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.
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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 2021 – 2022
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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 (7th 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 7th grade.
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.
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.
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.