A conversation with Moraya Seeger-Degeare, Jason Angell, and Danielle Pack McCarthy about environmental and social emotional sustainability.

The 2021 HVSF Community Bake Off centers around the theme of Sustainability, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

On Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm join us for a lively 45-minute virtual dialogue inviting participants to personalize the three pillars of Sustainability, and to spark the imagination. Speakers include:

  • Moraya Seeger-Degeare, Therapist, BFF Therapy

  • Jason Angell, Executive Director, Ecological Citizen’s Project

  • Danielle Patrick McCarthy, Addiction Resource Coordinator, Town of Philipstown & Executive Director of the Philipstown Health Hub

Moderated by Sean McNall, Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education, HVSF


Moraya Seeger DeGeare MA, LMFT is a therapist with BFF Therapy located in Beacon, and has just launched a big protest art project. As the granddaughter of Pete Seeger, activism runs through her blood. As Idealist.com explained in their interview with Moraya: “Taking action to fight for social justice was in her blood. ‘I grew up going to rallies,’ she says. ‘Activism is really normal for me.’ Ten days after giving birth to her second child, she could not take to the streets to protest, so she thought up a different way to participate through an art-based protest she has identified as #ToMyOldRacistEarth.


Jason Angell is the Executive Director of the Ecological Citizen’s Project in the Hudson Valley, NY which works to develop community-led campaigns to build a more just, healthy, democratic and regenerative way of life. In addition, Jason teaches Sociology at Bronx Community College where he works with young people to understand what brought us to where we are in America today and how to build a better future together.

Jason and his partner Jocelyn live and work on Longhaul Farm with their two young children and several farmyard animals. At Longhaul Farm, they practice sustainable living and agriculture, including running a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for fifty families, a diversified, free-range livestock program, and making, baking, canning, pickling, cutting, cooking, growing and mending various things.


Danielle Pack McCarthy is an Addiction Resource Coordinator for the Town of Philipstown and the Executive Director of the Philipstown Health Hub. She served as a Nelsonville Village trustee from 2015 to 2017, is a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean and founder of Denniston International, a nonprofit that aids disadvantaged children through educational projects there. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.


Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, the Bake-Off is a community playwriting event in which participants are given a list of “ingredients” surrounding a theme to incorporate into their play (for example: a kitchen sink, a front porch, and a withheld secret) to inspire creativity.

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” – Thomas Fuller