Board of Directors & Staff

Liz Beaven, Ed.D., President

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

liz-beaven-smLiz 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-copyRainbow 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, Ed.M., Secretary & Treasurer

Tomorrow River Community School, Amherst Junction, WI


Chamomile Nusz received her Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP). Chamomile attended Evergreen University in Olympia Washington and then the University of Minnesota Twin Cities graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women Studies with a minor in Dance. She was one of the four mothers who founded the Tomorrow River Community Charter School (TRCCS) in 2012. She authored the TRCCS Charter Contract and DPI Charter School Planning & Implementation grants, and has served as the TRCCS School Coordinator and Movement Teacher. In 2017 she authored the Tomorrow River Virtual Charter School (TRVCS) Charter Contract. She has received multiple grants and certifications for TRCCS, including the Green and Healthy School’s highest ranking Sugar Maple Status and US Department of Education’s National Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2014. Prior to becoming involved in Waldorf Education she was the Executive Director of a Renewable Energy Cooperative and owner of a Dance Studio. She is also a certified yoga instructor, teaching weekly yoga classes and natural childbirth workshops.


She has worked with UWSP and Transformational Teaching to develop a Public University Waldorf Teacher Training Master’s program. She currently is an adjunct teacher for the program and working to complete her Waldorf Teacher Certification. Chamomile serves as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. She also chairs the Development Committee for the Alliance and supports the planning of the Alliance Annual National Conference. In addition she works with a team of Waldorf leaders who are developing a cooperative funding program for Waldorf Education through the Rudolf Steiner Foundation.


Hellene Brodsky Blake, M.A., Faculty Representative

Journey School, Aliso Viejo, CA

helleneMiss 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-cropCassandra 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

img_2558Jeff 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.

Mary Ruud, MLS, Pedagogical Committee

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Chicago, IL

Mary Ruud has more than 30 years working in Waldorf Education. She has degrees in Eurythmy from Spring Valley Eurythmy School and the Eurythmy School in Nurnberg, Germany. Mary has Masters in Liberal Studies from the 21st Century Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Mary taught for many years at the first public Waldorf School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is on the core faculty of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute and has also taught teachers through Transformational Teaching, Kenthaten Teacher Training, Louisville Kentucky, Lifeways Early Childhood Teacher Training in Milwaukee and Alaska, and Arcturus Teacher Training in Chicago. She has adult grandchildren in the military and in social work. Mary is a certified Therapeutic Horsemanship instructor.

Allegra Alessandri, Ed.D. George Washington Carver High School, Sacramento, CA
Amy Bird, RSF Social Finance, Phoenix, AZ
Daniel Bittleston, Waldorf Educator, Santa Cruz, CA
Mary Goral, Ph.D., Kentahten Teacher Training Program, IN
Chip Romer, Credo High School, Rohnert Park, CA
Betty Staley, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA
Chris Topham, Sebastopol Charter School, Sebastopol, CA



Charles Burkam, JD, 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 was a member of the Alliance Board from October 2015 through November 2017. He served as Treasurer and had been a member of the Executive, Membership and Joint Venture Committees until stepping off the Board to take on the finalization and coordination of the Path of Membership process.

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, was the initial Administrative Advisor for the UK Steiner Schools Fellowship, then Director of Finance and Development at Emerson College. After his return to the US, he was a consultant and interim Administrator at Santa Fe Waldorf School from 2004 to 2005, before joining DMS in 2010.