundation IGERT doctoral researcher and Wrigley fellow at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. He previously served as a leadership fellow at the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and as a global-justice fellow at American Jewish World Service.
Additionally, David is the editor of the Jewish Energy Guide, the managing editor and co-founder of Jewcology, and the co-founder of Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth. He earned three master’s degrees, including one in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and two through a Steinberg Fellowship at New York University, where he studied Judaism and environmental policy. David has spoken about Israeli, Jewish and interfaith environmentalism on four continents.
Neda Movahed
Neda Movahed
Neda is a graduate student at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability where she is researching the role of self-transformation within collective efforts toward sustainability.
She completed her MA at ASU where she focused on developing new indicators for human well-being that account for qualities needed foster to improve our partnership with the Earth. Working to advance a holistic vision of wellness at ASU, Neda also served as Director of Wellness for the Graduate and Professional Student’s Association.
Additionally, she is dedicated to promoting connection through her work with BridgingStars, an organization striving to co-create a conscious global community. To remain open to the eternal present of the present, and enjoy in joy, Neda maintains a regular spiritual practice including yoga, meditation, breath work, intentional eating, dancing, and more!
Chuck Necker
Chuck Neckerex-officio
Chuck has had a long list of computer related positions serving a number of businesses in Ohio before relocating to the Phoenix Valley in 1992 to work at AlliedSignal’s Corporate Data Center and then IBM before retiring. Chuck also serves as Treasurer of Community Christian Church in Tempe. He volunteers as a Park Steward for the City of Phoenix Mountain Preserves. He is married with four children and four grandchildren. He enjoys taking long cross-country motorcycle journeys and hiking the precious Sonoran Desert.

Sally Rings
Sally Ringsex-officio
Sally taught for more than 25 years in the Maricopa Community Colleges and was a founding faculty member of Paradise Valley Community College.  During her tenure there two efforts engaged her most: initiating and implementing Learning Communities, an integrative re-structuring of curriculum, and providing leadership for the Underprepared Student Initiative.
Long before her retirement in 2007, she felt drawn to participate in efforts to preserve this beautiful planet and has served on the board of AZIPL since its inception in 2009.  She loves working with others who are also passionate about healing Earth.  In addition to her work with AZIPL, she serves on the Earth Care Commission of Arizona Faith Network and Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology.
She is fascinated and awed by the intricate interweavings of all life and loves to hike both in the Arizona deserts and Colorado mountains, where she spends summers in a funky old log cabin.
Karen Schedler
Karen Schedler
Karen received her B.S. and M.A. from Michigan State University. Previous work experiences have included teaching junior high, serving as the Educational Services Liaison at The Phoenix Zoo, working as the Environmental Education Program Manager for the AZ Game and Fish Department, managing STEM programs/professional development for the Center for Teacher Success. Karen’s community and civic volunteerism has encompassed Girl and Boy Scouts, AZIPL (educating on climate change), The Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary, Arizona Wildlife Education Foundation, AZ Association for Environmental Education, and others. Currently, she facilitates workshops on Engineering is Elementary for K-6 educators.
Shah Shafin
Shah Shafin
Shah’s light-hearted and welcoming personality, coupled with a calling to serve the creations of God, speaks much for his innate desire to continuously drive projects within his community. A professional control systems engineer, an alumnus of the University of Arizona and Northeastern University, he takes time out of his career ambitions by staying actively involved in building an education startup where he is extremely passionate in empowering the youth by installing unorthodox and unique learning experiences. He is also in charge of implementing eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives at the West Valley Islamic Centre, his place of worship. Shah is passionate about education, technology, sustainability, and community. He is an avid believer in being a valuable resource and influence to those around him and aspires to tread his journey in life on these values and goals.
JP Smith
JP Smith
JP Smith (Japezoid Smith on Facebook) is a person in tune with creation and for many years, has noticed it is out of tune. He became an environmental activist, looking for avenues to help change the negative way mankind impacted our biome. With the blessing of two grandchildren, he looked to his United Methodist Church (UMC) for direction. The direction was there, but not the action. He believes every positive action helps power positive actions by others. He takes action through: Sierra Club; serving as the UMC Earth Care Chair; being a Climate Reality Project leader; the Master Gardener program; supporting Quaker Earthcare Witness; being a UMC EarthKeeper Missionary. “Interfaith Power & Light is a super way to create synergy with like-minded folks across the country!”