Phone: (831) 425-0519

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Lara Triona Board Secretary PreK Committee Chair Kinder and 5th Grader Parent

Lara Triona

Board President, PreK Committee Chair, 2nd and 8th Grade Parent

Lara lives in Felton with her husband Eli, 8th grader Alyssa and 2nd grader Corin. Lara has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. She was an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno and since 2010 has worked for an educational company in downtown Santa Cruz.

Lara joined the Santa Cruz Waldorf School Board as a Parent-Trustee in March of 2013. She has served as board secretary and governance chair from 2013-2015 and since January 2015 she has chaired the Preschool Committee.


Scott Olmsted

Board Vice President, 7th Grade Class Teacher

Scott received a B.A. degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College.

Scott’s journey with the Waldorf Education began when he was in high school. He researched different types of education and as a result, committed himself to starting a school with a unique philosophical foundation. Then he found Waldorf Education and thought, “This is better than the school I envisioned creating!”

Scott has been actively involved in Waldorf teaching for more than 20 years. During that time he served as a class teacher at the Live Oak Waldorf School near Auburn, CA, successfully carrying a class from first through eighth grades.

He also worked in teacher training programs at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in San Francisco, and with the Sunbridge College in New York. For three years, Scott was on the executive management team at the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Scott joined the Santa Cruz Waldorf School in 2006. His three children all attended Waldorf Schools.


Amanda McLeod

Secretary and Preschool Parent

Amanda has a professional background in psychology, having worked in community mental health for 10 years and in private practice with children and adults on the Autism spectrum for 13 years.

She and her husband, Bret, and their son, Renner, are excited to be in their second year of community with SCWS.  Amanda came to SCWS through the parent-child program, where she learned, almost immediately, that SCWS was where she wanted Renner to begin his educational journey.  She felt that if Renner could experience even a portion of the warmth, magic, intrigue, and respect she experienced, then he would begin his journey with an invaluable foundation.  The lovely and dedicated staff, faculty, and parents of SCWS drew her to desire a deeper connection with the community.  She was delighted when the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees arose and is honored to serve.

Krista Cook Treasurer PreK and 1st Grader Parent

Krista Cook

Treasurer and PreK and 1st Grade Parent

My family and I live on the Lower Westside. My husband and I own and manage Lighthouse Realty and Property Management. My son, Carson will be entering the 4th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. My daughter, Penelope will be in 1st Grade with Angela Oswald. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be involved with the Board and to use my skills to assist the school to set a good foundation for the many years my children and niece and nephew (Sienna and Forrest Cook) will be attending there. In my free time I enjoy surfing, cooking, knitting, reading and working out at Studio 831.

Christopher Sblendorio Boardmember 2nd Grade Teacher

Christopher Sblendorio

Board member and 5th Grade Teacher

Christopher, after getting a university degree in education and training at Emerson College, taught his first year at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC. He then led four classes, first through eighth grades, at the Rudolf Steiner School in Great Barrington, MA. He now is teaching a new first grade at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. He is also known as professional clown, musician, country dance caller, published writer—in short a jack of all trades and master of none, except perhaps of teaching children how to have fun while learning.


Nancy Park

Development Chair and 1st and 3rd Grade Parent

Nancy has 20 years of professional expertise in the arenas of healthcare and finance. Her children Olympia and Oskar are in 1st and 3rd grade.  Nancy’s family has been part of the SCWS community since 2012, when Oskar joined Richard in his kindergarten for the first of his amazing four year experience. Olympia has been privileged to attend the school since the inception of the pre-school. SCWS is the bedrock of her family’s community here in Santa Cruz.

Nancy’s primary goal is to grow SCWS’s wealth and resources in relationships and funding to support the school’s vision of true accessibility for diverse populations and the fostering of healthy human development.

Alexandra Woods, Development Chair, 2nd Grade Parent

Alexandra Woods

Parent Association Liaison and 4th Grade Parent

Alexandra has lived in Santa Cruz since 1994 and grew up in New York City. She is a UCSC graduate. Alexandra was introduced to Waldorf Education through her sister Kate, a trained Waldorf teacher, who started and ran a Waldorf-inspired farm and wilderness skills grade school in Idaho. Alexandra became a parent at SCWS in 2000 when her son Rowan started kindergarten. Her daughter Xanthe is in Mr. Sblendorio’s 5th grade class. Alexandra chaired the Parent Association from 2013-15, was May Faire Chair in 2013-14, and has served in multiple capacities for her 3 children’s classes over the years. She is an enthusiastic supporter of SCWS, and hopes her 15 years of experience at SCWS will bring a valuable perspective to the Board’s work.

Alexandra joined the BOT in 2015 and is currently serving as the BOT PA Rep.

Jodi Casey

6th Grade Teacher

Since stumbling upon a small Waldorf initiative for her three children in the deserts of Arizona in 1996, Jodi Casey’s passion has been Waldorf education. She has been a parent, board member, administrator, consultant and volunteer for Waldorf schools all over the world. Anticipating her children’s graduation from the San Francisco Waldorf High School, Jodi completed the three-year Waldorf teacher training program at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. After substituting and assisting at the San Francisco Waldorf School for two years, she took her first class at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School in 2013. Jodi’s favorite part of being both a Waldorf parent and teacher is watching children grow, develop, and discover themselves through the diverse, artistic, and edifying curriculum while continuing to grow and develop herself through the challenges of being a parent and teacher. Jodi has a bachelor’s of science degree in Journalism, and was the owner of her own consulting firm specializing in the community relations aspect of the redevelopment of contaminated urban sites and prior to that was the marketing director at an environmental consulting firm. When not contemplating how to best meet the needs of her current group of students, Jodi and her husband enjoy hiking, traveling, exploring food, and spending time with family and friends.


Margaret Rosas, Governance Chair, 3rd Grade Parent

Margaret Rosas

Governance Chair and 3rd Grade Parent

Margaret lives on the Eastside with her husband and three children. Her daughters are in high school and her son Roman is in Mrs. Casey’s 6th grade class. Margaret works for Looker, a technology software company located in downtown Santa Cruz. She has worked extensively in the Santa Cruz community to develop the local tech ecosystem. Margaret received a Liberal Arts degree from The George Washington University.

Margaret joined the board in 2015 and is currently serving as governance chair.



Phone: (831) 824-2161
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
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