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The People Behind Abundance NC: STAFF


Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.
– Terry Tempest Williams


ALLY DEJONG, Executive Director

Ally DeJong thrives within social connection. Her desire is to approach each day as a way to  deepen her perspectives and widen her worldview. She moves through life intuitively and youthfully spirited with an undeniable strength in her eyes. With joy to the right and pain to the left, she walks hand in hand with both – grateful to have this human experience and all that it encompasses.


AMANDA SAND, Bookkeeper Extraordinaire

Amanda is the perfect puzzle piece. She wrangles details with precision and slays data with ease. As a mother and wife, she is patient. As she walks this earth, Amanda is generous, quietly passionate and grounded – a vision of whole heartedness.



To Tami Schwerin, no mountain is too high, no goal too lofty – she sees in pure potential. To Abundance, she is the founder: visionary, community builder, and cartographer of the impossible. To the wide world, she’s a sun dancer, spirit seeker, sparkle mama, and backwoods country queen. Her vibrancy is utterly contagious – her eyes, set on the horizon. Tami wears life’s difficulties like a pair of bright red pumps. She is a vision of creativity and grace.


Staff at Death Faire 2019 with Frank Phoenix.

From left to right: Marcela Slade, Frank Phoenix, Alisa Esposito, Tami Schwerin, Amanda Sand, Hannah Eck and Jenn Hansen. photo: © Adrian Moreno 2019

Learn about who we are, by visiting our board of directors, advisory board, volunteers, and friends pages.