Steering Committee

Nikki C.

Resident of Irvington since 1992, founding member of GPTF. Member of Irvington's Climate Smart Communities Task Force. Passions include tree stewardship and regenerative gardening with native plants to support biodiversity and healthy local ecosystems. Advocate for clean energy; solar homeowner and EV owner, happy to answer questions about same.

Leola Specht

Goofy GPTF'r with hand-me-down mismatched clothing and messy hair. Serious about regenerating the earth through native plants, leaving leaves, hand mow/no blow and removing non-native invasive plants; picking up trash; food scrap composting; zero waste "refuse-reuse-repurpose-repair-recycle" practices (no need to buy trash bags when trash fits in a chip or cereal bag!); no or low emission transportation, safe walking and biking advocate - in a friendly, community-oriented way.

Judy Klein Frimer

Proud resident of Irvington, NY for 32 years with two exceptional daughters, amazing physician husband and two grand dogs. Joined GPTF 6 years ago to engage in local sustainable activities as part of a Masters Program at Miami University and helped develop Irvington School’s Waste Reduction Program along with a remarkable group of volunteers. Passionate about leaving our planet in better shape for future generations and was trained at Climate Reality Project, worked on animal conservation initiatives at the Wildlife Conservation Society (including 96 Elephants) and Climate Smart Community CertificationTask Force Coordinator. We just received Bronze Certification this year (Woohoo!).

Jasena S.

Mother of 2 school-aged children, passionate about conservation and protection of biodiversity. Jasena joined GPTF in 2019 and is a member of the Communications Subcommittee and the Invasives Removal Squad (IRS). Loves hands-on activities such as cleanups, planting of native plants, and non-native invasives removal events. Jasena believes that solutions offered by the Drawdown Framework can reverse the climate crisis. In her opinion, reconnecting with nature is the key for sustainability.

Charlotte Binns

A resident since 2019 with 2 medium sized kids, and a proponent for regenerative living. Charlotte is a member of Irvington's Climate Smart Communities Task Force and the GPTF Communications subcommittee - she built this website. Charlotte is trained as a Climate Reality Project leader and has been an active environmental leader in previous communities, raising funds and passing local legislation. For a living, Charlotte has organized municipalities across NY for clean community energy programs.


Gwen Merkin

Nature mentor passionate about waking up our connections with the earth. Advocates for and practices sustainability at home, works with commercial real estate to address climate change, and leads community-based nature connection programs. Working to resurrect the tradition of being outside to rediscover that we are all connected. I live in Irvington with my husband and two daughters and we are dreaming up plans to regenerate our land and create a suburban homestead.

Amy Ziff

Amy has 3 kids and is building her pollinator garden meadow in her backyard. When she's not outside she is Founder of Nontoxic Certified and MADE SAFE. Ziff and team developed the Ecosystem Screening approach to evaluate ingredients in common household goods. She is committing to fostering a safe and sustainable future.

Josie Bloom

Josie Bloom is an enthusiastic food scrap ambassador and composter. She loves pollinator plants and gardening - although please don't look at her front yard since this is a beginning skill! As a social worker, Josie understands the intersections of environmental / climate justice and is proud to volunteer with the Irvington Green Policy Task Force.

Vera Ball

Left the NE in the 80’s, gardened through a few states and even more countries -thrilled to be back in Irvington since 2018. Mother of 3 grown sons and so fortunate the youngest is passionate about regenerative ag. "He made sure I purchased a compost kit first time at the Farmer’s Market!" Now a proud member of the Compost Crew - continually looking for ways to further excite the community about composting!

Rebecca Pelletier

Cheryl Brandwein

Jan Blaire

Anne Jaffe Holmes

Thomas Flanagan

Additional Environmental Leaders

Chet Kerr

Chet Kerr and his wife Heather Thomas have lived in Irvington for 25 years.   After practicing law as a litigator in New York City for over 30 years, he left his firm in 2016 to do new and different things.  He currently teaches, serves on several Not-for-Profit Boards, including the Irvington Historical Society, the Greater Irvington Land Trust, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, leads the Irvington Pollinator Pathway Project and works on a wide array of civil rights, criminal justice and arts management issues.

Frances Bean

Organizes the Irvington School Greening Committee.

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