Laura Lewis grew up between Seattle and Bellingham, spending most of her time on the water with her family. In high school she began working on a farm and realized that she wanted to study agriculture and continue interacting with land and people.
In 1996 she graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture from Washington State University. While at Washington State University, she spent three years working for the USDA ARS on their research farm in Central Ferry and at the Pullman campus, evaluating cold season legumes and other crops.
After WSU, she joined the Peace Corps and served as an African Food Systems Initiative volunteer in Niger, West Africa. She returned from Niger in 1998 and resumed working for the USDA ARS at their Yakima Area Research Laboratory working with cherry, apple and pear producers to understand pest pressure from codling moth and other pests.
Eventually she made her way down to Davis, California to continue work with the USDA ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository, managing the persimmon and mulberry collections while also evaluating other fruit and nut species from Mediterranean regions. While in Davis, she pursued her Ph.D. in Geography, focusing on centers of agricultural origin and diversity. She did her dissertation work on pearl millet, an African cereal species that is extremely drought tolerant. She completed her Ph.D. in 2006 and moved with her family to Maryland to begin work as an Assistant Professor of Biogeography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Once firmly planted on the east coast, it became apparent to her that home was in the Pacific Northwest. With two young sons and the need to be back in familiar terrain, Lewis accepted a position in 2011 with Washington State University Extension as the Director of the Jefferson County office. She is primarily responsible for agricultural development programs that assist local farmers and food producers in the region. Her two sons attend Sunfield Farm and Waldorf School and she is happy to serve on the Board of Directors to assist the organization in creating a supportive, transparent community for the School and Farm to prosper and grow.
Board Member, Teacher
Koshalla Flockoi grew up on Orcas Island, in the Pacific Northwest, in an artistically supportive community. As a little girl Koshalla had the great fortune to attend a Waldorf school, and this experience created lasting impressions. She remembers how the light filtered through the cedar boughs and the way the shadows danced and fluttered on the table. She remembers the feeling of the rectangular crayons, solid and thick, helping her find the counting gnomes still hidden on sheets of rough white paper. She even remembers the taste of the hard beeswax and how terribly long it seemed to take in her small hands to soften. At Dolphin Bay Waldorf School, Koshalla learned to love gardening, baking, knitting, reading, writing, and established a deep relationship with music.
After graduating from high school, Koshalla chose to live and work on an organic farm, sharing chores, cooking, and the care of twins – all the aspects of community living. Working part time, Koshalla managed to save enough money to travel the world. Upon returning, Seattle became her new home and for the next few years, she studied acting, vocal jazz, music theory, and conducting, and fell in love with life as an artist.
Koshalla is a certified Waldorf educator and finished her training at the Sound Circle Center in Seattle. She learned all aspects of working in a Waldorf kindergarten during her three years at The Fremont Community School in Seattle. In those years, Koshalla worked as a teacher’s assistant, co-taught, led class on her own, managed administrative work, and ran the summer programs. Koshalla and her husband, Hans, surf the cold Northwest water and share a garden and chickens.
In Koshalla’s heart, to be a Waldorf teacher is to summon up all of the gifts and passions the Creator has so lovingly shared with her and integrate them in a whole and balanced way. She knows how it feels to be a child surrounded by the warm, serene strength of the Waldorf community and wholeheartedly is grateful for the opportunity to help create that environment at Sunfield Waldorf School.
Dana Yeakel was born on Maui, Hawaii, where she spent the first few years of her life playing outdoors and eating poi. With a brief stopover in Ballard, her family moved to Bainbridge Island where she spent the rest of her school years. After attending Smith College in Massachusetts and a year in Paris, France, she returned to Seattle to pursue a career in finance. She worked at firms Goldman Sachs and UBS on the private wealth management teams.
After two kids, the confines of the city were apparent and the desire for a different routine pressed Dana and her family to move to her parent’s farm in Quilcene as an experiment. Luckily everyone loved it so they stayed. Sunfield Waldrof school was a big factor in their decision. Her daughter Maya is currently in the Swallow’s Nest kindergarten class and little Sebastien is eagerly awaiting next year when he can attend as well.
Dana and her husband, Nick, love to spend their free time in the woods foraging, playing on the water and when the snow falls, skiing up at Crystal Mountain.