NCRN Board of Directors
Susie Beiersdorfer, Ohio
Susie is a teacher, geologist and tree planter who lives in Youngstown, Ohio. She grew up around and worked in the California oil and gas fields until the mid-1980s. For the last 8 years, Susie, along with other members of Frackfree Mahoning Valley, have jumped through most of the hoops with “officials”, trying to expose both environmental pollution and corporate pollution caused by extreme unconventional extraction of fossil fuels. Now knowing that the governmental system is rigged to put corporate profit over the unalienable rights of people and nature, Susie is an outspoken advocate for Community Rights and represents Mahoning County for the Ohio Community Rights Network. Susie’s town, Youngstown, has had a Community Bill of Rights on the ballot 8 times and their motto remains, “We don’t lose until we quit.”
Dr. Tom Groover, Colorado
Dr. Tom Groover is Secretary of Colorado Community Rights Network Board of Directors and Board of Directors East Boulder County United. Under the threat of imminent fracking moratorium expiration, Tom planned and helped launch 2014’s COCRN-assisted Boulder County initiative to adopt a home rule charter including a Community Bill of Rights for Banning Fracking. 1,800 new fracking wells were planned for Boulder County neighborhoods. The political pressure exerted by this action contributed to further extension of the fracking moratorium. Dr. Groover is Director of Boulder Chiropractic Clinic and lives with his wife in Superior, Colorado.
Doug Darrell, New Hampshire
Living in Barnstead, New Hampshire the past 38 years, Doug is a homesteader, piano technician, and harp and musical instrument builder. With wife Gail E. Oakes, he raised 4 homeschooled children and since 2005 has worked with Gail on Rights-Based Ordinances (RBO), Rights of Local Self Government (RLSG) and Rights of Nature. In 2006, they pioneered the first RBO to protect their community and aquifer from large private corporate commercial extraction and also worked on prohibitions of sewage sludge applications. This RBO was amended in 2008 to include Rights of Nature. More recently, Doug, as part of the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN), has helped to create and bring to their state legislators a State and Federal Constitutional Amendment for RLSG while also addressing the Rights of Nature. The NHCRN works to educate communities on the fact that it is the personal responsibility of everyone to make and enforce just and local changes for a sustainable future.
Kara Scott, Pennsylvania
Kara Scott first became involved with community rights organizing in the summer of 2009. She took the lead in her community by organizing the Bowmanstown Area Action Committee to oppose the siting of a trash transfer station. The effort energized and educated the community on the need for citizen involvement. Kara continues to work tirelessly to promote a cohesive community, give her neighbors a voice in local government and advocate for the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Bowmanstown. She founded and is the president of Bowmanstown Area Residents Connected, a nonprofit group organized to empower the residents of Bowmanstown through increased community awareness, communication, and services. In 2011 she ran for public office and was elected to the Bowmanstown Borough Council, where she currently sits as president. With the establishment of the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network (PACRN), Kara again became directly involved in organizing for the community rights movement.
Nancy Ward, Oregon
Nancy Ward is Secretary for the Oregon Community Rights Network. Nancy became interested in Community Rights when crude oil trains threatened local safety. Finding no assistance through either public servants or conventional activism she turned to self-governance as directed and supported by the Community Rights Network. She's never looked back.
Markie Miller, Ohio
Markie Miller resides in Toledo, Ohio. In 2014, nearly 500,000 people in and around her community lost access to clean, safe drinking water for three days due to a toxic algal bloom in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. This crisis was the catalyst for her work and passion for the Rights of Nature and Community Rights Movements. She quickly became a lead grassroots organizer and spokesperson for Toledoans for Safe Water. She played a crucial role in drafting, petitioning, and eventually passing the Lake Erie Bill of Rights - a local law recognizing the legal right of Lake Erie to exist, flourish and thrive. Her work has been featured by The Daily Show, The New York Times, VOX and as a presenter at the United Nations.
Heidi Berthoud, Virginia
Heidi Berthoud has lived in the extended community of Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville in Buckingham, Virginia since the early 1990’s. She is a founding member and Secretary of Friends of Buckingham, formed to oppose the proposed interstate fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline in 2014. Founding Buckingham: We the People in 2017 with Mindy, and Hanuman was a beacon of light in the ecocide darkness. Rooted in deep ecology, she thrives by living close to the land. She is a yoga and massage therapist and retired dental hygienist.