Harriett Crosby, Founder
Harriett Crosby went to Putney School in Vermont, graduating in ’64, Pitzer College ’68, got a Master’s degree in psychology at Temple University ’74, trained at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland as a Jungian psychoanalyst and set up practice in Washington, D.C.
She taught pottery at the Putney School, kayaking and skiing at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and was a mountaineering instructor at Colorado Outward Bound School. In 1982, she co-founded the Institute for Soviet American Relations (ISAR) which worked to improve Soviet American relations during the Cold War with people to people exchanges.
She pioneered citizen diplomacy, the early space bridges, and joint Soviet American mountain climbs before Reagan met Gorbachev. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, ISAR provided support for environmental activists and NGOs, building civil society in the republics of the former Soviet Union, in the openness of Glasnost.
During the Clinton administration, Harriett worked in the White House Office of Environmental Policy and with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She was bringing innovative thinkers, like David Brower, Father Thomas Berry, Amory Lovins, and Paul Hawkin into the Council on Environmental Quality for regular brown bag lunches and writing speeches for VP Al Gore.
She still serves actively on the boards of Friends of the Earth and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Fox Haven Organic Farm and ecological retreat and learning center. She is working with both Congress and corporations like General Mills to get GMOs and pesticides out of our food, providing an alternative to chemically intensive industrial agriculture at Fox Haven.
Robin Aura Kanegis
Robin Aura Kanegis grew up next to Fox Haven and has been a voice in its conception, growth and maturity. Aura currently serves as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Washington DC where she lives with her family. Prior to joining AFSC she served as Director of Campaigns and Iraq Peace Campaign Director for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL, and with the National Congress of American Indians on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and individuals. Aura holds a B.A. in Third World Studies and Women’s Studies from Oberlin College and an I.B. from the Armand Hammer United World College. She is the lead vocalist of Brûlée, a jazz-blues band performing in the Washington area.
Larry Bohlen, Chairman
Larry Bohlen is a former NASA engineer, an international environmental advocate, and a food safety entrepreneur. He helped repair the Hubble Telescope, led efforts that saved farms and forests, and discovered an illegal variety of genetically engineered corn in the American food supply. Now he is developing novel methods to detect food contaminants through NaturalCheck, a triple-bottom line company that he founded. Previously, he held positions at the American Lung Association, the Sierra Club and at Friends of the Earth where he directed the Health and Environment Program to prevent pollution of air, water and food.
Phil Snyder has been involved with Fox Haven since 2001 as restoration specialist and principal contractor for the Big Red Barn, the Dairy Parlor and the Touchstone House. He has been restoring historic houses in Frederick City since 1996. Phil served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands, received his Bachelors in Transpersonal Psychology and is currently completing Masters study in Counseling at McDaniels College.