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Cooperative Foundations of Governance: The Partnership of Three Governing Bodies

The governance of The Denver Waldorf School has been shaped by a partnership of trustees, teachers, professional administrative staff and parents. Waldorf education was founded with the impulse for creating social renewal. We believe that our consensus leadership is a governance model for the future that will, along with our curriculum, pave the way for social renewal.

Based on the existing governance structure, the College of Teachers oversees pedagogical policy, curriculum, program administration, faculty hiring and firing, professional development and admissions of students. They cooperate with the Trustees and school administration in yearly budget planning. The College includes the school Administrative Director, and together they function as a collective Head of School.

Parent involvement has contributed key participation and leadership in the Board of Trustees and its core committees that have worked steadily to envision, fund, manage and embody the school and its programs. Policy decisions of the Board have strongly shaped legal, fiscal, administrative, site development and fund development activities of the school. The Board is composed primarily of current and former parent volunteers, as well as one alumna.

The full staff of administrators, overseen by the Administrative Director, brings support to a wide range of administrative and business matters, including administrative oversight, the carrying out of administrative policies and procedures, day-to-day management, record keeping, fund development and fundraising, admissions procedures and practices, business and financial management, school-wide communication and publications, personnel practices, and building and site maintenance.

The Leadership Team meets bi-weekly and is comprised of the Administrative Director and one of the Chairs of the College, Board and Faculty. Their major responsibility is to act as a conduit of information among the governing bodies and to set agendas. As they meet and work together they balance responding to urgent needs and overseeing the strategic plan for the future.

The emphasis here is on a cooperative form of leadership that emerges out of identified capacities, conscious leadership selection, and the will to serve the school as a whole. Together the knowledge, talent and experience of individuals in the school community, committees and bodies they serve, must continue to work together cooperatively, guided by a clear and transparent governance plan.

If the question or concern is administrative in nature, parents are asked to bring them directly to the Administrative Director.

Denver Waldorf Governance
Board of Trustees

As a not-for-profit corporation, The Denver Waldorf School Association has a Board of Trustees that is legally responsible for the finances of the school. The Board of Trustees, made up of teachers, alumni, parents and community members, is responsible for the long-term direction of the business affairs of the school, ensuring proper legal counsel and insurance, approving the annual operating budget and tuition levels, including tuition assistance, long-range and strategic planning, and the purchase and maintenance of school property.

The Board of Trustees can have up to eighteen members, six of whom may be parents of children enrolled in the school and who are approved by the membership of The Denver Waldorf School Association. Three members represent the College of Teachers and up to six members are selected by the Board of Trustees from the membership of the association or from the community at large. There are ex officio members; the Business Affairs Director, the Enrollment Director and the Development Director, plus a recording secretary. Board terms are three years and are renewable. The Board meets monthly and as needed to conduct its business, meeting at least once a year with the College. Questions or concerns relating to Board work may be addressed to the Co-Chairs directly or through the Leadership Team.

Board terms are three years and are renewable. The Board meets monthly and as needed to conduct its business, meeting at least once a year with the College. Questions or concerns relating to Board work may be addressed to the Co-Chairs directly or through the Leadership

Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees

Current Board Members

Community Trustees


Debbie Krenz – debbiek553@gmail.com
Ryan Gregory – ryangregory100@msn.com


Parry Burnap – parrywburnap@gmail.com
Krista Douglass – kristadouglass@msn.com
Matt Gillespie – msgdsgn@me.com
Steven Hill Jr. – shill@riggsabney.com
Charlene Hunter – hunter.charlene@gmail.com
Jen Lamboy – jen@mooncutmountaincreative.com
Ron Lottridge – ron@catalystretirement.com
John Oppenheim – john@jpopc.com
Daniel Opyd – dopyd@datanet.com
Lila Rhodes – lilamani@yahoo.com
Mary Salfi – mary.salfi@me.com

College Trustees

Darlene Gilchrist – darlenegilchrist@denverwaldorf.org
Pedagocical Director

Dr. Alexa Krakauskas – alexakrakauskas@denverwaldorf.org
1st Grade Teacher

Administrative Trustee

Kelly Church – kellychurch@denverwaldorf.org
School Director

Ex-Officio Members

Craig A. Bond – develop@denverwaldorf.org
Development Director

Brie Kaiser – admissions@denverwaldorf.org
Admissions Director

Laurie Thompson –  business@denverwaldorf.org
Business Director


Hannah Ronan-Daneill – hannahronan-daniell@denverwaldorf.org
Administrative Assistant

College of Teachers

The primary purpose of The College of Teachers is to work with the meditative content given to teachers by Rudolf Steiner. In order for a teacher or staff member to join The College of Teachers, it is necessary to have been a faculty or staff member for at least one year; to recognize Anthroposophy as the guiding impulse of the school and of one’s own inner work; to commit to work at The Denver Waldorf School for the foreseeable future; to be able to work with one’s colleagues; to attend the weekly Pedagogical Meetings; and to be ready and willing to take on the responsibility for the school. The College meets weekly.

We encourage direct communication throughout the school community. If a parent has a program question, or wishes to discuss a concern in the class, the first person to approach is the Class Teacher, Class Sponsor, or the Subject Teacher. If an initial discussion is unsatisfactory, or if a parent is reluctant to address the teacher directly, the Pedagogical Director may be asked to participate. If the question or concern still remains unresolved, or is of a more serious nature, it may be referred to the Professional Development Committee and College.

College of Teachers

Each of the three Governing Bodies has committees that carry specific responsibilities within the school. Many of the following committees are standing committees, and are accountable to The College of Teachers and The Board of Trustees. Board-mandated committees include representatives from the parent body, The College of Teachers and from The Board of Trustees. College committees are staffed by faculty and staff. Each is staffed by a member of Administration. Parents interested in volunteering for a Board-mandated committee should contact Administrative Director Kelly Church at kellychurch@denverwaldorf.org or 303-777-0531 x108.

Board Development Committee
Craig A. Bond, Development Director develop@denverwaldorf.org
Dan Opyd, Board of Trustees dopyd@datanet.com

The Board Development Committee identifies necessary skill sets and selects candidates accordingly to fill the offices of The Denver Waldorf School Association. Additionally, this committee oversees the annual approval of parent trustees to The Board of Trustees.

Building and Grounds Committee
Dan Clincui, Facilities Manager facilities@denverwaldorf.org
Krista Douglass, Board of Trustees kristadouglass@msn.com
Laurie Thompson, Business Director business@denverwaldorf.org

The Building and Grounds Committee makes recommendations to The College of Teachers and The Board of Trustees regarding the purchase and improvement of property, and maintains all school property, considering code and safety requirements.

Development Committee
Craig A. Bond, Development Director develop@denverwaldorf.org
Tamara Mahoney Kneisel tmahoneykneisel@gmail.com
Lila Rhodes, Board of Trustees lilamani@yahoo.com

The Development Committee supports the vision for the future of The Denver Waldorf School by generating powerful financial support and is responsible for supporting the development process, building community participation and generating financial support for the school.

Diversity and Inclusivity
Craig A. Bond, Development Director develop@denverwaldorf.org
Vernon Dewey, 6th Grade Teacher vernondewey@denverwaldorf.org

The Diversity Committee and Inclusivity Committee believes that diversity and inclusiveness strengthen education and foster the essential element of respect that prepares students to live and work in a global environment, and contributes to the well-being of all life. This committee provides a forum for discussion, education and exploration of issues of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, family composition, gender, gender-identification, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. It is committed to making The Denver Waldorf School a place where families, faculty and staff of different backgrounds feel welcomed and valued.

Finance Committee
Ron Lottridge, Board of Trustees ron@catalystretirement.com
Laurie Thompson, Business Director business@denverwaldorf.org

The Finance Committee sets financial policies, ensures that those policies are carried out and provides the information required for sound financial decision making.

Human Resources Committee
Kelly Church, School Director kellychurch@denverwaldorf.org
Charlene Hunter, Board of Trustees chunter@hunterlawllc.com

This committee provides The Denver Waldorf School with an orderly method of hiring, training and dismissing employees; provides corrective guidance and benefits to employees; and is responsible for ensuring that in personnel matters all candidates and all employees are treated fairly and with due process in accordance with both Federal and State laws. Additionally, this committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the salary and compensation models for all faculty and administrative staff of The Denver Waldorf School and ensuring the accuracy in implementation of the salary model as well as recommending changes and improvements.

Leadership Committee
Kelly Church, School Director kellychurch@denverwaldorf.org

This provides a nexus for communication and coordination between the Board, College, Faculty and Administration regarding issues related to governance, strategic plan development, implementation, accountability, communication, crisis management and oversight of policies and policy development. This committee is staffed by the Administrative Director.

Marketing Committee
Michelle Ichazo-Vazquez michelleiv@gmail.com
Brie Kaiser, Admissions Director admissions@denverwaldorf.org

The Marketing Committee is responsible for supporting the process of conveying the vision of Waldorf education to prospective members of the community to facilitate a healthy, fully-enrolled school. The committee creates marketing strategies and materials to bring new families into the community. Through the work of this committee, the tenets of Waldorf Education can become more widespread throughout the Denver Metro area.

Parent Council Committee
Nicole Reinan nreinan@mac.com
Carrie Tentori carrietentori@gmail.com

This committee provides an opportunity for parents to communicate with each other and to bring a unique and coordinated effort to the vision of the school. Monthly meetings are open to all parents and are supported by two Co-Chairs who support members working on ongoing projects.

Strategic Planning Committee
Kelly Church, School Director kellychurch@denverwaldorf.org
Ryan Gregory, Board of Trustees ryangregory100@msn.com

Tuition Adjustment Committee
Kelly Church, School Director kellychurch@denverwaldorf.org
Brie Kaiser, Admissions Director admissions@denverwaldorf.org
Laurie Thompson, Business Director business@denverwaldorf.org

The Tuition Adjustment Committee oversees the allocation of tuition adjustment, merit scholarships, remissions and community-funded scholarships towards our goal of making Waldorf education accessible to all.