Founding Director: Janell Kapoor is an avid mud mama, community catalyst, systems strategist and designer, and motivational speaker on our ‘modern indigineity’. Janell is founding director of Ashevillage Institute & Sanctuary, Kleiwerks International, Whole Earth Summit, and Permaculture School. Since 1997, she led hands-on natural building trainings for people from over 52 countries, helping to catalyze regional resiliency movements among hundreds of thousands of people across Southeast Asia, South America, and Turkey. Janell designed the transformation of her home site, a former crack house junkyard, into a beautiful, thriving eco-urban permaculture oasis, the Ashevillage Sanctuary, in Asheville, NC.
Program Manager: Quinn Asteak is a sustainable farming enthusiast who is passionate about helping people deepen understanding of where their food comes from and using it as medicine. Quinn was operations and programming director at North Brooklyn Farms, an urban farm that transforms vacant lots into green spaces to feed, educate, and connect urban dwellers with nature. She worked with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where she ran public programs, gave tours, facilitated corporate events, and taught cooking classes. She is a certified health coach, motivational presenter, and current director of the West Asheville Tailgate Market. Quinn brings her multiple passions to Ashevillage’s programs.
Outreach & Administrative Manager: Meesh Van Sandt is a longtime homesteading enthusiast who lives in her tiny home on the outskirts of Asheville. A ‘jackie of all trades’, Meesh has been a professional videographer, graphic designer, landscaper, food service manager, and personal assistant. Her passion runs deep for walking her talk in all things resilient living, homesteading, food as medicine, authentic relating, and in supporting local economies. Meesh is a longtime friend of Ashevillage and previously held this very position in the early days. She is delighted to be back in the fold to serve the mission and work of creating a resilient future for all life.
Resilient Living School Coordinator: Cynthia Tina is a community organizer, educator and facilitator for a new story of humanity based on the interbeing of all life. She consults communities around the world in how to thrive as models for a regenerative future. She offers workshops and leads trips that help people to create lasting change. Cynthia is a board member for the Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network, as well as a leader in NextGEN. In her home of Asheville, NC, Cynthia is the Resilient Living School program coordinator and organizer for the Asheville unConference, an event empowering citizens to create their city’s resilient future.
Online Strategist: Stacey Murphy is a radical systems designer who brings to Ashevillage her vision of creating whole human communities. Founder of BK Farmyards and Farmyard Bootcamp, Stacey’s background is in forging innovative community partnerships, while designing integrated and healthy systems, including abundant local food harvests. She has initiated urban farms and CSA’s, curated online and on-the-ground agricultural and entrepreneurial trainings, and co-created hands-on, holistic food systems classes for high school students in Brooklyn, NY. As a real foods advocate, Stacey has been featured in Family Circle, on Martha Stewart Radio, and on David Letterman.
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