Board of Directors

Matthew Shellenberger

Matthew Shellenberger / Board President

Larissa Mansfield

Larissa Mansfield / Secretary

I grew up in the beautiful Skagit Valley and after traveling and living abroad, I really appreciate how special this area is. My children, Levi, Bjorn, and Kai, and my husband, Mark, share my connection to this place and a spirit of adventure. As a family we enjoy traveling, gardening, cooking together and time spent outdoors. While I am fairly new to Greenwood Tree and Waldorf education, I have over 20 years of experience as an actively involved parent in my children's education. My children have sampled the full range of education experiences (public schools, parent partnerships, coop schools, international school, Danish schools, college, and homeschooling!) so I knew we had found something really special when we discovered Greenwood Tree. I have deep and abiding appreciation for Greenwood Tree Cooperative School and the amazing community that has grown around it and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a board member. To that role I bring extensive experience working for and with a range of educational and nonprofit organizations, and excitement about both the day to day workings and the long-term future of the school.
Lisa Littlefield

Lisa Littlefield / Treasurer

I’ve spent most of my adult life prior to children in Finance/Accounting and Business Administration. With our first child we made a lifestyle change and decided that we needed a parent to stay home with our baby. I was introduced to the Anacortes Co-op preschool with my daughter and attended for 6 years with both my children. I served on their Board as Director for three of those years and Treasurer for one year. I have served on the Board at Greenwood Tree for the since 2012. We our fortunate to live on beautiful Fidalgo Island with a couple of dogs and a few chickens. We enjoy camping, swimming, and just having fun as a family. I have loved watching Greenwood Tree grow over the past few years. Providing an alternative educational option for families is near and dear to my heart.
Nicole Albrecht

Nicole Albrecht / Trustee

Homeschooling mom to one. We are starting our second year at Greenwood tree and also our second year in Skagit valley. We have come to find a great sense of community in both the valley and at Greenwood tree, both feel very magical! I feel honored to sit among some long time members and have felt so welcomed by the Greenwood tree community. We plan to stay put in Skagit County and I hope to lend a hand at Greenwood tree for many years to come. When I am not at Greenwood Tree you can usually find me in the garden, in the kitchen, at my sewing table or out of doors with my family.
Mary Stankey

Mary Stankey / Trustee, Board Member

Mary Stankey is a Greenwood Tree Cooperative (GWT) parent and has one child starting her fourth year at the school.  The past 2 years, she has worked in exchange for tuition as classroom assistant.  She grew up in Yakima WA and is third of seven children.  She did homeschool from fifth grade on.  She has a Bachelors of Science from Southern Oregon University in Chemistry with a focus on Biochemistry.  Her background is in Biological Aerosol Research but after a car accident and plummeting health, Mary's main focus for the last 10 years has been in Natural Healing.  She was an active Wellness Consultant for 1 year prior to her daughter's birth and is still passionate about sharing her holistic approach to continued healing and well-being. Finding the GWT community has been life changing and she is excited and honored to be part of such a heart centered cooperative where love and respect for self and others is practiced.  Combined with homeschool, GWT offers the best learning experience for her daughter without the stresses of unnecessary testing or the “cookie cutter / one fits all” learning style provided in public schools.  Mary has been practicing and teaching ancient food preparation methods and has also been helping organize the adult education classes at GWT.  She dreams of one day returning to school to become a Doctor, Compound Pharmacist or getting a Ph.D. in Genetics or Biochemistry.  In her spare time, she enjoys being in the company of friends and family, gardening, cooking, reading and genealogy.