Core Values

These are the Core Values developed by the Board of Directors in September 2010. These values are the guiding principles of the work of GIPL.

  • Respect: Valuing Creation and diversity.
  • Faith: Our work is based on four faith principles: stewardship, justice, community of all life, and awe.
  • Hope: Inspiring positive attitudes and actions.
  • Honesty: Consistently seeking and speaking the truth.
  • Results: Orienting our actions toward outcomes, which are achieved through vision, focused activities and a commitment to excellence.
  • Thankfulness: Gratitude for our blessings and opportunities to serve.
  • And Fun!

Beth Remmes


Beth is a public school registrar and sustainability lifestyle consultant. She leads GIPL’s Four Directions Fund program. Beth attends Unity Atlanta and lives in Lilburn, Georgia.

Shan Arora


Shan is the Director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech.  He is Hindu and resides in Decatur with his family.

Tina Wilkinson


Tina is a project manager with a solar company, and an Earthkeeper for the United Methodist Church. She worships at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

Ruth Menter


Ruth is a software consultant who advises businesses and non-profit organizations, and is an active congregant of The Temple in Atlanta.

Nancy Daves

Nancy is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  She attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

Dabney Dixon

Dabney is a biochemistry professor at Georgia State University, where she also directs the STEM program. She is an active member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Tanya Frazee

Tanya is a fundraising professional, currently working at Girls on the Run.  She is an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur.

Gary Garrett

Gary is a retired energy policy analyst and active community volunteer.  He is a member of Creation Care teams at both Decatur First United Methodist Church and Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta, where he is a member.

Neha Pathak

Neha is a physician, currently working for WebMD.  She is Hindu and resides in Atlanta with her family.

David Root

David is an attorney specializing in civil defense litigation and a member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur.

Manav Thaker

Manav is the co-founder of Subziwalla, a grocery delivery service for specialty, Indian groceries, making it easier to find, cook, and enjoy Indian food.  His faith background is Hinduism, though the universality of core morals and paths drive him to have a deeper understanding of different faiths.