Michelle was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She earned a degree in International Relations, World Trade and Development from UC Davis. After a year in the corporate world in Seattle, WA, Michelle spent an extended summer driving big rig trucks before moving to Australia where she traveled and began graduate studies in environmental engineering. After stints living in New Zealand, Berkeley, Lake Tahoe, Santa Barbara, and Marin, Michelle and her husband Aaron moved to Sebastopol for their children to attend Summerfield. Michelle and Aaron have three children at Summerfield: Uma, Soren, and Freja.
Andrea was born and raised on the East Coast and in the mid-West. She moved to Sonoma County in 1997, where she first learned of Biodynamic farming and Waldorf education while working on an organic farm. Before starting a family, Andrea traveled the world, including a volunteer stint in Ghana, West Africa. Back in the States she found a passion for working with disadvantaged youth, and hopes in the future to merge that with all she is learning through Waldorf education. She enjoys music and dance, travel, cooking healthy local food, and is currently taking the Waldorf teacher training course with the Center for Educational Renewal. Andrea and her husband Dimitri, a Summerfield graduate, have two children here at school, Mina and Laszlo.
Amelia is a Northern California native who relocated to Sonoma County after living on the island of Maui, where she served as Administrative Assistant at Haleakala Waldorf School for ten years. She also served as Assistant to the Director at Sebastopol Independent Charter School prior to joining the high school team here at Summerfield. In her spare time Amelia enjoys kayaking, swimming, gardening, camping, hiking, dancing and cooking. She is thrilled to be a part of the Summerfield community.
Adam was born and bred in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was a keen sportsman growing up, passionate about cricket and snooker. He studied for his M.A. in Politics and Modern History at Edinburgh University, and while there, ran the film society, a calling that became a career in arthouse cinema programming and management. He’s worked in non-profit arts administration for cinemas, film festivals, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he met his wife Kibby. They have two sons, Theo (now in ninth grade) and Willsy (now in fourth), and the search for the right school brought them to Waldorf education, first in Seattle, then on Bainbridge Island, where Adam worked as Online Editor and in an online marketing role for YES! Magazine. They moved to Santa Rosa in 2011 for Summerfield and Kibby’s class teaching position, and Adam offered his services for various school needs: he edits the school newsletters, produces the annual Arts Calendar, and helps with miscellaneous publications and events. He is also an accomplished pickleball player and coaches players of all ages and levels in what is the fastest-growing sport in America.
Tracy graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with BAs in Economics and Communications. She completed her Waldorf Teacher training with the Rudolf Steiner Extension Program, in San Francisco, along with her public school credential from California State University, Hayward, in 1995. After substituting for a few years at Marin Waldorf School, Tracy and her husband had their first child and moved to Petaluma where they built the first straw-bale home in Sonoma County in the Forty Oaks co-housing community. In 2000, she was one of the four founders of Live Oak Charter School, a Waldorf-curriculum public charter in Petaluma. She is also an active member of the Sophia Foundation, and is a graduate of the school of Choreocosmos. Tracy lives at Forty Oaks with her husband Tom Lanphar and their two girls, Eliana, who graduated from Summerfield in 2015, and Mariah, who graduated in 2018.
Andrea was born in San Francisco and has since been a lifelong resident of Sebastopol. Andrea attended Sonoma State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and a minor in History, in 1994. Andrea and her family, (husband Jefferson Buller, and daughters Ella, 10th grade, and Lily, SWSF Class of 2018), joined the Summerfield community in 2003. Andrea began working in the office in 2005 first as HR Coordinator, most recently as the Registrar and Database Manager.
Ignacio was born in Buenos Aires and is the eldest of seven siblings. He went to the same school first grade to twelfth grade, played rugby and soccer all his life (and has devoted many years as coach for the Summerfield boys soccer teams). He studied Business and Economics in the Universidad Catolica de Buenos Aires. He became a supervisor for McDonald’s Argentina, and later the Operations Manager for Pizza Hut Argentina, until he had enough of the corporate world and opened his own restaurant. After six years of managing a successful business that is operating to this day, Ignacio and his wife Angela decided to immigrate to the USA with their three children. They lived for three years in Florida where Ignacio owned a health food restaurant for a while, but were blown away by a string of hurricanes in 2004, and decided to finally settle in the Bay Area where Ignacio opened a jewelry store in the village of Montclair in the Oakland Hills, before finding Summerfield in 2007.
Lisa Hensley, Administrative Assistant (Aftercare, Circus and Farm Camp)
Lisa grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. She moved to Southern California to attend the University of California, Irvine where she earned a degree in teaching dance before moving to Sonoma County in 1995. Lisa has worked as Principal’s Secretary at Redwood High School as well as Customer Service Manager for Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates building her strong administrative background. Her oldest son, Kai, began attending Summerfield in 2005 and her youngest son, Griffen, started in 2012. Lisa has volunteered extensively at Summerfield over the years. The most rewarding experience for Lisa has been using her dance background to choreograph the Summerfield High School musicals. She is full of gratitude to be a part of the Summerfield community.
Judy graduated from Empire Business College, Santa Rosa, as a legal secretary, but found her true calling working with numbers while participating in volunteer work at a parent-participation nursery school. She furthered her accounting education through the Santa Rosa Junior College night classes while raising three daughters. She has lived her entire adult life two miles from where she and her father grew up. Judy enjoys any opportunity to spend time with her four grandchildren.
Carrie Wooldridge, Human Resource Coordinator/ Outreach Associate
Before moving to California in 2011, Carrie worked as the Admissions Director at Safety Harbor Montessori Academy for 10 years. Carrie describes knowing the very first moment she walked onto Summerfield’s campus that this was where she wanted her children to grow and graduate as seniors. She feels blessed to join her children daily on Summerfield’s campus in this beautiful Waldorf environment.
Caryn is a Sonoma County native. While attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, Caryn studied abroad in Spain and Chile, and then received her Masters in International Relations from Golden Gate University. For the last 12 years, Caryn has worked for non-profit organizations in many capacities, including two years at the Rudolf Steiner Foundation in San Francisco, where she gained a great appreciation for Waldorf education. Caryn, her husband Eric, and daughters Zara and Danielle are so grateful to be part of the Summerfield community.
Prior to parenthood, Sarah owned and operated an olive oil business and worked as a taste panel member for the UC Davis and California Olive Oil Council Taste Panels. She has also worked for several Napa Valley wineries, in both production and business operations. Sarah’s segue to Waldorf Education came after studying Biodynamics at Steiner College. Her children began their journey at Summerfield in the Roots and Shoots program seven years ago. Sarah has spent many of those years volunteering at Summerfield in various capacities, including Farm to Feast 2018, prior to joining the Development team in fall 2018.
Viviana was born in Milano, Italy. She has worked with children in different capacities for several years, both in Waldorf and non-Waldorf settings. Viviana graduated from the Waldorf teacher training program in San Francisco in 2001.
Dana grew up in Northern Michigan, working for a family friend’s farm and catering company, where he gained a love and respect for food at a young age. Throughout high school he spent his time mountain biking, eventually competing on a national level. Dana studied nutrition and psychology at the University of Montana. After college Dana moved to Europe working at a number of farms and restaurants throughout Spain and Italy (including El Bulli, at the time frequently cited as the best restaurant in the world), and attended the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo, Italy. Dana came to Summerfield’s Farm in 2007 working as an apprentice with Perry Hart for three years, before becoming our farmer in 2010. Dana also enjoys surfing, kayaking, backpacking and spending time outside. His daughter Aspen is in the White Rose Kindergarten.
Chef Bill was born and raised in Petaluma and comes from a long line of Swiss Italian dairy ranchers where food and family were central to his upbringing. Bill studied at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV working towards a degree in ski business management. While in school, he was employed in restaurants and found his calling in the culinary industry. Moving back to Petaluma, he began working at Left Bank in Larkspur which further ignited his passion to learn more. After attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he completed an externship at La Folie under Roland Passot. While restaurants were exciting and fast paced, Bill found the catering industry better suited his lifestyle. After spending over 13 years working with Melon’s Catering, Bill came to Summerfield as the head chef, leading the school lunch program, creating healthy organic meals using Summerfield Farm-sourced ingredients.