Board, Staff & Committees


Name Resides in Encampment year(s), location(s)
Ada Deer, Chair
WI 1956, NY
Nationally recognized as an advocate and organizer on behalf of American Indians. Former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior.
Anne Klaeysen, Ph. D.,
Vice Chair

Clergy leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where the Encampment was founded. She serves as Humanist Chaplain at NYU and Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University. She is Co-Dean of the Humanist Institute where she studied and taught.

Steve Leibman, Treasurer

CA 1969, MT
Human Resources and Coaching, with a specialty in working with people from many cultures and backgrounds. Jewish Endowment Fund, San Francisco, CA.

Maria M. Hernandez, Ph.D., Secretary

CA 1979, South Dakota
Principal of Rio Real Dual Immersion Academy, a K-8 school focused on language education and the appreciation of cultural contributions by all ethnicities and races.   
Evelin Aquino MA


Program Officer Peace Development Fund, Amherst, MA. Consultant/Trainer, provides workshops/trainings on coalition development, leadership development, youth and community empowerment, with strong emphasis on equity and engagement.
Steve Davis CT  
Director of Diversity & Community Relations, Pomfret School, CT, Director of the Virginia Eaton Multicultural Resource Center
Margot Gibney,
Executive Director
CA 1971, MT; 1981, DC; Exec. Dir. 1986-1993; 2014-present
As EFC executive director, Ms. Gibney is responsible for oversight of the organization, fundraising and program design. She has organized for the UFW, designed independent living programs for disabled youth and transitional programs for homeless families and adults. She has worked extensively in the justice system nationally with at-risk youth, young adults and families.
Mabel Sau-Ching Lam, Ph.D. MA


Psychologist, Cambridge, MA. Visiting Assistant Professor, Salem State University. Member American Psychological Association (APA); Commissioner, Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Co-Founder and Co-Chair Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle; Clinical Director Metro Boston Critical Incident Stress Management Team (Massachusetts Peer Support Network).
Dyanne London, Ph.D. MA 1981, DC
Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Former Adjunct Professor at Lesley University.
Nancy Marr NY 1950, NY
Founded a youth and family agency which became Boys and Girls Club in 1996. Currently involved in programs that try to inform people about the economic problems in our community and country.
Elizabeth (Beth) Mattison MA  
Assistant Director of the Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth and Learning Program at Hampshire College.
Mabel Picotte SD 1992, CA; 1994, CA;  2013, VA; 2014, IL; 2015, MS; 2016 & 2017, MA
M Ed Harvard in School Leadership, Ihanktowan and Oglala Sioux from South Dakota, has taught high school level Language Arts, Readers Theatre and American Indian Studies courses at the Four Directions Charter School in Minneapolis and at the Chamberlain Academy in South Dakota.
David Sandoval CA 1966, DC; 1968, MX
Retired, Director of the Educational Opportunity Program, which provides access for economically and socially disadvantaged minority students who display potential for academic success at Cal State University L.A.
Jane Sapp, Education Director GA staff 2014 IL; 2015 MS; 2016 & 2017 MA, 2018 MS
Ms. Sapp is a cultural worker, performer, and educator, deeply rooted in the cultural and historical experiences of African-Americans in the South. Ms. Sapp has worked with many diverse communities helping young people and adults to access the arts and creativity as tools for social transformation.
Marquise Steward SD 2015, MS; 2017, MA, 2018 MS
Youth Advisory Council representative, (alum 2015 and intern 2017). Student, Pace University, NYC Campus, Lubin School of Business, Global Marketing Management, BBA Internal Communications Coordinator, Residence Hall Association.


Year-round Staff

  • Executive Director: Margot Gibney
  • Administrator: Marion Silverbear
  • Program Director: Michael Carter
  • Education Director: Jane Sapp

2018 Summer Program Staff

  • Elizabeth Summers, Core Workshop Leader
  • Mtali Banda, Core Workshop Leader
  • Alicia (Kookie) Green, Onsite Administrative Coordinator
  • Amina Jordan-Mendez, Assistant Site Administrator
  • John Elmore, Recreation Coordinator

2018 Summer Interns

  • Marquise Steward, Senior Intern
  • Nia Allen, Intern
  • Viseth Loeung, Intern

Major Supporters

The Ethical Society has a long history with the Encampment, since its founding by Algernon D. Black and Alice K. Pollitzer. This support continues today.

VCU, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University house the archives of the Encampment for Citizenship. In addition, the Libraries were a major sponsor of the 2013 summer program and a special event on July 13 for alumni, encampers, staff, and the community.