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 2015-2016
Valerie Colis, President & Chair of the Board
Valerie underwrote Directors & Officers Liability Insurance for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and then consulted fortune 500 companies around D&O exposure as a broker for Aon Financial Services Group. After receiving her MBA, she shifted her focus and joined MOHR Development where she was responsible for consulting and implementing sales management solutions and high level sales training programs. 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. Valerie brings leadership and strategic planning skills as well as a keen understanding of the responsibilities of trustees and the role effective boards can play in an organization. Valerie has volunteered in many capacities at CWS including as a room parent and a PTO representative. She has been a Trustee for the past five years, during which time she served as Chair of the Development Committee and Secretary of the Board. In addition to CWS, Valerie serves on the board of Oxford Bank and Trust. She has three children at CWS including a daughter, Caroline in the high school, a son Charlie in the middle school and a daughter Gigi in the grade school. Valerie loves to ski and bike with her family in the Green Mountains of Vermont as often as possible.
Karen Anderson, Co-Chair PTO & PTO Liaison
Karen has served her class as PTO rep for six years and is beginning her second year as the PTO Co-Chair. She has led the PTO Communications Newsletter Voices for two years and served as essential support for both May Fair and Holiday Fairs in recent years. She joined the Board this year as PTO Liaison.
David Blood, PTO Development Liaison
David has served his class as PTO rep and PTO Communications lead for the past two years. He has also served on the Board Development Committee and joined the Board this year as the PTO Development Liaison. In addition to his service to the Chicago Waldorf School, David serves as a director on the board of the Adidam Midwest Center, in Chicago, a 501C3 not-for-profit educational organization.
Lee Boyce, Board Member
Lee is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President at American Hotel Register Company, a 150 year old global supplier to the hospitality industry headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Prior to this, Lee was Divisional CFO of the Beverage Business of Kraft Foods, a global Food and Beverages company. Lee has more than 25 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 20 years at Kraft, Lee spent 4 years in public accounting and management consulting at Ernst & Young. 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 Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Management Accountant. Lee has four children at the Waldorf School.
Megan Cummins, Co-Chair of Inclusion and Diversity Committee
Through the PTO, Enrollment Office Parent Ambassador program and as a successful Holiday Fair Co-Chair, Megan has experience in working with many parents in the community, the administration, and the PTO to support the social and economic missions of the school. In her professional life, Megan is a doula, providing prenatal education, counseling, and advocacy for expectant couples.
Colleen Everhart, Faculty Trustee and Chair of the College of Teachers
Colleen has 24 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, on the AWSNA Board of Trustees and is the current Chair of the CWS College of Teachers. She also serves as a mentor and consultant for Waldorf schools around the country. Colleen is the proud parent of a CWS alum.
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.
John Figiel, Vice President & Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee
John's relationship with the Chicago Waldorf School and community dates back over fourteen years when his first son started the parent child program. He now has children in the High School and Grade School. John has been actively involved with the Board for over six years. On a professional level John has worked in the areas of Human Resources, Organization Development, Leadership Development and Talent Management in large corporations, a professional services firm and higher education. 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. As a life long learner John is currently enrolled in the Masters Program for Learning & Organization Change at Northwestern University.
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.
Dana Hegedorn, Vice President & Chair of the Enrollment Committee
Dana currently serves the school with strategic vision and planning around internal and external messaging and enrollment development. In her professional life, Dana was Design Director of a national commercial design firm responsible for the strategic planning of large real estate portfolios as well as the creation of office environments for clients such as Leo Burnett, Citibank and Rockwell Automation. Dana also taught interior architecture at The School of the Art Institute and Columbia College. She holds degrees in interior architecture and psychology. Dana has three children at the Chicago Waldorf School each of whom have enjoyed the education since Parent Child. Dana and her family enjoy building projects, outdoor activities and playing together in the summer with cousins and extended family in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.
Kevin M. Hinton, Board Member
Kevin leads SITE’s staff team of 15 in supporting their nearly 2000 members worldwide with responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the association as well as the SITE Foundation. He reports to the President of the International Board of Directors. Prior to joining SITE, Kevin served as Executive Vice President in charge of the global sales strategy for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Before ALHI acquired it in January 2011, Kevin was CEO of hinton+grusich, a 20-person national sales organization representing hotels and convention bureaus across North America. Kevin’s career in the hotel business began at the Chicago Hilton & Towers where he worked in various management positions. Kevin also served as Chairman of the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in 2012 and 2013, having served on MPI’s Board for 5 years, and as President of MPI’s Chicago Area Chapter in 2007 and 2008. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Finance and German from Marquette University, as well as a Master’s Degree (MBA) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Claudia and their daughters, Amber and Sophia.
Susan Mudd, Secretary & Chair of the Committee on Trustees
Susan's professional experience spans advocacy on a wide array of environmental issues. A senior policy advocate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, she previously consulted for the Gerald and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Brico Fund. For over 15 years, she was the Wisconsin Director of Citizens for a Better Environment. She co-authored a midwest global warming action plan for the State Environmental Leadership Program. Susan has served on numerous non-profit boards including 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 part of the committee that developed 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. Susan and her husband John Norquist have 2 children, a daughter in 8th grade at CWS, a son who is a Waldorf school and Univ of Chicago graduate working in Chicago.
David Pilgrim, Chair of Marketing Committee
David brings his passion for the Chicago Waldorf School through his experience in sales, business development and marketing. He has served on several committees, including the Permanent Campus Committee and Capital Campaign Committee. This year he has taken on chairing the CWS Marketing Committee.
David has over 20 years of professional experience in technology and consulting organizations, working for companies in Chicago, including Cambridge Technology Partners, Oracle and Adobe. David is currently with SapientNitro, part of Pubicis and the Publicis.Sapient platform of companies, where he is the Director of Business Development for Technology Services. David and his wife, Lauren, have been members of the CWS community since enrolling their son in the early childhood program in 2008 and they are both strong advocates for Waldorf education in Chicago. Beyond their passion for the school, the Pilgrims also spend time supporting their son’s interests in sports and music (he plays first base and cello). Beyond CWS and work, David enjoys sports like football and baseball and also plays the guitar. The Pilgrims live in the Budlong Woods area (near Lincoln Square).
Roberta Renton, Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee
Roberta brings her love of data and number-crunching to the Board of Trustees. Roberta has had an extensive career as an accountant and financial analyst throughout a variety of industries and in organizations both large and small, including Prudential-Bache Securities in New York and London and Sphere Drake Underwriting Management in London. As Business Manager, she also helped to launch a start-up design firm, Renton & Johnston. Roberta holds a Masters degree in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Roberta’s family are relative newcomers to the Chicago Waldorf community – she has a son who is a senior in the high school, having joined Waldorf as a freshman.
Michael Rosenthal, Chair of the 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. Mike and his wife Sally (former Chair of Chicago Waldorf School Parent Teacher Organization) have one son, Jackson, who has attended Chicago Waldorf School since enrolling in Early Childhood in 2009.
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 educational support specialist. Cynthia is very interested in nutrition 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.
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, Chair of the Development Committee
Sherri is a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in Hyde Park and Lakeview. 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 the Audit Committee
Bob is a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Krieg DeVault LLP and previously was a corporate and securities partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Mayer Brown LLP. Bob brings expertise on board governance, corporate and contract law matters as well as facilities issues. Bob advised on and was principal drafter of the CWS Bylaws and various CWS governance policies. 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. Bob is a guest lecturer on business acquisition and sale agreements at John Marshall Law School and the author of a deskbook on federal securities compliance published by Thomson West. Bob is a lifelong resident of the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods. Bob and his wife have had their three children enrolled at CWS since the Parent Child program and have been actively involved in many CWS galas and festivals over the years.
Janet Zimmerman, Board Member
Janet is the Director of Training and Curriculum Design for a national healthcare franchise organization. She joined the CWS Board in 2015 after years of volunteer experience in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) where she served as a class representative, communications lead, and then co-chair for 2 years. Her involvement at CWS spans 14 years beginning when her daughter, now in high school, enrolled in early childhood. Janet lives in Evanston and enjoys yoga and foreign films.
Board of Trustees portrait at the top of the page is from June 15, 2016