Board Profiles

Patrick McCarty, Chair, is active in the Family Association and as a Grades parent. He works for Protective Life as a Marketing Specialist/Commission Coordinator.  He has extensive financial experience and is also the acting actuary.  His two older children attend Alabama Waldorf School's Grades program while a little one is still at home. In his spare time, he also enjoys acting and is often busy filming.

Gerhard Graf, MBA, Vice Chair, originally hearkens from Germany, the birthplace of Waldorf education, and is the proud parent of an AWS Grades student. He is active with Das Haus / The German Club downtown, the Alabama Germany partnership, and UAB where he works full-time as IT Operations Manager.

Ally Leonard, B.A., Secretary, teaches Spanish at The Altamont School and is the Dean of Students for 7th and 8th Grade.  She has an alum daughter and son at Alabama Waldorf School. 

Henna Budwhani, Ph.D.,MPH, is the Deputy Director at the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health/School of Public Health and the parent of preschoolers at AWS.

Glenny Brock, MFA, is a local community activist and a professional writer. Most recently, she has been Volunteer Coordinator for the local landmark Lyric Theatre as it embarked on an ambitious and successful fundraising project for its renovation. She teaches writing at Birmingham Southern College and was former editor of Weld and Birmingham Weekly.  

Joshua Parker, BA, is a former AWS preschool parent who likes to stay active in the school through his Board work. He is an IT Project Manager at DST Health Solutions.

Scott Segars, BS, is the Telecommunications Manager for Surgical Care Affiliates and the parent of a Grades student.  

Rob Spiegel, M.D., is a concierge physician and active Grades parent.  He brings much business expertise to his role on the board as Site Chair and as a Tuition Adjustment Commitee member.

Sarah Gurganus, B.A., and Holly Thompson, B.A., are the current faculty representatives to the Board of Directors. See their bios under Faculty.

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