Year-Round NH Team

Misha Golfman, Founding Director and Senior Leader
misha@kroka.org
MISHA GOLFMAN, M.Ed. co-founded Kroka Expeditions in 1996. He graduated from the Soviet National Outdoor Leadership School and earned degrees from Leningrad Politechnical and Pedagogical Universities, Plymouth State College and M.Ed. from Antioch, NE Graduate School. As a child he spent every summer expeditioning on long Russian waterways with his mother, while foraging and fishing. Misha participated and led many expeditions including several in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. He founded several initiatives, including the Russian American Outdoor Educators Exchange, Adventures in Russia and Piermont Outdoor Program. Misha was a guide for Mahoosuc Guide Service for 15 years and Outward Bound for 3 years. He also was a public school and college teacher for 10 years. Read more...
Silvano Biffis, Farm Educator
SILVANO believes that growing good food will help heal people and the earth. Food is love and love must be the way! He believes that it is our obligation to heal and preserve the earth for future generations. For this reason Silvano joined a pacifist movement in Italy in 1977. In 1983 he began his experience with organic and biodynamic farming, working full-time on organic and biodynamic farms and dairies from 1989 to 2004 and part-time from 2005 to 2012. Both modes of farming not only aid the earth in repairing its many damaged elements and promoting new healthy life, but also produces good food that contributes positively to the development of human thought. This is a fundamental element to evolution. Silvano will be 55 years old this year and believes that he can still contribute valuably through his work to the preservation of the earth for the future. Read more...
Hannah Billian, Semester Programs Coordinator and Guide
HANNAH spends her time working with the Winter and Ecuador Semester Students and the communities in Vermont and New Hampshire that they visit throughout their journey. In her free time she enjoys singing, climbing rocks, eating kale while reading novels, playing pond hockey, biking on forested trails, working with chainsaws, and making pottery. Read more...
Lynne Boudreau, Founding Director, Farm Programs
lynne@kroka.org
LYNNE, M.Ed. graduated from UMass, Amherst and Leslie College with degrees in Education and Creative Arts. Prior to founding Kroka, Lynne taught as a Special Education Teacher, Public School Classroom teacher and Waldorf Nursery Kindergarten teacher. Lynne also worked as a ski guide at Mahoosuc Guide Service. Lynne brings to Kroka a wealth of teaching and life experience combined with a deep understanding of child development and an unsurpassed compassion for all beings. Besides running Kroka and raising a family Lynne manages Kroka’s growing farm.
Theresa Darling, Business Manager
business.manager@kroka.org
THERESA grew up on a homesteading farm in rural Connecticut. Her family moved to New Hampshire in 1986 and she never left. She settled in beautiful Acworth, NH on the Cold River with her small family. She has spent many years working in finance and business. She also enjoys spending time with family, gardening, hiking, foraging, making maple syrup, mushroom hunting, learning about medicinal plants, raising animals, and has a passion for sharing great cooking. She has a small frozen food business making homemade, from scratch, entrees called TC's Pantry. Read more...
Ezra Fradkin, Program Coordinator
In addition to coordinating Kroka's school and summer programs, EZRA spends each morning taking care of Kroka's flock of chickens! A New England native, Ezra grew up in an intentional community in Amherst, Massachusetts. Highlights from his childhood include a semester abroad in the Basque country in northern Spain, making maple syrup, and building forts in the woods. Ezra attended Kroka's Ecuador Semester as a high-school student and went on to graduate from Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT where his studies focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems. Before returning to Kroka as a member of the year-round team, Ezra spent time in Ecuador, Israel, Mexico, and Lopez Island in Washington's Salish Sea. Read more...
Linda Fuerderer, Office Manager
office@kroka.org
LINDA is our amazing Office Manager/Administrator and she always steps up to do many other tasks. Until the sale in 2007, she worked along side her family in the family business, Jack’s True Value Hardware in Keene, New Hampshire. While working in the family business, she received a Bachelor’s Degree at Keene State College. Here she deepened her passion for archaeology. Linda has participated on many digs and regularly volunteers with the New Hampshire SCRAP program (State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program). She is a resident of Marlow and has sat on the Marlow Conservation Commission as well as ARLAC (Ashuelot River Local Advisory Commission).  Currently she is the President of the New Hampshire Archeological Society.
Hanah LaBarre, Food Manager, Hiring Coordinator and Expedition Leader
hanah.labarre@kroka.org
HANAH enjoys rising with the mist on the summer pond and harvesting the dewy vegetables needed for the day's nourishment. She relishes each chance to provide intimacy, nourishment and celebration at the center of Kroka's action. In the Kroka summertime she shares the field of fireflies and a canvas tent with her husband Nathan. In the remaining seasons, they are the crossbeams of a communal household in Keene, plum full of kids and students of life. Read more...
Nathan Lyczak, Systems Manager, Navigation Instructor
nathan@kroka.org
In addition to his eight-year tenure at Kroka, NATHAN 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. Read more...
Leah Lamdin, Kroka West Coordinator
LEAH is the Kroka West Program Coordinator based out of Sonoma County, California. A New England native from Pelham, MA, Leah’s parents were both teachers and outdoor educators, instilling in her a passion and appreciation for transformative nature-based experiences with young people. Leah received her BA in Global Studies from Warren Wilson College and completed a NOLS semester in New Zealand. For seven summers, Leah taught at the Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Shutesbury, MA and joined the Kroka community in 2011 as Summer Programs Coordinator, holding that position for three years. Leah then traveled across the U.S., directed an outdoor education non-profit in Alaska, and continued her professional development through a year-long program with Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education. Excitedly re-joining the Kroka staff in 2017, Leah coordinates and leads all Kroka West trips, and is developing new expedition programs and partnerships with schools and youth organizations on the west coast.
Morgan Urquia, Community Programs Coordinator
Raised in the woods and waters of both Richmond Virginia and mid-coast Maine, MORGAN studied theater and activist art at NYU then leaped out in to the world to hone her skills and passions as a traveler and trip-leader. She has lead trips throughout Maine and in the UK, explored Patagonia first as a student of NOLS, then on her own bicycle. She has been an urban farmer in NYC, studied permaculture in New Mexico and WWOOFed her way through New Zealand. We welcome Morgan's steady energy, bountiful experience and tremendous leadership to Kroka, both as a Seasonal Wilderness Guide and as the assistant teacher in our Ecuador Semester.
Eliot Witten, Programs Assistant
ELIOT grew up in an intentional co-housing community in Western Massachusetts. He spent his weekends as a child camping in Vermont and climbing New Hampshire's White Mountains. He came to Kroka in 2009, and has moved through the ranks from summer to semester student, and then apprentice to summer staff member. He especially enjoys fishing, camping, singing and canoeing with children. Now part of Kroka's year round team, Eliot supports the Summer and School programs as Kroka's Programs Assistant.

Year Round Ecuador Team

Dammer Family

Mathias Dammer, Senior Leader
Co-Founder of Nahual Expediciones MATHIAS (Thomson River University, Canada) was born and raised at Palugo Farm in the core of the Andes Mountains, where he learned to love nature and developed passion for outdoor sports. Mathias is a professional mountain guide, farmer, and father. Mathias' legendary strength and determination has inspired generations of Kroka students. Mathias is an Ecuador Semester Senior Lead Teacher. He lives with his partner Nicole Marchan and their daughter Ayra in the homemade tent at the top of Palugo Hill. Mathias has been teaching at Kroka since 2004.

Michael Dammer, Nahual Programs Director, Senior Leader
MICHAEL is one of the founders of the NH-Ecuador Semester and has been involved as teacher, coordinator, climbing specialist and support staff for all Ecuador semesters. Born and based on Palugo Farm, he has been a key part of Kroka for many years. In both places he has been a driving force for the development of education systems. He has been involved in agricultural initiatives and sustainable and traditional building projects. He is a professional mountaineer and rock climber. He lives with his partner, Marcela and son Koru in their handmade home on Palugo farm. Read his blog here.

Thomas Dammer, Senior Leader
Senior Lead Teacher THOMAS (BS San Francisco, EC.) was born and raised on horseback at Palugo Farm. Through wrestling his brothers, roping horses, climbing trees, hunting, shooting bows, and racing wooden boats, he developed an understanding of community and a love for nature. He has an independent personality and a great talent for different sports; he is a passionate paddler, climber, biker, and an overall adventurer. He has done much traveling and has dedicated a great deal of his life to being outdoors, guiding, and working with young people in nature. The practice of permaculture encompasses much of his interests, with bio-construction as part of it. He and Marcea  MacInnis enjoy living in their hand built wood and adobe house at Palugo Farm with their daughters Naya and Nina. Thomas has been teaching at Kroka since 2004.

Marcea MacInnis, Senior Leader
MARCEA MACINNIS (BA, Marlboro College) is a native Vermonter. Growing up immersed in nature, she developed an understanding of the beauty, forms, and cycles of the living Earth. While traveling, she developed her expression through crafts, music, and art. Marcea moved to Ecuador in 2006. She lives with her partner Thomas Dammer and their two daughters Nina and Naya in their hand built wood and adobe house at Palugo Farm. She has worked at Kroka since 2005, teaching students the beauty of nature through leaves, flowers, and roots, both as a teacher during the summer and for the Ecuador Semester. In addition to teaching Marcea runs a medicinal herb and balm company called Yuyos.

Nicole Marchan, Senior Leader
Accomplished climber, Galapagos guide, herbologist, and mother, NICOLE (BS, Biology, Universidad Catolica, EC) has a deep respect and knowledge of Andean nature, people and traditional ways. She teaches yoga, studies the magical healing properties of herbs and coordinates the Ecuador Semester Program. Nicole lives with her partner Mathias Dammer and their daughter Ayra in the homemade tent at the top of Palugo Hill. Nicole has been teaching at Kroka since 2008.

Roberto Pupiales
ROBERTO was born at 9,000 ft. in the Ecuadorian Andes. From that height he could see Kroka and his future working there so many years later. Roberto was a student on the 2010 Ecuador semester and has been an apprentice then teachers on many of the semesters since.
Marcela Restrepo, Senior Leader, Theater Instructor
MARCELA, also based in Palugo Farm, is Colombian born but has been based in Ecuador for more than 25 years. She has been working with Kroka for eight years as a lead teacher both for the Ecuador Semester, as well as school and summer programs. Before this, she was based in New Zealand, where she worked with a small, experimental theatre company. She has been part of several projects in ecological reserves and communities in Ecuador involved in restoration and alternative agriculture. She has a diploma in Waldorf education from Taruna college in New Zealand. She is currently immersed in many farm projects, runs an artisanal cheese and yogurt industry as well goes on wonderful expeditions with Michael and Koru. Read more...
David Silva Alvarez, Expedition Leader, Climbing Specialist
DAVICHO, a rambling rock climber, originates from Colombia, but has lived and raised his beautiful daughter, Violeta, in Ecuador for the last decade. At the age of twelve, he earned enough money selling hot dogs on the street to buy his first pair of climbing shoes. He has gone on to become a professional mountaineering guide as a member of the Asosacion de Guias de Alta Montaña of both Ecuador and Bolivia. In Ecuador, he works as a high-altitude mountaineering guide for Nahual Expediciones. Around Kroka, Davicho can be found collecting poison ivy, while exploring new heights and terrain. Read more...

Seasonal Staff and Guides

Seth Fineman
SETH was tapped to guide trips with Kroka starting the day after his graduation from Sterling College in Vermont. We are delighted to have him with us. While Seth hails originally from Sharon MA, he has traveled widely from the wilds of The Brazilian Amazon (with NOLS) to Alaska and the American West. Seth is a passionate outdoor educator, primitive skills enthusiast, adventurer, and frisbee player. You may find Seth lap-running up the local mountains, bathing in our moonlit pond, creating puzzled laughter with playful puns, or singing soulful songs around the fire.
Jackson Ennis
JACKSON also known as WABUSH, related to the Innu word for rabbit, came to Kroka at age eleven. He has been back every year since. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, he completed the Kroka whitewater progression and embarked on five Canadian Expeditions, which brought him from the wildernesses of Ottawa, Quebec and Labrador to the Arctic Ocean. Since apprenticing in the summer of 2015, Jackson now works as a teacher on White Water Paddling programs. He is an American Canoe Association certified Whitewater Kayak Instructor. When not paddling whitewater or hopping around, Jackson runs, often in circles. Jackson is a student and a track athlete at Williams College in Western Massachusetts.
Lynn Horowitz
LYNN is a passionate paddler and sailor, who traveled on numerous Canadian Expeditions as a student, and apprenticed on Uma's Maiden Voyage. She takes great care and pride in supporting the students on her programs, and introducing them to the Kroka wonders she experienced as a student.
Andy Notopoulos
ANDY hails from Massachusetts, where she grew up filling her backpack with treasures from under the giant chestnut and maple trees that she would pass on her walk to elementary school. After finishing school in Maine, she and her bicycle headed to Wyoming and then to Idaho, working as a field technician for a wildlife biologist, a farmer, and an outdoor educator. She soon crossed into the heart of the Appalachians, where she worked at a mountain school while attempting to learn to call square dances in the mountains of West Virginia. The pull of snowy mountains then brought her to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked as a guide and a ski coach, and played by the light of the Aurora Borealis. However, with the coming of another autumn away from fiery maples and apple trees sagging with fruit, she decided that it was time to head back to New England. She has spent her recent days rediscovering the feeling of sphagnum moss squishing under her toes in the northern forest, leading school and camp programs with Kroka, teaching on the Vermont Semester program, and falling in love once again with the New England community. Read more...
Miron Golfman
MIRON has called Kroka home since the school's birth. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. Miron is a full-time instructor and guide throughout the country. Dividing his time, Miron works for a number of organizations including the Colorado Outward Bound School, Big City Mountaineers, and Kroka. Miron’s passion lies at the intersection of outdoor education and social justice. He is constantly striving to diversify and expand the outdoor industry. Miron believes that it is the responsibility of outdoor education to promote an industry that is fully inclusive. Historically Miron has been a whitewater specialist at Kroka, more recently returning as a guest teacher on periodic programs. When Miron is not teaching you can find him mountain biking, paddling, canyoneering, and participating in various social and community action. Watch Miron in action.
Nora Spicer
NORA arrived at Kroka by bike from Virginia in April 2017. She has led backpacking and white water canoeing expeditions with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for five summers, and brings outdoor leadership experience from Naturalists at Large in California and Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH. Nora fell in love with outdoor adventuring during five years of living in England while in high school and while studying at Oxford University, exploring wild places in Wales northern Scotland. Nora completed a Master's degree at Harvard University in Environmental History and strives to integrate academic teaching in an outdoor, experiential environment. Nora loves long-distance cycling, creative writing, navigation challenges, and baking over fire.
Lisl Hofer
LISL, M.Ed. was born and raised in a small village in the Austrian Alps in the family of a forest ranger and teacher. She climbed, backcountry skied, and hiked extensively. Lisl has been a teacher all of her adult life, having taught elementary as well as high school grades. After moving to the United States in 1985 she studied at the Rudolf Steiner College in California. For 13 years she taught at the Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania, where she carried the Movement and Outdoor Education Department. Lisl devoted seven years of her life as director of Kroka's semester programs, building Vermont and Ecuador semesters, and mentoring hundreds of young adults through life-changing experiences. We are grateful that she continues to serve Kroka as a guest teacher and mentor. Her son Stefan is an alumnus of VSP ’04 and has taught many programs at Kroka.
Jodi Harris
JODI enjoys traveling nearly as much as she enjoys staying home and tending her backyard homestead in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she grew up. She has hiked in all fifty states and six continents, often backpacking or bikepacking. She has been a Waldorf teacher for 20 years and has relished four 8th grade class trips with Kroka Expeditions. Her son Malcolm completed both semester programs, and she has led the Introduction to Adventure program at Kroka for two years now. When not traveling she is an avid reader, hiker, knitter and contradancer.
Mary Kate Norton
MARY KATE hails from Ohio where she currently studies biology at the College of Wooster and works to build more sustainable practices there. She has been a part of the Kroka community since a rainy 8th grade trip years ago, and was a student on the 2014 Ecuador Semester. She enjoys backpacking, berry picking (and berry eating!), drinking tea and singing in harmony.
Chris Knapp
CHRIS has been with Kroka since 1999. He spent many years as a student of Ray Reitze, and as a teacher at Earthways School of Wilderness Living. He has a wealth of wilderness knowledge and experience to share. Chris and his wife Ashirah have been an integral part of Kroka’s development, designing and creating curriculum, as well as teaching the Vermont Semester in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Most of the year, Chris and Ashira can be found in Maine at Koviashuvik Local Living School. Based on their homestead in Temple Maine, Koviashuvik teaches a blend of folk arts, wilderness crafts, permaculture, and sustainable technologies.
Oliver Mednick
OLIVER knows the Vermont Semester upside down and inside out. He was a student in 2010, came back as Semester Teacher in 2014 after graduating from Warren Wilson College with a degree in Environmental Education.  Oliver grew up in nearby Nelson, New Hampshire, and when not chopping wood or tanning hides, you can find him buried in projects involving woodworking, blacksmithing, sewing, throwing pots, making knives, drawing, knitting, crocheting, and weaving hats and baskets. His favorite award was winning a wood-chopping competition in college.
Grant Hawkes
GRANT has been both a Semester Student and Apprentice, and returns now to lead programs in his own right. He grew up in Southern Maine with his four siblings building forts and crafting in his backyard. As a young homeschooler he began studying with Chris and Ashirah Knapp at Koviashuvik Local Living School, where he apprenticed and worked furthering his wilderness and crafting skills. Coming to Kroka as a camper he enjoyed three years of summer trips before becoming an apprentice and completing the Winter Semester. He has a strong belief that everything he uses should be beautiful as well as functional and strives to apply this philosophy to all of his pursuits. Grant enjoys canoeing down quiet rivers, carving, tanning hides, blacksmithing, and singing songs. He can often be found wandering the wild woods, a handmade knife on his belt and an axe in hand, throwing a song to the wind. A masterful craftsman, he infuses every project with a reverence and wonder which are felt by all around him.
Mayah Murchison
MAYAH is a graduate of both of Kroka's Semester programs. She enjoys singing, dancing, and carving spoons, as well as traveling the world. She brings to her programs a strong sense of fairness and caring, which earns her the love and respect of students and coworkers alike.
Claudia Danford
CLAUDIA began at Kroka as a Vermont Semester student in 2016. She was an apprentice during the summer of 2017, scrambling up rocks and sailing and rowing our beloved boat Uma on the St. Lawrence. Claudia loves exploring mountains by ski and bike, and the water in any kind of boat. Claudia is spending her year before college surfing, scuba diving, hiking, and being a part of a sustainable development project led by her cousin on a remote island in the Western Pacific. It turns out the ships that passed Uma on the St. Lawrence are the same kind of ocean-going vessels that bring goods to Kosrae (the island in the Pacific)!
Abigail Diehl-Noble
ABIGAIL has participated at Kroka as a Parent, Class Teacher, and recently as a Program Leader as well. She helps students to make beautiful crafts and artwork on every program, and brings a warm, nurturing spirit to those who need it most.
Adam Marcinkowski
ADAM is a phenomenal break- and hiphop dancer. He graduated from Lake Champlain Waldorf High School in 2016 and spent a gap year working at a hostel in Puerto Rico and in the northern Vietnam as a motorcycle/trekking tour guide. He enjoys climbing, swimming and dancing as well as any unexpected adventures. Adam attends St. Lawrence University in Canton New York.