Governance

Governance

The Board of Trustees has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the school. It sets policies for and oversees tuition, the operating budget, fundraising, financial aid and scholarships, school contracts, insurance, and the school facilities. The Board has ultimate responsibility for the financial state of Richmond Waldorf School.

Board of Trustees 2020-2021 Members

Kim Washburn, Chair:  Kim has spent 20+ years as an IT professional working for corporations including Circuit City, Performance Food Group and Virginia Farm Bureau.  Her expertise is in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence.  She has a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Information Systems and BA in History with minors in Philosophy and Religious studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Vyana Lafland, Vice Chair:  Vyana has over 20 years of experience as an IT Professional, with expertise in strategic planning and leadership, as well as project, program and team/personnel management. In addition, she has taught professional etiquette classes, provided integration and language support to immigrants, and travelled to over 25 countries due to a passion for new experiences, people, and cultures. She holds a BA in Math and Psychology from the University of Maine.

Polly Cordle, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair: Polly has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  In her capacity as a consultant she serves clients as a Chief Compliance Officer, as an outsourced compliance resource, in evaluating and designing their compliance programs and in delivering quality training to their firms.  Polly received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Longwood University and holds a number of professional licenses through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Seth Horton, Secretary, Board Recruitment & Development Chair: Seth is a writer and professor. He holds a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA from the University of Virginia, an MFA from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He currently teaches 20th century American literature and creative writing at the University of Virginia’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, where he has worked on strategic planning, curriculum development, and student retention. His latest book is entitled, Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories from the Southwest.

Randy Evans: Randy has been involved in Waldorf education for twenty years as a teacher, administrator and board member. During that time, he has served as Board President, member of Core Faculty and Faculty Chair. Randy has also worked as a teacher mentor and an adult Foundation Studies Instructor. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Duke University. He has completed the coursework for the Center for Anthroposophy’s High School Teacher Education Program.

Michael Freed, Audit Chair:  Michael Freed is a Mechanical Engineer who specializes in Control Systems. He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Professional Engineer. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently owns and operates a small business that specializes in specialty Technical and Engineering services to the energy industry. He brings experience with Business entities, Institutional Insurance, Occupational Safety and Health, Audit and Financial management.

Sonali Gulati, Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair:  Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, a feminist, a queer rights activist, and an educator. She is a professor of film at VCU’s School of the Arts. She has an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. Sonali grew up in New Delhi and has made several films that have screened on public television and over 400 film festivals worldwide. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has received fellowships from the VMFA and the Creative Capital Foundation.

Lindsey Kirchmier, Enrollment and Marketing Chair: Lindsey Kirchmier is in private practice as a licensed professional counselor. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years, including case management, crisis and assessment. She received her MA in Community Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Appalachian State University. Lindsey has worked on initiatives for leadership and development for at-risk youth.

Derek Starr Redwine, Development Chair: Derek has served in various capacities in three different Waldorf schools over the past 10 years. He has two children currently enrolled at Richmond Waldorf. After graduating with a B.S. in Geography from Miami University, he taught for two years in Houston, Texas, through Teach for America. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Master of Divinity, he has worked in four progressive Presbyterian congregations in New York, Colorado, and Ohio. He is currently serving as the interim pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in the Richmond. He is passionate about collaborative work, racial equity, and helping organizations identify and live out their vision and values.

Terry Wyllie, Buildings and Grounds Chair: Terry Wyllie has worked within the field of Architecture for more than twenty-five years with experience in commercial, medical, and residential projects.  His expertise in this field has also included, marketing strategy, technology implementation, and graphic design.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

2020-2021 Ex-Officio Members

Nancy Cross, Interim Director of Administration: Nancy has spent her career in Human Resources with Dominion Resources.  She was cross trained also in Strategic Planning, Process Improvement, Mergers and Acquisitions.  She was a frequent speaker at National Conferences and lead many Executive and Management trainings for other organizations.  She has been appointed to serve on VA State Government Councils.  She is a graduate of Ferrum College, Old Dominion University, BA-Sociology and master’s degree graduate from VCU.  She has a Level 1 Certification in Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Training.

Dawn Pollard, ex-officio, Faculty College Chair: Dawn Pollard is a Class Teacher and Specialty Teacher in Latin and Greek. She has over 15 years experience in Early Childhood teaching. Dawn has a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a Master’s in Education from Antioch University

Nicole Randall, ex-officio, Parents Association Moderator: Nicole Randall is an artist who works in the Richmond, Virginia Area. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Painting and Printmaking from 1996-1998.

Committees of the Board of Trustees