Board of Directors

With a shared vision, a committed group of community volunteers pooled their resources, knowledge, expertise, time and connections to launch the Homer Folk School in 2016.   An independent non-profit as of September 2017, our Board of Directors commit to making sure the Homer Folk School stays true to its mission.

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Nancy Lee Evans work in the folk arts tradition began in Oregon as staff for Rain Magazine:  A Journal of Appropriate Technology and continued with founding the Alaska Alternative Energy Resource Center at the Alaska Center for the Environment. Years of spiritual study shifted Nancy’s work to holistic healing, herbal medicine and the spiritual relationship with nature that had been a touchstone since childhood. She has certified in permaculture design and offers classes in Alaska plants as food and medicine, holistic healing, and indigenous Celtic tradition. Nancy feels that learning the wisdom of our ancestral traditions roots us more firmly with the Earth and in the fullness of our lives.

Robin McAllistar is passionate about folk schools, community empowerment and inter-generational learning.  She has been a private practice counselor for 25 years. Her history includes several years commercial fishing in Prince William Sound on the Valiant Maid, an infamous old wooden seiner. Robin also worked as a biologist in PWS from trail crew in late 70s to mapping the herbarium and Trumpeter Swan habitat in the early 80's.  She is a mom of 2 and grandma of 5, a passionate permaculturist, organic farmer, and herbalist and looks forward to both teaching, learning and growing the Homer Folk School family. 

 

Neil Wagner has a love of traditional crafts and learning new skills. Some of his past lives & experiences include building a log cabin, pottery, photography, maritime captain & engineer, solar installations, distance hiking, and making wood fired pizzas.  He's a retired Entrepreneur.

 

 

Hannah Gustafson is a life-long Alaskan, social entrepreneur, and real life kick-starter. Food is her creative medium and her free time is filled with growing, foraging, harvesting, preserving and preparing all things edible and medicinal. When not launching the next big idea or creating and crafting in the garden or kitchen, she enjoys exploring Kachemak Bay with her husband and two young children on their 22’ C-Dory.