Meet the Coalition
We are clergy and laypeople from diverse faith backgrounds, working together to empower faith communities to advocate and educate around climate justice. We provide presentations, outreach, and educational materials.
We are building our coalition, and new members are always welcome to join us!
Rev. Jeanette Bragunier
Growing up in a small desert mining town in Arizona, Jeanette experienced the importance of community life that has never left her. She also experienced the environmental and health impacts growing up near an open pit mining operation, which helped lead to her passion of building a healthier and more sustainable planet.
Her second vocation as a pastor has empowered her call to work through the theological lens that all life is sacred. She believes that as people of faith, we are to work on behalf of creation and in solidarity with people most affected by the ecological and economic devastation posed by climate change.
Rev. Jeanette Bragunier is a United Methodist Pastor currently serving Mission Hills UMC in San Diego. She serves in the area of family and children’s ministry.
Jeanette has been involved in the climate movement through developing a children’s group of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, adult Earth Care groups and volunteering with sandiego350.org, which she helped to co-found. She currently is the coordinator for ICEJ and was recently trained and commissioned as an EarthKeeper in the United Methodist Church.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University. After working in Public Relations and then managing teams in the wireless industry, Jeanette felt called to full time ministry in 2004 and enrolled in Fuller Theological Seminary where she earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership and was ordained in 2019.
Married to Charlie, Jeanette has two young adult children, Bella, Austin and their dog, Cielo.
Ioana Tcholakova is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, but she grew up in Indiana before moving to Southern California for college. She has recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego. There, she did independent research on the factors influencing the distribution of fecal indicator bacteria in stormwater in the City of San Diego, looking both at the physical and socioeconomic relationships with bacteria. Ioana also works as a Management Intern at the Storm Water Division in the City of San Diego to work towards initiatives to improve water quality in the watersheds throughout San Diego. Ioana also works at I Love a Clean San Diego as an Outreach Assistant, where she promotes community outreach and participation in community park and beach cleanups around the region.
Through both her education and professional experiences, Ioana has developed a passion for sustainable and equitable urban development, water and air quality improvement, and waste management. Ioana’s passion for combating environmental injustice is channeled into her role at ICEJ. As an individual who depends on public transportation, she is inspired by ICEJ’s transportation initiative and works to increase outreach on this topic around San Diego.
Phil Petrie is an artist and long-time environmental activist. Phil has always had a deep love for nature and an unease with our technocratic civilization both of which led to his work in the anti-nuclear power movement in the late 70s. Since moving to San Diego in 2007, he has been especially active in fighting climate change as a founding member of SanDiego350 and of ICEJ. He sees this crisis as a key opportunity to put our civilization on a truly sustainable footing–to place it not on top of but within nature.
His environmental beliefs are also deeply grounded in his Christianity. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral where he worships, he co-founded Simpler Living, a creation care ministry dedicated to “seeking a Christian response to the environmental crisis and our excessive consumerism by living more simply and sustainably in home, church, community, and the world.” At the root of our hyper-consumerism is the attempt to fill a God-sized hole with status and goods, and to create these goods we in the developed world are radically degrading the biosphere. This crisis is both environmental and spiritual. Phil is excited about what ICEJ has done and will do to empower people of faith to move us to a more spiritual and sustainable world!
Phil lives in Normal Heights with his wife Mary and daughter Sarah. He enjoys hiking in Mission Trails, obscure (or not-so-obscure) indie bands, and reading novels and history.
Dan Tomsky’s participation in the ICEJ is consistent with his personal life values and commitment to a world of greater peace, justice, equity, wellbeing, and spiritual balance. He deems the critical need to address climate change a collective “call to action” that fits within these values.
Having recently retired after 25 years with the non-profit San Diego-based Institute for Public Strategies (IPS), Dan has chosen to add grassroots climate action efforts to his mix of volunteer activities. At IPS, Dan managed transformative community-driven projects advancing health, safety, and neighborhood revitalization within San Diego County. Experience in numerous collaborative initiatives increasing equity and “quality of life” within diverse urban communities is leading Dan to becoming part of strategic climate action work — especially given its intersect with social justice issues.
Following Dan’s 2019 entry into SanDiego350 participation, he was drawn to ICEJ given the quest to address climate and larger environmental concerns through faith-based lenses. Dan’s grounding in Judaism stems from his father being a rabbi. Seeing the moral and spiritual imperative to care for our planet’s health and protect life, Dan is in the early stages of contributing to climate action becoming a greater priority at Tifereth Israel, a San Diego synagogue where he’s a member. He envisions ICEJ and Tifereth mutually benefiting in time.
Dan holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University in Social Work with a community practice emphasis. He and his wife, Anne, have two adult children.
Fr. Emmet Farrell
Father Emmet has been ordained for over 50 years for a diocese in Iowa. He served 16 years as a missionary in Peru. Upon returning, He served mostly Hispanic communities in Houston, Texas, Maryknoll, New York, Chicago, Illinois, and for the past 20 years in the Diocese of San Diego in 3 bilingual parishes.
Fr. Emmet has always had a strong interest in Social Justice and serving the poor. In his writings Pope Francis emphasizes the poor and global inequality, perhaps even more than global warming in his encyclical “Laudato Si”. He sees both issues as interconnected, at crisis level and eminently moral and spiritual issues.
So, when the USCCB and the Catholic Climate Covenant sent a team to San Diego to train them on how to establish Creation Care Teams in parishes, Fr. Emmet picked up that challenge. He has developed a library of materials had have undertaken the task of giving free workshops in English and Spanish in all of our parishes.
To have you or your organization join ICEJ, please email us.