Board of Directors
The affairs of the Delmarva Free School shall be managed by its Board of Directors.*
Kelly J. Johnson Tokasz, Board Treasurer
Kelly J. J. T’s decade of bookkeeping, accounting, and business management experience contributes to the strong financial and operational foundation of our organization. Her spiritual life and worldview are rooted in a connection to the natural world nurtured by childhood camping trips, early morning fishing, and her barefoot upbringing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Kelly’s professional philosophy is every business has the power to be a force for good, and social entrepreneurship is a mentality that we can all bring to our work, regardless of what it is. In her free time, you can find Kelly expressing her love of food through cooking or seeking new and interesting grub spots, hanging out on her back porch staring at the woods, or spending quality time with her husband and daughter, and other loved family and friends.
Tracey Siegel, Board Secretary
Tracey was drawn to the Delmarva peninsula in 1979 when she began her studies at Salisbury University. She received a B.A. in Leisure Studies with minors in Psychology and Communications, planning to eventually work as a recreational therapist for special needs populations. Sidetracked by adventure, Tracey spent over a decade traveling through Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and Arizona desert, finally making her winter home in the Colorado Rockies. Summer always called Tracey back to the Eastern Shore, where she was building a parasail and nature tour business in Ocean City, Md. She thrived on the water and in the business realm for many years. Today Tracey has come full circle. An earth walker, marsh stalker and labyrinth cruiser, she shares her love of nature with developmentally disabled clients as a full time mentor. Grateful for the opportunity to serve her community in various facets of mental and spiritual wellness, Tracey is passionate about many aspects of healing, particularly in the areas of special education and addiction.
Laura Walsh, Board Vice President
Laura Walsh has also spent her career in the legal publishing field. With a focus on digital offerings, she is required to wear many hats simultaneously. Her day-to-day involves simple, old fashioned editing, conducting fact-checking research, creating and evolving web-based applications, doing customer outreach for new product concept testing, and managing the workflow of offshore contractors. She is part of a close-knit team — it’s not just what you do, but who you do it with. Laura received a B.A. in English Literature from Washington College in 2002, and is a devotee of striking the balance between urban and natural landscape experiences.
Ana Netto, Admin Extraordinaire
Ana is a young creative entrepreneur based out of Southern California. After years spent earning degrees in both psychology and kinesiology, Ana decided to follow a less traditional path. Travel and soul-searching left her dreaming of a life on her own terms, so she quit her nine to five job and chose to be self-employed instead. A lover of arts, beauty, and all things creative, Ana began accepting freelance work as a writer/editor, content creator, social media manager, and web/graphic designer. While she maintains a wide range of clients, Ana shares a passion for working in the non-profit sector where she is able to help make a difference in the world from behind the scenes. A friend to all beach bums, desert rats, and mountain goats, Ana is always up for spontaneous adventures and when she’s not working, she’s usually outside getting lost somewhere.
Brianne Chavez, Women’s Circle Lead
Bri earned her Master’s degree in Depth Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. She has worked in the mental health field for 10 years, in a range of different settings. She has worked with children, foster youth, people with addictions, people living in the streets, and adults with severe mental struggles. After living in various parts of California and Colorado, she has made a home in a rural town in Northern California. There she enjoys being at the river, walking in her orchard, and pursuing creative ideas. After work you can find her doing aerial arts and swinging through the air as her way of decompressing.
Brooks Long, Steering Committee Chair
Brooks Long is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist; he has also engaged in community arts, folklore and activism. His engagement with art is informed by 20th century popular music, film, and fiction, and is guided by spirit. Music projects include Mannish Boys (w/ The Mad Dog No Good), the ongoing work The Songster Part 2, and vocals for pianist and composer LaFayette Gilchrist. As a 10+ year member of the Baltimore music community, Brooks has encountered many remarkable yet unheralded community narratives and seeks to celebrate them through projects such as Baltimore Music Map and The Songster Series. Brooks hosts the Saturday night celebration of soul music 6 Degrees of Soul on WTMD.
*from our Non-Profit By-Laws