Emily Sweet, Treasurer
Emily is an investment professional in the financial services industry. Her career focus is creating connections between people who manage investments and the people, organizations, and advisors who invest. She is particularly interested in studying how people behave in relation to their finances and their economic environment. Emily graduated from Fairfield University with degrees in Economics and French. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston.
Emily is drawn to the idea of living more peacefully with one’s surroundings and has explored this through yoga, meditation, and communication. She is committed to helping sustain and grow the reach of the important programs offered through Strong Youth.
Kristin has spent the bulk of her career investigating alternative learning environments and considering alternate systems of education. She believes it is essential that humans of all ages to be engaged in listening to their inner wisdom and interests in ways that engage learning in meaningful and positive ways. Her children have both attended ReTribe programing and love the community and deep learning they have experienced there.
Kristin loves long days at the river, fire circles, exploring wisdom traditions, reading and good food. She is also an independent coach and consultant, holds an MFA in Fine Art and has an active creative practice. She is certified in both Positive Organizational Development, and Positive Psychology, is a graduate of the U Penn XSD program in social innovation design, is trained in brain based and somatic coaching, and was a 2018 NAS New England Creative Communities Fellow
Andrew Powers, Secretary
On Fridays, the joyful noise of Forest School reverberates around the woods where Andrew lives. Drumming, singing, laughing, and shouting, he believes that this is what childhood should sound like. All three of his kids participated in Forest School for many years, and one now serves as a mentor-in-training and also avidly attends all of ReTribes teen programming. This first hand experience with the benefits of ReTribe inspired Andrew to join the Strong Youth board to help increase access to programming for all kids.
Andrew is co-founder of PEER Associates, a Vermont-based consultancy that offers a variety of services to organizations working in environmental and place-based education. His clients range from small nature centers to government agencies, whom he supports with research, evaluation, strategic planning, and other organizational learning and development activities.
Anita de Waard
Anita de Waard is a scientist and a publisher, who hails from the Netherlands but now lives in Jericho, Vermont. She has a background in physics and education, and has worked in many profit and non-profit roles to support and create communities to improve scholarly communication, empowering women and minorities along the way.
Her ReTribe adventures started through her kids, two teens who have learned and grown to an amazing degree from their experiences in various ReTribe teen camps and counseling environments, which were recently augmented by her own journey of self-exploration at a Shift Happens workshop. She is very excited to apply the analytical and business side of her skills to support the governance and financial health of this incredible organisation, and come up with innovative and exciting local efforts to grow and support the nascent local community surrounding Northernshire, ReTribe and Strong Youth.