Judith Lorei, President
Judith is co-founder of Green Burial Massachusetts and a 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’s 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, reuse and recycle 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 co-founder of Green Burial Massachusetts and an end of life educator. She is an anthropologist with a special interest in what we do with our bodies after death (PhD UMass, 2008). She resurrected the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts in 2002 and served as its President for many years and later as a member of the Board. Carol’s 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 former Director of Planning and Cemetery Development at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and Watertown, MA. She began her Mount Auburn career as a volunteer in the mid-1990s mapping some of the 5,000+ trees throughout 175 acres. She left Mount Auburn in March, 2018 to dedicate her time to establishing green burial grounds throughout Massachusetts. She sits on two boards related to green burials: Green Burial Council, which is an environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America and offering environmental certificates for funeral homes, cemeteries and product manufacturers; and Green Burial Massachusetts.