Sacramento Waldorf School

Meet Our Staff

Community Outreach & Event Manager

alafranji-jenniferJennifer Alafranji

(Joined SWS 2016)

Contact Jennifer: or 916-860-2504

Director of Admissions

broad-nickNick Broad 
(also see message from Nick)

(Joined SWS 2012)

Contact Nick: or 916-860-2518

Administrative Staff

cannon-lisa-squareLisa Cannon

(Joined SWS 2015)

Contact Lisa: or 916-860-2520

Facilities Assistant

Chapman, GilbertGilbert Chapman

(Joined SWS 2012)

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

Lower School Assistant

deutsch-nicoleNicole Deutsch

(Joined SWS 2016)

Contact Nicole: or 916-860-2511

Director of Development

Rachelle Doyle

(Joined SWS 2017)

Contact Rachelle: or 916-860-2524


ghoirso-bethBeth Ghiorso 
(see faculty bio)

(Joined SWS 1999)

Contact Beth: or 916-860-2523

Operations Manager

Wendy Gittleman

(Joined SWS 2012)

Contact Wendy: or 916-860-2507

 Administrative Staff


Neva Hale

(Joined SWS 2016)

Contact Neva:  or 916-860-2532


Marcela Iglesias (also see welcome message from Marcela)

(Joined SWS 2014)

Contact Marcela: or 916-860-2521

General Information/Lower School Reception

leksich-valerieValerie Leksich

(Joined SWS 2001)

Contact Valerie: or 916-860-2510

High School Administrative Coordinator

Jill McCluremcclure-jill

(Joined SWS 2005)

Contact Jill: or 916-860-2525

High School Reception

miller-wendyWendy Miller

(Joined SWS 2014)

Contact Wendy: or 916-860-2517

Lower School Administrator

Lisa Morgan

(Joined SWS 2017)

BS Social Science with emphasis in Psychology (Colorado State University); Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College. Lisa has worked in both the private and public sectors and in several Waldorf-based organizations in the area and has also earned multiple subject and single subject Social Science teaching credentials. She has worked at Cedar Springs, Davis Waldorf, Golden Valley Charter School, and A.M. Winn Public Waldorf School.

In addition to her considerable classroom teaching experience, Lisa has also served in Waldorf leadership roles. She led the College of Teachers at Davis Waldorf School, served as a teacher mentor, and worked with DWS faculty and board trustees on AWSNA accreditation. She has a special interest in middle school sciences as well as handwork, painting, and gardening. Her son, Charlie Hammond, is an alumnus of the SWS class of 2013.

Contact Lisa: or 916-860-2512

Administrative Staff

Betsy Petering

(Joined SWS 2014)

Contact Betsy: or 916-860-2522

IT Staff

petering-johnJohn Petering
(also see faculty bio)

(Joined SWS 2001)

Contact John: or 916-863-3569

Educational Support

pugh-whitneyDr. Whyt Pugh

(Joined SWS 2016)

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

Summer & Extended Care Programs Director

schoen-peterPeter Schoen 
(see faculty bio)
(Joined SWS 2012)

Contact Peter: or 916-961-3900

High School Administrator

smith-deanDean Smith
(see faculty bio)

(Joined SWS 2014)

Contact Dean: or 916-860-2505

Facilities Manager

SWS Facilities

Scott Sodenkamp

(Joined SWS 2016)

Contact Scott: or 916-860-2526

Social Emotional Learning

sullivan-meganMegan Sullivan 
(also see faculty bio)

(Joined SWS 2015)

Contact Megan: or 916-860-2536

High School Registrar


Elizabeth Tiedemann

(Joined SWS 2014)

Contact Elizabeth: or 916-860-2534

High School Counselor/High School Coordinating Team

walters-janisJanis Walters

(Joined SWS 2010)

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