The Earth Healing Team

Al Fritsch, Director

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
316 Fifth Street
Ravenna, KY 40472-1312


  • Education:
    Xavier University, B.S. (1955); M.S. (1956); 
    Fordham University, Ph.D. Chemistry (1964); 
    Bellarmine School of Theology, 
    Loyola University, S.T.L. (1968)
  • Experience:

  • Post Doctorate Research associate, University of Texas 
    (1969-1970); Science Consultant, Center for Study of 
    Responsive Law (DC) (1970-1971); Co-Director, Center for 
    Science in the Public Interest (1971-77); Director,
    Appalachia--Science in the Public Interest (1977-2002);
    Sacramental Minister at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Frankfort (2003-2004)
  • Current Directorates / Advisorships:

  • Resource Policy Institute (CA);
    Center for the Study of Commercialism (DC); ASPI (KY);
    Environmental Resource Assessment Service (NC)
  • Affiliations:
    Society of Jesus; Sigma Xi; Phi Lambda

Janet Kalisz

Janet has worked in public-interest nonprofit consulting since 1997.  She holds a B.S. in environmental science and biology and a Masters in social work from the University of Kentucky. She has numerous academic interests and hobbies, and is a published photographer.


Mark Spencer

Mark is a highly talented professional artist and graphic designer.  He has worked with ASPI - Appalachia Science in the Public Interest for 26 years.  Among his acclaimed contributions are the Simple Lifestyle Calendar and Earth Healing show.


Charlie Fritsch

Charlie holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  He worked for thirty years at Bell Laboratory/ATT and a has for the last decade operated the organic Windy Hill Apple Orchard.


Honoring Past Members of the Earth Healing Team


Mary Byrd Davis (1936 - 2011)

Mary holds a PhD in English with a minor in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in library science from Simmons College.  She is the author of numerous books on environmental subjects and head of Eco-perspectives, a Project of Earth Island Institute.


Sally Ramsdell (1941 - 2011)

Sally is a retired owner/operator of a successful concrete quality control business.  She is an herb and vegetable grower, photographer and writer.

About Us

Our principal service is to offer a Daily Reflection on pertinent subjects. This website began in 2004 and will continue as long as materials are available and funding permits. The weekday Reflections cover a variety of simple living topics and the weekend writings include homilies and other sacred issues. A variety of essays and poems appear here as well. I hope you find these and the other writings offered on the website beneficial.
Peace, Fr. Al Fritsch, S.J.
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