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

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

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


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

Marta Gaunt

Marta Gaunt

Garden Coordinator

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


Carson Cash

Carson Zakarian Cash

ANIMAL SYSTEMS COORDINATOR

Carson Zakarian Cash is a young person and farmer who is trying to make sense of the world. She grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains … Read More

Alex Valleu

Alex Valleu

Hosting & Volunteer 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

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

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

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