Senta is a Certified Massachusetts Special Needs Teacher (5-12) currently working at Mount Everett Regional School. She was the Arts Program Coordinator at Valley Head School (1996-2007). She provided one-on-one artistic therapy and remediation for students K-8 in the Resource Program of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School from 1988-1995. She was also a board member and vice president of GBRSS board in the early ’90s.
Senta attended Lesley University Graduate School and earned a Masters in Education specializing in creative arts in learning. She received her B.A. from Simon’s Rock with undergraduate studies in Fine Art.
Senta is also a 500-hr. professional level Kripalu yoga instructor with additional certification in Yoga Ed and Yoga Dance, somatic movement, energy healing, and expressive arts therapies. She teaches yoga classes at local studios in the Berkshires.
Sam is a Team Coordinator for students with special needs in the Central Berkshire Regional School District in Dalton, MA. He has worked with people with special needs for twenty years, and as a teacher for fifteen years. His current employment involves facilitating the transition to adult life for students in special education.
Sam has lived in Great Barrington since 1998. He has 3 children who attend Hawthorne Valley School, a Waldorf school in Ghent, NY.
Rob was born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut and educated at Boston College, having spent his Junior year at L’Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium; graduating in 1971 with a BA in Psychology and Theater.
He was a co-founder and first Center Director of the New England Chapter of the Mankind Project and for two years he was a member of the International Board. The Mankind Project is an organization of over 30,000 men dedicated to initiation trainings focused on integrity, accountability and respect.
Rob has worked as a Neuromuscular Therapist in his own practice for 23 years and for 16 years he was a member of the faculty of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA as an adjunct instructor in the Stillpoint Massage program.
And he has been a friend to Maggie, a member of the family of Stanton Home, for nearly 40 years.
Christopher Schaefer has had a lifelong involvement in Waldorf Education. He has been a student, a co-founder of a Waldorf School, a parent of Waldorf School graduates and as a board member and an advisor to Waldorf Schools. Chris has also directed a program is Waldorf School Leadership and Administration in China over the last three years. He has been an organizational development consultant and advisor to corporations such as Ford Motor Company and United Airlines as well as many small businesses, cooperative ventures, farms and alternative non-profit organizations. He is the co-author of Vision in Action: Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations, (Lindisfarne) and the author of Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities, (AWSNA). He holds a PhD in International Politics and Economics and earlier in his career taught at Tufts University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ( M.I.T). He lives in Great Barrington, Mass. and is now semi-retired.
I was born and raised in the Detroit area, was the fourth of five boys. After graduating from Michigan State I played rugby for five years working at different jobs to support my rugby life. By the end of the five years I was substitute teaching in the Detroit School system and enrolled in a Masters program at Wayne State University. Before beginning the study, I found out about Waldorf Education and instead of attending Wayne State, I went to the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College for one year and joined the Orientation Year.
Towards the end of the year I met a visiting teacher from the Camphill Movement, and international Community working with individuals with special needs. I had several opportunities to speak with him during his four week block. After my last conversation with him I decided to attend the Camphill Seminar the following September. During my twelve years in Camphill Special School Beaver Run, I finished the three year seminar, ran a pottery and a woodwork program, took care of the Estate and was a classroom teacher. Each of the twelve years I lived in houses with children with special needs.
After this time a small group of us founded Camphill Soltane, a Youth Guidance community with young adults from eighteen to twenty-five. I married during this time and we had two children. After eight years in Soltane, my family and myself moved to Camphill Triform in Upper State New York, also a Youth Guidance community. During my twenty-one years in Triform I have been a house parent, ran the Estate program, was in charge of student admissions, and was the Triform president for eight year.
I have been on various Boards for thirty-five or so years and am presently retired.
Charlie Noyes has lived in Salisbury, CT since 1986, when he came to live at The Hotchkiss School with his young family and teach studio art. He earned a BA in English Literature from Middlebury College in 1982 and an MAE degree from RISD in 1993. In addition to teaching, he has served as Co-Chair of the Visual & Performing Arts Department, as well as Co-Director of the school’s Tremaine Gallery. Most recently he is splitting his time between teaching in the art studios and coordinating curricular and co-curricular planning for the school’s developing farm program at Fairfield Farm. Since 2014 he has served on the board of ISEEN (Independent School Experiential Education Network), an international organization that promotes and conducts professional development opportunities for teachers interested in experiential education practices. When he is not engaged in working with students and teachers, Charlie is an illustrator, printmaker and painter. He also pursues interests in singing, writing, carpentry and just about all things outdoors. He currently lives in the hills above Salisbury proper with his wife Karin, also an artist, and numerous critters. They have three grown children and two growing grandchildren.
A New Jersey native, I spent many happy summers at camp in the Berkshires. For the last 8 years, I was in Big Sur CA working as a chef, Kitchen Administrator & Food Buyer at the Esalen Institute. A year as an AmeriCorps Volunteer/Co-Worker in Camphill Village Copake NY (2005) led me to culinary school (CIA Hyde Park, AOS ’08); and I currently work in hospitality (Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA). My husband and I recently bought a house in Monterey MA and we are happy to be back in the Berkshires.
Michael Ukropina grew up in San Marino, California, earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 1989 and then graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1995. Over the last 23 years, Mike worked as a business executive leading consumer and industrial packaging manufacturing companies, most recently as Senior Vice President, Consumer Packaging Division, for Graphic Packaging International.
Mike and his wife Kimberley Felton live in Andover, MA and have a home in Egremont, MA. Kimber is on the Board of Directors for the Adaptive Sports Center located in Crested Butte, Colo. Mike and Kimber have three children, Kate, Mitchell and Alex.