Ben Smith became involved with Waldorf education at Woodland Star Charter School in Sonoma over 10 years ago when his daughter and son joined Woodland Star Charter School. He served on the Woodland Star Charter Council and Admin/Finance Committee. Ben has broad real estate experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. A principal at Waterford Associates in Novato, he is currently heading all aspects of development and operations at the firm. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a degree in English Literature, and Santa Clara University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Email: Ben.Smith@Credohigh.org
Ms. Dupuis, Credo’s former eurythmy teacher, earned her eurythmy certification from the American Eurythmy School and earned her BA with a focus on adolescent consciousness from the California Institute for Integral Studies. She is also a graduate of Spacial Dynamics training, studied Goethian Studies and the Foundation Year at Rudolf Steiner College and completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at Credo. Ms. Dupuis has been teaching eurythmy in Waldorf schools since 2001 and is currently teaching a Waldorf Homeschool program in Santa Cruz, CA. Email: Lilith.Dupuis@Credohigh.org
Amy spent 16 years in the education field including two years as a special education teacher at Credo High School. She is so passionate about climate action that she and her husband, Brian, founded Amy’s Roofing and Solar with a mission to make solar and metal roofing increasingly accessible to consumers thereby minimizing waste.
Karna Dawson became involved with Waldorf public education at Live Oak Charter School in Petaluma over 15 years ago when her children enrolled in kindergarten. She served on the Live Oak Charter School board for many years. Karna is a clinical social worker and worked in non-profit management for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a masters degree in Social Welfare. Karna.Dawson@credohigh.org.
Josh Kizner’s involvement with Waldorf education began over a decade ago, when his children enrolled in kindergarten at Live Oak Charter School in Petaluma. He served on the Live Oak Board of Directors for six years, including as its Treasurer for four years. Josh is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Reading Development and is responsible for its nationwide Summer and Extended Learning programs, dedicated to the goals of improving the reading skills of children and adolescents, and of deepening their capacity for absorption in literature as quintessentially human activity. He is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in English and subsequently pursued graduate studies in English at Louisiana State University to a terminal ABD, before leaving the academy to work more directly with young people. Email: Josh.Kizner@credohigh.org