2016 Board of Trustees

The World Fellowship Center Board works to ensure that the mission of the organization is fulfilled in financial, legal and ethically responsible ways. 

Everyone can support World Fellowship and the Board by spreading the word and inviting folks to engage in this community committed to peace and social justice. Distribute brochures, display fliers where you live or work or at public events, write an article for your blog or local paper, host a house party, or contact organizations about holding their next training or retreat in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Know anyone thinking of a wedding? Not sure where you’d like your final resting place to be? It’s all possible at World Fellowship!

Please “Like” and “Friend” us on Facebook, tweet, Pin, tell, share our programs and news with friends, family, and in your communities. And come visit our White Mountain inter-generational educational vacation center – there’s no place on earth like it!

All ideas and time commitments are welcome! Contact Andrea @ worldfellowship.org  if interested in volunteering or if you have ideas for outreach.

Trustees

Joanne Rosenthal, Co-Chair
Brunswick, Maine

Joanne Rosenthal

Joanne has served on municipal and nonprofit boards and volunteers at a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. She supports many social justice organizations in addition to her volunteer leadership with World Fellowship.

Joanne treasures time on Whitton Pond, and at WF being served delicious nutritious meals, and meeting guests and staff from around the world and enjoying interesting energizing speakers and workshops. She believes that World Fellowship Center is the perfect vacation destination for renewal of the mind, body and spirit.

Joanne lives with her husband Josh and sons Adrian and Gabe when they’re home from travels. A seasoned social worker with an extensive background serving older adults, Joanne is the founder of Aging Consultation Services, and is committed to empowering clients to make decisions that promote autonomy and optimal well being. In her spare time she cooks, walks, writes and swims.

Daniel Pluta, Co-Chair
NH

Randi Cecchine, Clerk
New York, NY

Jake Geller, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Montclair, NJ
Jake Geller

Jake works in Information Technology and fondly remembers sitting in the old laundry room to connect over a dial-up modem. He’s glad that Wi-Fi is available in Uphaus, Weller House and the Cottage! He enjoys working closely with the directors and other board members to move the organization forward.

Jake appreciates coming to World Fellowship each summer with his wife, Jane Becker and their children. The mission, “Promoting peace and social justice, through education and dialogue, inspired by nature.” and the varied progressive perspectives on interesting issues, the community, and nature in the White Mountains keep him coming back.

Gina Bilander, Buildings and Grounds Task Force Chair
Cambridge, MA

Ida Dupont, Governance Committee Chair
Jersey City, NJ

Leslie Fine, Brooklyn, NY

Rejin Leys, Jamaica, NY

Alex Melman,
Minneapolis, MN

Shad Mohammed, Bronx, NY

Kaity Thomson, Durham, NH

Maia Yulov, Boston, MA

CO-DIRECTORS, Ex-Oficio members of the Board

Andrea Walsh

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Andrea brings experience directing, fundraising for, volunteering with, serving on boards of, and growing  non-profits of many stripes to the job of co-directing the World Fellowship Center.  Andrea enjoys helping organizations juggle the endless opportunities and challenges of social  justice work.

Originally from lush farm land of mid-Michigan, Andrea treasures raising Fiona and working with Andy while improving soil for growing organic vegetables in the Granite State. Andrea also loves to knit, enjoys long-distance self-propelled journeys (bike, walk, hike), and likes being with people who want to hurry up and slow down to join in making the world a better place—for everybody.

Since moving to World Fellowship May 1, 2000, Andrea has enjoyed exploring radical hospitality as well as the wild places between Whitton Pond and Mt. Chocorua and sharing the hopeful, forward-looking spirit of the World Fellowship community.

Andrew Davis

Andy Davis was born in 1961 in Rochester, New Hampshire, and mostly grew up on the coast of Maine and on Long Island. During the 1980s he earned his living as a cook, struggled against a US foreign policy in the grip of death squads and mercenaries, hitchhiked 100,000 miles, and traveled whenever possible in Europe, Africa and Latin America. During the 1990s he spent three and a half years doing human rights work in Guatemala, where he met Andrea Walsh. They came back to the US and lived in an intentional community while casting about for a way to combine their values and livelihood; in the meantime he earned a living in carpentry and seasonal farm work, while also learning to grow food organically. Andy and Andrea got married in 1999, and Fiona Uniacke Davis-Walsh joined them in the world soon after. In 2000 the three of them came to live and work at the World Fellowship Center. Since 2001 he has channeled his senses of righteous indignation and magical realism into a passionate avocation as a storyteller.

STAFF

Office and Outreach Manager
Buildings and Grounds Manager

A host of seasonal staff and volunteers make educational programming, artistic endeavors, physical stretching and exploration possible each and every summer.

STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

Finance — (Jake Geller, Chair) works to ensure sound financial management of World Fellowship.

Governance – (Ida Dupont, Chair) attends to matters of the Board’s functioning. This has included Nominations functions.

Development — (Randi Ceccine, Chair) The Development Committee works to promote the World Fellowship Center and to support relationships with the community of  supporters and friends. The Development Committee works to invite and support community collaboration in fulfilling our mission, including raising necessary funds. The committee is working to develop a Major Donor program and a Bequest program, as we work toward a Capital Campaign for new facilities. We are working to develop a Grant-seeking program as well as an eventual Endowment program.

The Board defines the purpose and tasks for each committee. Committees make recommendations to the board for decisions. Board members serve on at least one committee. A Board member chairs each committee (usually a member who has completed at least one year on the board). Committees meet by conference call between face-to-face board meetings. Committees may include members of the World Fellowship community who are not Board of Trustee members. A co-director serves on each committee.

Contact the Board of the World Fellowship Center through office @ worldfellowship.org