Leadership

The members of our staff team work from five countries under the guidance of our Steering Committee and Board of Directors.

TOMÁS INSUA

TOMÁS INSUA

Executive Director

Tomás is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, working to help the Catholic Church turn the Laudato Si’ call into bold action for climate justice. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, served in the UN Climate Secretariat doing political outreach and comms for the COP21, worked as a marketeer with Google for Latin America and Southeast Asia, and co-founded a faith-based nonprofit doing social justice work in the slums of Buenos Aires. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in climate policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where he had his spiritual home with the OFM Franciscan friars, and lives in Rome with his wife, Vicky.

CHRISTINA LEAÑO

CHRISTINA LEAÑO

Associate Director

Christina oversees all the operations and campaigns of GCCM, aiming to empower the Catholic community to bring Laudato Si’ to life. She brings over 15 years of leadership on environmental and social justice issues for a variety of non-profit, government and educational institutions.  She is passionate about exploring the intersection of spirituality and social justice and supporting people’s spiritual transformation through contemplative practices and engagement in social and ecological justice. She has degrees from Yale University and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She currently lives in Boston with her husband Steffano and rascally toddler Malaya Clare.

REBA ELLIOTT

REBA ELLIOTT

Communications Director

Reba Elliott is the Communications Director. She brings over a decade of nonprofit leadership to the organization, including managing U.S. campaigns for the Laudato Si’ encyclical. She lives in central Virginia with her husband and children.

MARISA VERTREES

MARISA VERTREES

Campaigns Director

Marisa Vertrees is the Campaigns Director. She was the Social Justice Director at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, where she also assisted the Peace and Justice Commission of the Arlington Diocese. After that, she was an organizer with the U.S. faith community for the ONE Campaign, a global anti-poverty organization. She is passionate about engaging people in social justice and care for creation, and brings over 12 years of organizing work and ministry to the organization. She lives just outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

CECILIA DALL’OGLIO

CECILIA DALL’OGLIO

European Programs Manager

Cecilia Dall’Oglio is our Divest-Invest & European Programs Coordinator. Cecilia came on late January 2017 to coordinate our Divest/Invest efforts as well as outreach across Italy and Europe. She brings over 22 years of service in FOCSIV where she was responsible for campaigns on sustainable lifestyles and climate justice (lobbying and advocacy) in collaboration with CIDSE and others Italian Catholic associations and part of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Italian Bishop Conference. She works on a secondment based in the FOCSIV office in Rome.

 MATEUSZ BEDNARKIEWICZ

MATEUSZ BEDNARKIEWICZ

Senior Advisor

Mateusz is an assistant professor in the theater department of the Warsaw Academy and a director cooperating with theaters in Warsaw and Poznan. His work has won prizes at the Polish Feature Film Festival and Teatroteka Fest, and was nominated for an Orły award. He is a member of the Polish and European Film Academy, president of the Parliamentary Education Foundation, and a long-standing collaborator with Polish and international non-governmental organizations.  Mateusz is a graduate in philosophy of the University of Warsaw and the directing department of AT Warsaw Drama Academy.

IGOR BASTOS

IGOR BASTOS

Campaigns Coordinator, Portuguese speaking countries

Igor Bastos serves as GCCM Campaigns Coordinator for Portuguese Speaking countries. He is Secretary of Justice, Peace and  Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Youth Franciscans of Brazil and member of the board of SINFRAJUPE (Inter-Franciscan  Service of Justice, Peace and Ecology). For the last five years he has supported the homeless and landless through the Franciscan Action Ecology and Solidarity (AFES) and also collaborates with Franciscan International. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Uberlândia. He currently resides in Uberlândia, Brazil, where he works for GCCM based in the office of AFES.

FABIÁN CAMPOS

FABIÁN CAMPOS

Campaigns Coordinator, Spanish speaking countries

Fabián serves as GCCM Campaigns Coordinator for Spanish Speaking countries. He is from Ecuador and live in Quito, where  he works for GCCM based in the Caritas Ecuador office. He has collaborated with different Catholic institutions in Ecuador and  has studied business and international relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador where he participated in the University Latin American Ignatius Leadership Course.

DANIELA FINAMORE

DANIELA FINAMORE

Divest – Invest & European Programs Coordinator

Daniela Finamore serves as GCCM European Programs Assistant. With a II level Master Degree in Development Economics, she came on board on April after  a job experience as Policy Assistant at FOCSIV thanks to which she followed different social justice advocacy campaigns with CIDSE and other international partners. Component of the group led by Yeb Sano walking from Rome to Paris for the People’s Pilgrimage in 2015, she has also been logistic referent for the Rome Conference “Laudato Si’ & Catholic Investing” (January 2017)

MATEUSZ PIOTROWSKI

MATEUSZ PIOTROWSKI

Programs Coordinator for Poland

Mateusz serves as Programs Coordinator for Poland. He has 10 years of experience in social justice campaigning. He is a co-founder of the “Folkowisko” Association and the Polish Humanities Crisis Committee. He was also an initiator of an economic education program “Labour Market: User’s Guide.” He holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Nottingham. Being passionate about Jesus, he is sure that our encounter with God’s supernatural power can bring about a new heaven and new Earth where justice dwells.

DOMENICA REYES

DOMENICA REYES

Communications and Operations Coordinator

Doménica serves as the Communications and Operations Coordinator, working from the GCCM office in Quito, Ecuador. Doménica has a bachelor’s degree in Multilingual International Business and International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She speaks Spanish, English, and Italian. She has worked with GCCM since 2016.

JOHN ROHRER

JOHN ROHRER

Digital Coordinator

John Rohrer is the Digital Media Coordinator. He manages our social media presence, creates our graphic design, and contributes to digital strategy. Based in Baltimore, John has a strong Jesuit-inspired social justice commitment and a solid background in marketing and social media.

GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA

GABRIEL LOPEZ SANTAMARIA

Online Fundraising Coordinator

Gabriel serves as Campaign Coordinator in Spain and manager of GCCM’s online fundraising campaigns. He is a Secular Order Franciscan brother. He is married and a father of two children. He has experience as a fundraiser, speaker and in digital marketing. Gabriel is the CEO of Católicos en Red (catholic fundraising agency) and Pazybien.es (a Franciscan inspirational website). He holds degrees in theology and philosophy from Argentinian Catholic University (UCA), and in sociology from UNED (Spain).

KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH

KATIE ROTH MYLENBUSCH

Director of Development

Katie Roth Mylenbusch serves as our Director of Development. She has 10+ years of fundraising experience in higher education, social services, and health related organizations. Her expertise includes: major gift solicitations, events, capital campaigns, and individual, corporate, foundation, and planned giving. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. She studied environmental issues in Botswana while in undergraduate school. She has also obtained the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) accreditation. She works on resource development for GCCM. She resides outside of Chicago with her husband, two cats, and puppy.

Steering Committee

Top (left to right): Danny Sheehan, Fr John Leydon, Allen Ottaro, Marie Venner, Patrick Carolan, Verna Rainers. Middle (left to right): Dan Misleh, Sara Nelson, Jacqui Remond, Sr Sheila Kinsey, Amy Woolam Echeverria. Bottom (left to right): Tomás Insua, Br Ben Ayodi, Lou Arsenio, Marianne Comfort, Christina Leaño, Dan Hale, Ciara Shannon. Not pictured: Bp. Allwyn D’Silva, Ann Marie Brennan, Bill Patenaude, Gabriel López Santamaría, John Mundell, Pablo Canziani, Fr Pedro Walpole.

 

  • Allen Ottaro

    Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (Kenya)

  • Bp. Allwyn D’Silva

    Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (India)

  • Amy Woolam Echeverria

    Missionary Society of St. Columban (Columban Missionaries), International JPIC

  • Ann Marie Brennan

    Christian Life Community (United States/ International)

  • Br Benedict Ayodi

    Curia Generale of OFM Capuchins, JPIC Office (Italy/Kenya)

  • Ciara Shannon

    GreenFaith (Asia)

  • Dan Misleh

    Catholic Climate Covenant (United States)

  • Dan Hale

    CAFOD (UK)

  • Fr. John Leydon, SSC

    Missionary Society of St Columban (Philippines / Ireland)

  • Fr Pedro Walpole

    EcoJesuit (Philippines)

  • Gabriel López Santamaría OFS

    Paz y Bien (Spain)

  • Jacqui Remond

    Catholic Earthcare Australia (Australia)

  • John Mundell

    Focolare Movement (United States/ International)

  • Marianne Comfort

    Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (United States)

  • Marie Venner

    Personal capacity (United States)

  • Mauricio López

    Caritas Ecuador & REPAM – Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (Ecuador)

  • Pablo Canziani

    Catholic Action Argentina & CONICET (Argentina)

  • Patrick Carolan

    Franciscan Action Network (United States)

  • Romero Institute (United States)
  • Sr. Sheila Kinsey

    JPIC Commission of USG/UISG (Rome)

  • Verna Rainers

    Catholic Welfare and Development (South Africa)

 

Board of Directors

Top (left to right): Tomás Insua, Michel Roy, John O’Shaughnessy. Bottom (left to right): Msgr Josef Sayer, Amy Woolam Echeverria, Yeb Saño, Amanda Hanley. Not pictured: Lorna Gold.

Amy Woolam Echeveria

Amy Woolam Echeveria

Board Chair Amy Woolam Echeverria currently serves as the International Coordinator for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation for the Missionary Society of St. Columban (Columban Missionaries) which is a founding member of GCCM. As a lay woman with family, Amy has worked for the Catholic Church in international advocacy, education, and community development for over two decades focusing on environmental, economic, and migrant-refugee issues.

Lorna Gold

Lorna Gold

Dr. Lorna Gold is Head of Policy and Advocacy in Trócaire, the overseas development and emergency relief agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. (And is on secondment to the #LivingLaudatoSí Catholic Divestment Project until February 2019.) She has worked in international development in an academic and NGO policy context for over 20 years. She leads a team of policy specialists pursuing Trócaire’s advocacy agenda on climate justice, business and human rights, and development finance. She has a particular interest in the relationship between Catholic Social Thought, climate change, and public policy development. She has written and spoken extensively on Pope Francis’ teaching in Laudato Si’ and her forthcoming book “Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future” (Veritas, 2018) examines themes of motherhood, children, and climate justice. She holds a PhD in Geography from Glasgow University and is a former holder of ESRC and Joseph Rowntree fellowships in York University. She has published widely, being the editor and author of numerous books, journals, policy reports, and academic papers. She regularly contributes to public debates on climate justice and ethical issues in Ireland and internationally and co-founded “Stop Climate Chaos” Ireland. She is originally from Scotland and is married with two children.

Amanda Hanley

Amanda Hanley

Amanda Hanley is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Hanley Foundation. With her husband, she helped found and advises the University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute, the first Catholic university to divest fossil fuels. Amanda serves on the Global Catholic Climate Movement board, Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability advisory board, and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Laudato Si’ Encyclical Working Group’s advisory circle. She’s a signatory of Divest/Invest and founding partner of the SHINE campaign to end global energy poverty. Amanda also serves on Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest and Global Leadership Councils, the Academy for Global Citizenship board (a green Chicago public school), the As You Sow board (corporate advocacy), and Chicago Women in Green steering committee.

John O’Shaughnessy

John O’Shaughnessy

John has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Franciscan Sisters of Mary since 1992, with the duties of CEO added in January 2015. For the past 16 years he has served as a financial officer or advisor to several other Missouri-based Catholic congregations. John is founder of the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative and currently serves as treasurer and a board member of the Global Catholic Climate Movement. He previously held positions in the not-for-profit health care and public accounting industries. John is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a former Registered Investment Advisor.

Michel Roy

Michel Roy

Michel Roy has been the Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis since 2011. CI is at the same time a confederation of over 160 national Caritas organizations and an institution of the Holy See dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and the promotion of integral sustainable human development and social justice, educating the faithful to solidarity and the values of Catholic social teachings. His mission is to animate the Caritas family network, in relation with the seven regional coordinators; to manage a team of 30 people based in Rome, New York, and Geneva, engaged in the implementation of the five strategic orientations of the Confederation (Caritas at the heart of the Church; saving lives and rebuilding communities; promoting integral human development; building global solidarity; making the Confederation more effective); to represent the Confederation together with the President at the Holy See, at the UN and other international organisations; and to engage with other Catholic, Christian and other faith based organisations to build together more humane, fraternal and just societies.

Prior to this role he served as Director of International Advocacy at Secours Catholique/Caritas France. Mr. Roy worked with Secours Catholique for 30 years. Starting in 1988 he managed the international action of the organization, travelling the world to support and advocate for the poor. Michel Roy has spent many years developing grassroots networks around the world advocating for the protection of human dignity.

Yeb Saño

Yeb Saño

Yeb Saño is the new Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. Yeb brings to Greenpeace nearly two decades of experience working to combat climate change. Before his stint as Climate Change Commissioner for The Philippines, he worked with WWF Philippines for 14 years. He held several roles at WWF, including leading the climate change program and serving for three years as National Director of Earth Hour. One of Yeb’s defining moments came during the 2013 UN Climate Summit in Warsaw where he was Philippines Chief Negotiator. Meanwhile, destructive Typhoon Haiyan tore apart communities in Tacloban, Philippines. His emotional speech calling for action on climate change reached hearts around the world.

Fr Augusto Zampini Davies

Fr Augusto Zampini Davies

Fr Augusto is an Argentine priest from the Diocese of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. He is currently working as Director of Development and Faith at the Dicastery for Integral Human Development of the Vatican.

The former theological adviser to CAFOD, he is an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosh University. Trained as a lawyer and moral theologian in Argentina, he holds a Masters in Wellbeing and Human Development (University of Bath, 2009-10), a PhD in Theology (Roehampton University, London’ 2010-2014), and has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge (2013-2014).

Fr Augusto has been lecturing on theology, Christian ethics and human rights since 2004 and is a member of multiple teaching societies. His area of research is social ethics and he has conducted research on environmental ethics in the light of the Catholic tradition.

Fr Augusto has also been a contributor to mainstream and Catholic media on matters pertaining to Pope Francis, Catholic Social Teaching, and social Catholicism more generally.

As a priest, Augusto most recently served at Holy Apostles, Archdiocese of Westminster, London and as an ad-hoc adviser to Cardinal Vincent Nichols on environmental issues. Fr Augusto previously served as an assistant priest and chaplain in different parishes and institutions in Argentina, many of them located in the poorest neighbourhoods of Greater Buenos Aires.