Board of Trustees

Valery Kelly, President, Trustee Development Committee, Administrative Oversight Committee

Valery was inspired by Waldorf over 20 years ago through her sister, a founding parent of the Aspen Waldorf School. In 2009, Valery began her journey of self-discovery and servant leadership at WSRF. She served on fundraising and strategic planning committees, and she was co-chair of the Parent Council.

Professionally Valery is the Director of Philanthropy at Aspen Valley Land Trust. An avid equestrian who grew up riding in the mountains of Aspen and on the ranches of Missouri Heights, Valery now helps lead the local Pony Club. She is passionate about local food, protecting wildlife, enjoying nature’s beauty, and sharing laughter with friends. Valery and her husband Kearns have two daughters who are enrolled at the school.

Brad Baetz, Vice President, Administrative Oversight Committee, Trustee Development Committee

Brad began his journey in Waldorf Education in 2004. Consciously established a Waldorf home and eventually homeschooling their 3 sons, he and his wife, Diana, studied and applied Steiner’s indications for raising children.  In 2014, after a year of road schooling and visiting Waldorf schools around the nation, the Baetz family settled in Carbondale.  Seeking a healthy Waldorf community they enrolling their sons at WSRF.  Pursuing purposeful connections and relationships, Brad initiating the WSRF Dad’s group and joining the Board of Trustees.

Brad works professionally with health care practitioners and physicians in the field of alternative medicine through business development, consulting and education. He trains and manages sales representatives throughout the Eastern and Midwest United States for Energetix, a natural remedy company. Brad spent the early part of his professional life as a guide, heli and backcountry skiing in Alaska and Colorado, canyoneering and mountain biking the West.  Through all this, Brad developed a love for living healthy and creating connections with others, a passion that carries on in his professional and personal life today.

Jenny Elliot, Treasurer, Finance Committee 

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.

Christi Small, Alumni Committee, Trustee Development Committee

Christi 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.

Patricia Eagling, Community  Development Committee, Administrative Oversight Committee

Hailing from England, Patricia was introduced to Waldorf education by her husband, a Marin Waldorf alumnus, and her brother whose children were enrolled in the Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School, New Zealand.  Now through her four children, (5-12yrs) she has a combined 20 years of experience as a Waldorf parent, and is passionate about how this educational philosophy benefits all of our children.

Patricia is currently participating in Foundation Studies at WSRF, and recently attended Jaime York’s math training in Boulder. She has been an active participant in several Waldorf schools prior to moving to Colorado. She has been an active member of WSRF’s Parent Council, is a class parent for several grades, and currently serves on the Administration Oversight and Trustee Development Committee.

Patricia comes with a B.S. in Pure, Applied and Computational Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. She has worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Management Consultant and Project Manager. Patricia and her family enjoyed running a small homestead animal and vegetable farm in Sonoma County, CA  before eventually succumbing to the skiing and summer wildflower pick opportunities here in the Roaring Fork Valley which they happily call their true home.

Pam Zentmyer, Community Development Committee

Didianne Gilman, Faculty Board Representative

Montana State University, B.A. in English/Education; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College; Didianne participates in Pedagogical Council, Care Group, and Board of Trustees work. This is Didianne’s twelfth year as a grades teacher at WSRF and her three children are all graduates of WSRF.  Her teaching career was preceded by a career in business and in motherhood. When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and participating in various outdoor activities.

Frances Lewis, Faculty Administrator, Ex-Officio Member

Frances Lewis, Interim Faculty Administrator

Sunbridge College, Waldorf Teacher Training, University of North Carolina, B.A. in art with a minor in religious studies. Frances has been with WSRF since 1994 serving in various capacities.  She taught a class first through eight grade and graduated them in 2003.  Post graduation she taught in the after school reading program at the Basalt Elementary school while working as a ceramicist and serving on the board of the Carbondale Clay center.   From 2005-2008, she was hired as the Faculty Administrator for WSRF.  In addition she has  been a form drawing, arts, and movement teacher and block teacher.  She has served as a board member, school mentor and evaluator.  Currently she is on her second round as the interim Faculty Administrator.
Additional training includes Mentoring Seminar through AWSNA, Several Consensus and communication Trainings, and is graduate from Roaring Fork Leadership. She is the mother of three Waldorf students; Harper, Emory, and Orson.

Larry SmithBusiness Administrator, Ex-Officio Member

Colorado State University, M.B.A.; University of New Hampshire B.A. in Political Science; Administrative responsibilities include serving on the following committees: Administrative Council; Administrative Staff; Human Resources; Finance; Tuition Adjustment; Family Assistance; Community Development; Buildings and Grounds; Ex-Officio member Board of Trustees.

Anne MenconiCommunity Development Administrator, Ex-Officio Member

Antioch University, M.Ed. (2017), Indiana University School of Philanthropy, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fort Lewis College: B.A. in Historic Preservation and Design. Anne has worked in early childhood and youth development since 1999.  Executive Director of international youth developmental agency, later Executive Director of a domestic violence and sexual assault organization. Administrative responsibilities include Administrative Council, development/fundraising, marketing, enrollment, Parent Council, and community outreach.