Pacem’s board of directors makes decisions regarding the vision, future, and financing of the school. We draw our board members from both within and outside of the Pacem community. All members of the community are welcome to attend board meetings.
Rick Molz, President
Rick Molz is Professor of Management at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal. He received a MBA from the University of Rochester in 1977 and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1984. His research interest is in international business strategy, particularly in developing, emerging and transitional economies.
Rick has published four books relating to international business and more than twenty refereed journal articles. In addition to regularly working with MBA, MSc and PhD students at the Molson School, he been a visiting professor at Donau-Universität Krems, Austria; African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia; Czech Management Center, Celakovice, Czech Republic; Institute of Management, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany; Hautes Études Commerciales Montreal; Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India; and the Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland. In Vermont he has been a visiting professor at both the University of Vermont and Norwich University.
He is a strong believer in the role of secondary schools in creating a learning environment where each student can explore and reach his or her full potential.
Adam Necrason, Treasurer
Lexi Shear, Director
Lexi has many years of experience teaching science in public and exceptional private high schools and believes that that the most powerful learning experiences happen when students are allowed to explore their own observations, ideas, and beliefs in a community of committed learners. She is excited to be part of such a community at Pacem. Lexi has leadership experience as a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Mountain Club, as the founder and organizer of the Green Mountain Club’s Young Adventurer’s Club, and as a project associate for the Trust for Public Land. She wrote Nature Guide to Vermont’s Long Trail, and has journeyed extensively in the wilderness, including a 2,700-mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Lexi believes passionately that, through education and personal exploration, humanity can create a more sustainable relationship with the environment. To this end, she has taught hundreds of students in traditional classrooms and wilderness environments, has studied biological conservation, and has worked as a conservation ecologist. Lexi’s scientific curiosity, love of teenagers, passion for the wilderness, and commitment to sustainability all help her students to flourish, whether they be under a roof, a forest canopy, or the night sky.
Lexi has an undergraduate degree with honors in biology from Harvard College, and a Master’s degree in botany from the University of Vermont where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society. She lives in Montpelier with her nine-year old daughter.
Rebecca Yahm, Faculty
Rebecca’s long-standing commitment to alternative education began at Swarthmore College, where she developed a passion for environmental education and progressive educational philosophy. During her college years, she was involved in consensus-building and group facilitation programs, was trained to do community mediation, and received a grant to do a semester-long service project in Adirondack environmental education. She also worked at the Farm and Wilderness Summer Camps in Plymouth, VT. Rebecca graduated with distinction in 1994 and has been living in Vermont since 1995.
Rebecca continued to pursue her professional interests at Antioch New England Graduate School, receiving a M.Ed. with a focus on integrated curriculum and environmental education. She taught for five years in public and private schools, where she focused on group-building and conflict resolution in the classroom and was known for her creative curriculum ideas.
In the summer of 2003, Rebecca began Open Path Homeschooling Resources to bring her commitment to educational alternatives to the homeschool community. Since then, she has designed and taught varied programs for children and teens, including innovative thematic and project-based classes. Rebecca has worked with hundreds of homeschool families, providing year-end assessments and individualized tutoring and curriculum consulting as well as her classes and some parent workshops. She is well respected in Central Vermont for the support and resources she provides. She has been involved with Pacem since the very beginning.
Rebecca’s other interests include organic gardening, hiking, backcountry skiing, weaving, and reading. She lives in Plainfield with her family and homeschools her own young daughter. She sees education, particularly place-based and project-based learning, as the best way for her to use her strengths to help create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable culture.
We are seeking to add a few more members to our board. Are you inspired by our mission? Do you want to make a contribution to the young people of this community? More information about serving on our board is here.