Board of Directors
6/7 Grade Teacher
Rebecca was born and raised in Virginia. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a true passion for archaeology, Rebecca was accepted into the graduate program in Mayan Studies at Tulane University. She went to Mexico to work with the Projecto Archaeológico de Chichén Itzá, then spent six months in Belize running a field crew for the Xunantunich Archaeological Project, later backpacking in the rainforest of southern Belize, where she excavated a series of Mayan tombs.
As much as she loved the fieldwork and teaching, the realities of academic life were not what she had envisioned for herself. In 2003, Rebecca began work in the kindergarten of the Waldorf School of New Orleans. Eventually, she was employed as a classroom assistant for the combined fourth, fifth, and sixth grade class. Rebecca loved every minute of her time there, feeling that she had finally found what she was meant to do with her life.
In 2007, Rebecca received her Master's in Waldorf Elementary Education from the Sunbridge Institute in New York. She spent three happy years as a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Spring Valley, New York. Rebecca and her husband Nick felt tied to New Orleans, however. In 2010, not only did she get a chance to once again rejoin the Waldorf School of New Orleans, she found herself the class teacher of some of the very same children who she had first met in Miss Heidi’s kindergarten. Rebecca began teaching her new combined sixth and seventh grade class that August, and she and her husband joyfully welcomed their daughter Victoria Grace into their lives the following October. Rebecca feels truly blessed to be on this incredible journey of discovery.
Joni Tierce-Adams, M.Ed
Board Chair (President)
Joni Tierce-Adams has been a teacher in New Orleans public schools since 1993. Joni never expected to send her child to a private school. However, the art infused curriculum along with the stress on healthy lifestyles helped her and her husband choose Waldorf education for their son. She notes that at WSNO art really is as important as arithmetic and that the experiential learning offered there is the best way to keep a child excited about learning. Her son has been a student at the Waldorf School of New Orleans for seven years starting with his pre-K year. Joni currently teaches Gifted and Honors English to grades 9 through 12 at Warren Easton Charter High School.
She has been a board member of WSNO since the 2007. At that time, her primary focus was to rebuild enrollment and to launch the initial grade one class after Hurricane Katrina. More recently, her focus has been working on the accreditation process which will result in WSNO’s qualification as a full member school in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, AWSNA.
Secretary of the Board
Ama Rogan is a native New Orleanian and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the Managing Director of A Studio in the Woods of Tulane University, a wooded sanctuary for artists and the environment located in Lower Coast Algiers.
Ama joined the Board of Directors in 2009. She presently serves as Secretary of the Board and a leader in development and fund-raising. She has two children at WSNO.
John W. Crawford
John W. Crawford was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and attended Barbe High School. Upon graduation, he attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He is currently a registered professional civil engineer in five states including Louisiana. As a small business owner here in New Orleans, Mr. Crawford provides expert testimony on forensic engineering projects.
John is married to Angele Crawford who is an active parent in our school community. John is the parent of two children, Jack and Sydalise, who attend WSNO. He has been on the Board of Directors of WSNO since 2010 and supports the school by providing a business perspective to the operations.
Margaret Runyon first joined the initiative to bring Waldorf Education to New Orleans in 1985, and through her interest in Waldorf was led to anthroposophy - the work of Rudolf Steiner. Alongside a fulltime career in retail, she has worked nearly 30 years to support and promote Steiner's legacy, locally and nationally. From 1991-98 she was part of an active Waldorf and Anthroposophical community in the Detroit area, and from 1999-2012 she served on the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
Margaret joined the WSNO board in 2007.
Amiel J. Provosty
Annual Appeal Committee
Amiel J. Provosty holds a Bachelors of Science in Communication from Ohio University and Juris Doctor from Tulane University. He formerly worked as a professional theater technician and audio engineer before joining the State Bar of Louisiana. He is presently employed as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.
His wife Stacie and he knew of Waldorf Education for many years and were thrilled to learn that New Orleans has this school. They now have two children at WSNO. Amiel joined the Board of Directors in 2012. He works on revising the non-profit’s governance structure and on growing enrollment and community awareness of the school.
Michael Pelias is the co-owner of ZukaBaby, a small business in the Irish Channel. He joined the Board of Directors in 2012.
Governance Committee, Outreach Committee
Ian Johnson has been a project manager and web developer at C4 Tech & Design since 2003. He has worked with online media and web applications for over 15 years, including work as a technical producer at CNET Networks and a programmer for Tulane University.
Ian moved to New Orleans in 2001 with his wife Ginny, and is proud to be able to raise his sons Emery and Adrian in such a vibrant city. After hearing Torin Finser speak in 2007, both Ian and Ginny were committed to learn more about Waldorf Education and they have been parents at the school since 2008.
Ian was involved in forming the Outreach Committee, eventually serving as one of its chairs before joining the board in 2014. He now brings his experience at a worker-owned and democratically run workplace to his efforts on the Governance Committee.
David Reddy is the Manager of Special Projects for KIPP Renaissance High School and has worked for the school since 2013. Prior to this, he taught Spanish, Algebra, Geometry, and Computer Applications at Sarah T. Reed Senior High School.
David moved to New Orleans in 2011. He is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His roots and his family are in Chicago, Illinois.
David comes to the work of Waldorf with the background of a classroom teacher as well as knowledge of the nuts and bolts of school administration. He is enthusiastic about the Waldorf approach, looks to support the school behind the scenes, and share aspects of Waldorf with his home school.