Steve Crofter was raised in Troy, NY, and Washington, DC. , and attended an alternative school promoting the Quaker principles of peace, goodwill and social justice. He has worked at many trades – carpenter, bus driver, public school teacher – and founded and ran Crofter Moving and Storage in Brattleboro, VT. After living for three years in Mexico, he and his life partner Laurel Green moved to Rockingham, VT, where they now own and operate Singing River Farm. Steve’s interest in cross-cultural relations began as a child when his professor-father hosted international students for Sunday dinner.
John served as an officer in the Army for 20 years, then taught at a private boarding high school in southern Vermont for 25 years. Now “retired,” he chairs one organizational board and serves on others. He also serves as a hospice volunteer in the Bellows Falls, VT, area. For relaxation he teaches and practices tai chi.
Teacher, craftsperson, wife, mother and grandmother, Susie Peters was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but has lived and worked in Saxtons River for the past 48 years. She’s served for many years on the boards of a local social service agency and an arts organization, and she has co-created and volunteered with various peace, justice and environmental groups. Susie has performed with various choir groups and she and her husband maintain a large organic vegetable garden.
Jeff Ladd hails from Boston and Vermont by way of Seattle, where he lived for 25 years. His education includes degrees in Theater Arts, Forestry, Wildlife Biology and an MBA. He’s worked in Marketing and Imports and taught Community College in Seattle. Currently, Jeff lives in Chester, VT, where he volunteers in local community efforts to provide scholarships. He comes to CASP with an interest in seeing that asylum seekers to the US receive all possible help in their effort to build a life that is fruitful and safe for their families.
Born in San Jose, CA, and with a background that includes such diverse pursuits as a licensed movie projectionist and illustrator for books and articles by the New York Times and Daily News, Random House, Scholastic, and Dell Publications, Dorothy settled into a seventeen-year career teaching 8th grade English. After two years working as a one-on-one instructor for students with dyslexia at the Stern Center, she is now a learning coach for high school students and post-graduates at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.
A Chicago native, Dempster trained as an artist and worked as a professional actor for a dozen years, touring and playing in Equity regional theater. After meeting his wife and co-board member Dorothy, he decided to give up show business and settle into the life of a licensed New York private investigator. Four years ago, he and Dorothy moved full-time to Rockingham, VT, to be with children and grandchildren.