Woolman People

Staff

Coleen Hedglin, Executive Director

Coleen Hedglin brings to Woolman more than twenty years’ nonprofit management experience, including project startup and fundraising. She enjoys developing programs, leading teams, and facilitating workshops. Coleen holds a degree in Education and is passionate about child rights and healthy child development. She lived and worked in Haiti for 16 years, beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer. Coleen values life-long personal growth and learning. She believes in the power of dialogue and loves helping groups hold meaningful conversations. Coleen enjoys hiking, which keeps her grounded, and listening to music, which feeds her soul.

Marty Coleman-Hunt, Interim Operations Director

During a short sabbatical Marty became enchanted by the Sierra Nevada landscape, and mid-career she emigrated from the Bay Area to Nevada City. Marty became the local land trust’s executive director, a position she held for nearly a dozen years before becoming an organizational consultant. Marty is currently serving as a Commissioner representing District 1 on the Nevada County Planning Commission.  She has held board positions with South Yuba River Citizens League, Sierra Harvest and the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.  She has spoken in public venues and written for publications on conservation topics – in particular on how communities can protect their important and beloved natural resources, agriculture, habitat and water – all while remaining passionate about the Sierra Nevada watershed in which she lives.

Shannon Boling, Retreats Manager

A veteran retreats and events professional, Shannon Boling runs the Woolman Retreats program. She grew up just down the road in Groveland, the Gateway to Yosemite. Though her educational background is in social work, her professional background is in the event planning and hospitality industry. She loves bringing people together, and has been doing so across the country for over 15 years. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast, and enjoys adventuring with her husband and 2 children (usually on or near rivers), backpacking, and swimming.

 

Cletus Hainsley, Groundskeeper

Cletus grew up not far from Woolman, in Roseville, Ca.  He loves working outdoors, in nature.  When not working he is out on the water fishing. He often goes to Alaska for seasonal work.  Cletus keeps our campus fire safe, our lawn well-groomed, and everything greened up in the summer with a complex irrigation system.

Raen Thornberry, Camp Director

Studying Environmental Science in Davis, CA, Costa Rica, and Colorado, Raen has witnessed a broad array of ecological systems, and gained awareness about how pivotal humankind’s decisions are to every part of the Earth. It is through appreciating the beauty that is always around us that change can truly happen. This sense of stewardship & love has embedded all of his previous careers – managing a UPS store, managing a Shambhala Meditation Center, serving as a full time nanny for 3 – and will continue here at Woolman.

Raen is excited to be restarting Camp Woolman after its three year hiatus, maintaining the integrity of the camp’s core values of peace, leadership, inclusivity, and kindness.

Roger Ferrill, Maintenance Assistant

Roger is part of the caretaking team and focuses on facilities repairs and regular maintenance, making sure Woolman operates smoothly and efficiently.  Roger lives with his daughter on campus in the a-frame overlooking Mel’s Pond, surrounded by nature and and the forest in recovery from the Jones Fire.
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Board of Trustees

Sandra Schwartz, Clerk

Sandra became interested in CPFEA during the Woolman Semester School.  She saw youth blossom from the experience and knows that it made a real difference in their lives.  Sandra started attending a Friends Meeting in 1983 with her family while living in Bloomsburg, PA and was active with all the Quaker Meetings that she attended or been a member.  In 1997 she and her family settled in the Bay Area where she attends SF Friends Meeting.  She graduated from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1985 with a Masters in Social Policy and Program Development.   She earned a second Master’s in Law and Social Policy.  She has worked with Palestinian activist, Mubarak Awad, and Nonviolence International as well as Bread for the World.

Among many positions, she served on Hospitality, Children’s Religious Education, and Peace and Social Concerns Committee in San Francisco.  She has also served on the Latin America Concerns Committee of Yearly Meeting.  She worked for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) as the Peace Education Coordinator since 1999.  She has served on the Steering Committee for some of the large pre-war demonstrations that took place in San Francisco before the Iraq War started to small work committees that keep programs alive and growing.  She supervises the work of Pablo Paredes who started a youth program that is focused on migrant youth.

Heidi Pidcoke, Trustee

Heidi received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1988 from Bryn Mawr College, and Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Family Therapy in 1995 at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  She is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Currently she works for the UN Institute for Training and Research, developing a cross-cutting program to address stress, trauma and increase resilience and well-being for those working in conflict and post-conflict settings.  She also has a private practice as a Tri-lingual Psychologist, with an international practice in English, Spanish and Portuguese focusing on a range of issues from trauma to depression, attachment issues and marital conflict.  She lived in Africa for 11 years working as a psychotherapist and Quaker Missionary. During her time in Kenya, she provided counseling as an income generating project for Watoto wa Lwanga whose activities focused on providing skills and schooling for orphans and vulnerable children.  Later she worked supporting the Alternatives to Violence Project  Kenya Trust in their work in refugee camps, slums and prisons. Previously in South Africa, she helped establish and direct the Mahube AIDS Project at the Wesley Methodist City Mission in Pretoria.  She also worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marin & Napa as Associate Executive Director, and the Marin YMCA as Director of Youth & Family Services. She began worshipping with Quakers during her college years, and became a member of San Francisco Monthly Meeting in 2001. She currently lives in Pasadena, California.

Phyllis Jewell, Trustee

Phyllis (Flip) Jewell is the parent of a Fall 2013 graduate of The Woolman Semester, who still maintains ties with his Woolman cabin-mates as they each are following their own path to useful and fulfilling work.  Her son’s pivotal experience at Woolman, and her own Quaker heritage, have inspired Flip to remain committed to the organization.  She served on the Woolman board initially from 2015 to 2018, during which time she clerked the board’s Personnel Committee.  She rejoined the board in September 2020, and is assisting with board governance matters as they relate to the wide variety of projects the organization is considering and implementing.  She holds a B.A. in Modern European Languages & Literature from Pomona College and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.  She has practiced immigration law full-time in San Francisco since 1985, and founded her current firm 20+ years ago.  Her organizational management experience includes serving as her firm’s managing partner and overseeing its growth from four to thirty employees.  Her nonprofit governance experience includes past appointed and elected roles in the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Dan Shoemaker, Trustee

Dan brings with him to the board more than twenty years of experience in higher education, and a passion for values-driven institutions. Dan holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s degree in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University, and a BA in Communications and Media Arts from Antioch College. Dan is also a 1990 alumnus of the Scholar Intern Program at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, in Atlanta, where he studied the history of the Civil Rights movement and Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence. While a student at Antioch, Dan worked in several different capacities for their Admissions Office, and was involved in alumni efforts to save the school from closure in 2008. Dan is delighted to be back in his native California, and to be amidst the natural beauty and calm of the Woolman campus.

Patricia Phillips, Recording Clerk

Pat is a nurse for Home Health and Hospice.   She was raised mostly in New York State and moved to California in 1972 to attend college in Oakland.  She graduated from Merritt College with an A.A. in Early Childhood Education.  Then she attended Holy Names College and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Recreation and co-owned and operated a nursery school.  She moved to Nevada County looking for a spiritual home and to introduce her children to an organized spiritual group.  She discovered the Quakers in the Grass Valley Friends Meeting and has been a member for the last 40 years.  She was on staff at the John Woolman School from 1985 to 1992, serving in a variety of positions including running the farm and Health Care Coordinator.  In 1994 she graduated from American River College with a A.S. in Nursing.  As a Board member her interest stems from a deep love of the school and years there.  In many ways she felt transformed in my Woolman experience by working with the extraordinary staff, students and the mission of this type of education.  She believes that in these difficult times the world really needs education with the emphasis on sustainability, ecology, peace and Quaker values.

Olivia Henry, Trustee

Olivia (she/her/hers) is a media and cooperative advocate living in Sacramento. She recently completed a master’s degree in community development at UC Davis, and served as a graduate intern for University of California Cooperative Extension, the Sustainable Economies Law Center and The Mendocino Voice. Olivia previously worked as a consultant for The Listening Post Collective in support of community information projects in California’s Central Valley. She’s also served in communications, outreach and community engagement roles with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, KALW Public Radio, San Francisco Public Press, the Institute for Nonprofit News and Mother Jones.

 

Alexa Hauser, Interim Treasurer

Alexa happily joins the Board bringing 40 years of experience in the public school system as a teacher, staff developer, systems change facilitator, and principal.  From an undergrad major in Dramatic Art, followed by elementary teaching and administrative credentials, and a Master’s in staff development, she offers a commitment to equitable education, joy in the Arts, and an interest in how systems can work toward moral and humane aims.  In retirement, she has focused on community building, housing and food justice, and has become a neighborhood farmer.

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