Board of Trustees

Brigitte Bertschi

Brigitte Bertschi

Co-Chair

Brigitte Bertschi, born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, is an early childhood educator with several decades of teaching experience. While traveling in Asia, she met her husband in India, and later joined him in Seattle where she founded Bertschi School and served as the Head of School for 40 years. She attended the Rudolf Steiner school in Basel growing up. She and her husband live on a houseboat on Lake Union where they raised their two children.

Brigitte joined the SWS board a decade ago and has seen the school go through several changes in leadership and beyond. She believes that the focus, philosophy, and pedagogy of the school is unique and precious. As a member of the Board, she believes in the mission of the school, and seeks to foster the wellbeing of the school community as well as the school’s vision and future plans.

Bill Turner

Bill Turner

Co-Chair

Bill is the parent of a K-12 Seattle Waldorf School alum and his history with SWS provides the board with a perspective that fosters community and well-being as we move together into the future. He brings expertise in business analysis and planning, finance, governance, real estate, and strategic planning. He chose to serve on the board based on his strong conviction in Waldorf-based education and he hopes to contribute to its success through SWS.

Jeanne Stevens

Jeanne Stevens

Secretary

Jeanne Stevens was born in the Pacific Northwest and raised by a public school teacher. After earning her BA and exploring a variety of career options in sales and management, Jeanne discovered Waldorf Education in 2013. She earned her Grades Teaching certificate from Sound Circle Center and taught at Seattle Waldorf School for 8 years. During that time, Jeanne spent three years as a middle school class teacher and five years as a math specialist for middle and high school. Jeanne currently teaches math at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, and joined the Seattle Waldorf School board in June of 2023. Jeanne has also served on the board of her condominium association and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Snohomish County.

Robin Berger

Robin Berger

Trustee

Robin Berger is a parent of two children at Seattle Waldorf School and joined the board in July 2023 to contribute his expertise in mental health and neurodiversity, and participate in the DEI work of the school. Growing up within the Camphill Rudolf Steiner community in Aberdeen, Scotland, he was immersed in Waldorf education from an early age. This formative experience inspired him to pursue a career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, working within the National Health Service in Edinburgh. He moved to Seattle with his family in 2018 and is currently completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Washington. Robin is committed to advocating for improved mental healthcare for young people and loves spending time in nature with his family.

Eva Yeh

Eva Yeh

Trustee

Eva Yeh works as a Human Resources Leader at Chewy and is the founder of 3 Bears Creative Studio. As a human resources professional she has more than twenty years of experience across various fields such as e-commerce, manufacturing, solar energy, financial services, hospitality, and wholesale food industries. She is an advocate for Waldorf education, child development, and DEI efforts. She is excited for the opportunity to serve the Seattle Waldorf School community and looks forward to collaborating and cultivating the innovation and energy needed at SWS and on the board to help find solutions to present challenges.

Eva Elliott

Eva Elliott

Trustee

Eva Elliott is passionate about partnering with local non-profits who support and enhance communities across Seattle and Washington State. She is honored to serve on Seattle Waldorf School’s board of trustees. She holds SWS’s holistic vision of education and child development close to her heart and believes the world needs more of the engaged citizenship and creative problem solving that Waldorf instills in students.

Vanessa Kohlhaas

Vanessa Kohlhaas

Ex Officio

Vanessa joined SWS in 2019 as the Early Childhood Director and has served as Head of School since 2022. Prior to becoming a member of the SWS community, Vanessa spent many years as an Early Childhood teacher at Whidbey Island Waldorf School. Vanessa has been very involved in the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) organization, representing the northwest region from 2010–2018 and she served on the planning committee for the 2021 national conference. Vanessa received an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Texas, Austin and a Masters of Education from Antioch University.