Trustees Council

The school is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The school's financial and legal matters are guided by a Trustees Council. The Trustees Council (TC) is the unified governing body of the school legally responsible for its lawful operation, financial health, and strategic direction. This body has the long-term goals of the school at heart and works to secure the school as an entity within the broader community and state. It exercises responsible oversight of the internal structure and management of the school, and delegates day-to-day management of the school to the Faculty Chair who is hired by the Trustees Council. The members of the Trustees Council are drawn from all parts of the school community, including parents, faculty, and friends.

Ideally the Trustees Council has as its members a number of faculty that is close to, but does not exceed, 50% of the total number of trustees. Aside from faculty members who bring an in-depth knowledge of the pedagogy and an understanding of the entire school, trustees bring legal, development, financial, educational, architectural, and political expertise to the Trustees Council. The usual route to membership on the Trustees Council is through service on a Board committee, with Finance, Development, Site, Investment being four of the most active committees. The Trustees Council meetings are held monthly and are open to the school community. Please refer to the calendar for meeting dates. The current members of the Trustees Council are:

Profiles of WWS Trustees Council Members

Allison Fultz, Chair AB, Princeton University, summa cum laude; MArch, Princeton University; JD, American University Washington College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. Allison is a partner with the firm of Kaplan, Kirsch and Rockwell, LLP, specializing in transportation, land use, and construction law. She is also a licensed architect, and practiced architecture in U.S. and Canada for 15 years. Allison served on Montgomery County Board of Appeals from 2001-2008, and has been Chair of the WWS Trustees Council Chair since 2014. She and her husband Steve have one WWS alumna and one current student.

Barbara Buchman BA in Humanities, Case Western Reserve University; MEd in Special Education University of Pittsburgh; Applied Arts Certificate Sunbridge College; Teacher Training Certificate, NOVA Institute; Foundation Studies Certificate Center for Anthroposophy, Keene, New Hampshire. Barbara currently serves on the WWS Trustees Council and College of Teachers, and is an AWSNA Delegate. She is a long-time member of the faculty, and is the WWS handwork teacher. She and her husband John are parents of two WWS alumni.

Katalin Gingold BS in Economics, MS in Business Administration with specialization in Finance from Budapest University of Economic Sciences in Hungary; Certificate of Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden; Chartered Financial Analyst. Katalin is Managing Director, Equity Research at Cartica, an emerging markets asset management firm. Prior to joining Cartica, Ms. Gingold was a Portfolio Manager at Artio Global Investors, a multi-billion dollar fund manager based in New York. From 2000-2003, Ms. Gingold was an Associate at HVB Capital Markets, where she focused on Emerging European Equity Research Sales. She and her husband Laurence have three children at WWS.

Eric Holdsworth BA, International Affairs, George Washington University; MBA, American Graduate School of International Management, Arizona State University. Eric is Director of Climate Programs at the Edison Electric Institute, where he oversees EEI’s involvement in the global climate change issue at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition, he manages EEI’s involvement in the international arena, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and related processes. Eric came to EEI following 9 years at the Global Climate Coalition, an industry trade association, where he served as Associate Director. Prior to joining the WWS Trustees Council Eric served on the WWS Development Committee. He and his wife Susan have one child at WWS.

Tom Holmberg BA, Economics, University of Arizona; JD, Georgetown University Law Center. Tom is a partner in the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP, where he specializes in energy and infrastructure projects around the world. He and his wife Alison have three children at WWS.

Jon Jackson BA, English Composition, George Mason University. Founder and CEO of Mobile Posse, Inc. Prior to forming Mobile Posse, Jon spent 8 years in management and technical roles at AOL. Jon was a key member of AOL Mobile, where he was charged with creating the mobile expression for leading AOL products. Jon was a member of the management team of the AOL Greenhouse, the first Internet incubator, which was instrumental in the launch of several top Internet companies. Jon is a member of Young Presidents Organization. He and his wife Maria have two children at WWS.

Ryan Kulesza BS, Computer Science, Bowdoin College. Ryan is a Technologist at Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he works on IT projects with a variety of federal clients. At Bowdoin, Ryan was a champion swimmer, and he holds several school records in swimming. He is also is an entrepreneur and has started several business ventures, including a company that makes special purpose apps. Ryan is a talented painter, and he has exhibited his work in several different venues. Ryan is an alumnus of the WWS Class of 2011.

Bonnie McClelland A graduate of the first WWS High School class (Class of 1988) Bonnie studied at Montgomery College and Hampshire College, then worked in retirement and benefits at the US Office of Personnel Management. She returned to WWS first as a parent, with her son Chris (Class of 2009). Bonnie has completed the Foundation Studies Course (Antioch) and she changed career paths to become the WWS High School Coordinator in May 1999. Bonnie was the WWS yearbook editor-in-chief 2005-2015 and is currently serving her second term on the Trustees Council.

Dileep Nair MBA, University of Maryland. Dileep is a Vice President, International Financial Advisor, and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, where he specializes in discretionary global investment management and planning. Prior to that he was a Trust Portfolio Manager at Riggs and Company in Washington DC, and director of Finance at PRASAD, an international nonprofit headquartered in upstate New York. Dileep is a former board member at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery in Silver Spring. He and his wife Natasha have two children at WWS.

Suzanne Nash BA, University of Maryland, 1992; JD, Catholic University, Columbus School of law, magna cum laude, 1997. Suzanne was a litigation attorney with the firm of Lerch, Early & Brewer until 2004. She joined the WWS Development Committee in 2011 and the Trustees Council in 2012. Suzanne and her husband Scott Nash own a local grocery chain founded by Scott, MOM's Organic Market. Suzanne and Scott have three children at WWS.

Jennifer Page BME, Northwestern University; JD, University of Georgia; Elementary Certificate, Waldorf Education, Antioch New England Graduate School. After teaching middle and high school music and history, and coaching track and field in both Chicago and Atlanta area public schools, Jennifer attended law school in Athens, Georgia. Following graduation, Jennifer practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, where she is still a member of both state bars. After being exposed to Waldorf education, Jennifer decided to return to teaching and ultimately became trained as a Waldorf class teacher. In addition to class teaching at WWS, Jennifer has taught music, while continuing to serve on the College of Teachers and Trustees Council. She has been the WWS Faculty Chair from 2013. She and her husband Greg are the parents of three WWS alumni.

Taisto Saloma BA History, Guilford College, concentration in sports studies. After graduating from Guilford College in 1998, Taisto became a professional golfer. He worked at Indian Spring and Columbia Country Clubs as a teaching professional, while also playing professionally for 4 years. Taisto left the golf world in 2002 to pursue a career in high school teaching and coaching. He is the WWS Athletic Director and coaches the boys and girls high school basketball teams. Taisto is an alumnus of the WWS Class of 1988. He and his wife Abby have two children at WWS.