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Our People

The global TreeSisters team lives in the UK, the USA and Canada, and is supported by a remarkable circle of dedicated team of volunteers that literally wraps around the planet; from Italy to La Réunion, Australia to Denmark. Together we live the experiment and discover how to call each other forth into the gifts that we are all here to give.

  • Our Board
  • The Team
  • The Volunteers

Our Board

We are led by a highly skilled and experienced Board of Trustees, each committed in their own way to the restoration of the feminine principle and the re-greening of our world.


Leslie Danziger

Leslie Danziger
Chairwoman

Leslie Danziger brings to TreeSisters 40 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, executive, documentary filmmaker, women's advocate, and student of indigenous mind and ways of living in harmony with the earth.

She was one of the first women entrepreneurs, Co-Founder and Chairman of a solar energy manufacturing company. She cofounded two solar companies: LightPath Technologies, in 1985, which as Chairman and CEO, she later repositioned as an optical technologies developer/manufacturer and took it public in 1996; and Solaria Corporation in 1999, which is a developer/manufacturer of advanced solar modules and systems solutions. While active, her companies raised a combined total of over $300 million from private and public markets and employed hundreds of people.

Leslie began her career as a documentary filmmaker working with Alaskan indigenous people to protect their subsistence resources and rights. She produced films with funding from Corporation of Public Broadcasting (PBS), Alaska Humanities Forum, US Department of Interior, State of Alaska, and the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission.

Leslie holds two patents, was named the New Mexico Inventor of the Year in 1997 for the invention of GRADIUM glass, and was featured in many periodicals including Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. In 2004, she participated in the creation of the Solar Circle, a network of solar energy experts and key influencers.

From 2000-2002, she served as Chairman of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network which is dedicated to preserving and furthering the wisdom of the indigenous mind held by a global network of Elders. In 2000, she also co-initiated Equal Access which was created to bring information access to the most remote and underserved regions.

Currently, Leslie serves as an advisor to: Ethical Markets Media, BlueEnergy Solarwind, and WorldBlu. She is a member of the Solar Circle and the CareFirst Innovation Network.

Leslie's lifelong career interest has been to serve the transition to renewable energy as our primary energy source to enable a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Her lifelong personal interest has been to learn to live in harmony with the natural world. She is a longtime meditator and lives in the mountains of Crestone, Colorado.


Wendy

Wendy Stephenson
Treasurer

Wendy brings 15 years of experience working in the field of energy and climate change both at a technical and strategic level. This includes applied experience of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, UK Climate Change Agreements (another trading mechanism) and extensive knowledge of the carbon trading sector both regulated (CDM/JI) and non-regulated markets.

She has extensive experience of managing large teams, both project- and employee- based, and extensive stakeholder engagement in a UK and international context. She is CEO of The Converging World Group including two renewable energy development companies, one in the UK and the other in India, Director of Climate Action West – a CIC based in West Somerset, Director of programmes for the Pontin Charitable Trust, special advisor to the Executive LAG for Western Somerset responsible for processing project applications that deliver a low carbon economy, and author of the bid that provided them with £2.25m funding (2008).


 TraceyTracey van den Brand
 Trustee


Tracey's passions include helping to raise global consciousness and rebalancing the Divine Feminine and Masculine.

She has the ideal combination of skills working from her heart as well as her head whilst also having the motivation to contribute to a more beautiful world.

The head skills come from her 20 years at a senior level in multi-national companies as well as running her own successful businesses. She graduated as a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner in 2010 and uses her extensive heart skills of listening and compassion to help clients over the emotional obstacles that keep them from realising their dreams.

Tracey is an Honours graduate in Economics and also trained in Paris' prestigious Business School, INSEAD , in Advanced Business Management. She has worked around the globe leading teams in: mergers and acquisitions, business and marketing strategy, supply chain, sales, new product development, corporate and product branding and Corporate PR.

Her extensive experience and training at a multi-national level has been further enhanced by running her own businesses. In one of these she and her partner created an entirely new market throughout Europe for a new South African product. They achieved over £1million of sales in only 4 years. Whilst financially successful, her main motivation was to support the South African economy post-apartheid and especially women. Over 200 women were employed in South Africa as a result.

She is a visionary and lateral thinker who also possesses the ability to work through the detail.

Her cultural awareness and sensitivities have enabled her to successfully work with employees and customers across many cultures and countries. She managed teams in 26 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Tracey chose to leave the corporate world in 2006 to focus on socially oriented organisations including Non-Profits and Social Enterprises.

She has worked with the several charities for over 10 years, including setting up and managing every aspect of a UK organisation for an overseas charity. She is also currently the Trustee of two UK charities and runs her own social enterprise, Conscious Business Coaching.

Tracey acts to create social change as a "social entrepreneur."

 

The Team

 


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Clare Dubois
Founder 

Clare is an Earth loving social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker who worked internationally for 18 years facilitating groups, coaching business leaders and creating behaviour change processes within the personal growth sector.

 

As a Be The Change Symposium facilitator and freelance writer, she worked for three years as the UK co-ordinator for a massive agro-forestry initiative in southern India called Project GreenHands (PGH) before initiating TreeSisters. Through her work with PGH she has distilled the social mobilisation strategy deployed with great success in India, and now turns it towards the mobilisation of women within TreeSisters.

 

Clare is leading the campaign, but TreeSisters at all levels is jointly held and developed within the circle of core team members. Her passion has always included exploring how patterns of consciousness manifest as behaviours and her primary work is in the creation of processes, tools, courses, and messaging that can access the nature connected essence of woman and activate new forms of leadership. She works on network development, ethos and principles, organisational culture and strategy as they relate to the Map of 5 Choices and behaviour change materials.

 

She is committed to the creation of an evolving system that learns as it goes and continually models itself upon the flows and forms of living systems. In her own life, her aim is to reclaim balance, to revel in freedom and health and to be 'walking permission' for those who are fed up of being held back, and just want to have a go.


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Amrita Khalsa
CEO

Amrita focuses on helping TreeSisters achieve its mission through increased revenues, network growth, partnerships and opportunities.

 

She specializes in developing business models that strategically increase program enrollment and audience engagement, while reflecting authentic expression via the most current technology trends.

 

With over $3,000,000 in online sales experience, and having worked with top names in the online marketing industry, Amrita has honed a strong intuitive knowing of how to reach audiences with messages and media that convert into action.

 

Amrita is a child of nature and this is where she feels most at home. She loves travelling to remote locations and working from yurts, treehouses and rainforests. She is a Yogini at heart, and surrenders into her role within Great Mother's movements and the bigger picture of planetary healing.


Louise CFO 

Louise Tarrier
Chief Financial Officer

 

Louise is TreeSisters Finance Mama and has been involved with TreeSister's journey since the beginning, becoming an active volunteer in 2015. She brings with her 20 years' experience as an FCCA accountant having worked as a senior executive and Chief Financial Officer in global engineering and marine organisations. She also brings extensive charity experience from her work as a volunteer and trustee with Arts and Disability charities. She is an experienced manager of global finance teams as well as having broad operational experience including HR and Compliance.

 

Louise is committed to demystifying finance and to bring money back to its rightful place as servant rather than master. She is also keen to develop creative and innovative ways of exploring our relationship with 'giving' and has recently gained a Master's Degree (MATP) that explored the Transpersonal and its relationship to Creativity and Innovation.

 

She is above all else a Priestess of the Goddess and a wild soul woman who is passionate about life, the planet, the trees, and in particular being a water protector. She believes that when we are in deep connection with our passions and life purpose that we come into right relationship with our community and the wider environment, and that living our passion is the birthright of all.


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Sophie Jane Mortimer
Communications Director

 

Sophie is a Tree-Hugging, Goddess-Worshipping, Marketing-Geek. She has gained extensive experience in the not-for-profit marketing and communication world over the last ten years and is thrilled to be able to bring her knowledge to help grow the global treesisterhood.

 

Before joining the TreeSisters team she worked as a film producer and social media consultant and is proud to have successfully crowd-funded several environmental and social issue documentaries as well as building large, engaged social media followings for a variety of organisations and films. She has BA Hons in English Literature and French and is also a Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist and Women's Temple Leader in the Yogini Tradition established by Chameli Ardagh of the Awakening Women Institute.

 

At TreeSisters she is passionate about weaving sacred feminine teachings with Nature's wisdom to develop 'feminine marketing' principles that attract sales and opt-ins through heart-stoppingly beautiful poetry and imagery. Following these principles, she has build a global following of over 130,000 women for TreeSisters, led our 2015 Indiegogo campaign to a successful $95,000 and has most recently been managing our Million Trees Launch.

 

Sophie is committed to 'being the invitation' that TreeSisters is calling women into. She is dedicated to the sacred feminine spiritual path of honouring Nature's cycles both within and outside us as our teacher, mentors and healers. She dreams of a world of millions of enlivened, resourced, connected women who gather together to re-create our relationship with our precious Earth.


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Kenya Ference
Director of Business Development

Kenya has a background in filmmaking with a wide variety of experience in online buisness, content and marketing. Kenya graduated from the Met Film School in London and went on to co-found a video production company in Boulder, Colorado. Serving as Siren Vid's creative director, she focused her talents on telling the stories of local brands, non profits and initiatives supporting both women and the environment.

 

Kenya's passion for social change has deepened in the past few years, serving as the Online Business Manager at The Woman's Network and now the Director of Business Development at TreeSisters. Kenya brings her passion for technology, creativity and healing into one place to serve the Mother who mothers us all. She is most interested in systemic change and catalyzing a new way of being for future generations.


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Terra Canova
Network Relations

Terra has always been passionate about the Earth both in celebrating it's beauty as well as actively working to heal the planet and treasure it's many unique species including plants, minerals and animals.

 

From her years as a nature photographer specializing in landscapes to her current handcrafting of gemstone pendants, she has strived to showcase the beauty of nature in all she creates. She took an active part in a large invasive plant removal project then headed by Marc Imlay, PhD of the Anacostia Watershed Society and focused on one of the last biologically diverse rivers that was a tributary to the Anacostia River. Her passion for that park extended and she became the leader of a local watershed group that not only continued to remove invasives but also focused on trash removal, riverbank erosion, water quality, public education and tree planting.

 

At TreeSisters, Terra is the Network Relations and Service Manager. Her skills as a creative writer, proofreader, transcriptionist, forum administrator and former freelance researcher at the US National Archives have all come in useful in the role she plays now. She assists in hosting webinars, communicating with all the wonderful people who write in, taking care of various support roles and a variety of other tasks. Her place here has become a soul purpose and she wants to help other women find their connection to nature in the way that TreeSisters has helped her deepen her own.


 

 

The Volunteers


Lori Bio

Lori Niemann Wallace

My name is Lori Wallace and I'm a new transplant to the desert and ocean landscapes of light filled San Diego, California. I have joined the volunteer team as a grateful steward of TreeSisters' Twitter feed. It's fun to weave warmth into this vast ocean of sharing! I joined TreeSisters volunteer team because she opened her arms and said, "Will you come and seed hope and love with us in the world?", and I said, "Yes! yes! With all my wild heart and soul, Yes!"


Loran Hills Bio pic

Loran Hills

My name is Loran Hills and I live very close to the beautiful Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. I'm weaving visual wonders with poetry on the TreeSisters Instagram feed. I joined the volunteer team because it gives me great solace and joy to give back to our Mother Earth through TreeSister's visionary efforts.

http://www.loranhills.com: A Guiding Light for Sublimely Brazen Aging Women


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Sara Steffey McQueen

My name is Sara Steffey McQueen and I'm from the heartland of the U.S.A. living in the woods of southern Indiana. I'm so inspired and affirmed to be part of the TreeSisters Facebook Team. I have felt totally embraced by TreeSisters as a volunteer team member, and am constantly enriched by these authentic and caring women who have taught me directly so much about feminine leadership and Nature's Spirit. It is a joy to give and be a part of this global gift to the world.
www.facebook.com/sarasteffeymcqueen/
www.sarasteffeymcqueen.com


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Alexa Major

My name is Alexa Major and I'm in lush, green, rainforesty Maryland, home to so many wonderful trees, wildlife species and the magnificent Chesapeake Bay. I'm part of the Tree Scribes transcribing team. I joined TreeSisters volunteer team because I love the Earth and this is one of the most brilliant and empowering movements on the planet, I couldn't not be a part of it!

www.facebook.com/alexa.108.major


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Trina Dillion

My name is Trina Dillon and I'm from England and I'm part of the Facebook Team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I believe we need to remember our sacred connection to our beautiful Earth, especially the trees, and come back into a conscious relationship of love, care and respect for all life. Xx.
https://www.facebook.com/wildkind


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Louise Tarrier

My name is Louise Tarrier and I live in a village in a forest by the sea in the stunning South West of Western Australia. I'm the TreeSisters Finance Mama exploring sacred economics. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team to be in service to the planet and to the trees. In giving I am receiving in more ways than I could ever have imagined and being a TreeSister has become my joy.
www.creativeprayers.com 


Ursula bioUrsula Dutkiewicz

My name is Ursula Dutkiewicz and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I joined TreeSisters volunteer team because I wanted to contribute and participate in positive action for the planet and for the empowerment of women.

http://ursuladutkiewicz.com/
www.facebook.com/thefloweringheartproject


 Amanda bio picAmanda Bond

My name is Amanda Bond. I live on the island of Jersey. I'm a member of the TreeSisters Research team and Talking Tree Admin team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team as I wanted to share and pass on the vital healing work that I have been party to since my initial call to TreeSisters.
www.facebook.com/AmandaBondNaturaltherapies/


Hildur bio picHildur Pálsdóttir

My name is Hildur Pálsdóttir and I'm from Iceland. I am a part of TreeSisters Research Team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I witnessed how their work heals, it is in collaborating not competing that we heal our relationship with Mother Earth.

 


Reeta bio picReeta Maria Palomaki

My name is Reeta Maria Palomaki and I am from Finland, living by a beautiful lake and a magical forest. I am assisting in weaving together beauty and poetry in the TreeSisters Blog and also in the Instagram Team. For me being a TreeSister and doing this volunteer work is a powerful and nourishing way of reconnecting with myself, my sisters and our Mother Earth.
www.instagram.com/dragonseyelash/


Terra Bio PicTerra Canova

Hello, I am Terra and I am roaming the wilds of the East Coast in the USA. I am the New Moon Transcriptionist and on some projects Transcription Coordinator. I have always been passionate about the Earth. The reason I am so passionate about TreeSisters is because of their twin approach...they are working to save the planet through reforestation and they also empower women to find their worth and grow into their beautiful true authentic wild selves. The knowledge they have and the way it is shared can enhance and heal all women and the planet. Come join us!
www.naturehavenshop.webs.com/


Heather Smith Bio PicHeather Smith

My name is Heather Smith I live in the Golden State of California among the Towering Ancient Redwood Groves, Talking Blue Eucalypts and Cool Coastal Fog. I have joined TreeSister's Research Team as a Volunteer to deepen my relationship to Gaia. Tree Sisters serves to follow the path of Global Restoration in the context of Ecological Maturity while Empowering Women and Feminine Leadership. I feel honored for the opportunity to serve both Nature and Humanity.

www.facebook.com/hsmith233


Gloria bio picGloria Lynn

My name is Gloria Lynn. I reside in the Laurentian bio region, the driftless bio region of Wisconsin. I volunteer as coordinator for the TreeSister's Facebook and Pinterest pages. Treesisters has helped me to embody and deepen myself as a daughter of the earth.

http://www.gypsygrovearts.com 


 

Tatiana Tatiana bio picVecchiato

My name is Tatiana Vecchiato And I'm from Italy...and I'm part of the Research Team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I want to offer my gifts on behalf of Women, Trees and Nature for their beauty and unconditional wisdom.
www.artienatura.net


Freia bio picFreia Luminka

My name is Freia Luminka. I'm originally from Finland, but I've been living, working and traveling in various countries. I'm volunteering for Treesisters' Research Team and creating women's circles as well. I joined TreeSisters, because it speaks straight to my Heart! To empower and celebrate the feminine and revitalise our mother earth feels like the most necessary and wisest things to do in this time. And it is the most precious thing to do it united with such lovely sisters around the globe.


 

 maura bio picMaura Ryan

My name is Maura Ryan and I'm part of the TreeSisters Launch Team in the role of Vision Holder which I feel privileged to do. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because my heart and soul is deeply connection with TreeSisters work and vision and I want to contribute in whichever way I can.


Kim Seidenwand Bio Pic Take 2 Kim Seidenwand

My name is Kim Seidenwand. I am from Michigan and am part of the Talking Tree Sisterhood and Vision Holder Teams. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I whole-heartedly support the twin goals (trunks) of TreeSisters: to help reforest the Tropics, and to awaken and call forth women's nature-based feminine leadership as the means by which we bring balance back to our planet.


 

 Michelle McIntyre Bio PicMichelle McIntyre

My name is Michelle McIntyre, I'm from Brisbane Australia,
and I'm part of the transcription Team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I was inspired and excited by TreeSisters vision, purpose, and ways of working- through TreeSisters I've fallen deeply in love with the Earth, and l am forever grateful for that gift.


 

Lauriane bio picLauriane Cayet-Boisrobert

Lauriane brings 8 years of experience in policy relevant forest data and information, working primarily as a specialist in geospatial information and remote sensing applications. She is thrilled to support TreeSisters.

Lauriane is from both Reunion, a tropical forested island, and the Ardennes, a forested region under the protection of a Celtic goddess called Arduinna.

Her commitment to TreeSisters involves conducting preliminary research to define a sustainable long term reforestation strategy, based on science, indigenous people's knowledge and community needs.


 

 photo Marriott 1Marriott Little Sheldon

My name is Marriott Little Sheldon and I'm from Raleigh, NC,
and I'm part of the Partner Outreach Team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I realize the urgent need to protect and restore nature and ecosystems that sustain us and believe TreeSisters' vision and strategy play a key role in that restoration.


Melissa Bio picMelissa Ann Stevens

My name is Melissa Ann Stevens and I'm from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'm part of the Partnership Team. I joined the TreeSisters volunteer team because I believe the collective power of women, connection and trees can change the world for the better.


Alise SheehanAlise Sheehan

I am from San Diego, CA. I am volunteering in the social media, Twitter group with Lori Wallace. I am honored to be volunteering on behalf of the work of Treesisters as it perfectly aligns with what I am being called to do in this life and on this planet. As an artist and teacher I work to bring awareness, beauty, and deepest care and respect for our Mother, Gaia. Together we will plant tees and grow love.


                                                                      Sama Morningstar

Sama Morningstar 2I am from Middletown, California. I am preparing to work with the Water Carriers to develop a system of mutual support amongst the Treesisters. My life calling is so aligned with the Treesister mission and the shape of the need fits my shape so perfectly that it feels like a homecoming celebration is in order.


PetraPetra Alima Mooijman

I am from Nijmegen,in the Netherlands. I am on the Transcription Team and Forum Team. What called me to be part of the teams is my longing to contribute my -digital- mite in spreading the message and work of TreeSisters.

 

 


 

Ruthe at 60Ruthe Schoder-Ehri

I am Ruthe Schoder-Ehri, an Alaskan woman living in the high desert of rural Arizona. Tree Sisters felt like home when I first heard Clare speak so tenderly to my heart, inviting my sacred activism. I volunteer as a Tree Scribe now, so that more women around the world can participate and grow, can connect and give back. I'm incredibly blessed to find this sisterhood of passion, brilliance, response and love-- reforesting our planet and re-wilding our souls.


NadiaNadia Victoria Lupo

Hello dear sisters, I am Nadia and I live in England. I am most connected when I am with animals or in nature - I have had this deep calling forever. Treesisters speaks to me on many levels, heart, mind, body and soul. I am honoured to be part of this energetic rising of women to help heal the great mother. I'm currently assisting with the Inner Wise Woman Council and hope to be involved in the Groves when they launch.


 

 Wanda Kurweg-SwaffieldWanda Kurzweg-Swaffield

 My name is Wanda and I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am part of the research team. What called me to Treesisters was the possibility to do something to restore the planet''s eco-system.

 

 

 


Victoria Rose DeAngelisVictoria Rose DeAngelis

My name is Victoria Rose and I live in Connecticut, USA! Nature is my essence, my home, and my playground! I am most happy and content when I am in the depths of the earth's richness and dancing amongst the trees! I am honored and blessed to be a part of Treesisters and the research team ! I look forward to connecting with my fellow forest goddesses on this most imperative and magical adventure! It is time to embrace our feminine warrior and protect this precious planet!

https://m.facebook.com/storywhispers/


Kathleen BrigidinaKathleen Brigidina

Hello Sisters, I am Kathleen, from the Chicago HeARTland. As an eco-artist, poet, healer & facilitator, Mother Gaia has always been my muse. Her nourishing beauty, limitless creative inspiration, and unconditional love, are the most precious resources we have. She has been guiding my soul's purpose for many years, and it brings me to tears now, as I walk through destiny's door, in service of her as "Artist Liaison Mama" for TreeSisters.

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