The Mountain School Board Members 2012-13
Woody Woods: A Stanford donor and active volunteer for decades, Ward Woods was president and chief executive officer of Bessemer Securities LLC, a privately held investment company, from 1989 until his retirement in December 1999. He is a member of the university Board of Trustees and chair of the Stanford Management Company's board of directors. From 1996 to 2002, he served on the board of visitors of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He serves as a trustee and chairman of the executive committee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and as a director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Duties: President of the Board
Priscilla Woods: Priscilla Woods, a clinical social worker, is actively involved in community affairs in Idaho, serving on the boards of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and Citizens for Smart Growth. She has been a trustee of Radcliffe College and Outward Bound Duties: Secretary of the Board
Kate Woods: Chair of School, Waldorf Trained teacher for Young Children through grade 8. Katharine obtained her Waldorf teaching credential from The Rudolf Steiner College Teacher Training in San Francisco in 2000, a three year course of studies, which credentialed her to teach Waldorf Education through 8th grade. She has taught school since 1997 when she began teaching kindergarten at The San Francisco Waldorf School. She has taught Kindergarten for a total of four years at both The San Francisco Waldorf School (1997-1999) and at The Santa Cruz Waldorf School in (2000- 2002). In 2000 she started a non-profit organization called The Friends of the Earth Festival Co. which offered after-school programs and seasonal festivals throughout the valley during the years of 2000-2007. She was a substitute teacher at The Santa Cruz Waldorf School forthe elementary school grades in the years of 2003-2005. Katharine was born and raised in New York City and is also a certified permaculturalist. Duties: Chair of School, Teacher
Peter Schmid: Worked in business and information technologies with Xerox, Baxter, Travenol and Northern Telecom from 1977-1999 as (an information) system manager. In 1991-1993, Peter taught at the University of Portland, Graduate Engineering School and the Portland Community College. Founded a not for profit organization in Oregon (NIBTEC, Inc. (Northwest Innovative Business and Technology Center) in 1999 and had the Executive Director position until 2003. The NIBTEC organization was supported by State and Federal grants. Peter is very familiar with the grant application process; during his 4 year tenure with the organization he taught grant writing skills for entrepreneurs and existing high technology corporations. Expertise to support Mountain School. Inc.-As a former Waldorf student, and a father as Waldorf School teacher, Peter is very familiar with the principles and philosophy of Waldorf curriculums. In the past fifteen years he has assisted in the support of Waldorf Schools in California and Oregon, namely in parent education. Duties: Vice President and Treasurer of the Board
Mark Gates: Mark has an extensive background in real estate consulting, development and partnerships as well as asset management and investing. He is the founding member and partner of Dietsch, Gates, Morris and Merrell Law partners specializing in corporate law. He serves (and has served) on numerous boards all reflecting his diverse passions and interests. These range from Trout Unlimited, Wild Salmon Center, Children's Health Council in Palo Alto and St. Luke's Hospital Foundation to being a member of the California State Board of Education and Dartmouth's Real Estate Advisory Committee.
Ben Rogers: Ben has been in the investment management business for nearly ten years. Initially, he focused on tactical asset allocation for the Hull Family Foundation, developing algorithmic strategies to opportunistically adjust the equity exposure of their portfolio. Subsequently, Ben entered the high-frequency trading arena with Matlock Capital, eventually rising to Lead Financial Engineer & Co-Portfolio Manager for the company's Statistical Arbitrage Portfolio. He was responsible for design, development and implementation of the business components of an automated trading system that operated on multiple exhanges in teh markets for 300 U.S. equities. In addition, he contributed to the firm's options market making operation in teh capacity of Senior Financial Engineer. Currently Ben is employed as a financial engineer by Sun Valley Gold, LLC, manager of a precious metals hedge fund. Ben holds a B.A. in Economics from Corness University and an MBA (honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Analytic Finance and Econometrics & Statistics.