Sanderling Waldorf School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered with the state of California as Waldorf in North Coastal, Inc. Our board of directors, working together with our faculty and administration, contributes to the development and implementation of Sanderling's mission. Its primary responsibilities are legal and fiduciary stewardship, long-term planning, budget approval, risk management, oversight of the school’s operations, and fundraising leadership.
The board's membership currently consists of ten voting members: eight Sanderling parents and two faculty representatives. Our two administrators serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.
The board meets monthly to review the work of its committees, to address operational issues, and to make or amend school policy and procedure as deemed appropriate. These monthly meetings are open to the Sanderling community and generally occur on the third Monday of each month. If you would like to attend a meeting, please RSVP and confirm the meeting time on the school's calendar.
Kim has two children who happily attend Sanderling’s grades program. She is a seasoned corporate communications and change management professional with more than seventeen years of helping public, private and nonprofit organizations realize success. She holds an M.S. in Communications Management from Syracuse University and a B.A. in English Literature. In addition to communications work, Kim has several years of experience in strategic planning, marketing and business administration and development, for both corporate and educational institutions. Kim’s other board experience includes serving on the board of Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD) in Washington state. Prior to raising her children, she was an avid volunteer for various children’s literacy and arts programs for at-risk youth. Along with her husband, she and her children enjoy spending time in the outdoors and playing with their many (many) pets. Kim has served on our board since 2012 and as our board chair since 2015.
Jill lives in Solana Beach with her husband and two children who attend Sanderling. She has taught in public, charter and private schools, and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Credential. She has considerable experience and knowledge in charter renewals, on-site management, teacher training, and state, district and school assessments and accountability reports. Jill’s family relocated from West Los Angeles, where Jill served as Secretary on the Board of Trustees at Ocean Charter School (a Waldorf-inspired public school) in West Los Angeles and was involved as a parent representative in her boys’ classes at Westside Waldorf School. Jill joined the board in 2016.
Jeano was born and raised in West-Berlin, Germany. As a young entrepreneur, Jeano co-founded The Electra Bicycle Company in 1993 and moved to California in 1995. Fueled by major design innovations, he built Electra into one of the most desirable lifestyle brands in the world, bringing back the pure pleasure of one of the most popular products of all time to people of all ages. After selling Electra in 2013, a year later he co-founded Uberall LLC, an artist platform converging digital media with spatial experiences. Jeano is serving his second year on the board of Sanderling and his first full year as Treasurer. He and his wife Sandra have volunteered in several different roles at Sanderling over the years, and their son is in the fabulous Miss Tammy Powers’s second grade class.
Liz is the mother of a son in the Marigold nursery/kindergarten. Her family joined the Sanderling community in 2014, and she joined the board in late 2015.
Joe is the father of three daughters who attend Sanderling, and has served on the board since 2013. He was born in the far northeastern corner of the U.S., and as a Navy BRAT slowly worked his way across the country to where he lives now in the far southwestern corner. He moved to San Diego to start a video software company called DivX, Inc., which despite not being mechanical in any way, somehow afforded him a way to apply his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering. Among other things, he now runs Bez Brand, a design and development consultancy that helps people and teams starting new things create engaging brands and products. He also serves on the board of the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation. Joe lives near Del Mar with his wife and daughters.
Nat is a father of a kindergartener and has been a parent at the school for 2.5 years. He is the founder and CEO of Voyage Media, an incubator for film & television projects based in Los Angeles. In addition to serving on the Board, he is also the founder and host of the Waldorf Dads Group, which is committed to elevating our Sanderling fathers’ Waldorf knowledge, volunteerism and social life.
Patti is the mother of two boys in Sanderling's grade school and is a San Diego native who returned to the area after living in Boston for 10 years. She worked in software development for The MathWorks in Natick, MA and as a GPS engineer for SPAWAR in Pt. Loma. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her interests include literature and libraries, playing in the hand bell choir and adventures in nature. She joined the Sanderling board in 2015.
Dave is a native Vermonter that now lives in Encinitas with his family of five, two of which are students at Sanderling. His family has been involved with many Waldorf communities in Vermont and California and deeply believe in the pedagogical and philosophical practices of the education. Professionally, Dave is a global marketer and entrepreneur that has built key partnerships with Google, Facebook and other leading technology companies. He has consulted with organizations around the globe on digital marketing and brand strategies, with recent efforts concentrating on sustainability-focused companies. Additionally Dave serves on the Board of Trustees at Champlain College, a progressive private college that has campuses in Burlington Vermont, Montreal Quebec, and Dublin Ireland.
Faculty Representative, Early Childhood
Jodi joined the board as the early childhood faculty representative in 2015. She currently is Sanderling's Parent-Child Lead Teacher.
Faculty Representative, Grades
Brian joined the board as the grades faculty representative in 2015. He currently is Sanderling's Grade 5 Lead Teacher.
Pedagogical Administrator Ex-Officio (non-voting)
Shivani is a native of Great Britain, and before becoming our pedagogical administrator was the head teacher for three years of what is now our fifth grade class. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, San Diego, and is a Master Waldorf teacher who spent 13 years working at the Harriet Tubman Village School, a charter school in San Diego. Shivani is fluent in Spanish and has a Bilingual Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential. She also works as an instructor at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California in areas including teacher preparation and Grade 1–8 curriculum design. Shivani assisted in the development of the National Writing Project, and was the runner-up for San Diego Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2009–10. As pedagogical administrator, she facilitates communication between faculty and parents, offering support and guidance in both realms.
Business Administrator Ex-Officio (non voting)
Brian Wolff joined Sanderling Waldorf School as its Business Administrator in June, 2016. What attracted him to Waldorf was a truly child-centered approach to education that endeavors to work out of the spirit of the times. Brian has over thirty years of combined experience in nonprofit management – as an administrator at two Waldorf Schools, as Director of the Office of Vocational Training and Development at Harold Washington College and as Financial Administrator at Esperanza Community Services, a community based social service agency for persons with developmental disabilities. He has a Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Spertus College. Additionally, he has a M.A. in Interpersonal Communications from Governor’s State University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Drake University. He also became certified as a Therapeutic Eurythmist after completing trainings in London and Stuttgart. He enjoys hiking, camping and golf.