Chicago Waldorf School - Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees focuses and activates the Mission of the school and holds the College of Teachers and the Administrative Director responsible for accomplishing the school’s Vision and Strategic Plan. The Board is responsible for legal and fiduciary stewardship, strategic planning, budget approval, fundraising leadership and risk management oversight of the school’s affairs.

Trustees for 2013-2014

Valerie Colis, President & Chair of the Board 
Prior to raising her children full time, Valerie spent ten years underwriting Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and then consulting boards of directors of Fortune 500 companies around this exposure. After receiving her MBA, she then shifted her focus of consulting to sales and joined MOHR Development, a boutique consulting firm focused on engaging clients to develop value-driven sales strategies. She was a regional director at MOHR responsible for consulting around sales management solutions and implementing high level sales training programs. Valerie's board experience includes serving on the board of the Oxford Bank and Trust, a commercial bank in suburban Chicago, for the past ten years. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in International Studies with a minor in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She and her husband and three children live in Chicago and love to ski and bike together.

Lee Boyce, Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force
Lee is a Vice-President of Finance at Kraft Foods, a global food and beverage company headquartered in Northfield, Illinois. Lee has more than 20 years of broad experience in financial planning, business and strategic analysis, process reengineering, large scale project management, and in leading significant organizational change management. Prior to his 17 years at Kraft, Lee spent 4 years in public accounting and management consulting at Ernst & Young, a global “big 4” public accounting firm. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury (England), an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a CPA and CMA. Lee loves international travel, and wants to take his family to see the myriad of wonders and diversity that make up our world.

Megan Cummins, Board Member

Colleen Everhart, Faculty Trustee and Chair of the College of Teachers
Colleen has 21 years of Waldorf teaching experience and has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout her tenure. She began her CWS career as an Early Childhood teacher in 1992 and helped start the CWS High School in 1994. As a high school faculty member Colleen has taught theatre, English and history. Colleen has served for multiple years as High School Level Chair and member of the Teacher Development Committee, Curriculum Committee, Finance Committee, Admissions Committee, Permanent Campus Committee, Development Committee, Management Team, and College of Teachers. She currently serves on the AWSNA Leadership Council representing the AWSNA Great Lakes' regional schools and institutes and is the current Chair of the CWS College of Teachers. She also serves as an evaluator, consultant and lecturer for Waldorf schools around the country.

Gordon Edwards, Board Member
Gordon is a longtime friend of the Chicago Waldorf School. He served a previous stint on the CWS Board during the 1970s and 80s. He is retired from a business career that involved information technology and executive recruiting. His employers included IBM Corp., Transunion Corp. and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He co-founded an executive recruiting firm in Chicago that he directed until his retirement. He is a member of the General Anthroposophical Society (founded by Rudolf Steiner) and has served on boards of related organizations, including:  Rudolf Steiner College; Anthroposophic Press, Inc. (SteinerBooks); and the Anthroposophical Society in America. His late wife, Rose Edwards, in her role as a faculty member of the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program, was a teacher, mentor and/or colleague of several current CWS faculty members. Now single, Gordon lives in Chicago, is active in the anthroposophical movement and enjoys traveling. He has been serving on the school's Development Committee since fall 2011.

John Figiel, Vice President & Co-Chair of the Governance Committee
John works at Tandem HR, a Human Resource consulting firm where he has responsibility for organizational development and strategy. With over 25 years of experience in human resources, training and organizational development, he is an expert in the areas talent management, leadership development, and change management. John earned a MS in Labor & Industrial Relations, and a BS in Psychology, both from the University of Illinois, and holds over a dozen certifications in the areas of organizational development, training and leadership development.

Leukos Goodwin, Administrative Director
Luke manages the administrative functions of the school. He holds a BA in Art History from Davidson College, an MA Ed. from Antioch University and an Ed.D (pending dissertation) from the University of Toledo. His Waldorf experience includes teaching stints at Pine Hill Waldorf School in New Hampshire, Ashwood Waldorf School in Maine and Cape Ann Waldorf School in Massachusetts, where he served as Executive Committee Chair, College of Teachers Chair, Faculty Chair, Pedagogical Chair, Evaluation Committee Chair and as a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition to his work with Waldorf education, Luke’s career included teaching in the Sylvania Schools public school district in Ohio. Luke is a die-hard Red Sox fan.

Michael Motyka, Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee & the Committee on Trustees
Mike is the Chief Operating Officer at Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, a law firm in downtown Chicago that serves clients nationally and internationally in the areas of reinsurance and complex commercial litigation. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, and studied finance and international relations at the University of Chicago and at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). He has over twenty years of financial and executive leadership experience. Mike and his family enjoy beach-combing, observing geysers and mudpots, and singing “Go, Cubs, Go.”

Susan Mudd, Secretary & Chair of Enrollment Committee
Susan's professional experience spans advocacy on a wide array of environmental issues: including air and water quality, pesticides, pollution prevention, transportation, land use, and women’s health. For the last six years she consulted with the Gerald and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Chicago. For over 15 years, she was the Wisconsin Director of Citizens for a Better Environment. She subsequently consulted with the Brico Fund in Milwaukee on environmental issues and more recently with the State Environmental Leadership Program on global warming. Susan currently serves on the boards of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, I-GO and Earth Share of Illinois. She was a founding board member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and served on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism where she helped develop LEED for Neighborhood Development.  Before moving to Chicago she served as Vice President of the board of Tamarack (Waldorf) School in Milwaukee. Susan holds a J.D., an M.A. in Public Administration and Public Policy and a certificate in Energy Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She likes to swim, canoe, hike, and is attempting to learn to play the viola. She and her husband John have a son at the University of Chicago and a daughter in the grade school at CWS.

Kevin Rooney, Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee
Kevin is Chief Strategy Officer for American Access Casualty Company, a high-growth auto insurance company based in Oakbrook, IL. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame before starting his career at Arthur Andersen. He has 20 years of management and consulting experience in business strategy and technology. Kevin volunteers as the Assistant Coach for the amazing middle school girls’ volleyball team. Kevin and his family enjoy zip-lining in tropical rainforests.

Michael Rosenthal, Vice President & Chair of Permanent Campus Committee
Mike is a shareholder at the law firm of Polsinelli PC. He is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading venture capital lawyers nationally and also as a leading private equity lawyer in Illinois. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth and also of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, where he serves on its Legislative Committee. Mike speaks frequently on issues relating to venture capital and early-stage companies. Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, Order of the Coif (and, as a result, bleeds maize and blue on Saturdays in the fall―particularly the last Saturday in November―and whenever the Wolverine's hit the basketball court). Mike has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Cynthia Trevillion, Faculty Trustee
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Cynthia continued her education at Emerson College in Sussex, England. She completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College in Detroit receiving her Master’s degree in Waldorf Education. Cynthia also completed educational support teacher training through the Association for a Healing Education. Having taken a full class from grade 1 through 8 at the Detroit Waldorf School, Cynthia then moved to Chicago and took a class from grades 5 through 8 here at Chicago Waldorf School prior to moving into her current position as middle school math teacher and educational support specialist. Cynthia is very interested in nutriton and how it affects learning. She is co-leader of the Chicago chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation which is dedicated to disseminating the work of nutrition pioneer Weston Price and restoring nutrient dense foods to the human diet.

Frank Verciglio, Board Member
Frank is a carpenter with 30 years experience in the building trades. He is a parent of students who have attended the Chicago Waldorf School for many years. Frank became a trustee after serving for two years as the elected PTO Liasion to the Board. He currently serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Permanent Campus Committee. Frank builds top bar hives as a service to bee keepers interested in urban agriculture, biodynamic farming and the health of honey bees.

Frances Vig, Faculty Trustee

Frances was born and raised in Great Britain where she attended Christ Church College and Emerson College. she has been actively involved in Waldorf education for more than 30 years. She is the high school sculptural arts and metalwork teacher at Chicago Waldorf School, where she previously took two classes from grades 1-8 as a class teacher while also working as a clay modeling teacher. She serves as a student advisor and is actively involved in teacher training across the country and in Chicago through Arcturus. Frances is a member of the AWSNA Leadership Council and the AWSNA Teacher Education Network, serves on the Pedagogical Section of North America and serves as an evaluator, consultant and lecturer for many other Waldorf schools. She is a long-time member of the College of Teachers and the Governance Committee, and previously of the Teacher Development Committee. Her three children are 12-year Waldorf graduates.

Sherri Wandler, PTO Liaison & Chair of Development Committee
Sherri is a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in Hyde Park, Lakeview and Evanston. Sherri specializes in working with graduate students who are managing mental health issues while completing dissertations. Sherri holds a Masters in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University. In addition to more than 20 years work as a psychotherapist, in 2003, Sherri and her husband co-founded Chewy Software LLC, a premier developer of educational and entertainment software.

Robert Wild, Chair of Audit Committee
Bob is an attorney in the corporate and securities practice at the law firm Krieg DeVault LLP. Bob brings expertise on securities and business law, board corporate governance matters, and facilities issues ranging from contracts to leasehold improvements to capital projects. Bob also is a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. He earned his BBA from Loyola University Chicago and his JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He also holds an MST from DePaul University.