Board of Trustees
Jenny Herbert Creek is Chair of the school’s Finance Committee along with being co-chair of 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 enrolled 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.
Board Member since 2017
Jonathan Hudacko has served on the board since 2009. 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.
Board Member since 2009
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.
Board Member since 1981
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 activities, when he does have free time Jim enjoys reading, meditation, scuba diving and hiking.
Board Member since 2014
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.
Board Member since 2013
Annie Kaplan, and her husband Sebastian, have 3 daughters who have all thoroughly enjoyed Step One. Her oldest recently graduated Step One and is now in kindergarten, and her younger daughters are both currently loving every day at Step One. The Kaplans 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.
Board Member since 2017
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.
Board Member since 2006
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.
Board Member since 2008
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 two children that are Step One alum. Anthony loves the Raiders, making people laugh, playing cards and spending time with his family. This is Anthony's 2nd term on the board.
Board Member since 2016
Laura has been a teacher at Step One since 2012. Laura received her B.S. in Microbiology from New York University and a B.A. in Human Development with a specialty in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College.
Board Member since 2018