New Leadership at the Eco-Justice Center
The Board of the Eco-Justice Center has named Kate Kirbie Interim Executive Director. Kate came to the Eco-Justice Center in 2012, initially as part of the Dominican Volunteer USA program, and then took the position of Assistant to the Director in 2013. During this time, she has been involved in every aspect of the Center's activities. Kate has lived at the Center for the past 2.5 years and has excelled at running programs, teaching children about Care of Earth, and promoting the Center in the Racine area. Kirbie's appointment follows the departure of Executive Director Allison Thielen. Thielen has a "deep appreciation for the Center and its work" but has stepped down for personal reasons.
“I am very grateful to Kate for stepping forward to lead the Eco-Justice Center now. I am also pleased by the widespread and unconditional support the Board has shown towards this appointment,” said Charlie Tennessen, Board President of the Eco-Justice Center.
This transition, although unexpected, is a strong move and the Center will keep all of its programs and activities intact. The inaugural Farm Corps program is being kicked off this season, the summer camp program will run for 4 weeks, and the Seasons of the Sun Celebrations and Fall Festival are expected to be popular and well attended as always.
"Allison has been a great asset to the Eco-Justice Center and I have been honored to work under her. While we are sad to see her go, I appreciate the opportunity to utilize my past experience to assist in guiding the Center to its next chapter," said Kate Kirbie, current Assistant to the Director of the Eco-Justice Center.
The Eco-Justice Center was founded in 2004 with the vision of Justice for Earth, dedicated to environmental education and care of Earth in the context of community, contemplation, creativity and cultivation. The Center is located on a 150-year-old Racine farmstead, which also offers a top-notch summer camp program and sponsors dozens of workshops and presentations throughout the year. More information is available at www.ecojusticecenter.org.