CWB Staff

Naomi Shafer, Development Director

Naomi Shafer was initiated to the world of humanitarian clowning when she performed in Russian orphanages as a 12 year old. She splits her time between clown-wrangling and managing an environmental cleanup. Naomi holds an M.B.A. in Conscious Business (Marlboro College) and a B.A. in sociology and playwriting (Middlebury College).


Molly Levine, Program 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.

Meet Nicole

Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, Communication Director

Nicole attended Hampshire College, where she studied resource politics and dance performance. She writes for various print and web publications, works as a stagehand, choreographs and performs, and is pursuing her Pilates teaching certification. Nicole is interested in non-hierarchical social organizing and in dismantling capitalism.


Susan Langenes

Susan has been CWB’s website advisor since 2013, when two board members contacted her because something was broken.  Ever since, she’s been working to make the web presentation of the wonderful work of CWB ever more user-friendly, discoverable, and beautiful.  Susan is mostly self-taught in web development, but she holds a degree in music performance from Portland State University and most of a degree in fine art (which, as she will attest, are related skills). She is an avid gardener and lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with her husband, dog, two cats, two ducks, and six chickens.

Tim Cunningham

Tim was roped into the work of Clowns Without Borders in 2003 when we was literally lassoed by an audience member during a performance with the clowns in Chiapas. Since, this graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (’01) has performed with CWB in 11 countries outside of the USA. Within the borders of the US, Cunningham has performed, lectured and facilitated workshops about CWB’s mission and work and universities and high schools. He is currently completing a doctoral degree at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He aspires to bridge laughter, health, joy and play in culturally acceptable and innovative ways.