Board of Trustees

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Step One School is governed by a Board of Trustees. This group of passionate individuals includes current and alumni parents, teacher and administrative representatives, and sometimes Step One alumnae!  As the Board of Trustees, this group works together on ensuring the future of the school from creating and overseeing the school’s by-laws and Strategic Plan, to planning and implementing the annual budget and working on the future goals of the organization, both inside and outside the classroom.


Step One School Board of Trustees Members:

JonathanJonathan Hudacko
Board Chair
Board Member since 2009
Jonathan Hudacko currently serves as our Board of Trustees chair and is entering his eighth year as a board member. He has three children that attended Step One and works as an Investor and Consultant for start-up companies. Jonathan recently formed Just Invest, an investment advisor delivering sustainable and impact investment solutions to families and their financial advisors.
SOSTA-Sue CroppedSue Britson
Board Member since 1981
Sue was raised in Iowa and came to UC Berkeley to complete her B.A. in Psychology, followed by her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Mills College. Sue co-founded Step One School with Lisa Sondin in 1981. During her early tenure at Step One, she taught classes at Mills College, and Contra Costa College, and did some consulting work, but her heart and soul of her work has always been at Step One supporting a flourishing educational community. Along the way she became an adoptive mother. She and her son both enjoy music and the wide open spaces of the Bay Area.
Ranchod headshotSanjay Ranchod
Board Member since 2015
Sanjay and his wife Kavita have been part of the Step One community since 2013. They have two boys in elementary school who both attended Step One. Sanjay is Director and Counsel for the Business Development and Policy team at Tesla. He also serves on the board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association and is a Commissioner of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency.
Nick JacksonNick Jackson
Board Vice-Chair
Board Member since 2013
Nick and his wife, Lisa, have two silly, energetic boys who both attended Step One. Nick works as a research attorney for the federal judiciary, but occasionally plays in bands with Teacher Eric (Room 3), Teacher Aaron (Room 5) and Daniel (Front Office), and spends the rest of his time coaching soccer and little league, wandering around the Trinity Alps, and watching Dr. Who.
Meka Tull
Board Member since 2017
Meka and her husband, Jamal have two kids, one who is currently attending Step One in Room 2 and a baby girl who will attend in 2019. Meka is a Bay Area native and grew up in El Cerrito, CA. She attended UC Santa Barbara for undergrad and Howard University in Washington DC for graduate school in school psychology. She has worked in Education for 10 years and currently works for Seneca Family of Agencies as a Director of School Partnerships and School Psychologist.
BhaveshBhavesh Shah
Board Member since 2015
Bhavesh & his wife Shilpa have been Step One parents since 2012. Their son is now a first grader at Madera elementary after spending 3 years including a fabulous TK year at Step One. Their daughter has now "graduated" to room 2 after a magical year in room 3. Bhavesh brings a wealth of marketing experience to the board with roles at companies as large as Capital One & Kaiser Permanente to smaller start-ups on both the coasts. He is involved in various political, environmental and cultural initiatives, with a common strand of wanting to leave the world a better place for his kids.
JimJim Van Huysse
Board Member since 2014
Jim and his wife Janet have 3 girls and have been in the Step One community since 2011. Jim brings 20 years of operational and marketing experience in a number of Internet companies, including Spinner, AOL and Six Apart. Although his current role as Chief Household Officer (CHO) doesn't leave him a lot of time for extracurricular activitities, when he does have free time Jim enjoys reading, meditation, scuba diving and hiking.
SOSTA-Susana CroppedSusana Casher
Board Member since 2013
Susana was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley. She received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. As a graduate student Susana worked as a Play Therapist with preschoolers in a Boston Head Start program. Before joining the Step One team, she worked as a teacher trainer for the Life is good Playmakers, training and supporting teachers in implementing therapeutic play into their classrooms, and leading therapeutic playgroups for children dealing with trauma and stress. Susana lives in Berkeley with her husband and their two boys that both attended Step One.
Annie Kaplan
Board Member since 2017
Annie Kaplan, and her husband Sebastian, have 3 daughters who have all thoroughly enjoyed Step One. Her oldest recently graduated the preK and is now in kindergarten, and her younger daughters are both currently loving every day at Step One. The Kaplan's have been part of the Step One community since 2014. Annie is a physician and is currently serving as the advocacy director for the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University. She also regularly volunteers at two free clinics treating children in the East Bay. She loves playing piano and singing with her kids.
StaceyStacey Bell
Board Member since 2006
Stacey is an alum parent and current grandparent at Step One. She has worked at Step One in various roles since 1995. Before working at Step One she taught preschool and directed a State Preschool Program. Stacey holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a MA from Mills College in Early Childhood Education. Stacey is trying to learn Spanish and spends her free time bicycling, swimming and marveling at her 3 grandchildren.
Aubrie Sell Williams
Board Member since 2017
Aubrie is currently an Afternoon teacher at Step One School. She received her BFA in Painting, and a BA in Art History from Penn State. In addition to teaching at Step One, Aubrie leads classes in ecological art with the Green Workshop, a nonprofit based out of San Francisco.
rakheeRakhee Sharma
Board Member since 2008
Rakhee has been fortunate to be part of the Step One community since 2007. Her son attended Step One for three years and the magic of Step One has never left! Rakhee has experience both in the fields of Law and Healthcare practicing as a Barrister in England and on the Board of companies in Healthcare sector both in the US and the UK. Rakhee loves being a mom, travelling, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
sosta-anthony-croppedAnthony Taylor
Board Member since 2016
Anthony began working in Early Childhood Education in 1991 and has worked at several large and small childcare centers before joining Step One in August 2005. Anthony was married in August 1999 to Nadiyah Taylor who also works in the early care and educational field. He has one son who is in high school, and a daughter who is in Room 4 this year. Anthony loves the Raiders, making people laugh, playing cards and spending time with his family. This is Anthony's 2nd term on the board.
Jenny Herbert Creek
Board Member since 2017
Jenny Herbert Creek is Chair of the school’s Finance Committee and recently joined the Board. She and her husband, Condy, are thrilled to be a part of the Step One community. Their daughter has attended Step One since 2015 and their son will enroll in Room 3 in 2018. Jenny has more than 15 years of experience in the educational services industry, including serving as CFO of two educational companies. She is currently a member of the Professional Faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she teaches financial modeling and leadership communications. Jenny lives in El Cerrito and enjoys traveling with her family, reading and cooking.