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.
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.
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. 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 D.C., 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; JD, Catholic University, Columbus School of law, magna cum laude. 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 one child at WWS.
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.
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 four 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 1993.
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:
- Jennifer Page, Chair
- Barb Bancroft (HS)
- Nevin Bender (HS, LS)
- Barbara Buchman (LS)
- Corinna Gittel (HS, LS)
- Jody Grossman (CG)
- Frank Hall (HS)
- Linc Kinnicut (CG)
- Lezlie Lawson (ADMIN)
- Valerie LeBlanc (HS)
- Debbie Spitulnik (LS)
- Dawn Tanner (LS)
- Laura Cox (LS)
- Michelle Coleman (LS)
- Gabriele Shilz
The Chairs Group is made up of the Faculty Chair (Jennifer Page), High School (Valerie LeBlanc), Lower School (Corinna Gittel and Michelle Coleman), 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.