Sophie is a filmmaker, social justice activist, and philanthropist. Sophie was the Executive Producer and Director of Outreach for the Age of Consequences, an Emmy-nominated documentary about how climate change impacts national security. She organized and coordinated with The Better Future Project and 350 Massachusetts for two years – spearheading one of the leading statewide climate networks in the country. Sophie has Psychology and Environmental Science degrees from Williams College, and a masters degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard. Her focuses in philanthropy are in racial justice, climate justice, and indigenous reparations.
At the Robinwood Center, Sophie oversees all center programs, activities, staff, & fundraising.
K. Kyle is the Farm Director at the Saltonstall Farm. Kyle is an Army veteran who practiced as an Advanced Tactical Paramedic in Afghanistan. Before the Army, he enjoyed many careers such as a pedicab driver, mechanic and chef. A bike lover and fix it man, from injured people to broken trucks- he's the guy for the job! K. Kyle recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture.
Richard Benefield is executive director of the George Rickey Foundation and a consultant to museums, foundations, and artists with projects currently underway in the U.S. and Europe. He is former executive director of The David Hockney Foundation and also served as deputy director and acting director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco where he organized "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition" and authored its accompanying catalogue. He is the Founding Executive Director of The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and served as deputy director of the Harvard University Art Museums; assistant director of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; and administrator of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. He has also organized exhibitions on the work of Richard Neutra, Renzo Piano, many postwar American artists, as well as the 2016 retrospective of the work of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.
As a next door neighbor to the Robinwood Center at the Saltonstall Farm, he will be able to join us frequently!
Derek Haddad is currently the Volunteer Coordinator at Corey's Closet in Hooksett, NH, a non-profit thrift store that creates meaningful work experiences for those with developmental disabilities. Born and raised in Cambridge, Derek is an educator, non-profit organizer, and community volunteer. He studied Latin & Classics at Boston University, Tufts, and UC Santa Barbara, specializing in Roman History and Ancient Slavery. He has lectured at Southern New Hampshire University and taught at Berwick Academy. He has worked at various non-profits including City Year, Americorps, Upward Bound, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and Rights & Democracy NH. He supports Black Lives, the Palestinian Youth Movement, Indigenous sovereignty, and an equitable, inclusive education system for all.
He currently lives in Raymond, NH with his wife and dog, they are expecting their first child in 2021!
65 years old/young
Caretaker for Emery Farm
Married to Catherine McLaughlin-Hills
5 kids (young adults)
Involved in multiple aspects with Impact Investing from 1983-present.
Founding Partner Veris Wealth Partners
Explorer of spiritual and emotional well being
A four-year Exeter, NH resident with over 10 years of non-profit management experience, Tanisha Johnson is a powerful advocate for empowering Black lives. In July 2020, Tanisha cofounded with another seacoast resident the Black Lives Matter Seacoast Chapter. BLM’s mission is to dismantle anti-Blackness, fight against racial injustices and police brutality.
Tanisha serves on the Racial Unity Team Board and is the Program Chair for the organization. The Racial Unity Team is a racial justice organization that identifies and works to dismantle systemic and individual racism. We facilitate these changes by working with government, schools, businesses, and our communities. Tanisha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Tanisha also currently is the Child and Family Services Director for Community Action Partnership of Strafford County.
As a mother of a 14 year old daughter and 8 year old son, her mission is to provide education and awareness about the lives of People of Color, and most recently, the lives of Black individuals in the state of NH. She is honored to bring her energy and passion to this movement to continue the pursuit of equity, justice, and inclusion throughout the Seacoast area and beyond.
Jennifer Kinsey considers herself an environmentalist and a person who has worked with and on behalf of less advantaged individuals and groups, throughout her professional and personal life. She holds a M.Sc. in Public Health and is a practicing licensed clinical social worker. Land and growing food close to home are priorities. And she is fortunate to live close to the Robinwood Center. She is honored to serve on the board.
Mariam Levy, founder of Circling Towards Justice, LLC, has over 20 years experience learning from the circle process and restorative justice frameworks. She has applied these learnings in court settings, school settings, her own parenting and family and in community anti-racist activism. Some of the organizations Mariam has worked with in the efforts to bring restorative justice to a variety of settings include Roca, Inc, Juvenile Restorative Justice, OurRJ and Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice. Mariam remains a student of circle practice and RJ and Transformative Justice and has been a teacher/trainer and facilitator in these processes. She is deeply committed to being responsible to Indigenous sources of this work and to how this work is in service of dismantling white supremacy and other systems of harm.
Kevin Pajaro-Mariñez (he/him/his) is a first-generation Black Latino with Colombian and Dominican roots. He was born in Queens, NY, but was raised in the wonderful city of Providence, RI. Kevin attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned his bachelors in Communication Studies. Thereafter, he attended Michigan State University where he earned his Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration. Currently, Kevin serves as the inaugural Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion at Phillips Exeter Academy. Outside of his professional work, Kevin founded a community-based reading group called the Black Men’s Reading and Reflection Group (BMRRG) where Black men come together to think more expansively about masculinity. He enjoys dancing bachata and salsa, collecting cool socks, and playing video games.
Hyland, Jeffrey & Jensen, Donna
Meiser Mendis, Joy & Ken
Parker Feld, Karen