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.

Danielle Williams

Executive Director, Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture

 

danielle-solo-1Danielle 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.


Carolyn Bunge

Communications Team

 

Carolyn joined the Dancing Rabbit Staff in the spring of 2017. After nearly 30 years living on the Gulf Coast in Houston, she went on an adventure to find community with her husband and son. The extensive 5 month trip across the U.S. ended with the decision to call Northeast Missouri home. She lives with her family at a neighboring community called Red Earth Farms where they homestead on their leasehold they named Whimsyshire.

Before moving to Red Earth Farms, Carolyn was a high school history teacher. She has used her skills in writing and research, from her B.A. in History, to the benefit of her job here at the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture and as a copywriter for JB Analytics. In her free time she likes to read, play board games, sew, garden, and spend time on her land. She lives in a 20 foot yurt close to nature spending her days doing the things she loves, with the people who matter most.


Apple Wood

Bookkeeper & General Correspondent

 

IMG_20150222_132826920Apple 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 roles of Bookkeeper and General Correspondent. 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.


Matthew Bunge

Development Director

 


Matthew Bunge joined the CSCC team in 2019 as our Development Director. After seeking a new lifestyle in community he settled down at Red Earth Farms (neighbor to Dancing Rabbit), with his wife and son. He taught band and elementary music for 8 years prior to moving to community. Music is still abound in the tri-communities so Matt gets to spend a good bit of his time that way, and new passions include: mowing (with a scythe), gardening, and raising microbes. He brings experience in grant writing, team planning and customer relations. He is proud to serve in this role and enjoys living out the ideals of sustainability.


Eric Mease

Administrative Assistant

 


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.


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. She currently serves on Dancing Rabbit’s Village Council. 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.

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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