Board of Trustees

President, Tom James


Thomas James became Provost, Dean of the College, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University on July 1, 2007, and is also Professor of History and Education in TC’s Department of Arts and Humanities. Tom was formerly Dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Previously, he was Vice Dean and Professor of Educational History at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and prior to that, a tenured professor at Brown University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. A historian by training, he is the author of Exile Within: The Schooling of Japanese Americans 1942–45.

He also has written on law and the history of education, educational governance and control, and experiential education. As a child, Tom attended the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago, founded by John Dewey.


Treasurer, Matt Stinchcomb


Before heading up the Good Work Institute, Matt was the longest serving employee and the VP, Values, and Impact at In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company’s vision, mission, and values, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet. In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine ‘Figure of Progress’. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. In 2016, He became a BALLE Local Economy Fellow.

Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Schumacher Center for New Economics (Chair) and Naropa University. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in Rhinebeck, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.


Secretary, Bob Fox



Bob Fox is one of New York’s most respected architects and sustainability leaders, and is a foremost authority on green buildings. Bob’s distinguished career includes numerous honors for leadership and sustainable design, establishing him as an influential voice in the architectural profession, the business community, and in service to the public sector.

Having completed 4 Times Square, which set new standards for energy efficient high-rise buildings, Bob joined with Richard Cook in 2003 to form COOKFOX Architects and led the design of the LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, a 2.2 million square-foot building. COOKFOX has received many honors, including AIA-NY Housing Design awards for Historic Front Street and The Hegeman, a supportive housing development.

Bob and Rick Cook joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin in 2006 to form Terrapin Bright Green, a sustainability consultancy to address a broad spectrum of planning and policy projects. Terrapin has produced an ongoing series of publications addressing sustainability in the built environment, including 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design and Tapping into Nature.

In 2006, Bob was named as the only architect to serve on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council for the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Bob is the founding chairman of Urban Green Council, and he has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest honor, the Leadership Award for service to the green building community.

Bob serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a member of the prestigious “Green Dream Team” for Interface Corporation and is a member of the U.S. General Services Administration Green Building Advisory Committee. He has served as a Board member for De La Salle Academy since 1995.

Bob Fox is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard University. He and his wife Gloria live in Manhattan and the Hudson River Valley.



Mary Cleaver


Mary is one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, and is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table.

In addition to Mary’s reputation for providing sumptuous, seasonally-driven food, attentive service and excellent event planning, she is well known for helping create a sustainable, humane and delicious food system. The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table are widely recognized for utilizing local farms and purveyors in order to obtain the best-quality product, and for supporting small to mid-size farms and family farmers.

In November 2011, Mary was named the first-ever “Snailblazer” by Slow Food NYC to honor her contributions creating a better, healthier food system for all. She is a founder of the Farm to Chef network and a board member of Food Systems Network NYC and Local Infrastructure for Local Agriculture, among other professional affiliations.

Before founding The Cleaver Co., she was a corporate chef at G.A.F. Corporation, the pastry chef at J.S. Vandam, a food stylist, and a cooking teacher at The New School. Mary co-authored The TriBeCa Cookbook, published by Ten Speed Press in 1995, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Herbert Dreiseitl

Herbert is a sculptor, artist, landscape architect, and interdisciplinary urban planner. World renowned for his groundbreaking contemporary designs in the fields of urban design, urban hydrology, water art, storm water management, planning, and landscape architecture, Dreiseitl founded the firm Atelier Dreiseitl in 1980. A hallmark of his work is the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, and encouraging people to take ownership for and care of places.

In 2013, Dreiseitl merged his firm with the Ramboll Group, and he is now responsible for the Liveable Cities program within the Danish engineering consultancy. As the director of Ramboll’s Liveable Cities Lab, he runs workshops and pilot projects to encourage cities to implement better solutions to current urban challenges, helping them become more resilient.

Dreiseitl is also a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore. He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including three editions of Recent Waterscapes, and Waterscapes Innovation: Planning, Building and Designing with Water.

Stephanie Lazar


Stephanie is a public health policy and advocacy expert with a passion for environmental sustainability, biodynamic farming, and social justice. She is keenly interested in local conservation efforts that promote regenerative agriculture, sustain small farms, and realize an equitable and accessible food system for all.

Stephanie’s work has focused primarily on global health and development issues. Most recently, she developed strategies and implemented programs to improve children’s health on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and UNICEF. Stephanie also has experience working to: eliminate gender-based violence in emergency, refugee, and conflict settings; improve maternal health; combat HIV and AIDS; and build the capacity of small, localized non-governmental organizations.

Stephanie’s commitment to public health was catalyzed by her experiences living in a rural desert oasis as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. She has also lived and worked in Kenya, Burundi, and Thailand.

Stephanie was raised in New York City and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.P.H. from Columbia University. She and her partner, Dave, are bringing up their two children in Brooklyn and in the Hudson River Valley. They spend their weekends and summers working to revive their formerly idle farm while appreciating the natural and agrarian landscape, fresh food, local arts, and warm community of Columbia County.

Irene Mantel

Irene Mantel has served as Director of Admissions at the Rudolf Steiner School (RSS) in NYC since 2001, and was School Administrator there from 1994-2001. She retired from the school at the end of the 2016 academic year. In her most recent position as Director of Admissions, Irene worked to increase enrollment and diversity at the school, while raising the qualifications of the student body. She instituted educational forums to explain the Waldorf pedagogical principles applied at RSS. Irene also served on a variety of admissions planning committees of New York City, raised scholarship funds for needy students, and started the School’s Diversity Committee. Prior to joining RSS, she worked for ARTFORUM magazine and was Director of Rudolf Steiner Institute. Irene has always remained connected to the arts scene. She received her BA in art history from UC Berkeley, attended graduate studies at University of Munich, and completed her Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College.

Ex-Officio, Martin Ping

For the past eight years as Executive Director, Martin has balanced his time developing the synergies amongst the Association’s diverse enterprises and the 150 co-workers who carry those initiatives while cultivating collaborative relationships between Hawthorne Valley and other organizations in the Upper Hudson Valley/Berkshire region as well as like-minded initiatives nationally and globally. Read complete bio here.

Laurie Sackler

Laurie is a pure food and clean water advocate/activist with a lifelong interest in landscape and ecology. Her undergraduate Fine Arts degree was in Theater, and she worked in theater management at City Center of Music and Drama, NYC and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

She has an MA in the Literature and Religion of the Bible, conferred jointly by Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary.  The topic of her master’s thesis was “A Biblical Ethic of Ecology.” She taught Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary for ten years. Laurie also has an MA from Columbia University in the Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.

Laurie served on the Advisory Board of Grace Church School in Brooklyn Heights for ten years, three of those years as Board President. She also served as a Trustee of Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights for ten years. She currently serves as a trustee of several family foundations and is a member of the Council for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

She and her husband, Arthur, have four children and live in Brooklyn Heights and Bedford, New York. Laurie is an avid home cook and is particularly interested in fermentation. She makes a stellar kimchi, as well as krauts and yogurts and she maintains a biodynamic home garden.

Karyn Zieve



Karyn is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of History of Art & Design at Pratt Institute and teaches classes on a variety of topics including nineteenth-century French art and museum studies. Previously Karyn taught at various other New York City institutions and museums, writing about and organizing exhibitions of prints, drawings, and photograph on various topics. She completed her dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU on Eugene Delacroix, Orientalism and Historicism.

In other work, Karyn served on the Board of the Trustees of the Rudolf Steiner School, NYC from 2003-6 and 2008-11; while on the Board she served as chair of the Committee on Trustees, as a member of the Strategic Planning committee and in various other volunteer roles. She also served on the Brooklyn Ballet Board for four years and on the board of the Foundation for Small Voices. For five years, she co-coordinated the Foundation’s annual gift drive that collected and distributed over 10,000 personalized holiday gifts to NYC children in need before co-managing an independent gift drive for 2 years. Karyn was also the founder and then member of the NYC Council of Waldorf Schools, 2006-2009, 2012-2014.

Karyn, and her husband Joel, live in Brooklyn and have three children.


President Emertis, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

Ellen is the Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. She previously served as Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University, where she was also Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and as president of the Spencer Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Lagemann has been a professor of history and education at New York University, where she was founding chair of the Department of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of American Culture and Education in the School of Education. Before that she served on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was also Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education and Editor of the Teachers College Record and a member of the faculty of the Columbia University (Faculty of Arts & Sciences) History Department.

Lagemann is the author or editor of many books, articles, reviews, and book chapters. Her principal publications include: An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research (2000); Philanthropic Foundations: New Scholarship, New Possibilities (1998); The Politics of Knowledge: The Carnegie Corporation, Philanthropy, and Public Policy (1992); Jane Addams on Education (1985) and A Generation of Women: Education in the Lives of Progressive Reformers (1979); What is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education (2011); and her most recent book, Liberating Minds: The Case For College In Prison (2017).

Lagemann has been president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society. She chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation, whose report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy, was published in 2010, and was a member of the Teaching Commission, chaired by Louis Gerstner. She has been a trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations; vice-chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Stanford, California; and chair of the Social Science Committee on Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector. She also served on the boards of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy and of the District Management Council, both in Cambridge, MA.

Lagemann is a former high-school social studies teacher. She received her A.B. from Smith College in 1967 and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1978.


Upcoming Events

September 17, 2019

Native Meadow Trials at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub

September 28, 2019

Soil Saturdays

October 12, 2019

Waldorf 100 Celebration