My grandparents, parents, and myself were all raised in this tiny town. Rebuilding the school house will truly be a family affair (whether some family members realize it yet or not)! My parents and I are spearheading the effort but there’s not a small voice to be found in the Tefft clan. Here’s a run down of who’s who!
Jill Tefft – Owner/Business Manager
Jill’s background is in non-profit arts management and community engagement. Her recent adventures include seven years of thrills and film at Cucalorus Festival, an interdisciplinary arts organization and film festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. During that time Jill wore many hat’s within the organization including engagement coordinator, box office manager, and development director. Jill also had the privilege of programming documentary films and youth programs for the festival. Prior to Cucalorus, Jill was the program coordinator at a non-profit arts education center serving at-risk youth. Jill holds a M.S. in Theatre from Illinois State University and back in the day spent time at various theatre festivals in New England. Jill currently resides in upstate New York with her husband, Ben, toddler Philip, and two very bad dogs, Buddy and Stella.
Richard Tefft Jr. (Gramp) – Owner/Operations Manager
Rick is a lifelong resident of Greenwich, New York and father of five. Jill is his oldest child and the youngest will be the fifth and final Tefft to graduate Greenwich Central School in the spring. Rick is no stranger to construction and renovations. At his family residence he tackled many house reimagining’s with the arrival of each new offspring. In his professional career Rick supervises production at a local paper mill. He’s bringing all of his engineering and project management skills to this new adventure. Rick has a lifelong love of music and spends his free time jammin’ on the guitar. In 2011 he released his first album of country music, entitled Hardscrabble Lane. You can check out his musical musings here or on itunes. Rick just celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary with Em!
Beatrice Tefft (Em) – Owner/Project Consultant (bio coming soon)
Benjamin Schultz and Philip (husband and toddler) Ben’s lending his engineering skills to some project logistics and pitching in with manual labor. His day job is a nuclear engineering, which mean he….well 12 years into marriage I’m still trying to figure out exactly what he does. Philip is a fan of all things Thomas the Tank Engine and has hit that stage where he repeats everything he hears. This causes mommy and daddy to think twice before speaking (He recently called someone a “rat fink”)!
Luke Tefft – (brother) Luke’s heading up the archiving arm of the project, sifting through all the old books and papers. He also jumps in for manual labor days. You may recognize him as the Assistant Manager at your local Trustco Bank. When he’s not doing lots of math in his head he’s trying out the latest in gaming systems and virtual reality.
Sarah Tefft – (sister) Sarah’s our Social Media/Art Consultant by night and a painter and sculptor by day. Currently she’s set up shop in Boston, MA while she finishes up her Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Sarah’s no stranger to the Boston art scene and has participated in many shows including Nasty Women Boston. Sarah’s held positions at various high profile museums including: MASS MoCA, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She plans to teach painting and drawing and work in a gallery or museum after graduation this spring all while rocking a fabulous outfit every day. She also loves her cat Nori a lot.
Jesse Tefft – (brother) Jesse is pitching in on demo and yard work days. This spring he’ll be the fifth and final Tefft to graduate Greenwich Central School. My parents will heave a huge sigh of relief. Jesse’s been accepted to SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Plattsburgh so far and plans on studying marketing in college.
Buddy and Stella – (Resident Guard Dogs) Buddy likes to bark, Stella likes to eat, together they make a mean team. Don’t let their sweet appearances fool you! Woof!