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 assis­tant head of school at the elemen­tary school. 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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Jennifer Dakan

Jennifer is Waverly’s admis­sions direc­tor. Jennifer has a B.A. in English from the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco, a teach­ing creden­tial from San José State Univer­sity, and over 13 years of expe­ri­ence teach­ing middle and high school students. Jen enjoys writing and photog­ra­phy and at times teaches both. (Email)

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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)

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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, co-facil­i­tates queer affin­ity space, and helps run the school’s commu­ni­ca­tions and social media. 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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Deborah Clark Yeseta

Deborah is Waverly’s regis­trar. She has a B.A. in English liter­a­ture from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Irvine, and has been part of the Waverly commu­nity since 1995. Deborah enjoys the collab­o­ra­tive way all the faculty, staff, and students work together. She loves to read the thought-provok­ing books assigned to the high school students in English and hear what the students think about them. She adds,​“Their insights often give me a differ­ent perspec­tive on what we read.” (Email)

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Sharon Ohlgisser

Sharon is the recep­tion­ist and admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant at the high school. 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 Raven’s 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)