Board of Directors
Journeymen is fortunate for its dedicated board of directors, all of whom support Journeymen with personal contributions.
Brent has taught for twenty-six years at universities and craft programs across the country, such as Penland, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch and Peter’s Valley, and since 2007 at UNC Asheville as Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Craft Studies. Brent also ran his own studio for eight years, and his work has been shown extensively across the U.S. and internationally.
From 2007 to 2015, Brent served as a board member for the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and from 2007 to 2014 for Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Brent regularly staffs our weekend rites of passage experiences and participates in our ongoing mentoring program.Brent Skidmore
Colin is the owner and president of Colin Newkirk Builder, Inc., a general contracting firm that specializes in residential and commercial renovations. Colin is our board president, and has consistently staffed our weekend rites of passage experiences for more than three years.Colin Newkirck
Don has been in Asheville since his retirement in 2014 from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. At RIT he served as director of the Counseling Center, dean of one of the colleges, and as professor and director of the Center for Quality and Applied Statistics. He has consulted with many organizations on process improvement and quality. Don has served on numerous boards, including being president of a board of education. Both as a youth and adult he was active in the Boy Scouts of America. Don currently serves as Treasurer of the Journeyman Board.Don Baker
Inspired by the mythologist Michael Meade, Duncan has been active in men’s work for more than twenty years. He publishes a resource list of over twenty-five gatherings and support groups for men in the Asheville community. Originally from San Francisco, his many years of clinical social work expertise in health care and hospice has honed and strengthened his commitment to cultural diversity, competence, and humility, which he brings to his current full-time work with women under incarceration. Duncan has consistently staffed our rite of passage weekends for two years, and is also a regular mentor in our ongoing program.Duncan Tam
In 2015 Richard moved to Asheville from Alabama where he practiced for thirty years as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to that, he functioned as Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling at a medical center in Birmingham. He has been involved in men’s work for over thirty years as both participant and staff. He has experienced the benefits of male initiation process in a culture devoid of positive male initiation rites and is committed to providing these opportunities to young men in the Asheville area.Richard Pyburn
Phoenix has over 20 years’ experience with personal growth work, men’s group leadership, conflict resolution, social and environmental justice and initiatory processes. He is a certified Shadow Work®, Shamanic Breathwork™ and Alignment Technologies coach and group facilitator. He is a leader in the Mankind Project and creator of the Evolutionary Life School teaching “all those skills that we weren’t taught when we were in school.” Phoenix leads the boy’s programs, trains mentor/facilitators and is the Coordinator of the Junior Staff for our Rites of Passage Weekends. He is a father, farmer, licensed massage therapist and energy healer. He and his partner, Avianna, co-own Blossom & Be Wellness Retreat in Asheville, North Carolina with a mission to create a world of health, harmony and well-being.Phoenix (Mihaly) Bartalos
Born in North Carolina, raised in Washington, DC and educated at the University of Pittsburgh, Sekou Coleman’s organizational and management skills have been sharpened through his work as an entrepreneur, consultant and employee with major corporations, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. Sekou relocated to Asheville in 2011 and has since become active in the southeast region’s burgeoning film and television production industry, serving as writer, producer and co-director for numerous documentary-style videos, and is currently producing the independent documentary film, Beneath the Veneer. Sekou’s son initiated with Journeymen in 2013 and is a regularly staffing J-Man to our ROPAW weekends. Both father and son have since been moving into more leadership roles with Journeymen, passing the torch to the next generation.Sekou Coleman
Glenn is an author, blogger, and facilitator with a focus on identity marketing, leadership and culture. He is a partner of Balanced Is, a workshop and consulting company. Glenn served on the Journeymen board for nearly five years from December 2011 to September 2016. Glenn also served as the interim program director from August 2014 to September 2016, and continues to stay involved in Journeymen, assisting with marketing and web strategies and staffing our rites of passage adventure weekends.Glenn Geffcken
Jon is the President of Jameson Construction; an Asheville based general contracting firm specializing in historic restoration and renovation. Jon served as board member from October 2011 to March of 2016, and as board Treasurer for much of that time. Jon continues to staff and assist in the coordination of each rite of passage weekend.Jon Pulsifer
Beth is the owner of Beth A McTaggart CPA, an independent CPA firm serving individuals and small to medium businesses in Buncombe County. Beth served as the Journeymen Board Treasurer February 2014 to February 2016, and continues to advise the board on tax related matters.Beth McTaggart
Journeymen is currently seeking additional board members with a passion for serving adolescent boys during their critical time of transition into manhood, and a willingness to give of their time and resources for the growth and development of the Journeymen program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in exploring board membership with us.