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Our Team

There are many nurturing and busy hands that make up our team at Circle of Hands:

Leslie Young - Owner

I have been drawn to simple, natural toys and hand-made children’s items since my own kids were young Waldorf students. For more than 20 years, I worked in a Waldorf school office and managed their store along with my other duties. With Circle of Hands, I am now fulfilling a long-time dream of having a shop that provides customers with a brilliant selection of Waldorf-inspired products – soft dolls, wooden animals/play objects, and art/craft materials – all with an eye towards stimulating the child’s creativity. We also offer natural-fiber clothing items, beeswax candles, art cards, and a wonderful selection of hard-to-find classic books that I’ve personally selected for children and families. My goal is to help nurture your child, to emphasize his/her imaginative play, and to provide beauty in your home. I envision this shop as a magical fairyland of possibilities for children, parents, and all their friends!

 Emma Mann - Business/Marketing Manager

Waldorf mom and entrepreneur Emma is the energy behind our operations and marketing. Emma began her career as a maritime officer aboard cargo ships sailing to numerous foreign ports before pursuing her graduate degree in marketing. She doubles as the resident soap-maker and owner of Soap Cauldron which shares space at our McKinley store. Emma is on-site pretty much every day to oversee operations and meet with prospective vendors. Her daughter, a lifer from Summerfield Waldorf School, is now in college at UC Berkeley and, on her off-time, helps at the store and at the Cauldron.

 Rose MacDonald - Administrative Assistant 

Rose,a graduate of Summerfield Waldorf School, began working with children through Summerfield's circus program when in lower school and now many years later can still be found flying high in the circus tent and teaching tumbling classes to third graders. After high school Rose decided to continue her Waldorf education by taking a year of Eurythmy in England, and working to deepen her understanding of Waldorf pedagogy and the value of creative play for children. You can find Rose in the store most days. She's always happy to answer questions and share what she learned during her time as a Waldorf Student.

Katya Rice- Merchandiser

Katya, a Sebastopol native and graduate from Summerfield Waldorf School is currently studying Environmental Design at Sonoma State University. Katya brings our natural wooden and waldorf merchandise to life by setting up beautiful vignettes around the store and drawing people’s attention in with her beautiful window designs. Katya is a dog lover at heart and is always happy to give visiting pups a pet on the head!

 Abi Porter - Sales Associate

Abi hails from Texas and is a retired high school teacher, avid music lover, and grandmother of three young children. In her spare time, Abi makes crystal jewelry and knows everything there is to know about the properties of the crystals and rocks carried at Circle of Hands. She is excellent at helping customers make the perfect selection for the young child in their life. You will know her instantly by her Southern drawl and warm welcome. 

Tania Prosser - Sales Associate

Tania is a core member of our team and a doll artisan from West Sonoma County. She is the genius behind the famous Peanut Baby, Pocket Momma, Sweet Pea and Tooth Fairy dolls, to name just a few. Tania began making natural toys with her sister, a Waldorf teacher, when their children were young. They then chose to share their toys with the world by starting "Turtle Moon", a natural toy catalog. Tania is our resident doll-making expert and is in the shop each Tuesday offering tips and troubleshooting advice to the novice doll-maker. Tania's full line of items can be found on FairyShadow on Etsy.

 

Alister Greenfield- Sales Associate

Alister, a Sebastopol native and graduate From Summerfield Waldorf School, is now a student at Dominican University studying Public Health but he spends his weekends at Circle of Hands. Alister’s smile and bright personality fill the store; you can’t help but have a good time with Alister behind the sales counter providing you the best customer service possible.

Kaya Guthman- Sales Associate

Kaya is a junior at Summerfield Waldorf School. In between school, babysitting, college applications and her work with us Kaya finds time to play the violin, and anyone lucky enough to hear her play is in for a real treat! Kaya is excellent at helping customers select that natural wooden toy or puzzle for your homeschooled or waldorf student.