Board

Linda Santelices

President

Linda Santelices is the Director of Research Operations for the Asthma, Allergy, and Autoimmunity Institute of the Allegheny Health Network, an affiliate of Highmark which includes 7 hospitals that serve western Pennsylvania. Linda’s background is in bioengineering and she is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Of Chilean decent and originally from New England, Linda has been a resident of Pittsburgh since 1997 and a member of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh community since 2010. Linda is delighted by the effect that the Waldorf philosophy has had on her children and her own lifestyle, and is deeply committed and grateful for the opportunity to serve the school and its community.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys running a small photography studio, Pure Photography, playing with her two Welsh Terriers, cooking, gardening, traveling, and most of all, spending quiet (and not-so-quiet) time at home with her two children and husband.

Jenna Cramer

Vice President

Bio coming Soon.

 
 
 
 

Jeffrey Dorsey

Board Secretary, Parent Association Board Representative

Bio coming Soon.

 
 
 
 

Andrei Voicu

Board Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

 
 
 
 

Josh Aderholt

Board Member

Josh Aderholt is the Director of Financial Analysis for Century Equities, where he provides analysis for the company’s hospitality and real estate syndication projects. Josh also leads select hotel development projects in the Western Pennsylvania area. Prior to joining Century Equities, Josh designed and implemented systems linking teacher and administrator performance to compensation at Pittsburgh Public Schools, as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Empowering Effective Teachers program.

Josh grew up in Wheeling, WV, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus in Finance and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia. Josh has lived in Pittsburgh since 1999, interrupted by two years living in Warsaw, Poland, and another two years in Lviv, Ukraine, where he served in the MBA Enterprise Corps (currently known as MBAs Without Borders), providing consulting services as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project.

Josh lives in Lawrenceville with his wife and two children, and enjoys using his bike to get around town, gardening, and coaching youth soccer and hockey.

Amelia Brett

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

 
 
 
 

Andy Wood

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

 
 
 
 

Carrie Tongarm

Board Member

Carrie Tongarm is an energy attorney who represents clients in matters related to environmental regulation and policy. Originally from Northern Virginia, Carrie moved to NYC in 2002 and was involved in theater production as a professional stage manager for the Actors’ Equity Association. She was also the sales manager for one of the largest wine stores in Manhattan and holds an Advance Certificate in Wine and Spirits from the International Wine Center. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2010, she has fallen madly in love with the city’s restaurants, cultural scene, and overall livability.

Her son, Milo, has been at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh since 2011 and Carrie is honored to be a part of such a dynamic school community. In her spare time (what is that?), Carrie enjoys wine, food, festivals, music, music festivals, food festivals that involve music, and wine festivals involving food and music. “It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

Meghan Dann

Parent Association Board Representative

Bio coming soon.

 
 
 
 

Jill Zihar

Early Childhood Faculty Chair

Miss Jill always knew that she wanted to be a teacher, and when she found Waldorf Education she believed herself lucky to have uncovered a secret gem. Jill grew up south of Pittsburgh in a family of teachers. She went to Allegheny College for her undergraduate work in Literature and Elementary Education. She then went on to receive her Masters in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2002, she started working for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh as the Aftercare Director. The following year she became one of the Kindergarten teachers and began her Waldorf Masters training at Sunbridge University. In 2007, she moved to Philadelphia and taught in a mixed-age Kindergarten at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. In 2012, Jill and her family moved back to Pittsburgh and is now teaching one of the Kindergarten classes. Jill loves spending time with her family: her husband Adam, daughter Bailey, and son Tyler. She loves storytelling, going for walks, cooking, and eating.

Anne Clair Goodman

Grades Faculty Chair

Ms. Goodman has always known she would be a teacher. Working with children has always been a strong calling that has led her from “teaching” her younger sister during grade school to working in a therapeutic day camp in high school and teaching on the Navajo Reservation in college. Ms. Goodman joined the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh faculty as a grades teacher in 2000 after graduating from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She pursued Waldorf teacher training and earned her master’s in education from Antioch New England Graduate School in 2004. These experiences, coupled with attending Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and the Washington Waldorf School, both in Maryland, have led Ms. Goodman to fully appreciate the many gifts Waldorf education has to offer, including a strong connection to the arts and the imaginative and rigorous curriculum. After her last class graduated eighth grade in spring of 2014, Ms. Goodman took up her current position. In addition to her work at the school, Ms. Goodman enjoys listening to and creating music, walking, painting, bowling, kickball, and writing.

Kirsten Christopherson-
Clark

Head of School

Kirsten’s passion for Waldorf education was sparked when a parent whose child was under her care told her, “You should become a Waldorf teacher.”  As a result of that conversation, Kirsten visited the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis, MN.   With her BA in International Communication and German, Kirsten enrolled at Antioch New England University and graduated in 1996 with her M.Ed. and a Concentration in Waldorf Education K-8.

Kirsten taught at the Waldorf School of Milwaukee and then at the country’s first Waldorf-inspired public school, the Urban Waldorf School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In 2002, she began teaching at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.  She has served as faculty chair, mentor, Interim Administrator and Expansion Coordinator.  Kirsten has also been a mentor at Spring Garden Waldorf School in Copley, Ohio and the Portland Village School in Portland, Oregon.  As Administrator, Kirsten brings a strong commitment to Waldorf education and lifelong learning, a desire to cultivate mutually respectful relationships, and a love for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh community.

Kirsten enjoys spending time with her husband and son, taking walks with their dog, visiting family and friends, reading and exploring the art of life.

Comments are closed.