TickleTown Trade Inc. is a 501(c)3 company dedicated to serving our community, which is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains. We welcome visitors from all over and are excited to serve you!
We offer low cost healing activities that stretch your mind, and imagination, but NOT your resources. Join us for free and donation based workshops, yoga/meditation classes, and browse our selection of locally sourced, local made goods.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, we will make you feel at home. Cozy up by the fire in our wood burning stove in the winter time, or come lounge in the community gardens out back. We guarantee something will tickle your fancy and you'll be back!
Mary Plonka is Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently in private at the Miriam Center for Hope & Healing in Olean NY. Mary was born and raised in Salamanca NY and worked at the Salamanca City School District for 30 years in student support services.
Currently Mary lives in Humphrey NY and is committed to contributing what she can to support the efforts of developing a Community Center at Tickletown.
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Dr. Joe Stahlman is the Director of Seneca Nation’s Seneca-Iroquois National Museum-Ononsahgwede’ Cultural Center. Joe is a scholar and researcher of Tuscarora descent. He has over 20 years of research experience working with First Peoples. His research focuses on culture and history, as well as ongoing socio-economic and health & wellness related endeavors with Native communities. He takes an active role in addressing the space Native peoples occupy in North American archaeology and cultural resource management. He regularly talks on the need to promote equity amongst all peoples in North American society through a number of reconciliatory processes which are inclusive for all and empowers people to express agency through creative and intellectual endeavors.
Valerie Palmer immigrated from South Africa to New York City in the 1970s, where she was the president and co-founder of a profitable exterminating business with clientele such as Gloria Steinem, The Museum of Natural History, the owner of Sweet n'Low, and NYC's city hall. In the 1980s she formed a non-profit called Third World Medical Research Foundation to address health disparities due to poisonous agents in marginalized nations and rural communities, much like her own. In the 1990s, she relocated to Portland, Oregon to continue research and work on toxicology and epidemiology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Ms. Palmer has advised and overseen numerous PhD's in toxicology and neurology. She developed OHSU's curriculum and clinical program for nursing, dental, and medical students to create compassionate, culturally competent practitioners while simultaneously providing low-cost health care to refugee communities and people without houses.
Valerie Palmer joins Tickletown to provide financial and organizational advise as the CFO.
Dr. Karash-Eastman is the director of St. Bonaventure University’s Campus Program. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for ensuring the fulfillment of the Campus Program statutory grant requirements to prevent sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking on campus. She oversees all areas of the campus program’s preventative education, training and programming, including conduct, law enforcement, victim services, and the university’s Coordinated Community Response Team. Jennifer’s professional background is in teaching, training, and research. Prior to her position at St. Bonaventure University, Jennifer was a trainer and content developer for an educational publishing company and a university lecturer at Coastal Carolina University. She earned an interdisciplinary doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 2015. She has taught Spanish, English, Women’s & Gender Studies and Diversity courses at several different universities. In her role as Project Coordinator, Jennifer trains preventative education to students, faculty and staff with programs such as Bystander Intervention, LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone, and programs from the One Love Organization. She also researches and designs programs on equity and inclusion, cultural competency, and diversity for St. Bonaventure University students, faculty and staff. Jennifer enjoys working with dedicated students, campus professionals and community partners who are committed to improving and enhancing campus culture through collective teamwork and action. She participates in numerous community volunteer programs and is pleased to serve on the board of Tickletown Trade.
Dr. Palmer manages the Appalachian Regional Commission grant at Southern Tier West, Regional Planning Board and advocates for youth entrepreneurial programming through the three county region. Dr. Palmer has over 20 years working in secondary and tertiary education teaching history, anthropology, and specialized courses. She currently teaches Global Perspective courses at Alfred State College and likes to think of all her roles as bridge building, despite her inexperience in engineering. In her spare time Dr. Palmer teaches yoga, creates art, and uses her anthropology training to engage the projects in which she is involved. Dr. Palmer is excited and thankful to the Tickletown community and the newly formed board for their commitment to make Tickletown great again!
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