As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Springhouse Community School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board meets monthly to establish policy and review the functioning of the school. 

Kim O'Donnell

Board Chair

Kim O’Donnell is a retired Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as both a public defender and a prosecutor in Richmond, Virginia. During her legal career, she served on the boards of various non-profits, including the Richmond CASA program, the Prison Visitation Project, and the YWCA of Greater Richmond. She has also served on the Advisory Board of Visitors for Mary Baldwin College and was a member of the McArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, she has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University.

Nick Fairhurst

Nick and his wife, Susan, are the parents of six children and the grandparents of five, with another on the way. As parents, a lifelong involvement with education and learning has been a primary focus of the Fairhurst family. Nick has been involved with school boards and governorships in the UK and the US since the early 1990’s. A naval architect by training, Nick specialized in traditional construction techniques for sailing ships classed as school ships and working vessels fabricated in steel, aluminum, and advanced composites. Through his profession with the maritime environment, he has been responsible for helping develop an ongoing understanding of the benefits of experiential education since 1978. As a board member of the American Sail Training Association/Tall Ships America, he was able to promote and extend the benefits of education under sail globally. As a result of the design and construction of his ship and boat building facility on a disused quarry in the Highlands of Scotland, he was recognized in 1983 as one of the 20 leading British young entrepreneurs that was awarded an intensive study and research program by leading British-American business schools and industry leaders wanting to develop a better understanding of entrepreneurship internationally. Consequently, he formed the Vital Spark Initiative to advocate entrepreneurship education for youth in 1984. An active member and past president of Rotary and First United Methodist Church Leadership team in Hillsville, VA, he also currently leads the SWVA Economic Forums Youth in Action and Opportunity SWVA Junior Entrepreneurial Development Initiative action teams.

Andrew Callister

Andrew Callister moved to Floyd County from Australia with his wife and three children in 2018, drawn to the vibrancy of this community and the educational opportunity offered by Springhouse Community School. Andrew’s children have formerly been home-schooled and attended a Waldorf School, and he is a passionate supporter of holistic education. Andrew holds a degree in Forest Science and a Ph.D. in Tree Genetics and Physiology. He is self-employed as a forestry research consultant specialising in tree breeding, applied research, and carbon sequestration. An avid environmentalist, Andrew also enjoys hiking, canoeing, writing, and music.

Colleen Lewton

Colleen moved to Floyd seven years ago with her husband to find land and community, and here she found both. She received her Bachelors of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY Geneseo and has a certification in Middle School Math. Colleen has taught many different age levels from third to eighth grade, and from this experience she has been able to fine-tune her beliefs about education and learning. She has two children and enjoys the freedom and responsibility of homeschooling them. Colleen believes that part of the learning process is struggle, building resiliency, learning critical thinking skills, and finding your own creativity. Colleen has a growing interest in herbs and using them for medicine and healing. She also enjoys hiking and continuing to learn about gardening and permaculture practices.

Skyler Locke

Learner Representative

Skyler is a 15 year old filmmaker and musician from Floyd, Virginia. Skyler has focused from a young age on creativity and expression. After spending 6 years in the public school system, he needed a change, so he came to Springhouse Community School. Now in his 4th year at Springhouse, Skyler is devoted to creating a future where all kids get the opportunity for an educational experience that recognizes their unique gifts. At Springhouse, Skyler has learned about himself and the world around him in so many beautiful ways. He loves the way he is respected and invited into maturity by his mentors at Springhouse. 

Betty Werner

Betty was born in Agana, Guam (her father was stationed at the US Submarine Base there after WWII) and has traveled extensively. Her travels have taken her to England, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, and she has participated on mission teams to the Bahamas, Guatemala and Peru. A life-long “lover of learning,” Betty completed her K-12 education in five public school systems from Washington to Florida. She earned a BA in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Florida. Betty taught mathematics in Florida and Georgia for over 35 years at six high schools and as an adjunct instructor at NOVA University and Florida Southern College. Betty has sought to inspire a love of learning (and of mathematics) wherever she has lived! She enjoyed coaching Girl’s Cross Country and Track and Field as well as pushing herself athletically, becoming a Tri-athlete and marathoner after the age of 40!  

Betty has been married to Dave for 51 years. They have one daughter (Carolyn) and four grandchildren. Betty loves to knit, crochet, cook, sew, garden, hike, and build things! Betty is excited to be a part of Springhouse Community School, where reimagining education is happening!

Tatiana Alba

Learner Representative

Tati grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and recently moved to Floyd, Virginia in September 2018. Through all the 15 years of her life, she has been homeschooled with self-led learning until recently starting high school at Springhouse Community School. She has always been interested in education in America, and, more specifically, how it does not meet the needs of children, teenagers, and modern society. She firmly believes in the need to reimagine education and that learners should be involved in all levels of their learning.

Dr. Kim Dulaney

Kim and her family moved to Floyd from Rocky Mount, VA in July of 2019. This fulfilled a bucket-list dream to live on the family farm that has been in her husband's family for many generations. She works as a Family Practice physician in Roanoke--teaching residents and medical students at Virginia Tech Carilion medical school and seeing patients of all ages at Southeast Roanoke Family Medicine. She has a special interest in the treatment of addictions. Her husband, Brad, is a United Methodist pastor and they have 4 children: Zora, Jesse, Isaac and Michael, ranging from ages 9-16.  Her children have been homeschooled, public-schooled and Montessori-schooled. She loves teaching, cooking, reading, art and creative writing. A Springhouse program helped her thrive through several bruitful (brutal + beautiful) years of being treated and recovering from breast cancer. She continues to be an adult student at Springhouse and has grown tremendously through the dance and community mentoring program. Springhouse helps her live into two of her life goals that Mary Oliver summarized in her poem When Death Comes: to be a "bride married to amazement" and to see "each body as a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth."

Paul Haluszczak

Paul stumbled upon the world of learner-centered education after quickly realizing his original career choice as a data analyst was a path of comfort rather than one of joy and fulfillment. Determined to pivot and ignore his degree in Economics, he launched a website with writing samples and began looking for work in non-profit communications. He was soon hired by Education Reimagined where he is now the Director of Digital Communications. Currently, the road is Paul’s home. Along with his partner, Morgan, and dog, Milly, they travel around the country in search of great hiking, great boondocking, and, if all goes well, a great community they will be ready to call a more permanent home.

Advisory Council 

Springhouse receives additional support from an advisory board that is composed of education and community building experts
from across North America.


Founder, Animus Valley Institute

Executive Director, TransCenter for Youth

Place-Based and Holistic Education, Lakehead University

Special Education, Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University

Rites of Passage and Ritual, Keene College


Director, Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center


Director of Native American Studies​ Program, University of New Mexico


Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District


Assistant Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District


Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CUNA Mutual Group


Co-Founder, Springhouse Community School
Licensed Professional Counselor, Founder of IBME and the Recovery Dojo


Walk2Connect Coop, Founding Member


Founder and Head of School, St. Elizabeth's School, Denver, Colorado


Community Education Resource Cooperative


Pastor, Bethany Christian Church, Roanoke


Macheke Sustainability Project


Philanthropist, Entrepreneur

Virginia Tech Faculty


Dean of the School of Education, University of North Texas at Dallas


Director of the Living School for Action and Contemplation


Entrepreneur and Innovator

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Springhouse Community School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is also a community of people with respect for diversity. The school emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, students, family members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Springhouse is an equal opportunity employer. In accord with federal law and applicable Virginia statutes, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, disability, or status as a veteran in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school.

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