655 Willowside Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-575-7194
info@summerfieldwaldorf.org

Board of Directors

Skeydrit Bahr

Faculty Member: LS/HS Eurythmy & PE Teacher

Luke Bass, Board Treasurer

Jefferson Buller, Board President

Jefferson J. Buller is honored and humbled to serve as Board President, having began his service on the Summerfield Board in 2005. Jefferson also coached the SWSF middle school girls' basketball team for the past six years, and now coaches the Girls' High School Basketball team. He and his family have been at SWSF since 2003; his two daughters are in Twelfth Grade (Lily) and and in Ninth Grade (Ella). His wife is SWSF Registrar Andrea Trinei. Born in Germany and a dual citizen of the US and Belgium, he shares his passion for travel with his family. During the day, Jefferson is a Senior Vice President and National Program Manager for Bank of America. 

Sharon Fitzgerald

Sharon Fitzgerald attended Rhode Island School of Design where she studied Art and Film History and received a bachelor’s degree from the R.I.S.D Film /Animation /Video program. For nearly two decades she performed the role of Art Director and Producer in the making of traditional 2D and digital 3D animation for M.T.V. (NYC), Nickelodeon (NYC), Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (London) and Britain's leading post-production house, Framestore-CFC (London). She budgeted, managed and art-directed teams of up to 60 artists/technicians and acted as liaison to leading film companies. She received Human Resources Training in hiring practices, performance reviews and workplace retention from an expert mentor in the high-tech industry. After living and working in London for eight years, Sharon returned to the U.S. and settled in the Bay Area. She transitioned out of the film business by working as creative director for Acre Gourmet, an Organic School Lunch Program that serves 2,500 school lunches daily in San Francisco. Sharon now devotes her time to raising a child and acting as Co-owner and Co-Operator of Acre Coffee with her husband Steve De Cosse.    

Patricia Gay

Patricia Gay and her husband Kevin Williams are the parents of a high school sophomore who has been attending Summerfield since Roots and Shoots.  Patricia is a CPA and financial coach with over 30 years of accounting, bookkeeping, tax and coaching experience. Her broad professional experience and educational background give her a unique perspective on businesses, organizations and human development.   Patricia has a BBA in Accounting, an MA in Counseling Psychology, and certifications as a Co-Active Coach, an NLP Master Practitioner and a LENS Neurofeedback practitioner.  Her early years in accounting were with KPMG and Pfizer but working in small accounting firms in Northern California supporting entrepreneurs was really when the fun began. Her passion is helping individuals and business owners to attain their professional goals in alignment with personal fulfillment.  Patricia currently runs MindWise Financial, a back office solution for start-ups and small businesses, and MindWise LLC, a coaching practice.

Patricia was raised in Brazil as an expatriate, far from extended family, and she feels lucky to be raising her son Colin in the community of Summerfield.  

Gina Martinelli, Board Vice-President

Gina Martinelli was born and raised in Sonoma County. She is a Real Estate Broker and Investor. Gina obtained her real estate license in 1988 at the age of 19, then two short years later got her Broker’s license. She created a small real estate boutique company, Martinelli Real Estate, (formerly MYCO Realty Services Inc.). Gina’s nearly 30 years of experience is an essential asset helping guide and advise her clients through the real estate transaction. She asks questions and creates a special plan for each person. As a real estate investor, it uniquely qualifies Gina to help clients make wise financial decisions.

“Very early in my real estate career, I learned that the secret to success was honesty, being of service, and having my clients look to the future and see the BIG picture. I was fortunate to buy my first piece of real estate at 21 years old!”

Gina is married to George Martinelli, a fifth generation farmer here in Sonoma County. They have 2 daughters that have attended Summerfield since preschool, Gianna, now in Eighth Grade, and Grace in Fifth Grade.

Catherine Schlager

Faculty Member: Rosebud Preschool Teacher

Catherine was raised in Wisconsin, attended college in Chicago and graduate school in Boston. She has worn many hats over the years: professional actor, baker, small-business owner, professor of nutrition and international health, and program manager for an international field research organization. Her love of children, handwork, and music as well as her concern for the future of humankind inspired her to take up Waldorf teaching with the very young child. She considers herself privileged to be working in this realm. When not in school Catherine enjoys gardening, reading, hiking and traveling with her two children, Noah and Amelie.

Craig Stainbrook

Craig Stainbrook is a registered patent attorney with Stainbrook & Stainbrook, LLP, North Bay Intellectual Property Law Group, which he founded with his wife and law partner, Charmaine. He and Charmaine live with their son, Mason, in West Sonoma County. Mason is currently a third grader at SWSF. Charmaine was Co-Class Parent for Mason’s first and second grade classes and has now passed the baton to other capable hands for third grade. Craig was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, which he considers to be the urban spiritual sister of Sonoma County, and where his childhood family and many relatives remain. In 1982 he moved to Northern California to play golf (whatever it takes to get you where you need to be, as they say). He moved to Sonoma County in 1985. He's never left since and cannot imagine he ever will.

Laura Sternik

Faculty Member: Second Grade Teacher

Laura Sternik was born in Colorado, but spent much of her childhood growing up in hotels in Austria and Lebanon. At eighteen she moved to London to study Art and stayed there for seven years exploring many different artistic and esoteric subjects through the many alternative schools popping up in the seventies. It was only when her three children reached school age that she decided that none of the public schools in her area (Marin) were satisfactory, and she came across the Waldorf school. It was love at first sight, and soon she was involved in helping at the school. Serendipitously, during a move up to Seattle, she was asked to teach German at their Waldorf school, and a whole new path unfolded for her. She started her Steiner teacher training there and then completed it back in England. Laura was a class teacher at the Brighton Steiner School and Michael Hall Steiner School for 12 years before returning to the States to be closer to her family. Every year of teaching brings a renewed joy and wonder at how marvelously well the curriculum in our schools meets the children’s needs. She is also constantly amazed by how much there is still to learn and how happy that makes her.

Simon Turkalj

Simon Turkalj is principal of Lumen Labs, a Bay Area-based strategic advisory firm. He works shoulder-to-shoulder with some of America's most innovative executives in space, technology, medicine, and the media. Planet Labs, Salesforce, a stealth rocket company, Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, and Medium are some of the organizations that Simon advises and supports.

Simon is an award-winning father to three beautiful children and a devoted husband to his sweetheart of thirty years. They live on Wild Plum Farm, a former chicken hennery, near downtown Sebastopol. When not working on a house remodel, Simon is on ladders catching bee swarms from their biodynamic hives.

Simon received his engineering degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.

Line Westman

Faculty Member: Red Rose Kindergarten Teacher

Line Westman was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark where she attended the Vidar Waldorf School kindergarten through twelfth grade. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric with a minor in English and Linguistics. After marrying her husband Jeffrey, they moved to the north of Sweden to raise their two young sons, Noah and Lukas, and tend their potato farm. It was during that time Line realized she needed to follow her passion—working with young children. She attended the Järna Waldorf College in Sweden. When their oldest son was ready for Kindergarten they moved all the way to Sebastopol, CA, so he could attend Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm. Line has worked at Summerfield and several other Waldorf early childhood programs and schools since 2005. In 2006 Line and Jeffrey welcomed their third son, Jonas, and together they all enjoy cooking, tending the garden, bicycling and traveling.

Dan Westphal, Board Secretary

Dan Westphal, has lived and worked in Santa Rosa for the last 20 years. He is a parent with a daughter in Twelfth Grade. He has been involved with the school since his daughter transferred into Kindergarten.

Dan was born and raised in Northern California where he spent his childhood summers on Fire Towers with his family in the Mendocino National Forest and the Tahoe National forest. With no electricity and other distractions he learned to entertain himself and became an avid reader.

Dan went to private school along with his two older sisters. He will always remember the importance his parents placed on education and the sacrifice they had to make for that to happen. He continues that dedication to his daughter's education. After moving to Napa County in 8th grade, he spent the school year helping his father build a house. Through high school and college Dan worked in construction paying his way through high school and helping pay for his college. With his construction skills, Dan spent several spring breaks in Mexico and New Mexico helping to build medical clinics and schools. He left Northern California for Michigan, where he studied and received a Bachelor of Architecture from Andrews University, a small Liberal Arts College.

After college Dan came to Santa Rosa where he interned and received his Architect's license. He spent 12 years working up from an intern, to a Project Architect. Here he learned the importance of planning and project management in bringing a persons dream into reality. In 2000 Dan co-founded O'Malley Wilson Westphal-A/E Alliance, a full service architectural firm located in Santa Rosa, where he is CFO.

George Wells

George Wells is the father of a Lucia, currently a second grader. He is a husband, sustainable farmer, photographer, and artist.

George grew up in Northern California, spending his formative grade school and high school years here in Sonoma County.   He went to college at Willamette University and earned his degree in Ecosystems and Environmental Policy at UCLA.  At that time, he began working as a photojournalist and portrait photographer. George then earned his Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Twenty one years, after leaving Sonoma County, he returned to the area with his wife, Shea. In 2001 he spent over a year remodeling their home; today he'd say he's about 95% done. He has a great passion for soccer and working with young people, and spent ten plus years coaching both soccer and tennis at El Molino and Windsor High Schools. In 2008 George retired from his 20 year involvement with the Common Counsel Foundation in Oakland - an organization that offers strategic philanthropic advisory services to donors and family foundations to support grassroots community organizing for racial, economic, and environmental justice, policy reform, and social change. George has been involved with the the Summerfield Board of Directors for three years.