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Board of Directors

Robert Croonquist · President

Robert taught interdisciplinary global literature and culture for 20 years with the NYC Department of Education. A graduate of Stanford University, he presently serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Arts New York and Hearthshire, Inc. He is a facilitator of the work of Harry Hay, Joanna Macy, and of Anna Halprin. He is a founding member of NYCAN (the New York Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and active in the New York-based direct action group Rise and Resist. He is proud to represent those killed by gun violence as a volunteer for Gays Against Guns. In 2017 he went to Oslo as a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as they received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Steven Depont-Kalani · Secretary

Steven graduated from Oklahoma City University Central State with a BA in music and served in the United States Air Force. Steven retired as a legal administrator and litigator in 1992. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, he was a member in the parish choir, captain and canvasser on several stewardship campaigns and served as a vestry member. Steven has served on the boards of Episcopal Charities, now the Impact Fund; St. Luke’s Hospital; the San Francisco Girl Chorus; St. Mary the Virgin Deanery and on the advisory boards of Excelsior Youth Center and Crocker Amazon Park; and is a member of the SF Parks and Recreation Open Space Advisory Committee;. He served veterans in Oakland, CA with Operation Dignity. He was President of the Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association until 2016 and is a volunteer and mentor at Guadalupe Elementary School. He is involved in the McLaren Park Collaborative; the Excelsior Collaborative; Friends of the Geneva Office Building and Car Barn; and on the executive council of the Episcopal Diocese of California. He sings in the parish choir and is chair of the flower committee and a member of the Altar Guild at St. Mary the Virgin.

Ingrid Dinter

Ingrid is a private dealer, independent curator and Founder of Dinter Fine Art. She is a member of ARTTABLE, the foremost professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts; POWARTS, Professional Organization of Women in the Arts; and NADA, New Art Dealers Alliance and she serves on the faculty of The School of Visual Arts, New York

Caryl Hodges

Dean of the School of Education, School of Psychology, Notre Dame de Namur

Caryl has over 30 years of experience in teaching and administration, ranging from early childhood to graduate levels. Prior to her nearly 20 years at USF, Hodges worked as a consultant for Broderbund Software, writing curriculum, developing classroom activities, and reviewing educational software. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, the California Council on Teacher Education, the Independent California College and University Council on the Education of Teachers, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Hodges holds an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education and a Master of Arts in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.

Sherrill Kazan Alvarez de Toledo

President, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and Friends of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza

The World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to facilitating partnerships across sectors internationally that promote awareness and implementation of the United Nations’ goals through publications, exhibits, workshops, dialogues, other educational, outreach-oriented events, projects and programs. Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza’s mission is the care, preservation and beautification of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and its Katharine Hepburn Garden. They also organize and facilitate public events. Membership is open to all who share our commitment to public space regardless of race, color, sex or creed.

Andrea Lowenkopf

Andrea Lowenkopf, activist, archivist, educator, editor, social worker and writer has worked internationally on improving education and literacy. In her various roles, she has led, supervised and collaborated with a wide-range of people and populations. Her varied experiences set the groundwork for imagination and invention, helping others achieve their visions.