I am a long time time community organizer and activist who co-founded Post Oil Solutions in 2005. Before this, I had been involved with anti-war activities (Vietnam, Central America, Iraq), anti-nuke work (Seabrook, VY), and a Buy Local campaign (co-founded BrattPower in Brattleboro that opposed Home Depot coming to town). I have served in the Peace Corps (Philippines), was a welfare rights organizer, member of a community newspaper collective, founded a day care center, and worked with behavior challenged high school students. With my wife, Sherry Maher, I live in Athens, Vermont where we do extensive gardening and putting food by, have solar panels for our electricity and solar hot war, and largely heat our home from our wood lot. However, we still have not solved the issue of our transportation I am a graduate of Colgate University and have graduate degrees in American Studies (New York University), American history (Adelphi University), and Counseling Psychology (Antioch/New England). I have the good fortune to have two, great children: a son, Sean who lives in Maryland with his family, which includes our two terrific grandchildren, Haley and Nicholas, and a daughter, Kelly, who lives with her husband in Boston. Film, music, and books are strong interests, along with biking and kayaking, but writing is my passion: I am presently working on a book about my experiences with Post Oil, tentatively entitled, "Accepting What Is: Community Organizing for a Post Oil Age" and am considering pulling together in a book format the monthly columns I have been doing for the Brattleboro Reformer ("Building Sustainable Communties") as a fund raiser for Post Oil Solutions.
Food Access and Nutrition
- Localvore / Transition Town / Community group