Open Connections

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Chris McNichol

Property Manager, Facilitator

Chris  is the Property Manager/Grounds Keeper at OC, as well as the Lead Facilitator for Group Tutorial II on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Chris is also a Choice Program facilitator and the general Woodshop mentor. Chris joined Open Connections in the spring of 2008 and continues to combine many of his interests while working in a community that reflects so many of his personal values and goals.


Chris is a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist and is passionate about the outdoors. Chris grew up in Springfield, PA, and later moved to Rising Sun, MD. After high school, he attended the University of Delaware and studied biology before leaving school to work with his family in the trucking industry, where he held several positions including overseeing the diesel repair shop. In January, 2000, Chris and his wife, Amy Johnson, started Red Hill Farm, a community-supported agriculture farm in Aston, PA. During his time there he managed the installation of a 10-kilowatt solar system that provides more than enough power for the entire farm.


Chris lives in Media with Amy and their two wonderful girls, Hannah (OC Graduate) and Norah (current OC youth). Chris spends his spare time on a wide variety of activities including, hunting and fishing, woodworking, playing guitar and the African djembe. He also enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking, restoring old cars, riding motorcycles, blacksmithing and metal working, fixing up his house and restoring old tools. He enjoys sewing, quilting and crochet too. And, most recently, Chris has been learning to make sauerkraut and has been painting with watercolors.