The founding Board of Trustees brings a promising range of skills and interests to this endeavor:
Perrin Heartway (chair) – Floyd’s traveling vet, Perrin is a homesteader, an environmentalist, and is dedicated to his family and community. He has been working for years with the idea of conserving land for community use and providing affordable, sustainable burial practices on that land.
Kristy Ratcliffe (secretary) – Kristy is passionate about community self-reliance and death literacy as well as land stewardship. She has training as an End-of-Life doula and a degree in Forest Resource Management.
Linda Haas (treasurer) – A lifetime organic gardener, lifetime Sierra Club member, and lover of the natural world, Linda wants to make a difference helping people cope with death in a more comforting and positive way.
Isabel Berney (trustee) – Isabel is an active volunteer with the Virginia Blue Ridge chapter of the Funeral Consumers Alliance and has a vast knowledge base of the funeral industry and options for death care.
Philip Olson (trustee) – A member of the Virginia Blue Ridge chapter of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, Phil is a professor at Virginia Tech teaching bioethics and body studies, death studies, women’s and gender studies, and social epistemology. His family background in the funeral industry brings important perspective to our work.
Sarah (Piper) Pollock – Piper is the Director of Nonprofit Management & Development at Springhouse and has years of experience with nonprofits, including international youth programming, education, a watershed council, and a land trusts. She is a youth mentor and has a profound reverence for the natural world, environmental restoration and conservation.
Tammy Belinsky (environmental lawyer) and Dean Spader (ethics/administrative law professor) also attend Board Meetings regularly as advisors. Recently we've been joined by Mike Sowder, retired Floyd County teacher, whose family roots in Floyd go back to the 1770's.