Nathan Lyczak

Systems Manager

Years with Kroka: 8

Contact: nathan@kroka.org 

Narrative
In addition to his eight-year tenure at Kroka, NATHAN LYCZAK has spent the past 20 years working to develop thriving non-profit, farming, and educational communities.   His diverse passions include: designing physical and technological information systems that balance technology with humanity, writing policies and procedure manuals that define and shape a healthy organizational culture, and transforming social groups through retreats, exercises, and rituals.   In addition to networking and general software support, he is also a master at Filemaker Pro database development and building responsive websites using Ruby on Rails.  He lives in Keene, NH and follows his wife Hanah to Kroka each summer for the pleasure of living in a canvas wall tent and the privilege of supporting the many amazing expeditions that depart from Kroka’s base camp throughout the year.


Formal Education
BA. Physics, Cornell University
M.A. Education, Harvard University


Practical Skills
Carpentry – general contracting and home construction
Farming – three different seasonal organic farming apprenticeships
Music – accordion & guitar, performing at amateur contra dances

Major Expeditions and Adventures
1974 – 1977 – life in Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
1987 – 2016 – leading small group hiking expeditions, White Mountains, New Hampshire
          1990 – Sailing expedition, Newport Rhode Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia (1 month)
          1991 – Sailing expedition, ARM Cuauhtémoc, Mexican Navy Sail Training Tall Ship, Puerto Rico to Tampico Mexico (1 month)
          1992 –  Undersea expedition: USS Drum, Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine, San Diego CA (1 month)
1992 – 1998 – Service trips, Habitat for Humanity, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky
1993 -  Orphanage work and wilderness expeditions: Rio Dulce & Peten Wilderness, Guatemala 
1995 - Teaching, social work & community development: Estelí, Nicaragua (8 months)
2014 -  Sailing expedition, Penobscot Bay, Maine (3 weeks)
1997 – 2016 - Parenthood & Homemaking, including foster care, (18 years)