Governance

East Bay Waldorf is a fully-accredited Waldorf school; self-managed and collaboratively led by three bodies: the faculty, the administration and the Board of Trustees.

Our view is that governance is a framework that should be designed to free up human capacity—allowing a place where we can meet each other as equals, respecting individuality and each one’s higher inspiration—while providing a context for effective decision-making.

These groups work collaboratively to accomplish the full range of the school’s necessary functions in pursuit of our educational mission—from the day-to-day and year-to-year operations of a Parent-Child program to 8th grade Waldorf school to the conception and implementation of the school’s strategic plan. This collaborative organization is enabled by organizational design elements such as cross-membership of key groups, faculty committee work, participation in functional meetings and frequent communication.


The Faculty

Holds pedagogical leadership and actualization of the mission through:

  • Teaching and curriculum development
  • Teacher selection and development
  • Student selection
  • Strategic vision and mission renewal

The Administration

Manages and develops resources in service to the school’s mission by:

  • Implementing policies and plans
  • Managing human resources
  • Facilitating daily school operations

Board of Trustees

Has four governance responsibilities:

  • Supporting the school’s mission and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the school in pursuit of that mission
  • Providing financial oversight
  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and
  • Working in collaboration with the school leadership to support the pedagogical goals for the school.

Board of Trustees

Lyssa Beshears

J. Patrick Kelly

Celia Lam

Alex Mattana

Lisa Meyers

Larry Ormsby, Secretary

Tom Scott, Treasurer

John Wyro, President

Paula Piemonte, Administrator, non-voting

Mary Ann Schumann, Business Manager, non-voting