GreenFaith's Board of Directors
a roster with brief biographies of GreenFaith's Board
Board Members with Professional Affiliations
Dana Hiscock, Esq., Chair, is an advocate for social and environmental justice. Recently retired from the New York City law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, Dana has practiced as an estate planning and exempt organizations lawyer for over forty years. In addition to his work with GreenFaith, he has chaired the Board of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (in New York City) and is one of the founders of Real Partners Uganda, an American-based charity that has established and operates a school and community development project in Uganda.
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.
Gary Matthews, Ph.D, CPA/PFS, Treasurer, is a Personal Financial Specialist and an investment advisory representative of First Affirmative Financial Network specializing in socially and environmentally conscious (SRI) investment strategies. He received a Doctorate in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary.
Mark Brescia 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rev. Derek V. Gatling is an African Methodist Episcopal Pastor and serves as Community Organizer for Healthcare for Camden Churches Organized for People, a community-based group which addresses issues of unemployment, healthcare, housing and crime facing families and congregations in Camden. A Master’s of Divinity student at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, Rev. Gatling has served AME churches throughout central and southern New Jersey.
Ann Morrow Heekin, Ph.D. is Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, teaching on Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions, worker justice for new immigrants and Christian-Jewish relations. Previously, she was Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University, and earned her Ph.D. from Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. Ann also worked in advertising and publishing, as Vice President Account Management at J. Walter Thompson, Senior Vice President Account Management at Scali, McCabe, Sloves, and Associate Publisher of Working Woman Magazine. Ann serves as a director for the Don Bosco Center for Children Families and the Newly Arrived in America, Don Bosco Workers Center, and the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion Alumni Board.
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.
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.
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.
Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei, 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.
Irene Woodard is the owner of TrueBlooms, a floral business which uses seasonal, fresh, local flowers and which 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.