board-admin-waldorfOur Board and Administration serve as the head of our school. Together they maintain the organization and strategy of Azalea Mountain School through stewarding financial and legal responsibilities and the day-to-day operations.

The Board of Directors is comprised of parents, faculty and community members. The Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 3:30. Each meeting is open to the community. You may contact for more information.

Azalea Mountain School Board of Directors

  • Phil Tucker, Board President
  • Molly Hernon, Secretary
  • Lee Heyne, Treasurer
  • Jenn Garrett, Community Representative 
  • Kerry Dontchos, Parent Representative 
  • Elizabeth Hromada, Faculty Representative
  • Elizabeth McKay, Parent Representative
  • Judy McKay, Community Representative
  • Sharon Price, Community Representative
  • Austen Sandifer, Community Representative
  • Amanda Seta, Parent Representative
  • Nikki Shoneman, Parent Representative

Azalea Mountain School Administration

School Administrator

Jennifer Garrett


As the School Administrator Jennifer serves in many capacities to ensure Azalea Mountain School functions in a healthy way. She is one of the first faces parents meet as she works daily in our school office. Jenn serves on the Board of Directors, the Leadership Team, the Business Committee, and the Fundraising Team. She received her BS from University of Florida and her NC Teaching Licensure from UNCA. In April of 2015 she attended a year long program for Waldorf Administration and Leadership Development program, at Antioch University. Jenn is the mother of two beautiful daughters and enjoys raising chickens, baking, gardening and camping.

You may contact Jenn at

Faculty Coordinator

John Cunningham

John Cunningham has been involved in Waldorf education since 1979, initially as a founding parent of a little Waldorf school on Orcas Island. He became a class and woodworking teacher in southern Oregon in 1986 after his Waldorf training at Emerson College. While teaching, he was also active in the AWSNA Delegates’ Circle and Western Regional Committee where he visited and mentored developing schools. In 2000, he trained with Marshall Rosenberg in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and became a certified trainer. Over the last seventeen years, while traveling and training throughout the world, he has forged a conceptually practical bridge between NVC and anthroposophy. In 2010, he trained with Dominic Barter in Restorative Circles, a community-based alternative response to conflict; he longs to empower individuals to co-creatively transform conflict into resilient community. John is a social artist; he brings warmth, humor and new ways to explore the human encounter. He and his wife, Cat, are delighted to join the Azalea Mountain School community.

Enrollment Coordinator

Brita Nordgren Wolf

Brita attended the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC fro2016-ams-headshots-36-edit-1-1-ratio-low-resm preschool-8th grade, where her mother also taught. Ever grateful for the opportunity to experience Waldorf Education first hand, she is a passionate advocate for Waldorf Education and strives to help new and returning families connect with AMS through her role as the school’s Enrollment Coordinator. Brita holds a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and studied furniture design and woodworking at Capellagården in Sweden.  Brita is a mother of two young daughters, both of which attend Azalea Mountain School. She enjoys baking, sewing, carving spoons and spending as much time outdoors with her family as she can.

You may contact Brita at

Business Manager

Helene Smith

Helene comes to us from Norway.  She has a Masters in Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Management, and an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of Utrecht.  Before moving to Asheville, she lived and worked in developing countries in Africa and Asia.  Helene is committed to Waldorf education and watches her daughter and son thrive at Azalea Mountain School. As the Business Manager at Azalea Mountain School, she is dedicated to making sure that the school’s financial needs are met while preserving the flexibility for the school to thrive and grow.  Helene enjoys a regular program of hard exercise and has a new found love for knitting.

You may contact Helene at