OUR TEAM

 

Jenny Finn

Head of School, Co-Founder

Jenny moved to Floyd five years ago with her family from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband Andy and is the mother to two teenage children, Andrew and Lizzie. Jenny holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College and a master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. She is a social entrepreneur and, for the past twenty years, has been committed to creating healthy culture by starting with an unwavering commitment to her own personal growth and transformation. As a result of her own journey with addiction and cancer, Jenny understands that a healthy relationship with the world around us begins with a strong connection to ourselves. In a culture that often fosters separation and disconnection, Jenny’s research, mentoring, and teaching invites people to deepen the relationship they have with themselves in order to be more resilient and of clearer and more compassionate service to the world around them. Jenny's work has taken many forms including non-profit management, trauma and hospice care, spiritual care and chaplaincy, clinical private practice, community building through the expressive arts, and education. She is a co-founder of Springhouse and sees community-based education as a primary agent to transform culture. She is honored to work with the outstanding Springhouse team and is deeply committed to the Springhouse mission of reimagining the purpose and practice of education.

Chris Wolf

Director of Learner Experience

Chris started at Springhouse in 2016 teaching math, then participating in The Well and leading after-school programming. He came on full-time starting in the 2018-2019 school year. Chris grew up in Pennsylvania and went to the Kimberton Waldorf School, where he received a rich education that included lots of art and experiential learning opportunities. During the summers of his youth, Chris also attended Northwaters-Langskib wilderness programs in northern Ontario. He went on to lead canoe trips for Northwaters-Langskib that focused on the inner journey and rites of passage. He received a BSc in agricultural economics from McGill University, taught English as a second language in the Republic of Georgia, and has worked on farms in France, New Zealand, and here in Floyd. Chris and Roxanne, his wife, keep dairy goats and chickens, and they love to garden. They also lead shape note singing in the Floyd community. Chris is committed to lifelong learning and continually exploring, developing, and refining vehicles for soul-centered education, self-exploration, and service.

 
 

Haley Leopold

Head of Curriculum Design

Creativity has long been at the heart of Haley's path - from writing stories and drawing as a child to music-making and reimagining structures for holistic learning in her adulthood. A 2016 James Madison University graduate of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with minors in Elementary Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Haley strongly believes that education is an experience that cannot be confined to a classroom. Haley has worked with diverse populations of young learners both in the public school system and alternative educational settings. She has experienced the learning environments of failing schools - where three-quarters of the learner population received free or reduced lunches - and schools in which learners spoke over 50 different languages and had relocated from countries all over the globe. For her college senior honors thesis, she created a curriculum framework entitled Learning Through Meaningful Experiences with Self, Others, and the Environment. If you happen to catch Haley outside of Springhouse, she may be teaching yoga to teens and adults, playing guitar, or identifying trees.

Roxanne Greenberg

Director of Nonprofit Management, Head of Embodied Living

Roxanne loves living nestled in the mountains but is always excited to journey to distant lands. She firmly believes in the power of living connected to nature and the importance of hands-on learning. Roxanne sees herself as a kinesthetic learner that is deeply attuned to her sensory experience. She spent many years as a ropes course facilitator and outdoor adventure guide for various organizations and groups including youth, adults, and differently-abled individuals, and she cherished her time teaching outdoor education at Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Chesapeake Bay. Roxanne holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from George Mason University, and she is currently participating in a Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Psychotherapy Training, which is a body-centered healing method that uses internal observation and somatic awareness to identify core narratives within ourselves. She is interested in the ways in which slowing down and turning inward can help us observe, connect to ourselves, and become more conscious of how we move through our external environments. She believes in the body’s innate wisdom and the importance of healing touch, which can be a mirror of the unconditional love that resides in each of us. Roxanne is a lover of the wonders of the natural world and enjoys spending time exploring by walking, gardening, hanging out with her goats, cooking, and singing. 

 

Sarah Merfeld

Director of Sustainability and Community Programs

Sarah grew up in Madison, WI and moved to Floyd in 2017 where she began to put down roots. Sarah and her partner Ian are currently building a house in Floyd where they intend to live and grow together for the foreseeable future. Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in Religion with a focus in Buddhism and Western philosophy from Colorado College. While in college, she participated in Emory University's Mind-Body Science Program in Dharamsala India engaging in dialogue with Tibetan leaders in exile on the confluence of modern science and Buddhist philosophy. After college, Sarah studied permaculture design at Quail Springs Permaculture and completed an 18-month sustainable agriculture fellowship with the Allegheny Mountain Institute in 2016. Sarah is a Wilderness First Responder and has worked in youth development in a variety of capacities, ranging from leading backpacking trips in Colorado, teaching English in Costa Rica, and coordinating garden-based education. Sarah is deeply committed to healthy human development and is passionate about creating intact community. She is currently enrolled in an MEd program through Meridian University studying transformative leadership. She loves dance, growing medicinal herbs, and playing games of all sorts.

 

Ian Stabler

Adjunct Faculty, Mentor, and Facilities Manager

Ian Stabler is an artist, woodworker, and natural builder from Denver, Colorado. Ian graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Studio Art in 2013. While there, he received the Mary Chenowith Award for passion and excellence. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate from Quail Springs later that year and spent the next two years as a natural building apprentice at Aprovecho Sustainability Institute in Cottage Grove, OR. Ian has a deep appreciation for the natural world and humanity’s place within it and uses his art as an access point through which to delve deeper into our environment. He loves farming, homesteading, and traveling. Ian believes that art in education can be as expansive as the learners who participate in it and believes in the potential for art to teach us depth within ourselves and the world.

Carolyn Reilly

Marketing, Outreach, and Development Coordinator

Carolyn is a passionate lifelong-learner, wife, and mother of four, whose journey brought her to Springhouse in the Fall of 2017 through Sacred Dance. Movement has been a part of Carolyn’s life from a young age: climbing trees, playing neighborhood football, swimming, and dancing to then becoming a pilates, yoga, and fitness instructor in her 20’s. Mothering became her focused movement and learning opportunity as Carolyn stepped into homeschooling her children in 2007.  Through relocation, leaps of faith, and deep loss, Carolyn rediscovered the joy of dance in her late thirties, finding hope, deep connection to herself, and a community committed to creativity and intergenerational learning. Holding a background in marketing, sales, entrepreneurial endeavors, and community organizing, Carolyn brings an enthusiasm and passion for inspiring people and local communities to grow deeper in their healing and connections - with themselves, each other, the divine, and the earth.

Piper Pollock

Well Resident

After first dancing with Jenny Finn a decade ago on Semester at Sea, Piper is thrilled to be joining the dance once again with the Springhouse Community during her Well Residency. Piper brings her years of experience in multiple nonprofits focused on rites of passage for international youth, dance, youth mentorship, and environmental restoration and conservation. Originally rearing from Colorado, Piper has a profound reverence for the natural world as a healing modality, and will often be found fermenting foods, drinking tea, walking the woods, doing yoga, and exploring new swimming holes.  

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