Our Team

Mary Bechler


Mary Bechler brings over twenty-five years of experience in financial management and planning to C-Change Conversations.  She currently works as a senior associate dean for finance and administration in the Graduate School at Princeton University overseeing graduate student fellowship, research and teaching funding.  Prior experience includes roles in international banking and real estate asset management. Mary has worked with a number of educational non-profit entities in Princeton, including 101: which provides college mentoring and need-based scholarships.  She graduated from Stanford University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Kathleen Biggins - President

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In 2014, Kathleen Biggins invited three dynamic community leaders -- Carrie Dyckman, Katy Kinsolving, and Pam Mount -- to join her in launching an initiative of peer-to-peer outreach about climate change. The effort, now known as the C-Change Conversations Lecture Series, included nationally recognized leaders such as a rear admiral, energy company CEOs, a former governor, insurance professionals, and scientists who have illuminated the policy, financial, scientific, and technological ramifications of climate change. In 2016 Kathleen developed the C-Change Primer, an accessible, non-partisan overview of the science behind climate change, with input from Climate Central and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Kathleen has delivered the Primer nationwide and created a program to train others to deliver the presentation. 


Kathleen has spoken to national conferences of The Garden Club of America and the Land Trust Alliance, and she appeared on a panel about climate change communications at an American Geophysical Union conference. Kathleen also has appeared on Princeton University’s She Roars and Scott Amyx’s Climate Change Interviews podcasts. New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper published two of her op-eds, and she blogs regularly about climate change, with a recent blog published by ConWatch, the quarterly conservation newsletter of The Garden Club of America. 


The New Orleans native graduated from the University of Virginia and studied International Relations at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, as a Rotary Scholar. She was a reporter at her hometown newspaper, The Times-Picayune, and the co-host of an internet radio show that explores environmental issues in the greater Delaware Valley. Kathleen also worked at Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency in New York City and at QLM Marketing. She and her husband live in Princeton, where they raised two sons.

Harriette Brainard - Board Member


Harriette Brainard was born and raised in Solebury, PA and Princeton, NJ. She raised her children on a farm in Hopewell, NJ from 1992 until she moved to Vermont in 2005, where she had earned her BA from Middlebury College. Her background has been in education, business and journalism. Harriette was an admissions counselor for Tulane University in New Orleans, worked in Business Administration for the University of Pennsylvania, before becoming an admissions counselor, teacher and coach at the Lawrenceville School. Following the move to the farm in Hopewell, NJ; Harriette opened a restaurant, which expanded on her personal farm to table practice, long before it became a national phenomenon. In Vermont, Harriette worked as a journalist for the Addison Independent in Middlebury, where she published many articles on environmental issues and climate change. This included a series on Hurricane Katrina, and the ripple effects that weather and devastation have on national issues. She then co-published a state-wide ski magazine, which included articles on the effects of climate change on the ski industry. In addition, Harriette coached the Middlebury High School girls lacrosse team, winning a state championship in 2008. 

Harriette has moved back to the Princeton area. She worked as the director of development for a charter school in Trenton. Harriette is now a private consultant, focused on sustainable practices, education, non profit and business development, bridging gaps in corporate and school sustainability, leadership development, millennial engagement and the expansion of environmental awareness.

Carrie Dyckman - Vice-President

Carrie Dyckman is community activist focused on sustainability. Carrie began her career in art galleries in New York and later became a multimedia producer, producing over twenty art and educational multimedia programs including the electronic publishing of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. She transitioned to web development and worked on one of the earliest online auctions for the New Museum of Contemporary Art and was a consultant as NineWest developed their first online store. Upon moving to Princeton with her family, Carrie became a Trustee of Stuart Country Day School, a Member of the Friends of The Art Museum at Princeton Universtiy and Co-Chair of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s major fundraising event. As a current or former chair of The Stony Brook Garden Club Conservation, PDSeeds, and the Point O’Woods Environmental Committees, she has been active in campaigns to reduce idling, increase recycling, reduce single use plastics, plant Milkweed for Monarchs and promote carpooling, EV cars, and community composting. Carrie lives in Princeton with her husband and three children.

Sophie Glovier


Sophie Glovier works with local government, early stage companies and nonprofits to create a more sustainable society. She serves as Chair of Princeton, N.J.’s Environmental Commission and is a member of Social Venture Circle, focusing her investing in companies addressing the causes and impacts of climate change. She is the author of Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton, a trail guide that has sold over 4,000 copies and raised over $10,000 for the maintenance of local trails. A former Board Chair of the Watershed Institute, Sophie has been a board member of multiple nonprofits focused on preserving and enhancing the local environment, including D&R Greenway Land Trust, Friends of Princeton Open Space and Sustainable Princeton. Sophie is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Business School and holds a Post Masters Certificate in Sustainability Strategy from The New School. 

Kim Haren

Kim had a successful career as an attorney in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she provided counsel to the R&D (research and development) teams that work to bring life- saving treatments to those diagnosed with cancer.  Kim recently left her work as an attorney to pursue her long-standing interests in the environment, health and wildlife in the non-profit sector. 

Kim is an avid gardener and lover of birds and other wildlife.   Her love of nature has taken her to Africa and other locations to enjoy the wildlife and has inspired her support of conservation efforts.  She has also volunteered at the Mercer County Wildlife Center.

Reflecting her strong commitment to service, Kim has provided legal services to, and served on the boards of a variety of charitable organizations, most recently Trinity Counseling Service in Princeton, N.J.  She has also provided training throughout her career on both health care and legal topics. Kim received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, her graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and law degree from Temple University.  

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Kathy Herring - Secretary

Kathy Herring began her career in New York City working in public relations for Bristol Myers Corporate Communications.  Later, she became Director of Marketing and Promotions for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. After moving to the suburbs of Princeton with her husband and 3 daughters, she started her own company, Twin Hens, a frozen chicken pot pie company with distribution throughout the country including Whole Foods and Dean and Deluca. In 2014, Kathy began devoting her time to volunteer for non-profits including Young Audiences of NJ, Crawford House and the Institute for Advanced Study.


Katy Kinsolving - Vice President

Katy Kinsolving is a food educator and writer with a background in non profit management, public relations and special events. She  has lived in Africa, the Middle East and Europe and has worked with a broad range of institutions from small social service organizations in Newark, New Jersey, to major European museums.  A blue-ribbon cooking school graduate, she is co-author of Essential Flavors published by Viking and writes the Good Food Naturally blog.  In Princeton she has worked on the committee to ban plastic bags (BYOBag), and has served as an ambassador for the Princeton Township curbside composting program.  She has volunteered at the Crisis Ministry food bank and is a former trustee of The Watershed Institute.  Currently she lives in New York. 


Pam Mount - Board Member

Pam and her husband, Gary Mount, have owned and operated their family farm, Terhune Orchards in Lawrence Township, since 1975. The farm is the first Lawrence farm to enroll in the state’s farmland preservation program. Pam served on the Lawrence Town Council for 12 years. She was mayor three times during her tenure, and played an active role serving on numerous committees and working with several community organizations. In 2006, Governor Corzine appointed Pam to the State Clean Air Council. Pam also serves on the National Guard Family Readiness Council, raising funds and awarding grants to families of deployed National Guard soldiers.

Pam serves on and is the founding chair of the board of Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit that works to promote sustainability in municipalities across the state. She is also a founder of the local nonprofit Sustainable Lawrence, an organization that has successfully brought together local nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, schools and government leaders to work toward creating a more environmentally friendly community. She is one of the founding board members of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, a 20-mile plus bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail that runs through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell townships. The recipient of numerous awards, Pam was honored by the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals (NJSWEP) for her efforts to promote environmental sustainability in the local community and beyond, and was honored for her SustainableJersey work at the 2010 League of Municipalities conference. In 2012, NJBiz Magazine named her one of the top 50 women in business.

Pam served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia from 1967-1970 after she graduated from Lake Erie College. She lived on a small island in the pacific ocean called Satawal, then spent 6 month traveling around the world on the way back to Princeton. She has three children and seven grandchildren.

Pam Parsons

Pam started her professional life in New York at Conte Nast Publications and J. Walter Thompson Advertising. She then moved to Princeton and co-founded Design III, a residential and commercial interior design company. Later she joined the Sotheby’s affiliate N.T. Callaway Real Estate as Marketing Director, initiating and managing the firm’s advertising, web, marketing, and promotional programs.  Pam has served on the boards of Young Audiences New Jersey Eastern Pennsylvania, and The Princeton Family Center for Education. Learn More about Pam.

Catherine Sidamon-Eristoff - Treasurer

Catherine Baxter Sidamon-Eristoff brings over 30 years of business experience, investment management and fundraising success to C-Change Conversations.  Catherine spent 21 years at Morgan Stanley, including as a Managing Director in Private Wealth Management and an Advisory Director and Senior Relationship Manager.  She was a Managing Director at Constellation Wealth Advisors, and is an investor in and board member of FlexPaths, which helps Fortune 500 companies acclimate their work cultures to rapidly changing business and talent needs. Catherine graduated from Duke University and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. 

Catherine is a committed supporter of environmental education.  She is a trustee of The Watershed Institute in Pennington, New Jersey, and has served on the boards of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and the Palisades Parks Conservancy in New York State.  For 20 years, Catherine has been an active volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History, chairing both its Family Party and Spring Science Lunch, as well as serving on the Museum Advisory Council. She is also an active board member of and investment advisor to many community and educational organizations in Princeton, New Jersey where she, her husband Andrew and their three children live. 


Margaret Sieck

Margaret Sieck and her family have lived in Princeton for 18 years. She comes to C-Change from the unlikely world of sports editing, having worked at Boating and Sports Illustrated magazines, and at Sports Illustrated For Kids, where she started a book division to get more kids reading. In Princeton, she has been involved with the Friends of the Princeton Public Library and HiTOPS, and served as a long-time member and leader of the Garden Club of Princeton’s conservation committee, and as a trustee of The Watershed Institute. She is currently the co-head of the Watershed’s Advisory Board. Margaret has served on sustainability committees at both Nassau Presbyterian Church and the Bedens Brook Club. She graduated from the Northfield Mt. Hermon School and Princeton University.

C-Change Conversations is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization (tax ID 82-0839429) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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