Woolman Staff and Board

Staff Members

Marty Coleman-Hunt, Co-Executive Director for Operations

Marty Coleman-Hunt is a leader in land and water conservation in Northern California and nationally, with experience that spans executive management, strategic planning, advocacy and community relations.  After graduate school, Marty had the extraordinary opportunity to work for Dianne Feinstein for two years on a campaign about exposure to toxics, which led to a 20-year career in Silicon Valley.

During a short sabbatical she 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. In her time there she significantly grew the organization’s conservation footprint, resources and assets. The position allowed her to engage on broader environmental initiatives locally and regionally.  She developed relationships with elected and agency leaders, NGO executives, and philanthropic donors.  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.  She holds influential roles on conservation alliances and councils – all while remaining passionate about the Sierra Nevada watershed in which she lives.

  

 

Amy Cooke, Co-Executive Director for Advancement

Before arriving at Woolman, Amy had been a teacher, the founding school principal of a democratic school,  and a chef.  She has taught all ages from pre-school through college, guided by the sense of each person's innate and unique gifts.  She came to the Woolman campus with her husband Chamba and daughter Nora in 2000 as Head of School of John Woolman School. Fifteen months later, the four-year boarding program was suspended and the visions for The Woolman Semester and Camp Woolman were born.   Amy continued in her role as Head of School until 2005 and stayed on staff until 2006 when she and Chamba built a home next to the school. After a brief stint in the film industry, Amy and Chamba bought Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli in nearby Grass Valley. Serving food in the community and connecting with local farms became a second passion.  In 2016 she returned to Woolman as Interim Director, and became Executive Director in 2017.    

Carl Sigmond, Technology Coordinator

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, a position he held until 2017. 

Carl left the Woolman staff in 2017 to become the Disability Community Advocate for the FREED Center for Independent Living, our local disability advocacy organization. He then returned to his roots on the East Coast and joined the staff of the Earthdance Creative Living Project, an artist-run workshop, residency and retreat center nestled in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, serving as their Operations Manager. In February 2020, Carl returned to Woolman once again to help us improve our website and technological infrastructure and also have time and space to develop the next generation of his keyboard and communication device, with the goal of being able to type and communicate faster. 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!.

   

Chris Benfield, Maintenance Supervisor

Chris Benfield grew up in the north of England. His interest in art led him to move to New York in the 90s after completing a B.A. in Fine Art (Painting) at Wimbledon Art School. After moving to San Francisco during the Dot Com Boom he became involved in activism via Art & Revolution's street theater and prop making for demonstrations.  Burning Man was a main focus for him for many years with its large art building through collectivism and wild, edgy possibilities, until a spiritual hunger that couldn't be satisfied in the desert, demanded a grounding in earth-based traditions which he has been devoted to for the last 10 years.

   

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Board of Directors

Sandra Schwartz, Clerk
Sandra is an activist, social worker, member of a Quaker Meeting for 34 years, mother, friend, passionate about social justice and progressive education. She joined the CPFEA Board because she wanted to support the effort to offer a progressive educational model based on justice, peace and sustainability with a healthy dose of Quaker values to high school students. She was particularly intrigued by the partnership with MetWest and other Big Picture schools. She loved the idea of including urban youth in an experience that is often only available to the privileged, meaning people who know how to find and access these kinds of programs.
   Dr. Dan Shoemaker, Board Member
Dr. Dan C. Shoemaker (Ph.D., American Studies, University of New Mexico), former faculty at Bowling Green State University's Department of Popular Culture/School of Cultural and Critical Studies (Bowling Green, OH). Dan is an alumnus of beleaguered Antioch College, and was deeply involved in alumni efforts to prevent the college's closure in 2008, serving briefly as co-chair of the College Revival Fund's Direct Action Committee and as a member of the Antioch College Action Network. Dan is also a 1990 graduate of the Scholar Intern Program of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, an immersive experience in the philosophy of nonviolence and the history of the Civil Rights movement.  At BGSU, Dan took part in the nationally recognized BGX program (The Bowling Green Experience!), which emphasized ethics and values questions across disciplines for incoming freshmen. Subsequently, Dan was tapped to teach pilot sections of the Inquiry courses, which were intended to undo the damage wrought by No Child Left Behind education policies. Dan lends his expertise in progressive education and experiential learning to Board oversight of Woolman's educational programs.

Sarah Tyrrell, Treasurer
Sarah graduated from John Woolman School in 1978.  She has been active on the CPFEA board for many years, and is a dedicated and ardent supporter of all things Woolman! Sarah is a Release Engineer, currently working with Cisco Corporation.  

   Pat Phillips, Secretary of Record
Bio pending.  

Paul Jolly

Paul Jolly is a graduate of John Woolman High School ('78)  and holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland.  He is a published poet and an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting).  He has worked as a fundraiser at Scattergood Friends School, Pendle Hill Retreat Center, the ACLU, the Wilderness Society, and many other organizations.

Paul has been strengthening relationships between donors and nonprofit organizations for 25 years. His history as a fundraiser includes building support for The Wilderness Society, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, among other organizations.