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Co-director, artist and educator, lisa carrino was born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y where she grew up during exciting times of change. In the mid 1960's her parents bought an old falling down farmhouse in Cambridge, NY. While working on and living in it, she fell in love with the place and the people of the area. Lisa earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture at The Rhode Island School of Design, studied European pastry making at Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute and was an independent designer for the fashion/dancewear industry in NYC. She began a family and became a licensed massage therapist while living in Connecticut and then moved back home to Cambridge with her husband Scott and children Nico, Luke, and Chiara. For many years, Lisa has taught adults, and children of all ages in a wide range of subjects including dance, visual arts, and humanities. She is presently excited about designing programs for children, teens, and families that are being offered at Pompanuck and about meeting the many wonderful people who make their way here.


Co-director and tai ji instructor, scott carrino earned a BA in Literature (Hofstra University, 1980), a Massage Therapy License, (CCMT, 1986) and has been cultivating Tai Ji learning and an understanding of human consciousness since 1976. He has been a publisher and editor, community activist, an environmental lobbyist, a Rock and Roll stagehand supervisor, a NYC theatre set designer and technician and has designed lighting for dance, music, and performance arts. He has been a designer and builder of conventional and alternative houses and is an avid organic gardener. He is a singer/songwriter and has performed in coffee houses, cafes, and events with his many musical friends. For the past 20 years Scott has been a Tai Ji teacher/mentor and an explorer of conscious relationships and sustainability using the Tao as his inspiration. He has made many mistakes and learned much over the years and continues to unfold and in his relationships with his life partner, Lisa, and their two daughters and son. As a founding member of Pompanuck Farm, he is committed to living a joyous, honest, creative and transparent life.


dahn gandell is an ordained Episcopal Priest in the diocese of Rochester, NY.  Born in New Orleans, LA, Dahn was raised all along the Gulf Coast.  She completed her undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University, earned a Master's in Religion with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Mobile, and, after spending a year of Residency, she went on to complete her Master's in Divinity at Yale Divinity School.  Dahn has been called a "Radical Episcopal Priest," a title in which she takes great delight!  She is committed to justice, inclusion, and having a wonderful sense of humor.   She is the proud step-mom of Rachel, a junior at Northwestern University, Ryan, a freshman at Ithaca College, and the proud mom of Lily, a second-grader, and Hannah, a first-grader. Dahn fell in love with Pompanuck the first time she visited in the winter of 2001 and being a supporting member of this community is a dream come true. 


david gandell completed his undergraduate education at Northwestern University and received his medical degree from Rush Medical College.   His residency in obstetrics and gynecology was served at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester's associated hospitals.   David is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.   He is currently in practice in Rochester, NY, with Rochester Gynecologic and Obstetric Associates, P.C.   He also holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester and is a medical consultant to the Rape Crisis Service.   He is a member of the board of directors of Children Awaiting Parents, an adoption agency for difficult to place children.   David is also a co-founder of the Parallel Support Group for Pregnancy Loss. His passions include cooking, teaching, scuba diving and photography, especially recording the beauty of Pompanuck.   He is particularly proud of his wife and four children, who add spice to his life.   He considers it a privilege to be a supporter and member of the Pompanuck community.


diana muehsam made Pompanuck her home in 2001 after many years enjoying visits to the community. Besides Pompanuck's natural beauty and its startling buildings, she was especially drawn to the warmth and hospitality she found there. After growing up in Britain, she made her way to Paris where she worked for the Marshall plan, the organization set up to restore Europe after the devastation of World War II. Later she traveled to the US to work at the United Nations in New York City. Her marriage to Pim Muehsam brought her to New Jersey where they raised their two children. Diana has been drawn to the practices of T'ai Chi and yoga, as well as the philosophies of these ancient traditions. She has studied energy medicine, and through her own struggles with sports injuries, she has developed an appreciation for the subtler forms of these practices and their potential for healing. Diana's other loves are painting, music, gardening and more recently creating walking trails through the woods at Pompanuck. It is her earnest desire to see Pompanuck grow as a nurturing community and to be able to grow with it.


Multi-instrumentalist bruce williamson, is the music director at Pompanuck. Bruce was active in the San Francisco jazz scene until moving to New York City in the mid-1980s. Bruce has performed with Mark Levine, Pete & Sheila Escovedo, Bobby McFerrin, Benny Green and was a member of the experimental jazz group Rubisa Patrol with pianist Art Lande and trumpeter Mark Isham. He has performed with his own groups in various New York City clubs and has been a featured soloist in Japan and Europe. His most recent CD "Big City Magic" on Timeless Records features well-known trumpeter Randy Brecker and Bruce's compositions for jazz septet. Bruce is presently on the music faculty at Bennington College, Vermont and has been a jazz clinician throughout the U.S. and Europe. He divides his time between NYC and Cambridge NY, where he is a founding member of Pompanuck Farm Institute. Bruce and his friends can be heard locally at our Pizza Jazz benefit nights.


sima wolf grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interests in music, dance, and theater brought her to New York City where she collaborated in many varied venues such as composing for film, theater, and dance, as well as performing as a dancer, pianist, vocalist, and stiltwalker. Currently Sima plays saxophone in a stilt marching band with the Bond Street Theatre Company. She also builds musical instruments and does concerts and recordings with Music For Homemade Instruments. Sima teaches piano privately and performs in children's school shows through several Arts-In-Education groups. Sima is honored to be a founding member of the Pompanuck community.

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