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

Vyana Lafland, 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 traveled 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.

Derek Starr Redwine, Vice ChairDerek 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.

Kim Washburn, Secretary:  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.

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.

Sonali Gulati, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Co-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, Advancement Committee 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.

Christopher McQuale, Audit Committee Chair: Christopher is a retired environmental engineer with 30 years of experience as a consultant to the Federal government (contract development and negotiation, expert witness, regulator), earning his degree in engineering and resource management from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Both of his sons went from nursery school through eighth grade at the Charlottesville (Crossroads) Waldorf School, where he was board chair for five years. His sons went on after high school to graduate from Penn, and the University of Vermont, have successful careers, and fluency in French (though they started with German at CWS). In a previous life Christopher also studied cultural anthropology in Sumatra, and holistic health and nutrition through a Quaker college on Long Island.

Kevin Williams, Board Recruitment and Development Committee Chair: Kevin Williams is a Records and Information Management analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he earned a MS in Library and Information Science from Catholic University. He has a BA in Film and English from Dartmouth College, and worked as a production coordinator for film and television in the Washington DC area, including National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Having “retired” after nearly 15 years working as a bar and club DJ, he currently spends his free time writing fiction. He has two children who attend the Richmond Waldorf School.

Terry Wyllie, Buildings and Grounds Committee 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.

202-2022 Ex-Officio Members

Joanne Garner, Director of Education: Joanne joined the RWS administrative team in June of 2021. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her first experience with Waldorf education was when she taught in a home school setting with her own daughters, and it changed the way she viewed both teaching and learning. She felt that the integration and flow of the “head, heart, and hands” approach to schooling provided a new place of educational balance. Since then, she has taught several different grade levels (Pre-K through 6th) in private schools, as well as serving as the Lower School Director at her previous school.

Dawn Pollard, Member of Faculty College/Pedagogy: 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, 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.

Michael Fee, General Counsel: Michael is a corporate attorney, with experience in private practice and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 200 company. In addition, Mike has served for over 10 years in the United State Marine Corps in various leadership roles. Mike holds a BA in History from Fordham University and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School. Mike currently has two children enrolled at the Richmond Waldorf School.

Committees of the Board of Trustees