CTP's Board of Directors
Board Chair, Pieter Bohen holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in Wildlife Biology/Botany. Most of Pieter’s professional experience is in managing environmental nonprofit organizations. He has served as the Executive Director and now President of the Farm & Wilderness Foundation for the past seven years. He was a founding staff member as the Director of Programs for EarthCorps, a Seattle based international Conservation Corps, which trains international and American young adults in leadership and habitat restoration skills. From there he was recruited to serve as Vice President of the Stewardship Program of Cascade Land Conservancy where he co-founded the Green Seattle Partnership, a twenty-year public-private partnership to restore Seattle’s urban forests, and the Green Cities Program, which now serves eight cities in the Puget Sound region. Pieter currently serves on the Boards of the Plymouth Memory Tree Community Fund; Sustainable Woodstock; and he is a Trustee of Funds for the North Chapel Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodstock.
Board Secretary, Deb Hawthorn is a writer, editor, and group facilitator with a primary interest in justice, community resilience, and the co-creative aspects of social change. While raising her son as a single parent, she held a variety of jobs, including Director of Public Information at Bennett College and Office Manager for the Urban Design Section of Boston’s “Big Dig.” Since moving to The Upper Valley in 1993, she has worked on sustainability issues, served as Director of Outreach for Old Dog Documentaries, and managed her own small business.
Deb has served on the Program Committee of the American Friends Service Committee (Vermont), on the founding boards of Vermont Peace Academy and Sustainable Woodstock, and as a church trustee and convener of a social justice task force for North Universalist Chapel Society (UU) in Woodstock. Under the auspices of Transition Town WRJ and the Center for Transformational Practice, she facilitated monthly Dawn Visioning sessions from 2010-2012.
Board Treasurer, Randy Walker is currently assisting on projects with his teacher, a reknowned tracker and author Tom Brown Jr. Between 1995 and 2013, Randy served as the Executive Director of Hannah House, a community outreach & vocational program, onsite day care program and residential program for adjudicated youth. When he is not tracking in Manahawkin, New Jersey, he lives in Royalton, Vermont where he entertains occasional visits from his three children Rizzie (27), Ki (25), and Stu (20). Speaking about himself, he says, "Am in a place now where I can follow my vision to help bring people back to connecting with the Earth, and learn skills in physical survival and spiritual healing."
Board member, Mark Kutolowski, OlbSB, is a retreat leader, wilderness guide and spiritual teacher in the Christian contemplative tradition. In 2007, Mark founded New Creation Wilderness Programs (www.newcreationwilderness.org), and continues to lead retreats through New Creation that focus on wilderness immersion and engagement with nature as a means of healing and spiritual growth. Mark is a lay Benedictine Oblate, committed to living a contemplative life outside the monastic cloister. Mark is a Centering Prayer instructor through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd, a guest minister in the Upper Valley region, and also teaches traditional wilderness living and survival skills at Dartmouth College.
Board Member, Chris Wood has been a community organizer for 35 years with a variety of nonprofit organizations representing the arts, agriculture, politics and community development. He is a founder, co-founder or first director of such nonprofits as Rural Vermont, Focus on Film (Green Mountain Film Festival), Vermont Community Loan Fund, Vermont Community Reinvestment Association, Vermont Resource Cooperative, Onion River Arts Council, Vermont Consumers' Campaign for Health, Studio Place Arts, Gross National Happiness USA, Vermont Jobs with Justice and, most recently, BALE (Building A Local Economy) where he is Director. He has managed a food cooperative and co-founded a successful Montpelier restaurant. He has also served on many nonprofit boards. When he can get outside, find him hiking the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Board member, Bhavesh Lad received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Mumbai, India and Master of Science (M.S.) degree with majors in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville. He has been working in the Voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing technology. Bhavesh is inspired by the thoughts and the mission of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya and has been associated since childhood with the spiritual organization All World Gayatri Pariwar. His journey in the mission starts with the yagya movement, which is a unique approach of mass communication with performing of rituals. He currently volunteers as a teacher serving value based education to pre-teen kids at Gayatri Chetna Center, New Jersey. Upon being formally trained in meditation and spiritual techniques, Bhavesh has contributed by practicing and sharing these techniques to many more by conducting one-day workshops at many locations.
Board member, Maureen Burford, M.Ed. has spent the past 32 years helping thousands of children and adults improve their lives via creative and contemplative arts and education. She has taught, lectured and performed nationally and internationally. She serves as the founding director of Creative Lives, Inc. -- a non-profit devoted to helping children thrive through a holistic approach to education based on philosopher Ellen Tadd's groundbreaking understanding of human development.
As Artistic Director of Revels North in Hanover, NH from 2006 - 2015, she developed year-round programming, formed a regional afterschool program, a traveling teen ensemble, and created large-scale productions playing for capacity audiences at Dartmouth College's Spaulding Auditorium. Burford's extensive educational background includes years of study in meditation, philosophy and A Framework for Wise Education with Ellen Tadd.
Board member, Marta Ceroni is the Executive Director of the Donella Meadows Institute, a non-profit in Norwich, Vermont whose focus is transforming the economic system at the level of mindsets and visions of equitable wellbeing. A forest ecologist by training, over the years Marta has seen the redesign of the economic system as the leverage point to get to 'sustainability.' Before moving to the Upper Valley, Marta worked for 10 years as a research faculty at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. In her work she tries to balance scientific rigor, advocacy and mindfulness. Away from her desk, Marta finds happiness in modern dance, accordion playing, growing vegetables, and native Italian cooking.
Board member, Nrupali Patel received her Ph.D in Plant Pathology from North Caroline State University in 2008. She moved to New Jersey soon after to be with her family and to begin to work at Rutgers University. From 2008 to 2013 she conducted research to understand biological control agents for use as management strategies to control diseases of crop plants. Apart from growing her profession, her work at the Gayatri Chetna (Consciousness) Center reflects her dedication to the spiritual organization, Gayatri Pariwar, since childhood. Her main role in this mission began by volunteering for the National Youth Awakening Camps in the USA since 2003. These camps allow members of the young Indian community to meet annually and discuss key points in personal growth and development. In 2012, after being trained in various spiritual techniques developed by the Gayatri Pariwar, she conducted several one-day workshops at various Gayatri Centers sharing the importance of nurturing the body, mind and soul through spiritual practices. In 2014, Nrupali took a one year personal sabbatical to Dev Sanskriti University in India to understand the philosophy of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya and Swami Vivekananda, two great personalities that have given revolutionary ideas on concepts of the “power of thought” (Vichar Kranti) and its role on the survival of human existence in the coming years.