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 2019-2020 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.

Allison Thurber, Vice Chair: Allison has engaged in educational non-profit work since 2003, currently serving as Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment Integration for the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. She oversees assessment design and scoring processes for 38 AP courses spanning all disciplinary fields. She has taught history at multiple institutions at the collegiate level and served as lecturer at the Cloisters Museum in New York city. Allison holds a Ph.D. in medieval history from Fordham University, a Master’s of Theological Studies from Boston University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Religious Studies and History.

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.

Vyana Lafland, Advancement 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.

Terry Wyllie, Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair: Terry 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.

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.

John Moses, school founder and permanent member: Mr. Moses has been involved in establishing and working at Waldorf schools around the world, including schools in Tubingen, Germany, New York (Green Meadow Waldorf), Washington DC, and Richmond, Virginia.  John served several years as member of the Eastern Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America.   In addition, he had a lengthy career working in Finance for the Department of State as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He was appointed by Richmond’s City Council to Board of Richmond Community Action Program (RCAP) for 20 years, selected by the Board to several terms with duties of President and at other times of Treasurer. He has a degree in Comparative Government from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in Education from VCU.

Katie Adams Parrish: Katie has nearly 25 years of volunteer, professional and consulting experience in the nonprofit sector, higher education and independent schools. She is most accoChapel Hill and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

2019-2020 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.

Letitia Amey, College Chair: Letitia has been involved in Waldorf Education for over 20 years and the Richmond Waldorf School for 16 years. She has served as a class teacher, specialty teacher for games and bicycling, College member and Grades Chair. She has a B. A in Environmental Studies and Education from Long Island University. She also completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Sunbridge Institute.

Irina Baranova, Community Relations Coordinator: Irina has taught Russian language at Richmond Waldorf School for the past 12 years. She taught Russian at the University of Richmond between 2011 and 2016 where she also organized a summer program for language study in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, she has run her own business since 2009 specializing in fiber arts and upcycled clothing. She holds a master’s degree in Russian History from St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lindsey Kirchmier, PA Co-Moderator: Lindsey 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 Redwine, PA Co- Moderator:  Derek has served in various capacities in three different Waldorf schools over the past 10 years. He has three 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 passionate about collaborative work, racial equity, and helping organizations live out their vision and values.

Committees of the Board of Trustees

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