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GreenFaith's Board of Directors

a roster with brief biographies of GreenFaith's Board

Board Members with Professional Affiliations

Executive Committee

Dana Hiscock, Esq.Chair, is a Partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, a New York law firm where he specializes in estate planning and tax-exempt organizations matters.  He chaired the Board of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies from 2002-2005 and is a founder of the Environmental and Social Justice Committee at Church of the Epiphany, Allendale. (Allendale, NJ)

Deborah Prinz, Vice Chair, is Executive Director of the Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood.  She is the chairperson of the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, a member of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and a trustee of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston. (So. Orange, NJ)

Steven Blumental, CPA, Treasurer, is Tax Principal at MBAF CPAs, LLC, an accounting and financial services firm based in Manhattan.  He serves as Treasurer of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bergen County Work Force Investment Board.

Mark Brescia, Secretary, is an Account Manager at ICF International. He is currently working on the NYC Clean Heat program that improves air quality and save lives by eliminating heavy oil use and accelerating the adoption of the cleanest fuels. Mark previously led Green Market Solutions’ Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star® program and increased the use of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs while educating students and communities on climate change as part of The New Jersey Clean Energy Program. A graduate of Brandeis University, Mark is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair and has led youth mission trips to the Adirondack Mountains, NY and Salvador, Brazil. (Brooklyn, NY)

Board Members

Philip I. Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP is the owner and CEO of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC and a charter member of the Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board (SRPLB).  A well-respected specialist in the remediation of contaminated sites, he has been influential in New Jersey’s newly established Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program.  Phil is also president of Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River and founder of the Marilyn D. Brilliant Memorial Scholarship at Temple Beth El of Somerset, NJ.  (Toms River, NJ)

Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD is a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame and Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College where she founded and directs the Iona Spirituality Institute. She has written extensively on classical and contemporary Christian spirituality, particularly the wisdom legacy of Thomas Merton. Her books include Christ Spirit: The Eschatology of Shaker Christianity; When the Trees Say Nothing: Thomas Merton’s Writings on Nature; and Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours. She is artist-in-residence at Schola Ministries, which has published 12 recordings of her original sacred songs and psalms.  (New Rochelle, NY)

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Duggan is Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund, which assists new and renewing congregations with the purchase of their first building.  Focused on keeping CB&LF's mission, products and services relevant to the ever-emerging needs of new and renewing churches of the 21st century, Patrick served as pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead UCC for 17 years.  He is a social entrepreneur and innovator who has worked in the public and private sectors for more than 25 years. (Cleveland, OH)

Dominic Fonseca has focused on managing and marketing a variety of programs targeting youth, families and seniors, in both corporate and not for profit environments. He has a strong commitment to community development, social justice and philanthropy. Currently, he serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Jersey City Child Development Centers (Head Start) and is an active member of local not for profit organizations including Hudson Perinatal Consortium and Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center of Monmouth County.  (Union City, NJ)

Douglas Murphy is the founder and owner of Murphy International Development Corporation, a global leader in international renewable energy development.  Douglas has diverse professional experience in renewable energy production, project development, hazardous waste remediation and processing, project start-up, and management for clients including Fortune 500 companies, the US State Department, and a range of industrial and government clientele.  He has played a leading role in establishing a range of financing tools, carbon credit mechanisms and legislation on renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in locations including US states, Japan, Africa, and Caribbean island nations.  (Stamford, CT)

Fred Profeta was Mayor of Maplewood Township from 2004-2008 and now serves as the Deputy Mayor for the Environment.  He was Chair of the New Jersey Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future from 2006-2011, co-founding the Sustainable Jersey municipal certification program.  Profeta speaks widely around New Jersey and beyond to promote Sustainable Jersey and presented at the 2009 Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2010, Profeta received the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Leadership Excellence award. He is also a New York lawyer, and has been the senior partner of Profeta & Eisenstein since 1987.  (Maplewood, NJ)

Dr. Mark Robson is Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  An active Roman Catholic, he is an internationally recognized leader in agricultural studies and collaborates with government and NGO-sponsored sustainable agriculture projects throughout Asia.  He has won numerous federal grants, and published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.  (New Brunswick, NJ) 

The Rev. I. Malik Saafir is founder and director of the Janus Institute for Justice in Little Rock, AR,  A United Methodist pastor, he serves on the University of Arkansas – Little Rock Institute for Race and Ethnicity Steering Committee and the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Center for Health Disparities Community Advisory Board.  Malik is the recipient of the 2010 Interfaith Award sponsored by the Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns Committee of the Arkansas United Methodists Annual Conference. He is a GreenFaith Fellow and a 2013 Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow. (Little Rock, AR)

Michael C. Shatken is a LEED-Accredited Professional, architect and founding partner of KSS Architects, LLP.  His long-term interest in architecture's connection to people, cities, and the environment began during graduate school, which he attended when many American cities were in deep decline. A respected leader in his field, he is a board member of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation, a board member and former treasurer of the Morristown Jewish Center, a board member of the Calais School Foundation, and served on the Historic Preservation committee of Mendham Township. (So. Orange, NJ)

Bonnie Myotai TreaceSensei, is the founder and head priest of Hermitage Heart, a Zen Buddhist-influenced spiritual community based at Gristmill Hermitage in Garrison, New York.  In 2007 she founded "The Water Mala," a Buddhist right action project on water awareness and meditation, now established on all five continents. Serving for almost two decades as vice-abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, the largest Zen monastery in the East, she has led over 500 retreats and conferences, and is known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry, and the nexus of mind and environment. Sensei was the establishing teacher and first abbess of the Zen Center of New York City, has advanced degrees in literature, and worked as a hydromechanics analyst with the Potomac Research Institute.  (Garrison, NY)

Irene Woodard is the owner of TrueBlooms, a floral business which uses seasonal, fresh, local flowers.  True Blooms was chosen to design the stage set and create the floral arrangements for the Dalai Lama’s conversation at Town Hall in New York City in 2010.  She is also Director of Practice and Training at Sky Lake Lodge, a Buddhist Retreat Center in New York’s Hudson Valley.  (New York, NY) 

 

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