Board of Trustees

2021-2022

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.

To contact the Board of Trustees, email boardoftrustees@​thewaverlyschool.​org.

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 2021 – 2022

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Anthony Alvarado

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 on 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. 

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Jessica Clements

Jessica joined the Board in 2019 and serves as the Board Vice Chair, Chair of the Devel­op­ment Commit­tee, and as a member of the DEI and Strate­gic Plan­ning Commit­tees. Jessica has been in the music and enter­tain­ment indus­tries for over twenty 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 (8th grade) and Everett (5th grade), 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.

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Lorne Green

Lorne began his Board member­ship in 2021. 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.

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Ellen Green­stone

Ellen has been on the Waverly Board for almost 20 years and was the first Board Chair. She currently serves as Chair of the Audit commit­tee. Ellen is a private inves­ti­ga­tor. She is also an attor­ney who has prac­ticed labor and employ­ment law, repre­sent­ing public and private sector unions. She serves on the boards of the ACLU South­ern Cali­for­nia and ACLU South­ern Cali­for­nia Foun­da­tion and is a past Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Labor and Employ­ment Law Section. Ellen’s daugh­ter, Dory, grad­u­ated from Waverly in 2012 and was a lifer,” start­ing at Waverly when she was 18 months old, when Waverly had infant care. The chick­ens on the Waverly Farm were Dory’s senior project.

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John Huber, Interim Head of School (ex officio)

John is Waver­ly’s interim head of school and is an ex officio member of the Board. John has 15 years’ expe­ri­ence as a Head of School at progres­sive insti­tu­tions and over 25 years of expe­ri­ence as an educa­tor in independent schools. 

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Biz Lawrence, WPO Pres­i­dent (ex officio)

Eliz­a­beth Biz” Lawrence became a trustee in 2021, when she also became WPO Pres­i­dent. She 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.

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Pat Leaw­prasert

Pat has been on the Board since 2008. He serves as Secre­tary and as a member of the Trustee Affairs commit­tee. Pat is a systems analyst for the City of Los Angeles. Pat and his wife, Aye Chat­nakrob, and their daugh­ter Alyssa 20, have been part of the Waverly commu­nity for over 14 years.

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Debbie Lennon

Debbie has been a Board member for about 18 years. She serves on the Trustee Affairs, Devel­op­ment, and DEI 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.

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Susan Lofgren

Susan has been a Board member since 2015. She serves as Board Secre­tary, Co-Chair of Trustee Affairs, and as a member of the Facil­i­ties Commit­tee. Susan is a Marriage and Family Ther­a­pist with a specialty in Trauma Studies. She has expe­ri­ence in both commu­nity mental health and private prac­tice settings working with teens, parents, and indi­vid­u­als strug­gling with PTSD, anxiety, and depres­sion. Susan and her family (Anton Floquet, Ryan 23, and Luke 20) feel very fortu­nate to have been a part of the Waverly commu­nity since 2010 and will miss it greatly when their youngest graduates.

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Wendy Lopata

Wendy has been on the Board since 2012 and serves as Co-Chair of Trustee Affairs and as a member of the Finance and Strate­gic Plan­ning and Advance­ment 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 and Murray, have been part of the Waverly commu­nity since Nolan was in preschool.

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Noah Mayer

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 serves on the Board’s Finance committee.

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Keseh Morgan

Keseh Morgan joined the Board in 2020 and currently serves on the Devel­op­ment and DEI 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.

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Vijay Natraj

Vijay Natraj joined the Board in 2020. He is on the Board’s DEI and Devel­op­ment 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 and Siddarth (Sidd), have enjoyed being a part of the Waverly commu­nity since 2018.

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Stephen Roun­tree

Steve joined the Board in 2021. 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 Sierra Madre 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.

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Nadine Tanio

Nadine’s Board service began in 2018. She chairs the Board’s DEI commit­tee and also serves on the Devel­op­ment and the Trustee Affairs commit­tees. Nadine recently completed her Ph.D. in Educa­tion from UCLA focus­ing on infor­mal learn­ing at the inter­sec­tion of disabil­ity studies and crit­i­cal media liter­acy. Nadine and her family have been part of the Waverly commu­nity for over 11 years.

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Joanne Toll

Joanne Toll 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. 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.

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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, Audit, 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 and Aaron, have been a part of the Waverly commu­nity for over five years.