Molly Levine, Executive Director

In late 2013 Molly joined the CWB team with an enthusiasm for and belief in what happens at the intersection of performing arts and humanitarian aid. Molly graduated from Global College- Long Island University with a B.A in Global Studies; a concentration of human rights activism and violence against marginalized ethnic people. Molly is a project coordinator, facilitator, teacher, event producer, burning man enthusiast, with an unhealthy delight in making the impossible possible.


Chad Everette Thorne, Financial Analyst

Chad joined the CWB team in 2012 as our Financial Analyst. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Speech Communication and a concentration in conflict and mediation studies. After several years living the high life in NYC as a junior talent agent, Chad settled down in Charlottesville, VA with his husband and two children. Chad currently serves as the Chief Deputy Treasurer for Charlottesville; he has worked for the city as a Program Coordinator for the last 10 years. He also has been engaged in many community activities including: the MACAA Head Start Parent Advisory Board and Johnson Elementary School PTO Treasurer and President. In his free time, Chad enjoys running (slowly), volleyball, tennis and watching his kids play soccer.


Naomi Shafer, Fund Development Officer

Naomi Shafer has been clowning internationally since she was 12 years old.  She has performed in orphanages and hospitals throughout Russia. Most recently she worked as the development director at the New England Youth Theatre, where she also taught. Naomi received her B.A. in sociology and playwriting from Middlebury College and is an M.B.A. candidate at the Marlboro Graduate Center. Naomi has a lot of tricks up her sleeve, including finance-strategy, stilt-walking, and Russian sign language.


Tamara Palmer, Communication Officer

Tamara Palmer is not a professional clown herself, but she loves clowns, humor, and helping people. She has built her career around the study and practice of communication, working in business, nonprofits, and government, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In another life, Tamara was an adjunct professor teaching communication courses. She is a decorated Veteran, serving in Operation Iraq Freedom. She received her M.A. in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University and her B.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has two adorable children with her lovely husband. When not with the clowns, you can find Tamara in the garden, or playing with her kids.