Update: In Jan. 2015 we brought two new members onto our board:
Jim Senter, who is a vital member of the Pot Luck Farm intentional community and is trained in botany. Jim has been an anti-racism activist, and is a working on a book documenting the development of the outer banks for tourism during the Works Progress Administration program during the Depression. He has also written on the history of consumer co-ops in England (see our blog site). Jim is our Board Secretary
Jonathan Sheline, who is a family pediatrician in Durham, and does community education on health and vegan diets. He has also been active with Transition Durham on renewable energy, and recently participated as an instructor in CommunEcos’ public library sustainability course.
We are very pleased to have Patricia Murray, editor of the Durham Skywriter online newspaper and the WNCU Radio Show, on our board. Patricia gave a workshop at Recyclique on June 1st on solar lights for home use, and she also is a crafter of duct tape wallets which she sells in the shop. Patricia has been active for years in helping to build community and solidarity in East Durham around issues like sustainability and social justice through media and community events.
Ruth Backstrom has a PhD in Education from the University of Iowa and she has trained as a life coach. In the last two years she helped found Transition Durham, an organization dedicated to helping communities transition into the future with a focus on resilience, energy efficiency and economic sustainability. Ruth led numerous community gatherings in recent years to build community around issues of sustainable food and community economics.
Don Nonini is a cultural anthropologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently leading Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA), a project on the local foods and sustainable agriculture movements in North Carolina. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he teaches courses in alternative economic systems, urban anthropology, political anthropology and sociocultural theory and ethnography. He has long-term interests in working toward environmental sustainability (especially biodiverse marine ecosystems), a more socially just economy, and community food security. Born in northern California, he has lived in Durham North Carolina for the last 17 years. He sees the educational and organizing work of CommunEcos (and organizations like it) as crucial in a world that appears to be undergoing irreversible climate change and profound financial crisis.