Quail Springs Team



Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

Inspired by permaculture and concerned about the imminent crises of the planet, Sarah left Seattle and a ten-year career in business consulting … Read More

Daniel Francis

Daniel Aaron Francis

EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

Daniel Aaron Francis hails from the Santa Ana River Watershed, 5 generations deep. His love for ecological design began in 1997 … Read More

Steven Johnston

Steven Johnston

DEVELOPMENT AND
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Steven was raised in the metro Boston area and the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire and has a profound love and … 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

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

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


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

Youth Program Director

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

Molly Ancel

Molly Ancel

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Growing up in the Bay Area on the traditional homelands of the Chochenyo Ohlone people, Molly was immersed in the art, politics, and … Read More


Natalie Bartlett

Natalie Bartlett

WILD SERIES DIRECTOR

Natalie Bartlett has spent the last 15 years of her life deeply immersed in land-based culture and has a passion for learning the music … Read More

Brendan MacCorgarry

Brendan MacCorgarry

WILD SERIES INSTRUCTOR

Brendan is an outdoorsman who has spent his life fishing, hunting, making, and turning over rocks all over California’s wild lands … Read More

Natalie Buckley

Natalie Medrano

FARM MANAGER

Natty Buckley-Medrano joined the Quail Springs team in Fall 2017, excited to continue to learn, practice, and teach soil regeneration … Read More


Jeff Reidl

Jeff Reidl

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER

While earning his Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnoecology with emphasis on Biocultural Diversity and Traditional … Read More

Kate Morgan

Kate Morgan

GARDEN COORDINATOR

Kate Morgan is a permaculture farmer and avid mycologist. She began pursuing her interest in environmental remediation with … 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


Jenya Schneider

Jenya Schneider

Rangelands Manager

Jenya has focused on regenerating ecologies for a decade. In college she studied theories of religion, decolonialism, and … 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 … Read More

Janice Setser

Janice Setser

COMMUNITY MEMBER

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


Sue Blackshear

Sue Blackshear

COMMUNITY MEMBER

Sue Blackshear has spent her life as an artist, educator and political activist, largely in New Orleans, Alabama and Iowa, with time in … Read More

Steve Pearson

Steve Pearson

COMMUNITY MEMBER

Steve became involved with Quail Springs before it was even Quail Springs, coming to the neighboring canyon as a counselor for … Read More

 

Board of Directors



Kolmi Majumdar

Kolmi Majumdar

BOARD CO-CHAIR

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 … Read More

Daniel Parra Hensel

Daniel Parra Hensel

BOARD CO-CHAIR

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

Lexi Spaulding

Lexi Spaulding

BOARD VICE CHAIR

Lexi is led in her work by her belief that communities should direct their own futures, her love of this natural world, and the power of … Read More


Laine MacTague

Laine MacTague

BOARD TREASURER

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

Jen Schlaich

Jen Schlaich

BOARD SECRETARY

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

Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

BOARD 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


Susan Cousineau

Susan Cousineau

BOARD DIRECTOR

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

 
 

Founding Members



Warren Brush

Warren Brush

CO-FOUNDER

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