© 16 March 2020

by Louisville Climate Action Network


PO Box 4594

Louisville KY, 40204

502.451.COOL (2665)

Monday--Friday, 9am--6pm




Geoffrey Hobin, MPA, President

Geoff Hobin is the Transit Authority of River City’s Capital Projects Administrator.  While administering TARC's federal and state grants, and managing its capital improvement program, he seizes opportunities to make TARC—and the community it serves—more economically and environmentally sustainable.  He managed the development of TARC’s sustainability program, installation of bike racks on all buses, construction of a LEED Gold-certified maintenance and training facility, introduction of battery-electric buses and many building energy efficiency projects.  While working to reduce TARC’s fleet emissions, he reduces his own by commuting to work by bicycle.

Cathy Smock, Vice-President

Cathy Smock has been advocating for environmental sanity ever since she worked on the successful campaign to stop the Marble Hill nuclear power plant, 25 miles from Louisville.  A nurse by training, she has lived her life in service to children.  She raised three children, and taught knitting and crocheting to countless others in the past 25 years at the local schools.  Taking inspiration from Cat Stevens – "Tell me, where will the children play?" – Cathy sees service to others as good, but service to the planet as imperative.

Tim Darst, CPA, Treasuser

Tim Darst is the Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, a non-profit organization that works to help people make the connection between theology and ecology.  He holds Master’s degrees in Environmental Education from the University of Louisville, and in Sustainability & Environmental Management from Harvard University.  He also serves on the boards of the Louisville Sustainability Council and Louisville Earth Walk, and on the Louisville Metro Government Waste Management District’s Advisory Committee.

Lilly Watkins, Secretary

Lilly Watkins got involved with LCAN while earning a BS in Sociology & Gender Studies at the UofL.  Although she read many books along her academic journey, the one that st ood out most was Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” inspiring her passion for environmental justice.  She volunteered to work on LCAN's campaign block efforts in Frankfort to kill net-metering and energy freedom.  When she is not serving families as a Social Worker, Lilly is at home, cuddling with her two cats, Felix and Pepper.

Sally Craven, MS

A native Louisvillian, Sally Craven has taught high school chemistry and environmental science for over two decades.  Her passion is helping young people to connect science with advocacy. She and her husband live in Crescent Hill, where they are avid gardeners.

Mary Lineberry

Mary McLeod Lineberry is retired from teaching high school biology and environmental science.  Previously, she worked in research at the University of Kentucky and the Department of Energy in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has served as director of a joint program between Lebanon Valley College and the Milton Hershey School for implementing more science in the elementary school curriculum.  She earned a BS in Microbiology and an M Ed in counseling. Mary enjoys walking, reading, gardening, beekeeping and tending to her chickens.

Monique Tilford

Over the past 25 years, Monique has worked as executive director for three environmental nonprofits, managing up to 20 staff, and helped raise tens of millions of dollars as development director or director of major gifts.  She also co-authored The New York Times best-selling book, “Your Money or Your Life” (2008 edition).  She has been a member of numerous boards, currently serving as an elected elder at her church.  She earned her B.A. from George Washington University.  After spending much of her career in Washington, DC, she moved to Louisville in 2014 with her husband and two girls.

John Cumbler, PhD, co-founder and president emeritus

LCAN co-founder John Cumbler earned his PhD in History at the University of Michigan, and joined the University of Louisville faculty in 1975.  Specializing in U.S. environmental and economic history, his books include, “Cape Cod: An Environmental History of a Fragile Ecosystem” (2014) and “Northeast and Midwest United States: An Environmental History” (2005).  Besides receiving UofL’s highest recognitions for distinguished teaching and research, he was a John Adams' Distinguished Fulbright Professor in the Netherlands.  Now retired in Cape Cod, he and his wife serve as certified rescuers of large marine mammals and sea turtles.

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Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Executive Director

Sarah Lynn is a licensed environmental engineer, educator and, for 45+ years, activist.  (She started young, and is older than she looks!)  She holds two interdisciplinary degrees from the University of Louisville: a BAS in environmental engineering and MS in environmental education and environmental history.  Retired from civil service, she applies her practical experience to achieving clients’ E2/RE goals.  After joining the international Climate Reality Project and being licensed by Al Gore to give her version of "An Inconvenient Truth," she co-founded Louisville CAN.  Besides teaching for LCAN, she has taught environmental engineering courses at UofL.

Walter Bell, NGO Services Manager

After teaching mathematics and physics at Midway College, Walter “Flip” Bell (and Al Spotts) co-founded the Louisville Resource Conservation Council, which for 10 years assisted area non-profit organizations with reducing their use of gas, electricity and water, so more of their budgets were available for their missions.  For example, under LRCC’s guidance, MSD increased the number of customers it served, and treated more wastewater, to a higher quality, yet used less energy.

Danielle Brown, NGO Services Administrator

In 2018, Danielle earned a BA in economics with a minor in political science from the University of Louisville.  Her interest in sustainable economics led her to volunteer to work on LCAN's utility-economics campaigns.  She now divides her workdays between the Louisville Sustainability Council, where she handles a wide range of administrative responsibilities, and LCAN, where she administers  the new NGO Services program. 

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