Meet the Farm & Wilderness Team!
Our staff is made up of an amazing group of people who are highly experienced with a variety of talents.
Whether it's packing out for the Long Trail, leading an entire camp in post-meal song, maintaining our camp and farm facilities, managing land and water conservation, or overseeing our finances, everyone plays a key role in the success and fun at all our Farm & Wilderness camps.
We’ve highlighted our Camp Directors below so our campers and their families can identify them easily.
Farm & Wilderness is governed by a Board of Trustees, who bring a wide range of talent and experience and deep commitment to our work. You can learn more about the Trustees below.
Tori is an outdoor educator with two of particular passions: identifying obscure birds by song and making fire-by-friction! Tori is originally from the Washington DC area, but currently calls the Lake Champlain Valley of Burlington, VT her home. After two summers at Saltash Mountain Camp and Red Spruce Grove, Tori became the Red Spruce Grove Assistant Director.
Kate Kyros, F&W’s new Director of Teen Program, is a former camp counselor, leadership educator, wilderness trip leader, school administrator, and therapist. Kate grew up with a strong connection to both farms and wilderness and is surprised it took her well into adulthood to find her way to F&W! In her own words, “I believe magic happens when we are in community, immersed in the natural world, and doing meaningful work.” Kate holds an interdisciplinary BA in psychology, gender studies, and farming from Hampshire College, and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. She completed two years of post-masters study with The Mill River Institute for Dialogic Practice. Kate is an avid gardener, an aspiring meditator, and mother to two often-muddy children. When not at F&W, Kate calls Western Massachusetts home. Kate loves facilitating growth experiences and is excited to get started with F&W and our teens!
Emily has recently spent summers at the Barn Day Camp as Support Staff, as well as being a BDC/IB/TL Parent. In the early 2000s, she was a Cabin Counselor and Assistant Director at Tamarack Farm and Outdoor Education Program Coordinator. In addition to her work with Farm & Wilderness, she brings years of experience directing programs for high school students and young children in Austin, Texas. Currently, in the off-season when she's not preparing for camp, Emily provides support for families as a Parent Coach in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sara is delighted to join the F&W community as the SAM Camp Director. While she grew up in Philadelphia, Sara has been a New Englander heart-and-soul since arriving at Williams College in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. At Williams Sara split her time between the theater and the trails, and facilitating SAM Camp’s unique combination of skits and backcountry trips is a dream come true. She has worked in outdoor and experiential education–including Outward Bound and sail training programs around the world for 17 years.
Sara has her Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her BA with honors in theater from Williams College. Sara loves helping young people embrace leadership in all its forms, exploring bogs full of sphagnum moss and carnivorous plants, using old sewing machines, and cuddling her ginger cat.
Elliott believes that connection to nature pushes us towards becoming our best selves and loves how F&W's values encourage us to honor the humanity in ourselves and each other. Growing up on the shores of Vermont's Lake Champlain, Elliott was first recruited to Flying Cloud in 2013 as the camp's resident sourdough baker. One Bachelor's degree in Biology at Warren Wilson College and almost ten years of logistics and support roles later, Elliott is excited to have become the current Flying Cloud Director. Elliott lives in Burlington Vermont, and is always looking for the next exciting local wild food to harvest or natural mystery to investigate.
Clarissa worked at IB and F&W in a variety of roles (counselor to camp recruiter) from 1985-94! Clarissa brings over 30 years experience as a high school teacher and college professor where she taught subjects including English and foundations of Diversity and Social Justice Education. Most recently, Clarissa has been a professor at the University of Maine in Farmington where in addition to teaching, she has worked as First Year Class Dean and Coordinator of the Early College Program. Clarissa received her PhD in Teaching & Teacher Education from the College of Education at the University of Washington, after completing her master's at Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduating from Wesleyan University. Clarissa believes in the power of experiential education, developing and nurturing relationships, and, investing time to create a vibrant community. In her free time Clarissa enjoys skiing with her sons, is an avid biker (road and mountain), loves writing letters, and bakes and blogs about cakes!
After Paul’s work last summer as a Questers Leader, he is excited to return to Farm & Wilderness in summer 2022 as our new Questers Program Director. Paul has extensive career experience as a program facilitator and curriculum developer for nature-based programs. Paul has been a youth instructor and facilitator for over 10 years and has extensive certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Awareness Certificate, and will be certified as a Wilderness EMT by this summer! Home for Paul is California and F&W is excited to welcome him to lead Questers for summer 2022.
Polly has been part of Farm & Wilderness for 41 years. Polly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. She also holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Simmons College. Polly has worked as a DEI Director at different Independent Schools including Cambridge Friends School. She enjoys working with Quaker Institutions because of their commitment to social justice. She has also worked with teens and youth in community programs in urban environments. Outside of her work at F&W, she has provided training for boards and organizations in anti-bias work, gender, sexuality, and issues surrounding adoption. She lives in Barre, VT with her wife. Her two children are third generation F&Wers. The oldest, Cedar attended the BDC and SAM, and most recently was the Adventure Head at F&W. Polly's daughter Terri went through the BDC and IB as a camper while managing to never live in a cabin that Polly lived in while at IB for 13 years. Polly loves working with children, being silly, canoeing, rock climbing, team sports, leisure tubing, camping and being out in nature.
Jarod Wunneburger (“W”) has been a part of Timberlake since 2007. He grew up in small-town Texas before taking a chance on Los Angeles, where he attended the University of Southern California and was recruited to be on TL staff. He graduated with a degree in business and sociology before moving (sight-unseen) to NYC. There he has worked in suicide prevention for The Trevor Project, event planning for Scholastic, and was the founding program director of the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School. He received his Masters in Special Education at St. John’s University, and in the offseason is the 8th-grade math teacher at the City School of the Arts located in lower Manhattan. He loves staying busy, giant dogs that think they’re small, and working with his weird (but so great) middle school students.
Truman Bates joined Farm and Wilderness in 2015. He was recruited by the current Sustainable Resource Director after officially retiring from 20 years in customer service at the local hardware store. A self-taught Killington VT local, Truman has never been idle. At the age of 10 he was home alone and needed the tractor that was not functioning. When his family came home, he had the tractor up and running and was repairing their road. At the same age he also began working for his father’s construction company. He drove a local school bus route in his senior year at Woodstock High School (VT), and had 50 driveways he plowed in Pico. In 1969 he was building race cars. Truman drove for Vermont Transit (VT-NYC) for 3 years. He has been on the Sherburn Riverside Cemetery Commission since he was 18 years old. Truman served on the Sherburn Volunteer Fire Department on and off for 25 years, and was recognized several times for his service. At F&W Truman keeps the vehicles in safe operating standards, and can trouble shoot just about any mechanical problem out there. He loves his dog T.J, and has a fondness for dancing.
Kelly is originally from Baltimore, MD, and York, PA . She attended Juniata College for a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, and then headed out west to Madison, WI, to study cross-boundary cooperation among neighboring landowners. After completing her M.S. in Forestry, Kelly moved to New Hampshire looking for an opportunity that would combine her love for nature and education. Along with her background in natural science, Kelly has enjoyed working with children in various educational and mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army tutoring, and numerous after-school programs. She comes to F&W after working as the Nature Camp & Adult Education Coordinator for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Kelly lives in Vermont with her husband, Jared, and their furry housemates: Roose, Zelda, & Rayla. Kelly has been a member and skater for Twin State Derby since 2012. Some of Kelly’s favorite activities & interests include: hiking, intersectional environmentalism, snowshoeing, birding, kayaking, swimming, roller skating, archery, and anything roller derby.
Before becoming the Marketing Manager in 2020, Tulio was the Director of Timberlake from 2009 to 2018. Tulio was staff at TL for five years in the 1980’s which inspired him to found and direct a network of six summer camps in the Basque Country of Northern Spain. Tulio attended Colorado College and then University of Texas at Austin, where he got a Masters in Community and Regional Planning. He is grateful for whatever leisure time comes his way such as playing vintage board games and trail running. He loves spending time with his English wife Jools (who he met when they were both working in Nicaragua) and his children Luna, Kaila and Olly.
Tori is a Texas Tumbleweed who first blew into Farm & Wilderness in 2002. Although she would’ve been happy to be a BDC Butterfly for the rest of her life, she hopped her way along as an IBer and eventual BDC group counselor, content so long as there were weeds to pull and trees to climb. Camp taught her how to lead by the heart, cherish dirty elbows, and never pass up on a challenge. In spring 2021, Tori graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Advertising Media & Analytics, with a minor in Business Foundations. A storyteller at heart, she leapt at the opportunity to join the team as a social media intern, and then as the communications coordinator. She loves shorts weather, musicals, and exploring Austin watering holes.
Alexis Charney joined Farm and Wilderness summer 2016 as the Outdoor Living Skills Director at IB. Prior to F&W Alexis worked for a number of years as a Youth Mentor on a small but mighty urban farm with the Regional Environmental Council in Worcester, Mass. From their own humble beginnings, much of their success can be attributed to the proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” Their can-do attitude and big smile is a testament to the many teachers, coaches, authors and other friendly faces who have helped nourish the well from which they pour. Not afraid to lend a hand where it is needed, Alexis joins us as the Administrative Assistant year round.
Jess is a native Vermonter raised in the same town that his father and his grandmother were born in. He took off for the big city for a bit, but realized it wasn’t for him. Despite having grown up less than an hour away, his first experience with Farm & Wilderness was as a temp. Then as a temp in a different department. And yet again as a temp in still another department. He found he quite liked it here, so applied for the bookkeeper position, and was pleased to become a permanent staff member of F&W in August 2012. Jess makes fabulous snowflakes out of scrap paper, has a cape that is older than most of the summer staff, and is still trying to figure out this whole “life” thing.
Melanie comes to us from Australia, where she received a BA in Economics and a BA in Asian Studies/ Japanese from Australian National University. Before coming to F&W, Melanie spent seven years working at Kieve Affective Education’s Leadership School, teaching experiential and adventure education to school students, teachers and school administrators. She has also spent several years working in summer camp programs running wilderness trips, archery, and art. Melanie is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and has tons of energy and a store of extraneous knowledge of 1980’s pop-culture.
Adam Gelroth first came to Farm & Wilderness as a member of Farm Crew in 2010. After three seasons on crew, interspersed with excursions working on farms in North Carolina and Connecticut, he returns to Farm & Wilderness as the year-round Assistant Farm Manager. Adam grew up on a small farm in Kansas and earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Kansas State University. After graduation, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. After he returned to the U.S., he dabbled about in the mountains of the Northeast and Northwest. He worked as an outdoor educator and Conservation Corps Crew Leader before setting his sights on growing and raising food. When he’s not hanging out with the cows, Adam is most likely in the kitchen trying out a new recipe or else off exploring the mountains of Vermont.
Sam Green first came to Farm & Wilderness in 2011, when her (then) fiancé, Meghan brought her along to Fair. Sam swore that day she'd never use a kybo, but the next summer found herself a member of the staff at the Barn Day Camp, joyfully teaching four-year-old campers how to use kybos, among other skills. Sam eagerly returned summer after summer, becoming the head of work projects, and eventually an assistant director of the Barn Day Camp. Now as a member of the year-round staff, Sam is excited about the opportunities this affords her not only to get to know so many more campers and families but for the extra perk of year-round goat visits! She is also excited for the opportunity to work for an organization that sees and celebrates one’s whole self and all their many multitudes and works actively to foster spaces for all to learn, grow, and have fun. Sam grew up in a suburb of Rochester, NY, studied Theatre Arts & Philosophy at Hartwick College, and received her Master's degree in Arts Administration from Castleton University. She is fluent in American Sign Language (as a child of deaf adults), an avid thrift store shopper, bow tie enthusiast, and a technology tinkerer. She lives in Shrewsbury, VT with her wife, Meghan, and their cats, Ninja & Kitten, and ball python, Guen.
Jay grew up in the Adirondacks and attended the State University of New York at Potsdam, with a concentration on race & environmental issues. He has since attained an M.S. in Management from Marlboro College. For years, Jay was a self-employed carpenter, mostly building custom homes. He’s also been a rock climbing instructor for 12 years, leading trips for universities and community groups. Before becoming a carpenter, he worked in the automotive industry as a manager. We’re very excited to have all of Jay’s skills here, caring for our many buildings and vehicles! Jay rock and ice climbs, and has travelled around North America and Europe to get to great climbing spots. He also tele-mark skies, mountain bikes, and serves as a board member at Rutland Homeless Prevention Center & Town of Plymouth Planning Commission. He lives in Plymouth, VT with his partner Melanie.
Frances brings over 25 years of experience leading nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, primarily in the education sector. She has deep experience in program development and assessment, marketing, fundraising, and building internal culture. Prior to joining Farm & Wilderness, Frances ran her own consulting and coaching practice for a wide range of clients including the Asante Africa Foundation, Equal Opportunity Schools, the Ford Foundation, Pahara Institute, and Wildflower Foundation. Before that Frances served as the President of Education Pioneers, and was a senior director at The Broad Foundation. Earlier in her career she held marketing and program leadership roles at the Council on International Educational Exchange and EF Education. She has also served on the boards of the Waring School, the First Religious Society (UU) in Newburyport, MA, School Leaders Network, KIPP: Massachusetts, and CSIET. She is an avid gardener, fair-ish weather hiker and skier, eager traveler, small farm supporter, recreational artist, and student of good governance and Yoga philosophy. Frances is an advocate for increased social, educational, and economic equity; new approaches to learning; and the arts. She is married to William Nourse, whose family owns and operates Nourse Farm in Westborough, MA, the 10th oldest business continually operated by one family in the United States, and they have one daughter, Georgia, who is eager to spend more time in Vermont!
Colene is a Michi-gander by birth and a silly goose by nature. A Western Michigan University graduate (BA Biology) she earned her way by working at farms that teach people how food is produce. After spending time in Vermont as an apprentice at Shelburne Farms, an education non-profit on a working farm, she returned to Michigan and ran a diversified, grass-based livestock business for some years. In 2013, she hauled buns (her many rabbits) to Vermont a second time to join the Merck Forest and Farmland farm team as the Assistant Farm Manager. It is there that she learned to drive draft horses and start a bulldozer in negative 10 degree Fahrenheit weather. She worked at goat dairies, artisan caramel making, relief milked for cow dairies and Vermont Organic Farmers as an organic inspector. Most recently she was the Pasture Program Assistant at the University of Vermont Extension in the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, working closely with the Vermont Grass Farmers Association. She is grateful for the opportunity to be back caring for an agriculture landscape that engages our curiosity and appreciation for the natural world and the food system that sustains us at Farm and Wilderness. Colene lives in South Royalton, VT with her partner and toddler on a homestead full of blooming flowers and noisy animals like Chuck, the duck who was hatched and raised by a chicken.
Born an "army brat", Jenny grew up all over the place, spending time in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and even a few years in Germany before landing in Vermont for high school. She graduated from Rutland High school before joining the Army as a combat medic. After her tour, she had two gorgeous babies and got two undergraduate degrees simultaneously in Psychology and Elementary Education from Northern Vermont University (formerly Johnson State), and years later, a Masters degree in Curriculum Development from Arizona State University. A blinding passion for social justice, and equality has driven her work over the years including at a domestic violence agency developing and implementing preventative education programs geared towards youth. She later became a board certified behavior analyst and worked with a high needs disabled population for 6 years. Jenny lives with her floofy haired gamer husband, Nate, and her two teenagers, Kate and Ty, both of which are infinitely cooler than her, as well as her frenchton Dorito, her black cat Fizz, and her hedgehog, Quill Nye the spiky guy. She loves hiking, reading Twilight ironically, and anything that contains powdered cheese product.
Julie feels right at home at Farm & Wilderness, joining us in April, 2014. She grew up in Connecticut where she loved playing outside and her passion for the outdoors has continued through adulthood. She earned her degree in Outdoor Education and Leadership at Sterling College in the Northeast Kingdom and moved out West to Oregon. She lived there for six years working in wilderness therapy, teaching people of all ages the joys of skiing and snowboarding, and sharing the wonders of backpacking in Yosemite National Park with visitors. She is happy to be back home in the Northeast. In April, 2015, she received her M.B.A. with a specialty in Managing for Sustainability degree at Marlboro College. Julie loves all animals, and you can often find her hanging with the pigs on breaks from the office!
Sigrid was born and raised nearby Farm & Wilderness, in Cuttinsgville VT. A University of Vermont graduate (BA English/Philosophy) she spent most of her 20's and early 30's travelling in search of powder to ski, good granite to climb, and firm trails to mountain bike on, supported by seasonal jobs, ending up in Alaska as a river guide for 5 years. She worked in kitchens and in retail but most enjoyed working as a wilderness crew leader for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and the Northwest Youth Corps in-between adventures. Moving back east in 2014 she spent 2 years as support staff at Spring Lake Ranch, a residential facility for adults with mental illness/substance abuse challenges. She joined Farm & Wilderness in 2016 as the BDC waterfront head, and moved to Resource from there. In 2017 she worked as the Program Logistics Coordinator, but returned promptly back to Resource at the end of the summer, as has no intention of leaving again! She lives in Andover, VT and still enjoys mountain biking and skiing, and has a new love for swimming after her first summer at the BDC. She is an avid reader, and loves all birds, but especially the little ones.
A lifelong Massachusetts resident, she lives in Stow Mass with her husband and two dogs. She has served the non-profit sector since college, with over 30 years focused on operations and finance. Ellen holds an MBA in Finance from Boston College but is most proud of her BA from Hampshire College, where she has also served as Trustee since 2018. She calls herself a “generalist”, having worked in nearly every sector of the nonprofit world. Her favorite full time job was Director of Operations (with a period as interim ED) for Sudbury Valley Trustees, a regional land trust. Sensing the similar vibe of Hampshire and F&W, she looks forward to strengthening the ties between the institutions, and is LOVING the excuse to come to Vermont on a regular basis.
Steve joined the F&W Board in 2016 and is a partner in Foley Hoag's Capital Markets Practice. Prior to that, he was the managing Director and Associate General Counsel of Deutsche Bank AG, and an Associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He also worked for City Year in Boston, a youth community service program which was a model for the national AmeriCorps program. Steve received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. in English from Amherst College. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Heidie and their two children Ellis and Scarlett. Both children attend Brooklyn Friends School, where Steve is also a board member. His children are both campers and love spending time at F&W. In his spare time, Steve can be found cooking dinners at home or biking in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Alisha has been involved with Farm & Wilderness in some capacity for nearly 34 years. She attended Saltash Mountain by way of the 1199 Ann Shore Program. She has also proudly served as an 1199 delegate during her healthcare career. As well, she served as a committee member of F&W's Anti-Racism Team. She holds a BS in Healthcare Administration and currently works for Northwell Health in Back End Revenue Cycle Training and Implementation. She is currently the Vice President of CEC 31 (Community Education Council 31), which oversees the public schools of Staten Island, New York and serves as an advisory board providing input and comment to the Chancellor and the Panel on Educational Policy regarding the needs of the district and DOE policy, in addition to policy implementation. While she is on different committees, her primary focus will always be her platform of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity.
Katsi Cook is an environmentalist, Native American rights activist, midwife and women's health advocate. She is known for her work in environmental justice and reproductive health research in her home community of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. She is currently the Executive Director of Spirit Aligned Leadership Program and works from her office at the Akwesasne Business Center. Spirit Aligned purpose is to elevate the lives, dreams and voices of Indigenous women elders in North American tribal and First Nations communities. Katsi was a camper at IB in 1964 and a counselor at Dark Meadows in 1971. She has served on the Board of Directors of Running Strong for American Indian Youth from 2006 to 2014. Her father, Bill Cook, also known as Flying Cloud, was one of the earliest Timberlake counselors and Camp Flying Cloud is named after him. Katsi is excited to work with Farm & Wilderness Board to support the Farm & Wilderness education of new generations of leaders who will carry forward the love of mother earth wisdom and knowledge. She joined the Farm & Wilderness Board of Trustees in the fall of 2019.
Aaron is the CEO of Beyond Velocity, LLC a strategic consultancy that helps companies grow and significantly increase valuation. He is a dynamic executive with more than 36 years of strategic, financial and operating experience building and transforming organizations as a Chief Financial Officer. Aaron has a proven track record increasing stakeholder returns, raising significant funding to spur growth, and building rapidly-scalable company infrastructures. Prior to founding Beyond Velocity, Aaron served as CFO of several companies in the Washington D.C. area. Aaron joined the board of F&W in 2019 to “pay it forward” in recognition of the foundational experiences and values developed as a camper at F&W in the 1970’s. Aaron’s time as a TL camper allowed him to explore the limits of his skills, capabilities, leadership, and relationships through life-changing experiences which he credits for much of his success in life and his career. Aaron hopes to contribute to the F&W organization for many years to come!
Ryan trekked every summer from Seattle to Plymouth from ’06 to ’09 to work at TF as a cabin counselor and camper advocate. He returned in 2013 as TF’s Assistant Director. At camp, he was engaged in antiracism and LGB TGNC programming both at TF and F&W as a whole. He is grateful to camp for spurring his critical consciousness. Ryan currently works for the NYC Dept of Health as the Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiatives for the Division of Disease Control. Ryan was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in his youth. He currently resides in Queens NY.
Karlan joined the Farm & Wilderness Board in 2020 after many years of being a camper (BDC, TL, and TF) and event support staff. He’s a volunteer EMT and is frequently the sensible health person at work weekends and Family Camp. In the outside world, he works as a software engineer at a healthcare technology company, improving the experience of patients searching for a new provider. He also loves music - you can often see him leading singing at camp events. Farm & Wilderness was a hugely influential part of his childhood, and remains one of his favorite places; he’s looking forward to supporting it in a new way.
Art lives in Hanover, New Hampshire and in Hyde Park, Vermont. He is a retired lawyer who practiced in a firm in Washington, D.C. for 30 years and then on his own for 25 years from offices in his New England homes. He served in the Agency for International Development for five years. His solo practice involved counseling two not-for-profit investment companies. He attended Timberlake as a camper in the late 1940s and as a Junior Counselor helping Sukie Webb in the horse barns in 1950. His parents were friends of Ken and Susan Webb and Sukie was a life-long friend. Three of his five children and one of his grandchildren (so far) have gone to the camps. He served on the Farm & Wilderness Board and as Chair thereof, in the late 1980s. The Farm & Wilderness philosophy has been important in his life. He wants to see it flourish and is looking forward to serving with that purpose.
Judy started going to Farm & Wilderness camps when she was ten and was an IB and Tamarack Farm camper for many years. She was a counselor at both camps for a long time as well. She was the mental health consultant at SAM and TF for over 14 years. She has been a Licensed Psychologist in Vermont for over thirty years and specializes in trauma and international mental health. She loves her work and feels honored to be able to be useful at this time on the planet. Chocolate and mountains sustain her, as does her wonderful family, friends, music, laughter, silliness and volunteer work. Some day, she will get to travel again, which she also adores. She is looking forward to being on the F & W Board and working together with some great people on important and meaningful work.
Adam joined the Board in 2016. He has worked most of his professional career in academic medicine, supporting research into improving health and health care. With his wife Marcia, he raised two children in Vermont and now lives across the river in New Hampshire. He spent ten years on his local school boards and currently serves on the board of the visiting nurse and hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. Adam was introduced to Farm & Wilderness by his two sisters in the 1960’s. He has been a camper at Tamarack Farm and a counselor at Saltash Mountain. The camps fostered his love for the outdoors and contributed to his sense of ethics in everything that he does. He looks forward to rejoining the F&W community.
Em is a longtime member of the Farm & Wilderness community. She spent many happy summers as an IB camper and staff, including one as Assistant Director in 2004. She practices medicine in Northampton, Massachusetts where she specializes in gender-affirming care and family medicine. When she is not working, Em is busy raising her young daughter. She has a deep love of the outdoors, which she attributes to her experiences at Farm & Wilderness, a childhood growing up in Vermont, and her Quaker upbringing. Em is a member of the Bethesda Friends Meeting and attends meetings with the Northampton Friends. She is honored to be serving the Farm & Wilderness community as a Board member.
Dave joined the Farm & Wilderness Board in 2021 and serves on its Conservation and Finance Committees. He was a camper at Timberlake and Tamarack Farm and then for more than 20 years a counselor and director at Timberlake. He served on the board of the Ninevah Foundation and its predecessor the Wilderness Corporation. Dave did budget work for the New York State Ways and Means Committee and provided public financial management assistance to governments in Moldova, the Republic of Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan and South Sudan. Now he has retired to his home in Mount Holly where he can admire the view of Saltash Mountain. He is co-clerk of the Wilderness Friends Meeting.
Having spent a significant part of his life as part of the Farm & Wilderness and Ninevah community -- from camper and counselor to director and now, parent -- David Nichols joined the Farm & Wilderness Board in 2019. David (“Listening Songbird”) was a camper at Timberlake, Flying Cloud, and Tamarack Farm, then became a counselor and director of Flying Cloud. His two sons have attended the Barn Day Camp and Timberlake (as third generation members of TL). When he’s not at camp, David is a middle school English and History teacher in suburban Boston. Many of David’s favorite activities were inspired and influenced by his time at Farm & Wilderness -- spending time in nature, woodworking, making music, and pursuing social justice.
Carolyn Rouse was honored to be elected to the Board in 2020. All her siblings, children, and nieces have attended Farm & Wilderness camps over the last 50+ years. Carolyn was also on the staff of IB in 1987. For 20 years she has been a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. Her research has focused on how institutions - religious, medical, and educational – reproduce or disrupt racial inequities. One research project involved founding a high school in Ghana. Carolyn is grateful that at Farm & Wilderness, she learned resiliency, cooperation, simplicity, and a willingness to take risks; skills she continues to use in her career and life.
Andy joined the Farm & Wilderness Board in 2018 and serves on its Conservation and Finance Committees. He has served on the Board of the Ninevah Foundation, a land and lake conservation organization, since it was established in 1996, and was its founding President. The Ninevah Foundation joined forces with Farm & Wilderness in 2018 to steward more than 4,800 acres of land and associated waters that they jointly own. Andy spent many summers on the Long Trail as a Timberlake camper and counselor in the 1960s and 1970s. Andy worked as a health care lawyer in New York until he retired in 2017. He and his wife now divide their time between Vermont, Brooklyn and Austin, Texas.
Andrea, known as Andee when she was a camper, joined the Board in 2016. She started at IB as a Heffalump and then spent a total of ten summers at F&W, as a camper and staff member. She began her professional career as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and later earned a PhD in sociology from Temple University. For over 25 years Andee was the Director of Youth Development at the Intergenerational Center at Temple, where she created an evidence-based mentoring program, Across Ages, which mobilizes older adults as mentors for vulnerable youth. She now works as a consultant to non-profits, school districts and post-secondary institutions and is a life coach with a practice focusing on older women. Her son, Jonathan Furlong, was a Timberlake and Tamarack Farm camper and currently works as a community organizer for affordable housing in NYC, a career inspired by his experience of building a cabin while at TL. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
Kristi Webb is a psychologist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC, where she specializes in working with Borderline Personality Disorder and those who are persistently suicidal and self-harming. She also works with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and PTSD. Kristi grew up at F&W, starting as a Flying Squirrel in 1961, progressing through Bob-o-Links to IB, then Kokopa at Indian Lake and Dark Meadow to the CA program at IB, Medical Driver, Fair Queen, and the BOT. She is currently starting her year on the Board, where she is Clerk of the Development Committee. For those keeping score at home, Kristi is the oldest granddaughter of Ken and Susan, Rob’s daughter, Meg’s sister, and cousin to Susan, David, Mike and Lissa; she is Sophie and Caleb’s aunt. She is also blissfully married to Todd Woerner, who asked her to dance at a square dance in 1965 when he was in Wigwam and she was in Crickets; they were married in the apple orchard in 2000.
Ann-Marie White first heard about Farm & Wilderness from friends in New York who were campers. It was the only camp where all the stories sounded fun and empowering rather than “cliquish” and scary. As she got older, some of the kindest, most thoughtful and most mature young adults she met either were raised with Quaker values, F&W campers or graduates of The Putney School. Eventually, Ann-Marie became the Academic Dean at the Putney School where she was the dorm head for Rebecca Geary's (former F&W Executive Director) daughter. Talking with Rebecca, rekindled the warm feelings she had for F&W and she sought out ways to help the organization through board membership. Now chair of the science department at a PK-12 independent school in Minneapolis, Ann-Marie hopes to spread the F&W message to the Midwest and encourage young people there to experience the wonder of the land through stewardship in the Vermont hills and mountains.