Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is .. text
Any inquiries to the board should be directed to email@example.com
Holly Nichols, Chair
Holly Nichols has two children at Davis Waldorf School and has been part of the DWS community since her niece started kindergarten at the school in 2008. Holly has volunteered with the school in several capacities throughout the years, including as class parent, Parent Council Chair, and many volunteer hours throughout the school years at festivals, events, class plays, and so on. Holly has a B.S. and M.S. in Geology and has worked as a professional geologist in the public and private sector for nearly 20 years. She brings a range of experience in organization and project management, as well as an understanding of the DWS community. In her free time, Holly enjoys cooking and baking, camping, knitting, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Carolina Roberts, Vice-Chair
Carolina Roberts contributes a diverse range of experiences to the Davis Waldorf School board, combining her passion for community service with a rich professional background. As the founder of "Be Well Here Now Coaching," she specializes in empowering working mothers, offering them practical strategies to balance their careers and family life. Her background includes over two decades in corporate communications at leading Fortune 5 companies like ExxonMobil and Nestle, where she specialized in community relations. This unique blend of coaching expertise and corporate acumen makes her an invaluable asset to the board.
Her extensive board experience, including roles at the Greenpoint YMCA, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Williamsburg Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, underscores her commitment to community development and engagement. Carolina's journey from a corporate career to a dedicated life coach was fueled by her own transformative experience with coaching, driving her to help others achieve harmony in their lives.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Carolina is an avid fitness enthusiast and a devoted mother, sharing her love for travel and cultural exploration with her two young children. Her family has been a part of the Davis Waldorf community for over 6 years.
Robin Carlson, Secretary
Robin Carlson has a son attending Davis Waldorf School, and her family has been a part of the school community since 2015, when her son started preschool. Robin is an author and natural science illustrator, building careful observations of the natural world into deeper commentary on ecology and climate change. Her work centers on field sketching, ecoreportage, living documentation of the ever-accelerating transformation of ecosystems by human activity. Her first book, The Cold Canyon Fire Journals, was published in 2022 by Heyday and her work has also appeared in The Common, the literary journal of Amherst College, and in Arnoldia, the magazine of the Harvard University Arboretum. She has taught workshops that combine drawing, painting, and natural science at the past four Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conferences, as well as up and down the Pacific Coast.
Neil Koehler, Treasurer
Neil Koehler bio.
Ben Ratner, Member
Ben Ratner is the parent of two children at Davis Waldorf School and has been part of the school community since 2021. He has a B.A. in Economics, an MBA, and leads Human Resources for a semiconductor company following careers in strategy consulting and financial services. Ben brings a range of experience in people-centered design, strategic analysis and data analytics. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family, especially on the basketball court.
Luciana Turkovich, Member
Luciana Turkovich, a fourth-generation figure in Argentina's wine industry, embarked on a journey with her husband Chris in 2009 to establish Turkovich Family Wines in Winters, California. Together, they've crafted a legacy rooted in family values. Luciana is also a proud mom to two lovely girls, Antonia and Anita, both attending Davis Waldorf School..
Joseph Wiseman, Member
Joseph Wiseman's son, Leo, is in the 7th grade at DWS. Leo started in the DWS Pre-school, completed the third grade, and returned to DSW after three years at Willett Elementary. Joseph, his wife, Lara, and Leo are happy to be back in the DWS community.
Joseph is the Chief Judge of the Round Valley Indians Tribes and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. He also serves as an appellate judge for the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition and the Wilton Rancheria Appellate Court. He is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Oregon (“GO DUCKS!”) School of Law. Joseph is a recognized expert in Federal Indian Law, teaches the subject to law students, and regularly conducts training for tribal court judges and other stakeholders involved in tribal justice programs. Joseph previously served on the DWS Board of Directors.
Ceri Beeman, Parent Council Representative
Ceri Beeman is a parent to a 7th and 5th grader at DWS, and to an alumni student currently attending Sacramento Waldorf School. Her mother-in-law and late father-in-law, Susan Pelican and Howard Beeman, were part of the founding group of parents at DWS and Ceri joined the Board to build on their contributions. Ceri runs a Renewable Energy Consulting firm based in Davis and Australia. She brings a background in human resources, recruitment and operations to Davis Waldorf School.
Ceri is parent council representative to the DWS board so if you have any feedback or questions you would like to bring to the Board you can contact her directly. She is also chair of DWS Site committee and is interested in any expertise our current families can offer in construction, architecture, landscape design, plumbing or electrical work.
Jennifer Slater, Director
Jennifer Slater first joined DWS in 2009 as a substitute in our early childhood program. With a lifelong love of teaching that was first shaped from playing school with her sister as a child, Jennifer knew that Davis Waldorf School was a special place. She immediately fell in love with Waldorf Education. Jennifer held the Climbing Rose Kindergarten class for 7 years and also took on many leadership roles within the faculty during that time including being the first faculty chair at DWS and serving on the board. In 2020 when decisive and compassionate leadership was needed, Jennifer leaped into administration. She enjoys working with so many caring adults (staff and parents) who work to make DWS a remarkable place. When Jennifer isn’t working she enjoys spending time outside in nature with her young daughter, Riley and husband, Chris.
Jessica Efstratis was born in the foothills of northern California and grew up in the Sacramento area next to the American River. She has a B.A. in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and her Waldorf Education Diploma from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. Jessica has also studied Environmental Science at San Francisco State and Fine Art at Chico State. She has worked as an environmental educator at Hidden Villa Ranch, the parent child teacher at Camellia Waldorf School, and she owned and operated the in-home preschool program, The Rainbow Bridge Preschool. She has three children and is happy to be both a teacher and proud parent in the Davis Waldorf community.
Casey Powers grew up in Davis and has returned to her hometown after finishing up her studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where she studied writing and education. Before taking on the role of Lead Teacher in the Climbing Rose Kindergarten, she worked as an assistant kindergarten teacher at Davis Waldorf School and at the Olympia Waldorf School. She received her Early Childhood Waldorf Teaching certification through the Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy in Seattle, Washington. In her spare time, she loves watercolor painting, writing children's stories, practicing yoga, playing ukulele, gardening, and making puppets.