Valery Kelly, President — has been associated with WSRF since the school’s inception in Aspen in 1991 when her sister was a founding parent. Valery has served as a member of the Enrollment, Annual Giving and Development committees and has been co-chair of the Parent Council. She is currently a representative of the parent body on the Board of Trustees. Professionally Valery is a self-taught graphic designer and photographer, and is the Development Director for Sustainable Settings. She has created marketing materials for WSRF and she is involved in strategic planning at the school. Valery and her husband Kearns have two daughters who are enrolled at the school.
Christi Small, Vice President, has been an active part of the Waldorf School since 2002 when her daughters began their Waldorf Education. She has served as Class Parent, Parent Council Chair, Annual Giving Coordinator, Hands & Heart Parent Volunteer Coordinator and a member of the Board of Trustees. Professionally, Christi ran a Personal Training business before moving to the valley in 2002. Currently she is a fitness instructor in Carbondale. she holds a MS degree in Exercise Physiology.
Karyn Andrade, Parent Council Representative
MA in Museum Education, George Washington University; Karyn has been involved with Waldorf pedagogy in many contexts since completing her Foundation year at L’Institut Rudolf Steiner in Chatou, France including teaching at the Washington Waldorf School, working on a biodynamic farm in Normandy, assisting in the formation of a bilingual Waldorf Kindergarten and now a parent at the school where she has been on Parent Council for four years. Professionally, Karyn has worked in the arts and international education. She currently works collaboratively with her husband, Charles Andrade managing Lazure Custom Wall Designs, a decorative painting/mural and fine art business and is working on a book project about Lazure.
CPA, is the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Administration at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In her current position she focuses on AMFS’s major construction project to redevelop the campus, administration of the endowment and other strategic implementation projects for the organization. She joined the organization in 1995 and, as the Vice President for Finance and Administration, executed multiple tax-exempt financings, strategic plans, and negotiated a partnership with Aspen Country Day School for the $75M campus construction project. Prior to coming to Aspen, she was an auditor with Ernst & Young, LLC in Chicago. As an auditor she gained experience with hospitals and other non-profits. She has a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan.
Montana State University, BA in English/Education, Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College; Pedagogical Council, Care Group, Accreditation; 13 years of Waldorf teaching experience, 12th year at WSRF.
Ex Officio Members
Larry Smith, Business Administrator, has been involved with WSRF since 2007. Each of his children began in the pre- school program; his son is now in second grade, his daughter in first grade. Larry now serves as the school’s full-time Business Administrator. His previous experience includes work in banking, personal finance, sales and management.
Anne Menconi, Community Development Administrator, Antioch University, Masters in Education (2016), Savannah College of Art and Design/Fort Lewis College: B.A. in Historic Preservation and Design; Indiana University School of Philanthropy: Principles & Techniques of Fundraising; Has worked in early childhood and youth development since 1999. Executive Director of international youth developmental agency; developed renown curriculum studied by Harvard, University of Texas, and child psychology research entities. Focus on prevention, intervention & treatment. Administrative responsibilities include Administrative Council, Development/Fundraising, Marketing, Enrollment, and community outreach, relationships, and strategic partnerships. 14 years of youth development work including home schooling her own children with a Waldorf Curriculum.