Light on the Hill’s mission is to provide a supportive, empowering, and inspiring environment where individuals and groups can find space for reflection and engage in deep inner work.
Light on the Hill is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization supervised by a Board of Directors (see below). All your donations are tax deductible. We appreciate both one-time and ongoing, monthly donations!
Christy Croxall — Managing Director.
Informed and nourished by her spiritual commitments, Christy Croxall seeks to nurture antiracist institutions, practices, policies, and human beings. She holds a Ph.D. in history and is an ordained United Methodist elder. She brings to Light on the Hill an array of experience building communities, collaborating with constituents to discern and carry out a shared vision, rallying stakeholders, and managing operations and facilities.
Prior to earning her doctoral degree at the University of Delaware, she completed an M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, pastored churches near Philadelphia, and served as a hospital chaplain. Before seminary, she worked in religiously based nonprofit organizations, including the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning in San Francisco and Habitat for Humanity in Indianapolis. Most recently she served as the Interim Assistant Dean of Alice Cook House, an undergraduate living and learning community at Cornell University.
In her spare time Christy teaches American history at Elmira Correctional Facility through the Cornell Prison Education Program and volunteers with a prison reentry program. She and her partner Jarrett enjoy hiking, reading, and watching foreign films.
The Spiritual Directors are husband and wife, Lawrence Muscat and Alice McDowell.
Alice McDowell holds a PhD in theology from Fordham University and has taught religious studies at Ithaca College for 18 years. She has trained with energetic healers, humanistic and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi guides, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over 30 years. She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves.
Listen to an interview with Alice on the WRFI radio program, The Made of Clay Report, with Eric Clay, M.Div., Ph.D., host of the program and founder of Shared Journeys.
Lawrence Muscat is a student of the Mysteries, both ancient and modern. An ordained minister, he is a full time receptionist, cook and jack-of-all-trades at Light on the Hill.
Board of Directors
David A. McCune is a private practice physical therapist specializing in musculoskeletal pain with emphasis on spinal dysfunction. He integrates traditional medical philosophies with spiritual and psychosocial sensibilities to assist his patients in comprehensive healing. In addition to his clinical practice he is an educator, teaching at the University level as well as presenting widely both within the United States and internationally. Dave is a 2006 graduate of the Hidden Treasure program, and he has served on the LOH Board of Directors since 2008.
Peter Fortunato is a widely published and award winning poet as well as a performer, ceremony maker, visual artist, and university teacher. He is also a practitioner of complementary alternative medicine working in several mind/body modalities. Peter recently returned from Qatar in the Persian Gulf where he taught for four years in the Pre-Medical Program of Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also a founding board member of Light on the Hill.
Micaela Karlsen PhD, MSPH, is currently a Co-Managing Director with her husband, Mark Karlsen. Micaela is the author of A Plant-Based Life and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, Micaela created and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, an online library of original, peer-reviewed research studies relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as SustainableDiet.com, a resource center for supporting successful and permanent transitions to plant-based diets. She holds a PhD candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Micaela is a graduate of the 2007 Hidden Treasure class.
David Rutherford graduated from the Hidden Treasure program in 2012. He is the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cortland, and he lives in Ithaca with his two daughters.
Mike Koplinka-Loehr has directed several upstate NY non-profit organizations, served the Innu of Labrador, Canada for 2 years with his family, and held elected office in Tompkins for 15 years. He has life-long passions for developing the human potential, human services, community building, and social justice. He is a 2014 graduate of the Hidden Treasure program, and a member of the Sangha for Hidden Treasures graduates at Light on the Hill.
Andrea J. Mooney is a clinical professor at Cornell Law School, specializing in child advocacy and external placements. In addition, she represents children in family court at the trial and appellate levels. She also created and continues to present “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” training for Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. Andrea is a 2016 graduate of the Hidden Treasure Program.