Phone: 1.831.425.0519

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Mark Briscoe Waldorf Board President

Mark Briscoe

Board President and 3rd and 7th Grade Parent

Mark lives on the Westside. He is a criminal defense attorney and a public defender. Mark was educated at the University of San Francisco.
Mark’s daughter Elinora will join the 3rd grade class and Madeline will be a 7th grader in the fall of 2015.

Jodi Casey Waldorf Board Vice President Management Team Member 3rd Grade Teacher

Jodi Casey

Board Vice President, Management Team Member, 3rd 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.

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

Lara Triona

Board Secretary, PreK Committee Chair, Kinder and 5th Grade Parent

Lara lives in Felton with her husband Eli, 5th grader Alyssa and new Kindergartener 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.

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 1st grade for the 2015-2016 school year. My daughter, Penelope will be attending the PreK. 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 2nd 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.

Alexandra Woods, Development Chair, 2nd Grade Parent

Alexandra Woods

Development Chair and 2nd 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 2nd 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 Development chair and BOT PA Rep.

Richard Corbal, Site Committee Chair, Kindergarten Teacher

Richard Corbal

Site Committee Chair and 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 currently attends Ms. Casey’s 2nd Grade.

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 3rd 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: 831.425.0519
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
Aftercare: After 1PM, Aftercare can be reached at 831.425.0346
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