Dancing Rabbit Board of Directors

The board of directors for the Center for Sustainable & Cooperative Culture (501c3) and Dancing Rabbit Land Trust (501c2) oversees financial development and strategic planning for our non-profits in conjunction with the Dancing Rabbit membership.

Sara Peters: Board President

Certified Professional Midwife, Co-owner Homebirth, Naturally, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, MO

Sara Peters holds a B.S. in Forestry. Her work supporting social forestry research with the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry provided her first introduction to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR). She came to DR in 2001 as an intern, returning in 2003 to make it her home with her partner in love, work, and parenting, Ted Sterling. In 2016, she became a Certified Professional Midwife and co-owner of Homebirth, Naturally, a robust midwifery practice. The balance of her time she dedicates to tending a homestead garden supplying produce to a cooperative kitchen she co-owns and co-operates, and parenting and teaching her daughter, Aurelia Sterling. Sara has served the ecovillage and the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture in many capacities: as a volunteer, Village Council member, and via service on numerous committees.

Kyle Yoder

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, MO

Having grown up baling hay on a forty acre farm in Iowa, Kyle subscribes to a simpler form of sustainability. He studied physics, then history, then English at Macalester University before reexamining his trajectory and ultimately moving to Dancing Rabbit in 2010, where he now studies wood, clay, and village design. He has constructed two homes at Dancing Rabbit and continues to contribute to the growing database of alternative building technologies of cob, earthbag, strawbale, timberframing, and subterranean construction. He is specifically interested in designing the “in-between”– spaces where buildings, people, and the outdoors converge. He presently works around the rural Midwest, conducting soil samples to facilitate improved agricultural resource management.

Jess WatsonJess Watson

Co-founder, St. Louis Ecovillage Network

Global Programs Development Leader, Wings of Hope

Jess Watson co-founded the St. Louis Ecovillage Network with her husband after returning to the Midwest from an intentional community in Oakland, California. They are working to support the communities movement in the Midwest and actively seeking to found an eco-focused community in St. Louis. Jess develops evaluation tools & manages international programs for the humanitarian aid nonprofit Wings of Hope. Jess holds a BA in Biology & Environmental Science from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An avid forager, her current obsessions include paw paws and the many uses of Burr Oak acorns.

chongkee_tan Chong Kee Tan

Founder of Bay Bucks, Ph.D. Stanford University, based in Oregon & Singapore

Chong Kee Tan has been an activist for 20 years, working in the area of Asian democracy, press freedom, censorship, and — after coming to the United States — in the area of equal rights and sustainability. After the 2008 financial crisis, he began studying our financial and monetary systems, and quickly came to realize that these systems are the root causes of the most pressing problems facing the world today. He started Bay Bucks as a TransitionSF project in hopes of reversing the rising trends of inequality and making the SF Bay Area more resilient. Chong Kee received his BA (Hons) in Computer Science from Cambridge University and his PhD in Chinese Literature from Stanford University.


stephenStephen Shapiro

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, MO

Stephen moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in 2013. He grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to the midwest for college and has since remained there. He originally sought a degree in business, but realized that was not his path, and then transferred to receive a general liberal arts degree with a focus in Latin American Studies. He found Dancing Rabbit while in school in St. Louis teaching environmentalism at a local elementary school. Since that time he has been walking towards writing novels (including getting an MA in English at Truman State University, and there teaching Writing as Critical Thinking) and will, in coming time, publish his first novel of prehistoric fiction.

Cecil ScheibCecil Scheib, PE, CEM, LEED AP

Chief Program Officer, Urban Green Council (US Green Building Council, New York)

With over twenty years sustainability experience, Cecil is Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council, where he works on policy, research and education campaigns to transform New York City’s buildings for a sustainable future. He was Managing Director of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, tasked after Hurricane Sandy to improve building codes for resiliency and sustainability. Previously, he was Director of Energy and Sustainability at New York University, cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in five years. Cecil wrote NYU’s Climate Action Plan and Energy and Water Design Standards for new construction. A Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage Founder, Cecil holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Engineer’s license from New York State, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional.
Other DR Affiliations: Founder, former member

Ed PultzEd Pultz

General Practice Attorney, Farmington, MO

Ed Pultz’s connection with sustainable community began in 1974, when he and his wife, Wendy, were founding members of Dancing Rabbit’s neighboring community, Sandhill Farm. After leaving Sandhill, he taught for two years in the two-room school in nearby Rutledge, before leaving the area to pursue a law career. Ed has practiced law in Farmington, MO for over thirty years. Ed has served on the boards of the Farmington School District, Presbyterian Children’s Services, and Legal Services of Southern Missouri. He has been actively involved with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate since its beginning in 1998, and cofounded the local recreational soccer program and has been responsible for the referees for more than 15 years. Ed is an avid organic gardener and he, Wendy and their two grown children renovate older housing stock to extend the lives of houses and make them more energy efficient.

Sue Ann KortkampSue Ann Kortkamp

Foundation Executive Director of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of IL (Retired)

Sue Ann Kortkamp graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois. She retired five years ago after a 23 year career in health care fundraising. Prior to that time, she also worked for the Tazewell County Health Dept as their first environmental sanitarian and served for 12 years on the Council of the City of Pekin. Currently, she serves on the board of The Dirksen Congressional Center and the MS Council of Central Illinois. During retirement, Sue Ann enjoys helping grade school students read, tutors adults who want to earn their GED and was instrumental in starting a weekend snack pack program in two day cares for children who were food insecure.

DocLockJoshua Lockyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arkansas Tech University

Joshua Lockyer, Ph.D. teaches Anthropology and Ozark-Ouachita Studies at Arkansas Tech University and is co-editor of the volume Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, & Ecovillages. He earned his doctoral degree in Ecological & Environmental Anthropology and graduate certification in Conservation and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia and subsequently taught at the University of Georgia, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Since 2000, his research has focused on ecovillages and other sustainability-oriented intentional communities. Recognizing these communities as important natural laboratories for the transition to a more sustainable future, he uses a participatory action research approach in collaboration with Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage to help community members assess their progress toward their goals. He is currently seeking funding to scale up his work with Dancing Rabbit to a comparative, international scale. He lives in Russellville, Arkansas where he helps manage an online farmers’ market and a regional seed bank and seed exchange initiative.