Staff

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John Huber

John is the interim head of school. He has a B.A. from Cornell Univer­sity and an M.A. from Villanova Univer­sity. 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. At his prior schools, he has focused deeply on topics of diver­sity, equity, inclu­sion, and social justice. John has over­seen all aspects of inde­pen­dent school oper­a­tions, includ­ing the devel­op­ment of acad­e­mic and co-curric­u­lar programs and hiring and eval­u­at­ing staff. Outside of the school day, John enjoys spend­ing time with his family, reading, cycling, and garden­ing. (Email)

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Jason Gottlieb

Jason is the elemen­tary school direc­tor. He has a B.A. in Polit­i­cal Studies from Pitzer College and a Master of Arts in Teach­ing from Seattle Univer­sity. He has taught for over 25 years and joined the Waverly commu­nity in 2009. Jason’s three sons grad­u­ated from Waverly – Sam 20, Patrick 16, and Eamonn 15. In his free time, Jason enjoys family time, watch­ing Manches­ter United play (and hope­fully win!), and keeping a daily journal. (Email)

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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)

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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)

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Marsille Reed

Marsille is the admis­sions direc­tor. 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 Learn­ing­Works 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)

Admin Juli Khoe

Juli Khoe

Juli is the busi­ness manager. 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)

Admin Carolyn Hom

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)

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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)

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Cindy Andrade

Cindy is the accounts manager and has been at Waverly since it opened. Before becom­ing the accounts manager, Cindy was an infant-toddler teacher, preschool teacher assis­tant, book­keeper, and recep­tion­ist at this school. With Waverly as her home away from home, Cindy says,​“The daily laugh­ter of the chil­dren is one of the most special things about working here.” Cindy’s two sons attended Waverly – Phillip and Jeremy​’12. (Email)

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Alexis Bolaños

Alexis is the recep­tion­ist and admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant at the elemen­tary school. Alexis has an A.A. in commu­ni­ca­tions from Rio Hondo College. Prior to coming to Waverly, Alexis served as a program leader for Think Together, a non-profit that seeks to create equi­table oppor­tu­ni­ties in educa­tion for all chil­dren. What she enjoys most about working at Waverly is feeling inspired by all the teach­ers making an impact on the students. She adds,​“And there is never a dull moment!” (Email)

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Meg Brad­bury

Meg teaches human devel­op­ment at the elemen­tary and middle schools, works closely with the board of trustees and head/​assistant heads of school, and co-facil­i­tates queer affin­ity space. Certi­fied as a Body Trust coun­selor, anti-diet nutri­tion­ist, and yoga and medi­ta­tion teacher, Meg has been a member of the Waverly commu­nity since 2003. She is inspired by the school’s progres­sive peda­gogy, commit­ment to build­ing conver­gences of respect and indi­vid­u­al­ity, and students who, even at age four, teach me what it means to be rad, resilient, and a potent source of hope and change.” (Email)

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Vella Cagle

Vella is the assis­tant busi­ness manager and manages 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.” Vella has two daugh­ters at Waverly: Lily in preschool and Hazel in 3rd grade. (Email)

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Lindsay Freund

Lindsay is the advance­ment asso­ciate and provides full-time support for both our admis­sions and devel­op­ment offices. Lindsay has a B.A. in psychol­ogy with a minor in art from Metro­pol­i­tan State Univer­sity of Denver and comes to us with over fifteen 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 Kinder­garten child who is enrolled at Waverly. (Email)

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Paul Hendrick­son

Paul has been Waver­ly’s athletic direc­tor since 2011. He was a South Pasadena Little League base­ball coach for 21 years and has coached the Waverly Middle School flag foot­ball, boys’ basket­ball, and coed volley­ball teams for many years. In his free time, Paul enjoys watch­ing the Dodgers and Rams on TV. Paul loves it when the elemen­tary school kids come up to him to tell him that they can’t wait until they are in the 5th grade so they can play sports at Waverly! Paul’s two sons attended Waverly – Phillip and Jeremy​’12. (Email)

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Sharon Ohlgisser

Sharon serves as the regis­trar. She grad­u­ated from Waverly in 2016 and received A.A.‘s in natural sciences, social & behav­ioral sciences, kine­si­ol­ogy, and psychol­ogy from Pasadena City College, and a B.S. in applied psychol­ogy with a concen­tra­tion in crim­i­nal psychol­ogy and a minor in soci­ol­ogy from Ottawa Univer­sity, Kansas. After finish­ing her Ravens volley­ball career, Sharon went on to lead the Lancers to two South Coast Confer­ence Cham­pi­onships, and trans­ferred on an acad­e­mic and athletic schol­ar­ship to play an addi­tional season at the NAIA level. Aside from playing volley­ball and taking care of her big girl puppy Zola, Sharon enjoys spend­ing time with her friends and family, writing, and color coding anything and every­thing. She adds: I’m so lucky to have found my way back home, and could not be more grate­ful to be a part of this commu­nity.” (Email)

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Aaron Rodgers

Aaron is the middle school assis­tant and data­base coor­di­na­tor. He brings 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 his free time, he loves to hike and camp. (Email)