Michele Meyer is the 5th grade class teacher at East Bay Waldorf School, El Sobrante, CA, a 30-year old Waldorf school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously Ms. Meyer took a class of 24 students from 1st to 8th grade at Stone Bridge Charter School, one of the first Waldorf inspired public charters. Prior to that, she spent five years at Emerson College, in Forest Row, England, one of the oldest Waldorf teacher training institutions. Equipped with California State Teaching Credential and the Waldorf Teaching Credential, she also holds a degree in law from Boston University, Boston, MA, and BA in music from UCLA.
John Lundell is an electrical engineer with twenty-one (21) years’ engineering experience. From 2003 to 2010, he was an engineering director at CoWare Inc. an electronic design automation startup. Dr Lundell is now at Synopsys Inc. which acquired CoWare Inc. in March or 2010. Before joining CoWare Inc., Dr Lundell worked as a senior architect at Cadence Design Inc. from 1993 to 2003 and from 1989 to 1993 at startup Comdisco Systems Inc. as an engineering manager. Dr. Lundell earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
David Castillo serves as the CCSA Oakland Regional Director. In this role, David advocates on behalf of the charter community in Oakland. He supports member schools to ensure that students and families have access to high quality school options in Oakland. Prior to his work at CCSA, David served as principal at Oakland Unity High School. He successfully guided the school to close the achievement gap and worked to increase access to higher education for underserved populations. He distinguished himself in his principal tenure as a data-driven, hands-on, lead-by-example manager. David has also served as Educational Leadership Tier 1 Fieldwork Supervisor at Cal State East Bay and Team Leader with the Charter Schools Development Center’s Leadership Institute. David received his BA in Political Science from The University of California, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences from San Francisco State University, Administrative Services Credential and MA in Educational Leadership from the California State University, East Bay.
Mr. Andrew Peters has been serving as Oakland Community Organization (OCO) board member for the past four years Simultaneously he has been serving as board member for the Knights of Peter Claver. For the past fifteen years Mr. Peters has served as Financial Advisor (John Hancock). During this period, his financial advising has taken him from Rome, Italy, to parts of Ghana and Hawaii. Prior to working in finance, Mr. Peters was an entrepreneur in the food business, building and running a series of Carl Juniors franchises. Stores he built include the Oakland McArthur Carl Juniors and the Alameda West Side Carl Juniors. Mr. Peters was mentored personally by Carl Juniors Founder Carl Karcher. Awards received include: John Hancock Financial Advisor Agent of the Year for three consecutive years.
Suzanne Larsen is a founding parent of Community School. Together with the late Angel Balaoing Ms. Larsen is parent to Community School students Brandon and Kiana . Ms. Larsen is an executive of Global Human Resources and Organizational Development. She brings over twenty years of strategic human resources and organizational development/operations experience with expertise in workforce strategies, legal/employee relations, change management, training, compliance, leadership and executive coaching. Ms. Larsen holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Development, has conducted graduate work in Intercultural Relations and is a Master Practitioner in NeuroLinguistic Programming. An ongoing learner, Ms. Larsen is currently enrolled in the PhD program at Benedictine University.