Sacramento Waldorf School

Meet Our Staff



(Joined SWS 2016)

Jennifer Alafranji
Community Outreach & Event Manager

Jennifer is a member of the Development Department and works with a team of parent volunteers who help coordinate various events on campus.  The primary SWS community events are  – the Harvest Faire, Annual Giving Campaign, Annual Auction, Grand May Day and Waldorf Cup Golf Tournament.  Jennifer’s career started in Social Work at Alta California Regional Center as a Service Coordinator and then a Community Services Specialist.  She discovered Waldorf education for her three children in 2001 at Camellia Waldorf School and her children attend(ed) high school at SWS.  During her 17 years as a parent at Camellia Waldorf School, she was the Auction and Winter Faire Chair and Class Parent.  Jennifer is passionate about traveling around the world with her family and experiencing other cultures. She loves gardening, hot yoga and spending time with her children.

Contact Jennifer: or 916-860-2504


(Joined SWS 2017)

Cindi Bradshaw
Director of Admissions

Cindi is a current parent at SWS and is very familiar with our school community. She brings a wealth of valuable experience to the position. Her career started as a Human Resource Manager for Macy’s where she also took on roles as College Relations and Executive Placement Manager and Regional Internet Recruitment Specialist. She discovered Waldorf education for her two children in 2006 at the Davis Waldorf School where she was later hired to work in development. She has held roles in community development for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis and as a career counselor. She believes wholeheartedly in the gifts of Waldorf education and its strong community. (also see message from Cindi)

Contact Cindi: or 916-860-2518


Chapman, Gilbert

(Joined SWS 2012)

Gilbert Chapman
Facilities Assistant

Contact Gilbert:  Email our Facilities Manager, Scott at or 916-860-2526


(Joined SWS 2018)

Angela Cowham
Lower School Assistant and Registrar

Contact Angela: or 916-860-2511



Sacramento Waldorf School Administration

(Joined SWS 2018)

Misty DeGennaro
General Information/Lower School Reception

Contact Misty: or 916-860-2510



Amy Elder, Sacramento Waldorf School Staff

(Joined SWS 2017)

Amy Elder
High School International Student Tutor/Lower School Educational Support

Amy has been tutoring international students in our lower school and we are fortunate that she is available to take on this role in the high school. She will continue to be available to our lower school students as she accepts her new responsibilities in the high school.


(Joined SWS 2012)

Wendy Gittleman
Operations Manager

Contact Wendy: or 916-860-2507



(Joined SWS 2016)

Neva Hale
Administrative Staff (Accounting)

Contact Neva:  or 916-860-2532



(Joined SWS 2014)

Marcela Iglesias

(also see welcome message from Marcela)

Contact Marcela: or 916-860-2521



(Joined SWS 2001)

Valerie Leksich
General Information/Lower School Reception

Valerie Leksich is the parent of two SWS grads (2000 & 2004). Her family moved from Atlanta where she had worked as an adult protective services caseworker after getting her BA in psychology from Georgia State University. Valerie and her family moved to Fair Oaks in 1988 specifically for Sacramento Waldorf School, where she enjoyed volunteering for many years until joining our staff in 2001.

Contact Valerie: or 916-860-2510


Kristin Little, Sacramento Waldorf School

(Joined SWS in 2014)

Kristin Little
Extended Care Program Director

Kristin has been in our kindergarten aftercare program for the past four and a half years. We were fortunate to have her expand this role in 2018 to become the Lower School and Kindergarten Extended Care Director.

Contact Kristin:


(Joined SWS 2018)

Zach Menzer
Lower School Administrator

Contact Zach: or 916-860-2512




(Joined SWS 2014)

Wendy Miller
High School Assistant

Contact Wendy: or 916-860-2517



(Joined SWS 2014)

Betsy Petering
Administrative Staff (Admissions/Veracross)

Contact Betsy: or 916-860-2522




(Joined SWS 2001)

John Petering (also see faculty bio)
IT Staff

BS in Unified Science, Wayne State University; MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati; Diploma of Waldorf Education, Waldorf Institute of Mercy College. John has taught in Waldorf high schools for over 20 years. Before coming to SWS he was a Natural Sciences specialist at the Detroit Waldorf High School, Detroit, MI (1976-1985) and the Shining Mountain Waldorf High School, Boulder CO (1991-2001). In between helping start these two Waldorf high schools, John worked in biotechnology and medical clinical research. John has been active in developing the phenomena-based aspects of Waldorf science teaching and helped produce several books on Waldorf science. He is a guest faculty member of Rudolf Steiner College. His outside interests include environmental exploration, particularly stream ecology and water quality, and flow-form (rhythmic water flow) studies.

Contact John: or 916-863-3569


(Joined SWS 2016)

Dr. Whyt Pugh
Educational Support

BA (Hons), English Literature (University of Glamorgan, UK); PhD, Literature (University of South Wales, UK); Steiner Waldorf Class Teacher Credential (West of England Steiner Teacher Training, UK); Special Education Credential (Steiner Waldorf Association for Special Educational Needs and Dyslexia, UK). Whyt held a fundamental role in the creation of the Cardiff Steiner School in Wales where she was a Class Teacher, served as Educational Coordinator, and set up the Learning Support Department. She also taught Literary Theory and Romanticism classes at the University of South Wales from 2013 to 2015. Whyt is an award-winning writer who enjoys open-water swimming, archaeology, and traditional crafts. She is married to Shane (a Waldorf woodwork teacher), has two lovely step-daughters, two adorable grandchildren, and an enormous Angora rabbit.

Contact Whyt: or 916-860-2509


(Joined SWS 2018)

Scott Rulon
IT Manager

Contact Scott: or 916-860-2505



(Joined SWS 2014)

Dean Smith
High School Administrator

Contact Dean: or 916-860-2525



(Joined SWS 2016)

Scott Sodenkamp
Facilities Manager

Contact Scott: or 916-860-2526



(Joined SWS 2017)

Terri Stewart
Administrative Staff (Admissions)

Terri has two years of experience in the Sacramento Waldorf School Admissions department. She also has volunteered countless hours as a parent for the school and as a class parent.  She has decades of experience in using and programming Information Systems as well as managing teams of people.  Terri possesses a BS in Business Administration and a certification in Project Management.  She has a daughter in the 10th grade attending SWS.  She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, camping, taking walks, reading and listening to music of all genres.

Contact Terri: or 916-860-2515



(Joined SWS 2006)

Megan Sullivan
Social Emotional Learning

Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Chrysalis Steiner School, Australia; Coursework at Rudolf Steiner College; Coursework in Psychology at American River College. Megan began her Waldorf teaching career in 1994 at Casuarina Steiner School, Australia.  She has taught grades K-12 both as a class teacher and a specialist in Australia and the US. She has administration experience in a start-up Waldorf High School and has extensive experience as a guest teacher, presenter, and lecturer in the fields of Sex Education and Social Emotional Learning.  Megan is married and has two daughters who are SWS students. She loves to read, take walks, garden, and visit Australia.

Contact Megan: or 916-860-2536


(Joined SWS 2014)

Elizabeth Tiedemann
High School Registrar

Contact Elizabeth: or 916-860-2534




(Joined SWS 2010)

Janis Walters
High School Counselor/High School Coordinating Team

BA in Psychology; MA in Counseling; Pupil Personnel Services Credential; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor; College Counseling Certificate. Janis was a K-8 school counselor for eight years, an adjunct college instructor for ten years, and enjoyed staying home with her daughter for six years before coming to Sacramento Waldorf School.

Contact Janis: or 916-860-2519


(Joined SWS 2018)

Kim Winters
Director of Development

Kim has several decades of experience in fund development, non-profit management, and marketing communications. Through professional and volunteer roles, she has led fundraising efforts to support environmental conservation, primary education, human rights, and community-building. She holds degrees from Guilford College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Contact Kim: or 916-860-2524