Bill Sabo was in charge of transportation for the 2014 and 2015 Summit after assisting with transportation at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Summits. He attended his first Summit in 2003 at The Sunday River Resort in Maine as a guest of his future wife Sue. He was hooked for life! The Summit wasn’t bad either! Since 2003, not only has Bill gained a wonderful new family at home, but also a Summit family of the finest people imaginable. The Ghost Ranch Summit will be his 14th.
Hawk is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England. He has been composing original music and making Eastern Woodlands flutes using hand tools for more than 23 years.
He enjoys sharing his experiences and perspectives about Life in hopes of acknowledging and honoring the Sacredness in each person and all cultures. He creates a calming yet engaging and contemplative space while maintaining a note of humor. His music is a reflection of thinking that we each have the capacity to make a change in the world. Hawk is fascinated with musical instruments and traditions from around the world, so you may also hear the didgeridoo and the Mbira!
Hawk has had the honor of presenting at venues such as The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Harvard Medical School Graduation, and in the U.K. with the London Mozart Players. He also enjoys educational settings from kindergarten to university and small venues where he can engage the audience in dialogue.
Hawk’s reputation as a flute maker has grown and he now has flutes all over the world and in several museums. He has three original CD’s, First Flight, Keeping the Fire and Voices. He is also featured on the compilation CD Tribal Winds. His music has been used in a variety of films and documentaries some of which won or were nominated for Emmy awards.
Marilyn Houser Hartness has spent a lifetime creating art work herself and teaching others to enjoy the natural beauty which is all around; using the process of art to make a lasting visual memory. Her first choice of art mediums is clay. From her outdoor interests: hiking, riding horseback, and swimming, the world of natural beauty coupled with imagination produces ceramic creations which are sculptural and functional. Her career as Associate Professor of Art at Wingate University in North Carolina has allowed her to share ceramics concepts to many people. She teaches Ceramics Fundamentals and Ceramic Art History. Marilyn has instructed courses with the Family Summit Staff for over 14 years She instills a challenge of discovery in her students (young and old) with the focus on shapes of natural objects and the emphasis on the art of seeing line, shapes, color, mass, and space. Creativity plus the location of the summit equals enjoyable learning with a focus on art.
Dierks is the owner of WovenWord Press, a long time hand weaver and painter. She is an ordained priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, works in a parish, as well as being part of a faith community in discernment.
She has a family of four adult children, one daughter and three sons, and five grandchildren who live all over the US and, at times, the world. She is married to Peter, a retired engineer. Her passion is community building and the recognition of the sacred all around us.
Joe Croteau is a high school teacher and fly fishing guide. He has been teaching fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains since 1995 and now owns and operates Sasquatch Fly Fishing (since 2000). His passion for teaching has lead him through many different experiences including working with youths in Outdoor Education, Elderly in crafts and design, history and geography in high schools, and fly fishing with all ages in the Rocky Mountains.
Carla Brown is originally from Atlantic Canada – she was born in Newfoundland and her parents live in Nova Scotia. She became acquainted with Family Nature Summits when they were run by the National Wildlife Federation, where she has worked on the internet team since 2000. She taught at the Summits in Montana, Maine, Colorado, New Brunswick, Oregon and Silver Bay. She taught crafts such as hand quilting, crazy quilting and rug hooking, as well as classes in green lifestyles, global warming solutions and raising children as global citizens. Her daughter said her first “word” at a Summit (a bear’s roar in Colorado) and now her parents come to Summits as well.
Carol Cosgrove retired from teaching three years ago. She has been both an art teacher and special education teacher. Originally from Philadelphia, she attended Otterbein College in Ohio and has lived in central Ohio for more than 40 years. Carol is a landscape painter and paints with oils. She is a member and trustee of the Ohio Plein Air Society. She has one adult son who presently lives in Colorado. Carol loves nature, hiking, kayaking and traveling.