Woolman Semester Staff

Administration

Headshot Amy Cooke, Interim Director

Amy 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 vision for The Woolman Semester was born. Amy continued in her role as Head of School until 2005, and she 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. As she returns to Woolman after a 10 year hiatus, she marvels as the full circle her life has taken. She is driven by the vision for a sustainably run educational center embodying meaningful learning embedded in a diverse community.   

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!.

Headshot Keenan Lorenzato, Camp Director

Keenan is ecstatic for his first summer as Camp Woolman Director. A perennial face over the past 15 years he has contributed in many ways to the centers community. A veteran backpacker, Keenan served in two conservation corps restoring native habitat to parks and wilderness lands in Washington and California. In previous summers Keenan has worked at the Woolman camps as a counselor, operations manager, and TLC director. Keenan holds a BS in Biology from Guilford College with a minor in Quaker Studies. He is inspired by community formation, studying nature, and outdoor play.

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Headshot Hilary Ellis-Lavigne, Housekeeper

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 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.