our team

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

Portraits by Katy Bergholz Photography


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.



Green Community Connections Board Member
Legal Counsel
North Side Cluster Lead
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.”

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.  

Cassandra West

Audio Visual Coordinator

Erin strives to make conscious efforts towards a sustainable life. She rides her bike year-round, cooks her own meals, and purchases fewer items that contain plastic, styrofoam, and other non-compostables.

Erin Turney

Diana Ramirez

Volunteer Coordinator

As a social worker for 20 years, Michelle has witnessed the devastating effects of food deserts in urban areas.  Michelle's belief that healthcare is a human right includes the right to proper nutrition, food free of genetically modified organisms, pesticides, carcinogens and options for accessing food and food products from local resources. True efforts towards social justice must include environmental strategies that introduce and include urban and impoverished communities to sustainability. 

Jen Nelson

Cluster Team Support Lead

For work, Jen helps schools, institutions, communities and others improve recycling and compost food scraps. Taking her work home with her, Jen and her family recycle, compost, use reusable water bottles and lunch boxes, decline straws at restaurants and try their hardest to not use single use plastic. She is inspired by her two kids and all of the other zero waste ambassadors out there. Together we can change tomorrow.

Caroline Marinoff

Near West Suburbs Cluster Lead
Film Review

Caroline is a passionate bicyclist and tries to use the car as little as possible. She moved to Oak Park from Europe and loves to connect with people and projects. For the last 15 years Caroline worked for public and non-profit organizations. Caroline and her family are very outdoorsy and only go inside to watch a great documentary. 

Vincent Barcelo Gomez

Audio Visual Assistant

Garen is a musician, rock climber, and drug policy reform activist. He believes that there is a major need for collective and individual healing to occur in order for the healing of the planet. He hopes through music and connection to the outdoors, people can find that healing. Garen and his partner are avid gardeners, and are consistently working to improve their techniques to be more sustainable and regenerative.

Development Coordinator

Carly joins One Earth Film Festival with a background in fine arts, federal litigation and event planning fundraising. Her art portfolio includes social justice and earth-loving pieces. Carly received her J.D. from the Elizabeth Haub School of Law (formerly Pace Law School), which is consistently ranked among top environmental law programs. She is an avid recycler and organic home gardener. At One Earth, Carly combines her skills and passions to promote environmental activism through the arts.

Photo by Ali Lee Photography

Photo by Ali Lee Photography


One Earth Film Fest Founding Member
Young Filmmakers Contest Founding Director
Film Review and Facilitator

Sue has been thinking about her impact on the environment since her early twenties and she has dedicated herself to environmental efforts. Together with her husband, Sue built one of the first sustainably designed homes in Illinois. She is a founding member of the River Forest Sustainability Committee and PlanItGreen and is committed to supporting our local food shed as an investor with SLoFig (Sustainable Local Financial Investment Group). Sue is also an advocate for chemical usage reduction and together with her Sustainability Committee team members, introduced Keep ON the Grass, a program to reduce lawn chemicals in River Forest.



Briana Villarrubia

Marilyn Catiinella

Downtown Cluster Lead

Marilyn is inspired by the possibility of positive change.  For her part, she recycles at home, collects rainwater and composts.  She is in the process of developing her backyard garden – loves a community farmers market and does all she can to purchase locally.  An advocate for social justice equally, Marilyn recognizes the value of a healthy community both environmentally and socially and believes in supporting the arts as a catalyst for change.

Marketing Manager

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.

Laurie Casey

Estelle Carol

One Earth Film Fest Founding Member
Marketing Lead Designer

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.

Young Filmmakers Contest 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.

Lisa Biehle Files

Doris Davenport

Marketing Coordinator

Tracie started recycling very early, once she realized aluminum cans were basically just nickles waiting to be collected. Each spring, she makes a valiant effort at a vegetable garden, with mixed results. She lives in Chicago with her family and their shelter chiweenie, Hope. While she isn’t the best at vegetable gardens, Tracie sure can show you how to make super-tasty dinners with the veggies you grow.

One Earth Film Fest Founding Member
Green Community Connections Board Member
Dupage County Cluster Lead
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.

Jim Babcock

Gloria Araya

Pilsen Cluster Lead
Film Review and Photography

One of Gloria's goals is to have a zero-waste home. She avoids consuming any produce that comes in plastic containers. She even brings her own glass containers to the supermarket to avoid packaging, something that has caused staring at times. One of her cherished activities is to grow her own herbs, fruits and veggies, a three year "spiritual endeavor" that has changed her life forever. Gloria was able to introduce recycling to her building and implement chemical-free lawn and garden maintenance as well. Composting is next. 

Dick Alton

Green Community Connections Co-Founder
One Earth Film Fest Founding Member
Green Community Connections Board Member
South Side Cluster Lead

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.