Jerry Schwartz, President
Jerry joined the Heartbeet Board in 2015. He is currently an at-large trustee of the Camphill Association of North America and investment advisor to six additional Camphill communities. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in the field of philosophy. Jerry entered the investment world through Merrill Lynch in 1977 and founded his own financial planning and investment advisory practice, Arista Investment Advisors, Ltd. in 1984. He earned the CFP designation in 1988. Arista has offices in Albany, NY and Honolulu, HI, where Jerry lives. As part of his lifelong study of the world’s great spiritual traditions, Jerry teaches workshops in mediation, self-transformation, and the spiritual nature of money as the carrier of social and communal vitality.
Judith Jackson, Vice President
Judith Jackson spent her early years on a dairy farm in southern Vermont. She attended Northfield School for Girls and Wellesley College and received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia University. She completed horticultural studies at the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Horticulture.
Ms. Jackson spent most of her professional life as Director of Communication at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a national laboratory dedicated to research in particle physics, the fundamental physics of the universe. She devoted her career to developing new and innovative way to communicate with policy makers and the public about physics research. At Fermilab, she formed the Community Task Force, created to learn how community members would like to interact with the laboratory when issues arose that affected both Fermilab and the neighbors. She formed the InterAction collaboration, an international science communication group that began with six laboratories and now includes 25 institutions worldwide.
In 2010, Ms. Jackson retired with her husband, Peter Limon, a particle physicist, to Irasburg Vermont. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Irasburg’s Leach Public Library and on the Irasburg Planning Commission. The Limon/Jackson blended family includes five children—among them Heartbeet resident Annie Jackson—and two grandchildren.
Barry Lefkowitz, Treasurer
Barry Lefkowitz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntington Road Advisors LLC, a real estate investment and advisory firm and Co-Founder of HMC Real Estate Services LLC, an investment and management firm focused on industrial and flex/office properties. In 2016 Barry served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Brixmor Property Group Inc., owner of the nation’s largest wholly-owned portfolio of grocery-anchored community and neighborhood shopping centers. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation from 1996 to 2014. As Chief Financial Officer he was responsible for overseeing the company’s investor relations activities as well as their strategic financial planning and forecasting, financial accounting and reporting, and capital markets activities. Additionally, Mr. Lefkowitz led the company’s property management and asset management operations beginning in 2004. He served as a Vice President at Mack-Cali Realty Corporation from 1994 to 1997. Prior to joining Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, Mr. Lefkowitz served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP, specializing in real estate. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Marcianna Morse, Secretary
Marcianna grew up in Montpelier, Vermont. Her childhood wove with many of the local Heartbeet community members, who have become dear friends and colleagues. She met Heartbeet & Camphill in July 2009 at age 19 and was deeply touched and inspired by the life and work she met. It was exactly what she had been searching for. She has found purpose, colleagueship, and boundless opportunities for growth – Gifts she carries deep gratitude for. She moved to Heartbeet as a long-term coworker in 2011. She has sought out opportunities to educate herself with the history of Camphill and what has carried the movement to the present – and is actively living with the question of what is needed to carry Camphill into the future. Marcianna has been on the path to Camphill Community membership and will be formally joining as a Camphill Community member when the world circumstances are such we can gather together safely.
Marcianna has been a part of and witness to the community’s growth since July 2009 and comes with a deep love and commitment to Heartbeet and all those who are a part of Heartbeet. She comes with a readiness to learn, an advocacy for meeting each person where they are. Marcianna has completed the five-year level one training in Spacial Dynamics – a study and exploration of the human being and relationship to space. She is currently working towards completing the Spacial Dynamics levels 2 & 3.
Marcianna spent many years learning house holding and co-house holding with Hannah. She met Dan, who moved to Heartbeet and married in 2015. Marcianna has lived in Karl Koenig House with her husband Dan and their children Linden, Asher and Laurel since February 2017. She is currently householding, supporting a third-year volunteer in stepping into householding, chairing the Core Group, part of the Long-Term Coworker Group and is the Heartbeet board secretary.
Roger Begleman, Trustee
Roger retired as the compliance officer of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 as compliance counsel and became deputy director in 1996 and director in 2002. Roger was named managing director in 2006.
Prior to joining the firm, Roger worked as senior special counsel to the Market Surveillance Division of the New York Stock Exchange from 1988 to 1993. From 1982 to 1988, he was an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, New York, and also a special assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Roger serves as chair person of the Board of Directors of BronxWorks.
Roger earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1978 and a JD from New York Law School in 1981. He and his wife, Fern, live in Larchmont, New York.
Sara, Hatch, Trustee
Sara Hatch has been a resident coworker at Heartbeet since 2011. She currently holds the role as the community’s Executive Director. During her years at Heartbeet she has held the positions of Finance Coordinator from 2013-16 and has been the community’s Admissions Director since 2017. Sara and her husband Andy have been householders at Heartbeet since their family’s arrival. Sara is a member of the Camphill Community and the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science. Before her family arrived at Heartbeet she was the supervisor of the Birth to Three program at the Lamoille Family Center. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of the LifeWays of North American Waldorf Early Childhood Education program. She currently is the householder at Amber Rose House where she and her husband enjoy creating a warm and therapeutic home for Heartbeet Friends and Coworkers while raising the youngest of their six children.
Josh Carpenter, Trustee
Josh Carpenter is a counselor, educator and lifelong “connector” who has worked in a number of positions in the field of human services, serving clients in Vermont and throughout the US. He earned a BA in psychology from Oberlin College, an MS in Experiential Education from Lesley College, an MA in Counseling from Johnson State College and a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Idaho. Josh’s professional work has been far-reaching, ranging from providing support for families through direct casework and case management, instruction for students in higher education, program development, evaluation, and management to overseeing certification and compliance efforts. Josh lives in Vermont with his partner of more than 25 years, Annie Volmer. He has two grown children Abigail, who resides in Sitka Alaska, and Lelia who resides at Heartbeet.
Annie Jackson, Trustee
Annie Jackson was born in October of 1981 in Portland, Oregon, and is going into her third year on the Heartbeet Board. Annie has lived at Heartbeet Lifesharing for the past eleven years and is an active member of the Felting Studio, Farm Crew and is a key member of the team supporting Community Lunch in downtown Hardwick. Annie is also a member of the Heartbeet Policy and Advocacy Group and is Chairperson of the Friends Group. Annie is also the longest standing employee at the Cellars at Jaspar Hill, a local award-winning cheesemaker.
Kristina Michelson, Trustee
Attorney Kristina I. Michelsen opened the Law Office of Kristina I. Michelsen in the historic Hardwick Inn in Hardwick, Vermont in January 2011. Her practice covers a wide range of general civil matters including litigation. Her practice areas include family, landlord/tenant, real estate, land use, employment, small business, and wills. Kristina was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1987 and Magna Cum Laude from the Vermont Law School in 1993. She clerked for the judges in the three Northeast Kingdom county courts during her first year after law school. She was an associate with the law firm of Zucccaro, Willis and Bent (now Zuccaro and Wills), she worked for many years as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid handling family, landlord/tenant, benefits and mental health cases, and she worked again in private practice with Zuccaro and Willis. After taking some time away from the practice of law to open Claire’s Restaurant, she has returned to law to serve the legal needs of her community. Kristina is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium and Heartbeet Lifesharing, is a past chair of the Hardwick Zoning Board of Adjustment, and a former Hardwick Selectboard member.
Jon Gleicher, Trustee
Jon Gleicher leads the Game Franchise Analytics organization at Blizzard Entertainment, a premier online game developer based in Southern California; In this capacity Jon’s team supports product development publishing with strategic insights, machine learning, research, and reporting. Prior to his time at Blizzard Jon was a special education teacher in New York City and a Managing Director of Recruitment for Teach For America, the national teacher network, where he led recruitment in Michigan and the Southeast United States.
Jon was born and raised in New York City; He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; He also holds a Masters degree in Childhood Education from the City University of New York and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jon is the brother of Max Gleicher, a friend at Heartbeet, and is a passionate supporter of Heartbeet and the Camphill Movement. He lives in Orange County, California with his wife Helen and daughter Grace.