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.

Tamara Palmer, Communication Officer

Tamara Palmer is not a professional clown herself, but she loves clowns, humor, and helping people. Formerly, she was the Communication Strategist for FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance program and for the Field Innovation Team. In another life, she 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, harvesting produce for her Food Rescue initiative.


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 five 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.