BOARD & ADMINISTRATION

Our Board and Administration serve as the head of our school. Together they maintain the organization and strategy of Asheville Waldorf 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 info@ashevillewaldorf.org for more information.

Azalea Mountain School Board of Directors

  • Lee Heyne, Board President
  • Kerry Dontchos, Vice President 
  • Molly Hernon, Secretary
  • Phil Tucker, Parent Representative 
  • Elizabeth Hromada, Faculty Representative
  • Judy McKay, Community Representative
  • Sharon Price, Community Representative
  • Austen Sandifer, Community Representative

Azalea Mountain School Administration

Enrollment Coordinator

Brita Nordgren Wolf

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Brita attended the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC from 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 AWS 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 Asheville Waldorf School. She enjoys baking, sewing, carving spoons and spending as much time outdoors with her family as she can.

You may contact Brita at enrollment@ashevillewaldorf.org.

Business Manager

Helene Lafferty 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 Asheville Waldorf School. As the Business Manager at Asheville Waldorf 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 businessmanager@ashevillewaldorf.org 

Office Coordinator

Anne Asplin

Anne has a BFA from The University of Montana and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She and her husband fulfilled their dream of moving to Asheville shortly after they were married in 2004. Anne was first introduced to Waldorf Education when she attended the Parent/Child Class, “Morning Garden”, at Azalea Mountain School with her daughter Grace in 2012. Since then she has been homeschooling following Waldorf traditions. In 2015, her husband received a job offer that took the family to Knoxville, TN. While there Anne joined a few homeschooling co-ops where she volunteered her time and held positions on the Steering Committee of one. In 2018, her family received the opportunity to move back to Asheville where Anne brought her experience from working in administrative roles in different homeschooling coops to Asheville Waldorf School. She enjoys going to see live music, hiking, knitting, and other handwork.   office@ashevillewaldorf.org 

School Caretaker and Administrative Support

Davey Bar-Shimon

Davey Bar-Shimon is a world traveler who is delighted to call Asheville his home. From his infancy on an Israeli kibbutz to his time studying Outdoor Education and Appalachian Music at Warren Wilson College, he strives to live in and create a positive, inclusive community wherever his feet are planted. His interest was first piqued by Waldorf education after seeing his nephews and nieces attending a Waldorf-inspired daycare in Iowa called Singing Cedars.

Davey has a varied work background that includes volunteering at a Camphill Community for Adults in Ireland, building off-the-grid strawbale homes for a community land trust on Lopez Island, Washington, and working with rescued wolves at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in New Mexico. He has worked professionally in gardening and landscaping for 5 years and has a strong passion for edible landscaping. His hobbies include but are not limited to, crossing the globe in search of the finest hot springs, wild foraging, archery, and petting his awesome cat Mochi. He just joined the ranks with many others in being the proud father of his first child.   grounds@ashevillewaldorf.org 

Administrative Assistant

Windy Donavan 

Inspired by the deep rhythms of nature and the transformative experience of motherhood, Windy Donovan found her way to the Steiner Philosophy and Waldorf Education. As a passionate organic gardener, Windy was inspired to mother close to the earth and the rhythms of nature: The seasons and the spirals that emerge from there. When she discovered Azalea Mountain School for her daughters, there was a deep resonance and recognition.

As a passionate community member, Windy found a culture of caring, compassionate teachers and parents that shared the same heart-filled desire to support the magic of childhood with the leading philosophy of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Taking her volunteering to the next level, she is thrilled to support the Asheville Waldorf Community at the Magnolia Campus as an Administrative Assistant.

She is passionate about working with children and in her spare time she is studying to become a Children’s Yoga Instructor. Some of her favorite activities include wild foraging, gardening, handwork, and joyful movement. She is happiest being present with her two daughters.

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