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Family and Background
In April 2008, we moved to 119 Birch Way in Woodstock, Vermont, where we live in a fairly modern house on almost 3 acres of land and a beautiful view of the Vermont mountains. We share our land with our dog, Samantha, a significant number of moles, some groundhogs, a variety of deer who commute up and down our road and across our meadow, and something we haven't seen yet but which occasionally makes loud noises in the middle of the night. Occasionally a fox passes by our house on the road or in the meadow, and once we've heard a coyote in the field.
Thanks to Lawrence Rockefeller, who married a local girl and was a substantial benefactor of Woodstock, the land on both sides of our house is conserved and can never be built upon, so we enjoy the benefits of having another 20 acres of open field surrounding our house.
Previously, from 1990 to 2007 and from 1973 to 1986, we lived at 64 Sweet Briar Road in Stamford, Connecticut, in a house originally built originally as two room saltbox in 1780 by Nathan Lounsbery and enlarged several times since then. We sold the house in 1986 when we moved to the Chicago area, and we were fortunate enough to be able to buy it again when we moved back to the New York area in 1990. It is one of 20-30 pre-revolutionary houses still in existence in Stamford, and it was plaqued by the Stamford Bicentennial Commission in 1976. It occupies a special place in our memories of those periods in our lives.
My wife Ann graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1963, and we were married in 1970. She attended the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and obtained an M.P.A. degree after completing a year of field work in India. She later obtained advanced training in hospital administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her career was in the field of social services, and her last position was Executive Director of the Scofield Manor Retirement Facility of the Stamford Housing Authority. She had previously been appointed by the Mayor as Chair of the Social Services Commission for the City of Stamford during 1998-2002. She also served on Boards of several local not-for-profit social service agencies. Since moving to Vermont, she has immersed herself in Woodstock activities, becoming co-chair of the Woodstock Rotary program committee, a member of the Garden Club, as well as joining the Boards of the Norman Williams Library and the Pentangle Arts Association.
Dan has recently embarked on a new career and now works mainly as a video producer and documentary film editor in Portland, Oregon. His production company is Storymind Productions . Molly commutes part-time to Seattle to run the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a cooperative of flower growers from Oregon and Washington. From 2005 to 2013 Dan worked for Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency with operations in 35+ countries. He was the lead content person on the six-member Internet marketing team, which meant that he wrote and edited most of Mercy Corps' fundraising emails and coordinated stories on the organization's website and what got published on its Facebook page and Twitter feed. His work there took him to some rather interesting places, including Colombia, Tajikistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka and South Sudan. Previously, Molly recently worked for a number of years for New Seasons Market, a chain of Portland-area grocery stores that's keen on promoting local selections. She worked her way up in the produce department, and until recently coordinated the floral departments at New Seasons' nine stores. They met in Atlanta, where Dan was a freelance journalist and Molly worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and moved to Portland in 2000. For three years starting in August 2001, they owned and operated an all-vegetarian restaurant, The Purple Parlor, on North Mississippi Avenue.
Our daughter Kate graduated in 1998 from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and is now living in the San Francisco Bay area and pursuing a career there. After completing her Masters Degree in Holistic Health Education from JFK University, Kate took a solo journey through South India for four months and returned to study Ayurvedic Medicine with a traditional gurukula in Berkeley, CA. As a student of Vedika Global, she is deep in her studies while coordinating the the school's low-cost Ayurvedic Community Clinic, Vedika Jyoti. She is on the Board of Directors for Axis Dance Company, a physically integrated dance company in Oakland, CA, and and continues to work at Clif Bar & Co., providing massage therapy and meditation instruction through their corporate wellness program. She has a private practice, offers workshops on Mindfulness in the Workplace and Ayurvedic Approaches to Chronic Pain.
Kate is the proud parent of Abhaya Rose Keatts, born June 26, 2011.