Inspiring Compassionate Leaders Through Academic Excellence
DR. NICHOLAS EGAN’s career in independent schools has included time as a Sixth Grade Lead Teacher, a History Department Chair, and Administrative roles, providing him first-hand knowledge of the various interconnected layers of a school.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Egan recognizes the vital importance of student growth both academically, as well as socially and emotionally. To this end, Dr. Egan has successfully helped design and implement in-depth Social & Emotional Learning curriculum that integrates emotional awareness, healthy relationships, and ethical decision-making. He is also the recipient of a lifetime Sara D. Barter Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University for his achievement in working with academically talented students.
Additionally, Nick has created and taught an innovative world religions program emphasizing critical thinking through studying foundational beliefs and practices of the world’s major religious traditions. His doctoral work in Asian Studies, as well as his experience leading cultural and educational tours for children and adults to destinations including Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal, Thailand, and Tibet, bring a rich layer of experience to THS’s commitment to cultivating students with a global perspective.
Nick develops close relationships with and among students, faculty, and parents, and he looks forward to continuing to inspire THS students to become lifelong learners and compassionate leaders. He currently lives in Healdsburg with his wife and three daughters.
CRISTIN TALLEY has been a member of The Healdsburg School community since 2009. Cristin received her formal education training at Tufts University and has pursued a broad range of experiences within the education profession. Cristin combined her love of culture, language, and teaching by serving as an Early Childhood Specialist in the United States Peace Corps in Haiti and Costa Rica. From there she developed an international-minded curriculum for the fourth-grade students at The Bryn Mawr School where she taught for ten years. Cristin’s perspective grew as she stepped into the role of Principal, Grades 3-6, at The European School in Costa Rica. She has served in her role as Director of Enrollment for six years and enjoys creating positive connections with new families as she shares The Healdsburg School’s rich educational program.
TANYA BRUNO, Director of Operations, joined The Healdsburg School in 2013 and brings more than 15 years of experience in business development, community engagement, and human resources to her role. She brings enthusiasm, professionalism and warmth, and a mindset of service and advocacy to her work with The Healdsburg School and the broader Community.
Tanya holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Sonoma State University. She is also the Managing Director for a local human resources education and networking non-profit. Prior to working at The Healdsburg School, Tanya worked as a Human Resources Manager where she created the human resources department and lead the transition of a company culture change resulting in the award of “North Bays Best Places to Work.” Outside the office, Tanya is on the board for the Active 20-30 Healdsburg Club #205 which is a non-profit that raises money for underprivileged youth in our local community. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, DIY projects, and spending time with her husband and twin daughters.
AMANDA ELLIFF, Director of Finance, joined the THS community in 2014. She has worked in various roles in finance over her 14-year career. Her diverse experience working for organizations like Fetzer and the Allen Wine Group has given her critical insight into the financial needs and challenges of organizations. She also holds an advanced certificate in accounting from Empire College. Amanda is a Sonoma County native and is involved in giving back to her community through her leadership role in a local community service club. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, softball, and reading to her three-year-old son, Landon.
SARAH LAW, Director of Community Engagement, joined the THS administrative team in 2016 and is embarking in the role of Director of Community Engagement for the 2017-18 school year. Sarah is passionate about our community, helping others, and bringing people together.
Sarah’s background includes broad experience in business administration, communication, event planning and design, from serving as an Executive Assistant in the medical and manufacturing industry to owning and operating her own 1700 square foot retail store. As well as Sarah being a THS parent for 9 years, she has executed the role of Head Room Parent and volunteered extensively for the Bravissimo fundraising gala. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, as well as antiquing, interior design, and travel.
Dean of Students and upper school math and science teacher, CARRIE SMITH grew up in San Diego and attended school at the University of California at Davis. After earning her B.S. in Biology and her teaching credential from U.C. Davis she moved back to San Diego where she taught seventh and eighth-grade science at Carmel Valley Middle School for five years. During her time at Carmel Valley Middle School, Carrie chaired the science department, coached various sports, and started a lesson study program that is still in place today.
Mrs. Smith took some time off of classroom teaching to care for her two children. During this time she began her online teaching career with California Virtual Academics. She began as a teacher of Earth Science and Physics for California Virtual Academics and was quickly promoted to the science department chair before finally assuming the role of vice principal of the High School.
She is passionate about her students and happy to be working with them face-to-face in the physical classroom at THS. She has a strong background in math and science and is looking forward to bringing the enthusiasm she has for these subjects to the students.
KELLY BAILEY, Executive Assistant, joined The Healdsburg School in 2017. She brings a new level of energy to the office, and a nurturing hand to students. Kelly graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Animal Science, and served as a Veterinary Technician for sixteen years for various hospitals. Kelly enjoys working with both animals and children alike, and has recently transitioned into the realm of childhood education. Prior to joining THS, she helped design, maintain, and teach a garden program for an elementary school in Santa Rosa, where she also created and taught a science curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade students.
When she isn’t working, Kelly keeps busy with her own two children and enjoys spending time with her husband hiking and camping, as well as taking care of their family’s eclectic collection of animals.