Megan joined Craigardan to help establish the farm component to the organization. Megan has been farming in the Northeast since she graduated from Dickinson College in 2013, where she majored in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. Before moving to Keene, Megan was based in Essex, NY working at North Country Creamery as their cafe manager and at Essex Farm working with livestock and learning about full animal butchering and slaughtering. Megan has a love for the outdoors through farming, cooking, hiking, cycling, swimming, and art and is excited to continue to explore the intersections that can take place between those, especially here at Craigardan!
Michele received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and worked under various artists including Petras Vaskys and Laszlo Fekete studying the finer points of design, mold making, and sculpture. She spent six years designing sculptural and architectural tile with tile-maker Marie Baron in Philadelphia, PA and Albuquerque, NM before traveling the world and finding her home in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. With her husband and fellow artist, Michael Intrabartola, she became intensely interested in entrepreneurialism, the revitalization of small rural towns, food and agriculture, art, education and historic preservation - and the connections between them. Three businesses and three nonprofits later, she is thrilled to now serve as co-founder and executive director of such an important and timely organization.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michele is the co-founder and executive director of Craigardan. See bio above.
Lorene is a native Northern Californian fortunate to have also lived in Okinawa, Italy, Taiwan, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Perdu University. A decade ago, Lorene abandoned a twenty-year aerospace engineering carer to write full time and study with indigenous healers in Peru. Her articles, essays, memoir excerpts and poetry have appeared in print. A 2010 PEN Center USA Emerging Voice Fellow, Lorene is also a Pushcart Prize nominee. She enjoys working with nonprofits, is passionate about sustainable living, writing, the arts, and spiritual pursuits. Lorene currently lives and works in a green home in the Bay Area while caring for her mom.
Janelle Schwartz, phd
Janelle founded the Hamilton College Adirondack Program in 2013, a place-based, semester-long immersion program that combines the interdisciplinary study of local environmental issues and their global implications with research-based fieldwork, internships, and cooperative living. It is based here in Keene, on Hurricane Rd, just around the corner from Craigardan! She continues to serve as its director, teaching and working to build a vibrant and cooperative living-learning community between students and faculty, the High Peaks region and the Adirondacks at large. Janelle earned her doctorate in literature and the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught English literature and environmental studies at Loyola University New Orleans before coming to Hamilton College. She has published articles, essays and blogs on literature and ecology, cabinets of curiosity, pedagogy and more. Her book, Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism, came out in 2012 from the University of Minnesota Press, and one of her next research projects involves the work and life of Adirondack painter and woodsman Don Wynn. Janelle also freelances as an education consultant. She lives in Keene with her husband, baby girl, three dogs, bees, and many home projects.
David Speert, md
David is originally from Westchester County, New York. He graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and subsequently trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota respectfully. He was the Sauder Family Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Head of the Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases for 20 years at the University of British Columbia and BC Children's Hospital until his retirement in June 2017. He now lives with his wife, ceramic artist Carol Fay Stein, in Kittery Point, Maine. David is a father of 3 children and is passionate about the care for and nurturing of children in both his personal and professional lives. He is also passionate about the environment and is a student of the arts including photography and woodworking. He serves on the stewardship committee of the Kittery Land Trust in Maine and plans to devote much of his energy to woodworking, hoping to perfect the finer aspects of joinery and creative design. David is also an avid gardener and biker and a beginning but very keen knitter.
Lanse received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976, and his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in 1982. He established a clay studio in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1985, and for 25 years sold his work at the major US craft shows. His work has been exhibited nationally. He was an adjunct professor of ceramics at Endicott College in Beverly, and taught adult classes at ceramics studios in the area. From 2006 to 2015 he worked with independent schools on Boston’s North Shore, developing and maintaining custom school information systems. In 2015 he moved to Keene Valley, NY, and has been building a studio there.
Barbara has taught visual arts and natural sciences to students from kindergarten through high school in both private and public schools for more than 35 years. She has served as faculty department chair, coordinator for summer school programs, created inter-school art networks, and developed new courses/curricula for schools. In Hawai’i, she was co-director of a nature center and served as the summer program head-teacher and the coordinator and hike leader for weekend events. With her artist and designer husband Paul Nowicki, Barbara was co-founder of the Hurricane Mountain Clay Studio in Keene, the early precursor to Craigardan. She and Paul developed the programs and built the structures to create opportunities in ceramics for emerging artists and to provide clay classes in the community. Barbara holds a BA in the history of art with a minor in anthropology, extensive study at the graduate level in ceramics with a focus on education, an MS in environmental/holistic science, and the design certificate in permaculture.
Brooks was born in Mystic, CT during the height of the Watergate scandal and the end of the Viet Nam war. He sailed, hiked the Adirondacks, and learned watercolor from his paternal grandmother. Brooks was raised at Holderness School in Plymouth, NH where his father taught calculus. He took full advantage of the arts and performance buildings when school was out, and focused on photography, film, music performance and theory and Nordic skiing when school was in session. He later studied painting and photography at Hartford Art School and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In lieu of a degree, he has overcompensated with rigorous explorations of the American Civil War, quantum theory, Albert Camus, and fifty other non income-generating knowledge sets. He is the owner of Rock Maple Design, a design-build firm committed to building and restoring homes and designing and fabricating furnishings in Keene, NY.
frances WesTley, phd
Frances currently holds the title of Emeritus Professor, School for Environment, Enterprise and Development at University of Waterloo. Before her retirement in August 2017, she held the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation and was the founding Director for the Waterloo Institute on Social Innovation and Resilience at the University of Waterloo. She is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent publications have focused on the relationship between art and science in social transformation. Frances is known for her program designs, specifically for mid-career professionals interested in social transformation. From the Masters of Voluntary Sector Leadership, designed and delivered at McGill University to her most recent program - the Social Innovation Residency, at the Banff School of Fine Arts, her work has influenced many Canadian leaders and innovators.