Miriam Therese MacGillis is the director of Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation in Caldwell, NJ. In 2005 she received the Thomas Berry Award. In 2007 Grist magazine named her one of the world’s top 15 green religious leaders. She lectures extensively and has conducted workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Jim Weinrich, coordinator of buildings and land, is responsible for maintaining 226 acres of preserved farmland and forest, and more than a dozen buildings. He also cares for the organization’s vehicles and equipment. With his design and construction skills, Jim was instrumental in the installation of many components of the
Elsie Bernauer, OP
Beth Lambert, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
Beth Lambert is the chief executive officer of Herbalist & Alchemist, a Washington, NJ company that makes products from organically grown or ethically wild-crafted botanicals She is also president of Blueberry Health, a technology transfers partnership of NJ Blueberry growers, Rutgers University and Herbalist & Alchemist. In addition, she serves on the board of the American Herbal Products Association, chairing its education committee, and on the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association board. A graduate of Wellesley College (BA-Economics & Political Science), she holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was formerly a managing director of the Investment Banking firm PaineWebber, an adjunct professor at Cook College at Rutgers University, and an organic farmer of medicinal herbs. She co-founded Permaculture Resources, a publishing company dedicated to conservation of the earth's resources and sustainable development; it was sold to Rodale Institute in 1997.
Kevin Maher, Secretary
Miriam T. MacGillis, OP, Director (ex-officio)
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Jeanne Goyette, OP
Judith Rudolph, OP
Mary Agnes Sullivan, OP
Director of software development for Maximus, Inc., Paul is the principal technical architect of a software package being used by the largest public school districts in the United States. He is also a grassroots organizer, activist, and rock climber. He serves on the board for the Amazon Dental Project, a grassroots organization partnering with indigenous communities in the Amazon region to provide culturally respectful and environmentally sustainable health and medical care. Paul was a regional co-coordinator of the New York City Metropolitan Area Awakening the Dreamer Pachamama Symposium Community and continues involvement as a Symposium trainer. He is also an organizer for Community Green, a local organization promoting green living. He is helping to bring the Transition movement to this region, promoting it as a new strategic focus within Community Green. Author of several guidebooks to rock climbing, Paul recently co-founded the Permaculture Network of New Jersey. Paul holds a BS in computer engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Ron Hornung retired to teaching and consulting after 30 years of experience as self-employed designer-builder. His approach to planning and construction reflects a commitment to integrate projects and surroundings with regard for environmental impact. He supervised construction of two strawbale cottages at Genesis Farm with groups of inexperienced volunteers. He says that he is convinced that strawbale construction is “a realistic, easily understood approach for do-it yourselfers” and is a highly responsible way to build economically and environmentally. In addition, he says, “the possibility of ‘Amish-style house-raising’ adds a social aspect that can never be found in conventional practices.” Ron currently teaches at Sussex County Community College and, along with his wife Diane, enjoys the company of his two grandchildren.
Suzanne Janis, OP
Tom Lynch, Chair, Development Committee
Veritas Picardi, OP