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:

SOSTA-Kevin CroppedKevin Becketti
Board Member since 2013
Kevin Becketti is a native of Redwood City, CA. Kevin received a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley. He previously taught at Step One from 1988-90 in Room 2, 1992-94 in the P.M. program, and 1994-5 in Room 4. He returned to Step One in 2010 and is beginning his 5th year back teaching in the PM program, his 11th at Step One. This is his 4th year on the Board. Kevin lives in Berkeley with his wife and two children.
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.
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.
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.
Patty CoffinPatty Coffin
Board Member since 2014
Patty and her husband Peter have 3 grown children, one of whom attended Step One School from 1985 to 1987. He is now a cardiologist. Patty and Peter have two grandchildren that have also attended Step One School. Patty, who is retired, was Coordinator of the Hospital School Program at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for 20 years. She also sang in the Pacific Mozart Ensemble for 20 years. Patty enjoys traveling with her husband and friends, hiking, opera, theater, socializing with many friends and two book clubs.
JonathanJonathan Hudacko
Board Chair
Board Member since 2010
Jonathan and his wife Shirley enjoyed 6+ years of Step One as their three children all attended Step One with stints in rooms 3, 4 and 1. With the kids all attending Berkeley public schools now, Jonathan is the lone holdout still coming to Step One for board meetings! Jonathan recently co-founded a technology start-up in Berkeley's Gilman district while also advising and consulting to other start-ups and a real estate investment partnership. Outside of work you are likely to see Jonathan commuting home on his bicycle, running (Tilden or King track) or coaching in the Albany Little League.
Nick JacksonNick Jackson
Board Vice-Chair
Board Member since 2013
Nick and his wife, Lisa, have two silly, energetic boys, one of whom is enjoying his last year at Step One, and one who is loving first grade at Cragmont Elementary. 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.
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, one who currently at Step One and one who is an alumnus. Sanjay is VP of Policy & Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel at SolarCity, where he's worked since 2011. He also serves on the board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association and is an Alternate Commissioner of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency.
MadeleineMadeleine Rogin
Board Member since 2014
Madeleine is an alum parent, with two girls who went through Step One from ages 2-5. She also taught at Step One before becoming a parent. Madeleine teaches Kindergarten and Dance at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito. In addition to teaching, she is a Change Leader for Ashoka’s “Start Empathy” Initiative and Changemaker Schools Network, serves as a diversity/inclusion consultant for preschool and elementary schools, and runs a dance camp for children in the summer.
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.
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.
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-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.