Chris has been our Executive Director since 2007, having held various positions in the organization since 1994. Chris’ long-term service to Hidden Villa and extensive background in experiential education, curriculum and program development, and a strong commitment to children’s education is invaluable. Prior to coming to Hidden Villa Chris worked for five years in teaching positions at Nature’s Classroom and Life Tech Ventures (two outdoor teaching programs in Massachusetts). Chris holds a BSC and MSC from the University of London and has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Sussex.
A graduate of Indiana University, Karen Wilkes is the Development Director at Hidden Villa. She is honored to cheer leader for the mission and has a passion for education, leadership development, and leveraging outcomes through strategic partnerships. An Indiana transplant in 2006, as part of our residential intern cohort, Karen joined full time fundraising staff first as the grant writer transitioning into Director 2010. She loves spending time with her family, camping, and finger paint.
Marc grew up in the Bay Area and spent many hours enjoying the farm and wilderness at Hidden Villa in his youth. Prior to working at Hidden Villa, Marc worked as a grassroots organizer and directed campaign offices for a number of organizations concerned with environmental protection, social justice, and the 2004 national election.
Marc ran Hidden Villa’s Community Programs department from 2005 through 2008 and served as Deputy Director of Development from 2009 through 2015. In 2016, Marc lead the creation of a Visitor Services department to welcome visitors to Hidden Villa.