Senior Advisor & Founder
Clare is a kitchen and bath designer living a secret life as an activist. She grew up in the Catskills and became involved in the anti-fracking movement shortly after learning about plans for drilling near her hometown. Two months later, she learned of plans to build the Spectra pipeline and called a meeting of like-minded activists, who soon formed Sane Energy Project.
Her naturally geeky tendencies are put to good use digging deep into research about pipelines and such. She agrees wholeheartedly with Emma Goldman on dancing.
A resident of the neighborhood immediately affected by the Spectra pipeline, Elliot was an early supporter of Sane Energy Project and later joined the leadership team. As the Executive Director of Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, Elliot has brought his experience to bear in helping Sane grow and flourish. As a published author, he contributes editorial and writing skills, is our designated tweeter, and sometime performer.
Sane Core Team
Monica has been part of the Sane Energy family for years. As a performer, teacher and organizer, Monica has utilized theater at the center of her activism, working for a multitude of causes: fighting fracking infrastructure by co-founding Occupy The Pipeline and doing outreach for GasLand as a member of International WOW Theater Company; bicycle advocacy for Time’s Up!; performing with and acting as action captain for Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping for more than a decade; designing and orchestrating artistic interventions across the U.S. and Europe.
Monica is a creative direct action trainer with Beautiful Trouble and the training coordinator for Resist Spectra, as well as working with Second Response, using creative play to help children heal from trauma. She has devoted time to the refugee crisis, volunteering abroad and creating immersive plays that put the audience in the shoes of refugees entering a camp.
Tom is honored to return to direct involvement in activist work at Sane Energy Project, his first such engagement in over twenty years.
In the ‘80s Tom worked as a housing activist and squatter at Fort Alamo Tenants Association in the South Bronx and as an organizer with the Union of City Tenants. During those years he also directed and designed theater works up- and downtown with the African Caribbean Poetry Theater, New Rican Village, and La Familia.
During the ‘90s he was active in international human rights and anti-interventionist campaigns with such organizations as the War Resisters’ League, Middle East Network/PNC, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and participated in the efforts of international activists to support the African National Congress in the final years of its struggle against the South African apartheid regime.
For twenty-five years Tom worked in experimental theater and puppetry with, among others, Richard Foreman’s Ontological Theater at St. Mark’s, Mike Taylor, Jasper McGruder, Theodora Skipitares, Pavol Liska, Jane Catherine Shaw, and Patti Bradshaw. Tom trained in butoh dance at Body Weather Farm with Min Tanaka and Hisako Horikawa in 1997, toured with a butoh company in Aomori Prefecture, Japan as a guest artist in 1998, and designed and performed solo butoh works from 1998-2000 at the Walker Art Center, Knitting Factory, Charas/El Bohio, and Snug Harbor Arts Center.
In recent years Tom has been committed to fiction writing, and has also worked as a researcher for Yves Smith on her Naked Capitalism blog team.
JK Canepa grew up in Pennsylvania (a place she grieves over for the devastation she saw as a child in the strip mining of coal and now re-experiences as fracking poisons the state). She moved to New York, which always felt like home. As a recovering computer programmer, she jumped into activism a while back and later learned how much fun and life-enhancing that can be when we throw our hearts into it, and how, with our loving energy, we can stand and fight for life on Earth. As John Seed says, “It’s the only game in town.” During the time of the legendary actions to save NYC’s beloved and threatened community gardens at the turn of the millenium; she was arrested in the Coqui, a giant (puppet) frog in Esperanza garden in Loisaida. El Coqui’s death by developers galvanized the city and resulted in protection to hundreds of community gardens. JK also joined a group of imaginative tricksters and we got NYC to stop purchasing tropical timber for boardwalks and park benches, a tragic choice that made our city the biggest end-user of rainforest wood in North America. Now she happily works and plays with Sane Energy Project on encouraging offshore wind and other renewables, fighting pipelines, and supporting community voices and power. She’s a denizen of the East Village, a Deep Ecologist, a member of the Eco-Logic collective on WBAI-FM, a community gardener, a cat lady, a cyclist, a dancer, a writer of strange things, a yoga practitioner, an advocate for adult home residents, and a grandmother.
Meaghan began volunteering with Sane Energy Project in early 2016. She was born and raised on Long Island. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY-ESF, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Project Management Certificate from NYU. By day, Meaghan mostly focuses on the NYC stormwater system. She enjoys bringing art and music to environmental activism with her Sane Energy family.
Marianne Waldow is a New Yorker at heart. Even more her heart knows sharing wins over accumulating. Marianne has been a member of Occupy the Pipeline working to spread the word about dangers of fracked and all natural gas, particularly in the Spectra Pipeline.
Now she is volunteering with Sane Energy Project to win with renewable energy and close the book on fossil fuels, including sharing on social media, and volunteering with NY Common Pantry to help distribute food to New Yorkers in need.
Danny Valdes originally hails from climate-change-besieged Miami, Florida. Since moving to New York in 2009, he has been a proud basso in the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and was an active member of the Occupy movement.
Nick is a Long Islander born and raised. He cares deeply about protecting the Island's air, water, people, and land, and is working as a Sane volunteer to support a regional, just transition away from natural gas and fossil fuel infrastructure towards renewable energy. As a community/urban planning professional, Nick aims to contribute his experience to help communities and New York residents become actively involved in the planning of renewable energy projects and campaigns.
Al is originally from the northeast. He attended university in Canada and taught english in Japan. Al has lived in the New York City area for over 10 years, working various jobs in media and publishing. He is also a member of the Stop Shopping Choir. In addition to energy issues, Al is interested in broad movements to improve quality of life for regular people including Medicare For All, worker and civil rights.
Brigitte Kinniburgh has worked at the United Nations International School for the last 15 years, managing admissions for their high school.
Prior to that, she worked for the Unesco Liaison Office in New York and earlier in the Unesco office in Washington, DC, assisting with the liaison with Paris Headquarters. Being a French native she also taught French in various government agencies and is qualified as an interpreter. She is passionate about environmental issues and social justice.
Ian Kinniburgh was born in London a very long time ago. After college, he worked as a volunteer in Pakistan before moving to Australia to study and teach. This was combined with participation in some of the activist issues of the day, notably the Anti-Apartheid and Nuclear Disarmament movements. Some decades ago, he moved to New York on a contract with the United Nations Development Programme.
He then worked with various UN entities, including a spell in Geneva, until he reached his sell-by date. He is now making a losing effort trying to do all the things he should have done years ago.
Tony is instrumental in the development of our You Are Here map, as well as helping us build a larger vision and process for Sane Energy Project workflow. We first met Tony at a NYC Grassroots Alliance meeting, and it was clear to us he has incredibly special gifts to share with the greater movement. We are so honored that Tony chooses to spend his time with Sane Energy Project.
Lisa has been active with Sane Energy Project since the beginning. She is one of our stalwart members who always shows up and throws down. Lisa has been published in many places with her terrific Letters to the Editor, and you'll see her at many street actions, tabling and petitioning events and much more. We are so privileged to have Lisa be a consistent presence over the years at Sane Energy.
There are so many others who’ve been informally part of our team since we formed, and we are grateful to everyone who has partnered in any and all of our efforts. Thanks to all!