Who We Are

Staff

Christina Pelletier

Christina Pelletier

Finance Manager

Christina Pelletier is a longtime support of Simply Living who joined as Finance Manager in 2021. She has always supported sustainability, simple living, and the environment. She is happy to be able to transform these values into action by supporting Simply Living's initiatives in addressing these crucial issues. Contact Christina at christina@simplyliving.org.

Christina Pelletier

Cathy Cowan Becker

Past Executive Director

Cathy Cowan Becker had a 25-year career in communications and 10 years of advocating for animals and environment before coming to Simply Living. She led the successful Ready for 100 Columbus campaign that culminated in Columbus passing 100% renewable energy aggregation in 2020 and issuing a Climate Action Plan that commits to cutting carbon emissions 45% by 2030. Cathy has a dual master's in public administration and environment and natural resources from Ohio State University, where she previously worked for 14 years. Contact Cathy at cathy@simplyliving.org.

Board

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Chuck Lynd

Interim Board President

Chuck Lynd was a founding member of Simply Living in 1992 and has been involved ever since. He is the current board president. As a volunteer, Chuck organizes Simply Living meetups and film events and regularly offers classes through Sustainable U. Chuck is an educator who retired from Ohio State University in 2009. He has a passion for living joyfully and sustainably on the earth. Contact Chuck at chuck@simplyliving.org.

 
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Kai Landis

Interim Board Vice President

Kai Landis is the Founder and CEO of Green Roots, LLC, an event and project consultancy that produces environmentally-conscious, immersive cultural experiences and manages projects for select clients. She also is the lead Senior Event Consultant for OhioHealth serving over 20K physicians and associates. She served on Mayor Mike Coleman's Green Team, the board of Green Columbus, and other organizations.

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Mort Schmidt

Board Member

Mort Schmidt joined the Simply Living board in 2022. He contributes the popular Tree of the Month feature on Simply Living's blog. Having spent 9 years as an oil geologist, followed by 28 years as an environmental consultant, he is keenly aware of the earth's dwindling resources and the problems caused by wastefulness.

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Bob Sloan

Board Member
Bob Sloan is the owner of Sloan Saxbe Creative. He is a graphic designer and writer with print, curriculum and web design expertise. Bob is native of Columbus and and excited to be on the board of Simply Living … helping Central Ohio become more beautiful and sustainable.

Lead Volunteeers

Rita Haider

Rita Haider

Rita Haider is retired from two careers, one as a nurse practitioner and one in international education. She oversees Simply Living's internship program and online calendar -- a true community resource that lists sustainability events across Central Ohio.  Rita has traveled to more than 45 countries. Seeing the beauty of our mother earth Rita wants to do what she can to care for her.

Rita Haider

Mayda Sanchez

Mayda Sanchez is executive director of Ohio Sustainable Business Council and owner of the tech consultancy Unlimited Media. She has lent her technical expertise to Simply Living for years hosting our website, providing a virtual option for our events, helping us convert to a new donor relationship management system, and more. We could not do what we do without her!