Who we are …

The Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV) consists of a steering committee of up to 15 individuals and an email list of over 400 addresses. We consider all those on the email list and everybody who “likes” our facebook page to be a member of CAAV.

We invite anyone interested to join one of our four standing committees or occasional ad hoc groups.

The steering committee (SC) currently consists of:

Joni's picJoni Grady, CAAV SC Chair beginning 2017, former chair of the Education and Events (E&E) Committee, CAAV facebook page administrator, leader of efforts to Weatherize Harrisonburg

See Joni’s evocative letter to the Daily News-Record publisher May 3, 2016: Climate Skeptics Imperil Us All.

Joni delivered an eloquent and moving sermon to the Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists congregation on October 4, 2015: Reality Check, and another on December 30, 2012: Intersecting webs of our lives Or, The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Laura Laura Dansby, SC Chair from 2015-2016, chair of the Legislative and Elections (L&E) Committee

Laura was interviewed by WHSV’s Bob Corso on June 20, 2015 shortly after Pope Francis’s release of his encyclical on climate change.

Laura had a 2012 letter to the editor in the DNR: Virginia Must Get Serious About Renewables, Pass Mandatory Standard

Les Les Grady, SC Chair from 2012 through 2014, member of the Speakers’ Bureau

Les has authored Open Forum pieces published in the Daily News Record (DNR) on 7/29/14, Goodlatte Wrong on Climate, 4/14/14, Congress Must Tax Carbon, 2/7/13, Keystone Pipeline is a Bad Idea and 12/5/12, We Must Stop the Warming.

His engineering background gives him the credentials to speak knowledgeably on Climate Change, an Urgent Need for Action.

Les gave a talk, What Aileth Thee, on April 21, 2013, at Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists based on the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.

Cathy (2)Cathy Strickler, CAAV Founder, Chair of the E&E Committee beginning 2017, former SC Chair, and former chair of the L&E Committee

Cathy’s opinion pieces in the DNR include: Our Enemy: Climate Disruption, 8/29/13; Renewable Energy Must Be Mandated, 11/18/10; Climate, Energy Real Problems, 7/12/10; Celebrate Earth Week In April, 4/7/08.

Cathy spoke at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s March 24, 2012, March to End Dominion’s Power Madness in Richmond. Find her at 1:40 in this CCAN video.

RickieRickie Wertz, founding member, Recording Secretary

AnneAnne Nielsen, founding member, former chair of the E&E Committee, member of the Coalition Building Committee


LynnLynn Smith, founding member, member of the L&E and E&E Committees

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Charlie Strickler, founding member, member of the L&E Committee

Charlie participated in an 18 day fast in front of FERC Headquarters in September 2015.

Joy LovingJoy Loving, Solarize Harrisonburg and Massanutten Regional Solar Co-op local coordinator, member of the L&E Committee

CarlCarl Droms, Treasurer

Alleyn.200Alleyn Harned, member of the Coalition Building and L&E Committees

SallyNewkirkSally Newkirk, member of the L&E Committee

firetoolAdrie Voors, CAAV website developer, member of the E&E and Coalition Building Committees