Judith Lorei, President
Judith is the co-founder of Green Burial Massachusetts and former Board member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts. Many years ago, she was a Funeral Director/Embalmer apprentice and left the industry to become a funeral consumer advocate and green burial educator. She is a member of the Montague Cemetery Commission. Judith’s day job is a Workforce Development Consultant providing staff development and training for non-profit organizations and unions.
Joan Pillsbury, Treasurer
Joan has been interested in green burial since 2009 when she read Mark Harris’ book, “Grave Matters: A Journey of the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial”. She called her Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Mass (FCAWM) contact person Carol Coan, and they took a field trip to Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve outside of Ithaca, New York. She joined FCAWM and became a Green Burial Committee member, now Green Burial Massachusetts, Inc. She values the concepts of reduce, recycle & reuse and has an energy efficient home with alternative energy sources. Green burial makes sense to her. Joan is passionate about having a green cemetery in Massachusetts for everyone.
Eva Moseley, Clerk
Eva is Clerk of Green Burial Massachusetts, as well as Membership Secretary of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts (FCAEM), which, along with the FCA of Western Massachusetts, launched GBM, Inc. Before retiring, she was curator of manuscripts at Radcliffe’s women’s history library. In her youth she studied Sanskrit and Hinduism, thus learning about cycles of life and death, as opposed to the “Western” philosophy of infinite growth (bigger, faster, more of everything). Born in 1931, she has, along with environmental and philosophical concerns, a personal interest in finding land for a green burial ground soon, due to the “actuarial imperative” (i.e., she’s old) and to having three generations of offspring.
Carol Coan, Director
Carol is the co-founder of Green Burial Massachusetts and an anthropologist with a special interest in what we do with our bodies after death. She resurrected the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts in 2008 and was a board member for six years. Most of her work these days relates to one or more of what she refers to as “the four Ds”—dying, death, disposal and decomposition.
Candace Currie, Director
Candace is the director of planning and cemetery development at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and Watertown, MA. She began her cemetery experience as a volunteer in 1995 in the horticulture department mapping some of the 5000+ trees throughout the 175 acres in 1995. She is a director (secretary) of the Green Burial Council, which is an environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America offering environmental certificates for funeral homes, cemeteries and product manufacturers. She holds a Master of Arts in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design of western Massachusetts.