Michele Meyer, Board Chair, is recently retired class teacher at the East Bay Waldorf School, El Sobrante, CA, a 30-year old Waldorf school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously Ms. Meyer took a class of 24 students from 1st to 8th grade at Stone Bridge Charter School, one of the first Waldorf inspired public charters. Prior to that, she spent five years at Emerson College, in Forest Row, England, one of the oldest Waldorf teacher training institutions. Equipped with California State Teaching Credential and the Waldorf Teaching Credential, she also holds a degree in law from Boston University, Boston, MA, and BA in music from UCLA.
Mr. Andrew Peters, Board Vice-Chair, served as Oakland Community Organization (OCO) board member for the past four years Simultaneously he has been serving as board member for the Knights of Peter Claver. For the past fifteen years Mr. Peters has served as Financial Advisor (John Hancock). During this period, his financial advising has taken him from Rome, Italy, to parts of Ghana and Hawaii. Prior to working in finance, Mr. Peters was an entrepreneur in the food business, building and running a series of Carl Juniors franchises. Stores he built include the Oakland McArthur Carl Juniors and the Alameda West Side Carl Juniors. Mr. Peters was mentored personally by Carl Juniors Founder Carl Karcher. Awards received include: John Hancock Financial Advisor Agent of the Year for three consecutive years.
Shawn Brown is California Charter Schools Assocation (CCSA) Managing Director, Parent Organizing, California. In addition to his state-wide responsiblities, Shawn manages teams of parent organizers in Sacramento, San Juan, Oakland, Richmond and San Jose. Shawn was the Campaign Director at Voices for Youth in Chicago, and has extensive organizing experience at SEIU and ACLU and other organizations across the Midwest.
An Oakland native, Lindsey Jenkins Stark has been working in education for nearly 10 years. She has had experience as an upper elementary/lower middle school teacher, non-profit leader, charter school district project manager working on achievement and talent issues, and a policy researcher and advocate for education equity issues such as chronic absence and access to high-quality STEM curriculum.
Anastasia Prentiss is Professor of Curriculum Studies at Holy Names University in Oakland California. She is also parent of a CSCE 1st Grader. Anastasia has held a distinguished career in research and teaching in the areas of communications, cultural diversity and equity. A long time resident of Oakland, she is deeply committed to CSCE’s vision and work. Anastasia is proud to be a school parent.
Betty Ly is Family Advocate at Oakland Head Start’s Frank G. Mar and Franklin Head Starts. Previously, Betty worked with many community-based organizations and developed strong networking, outreach and leadership skills though these experiences. Other responsibilities include being a San Antonio County Food Bank volunteer coordinator. Betty brings a diverse range of abilities from her Cantonese English bilingual background to her extensive expertise in serving low income families in the City of Oakland. Her focus has always been on making CSCE stronger in its parent involvement and more prominent within the community.
Peter Hanley is an experienced governing board member, having joined the CSCE board in April 2011 shortly before the school opened for its first year. He is also in his fourth term on the San Mateo Union High School District board and currently is president of the Amethod Public Schools board, a charter management organization with six schools in Oakland and Richmond. He is director of Discovery Institute's American Center for Transforming Education and previously worked for the California Charter Schools Association in Oakland.