Staff and Board
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elaine (Eli) Toohey
Elaine (Eli) Toohey landed at EarthWalk in the spring of 2019 as EarthWalk’s new Executive Director! Eli comes to EarthWalk from Another Way in Montpelier Vermont, an organization dedicated to advocacy in mental health care. Working towards missions of profound impact, Eli brings experienced leadership to dynamic organizations designed to grow and change with the needs of the communities they serve. Her skills include ushering organizations through growth, building collaborations, and diversifying funding streams. She is a parent of three children with a background in building youth resilience through connecting with nature. Fostering deeply connected regenerative practices, enacting community-driven vision, and cultivating organizational culture towards sustainability bring meaning and enliven Eli’s work. Holding reverence for the innate wisdom of all beings and deep value of inquiry in all relationships, her formal studies include business, social justice, language development, arts, and somatic embodiment. She holds degrees in Psychology and Human Development concentrating on Human Rights and Resilience from Union Institute and University and Business from Community College of Vermont.
When she’s not collaborating toward strengthening communities, Eli enjoys finding new places to explore, playing board games, and paper arts. She dwells in Montpelier with her three magnificent and magical children and equally magnificent and magical husband, John.
Camilo arrived at EarthWalk in the Fall of 2018 after spending the summer interning at ROOTS, an outdoor education school in Corinth, VT. Most recently he worked as a school teacher in Oakland California and at Trackers East Bay in Berkeley California. Camilo studied at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall Washington. Having grown up in New York City and lived in various cities around the country, Camilo is interested in how the natural world shapes our identity as human beings living in the strange and rapidly changing Anthropocene epoch. Camilo is Certified in CPR & First Aid and is a level 1 MovNat instructor. When he is not working, Camilo likes meditating, reading mystical texts and doing animal movements out on the landscape. email@example.com
Mary McCarthy, MA
Mary joined the EarthWalk team in late 2016. As Development Manager, Mary provides administrative fundraising support and assists with organizational capacity building to help ensure a healthy future for EarthWalk. Mary attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, and received a BA in History and with a minor in human-environment interactions before completing her MA in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. She fell in love with Vermont’s landscape and people and relocated with her partner in early 2016. In addition to her work with EarthWalk, Mary serves as program developer for Azulita Project, a Mexico-based nonprofit, and also works for Sage Mountain Herbal Education Center. Mary always has at least one project on the needles or the spinning wheel, loves reading by the woodstove, and getting outside everyday is a priority! firstname.lastname@example.org
Angella (Ange) Gibbons MA.Ed
FOUNDER & EDUCATION LEADER
Angella founded EarthWalk in 2005. Almost fifteen years later, Ange made the decision to step aside as Executive Director and move to a part-time role to create space for new leadership. She is now excited to work with Eli, EarthWalk's new Executive Director. Ange will focus on mentoring educators through the Field Institute, documenting curriculum and ensuring land stewardship. She has over 30 years of field experience mentoring children and adults that inform EarthWalk's educational framework and vision. Ange is featured in the book Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State by Elizabeth Courtney and Eric Zencey, which traces 50 years of the state’s environmental movement. Her coursework includes an MA in Education from Goddard College (2018) and a BA from UVM in 1983. Ange also completed expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. She has certification in Wildlife Track & Sign (level III) with Cybertracker Conservation and certification in Wilderness First Aid. Ange is an earthwalker at work and at home, following tracks and finding nature mysteries, and trying to be helpful to her husband Dennis to raise good food.
Luke has been an EarthWalk Village School and Summer Camp Mentor since the spring of 2014. Leading up to his time at EarthWalk, Luke spent 11 months living off the land at Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Northern Wisconsin learning skills to be happy and healthy while living as a hunter-gatherer in the forest. From 2012 to 2014 Luke was an instructor in Connecticut at Two Coyotes Wilderness School and Circle of Trees Programs. In 2013-14 he studied traditional living skills as an apprentice at ROOTS school in Corinth, VT. Luke is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and he spends much of his spare time crafting, hide tanning, tracking and harvesting, preparing and eating wild foods.
Justin joined EarthWalk Field Institute as a guest instructor in 2019. He is a naturalist, healer, teacher, and earth living skills enthusiast, who lives in the hills of northern Vermont. Justin first got started on a journey towards nature awareness and connection as a teenager, through the writings of Tom Brown Jr. Since then, he has studied at the Tracker School and has been teaching earth living skills for over 10 years. In 2011, Justin graduated from S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. From 2012-2018 he mentored youth and adults at Primitive Pursuits in Ithaca NY. In addition, since 2013, Justin has been studying at Wilderness Fusion Healing School in North Carolina. He now teaches courses at the school, guiding others towards their own self-discovery and healing. Justin has certification in Wildlife Track & Sign (level III) with Cybertracker Conservation and certification in Wilderness First Aid. When Justin is not teaching you may find him hunting in the woods with his handcrafted bow and arrows, making baskets out of Black Ash, and enjoying time outdoors with his family.
YOUTH PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Anika began at EarthWalk as an apprentice in 2009, then later served as a mentor in the Village school and summer camp in 2010-2011. In 2011, Anika left EarthWalk to explore various other nature-connection and outdoor education organizations, including the Kauai Nature School in Hawaii and the North Woods Stewardship Center in Charleston, VT. In 2014, Anika returned to EarthWalk to direct our Youth Programs. Anika graduated from Sterling College in 2009 with a BA in Conservation Ecology and is an aspiring naturalist who delights in sharing her love of the great Northwoods with people of all ages. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and certified lifeguard. In Anika's spare time, she enjoys bike-riding, illustrating and weaving baskets. email@example.com
Sophie joined the EarthWalk staff as a Mentor in Fall 2019 but has orbited on the periphery of the EarthWalk community for many years. Sophie taught wilderness survival and stealth craft skills as a volunteer instructor for teen and adult scout classes at ROOTS school between 2014 and 2017. They worked as a counselor and advisor at the Not Back to School Camp from 2014-2015, and acted as an emotional support person for a group of 70 unschooled/homeschooled teens. Sophie grew up unschooled, in southern VT. They have a passion for alternative education models that allow for children of all ages to be fully seen, respected, and supported in their own unique passions and needs. Sophie believes that deep authentic connection with, and reverence for the more-than-human world is essential to the well-being of human culture, and brings this sensibility to their work with children. They bring with them a framework that is informed by their involvement in social justice projects, eco-defense campaigns, radical pedagogy, and queer community.
Yarden Sal'ei (Yard)
Yard came to EarthWalk in 2015 as a Mentor Apprentice, and participated in the seasonal Field Institute residencies. The following year, Yard became an after-school mentor. In 2017, Yard worked at summer camps, and in the fall began the year as an EarthWalk Village School mentor. Yard grew up in suburban New Jersey, where it seemed like the wild things lived off the interstate or on the edges of parking lots. During a summer on a farm in the Champlain Islands, Yard discovered a playful curiosity about the natural world. Since then, Yard has spent time as an apprentice at Koviashuvik Local Living School in Maine, as a counselor at Flying Cloud, and as a mentor at Kindle, in Vermont. Yard is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. These days, Yard likes to gather wild food, look up close at wildflowers and insects, and carve spruce burls into bowls.