Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Allee Zapp

Allee Zapp

Board Member, President

Allee is a digital strategist with over 16 years of experience, she’s helped a wide range of clients from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 clients tell their stories in a meaningful way. Her company, TriTrillion, provides digital marketing solutions for businesses that are ready to ditch the status quo and create a memorable online presence.

She is the mommy of Beckett, in Mrs. Hinton’s class, and Wyatt, in Miss Allsopp’s class, and has been a WSB parent for 4 years. Her favorite thing about Waldorf education is that it honors the spiritual aspect of the child, teaching through the head, hands, and heart.

Scott Buchholz

Scott Buchholz

Board Member, Treasurer

Scott Buchholz is currently an IT Applications Analyst and Database Administrator at the City of Bend. He has been in IT for 6 years and prior to that spent 14 years in operations in the telecommunications industry.
He and his wife Amy have been married for 16 years and their daughter is in the 5th grade. We’ve been at WSB since 2013 and this is my 3rd year on the Board.
Nicole Handley

Nicole Handley

Board Member, Secretary

Nicole Handley moved to Bend, Oregon from Acton, CA. She spent 22 years as one of
the Film industry’s leading animal trainers. After years of traveling the world from Sri
Lanka to Costa Rica Nicole had her daughter Hailey and knew it was time to slow the
pace and find a community to settle down in. Passionate about animals and the great
outdoors Bend was a natural fit. Growing up skiing the Oregon Mountains with her
hippy father Nicole always felt in her heart that Oregon was home. Nicole loves the
outdoors and most activities that take place there. Waldorf Education has been in
Nicole’s heart from the very moment she started the journey of learning “What is
Waldorf”. Nicole loves that Waldorf School of Bend is a tight knit community with
likeminded, caring and kind families that love the outdoors.
Ashley James

Ashley James

Board Member, Member at Large

Ashley found Waldorf education as she and her husband Cole researched alternative options to mainstream education while looking at preschools for their son Wyatt. “The Waldorf philosophy resonated with us as it focuses on the whole child. We want our children to be healthy balanced individuals who are encouraged to be themselves and Waldorf education supports this.”

Ashley and her husband, Cole, have two young sons, Wyatt and Bridger. Wyatt has thrived as a student at Waldorf since 2015 and Bridger will be joining the student body in September 2017.

Brian Peavey

Brian Peavey

Board Member, Member at Large

Brian came to Waldorf School of Bend via the challenges found at public school and then home schooling his three girls with his wife, Elisa, and extended family.  They moved to Bend in 2015 to provide their children with a Waldorf experience, and of course to enjoy all the festivals, skiing, rafting and hiking that Central Oregon provides.  
Brian’s background includes 25 years in real estate, first as a Realtor and then transitioning to work in development, remodeling and property management. Brian enjoys contributing toward the creation and growth of projects.  He is a Co-Chair on the Playscape Committee and has enjoyed seeing all the improvements to date which will eventually culminate into a playground full of various opportunities for children to explore, create and be active.  His daughter Taylor is in 7th grade in Mrs. Anderson’s class.  His second oldest daughter, Bella, is in Mr. Routt’s 5th grade class.  Emi, his youngest daughter, is in 2nd grade with Mrs. Elmore.  
Chuck Rucker

Chuck Rucker

Board Member, Member at Large

Chuck Rucker owns a real estate investment company and commercial brokerage.  A Waldorf parent for nearly ten years, he served on the board of the Camellia Waldorf School in Sacramento for three years, chaired multiple fundraising, event and operational committees and coached the school soccer team for its first two years.

He is passionate about the outdoors, loves skiing, mountain biking, hiking, golfing and climbing with his friends and family. Chuck and Sarah’s son, Lucas, is currently a 7th grader in Mrs. Anderson’s class.

Rachel Caldwell

Rachel Caldwell

Board Member, Early Childhood rep

Rachel Caldwell says, “I’m personally committed as both a teacher and a parent to our school. I love seeing my children anxious to go to school each morning. There is such a feeling of joyful learning every day.” Mrs. Caldwell’s Early Childhood classroom is truly a “magical kingdom,” where you will find the children thriving in the midst of beauty, peace, play, and purpose.

Mrs. Caldwell has more than six years of experience in Waldorf Early Childhood classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Finance from North Carolina State University, and Mention Bien in Study of French Language, Institut de Francais, Ville Franche Sur Mer, France. Rachel has completed 3 of the 4 years of training for her Waldorf Early Childhood certification.

Along with her three children—all of whom attend WSB—and her husband, she moved to Bend in 2006 from Atlanta, Georgia, to be surrounded by nature and family. Mrs. Caldwell considers herself fortunate to have her parents and sister living in Bend, as well. They all love hiking, biking, skiing, and camping in beautiful Central Oregon.

Thom Routt

Thom Routt

Board Member, Grades Faculty rep

Thom Routt says, “I believe that when the spark of interest is ignited, the wildfire of learning can burn unsuppressed.” And it is no surprise that he uses this bright metaphor—in the summer months, the much-adored Mr. Routt is also a helicopter rappeler wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service.

Mr. Routt has 12 years of teaching experience, including more than eight years in Waldorf classrooms. He completed the elementary grades teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, Sausalito, CA. He also completed the Level I Spatial Dynamics training at the Spatial Dynamics Institute, Mechanicville, NY. Mr. Routt is currently pursuing the Level ll Movement Therapy certification from the Spacial Dynamics Institute.

As a five-year Bend resident, Mr. Routt has fallen in love with the supportive community and is a recreational enthusiast –he takes advantage of mountain biking and cycling, skiing, trail running, river floating, rock climbing, motorcycling and adventure racing. He also enjoys playing guitar, acro yoga and seeing live music.

Darren Hansen

Darren Hansen

Board Member, Ex-oficio

School Director

Darren Hansen is retired from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years of services as a leader, mentor and manager in aviation and education, most recently as Commander of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps’ Northwest Region. In this executive leadership capacity he oversaw the recruitment, admissions, administration, scholarship management and retention of 3,000 university students, as well as strategic planning, curriculum refinement and program compliance of 32 university Aerospace Studies Departments throughout the western United States.

During his tenure in the Air Force he garnered extensive leadership, administrative, managerial, budgetary and facilities management experience in numerous organizations of all sizes; several focused specifically on education. He holds a BA in Urban & Regional Planning from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, a MA in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI as well as a year-long National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA.

Darren and Erin Hansen have two sons attending WSB in 7th grade and 5th grade. He took this position in reflection of his family’s commitment to the Waldorf educational philosophy, to the growth and success of WSB and in a desire to integrate into and enrich our community. “I am drawn to Waldorf education because of the way it unfolds to meet the child. The Curriculum makes the student the center of exploration, experience and discovery. It affords children the opportunity to maximize their self-actualization: building confidence and a clearer picture of who they are and where they exist in our world. In a day and age where the pressures of everyday life are so broad, they are empowered to make thoughtful and informed decisions for themselves and our greater community.”

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