- Pennywise works to bring together potential partners so that impact can increase exponentially. We support programming and planning that will help ensure that effective initiatives last and grow over time. We research possibilities for collaborations and provide the technical assistance to make them happen. Specifically, we offer professional facilitation; conduct strategic and budget planning and advise on best practices in evaluation and outcomes measurement.
- Pennywise is currently offering technical assistance to projects in Zambia, Brazil and the Caribbean.
Contact us for more information about our technical assistance projects or with project ideas.
MICHAEL HECKENBERGER | Principal Investigator, Ipatse Futures Project
Michael Heckenberger Ph.D. (Associate Professor, University of Florida) has worked with indigenous peoples in the Amazon for over 25 years, particularly the Kuikuro of the Xingu Indigenous Territory (TIX) in the southern Brazilian Amazon. His research with the Kuikuro has revealed the remarkable cultural history of Xinguano groups over the past millennium, published in several books and prominent articles in Science, The Royal Society, and elsewhere. His work has also involved collaboration with the Kuikuro people on community-based projects to improve public health, heritage preservation and ecological conservation, most recently, the Kuikuro Cultural Center or "Casa da Cultura" project (2014-present). This center aims to provide a base of operations and a venue to represent indigenous culture and interact with outsiders from broader regional, national and international society.
JOHN CROCK | Principal Investigator, Anguilla Heritage Assessment Project
John G. Crock, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and the Director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program. He received his B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the
University of Pittsburgh in 2000. He has been active in Caribbean archaeology for more than 25 years, including on Anguilla where he continues to conduct field work and support local heritage management efforts. Dr. Crock currently serves on the Board of
Directors of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology.
JULIE RICHARDS | Senior Technical Advisor
Julie Richards holds both Baccalaureate (University of Vermont) and Master (McGill University) degrees in Social Work and a PhD (Clemson University) in International Family and Community Studies. Her professional journey has taken her from urban child welfare practice in New York City to medical and rural school social work practice in Vermont, and abroad for community development, human rights advocacy, and direct service consultation. In addition to her twenty-year academic career, she has enjoyed working internationally with organizations to identify their Theory of Change and assist them with their program development, strategic planning, outreach, staff development, curriculum design, and monitoring and evaluation plans.