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 and is 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 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 membership includes close to, but not more than, 50% faculty members. 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 TC committee, with Finance, Development, Site, Diversity, and Investment being the most active committees. 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
Eric Holdsworth, Chair 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 nine 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.
Vanessa Beckman, BA - Sociology, Lehigh University and MS - Organizational Management, School for International Training. Prior to becoming a full time parent, Vanessa worked for a boutique consulting firm focusing on social justice issues called Dare Mighty Things. She co-led a multi-million dollar contract to provide training and technical assistance to organizations nationwide that were providing assistance to prisoners and their children. Prior to this Vanessa worked for Habitat for Humanity of NYC as the director of their volunteer and AmeriCorps program and WGBY - a local PBS affiliate located in Springfield, MA - as their Director of Outreach. Prior to joining the Trustees Council, Vanessa was the chair of the Parent Organization Steering Committee at WWS. Vanessa, and her husband, John, have two daughters at WWS.
Tove Elfström, received his M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. He completed Waldorf teacher training at The Rudolf Steiner Institute. Tove was born in Sweden and raised on a farm. Studying recreation management and his subsequent employment in that field led to the study of the relationship between work and leisure at the University of Georgia where he received a M.Ed. Prizing variety, he was even done a stint as a merchant marine. Since 1985, Tove began work at WWS as a class teacher and is now the school's artisan teacher.
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.
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.
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 and was the WWS yearbook editor-in-chief 2005–2015.
Jennifer Page, Ex-Officio Jennifer is a graduate of Northwestern University (BME) and the University of Georgia (JD), and received her Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch University of New England. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. In addition to practicing law in Maryland and D.C., she is the former Director of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. Her teaching experience includes middle and high school music and history in the Chicago and Atlanta area public schools, Waldorf class and music teaching at WWS, and coaching track and field and softball. Jennifer chairs the College of Teachers and serves on the Trustees Council. Jennifer and her husband, Greg, have three recent post-college/graduate school aged children, all of whom attended WWS.
Jennie Rabinowitz, BA, English, Wesleyan University; MA, Media Studies, New School University; JD, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Following law school, Jennie served as a Deputy Public Defender with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. After moving to Maryland in 2010, Jennie taught writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a prior chair of the WWS Parent Organization and currently volunteers with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Jennie and her husband Dan have two children at WWS.
College of Teachers
The College of Teachers is composed of teachers who have experience in classroom teaching and/or Waldorf education and who are willing to take on the added responsibility of leadership. The College of Teachers (College) ensures that WWS remains an authentic Waldorf school in terms of philosophy, pedagogy, and practices. The College of Teachers oversees the school’s program and personnel committees and is the decision-making body in these areas. The College reviews and makes changes to the budget each year where budgeting affects program. The budget is presented to the Finance Committee and to the Trustees Council for final approval.
The members of the College of Teachers are:
- Allysun Sokolowski (LS)
- Barbara Buchman (LS)
- Clare Andre' (LS)
- Gabriele Schilz (HS)
- Jane Christenson (HS)
- Jennifer Page (Chair)
- Judith Graff (LS)
- Kate Knuth (LS)
- Laurent Andre' (LS)
- Lelia True (Admin)
- Lezlie Lawson (Admin)
- Lisa Bechmann (CG)
- Linc Kinnicutt (CG)
- Nevin Bender (HS, LS)
- Valerie LeBlanc (HS)
- Wendy Jackson (LS)
The Chairs Group is made up of the Faculty Chair (Jennifer Page), High School (Gabriele Schilz), Lower School (Clare Andre), and Children’s Garden Chair (Linc Kinnicutt). It sets agendas and priorities in support of the Faculty Chair. The Group takes responsibility for department functions and whole-school tasks.