Dan Richardson, President – has been involved with the Waldorf School since 2000 when he joined the Building & Grounds Committee. He currently serves as the Vice-President for the Board of Trustees. His wife Holly Richardson is currently the Sixth Grade Class Teacher at WSRF. Their two sons are currently enrolled in the Kinderhaus/Second Grade. In his professional life, Dan provides clean energy consulting services to public, private, and non-profit sector clients through SGM, an engineering firm based in Glenwood Springs.
Valery Kelly, Vice 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.
Kathy Springer-Lechuga, Treasurer – has BA in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has a MBA from Mesa State College. After 15 years of teaching preschool Kathy returned to school and received her education as an accountant and tax specialist. She currently works for The Reynolds Company – Accountants. Kathy is a life-long resident of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Erin Fernandez-Ely, Secretary; her education includes a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College and a J.D. from the University of Florida Law School. In 2000, Colorado Governor Owens appointed Erin to the County Court Bench in Pitkin County, Colorado where she currently presides. Erin’s commitment to Waldorf education is underscored by her children’s matriculation in the first preschool on the present WSRF campus in 2000. Her son graduated in 2010 and her daughter is currently in 8th grade. It is Erin’s belief that the entire Ely family, including extended family members, has flourished through participation in the Waldorf community.
Christi Small, Alumni Program Chair, 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.
Matt Johnson, Faculty Representative, The Evergreen State College, BFA with concentration in Ceramics, Waldorf Trained – Micha-el institute (2003-2004), WEASC (2004-2006), Rudolph Steiner College; Member of PDC, Guidance Council, Class Teacher, 2002 – present, Ceramics teacher (non-Waldorf) 1998 – 2002; 12th year at WSRF.
Kathleen Mumaw, Faculty Representative, has been involved with WSRF since 2010 when her and her husband began bringing their two children to the Kinderhaus. She is a new member of the Board of Trustees. Kathleen is serving as the class teacher for the third grade this year after previously teaching in public schools. She is currently enrolled in a Waldorf teacher training program.
Ex Officio Members
Carla Beebe Comey, Faculty Administrator, has been with WSRF since 2001. In addition to teaching eurythmy, she has also served as a math teacher and a class teacher. She helped to found the Pedagogical Council and has served on many other committees at the school and in the national Waldorf movement. She is currently in her 30th year of involvement with Waldorf Education.
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, 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.