Board

Diann Shope grew up in Bremerton, WA, and received her degrees in International Relations from Lewis and Clark College and the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She and husband Ed discovered Anthroposophy through her brother Steve, who moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, the home of the Camphill Movement, in the early 70's. Ed was a member of Suzanne Szekely's study group and a founder of the Seattle Waldorf School. Both Shopes served SWS as President of the Board of Trustees and in many other capacities over the years. SWS got underway too late for the Shopes' eldest son, Scott, but their younger son, Michael, attended preschool through eighth grade and graduated with Tyler McGrath and Amy Hoff Aylward in the class of 1996, Diann retired in 2005 after almost 30 years with the City of Seattle, having worked for the City Council, the Budget Office, the Arts Commission and Seattle Public Utilities. She was involved in budgeting, strategic planning, performance measurement and work process redesign, and served in a variety of management positions. In addition to her SCC work, Diann spends her time rowing, writing fiction, meditating and traveling. Diann serves as the SCC board secretary.

Jim Krantz was born in Vancouver, BC and was raised in Los Angeles, CA. He moved to Seattle in 1992 to work for Microsoft and is currently raising four children with his wife, Sara Canady, a teacher at the Seattle Waldorf School. His interest in anthroposophy was ignited when Sara was in Sound Circle Teacher Training; this led to him taking the Foundation Year, a year he describes as "one of the best years of my life". Jim is an avid backyard chicken farmer and dreams of someday having a biodynamic farm.

Jim currently serves as the SCC board president.

Tracy Bennett earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College, an M.Ed at the University of Washington, and pursued graduate studies at Georgetown University. She has worked in education for over 30 years and joined Seattle Wladorf School as Head of School in 2011. She is incredibly inspired by the Waldorf community of students, parents and colleagues, and feels it is an honor and privilege to work with people who are so committed to developing the best in each and every one of us. In her spare time, Tracy runs marathons.

Cathy Buller was born in San Francisco, raised in the SF Bay Area, and has called Seattle home for more than three decades. Her daughter Hannah V was in the first graduating class at Bright Water School (Seattle/2007), where Cathy's family was part of a strong community building the school. While in high school, Cathy discovered Rudolf Steiner's work through meetings with biodynamic/French Intensive gardener Alan Chadwick. Cathy's extended family includes several longtime participants in SF Bay Area Waldorf schools and teacher training institutes. Cathy studied Environmental Planning at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and worked for years on large-facility environmental assessments, permit projects, and pollution prevention initiatives. Her current work with ECOSS in Seattle helps manufacturing, maritime and other industrial businesses grow and thrive in Seattle. Cathy's recreation and recharge come from hands-on community projects, a little farming, a little dancing, and rowing on the Duwamish River. Cathy chairs Sound Circle's Development Committee and was a Foundation Year member of Sound Circle's Sapphire class. Cathy currently serves as the SCC board vice-president.

Dave Wakeley was born in Texas and celebrated his third birthday the day before his family arrived in Washington. He was raised in Bellevue, earned his Mechanical Engineering degree at Washington State University and has worked at Boeing for over 30 years Dave's three children all attended the Seattle Waldorf School from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Dave served on the SWS Budget/Finance Committee for four years before beginning five years on the SWS Board including three years as Board Treasurer. When Dave's oldest child attended Hazel Wolf High School, Dave spent more than three years on the Hazel Wolf Board, serving as Board Treasurer for most of that time. Dave left the Hazel Wolf Board shortly before Hazel Wolf merged with SWS and became the Seattle Waldorf High School, which Dave's youngest child attended Dave's wife, Debora, is in her seventh year as the SWS Rosemary Kindergarten Assistant. Dave enjoys reading, traveling and scuba diving. Dave currently serves as the SCC board treasurer.

Martha Collins' biography is coming soon.