Board of trustees

Mary Schattenberg, Board Chair
Parent of Spencer (Class of 2016) and Hilary (6th grade) Johnston, Mary has been on the Greenwood Board since 2010, serving as Development chair and Secretary before assuming the role of Chair in 2012. Prior to Greenwood, Mary served on the Mountain School board for five years. Mary’s background is in health care management, working since 1995 for Kaiser Permanente and its affiliates in developing and managing physician practices, expansion into new markets, contracting, and new ventures. In 2009 she formed a start-up subsidiary, Permanente Advantage, LLC, where she continues as General Manager, reporting to both the Permanente Advantage and the Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company boards. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program.

Thom Cooper, Board Secretary
Father of Bianca and Gabriella in 8th grade, three grown children, and grandfather of two, Thom practices real estate and commercial law in Mill Valley. He is also Vice President and General Counsel of JB International Funds, an investment firm. Thom previously worked as a psychotherapist and bodyworker, and brings extensive non-profit volunteer experience from serving as a board member for Alameda County Association for Retarded Citizens and Clausen House, an Oakland-based center for the developmentally disabled. He earned his BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and law degree from U.C. Boalt Hall. 

James Nicholson
Parent of Sophie (3rd grade) and Lila (1st Grade), James joined the Greenwood Board in fall 2015.  He has a 20-year history of starting successful ventures in the Internet space and currently heads up Brightline Media, a leading web publishing company.  He has served on several non-profit boards and has hands-on expertise in fundraising, business development, marketing, and general management.  James holds a B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University.

Danica RemyBoard Vice-Chair
Danica is the parent of Dylan (class of 2004) and Drew (class of 2010). She previously served as Greenwood's Board Chair and Secretary. She is currently COO for Sentinel Mission, a nonprofit aerospace organization dedicated to protecting the earth from asteroid strikes. Previously, she was managing director/officer at Tides, a $200M nonprofit committed to partnering with philanthropists, foundations, activists, and organizations to promote economic justice. Prior to Tides, she held executive positions at Organic, Knowledge Universe, The WELL, and the Global Business Network. Danica attended San Francisco State and studied computer science and theater arts. She serves on numerous boards including Network for Good and Point Foundation, publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog and founder of The WELL. She follows in her mother’s footsteps of public service and helping start schools.

David Silver
Parent of Abigail (1st grade) and Camille (3 yrs), David joined the Greenwood Board in November 2014. He is currently the Managing Partner of Throckmorton Partners, a San Francisco based advisor to family offices and institutions investing in California multifamily properties. Previously, David was one of the leading multifamily brokers in Northern California, with over $1.6 billion in transactions and an advisor to private investors, public REITs and government agencies regarding their real estate strategy. David is passionate about business and loves a great challenge, especially a chance to solve a business problem. Outside of work, David is committed to spiritual learning through meditation, reading and silent retreats. David holds a BA from Lake Forest College.

Elissa Van Deursen
Elissa (parent of Ben, 6th grade) was Director of Alumni Relations at The College Preparatory School, an independent high school in Oakland, CA. Previously, she was the Alumni Director at Marin Academy and for many years ran a fundraising firm that produced benefit auctions, dinners and concerts with artists like Bonnie Raitt and Bob Weir. Over the course of her career, she has raised millions of dollars for organizations such as Bioneers, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Rainforest Action Network. Elissa has a B.A. in Italian Studies from UC San Diego. Her older son Simon attends Branson School.

Tim Watson
Tim is the parent of Ty (1st grade) and Charlie (preschool) and joined the Greenwood Board in the spring of 2014. He served as an executive at Bloomingdale’s, Siebel Systems, and Tea Collection Children’s Apparel before founding two start-ups, one in logistics and the other an organic pest control company. His primary areas of expertise are strategy, marketing, business development and general management. Tim holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Shaheer Faltas, Head of School, ex officio
Shaheer is committed to educational excellence and innovation while honoring the beautiful traditions that are hallmarks of Greenwood School. He was the Co-founder/Director of the Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Hawaii and also served as the Executive Director at Journey School in Orange County. Shaheer began his career as a teacher in South-Central Los Angeles, teaching history and language arts. Shaheer’s education includes an M.Ed. from California State University, a Teaching Credential in Social Studies/ESL from UCLA and an M.Ed. from Rudolph Steiner College. He loves Marin’s natural beauty and discovering the area with his wife Maria and daughter Newara.

Roland Baril, faculty, ex officio
With over 20 years of experience as a class teacher and school administrator, Roland earned his B.A. in American History, magna cum laude, from Sonoma State University, and went on to complete a two-year master’s program in Waldorf Education at Sunbridge College in NY.  He is also a graduate of a five-year training in Spacial Dynamics.  Roland spent three years as a member of the Leadership Council for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and is the parent of two sons who completed preschool through 12th grade in Waldorf education.  In addition to being the 8th grade teacher, Roland serves as Middle School Educational Coordinator and chairs the Fathers Group.   

Malia Laurelin, faculty, ex officio
Malia has taught, trained and mentored in independent and public Waldorf schools for the past 30 years and has worked with schools all over the world––Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and Southern Africa. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College as a mentor and field supervisor. She was a founding member/board member and treasurer of the Kona Pacific Public Charter School, a 40-acre, 100% solar-powered Title I school on the island of Hawaii that serves 200+ students. She received her Waldorf Certification from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California in 1980 after studying at the University of Arizona. Malia teaches 3rd grade and serves as the Lower School Educational Coordinator.