Woolman Staff

Administration

Headshot Dorothy Henderson, Interim Head of School

After raising four children, getting a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Michigan and teaching for five years at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dorothy left the University and traveled for a year with her husband Doug in their Volkswagon van. She arrived at Woolman in the year 2000, seeking a life more in harmony with her commitment to mindfulness, nonviolence and simplicity. Here at Woolman she found that life. During her first 7years at Woolman, Dorothy taught Nonviolent Communication both on campus and in workshops, including at Friends General Conference. She became the Head of School in June of 2008 and served until January of 2013. She returned in 2014 as our Interim Head of School. Dorothy enjoys walking, living the faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends, sharing Nonviolent Communication with anyone, and riding the train.

Headshot Carl Sigmond, Operations Manager

Carl grew up in a progressive family and community in Philadelphia, PA, and was an active leader in Quaker youth programs, both regionally and nationally. He attended the Spring 2009 Woolman Semester, an experience that changed his life. He fell in love with the community and land here at Woolman and dreamed of coming back. After attending Haverford College, where he majored in Computer Science and developed an independent minor in Quaker Studies, Carl returned to Woolman in August 2013 to give back to a place that gave him so much. For the 2013-14 academic year, Carl was our Media and Technology Intern and the co-teacher of our Peace Studies Documentary Class. He became our Operations Manager in June 2014. In his free time, you might find Carl exploring the woods of Woolman's 230-acre campus or relaxing (or eating) with an episode of Democracy Now!.

Admissions

Headshot Emily Wheeler, Admissions and Outreach Director

Born and raised in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Emily will always be a Vermonter at heart but has found a second home at Woolman since her time as a community intern in 2010. Emily received her Bachelor's Degree from Middlebury College, where she studied Sociology and Anthropology and completed a senior study looking at the voices of environmentalists who oppose wind power development in rural Vermont. In 2013, she completed her Masters of Education with a focus on Community Education through a small, Woolman-esque school in Vermont called Goddard College. She has also studied and traveled in Mongolia, Mexico, and Ecuador with a focus on sustainable agriculture. In her younger days, she was a competitive cross country ski racer and devoted many early mornings to intense training sessions and frostbite. She still loves to escape to Tahoe for a more leisurely ski on the beautiful trails at 9,000 feet elevation. Emily is excited to work with students from around the country who are looking for a life-changing high school experience and to connect people worldwide to the amazing learning that happens here!

Headshot Jennifer Stone, Staff Development, Outreach and Admissions Associate

After teaching Peace Studies in the 2013-2014 school year, Jennifer is thrilled to continue to working for Woolman from the Bay Area—supporting outreach, admissions, and staff development. Jennifer designed her own major in philosophy and social justice at the Gallatin School at New York University, recieved a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and has been honored to learn from and with youth from Oakland to The Bahamas. Her passions include education for liberation, school and curriculum design, prefigurative politics, and breakfast.

Faculty

Headshot Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Issues Teacher

Amelia is originally from Massachusetts and throughout the years she has come to find a home in many places around the world. She has studied International Relations and Peace Education at both the bachelor and master's levels an is thrilled to be putting her expertise, passion, and experiences into practice at Woolman. For the past five years, she has led community service and cultural immersion programs for high school students in various countries in Africa, and thus has a flourishing love for everything African. She enjoys being in the outdoors and always gets a kick out of learning words in new languages. Amelia finds immense hope in the spirit, ideas, and motivation of Woolman students and trusts that they will bring great change to the world in their own unique ways.

Headshot Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher & Summer Camp Director

Environmental sustainability has been a focal point of Gray’s life for many years. After attending Oberlin College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Physics with a concentration in Environmental Science, he worked at The Island School, a semester school in The Bahamas, teaching placed-based math: analyzing carbon emissions, green energy production and water systems. His work there led him to search out other Temporary Autonomous Zones and, eventually, led him to Woolman. His other interests are photography, glassblowing, cycling (and the associated repairs), soccer, Japanese language, camping, paragliding, barefoot running, discussions on food culture & evolution, and playing piano.

Before becoming Camp Director for Camp Woolman at Sierra Friends Center, Gray spent 17 summers with Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Quaker Camping Program, in which he grew to love intentional community and Quaker lifestyle. Nothing shaped Gray more than these formative summers, whether as a camper or staff, and Gray's goal is to maintain the magic and supportive atmosphere that makes Quaker camps special.

Headshot Hilary Ellis-Lavigne, Nonviolent Communication Teacher

Hilary came to Woolman in 2006 as an intern. She now teaches Nonviolent Communication, has worked many hours in the kitchen and the garden, still cooks for camp and other events, and is also Woolman's housekeeper. Prior to her Woolman days she worked as a professional actress, an Outward Bound Instructor and a white water raft guide. She was co-owner and operator of G.A.I.N. Inc. (Growth and Adventure in Nature), an outdoor adventure team-building business. She was born in Yaddlethorpe, England, grew up in Derbyshire, rescued worms from the garden pond, bred rats and guinea pigs, walked dogs, and rode horses and motorcycles. She rode a Honda 500/4 all around Eastern and Western Europe before the wall came down and then happened to be in Berlin when that amazing event happened. She lives on campus with her two children, Shendo and Sebastian, and never wants to leave.

Headshot Lisa Putkey, Peace Studies Teacher

Lisa is excited to be learning, creating, and dreaming with the Woolman community. She comes to this community on Maidu land most recently from Costa Rica where she studied Peace Education at the United Nations University for Peace and is currently working on her master’s thesis. Prior to grad school she lived, worked and organized in Chimayó, New Mexico. There she made deep friendships and sought to support grassroots resistance, education and mobilization efforts for environmental justice and healing from the US theft of the sacred Jemez Mountains from the Northern Pueblo Peoples for the Manhattan Project and continued operation of the UC run Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Laboratory. She originally moved to Chimayó to help organize Think Outside the Bomb’s Disarmament Summer activities and direct action encampment for youth calling for the abolition of nukes, the capstone to US militarism, the enforcement mechanism of its global imperialism.  Prior to this Lisa worked as a Scoville Peace Fellow in the national DC office of Peace Action Education Fund. There she collaborated with multi-issue, multi-generational activists and educators nationally and internationally to organize peace and disarmament conferences, workshops, and demonstrations focused on amplifying youth and community voices omitted from mainstream narratives. Prior to DC Lisa worked with United Healthcare Workers representing convalescent home workers, and then as a community organizer with ACORN in East Oakland. She graduated in 2008 from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Intern Program

Headshot Nicole Esclamado, Intern Program Coordinator and Kitchen Manager

Nicole graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Biology and four years of work in a bioengineering lab.  After sneaking peaks into the microscopic worlds that thrive within and around us, she became hooked on the mysterious ebb and flow of life.  She left the lab to continue exploring these connections that shape and shift our vitality. She worked at a sustainable living and environment education center in Costa Rica, the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California, and Round the Bend Farm in Massachusetts.  She first came to Woolman to teach math and art, connect with the wonderous landscape of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and live with brilliant, hilarious, and curious people.  She now is the intern program coordinator and kitchen manager.  And for fun she walks her goats around campus, plays with her pups, studies functional medicine and nutrition, and practices listening through her hands with craniosacral therapy.  

Site

Headshot Jared (Red) Feola, Maintenance Staff

After spending four years exploring outside the US, teaching, traveling, volunteering and learning about permaculture and sustainability, Red feels right at home at Woolman. A community member since 2009, he strives to continue learning the skills necessary for becomming self sufficient. Red's passions include spending time outdoors, hiking at the Yuba, playing music and soccer, and enjoying the satisfaction of a hard day's work.

Headshot Maggie McProud, Farm to Table Manager

As the Farm to Table Manager, Maggie is very excited to participate in all things food-related! Her experience farming and studying holistic nutrition have inspired such a profound appreciation for life that she hopes to present the opportunity for others to explore and experience natural systems through growing and enjoying healthy food. Whether in the garden or in the kitchen, she hopes to design a program wherein the essential values of farming naturally support nutrition education and healthful eating. It is in this union that she hopes to engage our community to foster balanced lives, healthy bodies, an exciting learning environment, and, of course, to have some fun!

Headshot Tyler See, Maintenance Associate

Tyler's path to Woolman stretches many miles, from New England to Europe to Washington, D.C. to the Pacific Northwest and throughout Central and South America. Just prior to Woolman, he spent the better part of three years designing and constructing a community library in the small Costa Rican village where he had volunteered over the course of ten years. It is primarily there that he has cultivated his interests in woodworking, natural building, wholesome food, music, fútbol and the Spanish language. After several years of travel, Tyler is excited to be a part of a community that truly fosters adventerous learning while sharing in the joys of the simple life.