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

Jan Smith

Jan Smith

Outreach & Food Sourcing Director

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

Brenton Kelly

Brenton Kelly

Watershed Stewardship & Advocacy Director

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 & Advocacy 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

Molly Ancel

Molly Ancel

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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


Marta Gaunt

Marta Gaunt

CO-Farm Director

Marta grew up with a love of trees and wild places, and a fascination with the dark fecundity and mysterious denizens of peat bogs … Read More

Alexx Pryjma

Alexx Pryjma

CO-Farm Director

Dedicated since childhood to listening and learning from the subtle whispers of the plant and animal worlds, Alexx has followed her … Read More

Dani Mingo

Dani Mingo

Hosting Director

An Environmental Studies graduate from UC Santa Cruz, Dani has spent the last 6 years working for various non-profits in the realms … Read More


Alex Valleau

Alex Valleau

Creative Content Director

As a millennial coming of age in a troubling social and ecological landscape, Alex became a seeker of meaning and alternative paradigms … Read More

Jack Thrift

Jack Thrift

Rangeland Management Director

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

Rangeland Management Director

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


Ryan Spaulding

Ryan Spaulding

WEB DESIGNER

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



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

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 influenced by an eclectic … Read More

Natalie Bartlett

Natalie Bartlett

BOARD 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

 

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