The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture: Staff

The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (formerly Dancing Rabbit, Inc.) at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is the 501(c)3 nonprofit that manages our outreach, research and educational initiatives. Get to know a little about our key staff members, below!

Danielle Williams

Executive Director, Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture

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Danielle Williams moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in 2012 after living and tasting the flavors at multiple other intentional communities in different countries. In 2016 she became the Executive Director for the nonprofit here, which shares Dancing Rabbit’s unique flavor of hope and sustainable living inspiration with the world. She delights in living in a 213 sq-ft naturally built round house called the Hermitage. Danielle originally hails from the state of Colorado, and her skills are as diverse and varied as the places she’s lived since then (hypnotherapy, breathwork, facilitation, marketing, financial coaching, spreadsheets…). Her degree in Peace & Global Studies informs her vision of how ecovillages are part of a global movement towards curing the social pandemic of loneliness and meaninglessness, and creating a better world for everyone. She passionately cultivates the world she wants to pass on to future generations, and living in community (amidst all the highs & lows) is an integral part of that cultivation. Fun Fact: Danielle has over 50 varieties of tea in her office cubby alone, and she enjoys keeping herself warm in the office in winter by sipping a hot beverage. Current favorite: Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong.


Apple Wood

Bookkeeper
danielle-solo-1Apple has been living in intentional communities since 2003 and now lives at Red Earth Farms, a neighboring land trust community. She considers herself a jack of all trades, master of none, and shares some of her computer and communication skills with our nonprofit in the role of Bookkeeper. She started with us by offering to file our 2017 tax forms, and has expanded into other responsibilities since. Things that Apple does with the rest of her time include: working as an organic farm inspector, gardening, connecting with neighbors, and puttering around her house and homestead. Fun fact: Apple hiked 500 miles of the Colorado trail in the summer of 2021!

Cob Carleton

Programs Director/Outreach Shepherd/Research Coordinator
danielle-solo-1 After decades of professional management of volunteer organizations and their myriad committees, David (Cob) Carleton sought a simpler life for himself and his family.  Since moving our ecovillage in 2007 he has gone on to participate in Dancing Rabbit’s myriad committees and to help manage our collective organizations.  It turns out that accounting and coordinating volunteers is easier than becoming a gentleman farmer.  Cob joined the CSCC Staff to help with program logistics and to shepherd DR’s interactions with professional researchers and the media.  Cob can often be found in his kitchen singing along with Metropolitan Opera broadcasts or listening to ClassicFM while restocking dry goods in his DR Grocery Store.

Eric Mease

Administrative Assistant
danielle-solo-1 After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Eric spent many years traveling the Americas. Staying on small-scale sustainable farms and eco-communities, he witnessed firsthand the ways in which people are re-imagining their relationship with the earth, society, and each other. In the Spring of 2020 he arrived at Dancing Rabbit as an intern for the Dairy Co-op and quickly became enamored with the rolling savannah land of Northeast Missouri and began dreaming of the possibilities for using regenerative grazing practices to restore the native ecology. He’s also very inspired by Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and the potential it has to become even more vibrant, sustainable, and self-sufficient. He is committed to bringing that vision to life through his work with the CSCC and his own personal and cooperative projects. Within the non-profit he fills the roles of Board Support and Office Steward, is working on putting together a volunteer internship program for 2021, and is making videos to help paint portraits of what life is like at Dancing Rabbit and promote sustainable lifeways. In his free time he enjoys playing music, going on nature walks, working on land based projects, and playing board games. Eric’s favorite quote is by anthropologist David Graeber: “The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.”

Priscilla Flores

Development Lead
Priscilla Flores is the CSCC’s Development Lead. She hails from Bakersfield, CA, and has a B.A. in History and English from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in US History from the University of Chicago. She is an experienced educator, researcher, and nonprofit professional. Priscilla currently lives in an off-grid, six-acre homestead at Red Earth Farms with her family. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading, watching films, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling. Fun fact: when she lived in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago as a graduate student, Priscilla joyfully lived above a taqueria.

Liz Hackney

Editor

 


Liz Hackney is the CSCC editor of the Dancing Rabbit Update. She moved from California to Dancing Rabbit in 2016 and worked as a licensed acupuncturist before the pandemic. Liz and her grown son are currently building a straw bale building called “Sub-Hub” as a center for natural building, social justice and permaculture classes at Dancing Rabbit.


Claire “Squirrel” Brandau

Correspondent

After attaining Permaculture Design and Permaculture Teaching certifications, Claire “Squirrel” Brandau wanted to spread the message of Permaculture to a wide audience while living her own life in a more satisfying and sustainable way. What’s more, she needed a strong sense of community and relationships in order to heal and rediscover the joy of living after decades of chronic illness, disability and isolation. She moved to Dancing Rabbit in 2019 almost immediately after her visitor session and never looked back. She joined the CSCC team in late 2021 after finding her place in the community and finally a home to call her own. Fun fact: She took Squirrel as her name not from the critter, but from the character Doug the dog from the Disney film “UP.” The name is the most accurate reflection of her attention span that she could describe. Anyone who has a chat with her will immediately see just how accurate the name is!


Jen Young

Webmaster

Jen YoungJen moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in the late summer of 2021 after living in Montana at a permaculture project and was left wanting more natural building, animal systems, food systems, and a healthier and happier learning environment. Having followed Dancing Rabbit’s journey since 2015, she decided it was time to make the leap and joined as a wexer for the Critter Co-op. She spent the summer and fall here doing so many things she loves – gardening, working on a strawbale/cob home addition for a family, milking the cows, tending the goats, swimming in the pond, and taking long walks across the land. In the winter, Jen joined the CSCC team as the Webmaster and Mailing list whiz. She looks forward to creating a regenerative landscape around her in which she can live, work, and play.


The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture: Staff

The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (formerly Dancing Rabbit, Inc.) at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is the 501(c)3 nonprofit that manages our outreach and educational activities. Below is information on our key staff members.

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