Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification
number 46-1437406) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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Our Board of Directors
Kimberly Szczypinski, Chair
Leanna Jackan, Secretary/Treasurer
Rev. Michael Agliardo, SJ
Catholics conserving nature and protecting life.™
Our Volunteer Staff
Bill Jacobs, Co-founder and President
Featuring a searchable collection of quotes on Catholic ecology, since 2000
Kimberly Szczypinski, Chair of the Board of Directors, works as the Assistant to the Executive Director, Office
of International Programs, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Kimberly is experienced with nonprofit
administration, coordinating programs and special events, and nonprofit/fund development. Kimberly has a
Master of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, with a specialization in Spanish.
Leanna Jackan, Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors, is a science instructor at the Conserve School, a
stewardship-themed semester school in Wisconsin. Leanna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens
Point and Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wisconsin). In 2013, Leanna completed the Graduate Fellowship in
Residential Environmental Education, a partnership between UWSP and Conserve School, earning a Master of
Science in Natural Resources. From Viterbo, Leanna earned a B. S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental
Studies and a certificate in Biotechnology. During her undergraduate career, Leanna served as a Biological
Science Aid for the United States Geological Survey. As an Aid at USGS, Leanna helped to conduct research on
the effects of fishery anesthetics on fish feeding behavior and the effects of 17-beta estradiol, a human hormone
and steroid, on fathead minnow and bluegill reproduction.
Rev. Michael Agliardo, SJ, PhD, is a Catholic priest with advanced degrees in Catholic theology. Father
Agliardo is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. His areas of
specialization include the sociology of religion and environmental sociology. Fr. Agliardo received his doctorate in
sociology from the University of California, San Diego. His doctoral research focused on religion, pluralism,
environmental issues, and public life. Fr. Agliardo completed a study of environmental activism among American
Catholic women religious funded by the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Fr. Agliardo has an area focus
on China. He has taught sociology at the Chinese National Seminary in Beijing, and is a board member of the US
Catholic China Bureau.
William Patenaude holds a Master of Arts degree in theology and is an engineer, environmental regulator, and
author. William has been a writer and commentator on the Catholic perspective of ecology since 2004, and has
worked at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management since 1988. William is the owner and
author of the Catholic Ecology blog and is a columnist writing about Catholic ecology for the Rhode Island
Catholic. William has also been published in Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insights.
Evelyn Meisenbacher is a graduate of Drew University with two majors, English and environmental studies and
sustainability (both with honors). Evelyn currently serves as an AmeriCorp NJ Watershed Ambassador (Trenton,
NJ) and works part-time as a youth minister and Confirmation coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
(Boonton, NY). While in college, Evelyn served as president and service project coordinator of Catholic Campus
Ministry and as a FOCUS student missionary, interned at the Community Supported Garden (CSG) at Genesis
Farm (Blairstown, NJ), and interned at Powder River Basin Resource Council (Clark, WY).
Kristen Hayes is a pro-life mother of three beautiful children and a children’s environmental health advocate.
Kristen is the founder of PSALM - Protecting the Sanctity of All Life Movement. Kristen has served the past 10
years volunteering as a children's environmental health advocate. Kristen has been interviewed by local, state,
national, and world publications, including Forbes Magazine and Catholic World Report. Kristen’s work has been
published in Options Magazine, Sojourners, and others.
Bill Jacobs, President, has 25 years of professional experience as an ecologist and conservationist. Bill works as
a senior ecologist for GEI Consultants, Inc., a national environmental engineering firm (2007-present). Previously
Bill worked as a conservation project director for The Nature Conservancy (1997-2006), as executive director of
the Natural Land Institute (a regional land trust in northern Illinois) (1994-1996), and as a youth program
director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (1992-1994). Bill holds a Master of
Science degree in forest resources management from the State University of New York College of Environmental
Science and Forestry (ESF), a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from Dowling College, and a
certificate in non-profit administration. Bill has been compiling Catholic quotes on ecology since 1998, when,
while working at one of the world’s largest conservation organizations, it became apparent to him that secular
conservation efforts alone were not sufficient to meet today’s challenges. He began providing quotes and
teachings about Catholic ecology on-line in 2000 under the organization name, Catholic Conservation Center. Bill
attends Saint John the Baptist R.C. Church in Wading River, New York.
Pro-Catholic, Pro-nature, and Pro-life.