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, 1st and 7th Grade Parent

Lara lives in Felton with her husband Eli, 7th grader Alyssa and 1st 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 Waldorf 8th Grade Class Teacher

Scott Olmsted

Board Vice President, 8th 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.

Andrew Griffin

Secretary and Kindergarten Parent

Andrew’s oldest child Sawyer is in Kindergarten and youngest child and future student Georgia is 1 year old.  Andrew has lived in Santa Cruz for 4 years and has been involved in the Waldorf community for a number of years with his partner Alex, who is an alumna of Sacramento Waldorf School.  Andrew is a member of Mensa and the Planetary Society, and is an avid paraglider pilot.

His goals are to build on the foundation laid by the current board and those who have come before. He wishes to continue developing Santa Cruz Waldorf School as a place where children can discover themselves, discover their world, and blossom into socially conscious, empathetic, and spiritually adventurous adults.

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 3rd grade for the 2017-2018 school year. My daughter, Penelope will be in Lavender Kindergarten with Richard Corbal. 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

Boardmember and 4th 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 PreK and 1st Grade Parent

Nancy has 20 years of professional expertise in the arenas of healthcare and finance.  Her children Olympia and Oskar are in Preschool and 1st 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 preschool since its inception last year.  SCWS is the bedrock of my family’s community here in Santa Cruz.

Nancy’s primary goal is to grow SCWS’s wealth and resources monetarily and in community relationships to support manifestation of the school’s vision.

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 now 20yr old son Rowan started kindergarten. Her daughter Xanthe is in Mr. Sblendorio’s 4th 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.

Richard Corbal, Site Committee Chair, Kindergarten Teacher

Richard Corbal

Kindergarten Teacher

While living in Los Angeles and exploring various artistic careers, Richard and his wife, Erin, were blessed with the news of a new life joining their family. Considering the many changes a child would bring, Richard followed an impulse and became involved with the Waldorf Institute of Southern California’s teacher training program. After a transformative year of training, Richard, Erin, and baby, Parker Jane, moved back to Santa Cruz, a community which strongly reflects their ideals. Richard resumed his teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Waldorf Education. Upon relocation, Richard acquired a position at a Waldorf-inspired preschool on the Westside of town, where he co-taught for a year.

A three-week practice teaching stint brought Richard to Joan’s kindergarten in the spring of 2010. Shortly after, he was hired as the new preschool teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. Richard’s class has grown into a full kindergarten.

In addition to being a husband, father, artist, UCSC graduate in visual arts, surfer, fledgling drummer, and a SCWS board member, Richard is committed to Anthrosoposophy. With Waldorf Education, he brings truth, beauty, reverence, and goodness to the development of the well-balanced child. Richard’s daughter Parker Jane currently attends Ms. Casey’s 5th grade, and his son Olin will be joining the Rosebud Playgarden group in the fall.

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 5th 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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