Meet the FIC Team

Our team is growing! Learn about Staff and Board opportunities with us.

━━ Staff Members

Gail Davidson

Director | Communications

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Gail is a regenerative storyteller, communications witch, community builder, crafty weaver and ritual maker. Guided by the Celtic wheel of the year, she seeds regenerative stories of beauty, life, loss and regeneration, as a path to wholeness and healing. She facilitates regenerative village practices, with ecstatic rituals, elemental cycling, grief tending, and is a death doula in training. Gail lives in widening circles across England and Scotland in the UK.

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Kim Kanney

Kim Kanney

Director | Bookstore & HR

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Kim has been working with the 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, both neighboring communities to 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, she is often found working in her gardens, walking her two dogs, or crafting something by hand.

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Lauren Hugel

Director | Programs & Events

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Lauren brings with her 10+ years of non-profit marketing and event planning experience. She currently lives in a tiny house within a small intentional community in Portland, OR. In her spare time, Lauren manages a community garden, serves on the board of The Talented X, and provides marketing support for a new-ish vegan permaculture farm and animal sanctuary called Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary. You can find Lauren biking around Portland, knitting/crocheting, and learning about + practicing emergency preparedness, herbalism, gardening and other permaculture-y things!

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Neil Planchon

Neil Planchon

Director | Ads, Development & Help Desk

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Neil is a founding owner and co-developer of Swan’s Market Cohousing, and longtime FIC ambassador. Over the last 20+ years, he has held volunteer and leadership staff roles with the Cohousing Association of the US and the Cohousing Research Network. His national communities tours have introduced hundreds to the world of cohousing and intentional communities. He is a certified life coach who helps individuals through life’s many transitions. He loves working with seekers, residents of intentional communities, nonprofit technology leaders and other coaches. Neil is a connector and champion for open source software.

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Rodrigo Braga

Rodrigo Braga

Director | IT

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Ecovillage and Permaculture enthusiastic with a technological professional background, Rodrigo has traveled the world contributing to meaningful projects, interacting with different communities to get a wider perspective of how our existence on this planet can become healthier and more sustainable. Currently, he is living a nomadic life traveling Brazil with his partner and their dog in a small van, researching eco-communities and eco-projects. He is also a web developer for GEN, a member of CASA Latina and CASA Brasil, and enjoys discovering new agro-ecological products, surfing, and hiking.

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Bianca Riet Villanova

Bianca Riet Villanova

Video Editor

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Bianca is a journalist who dropped the newsroom to explore communitarian ways of living in this world. She volunteered at intentional communities in Brazil and Asia and has been living at permaculture farms since 2019. She is a member of Pertim.org, a collective that connects small organic farmers to vulnerable communities in peripheral regions. She is also a farmer and seed saver.

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Guilherme Geronimo

Lead Developer

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Born and raised in Florianópolis (south of Brazil),  Guilherme feels lost without a beach in his sight.
couchsurfer-kitesurfer-snowborader enthusiastic, he struggles between his love for traveling and his gray furry cat who prefers not leaving her couch.
Working with IT since 2004, Guilherme also coordinates teams in infrastructure and service projects for education and research at UFSC.
As a developer, he made an oath to make machines  work for humans and not the opposite.
Since then he uses tech to flourish ideas worth spreading and get them stronger.

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Kim Scheidt

Kim Scheidt

Accounting & Administration

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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.

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Ryan Lett

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Ryan lived in Nickel City Housing Co-op’s Plankton House in Buffalo, NY for two years before moving to join an intentional community forming in New England. She is passionate about skill sharing, removing access barriers, and creating space for community connection. She spends her free time hosting events and potlucks, crafting things by hand, and hiking to nearby swimming spots. Ryan is a serial hobbyist and has recently taken an interest in pottery, gardening, and beekeeping.

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━━ Board of Directors

Crystal Byrd Farmer

Crystal Byrd Farmer

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Crystal is a North Carolina native active in the cohousing and polyamorous communities. An engineer turned educator, she speaks and writes about ways communities can be more welcoming to people of all kinds of backgrounds. Crystal is the website editor for Black & Poly, an organization promoting healthy polyamorous relationships for people of color. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine published by the Global Ecovillage Network-United States. Her book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization will be published in late 2020.

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Dave Booda

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Dave Booda is a writer, musician and social entrepreneur. He’s the co-founder of IntimacyFest and has led over 300 workshops on connection, touch and relationship. He has consulted for and facilitated experiences for companies, retreats and conferences in the areas of group cohesion, creativity and communication. He has published over 200 essays for boodaism.com, and played over 1000 shows as a touring singer/songwriter. He is a former Naval Officer and currently lives at the Emerald Village in San Diego, California with his wife Vicki, and their dog Thanos.

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Destiny Hagest

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Destiny has been working and volunteering in sustainability and the regenerative agriculture space since 2015. She’s written for numerous companies and publications, and is deeply involved in solving the crisis of community being faced by families in the US. She’s a single mother to two wonderful children, works in marketing and sales in technology, and reads, writes, and hikes in her spare hours. She is currently in the beginning stages of planning a multi-generational intentional community in western Washington state.

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Harvey Baker

Harvey Baker

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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.

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Ivy Summer

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For well over a decade, Ivy has been passionately involved in curating, fostering, managing, and actively involved in a variety of intentional communities across the U.S. and Europe.  She’s on a mission to empower others to benefit from the unique contributions that stem from the people around them. She is a serial entrepreneur and globe-trotter currently living a “slomad” (slow+nomad) lifestyle in and around Greece. Her work and projects span across industries–from being a consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI) to travel and event planning. She enjoys personal development of all kinds, learning new languages, cooking/baking, reading, and living her way into life’s big questions. Her “why” is about creating a sense of communion with people around how we develop into better human beings.

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Kaison Tanabe

Kaison Tanabe

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Kaison Tanabe resides in an intentional community in Oakland, CA. He currently works on the growth team at IDEO’s online school, IDEO U, where he focuses on acquiring, retaining, and engaging new and existing learners. Kaison takes a human-centered approach to support organizations committed to environmental + social impact and believes diverse intentional communities can teach us how to better live, work, and create with one another. He is incessantly curious, an avid cook, and enjoys wrestling, roller hockey, and spending as much time as he can outdoors.

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Marty Klaif

Marty Klaif

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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.

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Neha Sharma

Neha Sharma

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Neha is committed to tapping into collective insight & foresight in order to restore & regenerate our relationship with the planet, primarily through strategy and partnerships. Currently, she focuses on returning to the  commons, decolonizing impact lenses and repairing our relationship with land.  In past chapters, she explored diverse & equitable clean energy economies, energy efficiency & intelligence in the built environment, facilitation for group alignment, and bridge building between disparate networks & nodes. Consistent inquiries include: What will allow beings to cooperate harmoniously across scales? In conversations about creating the future, how do we ensure all voices and stakeholders are in the room?

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Sky Blue

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Sky Blue (they/them) has spent 20+ years living in a variety of intentional communities. Their parents met in Twin Oaks Community in the late 70’s, where Sky moved as an adult and raised a child. Sky has visited over 130 different communities, worked with the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, Global Ecovillage Network of North America, organized numerous communities conferences, and served as the Executive Director of the FIC. They are currently seeking a group of people to start a new community, and contribute to a variety of community-oriented projects as an organizer, consultant, and speaker.

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Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig

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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

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