Craig Appel has a long history of nonprofit leadership, serving as the Executive Director of Hand-in-Hand Parenting and Director of Partner Relations at The Energy Foundation. Craig has a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and brings extensive strategic planning, human resources, and development expertise to his role at San Francisco Waldorf School. Craig also served as President of the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2014 during a period of strong financial growth.
Joan Caldarera holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester, an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto, and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from U.C. Davis. Dr. Caldarera began at San Francisco Waldorf School teaching Kindergarten for four years then graduated her first class, which she took from the fifth grade, in June 1993, before leading a second class from first through fifth grades. Having previously chaired the high school planning committee, she joined the high school faculty in 1997, teaching and serving as High School Chair for five years. From there she moved to the Head of Administration position, which she held for four years. Her two eldest children graduated from SFWS in 1990 and 1994, while son Michael-Tobias was in the first SFWHS graduating class and son Andreas graduated in 2009.
Danielle Dignan is a founding partner of DM Development, a San Francisco-based boutique real estate development and investment firm. Prior to her real estate endeavors, Danielle taught field courses in the mountains and on the water for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School), taught offshore sail training, and wrote professionally for sailing magazines. She is a USCG licensed captain and has a BA in history from the University of Rhode Island, where she rowed crew. Danielle also serves on the NOLS Board of Trustees. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two children, and also spends as much time as possible on the southern coast of Maine. She is often found outside sailing, surfing or playing tennis.
Gerhard joined SFWS in 2008, bringing to the school more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant and financial analyst. His work history includes 7 years with Arthur Anderson and Accenture, as well as management consulting nationally and internationally. A few years ago he experienced a shift of values, causing him to change into the nonprofit world. He holds an MS in Mathematics from University of Bonn in Germany. He has two boys currently enrolled at SFWS.
Stephen Goldmann is a business leader who has spent his career consulting to the top food and restaurant companies and has also helped found numerous food and restaurant brands in the Bay Area. Stephen's unique offering is the clear thinking he brings to complex business challenges and his ability to create products, experiences and messages that align sound strategy with compelling product offerings. Stephen's personal motivation and inspiration come from his wife Amy and the excitement of raising two boys, Jet and Kai. As long time San Franciscans, the city provides a setting for his volunteer focus on education and building community. They are active participants in their school, Children's Day, and as a member of the Waldorf School board Stephen is helping look at diversity in independent education and the role of independent schools in the larger community.
Elizabeth Halifax has a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a postgraduate diploma in Business Studies from The Metropolitan University, London, a BA in Economic and Social History from the University of York, UK and is a Registered Nurse. Her two children graduated from the San Francisco Waldorf High School (2013 and 2015). She currently is a Research Specialist at UCSF exploring palliative and nursing home care at end of life, and teaches care of older adults at California State University to nursing and social work professionals.
Sami Kudsi, Secretary, has been a professor of speech communication at the City College of San Francisco since 1994. He has experience teaching small group communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. For 10 years, he served as a coach for the CCSF Speech and Debate Team. Since 2003, he has served as the Coordinator of the CCSF Honors Program. Mr. Kudsi also served on the CCSF Strategic Planning Committee and is certified as a DACUM curriculum development facilitator. Sami earned both his bachelors and masters degrees in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jim Stearns is President of Stearns Consulting, Inc., a political communications firm located in San Francisco, CA. Stearns has extensive experience in all aspects of public affairs and political campaign communication. As a media consultant, he has personally created hundreds of television, radio, direct mail and print advertisements for political and advocacy campaigns. Past and present clients include Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly member Tom Ammiano, California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, Save the Bay, Trust for Public Land, Sierra Club, and the California Democratic Party. He has received numerous awards for strategic and graphic excellence for mail and print advertising.
Previously, Stearns was Vice-President and Creative Director at Campaign Performance Group – one of the nation’s leading political direct mail companies. Stearns began his career in public affairs as the Press Secretary for the Democratic House Caucus in Hartford, Connecticut in 1984. Stearns attended Deep Springs College and the University of California at Berkeley.
Tzaddi Thompson is an attorney with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, where she advises on Labor and Employment law. Previously, she was an attorney with Nixon Peabody LLP in San Francisco. She received her JD from Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and her BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Tzaddi started her education at the San Francisco Waldorf school, where she was a student in the grade school's very first class in grades one to seven. Her children are currently enrolled at SFWS.
Carina Trowbridge is an attorney and a former prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in California. She has served as a member of the Board of Managers for the Bayview/Hunter's point YMCA in San Francisco, on the Board of Directors of Children in Need International, and as a board member for the Marina Community Association of San Francisco.