Staff

Staff Clarke Weatherspoon 2023

Clarke Weath­er­spoon

Clarke became the head of school in 2022. With more than 20 years as an educa­tor, Clarke joined Waverly from the San Fran­cisco Friends School (SFFS), where he served as Middle School Head for two years. 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. Clarke holds a masters degree in comput­ing in educa­tion from Colum­bia Univer­sity and bach­e­lors degrees in history and black studies from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Santa Barbara. (Email)

Staff Molly Geller 2023

Molly Geller

Molly (Waverly class of 2002) is the elemen­tary school direc­tor. She has a B.A. in theol­ogy and reli­gious studies from the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco and a teach­ing creden­tial and a Master of Educa­tion degree from Antioch Univer­sity. As a member of the Waverly commu­nity for 25 years, Molly supports and chal­lenges the students by meeting them where they are emotion­ally, socially, and acad­e­m­i­cally. (Email)

Staff Amy Sloboda 2023

Amy Sloboda

Amy is the middle school direc­tor. Amy has an M.F.A. in film and video from Cali­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts and a B.A. from Univer­sity of Nevada, Las Vegas where she studied English and film. Prior to being the middle school direc­tor, Amy was the middle school dean where she supported student acad­e­mic and social-emotional growth and taught social justice and well­ness as well as the high school film­mak­ing elec­tive. Before coming to Waverly in 2013, she spent seven years at Wild­wood School in West Los Angeles where she was the Admin­is­tra­tive Direc­tor and taught the film elec­tive. She then worked as a consul­tant for Cal/​West Educa­tors, guiding inde­pen­dent school board members through the process of hiring heads of school with a strong commit­ment to promot­ing diver­sity and equity in inde­pen­dent school hiring and reten­tion prac­tices. Amy has two chil­dren, Nola and Kanaan, and two lovable dogs, Bonnie and Katie. (Email)

Staff Ralinda Watts 2023

Ralinda Watts

Ralinda is the high school direc­tor. She has an M.Ed. from Colum­bia Univer­sity and holds a B.S. from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, North­ridge, also having completed post-baccalau­re­ate research studies at UCLA. With more than 15 years of inde­pen­dent school expe­ri­ence, Ralinda has served as an advisor, teacher, admin­is­tra­tor, and mentor, as well as direc­tor of Diver­sity, Equity, and Inclu­sion. She has devel­oped K‑12 iden­tity and social justice curricu­lum, frame­works, and programs, includ­ing a 9th grade seminar course, Inter­sec­tions of Iden­tity. Ralinda is the founder of the Los Angeles Diver­sity Direc­tors’ Consor­tium and is a member of the board of trustees at Chil­dren’s Commu­nity School. She is a writer, thought leader, and speaker, contribut­ing to numer­ous publi­ca­tions. (Email)

Staff Ricco Siasoco 2023

Ricco Siasoco

Ricco is the dean of student life and culture in the middle and high schools. He has a B.S. from Boston Univer­sity, an M.F.A. from Benning­ton College, and has completed doctoral work from Teach­ers College, Colum­bia Univer­sity. In his more than 22 years in educa­tion, Ricco has been a teacher, senior admin­is­tra­tor, college profes­sor, and diver­sity prac­ti­tioner at inde­pen­dent schools and colleges in Boston, New York, and San Fran­cisco. Ricco supports Waverly’s middle and high school students in making the most of their student expe­ri­ences — whether support­ing new clubs or affin­ity groups, finding extra help and study tips, or just assur­ing students have a patient ear when chal­lenges come their way. He part­ners with fami­lies, divi­sion heads, and the student support team (includ­ing a learn­ing special­ist and a school coun­selor) to navi­gate co-curric­u­lar, acad­e­mic, and socio-emotional life. Ricco is a board member at Marin Primary & Middle School and the Cali­for­nia Teacher Devel­op­ment Coop­er­a­tive, as well as a writer and published author of a collec­tion of short stories, The Foley Artist (Gaudy Boy, 2019). He enjoys hiking, cooking vege­tar­ian meals, and spend­ing time with his husband and their grumpy (but lovable) senior dog.(Email)

Staff Marsille Reed 2023

Marsille Reed

Marsille is the direc­tor of enroll­ment manage­ment. He holds a B.A. in polit­i­cal science from Loyola Univer­sity New Orleans. Prior to joining Waverly, Marsille served as Interim Direc­tor of Commu­ni­ca­tions and Market­ing at Drew School in San Fran­cisco and as Asso­ciate Direc­tor of Admis­sion at Mark Day School in San Rafael. As Direc­tor of Student Services at Break­through Minneapo­lis at Blake (Minneapo­lis, MN), he was respon­si­ble for student recruit­ment. Through­out, he has coached youth, middle school, and varsity sports – foot­ball, basket­ball, and girls lacrosse. (Email)

Staff Juli Khoe 2023

Juli Khoe

Juli is the direc­tor of finance and oper­a­tions. She has a B.A. in econom­ics from Duke Univer­sity and an M.B.A. from the Ander­son School at Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles. Juli is excited that her Waverly posi­tion combines her 25 years of oper­a­tional finance expe­ri­ence in the private sector with her passion for volun­teer­ing as a trea­surer for various Pasadena-area non-profits. In her free time, Juli enjoys hiking, trav­el­ing, and explor­ing tasty L.A. restau­rants. (Email)

Faculty Cagle Vella

Vella Cagle

Vella is the direc­tor of human resources, and she manages tuition and fee payments and the flex­i­ble tuition program. Vella received a B.A. in history from Virginia Tech. What Vella enjoys the most about working at Waverly is the commu­nity. She says,​“I have found my home…Waverly is a place where I feel safe, valued, and where I am truly happy to be.” (Email)

Staff Carolyn Hom 2023

Carolyn Hom

Carolyn, devel­op­ment direc­tor, has a B.A. in jour­nal­ism from the Univer­sity of South­ern Cali­for­nia. She has worked in devel­op­ment, market­ing, and public rela­tions for more than 35 years and has led fund-raising work with an array of inde­pen­dent schools. Carolyn and her husband are Pasadena resi­dents who enjoy travel and trying out the region’s many and varied restau­rants. Their son, who attended area inde­pen­dent schools, lives and works in Dallas. (Email)

Staff Elaine Lass 2023

Elaine Lass

Elaine has been Waverly’s direc­tor of college coun­sel­ing since 2003. She has a B.A. in psychol­ogy and educa­tion from Cham­i­nade Univer­sity of Honolulu, a Master’s degree in Educa­tional Psychol­ogy from Loyola Mary­mount Univer­sity, and a teach­ing and pupil person­nel creden­tial. Elaine has worked in college coun­sel­ing for over 30 years and still loves being a part of the chal­leng­ing appli­ca­tion process. When she’s not working she enjoys spend­ing time on the beach with her husband and chil­dren as well as visit­ing colleges to stay in tune with the student expe­ri­ence. (Email)

Staff Amanda Lopez 2023

Amanda Lopez

Amanda is the assis­tant direc­tor of admis­sions. Amanda earned her B.A. in creative writing at the Univer­sity of Redlands and her M.F.A. at Antioch Univer­sity Los Angeles. Her profes­sional history includes wearing many hats in the publish­ing indus­try, includ­ing her ongoing role as book editor and publish­ing house direc­tor for the online publi­ca­tion The Nasiona. Through the stories she publishes and with the authors she works with, her mission is to uplift and amplify the voices of margin­al­ized groups. She is thrilled to be a part of a commu­nity that shares her values and commit­ment to making posi­tive change. When away from the computer, Amanda enjoys reading, listen­ing to live music, and prais­ing her dogs for their effort­less adora­bil­ity. (Email)

Staff Cheryl Gause 2023

Cheryl Gause

Cheryl is the assis­tant to the head of school and Board of Trustees. Cheryl has more than 30 years of expe­ri­ence working as an exec­u­tive assis­tant along­side scien­tists, direc­tors, divi­sion chairs, profes­sors, researchers, admin­is­tra­tors, staff, and grad­u­ate students at JPL/NASA and Caltech. Cheryl is dedi­cated and passion­ate about her work. She has said her perfect work envi­ron­ment is a culture of respect, humil­ity, trans­parency, dedi­ca­tion, collab­o­ra­tion, and FUN. Event plan­ning is one of her passions. She has orga­nized many note­wor­thy events. Her favorites were a Nobel Prize dinner, many annual award banquets, and named profes­sor luncheons. In her free time, Cheryl volun­teers to help indi­vid­u­als with learn­ing disabil­i­ties. She loves spend­ing time with her grand­son and enjoys music, art, and fabu­lous food. (Email)

Staff Lindsay Freund 2023

Lindsay Freund

Lindsay is the assis­tant direc­tor of devel­op­ment. Lindsay has a B.A. in psychol­ogy with a minor in art from Metro­pol­i­tan State Univer­sity of Denver and comes to us with more than 15 years of expe­ri­ence in the nonprofit sector, with a demon­strated track record of provid­ing detailed and orga­nized atten­tion to small insti­tu­tions such as ours. Lindsay has a love of animals (espe­cially elephants), hiking, nature, and plant-based cooking. Lindsay keeps very busy with a 2nd grader who is enrolled at Waverly. (Email)

Staff Stephanie Gutierrez 2023

Stephanie Gutier­rez

Stephanie is our school nurse. After complet­ing her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Fuller­ton, she worked as a nurse at St. John’s Hospi­tal in Orange, where she primar­ily worked in labor and deliv­ery. As a Regis­tered Nurse, Stephanie helps support the health of students and staff. (Email)

Staff Carlos Aldaco 2023

Carlos Aldaco

Carlos is the assis­tant facil­i­ties manager and Waverly’s campus super power. His work has been a key to daily life at school since he joined the staff in 2012. Carlos is a crafts­man, apply­ing skills as a tech­ni­cian, painter, plumber, elec­tri­cian, carpen­ter, and space problem solver. He fixes anything that needs it and makes major improve­ments, too, includ­ing remod­el­ing of the art studio, recon­fig­u­ra­tion of many offices and class­rooms, and instal­la­tion of the patio surface at the high school. He is unflap­pable and meets all dead­lines, even the unrea­son­able ones. When he’s not keeping Waverly running, Carlos enjoys camping with his friends and family.

Staff Beverly Goldin 2023

Beverly Goldin

Beverly is our acad­e­mic data manager. She has worked as an educa­tor in K‑12 public and private schools for more than 25 years. Beverly has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the educa­tional tech­nol­ogy field and a passion for new and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. She earned a Bachelor’s from Otis Art Insti­tute of Parsons School of Design and two Master’s degrees from Colum­bia Univer­sity Teach­ers College (Educa­tional Tech­nol­ogy) and Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, North­ridge (Educa­tional Admin­is­tra­tion). From curricu­lum devel­op­ment and teach­ing to tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship and design, she inte­grates all of her passions in history, commu­ni­ca­tion, creativ­ity, and comput­ers. She loves working with young people, espe­cially finding ways for students to use their tech­ni­cal exper­tise and harness their gener­a­tion’s ability to become global citi­zens: They have the power to change the world.” (Email)

Staff Rebecca Fields 2023

Rebecca Fields

Rebecca is the high school admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant. She has her B.F.A. in theater from Pace Univer­sity, New York City with concen­tra­tions in direct­ing and screen­writ­ing. She has over 10 years of expe­ri­ence with support­ing admin­is­tra­tive profes­sion­als, in indus­tries such as health­care, finan­cial services, and various nonprofit orga­ni­za­tions. She is delighted to bring her services to such a support­ive and encour­ag­ing commu­nity. In her spare time, she writes and produces films with her fiancé, and loves to travel to new places. (Email)

Staff Aaron Rodgers 2023

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron is the middle school admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant. They bring to Waverly a broad range of expe­ri­ences in infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, donor data­bases, customer service, and after school and summer camp programs in progres­sive school settings. Aaron has lived all over Los Angeles and still has more to explore. In their free time, they love to hike and camp. (Email)

ES Susie Gutierrez 2023

Susie Gutier­rez

Susie is the elemen­tary school admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant. (Email)

Staff David Bloch 2023

David Bloch

David is Waver­ly’s sub coor­di­na­tor. (Email)