Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Chuck Rucker

Chuck Rucker

Board Member, President

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, just graduated in 2019 and from Mrs. Anderson’s class.

Dustin Urban

Dustin Urban

Board Member, Vice President

Bio coming soon!
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.
Ben Selznick

Ben Selznick

Board Member, Member at Large

Bio coming soon!

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.

Meghan Allsopp

Meghan Allsopp

Board Member, Grades Faculty rep

Meghan Allsopp is a lifelong learner. From a young age, the outdoors was her favorite classroom wherever her family moved and travelled. She learned to be adaptive and very curious, handling new experiences with patient ease. College brought her to the University of Vermont where she majored in Studio Art and Psychology. There she volunteered for the Outdoor Program and Student Life; teaching canoeing, rock climbing, backpacking and other wilderness skills as well as hosting cultural and art-based events for the community. Her love of farming and gardening took her to teach at school gardens, farms, and a therapeutic horticultural program for adolescents and young adults in Hawaii.

Education can be a healthy and healing element in children’s lives. Waldorf Education appealed to Meghan’s love of integrating the experiential, artistic, and ensouled quality that teachers in a Waldorf School strive to cultivate. This led Meghan to the Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training program, from which she graduated with a certificate in teaching Grades 1-8 in 2015.
Miss Allsopp loves Bend with its energetic sunny disposition, enjoys hiking, canoeing the Mackenzie river, gardening, and cooking elaborate meals with friends and family.
Darren Hansen

Darren Hansen

Executive Counsel

 

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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