Board of Directors



Warren Brush

Warren Brush

BOARD PRESIDENT

Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather … Read More

Sonia Connors

Sonia Connors

BOARD SECRETARY

Sonia’s love of the natural world combined with her engineering background drew her to permaculture and natural building … Read More

Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly

BOARD TREASURER

Brenton Kelly was born in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia. By his first birthday he saw the peaceful liberation and birth of the nation of Zambia … Read More


Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

BOARD MEMBER

Sasha Rabin has been practicing natural building as well as teaching it since 2002, when she began her building career with an … Read More

Alex Vincent

Alex Vincent

BOARD MEMBER

In this time of Great Turning, Alex Vincent is one of many collaborating towards a future where our grandchildren’s … Read More

Daniel Parra Hensel

Daniel Parra Hensel

BOARD MEMBER

In the summer of 2009 Daniel had the opportunity to experience Quail Springs for a farm tour. He was immediately impressed by the … Read More


Kolmi Majumdar

Kolmi Majumdar

BOARD MEMBER

Kolmi was born and was raised as a young child in the wild beauty and rich culture of Calcutta, with Bengali as her first language. She grew … Read More

Lexi Spaulding

Lexi Spaulding

BOARD MEMBER

Lexi was led to Quail Springs and her current dream job at Mama Hope by her belief that communities should direct their own futures and … Read More

Michael Gonella

Michael Gonella

BOARD MEMBER

For two decades Mike has used his ethnobotanical skills to assist native peoples in their journey towards decolonization, cultural … Read More


Jen Schlaich

Jen Schlaich

BOARD MEMBER

Jen Schlaich has a degree in Environmental Studies from UCSB, earned a Community Herbalist Certification from … Read More

Susan Cousineau

Susan Cousineau

BOARD MEMBER

Growing up farming in a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, Canada, Susan’s early years were steeped in discussions … Read More

Laine MacTague

Laine MacTague

BOARD MEMBER

Laine holds degrees in wildlife biology and literature, & is published in both fields. Relishing the insights gained from the interplay of such … Read More

Quail Springs Team



Janice Setser

Janice Setser

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Many years ago Janice stepped off the edge of a predictable life to one in which she can palpably feel the more primitive rhythms of life and to … Read More

Andrew Clinard

Andrew Clinard

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Andrew comes to Quail Springs from the far-away land of New England, and is appreciating the challenges of producing food in the desert. He is … Read More

Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly

WATERSHED STEWARD

Brenton Kelly was born in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia. By his first birthday he saw the peaceful liberation and birth of the nation of Zambia … Read More


Chloe Rose

Chloe Rose

WILD SERIES INSTRUCTOR

Chloe Rose has been in love with the beautiful land, animals and people of Quail Springs since participating in the youth focused Sustainable … Read More

Danielle Brehmer

Danielle Brehmer

CO-FARM MANAGER

In the summer of 2011, Danielle (nicknamed Willow by fellow Quail Springs community members) left her home state of Minnesota … Read More

Edith Maurno

Edith Maurno

CRAFTING INSTRUCTOR

Edith was born in the historic city of Puebla in Mexico, and traveled to the US at the age of 16, arriving in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. It … Read More


Jack Thrift

Jack Thrift

RANGELANDS MANAGER

Jack Thrift is dedicated to building mutually beneficial relationships with our environment and he strives to nurture and restore … Read More

Jan Smith

Jan Smith

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Jan Smith was born in 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana with an upbringing steeped in social activism, art, music, and culture. Jan’s … Read More

John Orcutt

John Orcutt

NATURAL BUILDING INSTRUCTOR

In 2013 John left his job as a coral farmer seeking a more fulfilling life helping people build shelter for themselves He spent the … Read More

Juna Muller

Juna Muller

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Raised nearby in the orange groves of Ojai, CA, Juna Rosales Muller learns, teaches, farms, and coordinates programs at Quail Springs … Read More

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay Allen

Permaculture Program
Advisor & Instructor

Lindsay Allen is a farmer, Permaculture teacher and designer currently living in Massachusetts. She has … Read More

Natalie Bartlett

Natalie Bartlett

WILD SERIES DIRECTOR

Natalie Bartlett has spent the last ten years of her life deeply immersed in land-based culture and has a passion for learning the stories … Read More

Paul Wachur

Paul Wachur

CO-FARM MANAGER

Paul Wachur specializes in nature connection, youth education, and animal husbandry – especially goats. Seeds of these passions sprouted … Read More

Ryan Spaulding

Ryan Spaulding

DIGITAL MEDIA

Ryan grew up in south eastern Minnesota and for twenty-some years managed to put up with the humidity, mosquitoes, and six month long winters … Read More

Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

NATURAL BUILDING DIRECTOR

Sasha Rabin has been practicing natural building as well as teaching it since 2002, when she began her building career with an … Read More

Founding Members



Warren Brush

Warren Brush

BOARD PRESIDENT

Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, a certified Permaculture designer and teacher, as well as a husband, a father and a grandfather … Read More

Cyndi Harvan

Cyndi Harvan

CO-FOUNDER

Cyndi is the nurturing wife and life partner of Warren Brush and is a mother, grandmother, and lover of the quiet voice of nature. She … Read More

Kolmi Majumdar

Kolmi Majumdar

CO-FOUNDER

Kolmi was born and was raised as a young child in the wild beauty and rich culture of Calcutta, with Bengali as her first … Read More

Paul Swenson

Paul Swenson

CO-FOUNDER

Paul Swenson is a founding steward of Quail Springs Permaculture where he helped develop the site, community and its offerings for … Read More