Meet our staff who are passionate about equipping Iowans of faith and conscience to take climate action.

Deaconess Irene DeMaris

Pronouns: She/Her
Executive Director


Irene has spent her career working in faith-based non-profits. She has a passion for working with people as they take their faith and act on social justice issues. Before moving to Iowa in 2018, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She also spent time as an Organizing Fellow with Faith in Public Life.

Tim Gossett

Pronouns: He/Him
Associate Director


For over three decades, Tim has worked in and with churches and nonprofits in faith formation and technology roles. Most recently, he was the Director of User Experience for Aboundant, a nonprofit-centered web design agency. A published author and editor of numerous works including a curriculum that helps youth care for creation and practice environmental stewardship, Tim holds Masters degrees in Religious Education and Religious Communications from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Ren Mattson

Pronouns: They/Them
Program Associate


Ren is a queer non-binary person who believes in the power of passion and spirituality to fuel the fight for climate justice. They graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Performing Arts Management and minors in Spanish and Women & Gender Studies. They have had the opportunity to explore the non-profit world of Des Moines, having worked with both music and environmental non-profits.

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