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 succeed, 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: 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:
Allison Fultz, Chair
AB, Princeton University, summa cum laude, 1984. MArch., Princeton University, 1986. JD, American University Washington College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2004. Transportation, land use and construction law with Kaplan, Kirsch and Rockwell, LLP. Licensed architect; practiced architecture in U.S. and Canada for 15 years. Served on Montgomery County Board of Appeals, 2001-2008; Chair from 2004. Parent of Nadia Langer, Class of 2018 and Naomi Langer, Class of 2014.
Jack Benson, Treasurer
BA, Colgate University. MBA, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginaia, where he was a Shemet Scholar and recipient of the Genovese Fellowship. Jack Benson is an expert in strategic, financial, and operational planning, with more than 20 years of professional services expertise in leading federal agencies and companies nationwide. He currently is partner and business manager at Reingold. Prior to joining Reingold, Jack was principal at Birdwood Capital. Jack also served at chief financial officer and chief information officer for Varsity Group, Inc., a leading provider of e-commerce solutions for educational institutions nationwide.
Danielle Bowen, Treasurer
Danielle is the Director of Finance and Operations at Capitol Hill Day School, an independent, progressive PK – 8th grade school in Washington, DC. Prior to working at Capitol Hill Day School, she worked with RTI International for over 6 years as the Director of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis. She also worked with IBM as a Global Financial Business Manager, Senior Financial Analyst and IT Helpdesk manager. In addition to her professional career, she served as Treasurer and board member at the Montessori School of Raleigh for 3 years. She has earned an MBA from Appalachian State University and a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Danielle lives in Bethesda with her husband, Major and her sons Gavin and Liam. Gavin is an 8th grader at WWS.
Education: BA in Humanities from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, MEd in Special Education University of Pittsburgh, Applied Arts Certificate Sunbridge College, Teacher Training Certificate, NOVA Institute Silver Spring, MD, Foundation Studies Certificate Center for Anthroposophy, Keene, NH, Trustees Council, College of Teachers, AWSNA Delegate
BA in English Composition from George Mason University. Founder and CEO of Mobile Posse, Inc. Prior to forming Mobile Posse, Jon spent over 8 years in management and technical roles at AOL, as the company brought interactive advertising into existence. 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. The AOL Greenhouse was instrumental in the launch of top Internet properties like; The Motley Fool, CBS SportsLine, Travelocity, and iVillage. Previously, Jon was the CTO of Frederator, producers of the Emmy-nominated "The Fairly OddParents" and "Chalkzone." Jon is a member of YPO and has two children at WWS.
BA, Catholic University (English/Secondary Education) 1991. Middle School Reading and English teacher from 1991-1996. Currently, Human Resources Specialist, Montgomery County Government. Parent to Raquel Hakes, Alumni, Evangelina Hakes, Class of 2015 and Analisa Hakes, Class of 2019.
Suzanne S. Nash
BA, University of Maryland, 1992, JD, Catholic University, Columbus School of law, magna cum laude, 1997. Litigation attorney with Lerch, Early & Brewer until 2004. 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 and are both natives of the Washington, D.C. area. Parent to Natasha Nash, Class of 2018, Allan Nash, Class of 2021 and Claire Nash, Class of 2024.
BA, Dickinson College (International Studies) 1992, MA Wake Forest University (History) 2000. Waldorf early childhood coursework at Sophia's Hearth Early Childhood Center, the Rudolf Steiner Institute, and Lifeways Early Childhood Program.
BS, Cornell University, 1989; JD, Fordham University School of Law, 1993; Attorney, Sony Electronics Inc. 1995-1998; Staff Counsel, Computer Curriculum Corporation, 1998 - 1999; Senior Counsel, USWeb/CKS – marchFIRST, 1999 - 2000; Director of Business Development, eAssist Global Solutions, 2000 - 2001; Corporate Counsel, Intelligent Decisions, Inc., 2001 – 2003; Legal Consultant, Kroll Ontrack Inc., 2003 - 2005; Assistant General Counsel, Carfax, Inc., 2005 – 2007; Principal, The Employment Law Group, 2005 – Present; Dave is an active news commentator appearing in many newspapers, including The Washington Post and Fortune.com as well as on local TV and ABC's Nightline with Dianne Sawyer.
Principal of C-lever; CEO Coach;, curator of TEDxRockCreekPark and has two previous TEDx conferences; degrees in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University; MBA from the University of Chicago; Certified Public Accountant (inactive); Certified and Credentialed Executive Coach: Community service includes work with ASTAR (Autism Spectrum Treatment and Research Center) and Washington C.A.S.H., a microfinance nonprofit. Member of the inaugural board and past co-chair of the Charlotte, NC Race for the Cure. Past co-program director for the Jeff Galloway Marathon Training program in Charlotte NC. Lives in Bethesda with her husband, Ken, and eight year old son and WWS student, Cole. Joined the WWS Trustees Council in September 2012.
High School Chair, Athletic Director, HS Humanities, 2003
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 CC and Columbia CC as a teaching professional and he played professionally for four years. Taisto left the golf world in 2002 to pursue a career in high school teaching and coaching. He became the varsity basketball coach for WWS for both the boys and girls in the 2002-2003 season. Taisto began teaching America History at WWS in 2003, along with become the school’s Athletic Director. His interests include politics, sports, exercise and animals, particularly dogs. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Abby, and his friends.
Faculty Chair, Ex Officio, 2013
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, GA. 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, and served on the College of Teachers and the Board of Trustees. Jennifer and her husband, Greg, have three college-age children, all of whom attended WWS. Jennifer enjoys hiking, camping, scuba diving, music, reading, and playing with her two dogs and two cats.