Liz Beaven, Ed.D., President
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Liz Beaven has over 30 years experience in Waldorf education, spanning class teaching, school administration, adult education, research, consulting, and public speaking. She has wide experience in board and committee work. Liz was born and raised in New Zealand and is the proud parent of two adult sons (both Waldorf graduates) and grandparent of three. She first encountered Waldorf education as a young parent in New York City. Liz has been involved in Public Waldorf education almost from its beginning, working in teacher preparation and professional development. She is passionate about questions of inclusion and social justice, and believes that the impulse of Waldorf education has much to offer education in general. The former Administrator of the Sacramento Waldorf School and former President of Rudolf Steiner College, Liz is currently a faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she is planning for a graduate program in integral teacher education, and a consultant with several public and private schools.
Rainbow Rosenbloom, Ed.M., Vice President
LiveEducation, Aptos, CA
Rainbow Rosenbloom received his Waldorf certification from Emerson College, Forest Row, England. After teaching in every grade from 1st to 12th in private Waldorf schools, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Education, studying multiple intelligence theory with Howard Gardner. He received an Ed.M and was hired as Director of Alternative Education for a small school district on the central California coast. Rainbow helped to craft a resource center for homeschoolers, bringing Waldorf classes and parent education opportunities to families from 21 different public school districts. Soon after the charter law passed, and Rainbow helped innovate a public Waldorf charter school in Monterey, CA and became its administrator. During that time, recognizing the need to support homeschoolers with Waldorf materials, he developed Live Education! with colleague Bruce Bischof in 1997. Live Education! has served over 5,000 families internationally, as well as teachers in over 110 Waldorf schools. Imagining the strong potential for explosive growth in the public sphere, he helped to found the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education in 2005 and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as vice president. Rainbow continues to consult with both private and public Waldorf schools, convinced that the cultural revolution will be fueled by creative and inspired thinkers, many of whom will come out of the Waldorf movement.
Chamomile Nusz, Secretary
Tomorrow River Community School, Amherst Junction, WI
I live my life with the belief that I can make a difference, and that the work I do each day needs to be moving us towards a better world. This belief in right livelihood has given me the chance to work with many great people, and affect change on an individual, community and global level. I attended a Waldorf school when I was a child and feel this early Waldorf education helped form who I am today. I started the Tomorrow River Community School, a Public Waldorf school, because I want to give my children, and the other children in my community, the same opportunity.
Charles Burkam, J.D., Treasurer
Dessert Marigold School, Phoenix, AZ
Charles Burkam, A.B. (Econ), J.D., has been involved with Waldorf education for nearly 40 years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Desert Marigold School in Phoenix, Arizona, and active within the Arizona Council of Waldorf Education (ACWE). Charles joined the Alliance Board in October 2015, as Treasurer. He is a member of the Executive and Joint Venture Committees, the Strategic Planning Working Group, and previously was on the Membership Committee. Having met Waldorf Education through Pine Hill and High Mowing Schools in New Hampshire in 1978, he later left his legal practice, moved to England and studied at Emerson College. Subsequently, he served as Bursar at Michael Hall Steiner School, on Administrative Advisor for the UK Steiner Schools Fellowship, Director of Finance and Development at Emerson College, and consultant and interim Administrator at Santa Fe Waldorf School before joining DMS in 2010.
Hellene Brodsky Blake, M.A., Faculty Representative
Journey School, Aliso Viejo, CA
Miss Hellene, currently a Kindergarten teacher at the Journey School in Aliso Viejo, CA, has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has taught parent-tot classes through college graduate level classes. Throughout her career, she has learned to cultivate joy, love, and reverence in her classroom like seeds in a garden. Hellene is a life-long learner who possesses a BS in Psychology, MA/ABD in Clinical Psychology, MA in Waldorf Education, Waldorf Certification, California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a School Psychologist Credential. She taught at Rudolf Steiner College in the Hybrid Program for public teachers as an early childhood leader as well as Grades 1 & 2 cohort leader. Prior to teaching, she was a District School Psychologist in Carlsbad, CA for 13 years. She was drawn to teaching and Waldorf Education when her first of three daughters’ was born. She has homeschooled her own children as well as others, was a founder of a private Waldorf School (Sanderling School in Carlsbad, CA) and now strives through the Charter movement to bring Waldorf education to all children at Journey School where she has worked for the past 14 years.
Cassandra Bridge, M.A., Outreach Committee Chair
Monterey Bay Charter School, Pacific Grove, CA
Cassandra holds a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and has a wide variety of experience as a manager and educator. She was educated and has worked in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Her administrative experience includes working with the US Navy as the Program and Personnel Manager for remedial and college-level distance education courses for the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Japan. As the MBCS Board Chair she was instrumental in securing the school’s charter and obtaining the school’s $400K Implementation Grant in 2006. She became the school’s Director in 2008.
Jeff Lough, M.S., N.C.S.P., Pedagogical Committee Chair
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Jeff Lough is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Educational Psychologist in private practice, a former special education teacher and former school principal. He is trained in Waldorf pedagogy and currently teaches in the Department of Psychology graduate program at Humboldt State University. Jeff and his wife also run Forest and Farm Childcare, an early childhood education program on their homestead in Humboldt County, Ca. where they reside with their three children.
Nikki Lloyd, Conference Committee Co-Chair
Novato Charter School, Novato, CA
Nikki has deep roots in public and Waldorf education. Both her parents were educators; her mother taught special education and her father engineering at public universities. Her first experience with Waldorf education was while babysitting as a young teenager. She noticed the difference in creativity, self initiation and skills in the children she babysat who went to the local private Waldorf school versus the children she cared for that attended traditional schools. Nikki filed this information away and when she became a parent she committed to educate her children in Waldorf Schools and to become a Waldorf teacher herself. Her two adult children attended both Waldorf-inspired charter schools as well as private Waldorf schools from kindergarten through 12 grade. Nikki holds a California Teaching Credential, a Waldorf teaching certificate from the Center of Educational Renewal in Santa Rosa, CA and a California public school administrator credential. She has been a grades teacher, an English-as-a-second-language teacher in a Waldorf school in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and the Director of the Novato Charter School since 2012. In her off time Nikki can be found in nature either gardening or enjoying her bevy of beasts from chickens to horses!
Allegra Alessandri, Ed.D. George Washington Carver High School, CA
Amy Bird, RSF Social Finance
Daniel Bittleston, Waldorf Educator
Donna Burgess, Hoffecker-Burgess Consulting
Mary Goral, Ph.D., Kentahten Teacher Training Program
Chris Hecht, Kona Pacific Charter School
George Hoeffecker, Hoffecker-Burgess Consulting
Chip Romer, Credo High School
Betty Staley, Rudolf Steiner College
Chris Topham, Sebastopol Charter School