About Us

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Sarah Buttenwieser (F81)

Sarah first heard about Hampshire in the summer of 1980, from her sister’s camp counselor, Heather McCargo, at Farm & Wilderness in Vermont. It sounded like a dream. Even a weekend of rain did nothing to dampen it during her autumn visit. At Hampshire, she studied women’s health care. She was the first staffperson for CLPP (Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program) and is now on its fundraising board. A former Hampshire trustee and current Hampshire parent (P15), as well as a founding board member for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and an early champion of the James Baldwin Scholars Program at Hampshire, Sarah finds it impossible to get far from Hampshire--or to say no to it. A writer, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband, Hosea Baskin, himself a former Hampshire trustee. They have four children—college to fifth grade.

 
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Patricia (Patti) Klindienst (F71)

Patti transferred into Hampshire and was the first person to do a Division III in women’s studies. Her first January term course met at the President’s house, where Chuck Longsworth led the discussion on the founding documents of the college. A financial aid student, she held work-study jobs in Admissions and Financial Aid, which gave her insight into the practical side of how the college worked. The best job of all—the one that helped her find her calling—was when Miriam Slater, Penina Glazer, and Gayle Hollander, who designed the first interdisciplinary Five College Women’s Studies seminar, invited her to teach the literature segment.

In Stanford’s Program in Modern Thought & Literature, Patti found the closest thing to a Hampshire education graduate school could offer, completing her Ph.D. in 1984 and going on to hold the first joint appointment between the Yale English Department and their Humanities major. She left Yale after many years to write for a larger audience and is now a freelance writer and curator with a traveling exhibition about the migration narrative of an entire family of Jews who fled Czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th century. She lives in Guilford, CT in an 1897 farmhouse renovated by her husband, architect Louis Mackall, who shares his four daughters, their husbands, and 8 grandchildren with her.

 
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Nancy Nylen (F70)

Nancy is an independent consultant and environmental educator, specializing in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource conservation. She recently retired from the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) a non-profit organization where she worked for more than three decades on innovative programs focusing on local solutions to energy issues that benefit the economy, natural environment and quality of life for community members.

Nancy began her career at the Alaska Division of Energy and Power Development in the late 1970's and went on to work for state and regional non-profit organizations in Washington State, New Mexico and Massachusetts. Nancy was in Hampshire’s first class – entering in the fall of 1970 - and later earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in environmental education from the University of Washington in Seattle. She lives in Williamstown, MA, is married to a geologist, has two wonderful sons, and loves spending time outdoors in all seasons of the year.

 
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Jonathan Orleans (F72)

Jonathan repaired guitars, played old-time music, and worked as a community organizer after graduating in 1977. Then he attended NYU School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, earning his JD and MPA in 1984. Since 1985 he has been in private law practice in Connecticut, and is currently a member of Pullman & Comley, LLC, where he focuses on employment law, business litigation, and Title IX litigation. He recently completed a two-year term as co-chair of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. Jon is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Connecticut, and chairs the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund. He lives with his wife Linda Liefland, a clinical psychologist, in Fairfield, Connecticut. Jon and Linda have two grown daughters.