Board of Directors
President: Barbara Sarbin
Barbara is the Director of Educational Programs for Something Good in the World. She is responsible for the overall running of educational programs, including not only the Earth School programs for homeschoolers, but also those for public schools, for afterschool, and all of the other SGITW projects that take place at the farm: the Blue Star Youth Movement, the Children's Peaceful Garden, the Sounds Good Music for Families workshops, and the Turtle Island Summer Camp. She is also the main teacher for Earth School children ages 7-12. She teaches Words in Color to Earth School children ages 4-8, and is overseeing the curriculum for these age groups. Barbara also visits the 3-4 year old children to work with them on special occasions.
Barbara has a BA in Theatre Arts with Honors from Brown University, and has performed as a professional Actress, Dancer, Singer, Mime and Movement Artist, Comedienne and Monologist on stage, television, and in film for over 20 years. She has taught extensively both in schools and universities, as well as independently, and as an invited lecturer throughout the New York area. Earth School workshops and presentations have been conducted in public and private schools, for home-schooled children, and in nature centers in Westchester and Putnam Counties, New York City, and Connecticut. She's been included in the Westchester Arts Council Roster of Artists.
Secretary: Elizabeth Colquhoun
Elizabeth is a Senior Marketing Research Analyst at the Reader’s Digest Association. She has been involved as a volunteer and employee with Something Good in the World since its inception in 2002 and supports the mission of the organization. Elizabeth received a degree in History and Education from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She spent several years teaching in a private school and in the public school system and occasionally volunteers as a tutor.
Treasurer: Witt Barlow
Witt is a Senior Executive Vice President at Gahagan & Bryant Associates, an engineering firm specializing in dredging projects, including their environmental monitoring. Witt holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, along with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.
Colette Kabasakalian: A licensed real estate broker since 1998, Colette currently works as an Associate Broker for the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ridgefield, CT. She became an accredited Eco Broker in 2009 and a certified Distressed Property Expert in 2011. Colette graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a BS in Business Economics and a minor in Art History.
Jean McGee: Jean is Director of Education at Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco, NY, where she is thankful for the opportunity to help guide students on their journey to becoming massage therapists. Jean earned a BS in Human Biology at Iona College, NY, and did her graduate work in Physiology of Exercise at Springfield College, MA. She has taught at both schools and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Jean also runs a food co-op and homeschools her children.
Natasha Thomsen: Natasha is a technical editor at the East Tennessee Technology Park, a former Manhattan Project site, currently undergoing environmental cleanup by the US Department of Energy. She writes about health care, education, gender issues, and the arts. Two of her one-act plays have received staged readings. She has authored two editions of the Facts on File reference Global Issues: Women's Rights. She also organizes workshops in writing and self-development for adults. Natasha holds a BA in Literature/Drama from Bennington College and an MA from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Sherri Young: Sherri has over thirty years of professional experience in the design industry. She is currently Senior Graphic Designer at Premium Productions, Inc., in Pleasantville, NY. Sherri studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She started working professionally while still in school on freelance projects and went on to gain a breadth of experience in the print industry, traditional ad agencies, a greeting card startup, and in direct mail and online/offline publishing.
Siena Siegel: Siena worked as Director of Training Programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She also wrote the book To Dance for young readers, published in 2006. After taking a few years to raise her two young children, she began earning credits towards a master’s degree in Dance Therapy and teaching ballet and creative movement classes to children and adults. Siena also works as a teacher's assistant for Something Good in the World's program for homeschoolers. She earned a BA from Brown University.
Advisory Board Members:
Jana Platina Phipps