Staff & Board
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Co-Director: Marketing, Design, Communications
Cynthia Tina works at the heart of regenerative community networks, creating change by uplifting examples of a future world unfolding. She is Communications Director for the Foundation for Intentional Community, Vice President on the Board of Trustees for the Global Ecovillage Network and Coordinator of the Day of Sustainable Communities in North America, as well as co-creator (now advisor) of both NextGENNA and the Regenerative Communities Alliance. She has traveled to over one hundred sustainable community projects across four continents. Her passion is supporting community projects to flourish through strategy consulting, marketing services, and group facilitation. Learn more about Cynthia at www.cynthiatina.com
Co-Director: Operations, Knowledge Base, Sales
Kim Kanney has been working for FIC since 2014, largely managing the operations of both the Communities Bookstore and Communities Directory. Kim is a member of Sandhill Farm, serves on the board for Red Earth Farms, and works at the Milkweed Mercantile Eco-Inn at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri. She’s dedicated to the re-imagination of 45-year-old Sandhill Farm and also strengthening the wider community in her region. When not immersed in spreadsheets, her hands are often digging into the soil of garden beds, carrying wild foraged mushrooms, or holding a crochet hook.
Co-Director: IT, Web Development, Operations
Adam McKenty is a technologist and entrepreneur with a passion for finding ways we can work together to create sustainable, harmonious human society on planet Earth. A lifelong communitarian, Adam brings a decade of experience running a web development and consulting agency to his role as FIC’s IT director. When not writing code or planning upgrades for ic.org, he writes essays, investigates cooperation through the Collective Intelligence Network, plays music in a family folk band, and travels from his home base of Cortes Island, Canada.
Co-Director: Fundraising, Networking
Neil Planchon is a founding owner of Swan’s Market Cohousing and longtime FIC ambassador. Over the last 20+ years, he has held volunteer and staff roles with the Cohousing Association of the US. His national community tours have introduced hundreds to the world of cohousing and intentional communities (ICs). He is a certified life coach who helps individuals through life’s many transitions. He enjoys working with seekers and residents of ICs, nonprofit technology consultants and leaders. Neil co-leads Oakland’s NTEN chapter and is a well respected connector. Family, music, nature, poetry, convening community, using tech for good are activities Neil gets pleasure out of. neilplanchon.com
Personnel, Organizational Development, Fundraising
Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture and intentional communities advocate, and an anti-oppression activist. She serves on the Foundation for Intentional Community board, and is a trainer and consultant for communities, worker owned cooperatives and nonprofits. Her book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year. She’s a host on the Solidarity House podcast (focusing on climate, socialism and culture change) and a co-founder of Solidarity Collective (an income sharing community in Wyoming). Yana is also a Democratic candidate for US Senate in 2020. Her website is www.yanaludwig.net
FIC Board Member
Harvey is a cofounder (1974) of Dunmire Hollow Community, and helped reinvigorate the FIC in the mid-80s, serving on FIC’s board over 30 years, as well as on several committees. He is past president of the Communal Studies Association. He owns a custom woodworking business, and serves the Waynesboro community as high school soccer coach. He and his wife Dorie grow organic fruits and vegetables in their garden. He enjoys soccer, bicycling, and playing harmonica. He hosts community visitors, touring bicyclists, and SERVAS travelers, giving them a glimpse of a more community based lifestyle.
FIC Board Member
Cassandra has pioneered the field of cooperative real estate to serve those seeking to share land and create community. She has years of grounded exposure to what it takes to establish community in rural, suburban and urban settings. Cassandra has lived in intentional community since 2006 and in 2016, co-founded Landwell, an emerging intentional community near Sebastopol, CA. In 2010, Cassandra partnered with Green Key Real Estate to bring the values of stewardship, reverence, and cooperation into the practice of real estate. A founding board member of CommonSpace Community Land Trust, Cassandra works on inspiring community and land related projects as a consultant and guide. http://www.cassandraferrera.net
FIC Board Member
Marty has lived most of his adult life (35 years) in intentional community. He is a co-founder of Network for New Culture, a bi-coastal organization which has promoted personal growth, personal empowerment and social change since 1995. He has been a leader in the business world, acting as a corporate and classroom trainer, and project manager, including being a founding partner of Abacus, Inc., an early Apple distributor that was key in Apple getting a foothold in the business world. Marty has brought his considerable experience to FIC for the past 13 years.
Gigi Wahba discovered intentional community in 1988 during a visit to The Netherlands where, for the next four years, she helped grow a communal, alternative healing center. Back in the States, she enjoyed the loose community around her work at Sundance Natural Foods in Eugene OR. In 1994, she returned to rural community at Sandhill Farm, Missouri and managed numerous areas while co-raising her daughter. Since 2011, she relocated to Memphis MO and served on a number of local nonprofit boards while developing her urban garden/nursery. She works in sales for an area newspaper, the FIC and GEN-US.
Kim worked as a Certified Public Accountant in San Antonio, TX before moving to Northeast Missouri in 2005. She is a founding member of Red Earth Farms, a co-homesteading community, and lives there on a homestead of 12.6 acres named Dandelion, an egalitarian-style sub-community based on the ideals of simple-living, permaculture, feminism, and open kind communication. She works part-time doing accounting work for the FIC, GEN-US and some local non-profits. Kim likes to be the change she wishes to see and aims to have a lifestyle such that if everyone on Earth was living this way there would be plenty for all.
Social Media, Community Outreach
Emlyn works on social media and community outreach with FIC’s marketing team. She is originally from rural Vermont, she has lived at Birdsfoot Community in northern New York since 2017. Emlyn has five years of experience working as a field biologist and outdoor educator, through which she aims to promote the outdoors as a space for everyone, regardless of race, culture, or economic background. Emlyn sees intentional communities as a positive solution to many current socio-environmental and economic concerns. She excited to help others find and curate community in their lives through her work with FIC.