Our Team

We believe the actions of each individual impact our planet. With that in mind, learn more about the people who bring you Green Community Connections and the 2019 One Earth Film Festival.

Portraits by Katy Bergholz Photography


Jodi wine
Green Community Connections Board Member
north side cluster lead for one earth film festival
research, Film review, and fundraising

Jodi is an avid proponent of composting, at home and as chair of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition's "We Compost!" program. She is a strong believer that only by building public will for protecting our environment will we create the political will necessary to implement effective environmental policy. As Gregory Mankiw said so eloquently in the film Before The Flood, "Politicians, [even if] we call them elected leaders, are really elected followers. They do what the people want them to do. Once the people are convinced, the politicians will fall in line.”


Cassandra west
one earth film fest founding member
public relations lead
film review, programs, and photography


The springboard for Cassandra’s environmental awareness was getting involved with a community garden. From there she dove into learning about other vital topics: soil, water and energy. Cassandra helped start the Oak Park Area Edible Gardening Cooperative. While composting and recycling are good places to start, she’s committed to continuing her environmental education.  

Ana Garcia-Doyle
One earth film festival director and founding member
GREEn community connections board member
Films and programs lead

Ana likes to be future-facing. She believes there is no time like the present to focus on the future of our planet and of generations to come. Ana has also spent more than 20 years in digital publishing and marketing, is active in running a zero waste schools initiative in her town, is a green homeowner together with her husband, and is proud mama to 3 sharp, sweet little greenies.


Laurie casey
E-News Writer

The thing you really need to know about Laurie is that when her daughters asked her for a pet hamster, she responded with, "Well, how about chickens?" And along with April and Jackie, her family also invited into their yard Virginia bluebells, a sunny peach tree, calico asters, two young oak trees (for the next generation) and flocks of gold finches who come for the coneflower seeds. Laurie is on the One Earth marketing team, responding to your Facebook comments and writing "blurbs." Lots and lots of blurbs.


one earth film fest founding member

Estelle lends her artful graphic design and website development skills to a number of environmental organizations, among them Green Community Connections, One Earth Film Festival and Deep Roots Project. She herself is an avid organic gardener. Her oversize rain barrels are automated to water an extensive variety of home-grown vegetables including kale, chard, green beans, zucchini, beets, cucumbers and tomatoes. Her elaborate composting system is a model for other home gardeners.


lisa Biehle files
young filmmakers contest co-lead
digital media Associate

Lisa uses corn meal gluten and beneficial nematodes on her lawn instead of conventional pesticides. She also shares a compost bin with her neighbors and is beginning to experiment with native plants. For the first time, she planted a raised-bed vegetable garden, which her family appreciated at dinner time.


jim babcock
one earth film fest founding member
Green community connections board member
dupage county cluster lead for One earth film festival
Film Review and fundraising

Jim is learning about the many advantages of community solar and, with the OP/RF PlanItGreen Team, is working to bring clean, renewable energy for 100% of our electricity. With the environmental team at his church, First United Church of Oak Park, he collaborates with many other local congregations to carry out sustainable practices for energy conservation, waste reduction, flood control, pesticide-free native gardens, and healthy food for all. Jim is an active advocate at the state and village levels of government for legislation and policies that will restore and protect the Earth's natural systems, especially the climate system.


dick alton
green community connections co-founder
one earth film fest founding member
green community connections board member
south side CLUSTER LEAD for One Earth Film Festival

Dick has a long history with building resilient, sustainable communities around the world from Kenya to Belgium. Recently, he has been involved in installing geothermal and solar at his congregation and is co-chair of the Oak Park and River Forest Interfaith Green Network. For the past two years, he has expanded the One Earth Film Festival on the Southside of Chicago. Before the Fest, Dick worked with the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network.