Being a Board Member at Rowe
The Board today is small, but active. Board members are passionate about Rowe’s mission and enjoy rolling up their sleeves and getting things done. While the day-to-day administration of the facility, management of personnel, and construction of a calendar are the responsibility of Rowe’s highly qualified management team, the Board focuses on overseeing the policies of the corporation, strategic planning, and growing revenue to keep the organization vibrant and healthy. In doing so, we scrutinize the income we gain from the activities we offer and pursue fundraising strategies that will help us maintain the current facility as well as provide for future needs.
In addition to attending six meetings a year, Board members participate in committee work and take an active role in fundraising. We’re interested in people with skills and experience in fundraising and development, finance and accounting, program planning and evaluation, project management, organizational development, and nonprofit law, among others.
Serving on the Board demands a significant commitment of time and dedication, but it is energizing, important, and fun. If you are interested in exploring the unique opportunity of steering Rowe toward a bright and promising future, please contact Felicity Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or a Board member by contacting email@example.com. Thank you.
Meet the Board
Albert E. Mussad, President of the Board, discovered Rowe at the annual Men’s Labor Day Retreat in 1999. This gathering of soulful and playful men was the first of many retreat and workshop experiences that have changed his life. Albert loves Rowe for the new insight, wisdom and courage all of these experiences have given him. Albert is a lifelong learner and teacher seeking self-actualization. After 25 years as a teacher of K-12 students, teachers and principals in New Jersey, Albert now helps teachers, principals, and other school administrators in Massachusetts to improve student outcomes. He strives for St. Benedict’s compassion, humility, and hospitality in all things, including the call to stewardship as a trustee of Rowe.
Albert earned a master’s and PhD degrees in language teaching, testing and learning from Georgetown University. He also holds a master’s degree in educational administration.
Betsey Miller, Rowe’s Treasurer, first attended a workshop at Rowe with Starhawk in the ’80s and has been coming back for conferences through the years. Her experience with Tom Wessel’s workshop cemented her commitment to Rowe and its grounds. She loved exploring the woods with Tom. She has been a long-term member of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany and served on its board and as its treasurer. Over the years she has served as treasurer for several other nonprofits. Betsey is retired from a career with New York State, serving in its Division of Budget and several other agencies in financial and project management positions. She earned a BS in Economics and Business from Bloomsburg State College in Pennsylvania, and a master’s in Labor Relations from Cornell University in New York. Betsey looks forward to working with the Board of Rowe to support this great organization.
Liam McRae is Clerk of the Board. Liam came to Rowe as a 14-year-old Junior High Camper, moving on to four years at Senior High Camp where he served as Spirit in 2014. Liam has worn a variety of hats during his time at Rowe, working as maintenance, dishwasher and prep cook, sitting in on conferences and meetings about new camps, and now serving on the Board of Trustees. He serves on the Youth Programs Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Governance Committee. Liam currently attends Bennington College as a Junior, studying a combination of social science, political theory and environmental science. In addition to his classes, Liam spearheads on-campus sexual health initiatives with a focus on pleasure-based sex education and real-life consent education. He is currently coordinating the design of a peer-to-peer victim/survivor advocacy program, and assists projects toward a livable environment for victims, survivors and victors. He is a certified facilitator of OWL Young Adult. Liam credits Rowe as the prime inspiration for this work, being the first place he saw such education happen with success. In addition to these projects, Liam is a member of Bennington’s Sustainability Working Group, runs a bi-annual tabletop and video gaming event for the campus, co-runs the Magic Players’ Club, and is currently starting an Eco-Printing Club inspired by India Flint’s work with silk. Liam is honored serve as a member of Board. His period of service feels like a natural fit, considering his love for Rowe and its contribution to his own growth as a learner, teacher, wild animal, and so on.
Cynthia Bolling discovered the magic that is Rowe Camp when she attended WomenCircles in 1996. She has been coming back for more ever since.
In the mid-70s, Cynthia was able to put her lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy to work when she became assistant editor of Galaxy magazine. In 1981, she began work for CMP Publications on Long Island. The professional move from Manhattan to Long Island not only brought her closer to home and her two children but also allowed her to begin graduate studies. She earned an MA in English from CUNY’s Queens College.
Cynthia remained with CMP (now United Business Media) for 26 years, working as a marketer and then as a copy editor for Electronic Engineering Times. She currently writes and copyedits for her editorial services business and looks forward with delight to her service at Rowe.
Salena Migeot is a Member-at-Large for the Board. She is a student of life, the universe, and everything. Her love of travel facilitated her living in St. Thomas USVI, the backcountry of Sequoia National Park, and volunteering with a British Youth Leadership expedition to Kenya for 3 months all before attending college at the University of Stockton in NJ. She graduated with a BA in Literature and a minor in French Language and Culture. She has traveled the world extensively on her own and during ten years as a Coporate Flight Attendant. She has studied numerous healing modalities including yoga, ayurveda, Energy Medicine, Reconnective Healing and The Reconnection, Chakradance, Qi Gong, Plant Spirit Healing, and more. In 2009, she was guided to move to the East End of Long Island. That was where she channeled Ascended Master Saint Germain for 3 or 4 hours per day for several months while undergoing a profound spiritual transformation. Since 2013 she has been working exclusively as a Spiritual Channel and energy healing practitioner.
Salena has been coming to Rowe since 2001. She is an active work week participant as well as a member of the Women Soul community. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Rowe since September of 2014. She still lives on Eastern Long Island with her partner of 5 years, Craig Collins.
Clay Connor is currently serving as a Member-at-Large for the Board of Trustees. He was a Rowe Jr. and Sr. High Camper from 1971 to 1976, serving as a Spirit in 1976. After serving in the United States Air Force, Clay lived in Tucson Arizona until 2009. While in Tucson, Clay earned a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Teacher Education from the University of Arizona. Clay also raised two children, Russell and Grace, who are all grown up and still reside in Arizona. He had re-connected to Rowe in 2005 during a Friends Weekend, and decided it was time to return to his roots. Clay is an avid hiker and music fan.
Heather Day is a Member-at-Large for Rowe’s Board. She first came to Rowe as an 11 year old at Young People’s Camp and has continued her involvement since then as a camper at all 4 camps, a counselor and guest staffer for Transitions Camp and Junior High Camp, and a Woodside Diversity Program liaison for New York City youth.
Heather currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center as Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs. In this role she oversees youth-focused initiatives to facilitate healing and growth for young people exposed to community violence and train youth as leaders in the anti-violence movement. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University and is passionate about exploring issues of power, privilege, oppression and agency. Heather believes deeply in the power of arts as a tool for healing, learning and changemaking. She is an avid hip-hop head and occasional rapper.
Heather is deeply honored to serve Rowe Camp and Conference Center as a trustee. She is committed to helping nurture and strengthen the very place that contributed so tranformationally to her own life.
Elisabeth W. Taylor, Rowe Board Member-at-Large and Chair, Development Committee. Lisbet trained in opera, theatre and dance at Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music. A skilled energy worker, her practices include The Arts as Healing Practice, Zen Shiatsu Asian Bodywork, Reiki and Heart Mind Integration Healing. She augments these with Tai Chi, Aikido, Sacred Circle Dance and Compassionate Communication (NVC). Lisbet has held development positions at New York City Opera, New York Community Trust, Boston Baroque and Boston Children’s Museum. She was PhD Coordinator at Harvard Medical School for four years, and is now Development Consultant for Neighbors Who Care, Inc. Lisbet relishes being a Rowe Board member. She loves to enter the Rowe Zone, spending many happy hours helping staff members unwind through her healing arts, sleeping under her favorite orchard apple tree, doing Work Weeks and attending cosmic workshops. She’s using her development skills and people power to enhance the ambassadorship of everything Rowe, especially since money is energy too, and wants to be our friend!
BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS
Cathy Perkins: We mourn the loss of Cathy, who passed away in October of 2016. Cathy served as Rowe’s Vice President. She first came to a Rowe conference sometime in the 80s. She was attracted to programs on feminine spirituality and eventually became part of the WomenCircles community. She volunteered as a Board Wannabe for a year and then served on the Board for 11 years, five of them as president, before leaving for health reasons. She happily returned in 2010, and continued to serve on the Stewardship Committee, which she chaired at the time of her death. She also chaired the Development Committee for two years, and was elected vice president in 2014. Cathy was retired from a career in public health, having worked in the Medicaid program at the county level, the state level, and two years with the federal government. She held a BFA in ceramic design from Alfred University and an MPH in health care financing from the University of Michigan. Outside of Rowe, Cathy liked to keep busy with five grandchildren, and with Jacques and Rumi—two dogs that she shared with friends—and a cat named Max. She also was deeply involved with a UU spiritual deepening program called Wellspring at her home church in Albany, NY, and was a valued member of Rowe’s Certificate Program in Spiritual Guidance. She is greatly missed.