Board of Directors
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.
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, and Journeymen has welcomed him back as a full board member as of 2020. Jon continues to staff and assist in the coordination of each rite of passage weekend.
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.
David Wynn is a licensed therapist and outdoor guide. In addition to staffing ROPAWs for the last three years, he has taught ancestral skills, guided whitewater, and led backpacking expeditions throughout the Southeast for over a decade. Currently, David resides in Hot Springs NC where he owns and operates Llamas of Hot Springs. David is a proud father and excitable wild food forager.
Since relocating to Asheville in 2011, Sekou Coleman has dug in deep, showing up with support, participation, and leadership on countless initiatives aimed at building a more equitable community for all people. He is the project manager for Southside Rising, a community-driven collaboration involving legacy residents from the historic black neighborhood of Southside Asheville and organizations based in or working for the benefit of the Southside community. Sekou also holds the role of Facilitator of Strategic Collaborations for Word On The Street/Voz De Los Jovenes, a program that centers the strengths and interests of youth of color in the production of a bilingual online arts and culture magazine. In addition to devoting time and talent to working with Journeymen, he is a board member for Bountiful Cities, an urban agriculture nonprofit and also a member of the core leadership team for CoThinkk, a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina. 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.
Fall 2021 ROPAW
Enroll a boy or sign up to staff our autumn rite of passage event running October 22-24.
Journeymen is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, our programming is made possible primarily through the generous support of individuals like you.