Phone: (831) 425-0519

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Krista Cook

President and 2nd and 5th Grade Parent

Krista and her family live on the Lower Westside of Santa Cruz. She and her husband own and manage Lighthouse Realty and Property Management. Her son, Carson is in the 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Her daughter, Penelope is in 2nd Grade. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to be involved with the Board and to use her skills to assist the school to set a good foundation for the many years her children and niece and nephew (Sienna and Forrest Cook) will be attending there. In her free time she enjoys surfing, cooking, knitting, reading and working out at Studio 831.

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.

Amanda McLeod

Secretary and Kindergarten 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 third 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.

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Tom Harper

6th Grade Parent

Bio coming soon.

Mara Liske

Board Treasurer and 5th Grade Parent

Mara has 30 years of experience in Business and Finance. She has worked as a Golf Club Professional buyer, a teaching professional, and competitor in NCPGA and Player’s West events while putting herself through college in International Business and Finance with an Area studies of Asian and Pacific Rim Markets and Japanese language and culture.  After college, she worked as an Account Manager for the Network Integration division of what is now AT&T in Global Markets. In 1995, she saved and purchased land in Bend, Oregon for her first property as an owner/builder, designing the floor plan, managing building expenses and sub contractors, and later managing the property as a long term rental after returning to the Bay Area in 1996.   In 2004, she purchased her second property with husband Zach in Santa Cruz designing, financing and managing the subcontractors as an owner/builder of an ADU and remodel of a 1914 Craftsman home on the Westside. She is currently a writer/researcher and working on a project based on the lives and history of her culture and family, specially five generations of Indigenous Polynesian women navigating post European and American contact.  In her free time, she enjoys outrigger paddle with her mother’s group and Outrigger Santa Cruz Club, along with painting and sketching.



Alexandra Woods

Parent Association Liaison and 6th 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 6th grade for the 2019-20 school year. 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

7th 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 and 7th 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 7th grade class for 2019-20. 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.

Anya Hobley

Board Member

Anya joined the Board and the Development Committee in 2018 after her son, Octavio, graduated from SCWS.  Anya is originally from England and is a graduate of Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa, CA. She has studied Eurythmy in Spring Valley, and taught in Waldorf early childhood programs.

Anya has a B.S. in Health Education from Cal State University Northridge with an emphasis on Community Health and Health Disparities.  She currently works for Camphill Communities California as an Executive Co-Director and Director of Development. She is a member of the Camphill Board of Directors.  She is an experienced Supported Living Program Manager, and Certified Administrator, with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry.

Naomi Bayer

Development Chair, 4th and 8th Grade Grandparent
Naomi joined the board in 2018, soon after her move to Santa Cruz from New York, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She admits to being ‘wowed” by the Waldorf approach to education and especially to the way in which the SCWS delivers strong academic content with experiential learning.  She believes that with a SCWS education, we are preparing our children to be thoughtful leaders to take us forward into an uncertain future.
She retired from a 40+ year career in affordable housing finance and community development, including senior positions at the New York State Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.  She had held leadership roles in many nonprofit organizations and has served on a multitude of boards.  With extensive fundraising experience, she is now co-chairing the development committee with Nancy Park.  She lives close to the harbor and enjoys, yoga, biking, reading, drumming, folksinging and cooking.



Phone: (831) 824-2161
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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