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 2016-2017

Dana Hegedorn, President & Chair of the Board 
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.

Karen Anderson, Co-Chair PTO & PTO Liaison
Karen has served her class as PTO rep for seven years and is beginning her third 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 last year as PTO Liaison.

David Blood, PTO Liaison
David has served his class as PTO rep and PTO Communications lead for the past three years. He has also served on the Board Development Committee and joined the Board last 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, Chair of Strategic Plan Task Force
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.

Valerie Colis, Chair of the Committee on Trustees & Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee
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 been a Trustee for the past six years, during which time she served as Chair of the Development Committee, Secretary of the Board and most recently as President & Chair of the Board. In addition to CWS, Valerie serves on the board of Oxford Bank and Trust. She and her husband have three children at CWS including a daughter in the high school, a son in the middle school and another daughter in the grade school. Valerie loves to ski and bike with her family in the Green Mountains of Vermont as often as possible.

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 Chair & Chair of the Enrollment Committee
John's relationship with the Chicago Waldorf School and community dates back over fifteen 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 seven 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.

Ashley Gambill, Faculty Trustee & Chair of the Festivals Committee
Ashley is the German Language teacher for grades 4-12. Born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Ashley received her B.A. in Journalism and Germanic Studies from Indiana University. She spent her junior year at university in Freiburg, Germany on an exchange program where she learned how to intuitively speak German and discovered her interest in teaching. She insists that any students serious about learning a foreign language should spend an extended amount of time in the country to become comfortable with the language. Back in the United States, she taught German to an elementary group and at the native German Samstagschule (Saturday School) for two years. She also received her K-12 teaching license from Indiana University and helped institute the K-12 German practicum for future German teachers.

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.

Claire Howard, Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee   
Claire has been a friend of the Chicago Waldorf School for over a decade. Several nieces and nephews have attended—or are currently attending—the school. Watching them flourish over the years inspired Claire go beyond being a donor and become a Trustee in 2016. Professionally, Claire is a CPA working in the private sector as Controller for Rise Interactive, a digital marketing firm. Previously, she has held positions at Allscripts, TargetCom, Cumulus Media and Encyclopedia Britannica. Claire is a Chicago-area native who enjoys working on her "fixer-upper" tiny house and garden in her free time.  

Susan Mudd, Vice President of the Board of 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 who just graduated from the 8th grade at CWS, and a son who is a Waldorf school and University of Chicago graduate working in Chicago.

Joe Mulherin, Board Member      

David Pilgrim, Chair of the 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).

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.

John Trevillion, Faculty Trustee & Chair of the College of Teachers
John has over 34 years of Waldorf teaching experience and has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout his tenure. John most recently taught the 8th grade class of 2016, a class he began teaching in 5th grade. He has also provided class teacher support in the sciences to all Middle School grades. He completed his Waldorf teacher certification at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College of Detroit, and received his BA in English from the University of Mercy College. He went on to receive his Master of Liberal Studies degree (with a concentration in theater arts) from the University of Detroit. Over the course of his teaching career he has written many class plays, including two published full-length musicals.

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, Vice President of the Board of Trustees & 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, Secretary & 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 15 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