The mission of the Camphill Foundation is to grow, strengthen and safeguard the Camphill movement in North America. We serve the mission primarily by funding activities that increase the number of Camphill communities and Camphill inspired initiatives; the number of people served by Camphill; and the number of co-workers serving in Camphill communities.
Camphill Foundation was formed in 1966 with a mission of supporting two fledgling Camphill communities in New York and Pennsylvania. Today Camphill Foundation helps support 15 communities in North America as well as others worldwide and has granted over $8 million in strategic grants and low interest loans to help grow and sustain the Camphill movement.
Roby’s entire professional life has been spent at W.W. Norton and Company, the oldest and largest independent book publisher, where he is the Vice Chairman. His own editorial work focuses on global ethics, philosophy, and international relations. All three of Roby’s sons have been connected with Camphill–his two oldest, Andrew and Peter, were coworkers through the Americorps program, and his youngest Matthew is a very happy student at Triform. Roby and his wife Julie split their time between NYC and Ghent, NY where they have an 18th century farmhouse with 10 outbuildings, gardens, and animals.
After graduating from Bennington College, Rachel sought for an avenue to combine her thirst for genuine community with her experience in education, interest in sustainable business, passion for social renewal, and love for meetings. Her search led her to the Camphill Movement. She now lives and works at Camphill Soltane, where she runs the Camphill Soltane Foundation (overseeing fundraising and asset management) and lives in a big old farmhouse with her husband and nine other people.
Amy Rubenstein is the sibling of a long time companion of Camphill. She and her family have been involved with Camphill Soltane and the Foundation for over 20 years. After a 22-year career in advertising, Amy embarked on her second career as a special educator. She lives in Chappaqua, New York with her husband Steven and their two children, Jake and Perri.
Originally from the Netherlands, Kerst studied mechanical engineering. In 1990, after working and traveling in the Middle East and Latin America, Kerst and his wife Carla came to Camphill. The couple spent 8 years in Camphill Botton Village and Oaklands Park in Britain and in 1998 they moved to Camphill Village USA. For nearly 20 years Kerst has worked in Camphill woodshops, and has also spent many years involved with Camphill finances. Kerst and his wife have raised two children in Camphill and Kerst is currently part of the Camphill Village USA Focus group as well as a house leader in the community.
Kam became a Camphill co-worker in 1996 when she moved to Botton Village in North Yorkshire, England, from New York City where she worked in not-for-profit public relations. Developing a deep appreciation for shared living and a communal life-style, Kam remained in Botton for 6 years, studying bio-dynamic horticulture for three of those years. After leaving Botton Kam returned to the states and moved to Camphill Village USA in Copake, NY. In 2011 Kam took on the Executive Directorship of Camphill Hudson and continues to serve in that capacity today. Kam also serves as the Treasurer of the Camphill Association of North America.
Michael is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University, where he directed the Institute for the Arts and Humanities from 2010-2017. He is the author of ten books to date, including Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (Pantheon, 1996), about his son Jamie, born in 1991 with Down syndrome, and What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education (W. W. Norton, 2006). In 2016, he published The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read (NYU Press) and Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up (Beacon), the latter of which was written with extensive input from Jamie himself.
Bill Borrelle is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Pitney Bowes, a global technology company, leading brand strategy and advertising, digital marketing, social media, events and global demand generation. Before joining Pitney Bowes in 2013, Bill was the Chief Executive Officer of Mcgarrybowen New York, a full-service advertising agency. He holds a B.S. from Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Bill and his husband John have been long-time supporters of the Camphill Foundation.
Scott is currently an independent consultant working with companies in the education and entertainment industries. Since 2007 Scott has served as Chief Financial Officer for several companies and prior thereto held various financial positions at New York Life Insurance Company. Scott earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University, a Masters in Business Administration from New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Scott, his wife Pam and their two kids live in Irvington, New York.
Adam is the Campaign Manager at Roomi, a free platform that helps people find flexible, affordable co-living solutions. He is also an experienced political and organizing professional, with a specialty in education advocacy. Throughout the course of his career Adam has managed large-scale candidate, issue organizing and corporate marketing campaigns leading to the successful election of various office holders, the passage of meaningful legislation and demonstrable company growth. Prior to beginning his career in politics, Adam taught for two years in New Orleans as a Teach For American Corps Member. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history and political science form the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Adam’s brother Max spent much of his childhood at Camphill Special School and now lives at Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick, VT.
Peggy is an currently an angel investor with Golden Seeds, an organization
focused on supporting female entrepreneurs. She is a CFA with over 30
years of experience in the finance, including positions in equity
analysis, investment banking, and corporate finance. She has became
acquainted with Camphill through Le Beal, a wonderful community in France
that she has long admired. Currently, Peggy lives in Boston where she is
a mentor to women entrepreneurs, an avid tennis player and Patriots fan
Bill is senior partner of a New York law firm specializing in complex matrimonial matters. He and his wife, Betsy, have been staunch supporters of Camphill for 34 years, since their daughter became a student at Beaver Run. Bill is a former President and still a member of the Boards of both this Foundation and the school, and Betsy serves as Treasurer of the Beaver Run Foundation.
Jerry has been on the Camphill Foundation board for 16 years. He is currently an at-large Trustee of the Camphill Association of North America and investment advisor to six additional Camphill communities. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in the field of philosophy. Jerry entered the investment world through Merrill Lynch in 1977 and founded his own financial planning and investment advisory practice, Arista Investment Advisors, Ltd in 1984. He earned the CFP® designation in 1988. Arista has offices in Albany, NY and Honolulu, HI, where Jerry lives. As part of his lifelong study of the world’s great spiritual traditions, Jerry teaches workshops in meditation, self-transformation, and the spiritual nature of money as the carrier of social and communal vitality. Jerry tenaciously holds on to the dream of reviving his high school and college garage band, where he was a wannabe lead guitarist.
Jennifer, a businesswoman and lawyer, recently co-founded a healthcare technology company that will give consumers the tools to learn the true cost of their care and the extent of coverage under various insurance plans. Previously, Jennifer practiced law as a class action attorney litigating consumer protection cases in the areas of healthcare, pharmaceuticals and banking. She has been inspired by the many examples of independence and solidarity in the Camphill communities she has visited. She lives in Stamford, CT with her husband, Kevin O’Brien, and her two children, Benjamin and Abigail.
Florie is the General Manager of the Manhattan Theater Company. She began her theatrical career in 1985 as an assistant to producer Jim Walsh on the long-running Broadway hit, I’m Not Rappaport. As a company manager, she oversaw such shows as The Heidi Chronicles, Once on this Island and Conversations with My Father. From 1993-1996, she served as company manager at Lincoln Center Theater, where her projects included The Sisters Rosensweig, A Delicate Balance and The Heiress. She was an associate general manager at Stuart Thompson Productions from 1996-2000, where she worked on Skylight, A Doll’s House, Diary of Anne Frank, Not About Nightingales, Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and tours of Art and Master Class. From 2001-2005, she was associate producer at Disney Theatrical Productions, where she was responsible for general managing projects in development such as The Little Mermaid, Tarzan and On the Record. In 2005, Florie was appointed as General Manager of the Manhattan Theater Company where she continues to serve. She holds a B.A. from Smith College.
James P. Seery, Jr. is a Senior Managing Director and co-Head of Credit at Guggenheim Securities LLC, an integrated investment bank. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2017, Mr. Seery was the President of River Birch Capital, LLC, a global credit fund manager. and previously, partner at Sidley Austin LLP New York and co-Head of its Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy Group. Mr. Seery graduated in 1990 from New York Law School, magna cum laude, where he was an editor of the Law Review and Colgate University in 1984. HIs nephew graduated from Camphill Special School and currently attends Camphill Community Triform.
Executive Director: Before joining Camphill Foundation as executive director in 2010, Shelley served on the Camphill Foundation board for six years, continuing a family tradition begun in 1995, when Shelley’s husband, Donald Meltzer, joined the board, serving as board President from 2000-2005. A political philosopher by trade and a second degree black belt by training, with a BA and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Shelley has published a book on 18C political theory and numerous scholarly articles, as well as the 2009 New York Times Magazine article, “Saying Yes to Ryan.” Her family’s passionate connection to Camphill began with the birth of their third child, Declan, who was born with Down syndrome and who passed away in 1996. Shelley and Donald now live in Greenwich, CT with their two youngest children.
Assistant to the Director: Peggy joined the Camphill Foundation in 2012 after leaving Citibank. In addition to her responsibilities as assistant to the director, she serves as the foundation’s bookkeeper and Grant Manager. Peggy lives in Chestnut Ridge with her husband, two dogs, and her cockatiel.
Communications Project Manager. Erin has worked exclusively in the non-profit sector with a background in donor cultivation, communications and events organization. Her role at Camphill Foundation has grown and expanded over her 5 years of employment so that she is now responsible for producing all graphic work in-house while also coordinating all related communications projects. Erin works remotely from St. Petersburg, Florida.
Kevin is from Minneapolis, MN and joined the Camphill Foundation in 2014. Prior to this Kevin was executive director of Bridges to Community from 2008-2013 and executive director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners from 2003-2008. From 1992-2003, Kevin worked with Maryknoll in Nairobi, Kenya as the principal of St. Martin’s Girls High School, a school for impoverished girls from Nairobi’s slum communities. Kevin has also held positions with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Kevin holds a B.S. in Business Economics from Fordham University and an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College. Kevin and his wife Agnes live in Ossining, NY with their two daughters.