Meet Our Faculty and Staff
Education, as a spiritual-cultural activity, can develop best when responsibility is in the hands of those who are actively engaged in the educational process. It needs an organization that is mobile, flexible and responsive to innovation and changing environments. To that end, the Camphill Academy is structured associatively: each program Core Faculty maintains a large degree of programmatic, administrative and fiscal autonomy and is supported by its own administrative office and staff.
The Board of Directors
The Academy’s bylaws provide for a Board of Directors elected by the Collegium and composed of Collegium members and non-vested Board members. The Officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary) form a Management Group responsible for the operations of the Academy. In addition to its fiduciary role, the Board of Directors provides the Academy with access to resources, expertise and relationships to further its growth and development.
The Collegium is tasked to serve as ‘College of Teachers’ for the Academy as a whole, carrying programmatic oversight, safeguarding the spiritual integrity of the Academy and its activities in line with the Academy’s purposes, mission and vision, and providing a venue for the further development of its mission and vision through spiritual colleagueship, ongoing dialogue and practical collaboration between the various individuals and groups involved, including faculty and program development.
The central administrative office carries administrative functions that go beyond the concerns of individual programs or are best shared between programs. It consists of the President, the Coordinator of Academic Affairs, and the Registrar.
The Research Council
The Research Council supports the development of research capacities within the Camphill Movement in North America through the Camphill Academy. It is chaired by the Camphill Academy Research Fellow and includes academic researchers involved in fields relevant to the Camphill Movement.
Core Faculty and Program Administration
The Core Faculty Groups are responsible for all aspects of the development and operation of their respective program cohorts. They consist of senior faculty members who are made available for that task by a participating community. Each Core Faculty Group is chaired by a Program Director and serves as a local ‘College of Teachers’ responsible for the inner and outer integrity of the program. Many Core Faculty Groups are also supported by a program administrator.
Curative Education Program (Camphill Special School)
Sonja Adams (Program Director)
Diedra Heitzman (Site Coordinator, Kimberton Hills)
Kelsey Schwenk (Site Coordinator, Soltane)
Becca Winiarski (Program Administrator)
Social Therapy Program (Camphill Communities California)
Szilvia Budai (Program Co-Director)
Rachel Dripps (Program Administrator)
Philipp Jacob (Program Co-Director)
Social Therapy Program (Camphill Village Kimberton Hills)
Social Therapy Program (Camphill Village USA)
Marc Blachere (Program Co-Director)
Phil Drake (Program Co-Director)
Melody Konderwich (Program Administrator)
Nathan McLaughlin (Site Coordinator, Hudson)
Irena Valujeva-van Beusichem
David Schwartz (Site Coordinator, Ghent)
Takeshi Suesada (Site Coordinator, Triform)
Social Therapy Program (The Cascadia Society)
Social Therapy Program (Heartbeet Lifesharing)
Social Therapy Program (Maison Emmanuel)
Social Therapy Program (Plowshare Farm)
Continuing Education Program
Claus Sproll (Program Director, AdminInstitute)