Tami Schwerin is a founder and Executive Director of the Abundance Foundation and is surrounded by talent. We have a committed staff and board, and a slew of amazing volunteers supporting us. Our staff is always small but resourceful, and with all the incredible people around us helping out, we can accomplish a lot with a little.
Staff – Women of Wonder
We think that there is no stopping us now with the organizational expertise and creativity of our team. We call ourselves the “Women of Wonder” or WOW for short. Not that we have anything against men, we just happen to all be women. When a man comes on board, perhaps we’ll call ourselves womow for short.
Before coming to Abundance, Tami was the President of the Board of Chatham Marketplace, our amazing local coop grocery store in Pittsboro. Before that she worked in the software industry and traveled the world. She was also an art broker, a house renovator and a land developer and is an Eco-Industrial Park developer along with being a partner in a newly opened distillery.
Tami likes to take on new challenges especially if it effects change and especially if people say you can’t do it. Working on a healthier community through local food, renewable energy and local economy are a thrill. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, true southern girl, she enjoys her family very much: Lyle, Zafer, Arlo, Jessalyn and Kaitlin, Monkey, Tigger and a flock of chickens.
Tami likes to socialize, and fund raise and make things fun.
Charlotte came to the Abundance Foundation last fall after opening her newsletter and seeing the following ad: “Part-time bookkeeper needed – We pay lousy and expect perfection” Looking for something meaningful and fun to do with her time Charlotte, a retired CPA, jumped at the chance to become part of this energetic team. Over the last few years she has become very interested in the local food movement and all things sustainable and was looking for a way to get involved with an organization that addresses these issues. And she hopes that working with these amazing young women will help her stay young!
She moved to NC from her native Maryland thirty-five years ago with her husband and son – not quite “back to the landers”, but definitely seeking and finding a small town way of life in Carthage. In 1985, after twenty years of accounting experience she returned to school, first at Sandhills Community College, then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to complete her professional credentials and was certified in 1991. Her accounting experience includes both tax and audit work for a variety of business, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations, as well as running her own tax practice in Carthage until her retirement.
When she retired, she and her late husband Skip, an artist and nature photographer, spent much of their time traveling the eastern seaboard in their RV, enjoying the beauty of the natural world and attending music festivals. She is a fan and friend of the Kruger Brothers and still travels to concerts and festivals to hear them play – now in her van with her beagle Emma. When not traveling or working at Abundance, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her son Brian and his wife Shannon who live in Raleigh.
Permaculture Designer and Village-Minded farmer Alisa grew up around suburban Chicago like a potted plant and spent years enjoying the wild life at Sparkroot farm before moving to Pittsboro with her family of five, dogs, parrot, pigs, rabbits, chickens, duck and pigeon. Oh, and her much-cherished outhouse. Always creative, she’s painted fancy boutique furniture and dog portraits, makes children’s slippers and upcycled crafty things. She has a degree in Biology, and her work history includes rehabilitating injured wildlife, endangered species restorations, environmental education, bird-of-prey flight show trainer and a stint as a Park Service Ranger. Alisa co-founded a migratory bird protection non-profit and has won conservation awards for this work. She considers working creatively for Abundance her dream job. On the side, she’ll sell you some handmade goat milk soap.
Alisa enjoys getting to the root of both personal and societal problems. Permaculture, village making and rewilding are all missions she believes provide realistic solutions to mainstream consumer empire. From 1999, Alisa lived “on the literal edge of nowhere” in the swamps of eastern NC, while her husband worked on endangered red wolf restoration. She is overjoyed to be living amongst the most amazing community she’s ever experienced, sharing the vision and the work of creating Abundance, and has at long last found Home.
Right now, Hannah is a writer by trade and an adventurer at heart. In her 24 years here on Earth, she’s dabbled in whitewater raft guiding, documentary production, boudoir photography, nude modeling for art, swiftwater rescue, African drum making, park rangering, aerial silks dancing, oral history collecting, kombucha brewing, and festival going. Her last adventure was a 141-day paddle down the Mississippi River collecting stories and oral histories from the people she met along the way. She’s in the throes of writing a book about it – slowly but surely.
At Abundance NC Hannah accomplishes many of the “little things” that keep non-profits thriving, such as writing the weekly agenda, coordinating workshops, editing documents, etc. Hannah has a B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in media production and a minor in folklore and creative writing from UNC-CH. Someday, she’ll pursue a master’s degree in hopes and dreams. She currently lives at Blue Heron intentional community with her partner Nickolas and their kitten Ugg. You can find them porch-sitting every evening. Hannah is in the process of planning her next adventure – converting a school bus into a tiny home. Her dreams are to publish her book, paddle the Nile, learn to play the fiddle, become a bee keeper, raise a fat and healthy baby into a mindful and conscientious adult, and continue her education – wherever that may lead her next.
JENN HANSEN, Renaissance Woman
Jenn is driven by intense curiosity and a passion for education and the exchange and preservation of knowledge through story and experience. Born and raised on the high plains of Colorado, she relocated to North Carolina in the winter of 1999 and immediately felt as though she had come home. Holding an Associates degree in Theater Arts, and a BA in English Literature, Jenn is passionate about the creative arts. She is a vocalist, writer, ritualist, linguist, and voracious reader. After a cancer diagnosis in 2013, and witnessing the true power of connected community, she joined the Abundance NC team in the summer of 2016 in order to resonate some of this abundant karma back.
She currently lives in Hillsborough with her son, husband, and remaining cat. When not in the Abundance office, you can find her at Starrlight Mead, where she works as a Production Assistant and Distributor.