Our Team

Director, Kim Fraczek, leads our team and handles the day-to-day running of Sane Energy Project. Please contact Kim if you have an event, sign-on letter, or alliance you would like Sane to participate in.

Kim has been with Sane Energy Project since 2012. With a background in both corporate creative production and social justice, she has an unusual range of experience and perspective. Her integrity, creative talent and positive energy lends to Sane’s distinct brand of activism and high regard in the movement community.

Prior to leading Sane, Kim co-founded the allied group Occupy the Pipeline, which was active from 2012 through 2014, and produced street performances, art and music-filled rallies and marches, and direct actions that garnered significant media attention against the Spectra NY-NJ Expansion pipeline. Kim was also a member of The People’s Puppets, creating eye-catching art for a variety of social causes; and a leader of the arts team that made the 2014 People’s Climate March such a compelling media event.

Kim continues to spearhead imaginative strategies in all our campaigns and to instill activism with a spirit of community and joy. She is committed to using art as a tool for social engagement, and has brought a wise and considerate hand to all of our ongoing work. Emailkim@saneenergyproject.org

 

Community Engagement Coordinator, Monica Hunken, has been informally part of the Sane Energy family for years prior to joining the team part-time in 2017.

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.

Now Monica leads our bi-monthly volunteer meetings, coordinates with allied groups and community members. Email: monica@saneenergyproject.org

 

Long Island Volunteer Coordinator, Kevin Gerard joined our team after meeting us at our booth at The Clearwater Festival, where he’d spent weeks as a volunteer setting up and tearing down the annual concert. He calls himself a “chronic volunteer” and since connecting with Sane he has led the development of a nascent grassroots team in Nassau and Suffolk counties. He was a key figure in the successful fight against the Port Ambrose LNG project.  Email: nolng4ny@gmail.com

Founder, Clare Donohue, grew up in the Catskills and became involved in the anti-fracking movement in 2010, after learning about plans for drilling near her hometown. Two months later, she heard about plans to build the Spectra pipeline into Manhattan and called a meeting of like-minded activists, who soon formed Sane Energy Project. Clare has returned to running her interior design business and remains a strong supporter of Sane Energy Project.

Advisor, Elliot Figman, a resident of the neighborhood immediately affected by the Spectra pipeline, 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.

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!

 

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3 Responses to Our Team

  1. Good info. Wish I’d been in touch a year ago. Port Ambrose LNG is on hold, then? What about the wind farm?

  2. Stopping the fossil fuel infrastructure buildout is definitely the thing. But the consciousness of the people has to be lifted up. We don’t have a clear enough view of the future to see how vital our opportunity to change is now.

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