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Board of Directors

Sheryl Tewksbury, (Co-Founder), President 

Sheryl Tewksbury draws from a professional background of 25 years of scholarship and educational experience as a college instructor in Women’s history, American government, English and Developmental Studies. Along with teaching, she served in administrative roles for higher education programs in Vermont, Arizona, Iowa and Thailand. Since 2001, Sheryl’s leadership has taken Global Campuses Foundation from its grassroots status to a successful social profit organization supporting transformative learning experiences for hundreds of adults with differing abilities and their allies. In her leisure, she enjoys reading, travel, yoga and meditation.
 

Justin D Thunderbear, Vice President

I, of Algonquian Abenaki heritage born in St. Albans, Vermont. Both parents are full-blooded Abenaki Algonguian. I am descended from King Phillips (Metacom), an Algonquian Wampanoag Chief who helped the pilgrims. I live and breathe the Abenaki culture. I am a storyteller, drummer, and flute player. I am also an Abenaki Assistant Chief and Tribal Council member of the Clan of the Hawk tribe based in Evansville, Vermont. I am a longtime member and very proud of it. I love teaching young kids and adults about our history, culture, arts, and music. An elder told me at one of the pow wows, "If we do not teach what we know, it will die with us." I am very active in Native American rights, and I am now proud to be part of the Board of Directors for Global Campuses. It is an honor. Many blessing. Thank you, Justin D Thunderbear, Assistant Chief Coos-Cowasuck Band Northeast  East Wind Council, Clan of the Hawk.

 

Danielle Webber, Treasurer

Danielle Webber, MSW, is a Public Health Program Manager at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Through a cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she manages and provides technical assistance to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program, its 54 state and territorial Ambassadors, and the Act Early Network with the goal of increasing developmental monitoring and screening of young children, and improve early identification of developmental disabilities and delays, including Autism. Danielle also supports AUCD's other public health programs that aim to strengthen the capacity to carry out activities in the areas of developmental disabilities and health promotion for people living with a disability. Additional health promotion and technical assistance responsibilities include creating accessible health education information, program evaluation, information dissemination, and supporting coalitions and training opportunities. Danielle has been involved with the AUCD, its network centers, and sister organizations for over ten years. She received her MSW in 2009 from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis on policy practice and administration.
 

Paul Dragon, Secretary

Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked at the Agency of Human Services in several roles, including the Deputy Secretary for the Agency, the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and the Director for Field Services. In each of these roles, Paul has sought to bring the Agency’s vision of holistic and integrated services to Vermonters. As the Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Burlington, he led the development of the Safe Harbor Clinic and the Pearl Street Clinic. Paul received his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Vermont where he received the Herman B. Meyers Excellence in Doctoral Policy Research Award. In July, 2020, Paul became the Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. His commitment to ending poverty, promoting equity, and building an inclusive community started as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, when he realized there needs to be an “ecological approach to building community that includes not only health care and social justice, but a deep connection and respect for the environment and all its inhabitants.” Paul lives with his wife and three children in Underhill, Vermont. Click here to read the announcement of Paul's appointment as Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.
 

Alex Blakeson

For the decade '80s, Alex lived and studied in Latin America, the West Indies, and Vermont, working with two consortia of indigenous non-governmental organizations focused on education for the social and economic development of historically disadvantaged peoples. In addition to marriage (they met at the School for International Training in Vermont), fatherhood, and a Masters in Adult Education, the ’90s brought ten amazing years with the U.S. arm of a prominent global faith-based organization, The Baha’i International Community, serving international volunteers. Since 2002, Alex has lived near Brattleboro. His career path has ranged from Regional Manager with Vermont Adult Learning (Learning Works) where he worked with non-traditional learners, to some years as a corporate trainer with a large East-coast bank with very traditional learners, to his current private relationship coaching and consulting practice, supported in part by work with the northeast’s largest psychiatric hospital. There, his work included direct patient care with some of society’s most vulnerable citizens. He lives with his wife, his three children are almost all launched into adulthood, and he increasingly serves in several other local, regional and international volunteer capacities.
 

Hannah Forbes

Hannah is GCF's newest director, joining the board in November 2020. Photograph and biography coming soon.
 

Richard Forbes

An effective writer, researcher, counselor, teacher, group facilitator and administrator with a strong international social sciences background specializing in Third World political development and organizational process in acculturative conditions. Richard speaks fluent French. He has spent many years working abroad beginning with Peace Corps and evolving to a myriad of international development projects. He holds a Masters Degree in African Studies and Doctoral coursework and dissertation fieldwork in Interamerican Studies. Now retired, Richard spends time raising his fraternal twin daughters, managing property and working with local organizations, particularly as a long time supporter of Global Campuses Foundation.
 

Jamie Gage

Jamie Gage has been on the Board of Global Campuses Foundation since 2011, serving as Board President from 2014-2018. Between 2009 and 2017 Jamie was General Manager of Vermont.gov and was also on the Board of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. He has also served as a marketing manager, front desk clerk, photo editor, and freelance poet and writer who has won fellowships to the Vermont Council on the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. A strong social justice advocate, Jamie became interested in the great work of Global Campuses Foundation over several years talking to Jim and Sherry outside the Tewksbury family home in Randolph, Vermont. Currently, Jamie lives in Stockbridge where he enjoys writing, music, winter sports, wood management, and spending time with his children.
 

Andreas John

A craftsman and former GCF Academic Coordinator from 2008 – 2013, Andreas holds a B.A. in Outdoor and Experiential Education from the University of New Hampshire. Currently, he enjoys working with his hands and crafting custom kitchens, bathrooms and interior spaces for clients in central Vermont. Andreas loves adventures with his son, sculpting, furniture-making, photography, travel, and playing music. A reverence for and deep appreciation of the natural world influence all aspects of his life. Andreas is honored to support the great work of GCF by serving as a member of its Board of Directors.

 

James Tewksbury (Co-Founder)

James Tewksbury brings 35 years of educational leadership experience in higher education in the areas of educational theory, psychology, and human development. He has taught and administered teacher education programs in special education and early childhood education at colleges and universities in Vermont, Michigan, Massachusetts, Iowa, Arizona, and Thailand, as well as directed programs for at-risk adolescents and adults preparing to attend college. In his role at GCF, Jim has inspired colleagues, campus participants, and GCF’s partners with his passion for innovative and transformative approaches toward viewing the human condition. He resides in Vermont and Thailand enjoying skiing, motorcycling and spending time with his extended family.

 

Annop Pongwat, (Board Member Emeritus)

Dr. Annop is a retired Dean of International College, Chiang Mai University Thailand.  Dr. Annop attended primary and secondary schools in his home province, Lamphun or Lumpoon, in Northern Thailand, a small city over 1,300 years old. He studied Political Science at the prestigious university, Chulalongkorn, in the capital city of Bangkok.  Dr. Annop’s main academic and professional career at the Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University (CMU), was in the field of educational administration where he also served as Dean to several colleges. He went back to pursue his further studies at Stanford University for an M.A. degree, and then at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, for a doctoral degree. Dr. Annop has served as an advisor to GCF and the Thailand campus participants since 2002 and has increased his involvement following his official retirement from the University in late 2014. Given his long association with CMU and members of its more than 20 Faculties, his contributions to create and strengthen the culture of disability are well recognized within the campus and among various groups and individuals, public and private.

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