Board of Directors

Maria Martinez, President

Maria Martinez is the Business Manager at Stone Bridge School in Napa, where she oversees state and local compliance, including credentialing and testing, creates policy, writes and edits the weekly newsletter, assists in hiring, budgeting, and grant writing.  She is also a founding member of Stone Bridge, a Waldorf-inspired K-8 school, and served on the school’s development group and initial board. Maria has also served on the parent council and finance teams, chaired the hiring committee for several years, and served on the Stone Bridge board from 2009-12, including a two-year term as president.  She earned a BA in psychology from Sonoma State University and has worked in banking, where she provided customer service, bookkeeping assistance, and also worked as an internal auditor.  She was instrumental in the founding and running of a small business in the health field. Maria has two children who graduated from Stone Bridge and a son who attends Credo.

Patricia Yardley, Vice President

Patty Yardley graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned a MA in counseling from San Francisco State University. She worked as a program coordinator in community mental health in San Francisco and, in 1993, was a founding member and therapist of Family Service Counseling Center, a non-profit counseling center in San Leandro. Patty worked in high schools in the East Bay as a gang and drug prevention counselor, and in therapeutic adolescent wilderness programs.  She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for the past fifteen years in Northern California, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon, and she currently has offices in Cotati and Rohnert Park. Patty has been involved with Waldorf education, both public and private, since 2003, at the Waldorf School of Atlanta and the Portland Village School. She was a founding member and board vice president from 2008-2012 for a public Waldorf high school initiative, Bridges High, which was granted a charter by the Portland Public School Board. Patty’s children currently attend Live Oak Charter School and Credo High.

Sam Turner, Secretary

Sam Turner is a licensed General Contractor and President of Gracie Construction, Inc. Sam earned his BS in Business and Marketing from Skidmore College and has worked toward an International Business MBA at St. Mary’s College. He has been the manager of many prestigious building projects, including The Presentation School in Sonoma, Nicholson Ranch Winery and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Sam is experienced in all aspects of commercial and residential construction. For two years he has served as Facilities Manager on Credo's Development Team. Sam is the father of three Waldorf students.

Adele Santana, PhD, Chief Financial Officer

Adele Santana, Pd.D., teaches in the Professional MBA program and undergraduate business college at Sonoma State University. She also represents SSU in the annual Sustainable Industries Conference at SOMO Village. Previously, Dr. Santana taught at the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration. Dr. Santana received her PhD. in Strategy, Business Environment, Ethics, and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School, her M.S. in Business Administration and MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her B.S. in Engineering from Pontíficia Universidade Católica in Campinas, Brazil. She is the mother of a Credo High graduate.

Kelly Hennessey, Member

Kelly Hennessey has worked for three years as senior accounting manager for a biotech company. Prior to that, she owned her own accounting consulting and software implementations company. She served as a parent volunteer on the La Fiesta School site council and as accountant for the Friends of Live Oak Charter School.  Kelly earned her BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University, graduating cum laude. She has two sons who are Waldorf students.

James Freed, Member

Jim Freed is a fine artist and, since 1995, and art and design educator at the Academy of Art University and the UC Berkeley Extension, both in San Francisco. He earned his BFA in Art and Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and his MA in Education from Sonoma State University, where the focus of his research and study was the nexus of art, sustainabilty and education. He is a Fellow of the Leadership Institure for Ecology and Economy. Jim has studied Waldorf education at the Center for Educational Renewal and is particularly interested in the full integration of sustainable design thought and pedagogy into design and arts curriculum.