Board of Trustees

 

Warren Gleicher, President

Warren Gleicher graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in English, a law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and an LLM in Taxation from New York University Law School. He has practiced law in NYC since 1977, been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, is past president of the Board of Camphill Special School, and is president of the University of Haifa (Israel) American Board. He is married to Amy and Dad to Max, who joined Heartbeet in 2011.

Joshua Carpenter, Vice President

Dr. 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 case work 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, and his two children, Abigail who attends Emerson College and Lelia, who has Down syndrome and attends Craftsbury Academy.

Patrick McCarthy, Secretary

Patrick is a Heartbeet local who at the age of fifteen started volunteering with the local Special Olympic Basketball Team. He worked with the team for three seasons, and became acquainted with Hannah and with Heartbeet. As a teenager, Patrick became interested in the idea of playing a supporting role in the lives for people with special needs.

Patrick graduated from Lyndon State College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design, and an Associate of Science degree in digital media.

Patrick met his wife, Kaylin through Heartbeet. Kaylin was a Heartbeet Americorps volunteer until July 2012, when the couple married and moved to Cabot. Kaylin continued to regularly volunteer at Heartbeet, and they provided respite for Heartbeet Friends in their home.

In July 2014, Patrick, Kaylin and their son Alden moved back to Heartbeet to live in Konig House as householders. Patrick currently works full time in Wolcott VT for High Mowing Organic Seed Company as their Information System Manager.

Roger Begelman, Treasurer

Roger is co-chief 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 is chairman of the board of the Camphill Foundation of Camphill of North America and also serves on 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.

Susan Gilberg, Trustee

An Associate Broker for Julia B. Fee Sothebys International Realty in Rye, New York, Susan Gilberg is a graduate of Syracuse University where she studied finance and marketing.

For more than a decade, she has been actively involved with the Southeast Consortium, which provides leisure and recreational programs for children and adults with special needs in lower Westchester County, New York.

Susan has three children. Her son, Jared, joined Heartbeet in April 2009. She has advocated for him since he was diagnosed with developmental delays at 18 months old. She worked hard to ensure that Jared received all the therapies and services that he needed and to which he was entitled. Her mission has been to create the conditions under which Jared could reach his maximum potential.

Susan brings her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the board of Heartbeet and provides a voice for the families that are a part of the community.

Jonathan Gilbert, Trustee, Founder and Finance Director


Jonathan GilbertJonathan Gilbert is one of the co-founders of Heartbeet Lifesharing. He is the finance director for Heartbeet and heads the Finance Management Group which manages the day-to-day finance and economic operations of the community. Jonathan works closely to maintain Heartbeet’s ties to the local community, doing outreach for partnerships with local business and fundraising. He continues to nurture his interest in global partnerships as well and finished a course in World Economy at Spring Valley, New York. Jonathan was born in Quebec, Canada. He has always had an interest and commitment to integrating agriculture with his social ideals. Before founding Heartbeet, he worked and apprenticed at L’Amitié, a therapeutic community in Quebec serving adults with severe disabilities, and in Camphill Village/Kimberton Hills in Pennsylvania, an intentional agricultural community which specially includes adults with developmental disabilities. Other aspects of his training in biodynamic/organic farming, gardening, marketing and CSA (community-supported agriculture) took him to New Mexico, Canada and Mali.

Amy Gleicher, Trustee

Amy Gleicher earned an Associate Degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from Tobe Coburn Fashion School in New York City. She worked for twenty years in clothing manufacturing and design in New York and the Far East for firms like Liz Claiborne and Nautica. Amy left her career to raise three sons with her husband, Warren. Their youngest, Max, graduated from Camphill Special School and joined Heartbeet in 2011. Amy has also volunteered as a classroom aide, after-school instructor, ESL teacher, and at Camphill Special School. She is also a Mentor with Year Up, a program for NYC high school grads, in New York City.

Barry Lefkowitz, Trustee

Mr. 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, a investment and management firm focused on value-add 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.

Kristina Michelsen, 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.

Sara Hatch, Trustee

Bio coming soon.

Hannah Schwartz, Trustee, Founder and Executive Director

Hannah SchwartzHannah Schwartz is one of the co-founders of Heartbeet Lifesharing. She serves as the community’s executive director, drawing on her lifelong experience with social therapy and her commitment to bringing the lifesharing philosophy to community-based care for adults with developmental disabilities in Vermont. Hannah was born and raised in Camphill Village/Kimberton Hills in Pennsylvania, a community dedicated to lifesharing with adults with disabilities. She pursued her college education in the field of health and care-giving, taking time off to participate in a Camphill community-based training course in care for adults with disabilities in Copake, New York and to work for eight months in a residential program for severely disabled adults, L’Amitié in Canada. Once back in the U.S., she balanced her studies with the needs of her own growing family, receiving her Bachelors Degree in Women’s Studies and Health Education from Goddard College in 1999. As executive director, she weaves together the unique and often incomplete histories of each of the adults under her care, whose lives are often not well documented, so that a care plan can be tailored to their specific biographies. She also works to create advocacy circles for each of Heartbeet’s adults with disabilities, including friends, family and members of the community who have found a connection to Heartbeet.

Jerry Schwartz, Trustee

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.

Jed Williamson, Trustee

John E. (Jed) Williamson is the Immediate Past President of Sterling College in Vermont. For many years, he has been a practitioner and consultant in education and outdoor pursuits, including over 100 safety and quality reviews and accident investigations. He co-authored the Association for Experiential Education’s Accreditation Standards for Adventure Programs, has had several articles published, and produced three educational videos on experiential and adventure topics.From 1987 through 1992, he was Executive Director of the United States Biathlon Association. He was a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire from 1973 to 1982 – where he designed and directed an experiential teacher education graduate program called “Live, Learn, and Teach.” He has also worked as an instructor, program director, and school director for several U.S. Outward Bound schools. Jed has served on the Boards of the American Alpine Club, National Outdoor Leadership School, Association for Experiential Education, and the Student Conservation Association. He has been the Chair of the Safety Committee and the editor of the American Alpine Club’s annual report Accidents in North American Mountaineering since 1974. In addition to his B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire, Jed has done graduate work in anthropology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His wife Perry served as the Director of Development during Jed’s tenure at Sterling College. They have two married daughters, Heather and Willow, and two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Heartbeet goes to the core of my educational beliefs.It is a caring community that draws upon the philosophies of the great educators John Dewey (immersion in direct, personal experience), Alexander Meiklejohn (education is about how we treat each other), Kurt Hahn (above all, compassion), and Rudolf Steiner (educating the whole person). The founders and their staff are especially committed to caring for those who are in great need. They do it with skill, hard work, and love. I’m proud to be associated with them.

Annie Jackson, Trustee

Bio coming soon.

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