The Waverly School Board of Trustees serves as the guardian of our Mission Statement and is accountable for the financial stability and future of the school.
Primary work and focus:
- In collaboration with the Head of School, the Board engages in long term financial planning and works towards annual goals that stem from the mission statement.
- The Board facilitates financial planning, assumes primary responsibility for the preservation of capital assets and endowments, oversees operating budgets and participates actively in fund raising efforts.
- The Board is responsible to select, support, nurture, evaluate, and set appropriate compensation for the Head of School.
Waverly’s Board of Trustees adheres to a set of by-laws and practices consistent with NAIS Best Practices for Boards and NAIS Best Practices for Trustees.
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Waverly’s Board of Trustees strives to maintain a composition that reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, and future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic goals of the school. The Board works deliberately to ensure that it is representative of the diversity that is present in the rapidly changing and increasingly diverse school-age population in our country.
Board of Trustees 2022 – 2023
Anthony joined the Board in 2021. He and his wife, Desiree Carvajal, and their daughters, Francesca ‘26 and Zoe (currently attending a Meher Montessori School) joined the Waverly community in 2020. Anthony serves as Board Secretary and as a member of the Development, DEI, and Finance committees. He is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in community mental health, serving people with severe and persistent mental illnesses. In the past 27 years, Anthony has held direct service and managerial roles and is currently a Program Manager with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Contract Management and Monitoring Division.
Jessica joined the Board in 2019 and serves as the Board Vice Chair and as a member of the Executive, Compensation, Audit, Development, Finance, and Strategic Planning and Advancement committees. Jessica has been in the music and entertainment industries for over 20 years. She is an E‑Commerce executive who specializes in building out, launching, and scaling E‑Commerce businesses. Jessica, her husband Steve, and their two children, Devin ’26 and Everett ’29, have been part of the Waverly community since Devin started kindergarten. Jessica is honored to serve on the Board and work with the Waverly community.
Lorne began his Board membership in 2021 and serves as a member of the Development, DEI, Facilities, and Strategic Planning and Advancement committees. Lorne has a background in education, ethnic and Africana studies, as well as being an actor for over 20 years. His work centers on race and the role of Black excellence in education. He has experience in Los Angeles schools and is currently developing an African American heritage school for children. Lorne and his wife Rachel have two children at Waverly, Bennett ’33 and Ceciliana ’35.
Biz Lawrence, WPO President (ex officio)
Elizabeth “Biz” Lawrence became a trustee in 2021, when she also became WPO President. She serves as a member of the Development, DEI, and Facilities committees. Biz and her family joined the Waverly community when her oldest, Raiden ’27 (formally known as Katy Belle) transferred in the 4th grade. Raiden is joined by their younger sibling, Ellis ’32. Biz and her husband, Stefan, jumped feet first into the Waverly Halloween Haunted House and continue to enjoy a good scare. Stefan works in Pasadena with The Hettema Group as Creative Director. Biz is the creator and host of the comedy podcast about parenting, One Bad Mother.
Debbie has been a Board member for about 18 years. She serves on the Trustee Affairs, Development, DEI, and Strategic Planning and Advancement committees. Debbie worked for 35 years for LAUSD in a variety of positions – her most rewarding being her time in an elementary school classroom. Currently, she is a Dual Language Learner Specialist and part-time faculty at the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University. Debbie, Lester, and Megan ‘11 came to Waverly when Megan was in Young Kindergarten (now called preschool) and continue to appreciate the gift of progressive education and the enduring friendships formed with the Waverly community.
Wendy has been on the Board since 2012 and serves as Chair of Facilities and Co-Chair of Trustee Affairs. She is also a member of the Executive, Compensation, and Finance committees. Wendy is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, and eating disorders. She has worked at USC and Caltech and continues to work with college and graduate students in her private practice. Wendy, her husband Bradley, and their two boys, Nolan ’22 and Murray ’25, have been part of the Waverly community since Nolan was in preschool.
Noah joined the Board in 2016 and served as Chairman from 2019 to 2021. Noah’s three children are all students at Waverly. His oldest child, Lucy ‘28, has been at the school since she started in the preschool in 2012. Noah earned an MBA and MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Portfolio Manager at Hotchkis & Wiley, an investment management firm, and is Co-Chair of the Board’s Finance committee and Chair of Strategic Planning and Advancement. Noah also serves as a member of the Executive, Compensation, and Audit committees.
Keseh joined the Board in 2020 and currently serves on the Audit, DEI, and Facilities committees. While she has been an active WPO parent for many years, she is excited to dig in and make some meaningful change through Board service. She is a Production Designer, working in film and television. Keseh and her daughter Asha ‘24 have been a part of the Waverly community for ten years.
Vijay joined the Board in 2020. He is Co-Chair of Development and serves as a member of the Executive, Finance, and Trustee Affairs committees. Vijay is a Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on the remote sensing of Earth and planetary atmospheres. His research interests extend from studying climate change and air pollution to looking for biosignatures on planets outside our solar system (exoplanets). Vijay, his wife Sowmya, and their children, Avantika ’31 and Siddarth (Sidd) ’33, have enjoyed being a part of the Waverly community since 2018.
Shelby, who graduated with Waverly’s Class of 2018, began her Board membership in 2022. Currently, she is serving as a member on the Development and DEI committees. As a Waverly lifer, she is dedicated to supporting the continued flourishing of Waverly, which helped shape the student and individual she is today. Soon to be a Pitzer College alumna, she is studying anthropology and archaeology with plans of going on a dig in Caracol, Belize in the spring of 2023. Ultimately, Shelby is thrilled to be on the Board because it enables her to give back to and continually participate with the Waverly community.
Michael joined the Board in 2022. He is a co-chair of the Facilities Committee and a member of the DEIJ and Development Committees. Michael is a practicing architect and educator. He is Director of Design and Innovation at NAC Architecture and has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Michael specializes in design for education and has created spaces for early education to university programs but has been involved in civic work of all types. Recently he has been leading projects to address homelessness. Michael and his wife, Juliette, love being Waverly parents!
Steve joined the Board in 2021. He is Co-Chair of Development and serves as a member of the Audit, DEI, and Finance committees. In more than two decades of leading nonprofit arts organizations, he has been CEO of the Center Theatre Group, from which he retired in 2018; the Music Center of Los Angeles County; and the Los Angeles Opera, as well as the chief operating officer of the Getty Trust. Steve currently also serves as chair of the Occidental College Board of Trustees, as a trustee of The Ahmanson Foundation, and is a trustee of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Pasadena and are active in the lives of their two daughters and five grandchildren, all Pasadena-area residents. Grandson Charlie Arredondo ’23 has been a proud Waverly Raven since the 4th grade.
Nadine’s Board service began in 2018. She co-chairs the Board’s Trustee Affair’s committee and also serves on the Audit, Compensation, DEIJ and Executive committees. Nadine earned her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA in 2020 and is a researcher with UC Irvine’s EcoGovLab. Nadine and her family have been part of the Waverly community for over 13 years.
Joanne has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010. She has served as the Board Treasurer and co-chair of the Finance Committee since 2015, and served as Board Secretary for three years prior to serving as Treasurer. She is also a member of the Executive, Compensation, and Strategic Planning and Advancement committees. Joanne is a television producer, mostly in comedies, including Better Things for Fx, Grace and Frankie for Netflix, Atypical for Netflix, Enlightened for HBO, and the occasional drama, such as In Treatment for HBO. Joanne and her wife, Gloria, have a son, Jamie ‘22. Jamie is a ‘Waverly lifer’ who started in Young Kindergarten (now called preschool) with Marina and Cheenu. She considers herself a ‘Waverly lifer’ too, and is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Carl joined the Board in 2022. He is an East Coast transplant, though has lived in California since 2008. Carl earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut and attended Vassar College for his B.A. As a full-time, primary-care physician with Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, he has weathered the challenges of the COVID pandemic. He has a special interest in LGBTQ health, particularly gender affirming care. He and his husband, Gil, a professor of religious studies at Loyola Marymount University, live in beautiful Altadena. Their daughter, Amalia, started preschool at Waverly in the fall of 2020.
Clarke Weatherspoon, Head of School (ex officio)
Clarke is Waverly’s head of school and is an ex officio member of the Board. With more than 20 years as an educator, Clarke brings tremendous school leadership experience. His passion for education and dedication to creating ways for students to engage authentically and invest in their learning has been evident in his role as a history teacher, dean, division head, water polo coach, and community volunteer.
Serita Young, Chair
Serita has been on the Board since 2017 and serves as the Board Chair, a Co-Chair of the DEI Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Compensation, Trustee Affairs, and Facilities committees. Serita is an attorney and represents public agencies in a wide range of governmental issues. Serita, her husband Brian, and their two sons, Riley ’28 and Aaron ’29, have been a part of the Waverly community for over five years.