About Us

Krista Wyatt, CEO & Executive Director

As TimeBanks USA celebrates its 25th anniversary, the movement has become greater than it has ever been. With TBUSA’s unprecedented movement and growth, we are happy to announce Krista Wyatt as our new Executive Director to lead our organization and advance the movement onto the next stage of growth.

Krista officially began her new role on February 24th, 2020. Her selection was made after a thorough national search with a graduated selection process.

Over the last 29 years working in non-profit, Krista has developed and implemented organizational strategic planning, communication, outreach, and fundraising campaigns. She has built a statewide network of partners through community engagements and has advocated for racial and health equality through policy and education. Krista spearheaded several initiatives that helped create a more agile organization accelerating non-profit’s ability to respond to their mission in the digital age while ensuring deeper engagement with communities. She gets the potential of a relationship driven movement powered by reciprocity. She brings to our movement her own contacts and networks, an instinctive preference for partnering over hierarchy, and an appreciation of the visionary impact of appreciating that every hour that we give is priceless because it our slice of eternity.

Our commitment is to our communities, our mission, and our values. These are grounded in the work and contributions of timebanking founder and our CEO, Dr. Edgar Cahn, and the tireless dedication to the timebanking movement of our Board, our Staff, and local and international timebanks all over the world. It is a joy to welcome Krista as she comes on board.

Board of Directors

Edgar Cahn, Founder & Chairman of the Board

Dr. Edgar S. Cahn is the creator of Time Dollars and the founder of TimeBanks USA, as well as the co-founder of the National Legal Services Program and the Antioch School of Law (now the David A. Clarke School of Law).

He is the author of No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production ImperativeTime Dollars (co-author Jonathan Rowe, Rodale Press, 1992), Our Brother’s Keeper: The Indian in White America, (1972) and Hunger USA.

More details about Edgar Cahn’s career of service in furtherance of social justice can be found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_S._Cahn

Christine Gray, Executive Chair

Joining TimeBanks USA in 1999 as a volunteer, then as Associate for Special Projects, Christine became CEO of TimeBanks USA in 2009-2011 and joined the Board in 2012. Dedicated to spreading TimeBanking, she continues to take on multiple roles, including training, writing articles, making presentations, and partnering with community organizers at the grass-roots level.

Christine secured her doctoral degree in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. Her doctoral thesis was published as The Tribal Moment in American Politics: The Struggle for Native American Sovereignty in June, 2013 by the Alta Mira Press.  http://www.amazon.com/Christine-K.-Gray/e/B00BU7Z0G6

Kathy Perlow, Co-Executive Chair

Membership Coordinator, Community Exchange TimeBank in Allentown, PA with 700 individual members and 20 organizational partners. Volunteer Coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Eastern Chapter of PA. Co-author of “Community-Based Participatory Research Shows How a Community Initiative Creates Networks to Improve Well-Being”, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 2009 and “Time Banking and Health: The Role of a Community Currency Organization in Enhancing Well-Being”, Health Promotion Practice, August 5, 2010.

Sheryl Walton, Co-Executive Chair

Sheryl Walton, MPH, is a community health educator specializing in supporting residents, parents, community groups, and agencies seeking to build on the assets and strengths of low-income, multi-cultural communities to improve health and quality of life.

Sheryl’s areas of experience include planning, training, and technical assistance in the broad field of community-based public health, with an emphasis in resident leadership development and engagement, root causes of racial and ethnic health inequities, community-based participatory research and evaluation, policy and media advocacy, economic development and health, and community organizing. She prides herself on integrating community residents’ perspective with public health prevention methodologies.

Sheryl is co-author of “Building Local Government and Resident Partnerships to Improve Health: Lessons From the Field,” in Community Organizing & Community Building for Health.

Polly Wiessner

Polly Wiessner is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah.  Her work has examined the evolution of reciprocity cooperation and  social networks, conducting longterm fieldwork among the J u/’ hoansi Bushmen of Southern Africa and the Enga of Papua New Guinea.

Beginning in 2005, Polly led an effort to raise funds to build the Enga Take Anda, house of traditional knowledge, with the goal of keeping Enga culture and identity alive in these rapidly changing times. The Enga Take Anda opened in 2009 and has become a dynamic hub for Enga cultural activities and the education of Enga youth.