Board of Directors

As a non-profit corporation and registered charity, TWS has a Board of Directors which is responsible for the short and long-term strategic advancement of the mission and values of Toronto Waldorf School. View our bylaws...

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Here are our Board Members: 

Michael Schulz, Chair

With a background in both Horticulture and Business, Michael has been working on German and Canadian boards for more than 10 years. He brings senior strategic planning and leadership insight to the board. Michael has been an active member of the Finance committee and has committed to the longevity of the school since his daughter was enrolled here 4 years ago. His motivation in volunteering his time to the board is driven by his desire to see the school on stable ground.

You can reach Michael by sending an email to schulz.zillmann@freenet.de

 

Daniel Lerner, Vice Chair

Daniel is an alumnus of TWS, having studied in our high school from 1994 to 1998 and completing his OAC credits after graduation. To quote him, our school "opened the world" to him. He has been invited back a few times to speak to prospective parents about his outstanding experiences as a Waldorf student in his development towards adulthood and later his educational and professional pursuits. 

Daniel studied first for a B.Sc. in astrophysics and continued with the study of law, passing the law exams. He has a special interest in criminal law as an instrument of social justice for young defenders and has worked both as an assistant crown attorney and as a criminal lawyer in a private practice. Daniel has experience in board work and has especially enjoyed addressing some of the legal challenges in running a board governance.

You can reach Daniel by sending an email to dlerner42@gmail.com

Angelo Zaccheo, CPA, CA, ex-officio, Director of Finance and Administration

Angelo has most recently served in the role of Business Operations Manager at the Waldorf Academy where he has been for the past 5 years. He was previously the Director of Finance and Administration at Bishop Strachan School in downtown Toronto. As a result of serving in these two roles, he brings with him a wealth of school administrative experience in both the Independent and Waldorf school settings.

Angelo is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) with over forty years of senior financial and corporate experience.

You can reach Angelo by sending an email to azaccheo@torontowaldorfschool.com

Helene Gross, ex-officio - Pedagogical Chair seat

Helene has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of South Africa. She completed Waldorf teacher-training at TWS in 1990. She has also completed courses in Waldorf Education and Social Development and Leadership at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, Chicago Waldorf School, Sunbridge College (New York), and Rudolf Steiner College (California).

She has taught High School Mathematics at Toronto Waldorf School since 1989, and was a class teacher, taking one class from Grades 6 to 8, and another from Grade 1 to Grade 8. She returned to teach High School Math in 2003.

Helene's three children attended Waldorf schools from Kindergarten through graduation in Johannesburg, Chicago and Toronto. Before becoming a Waldorf teacher she was an active parent in all three schools, serving as Class Parent, Parent Association Member and Board Member. She served on the TWS Board for eight years, and recently rejoined the Board in the Pedagogical Chair seat. She was the TWS Faculty Chair for four years and is currently the Pedagogical Chair - Program and a member of the TWS leadership team, the Circle of Chairs.

You can reach Helene by sending an email to hgross@torontowaldorfschool.com

 

Elisabeth Chomko, Board Member

Elisabeth was a Class Teacher at Toronto Waldorf School from 1976 to 1984 and again from 1993 to 2001 and 2003 to 2005, and also a specialist teacher in Music and French. She is currently a supply teacher with the Toronto and York Region School Boards and occasionally at TWS, as well as a music teacher of the Teacher Education program at Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. She was a member of the TWS board in the late 90’s and served as lower school chair for two years. A few years ago, she was on the Advisory Board of the Equinox school in Toronto.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in music from Gettysburg College, PA. After taking the Foundation Year in Anthroposophy in Jarna, Sweden, she earned an elementary teaching certificate from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She taught two years in public schools in Pennsylvania and then earned an Master of Arts in Waldorf Education from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Elisabeth brings a depth of experience in the TWS community. She is known to current families for her continued work in our community with a children’s choir, and her many other musical contributions.

Elisabeth’s three children had the full TWS experience and are now past university and successfully making their way in the world.

You can reach Elisabeth by sending an email to kechomko@gmail.com

 

Eleonora Ebata, Board Member 

Eleonora is the Lower School Faculty Co-Chair and a Lower School Class Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts in music education from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She has been a member of the Ontario College of Teachers in good standing since 1985. She taught in the York Region District School Board of Education for 20 years, joining the Toronto Waldorf School in 2005.

Eleonora started to explore Waldorf education when her family began attending Parent and Tot in 1993. She began her studies in Anthoposophy and Waldorf Education with Carol Nasr and Patti Wolfe.  Over the following years, she continued her studies enrolling in Waldorf education courses at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.

Since joining the faculty, she has continued her education at summer Waldorf teacher training intensives as well as participating in independent studies in Anthroposophy. Eleonora also participated in the Healing Education and Remedial Training (HEART), a program specializing in work with the extra lesson.

Her two children graduated from TWS; both have now completed university, one with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and the other with a degree in Sociology.

You can reach Eleonora by sending an email to eebata@torontowaldorfschool.com

Susan Punzo,Vice Chair

Susan is a Business Development Manager at Rogers Communications. For the past 20 years she has served in various roles in the high tech and telecommunications industry including Project Management, Marketing and Sales. She has a BA from Guelph University in Political Studies and History.

Susan and her husband have 3 children, 14 year old twin boys and a 9 year old daughter who is currently in Grade 4 for TWS. She also serves as Class Parent for Grade 4 and is a member of newly formed Parent Council at the school. She is very passionate about TWS with special interest in re-vitalizing community

You can reach Susan by sending an email to spunzo1@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Shahram Heidari, Board Member

A professional Engineer with over 25 years extended experience in management, development and design of projects in Canada and overseas. Shahram is the Founder, Senior Director and Managing Partner of a Consultant firm specialized in infrastructure and geo-structural engineering. Amongst other entrepreneurial interests he is also co-founder and a director of an incubator firm that develops sustainable technologies with positive impact on the environment. He brings extensive professional experience, business-expansion expertise and a passion for Waldorf education. He joined the board of directors in pursuit of supporting the school to reach its highest potentials. Shahram and his wife have been part of the TWS community since 2011; they have a son and a daughter attending our Lower School.

 

Patricia Steger, Board Member

Patricia is a faculty member at Centennial Colleges School of Business, teaching in project management and logistics. She holds a M.Ed. with a focus on educational technology. Currently serving as OPSEU chief steward, she serves faculty labour relations needs at four campuses. Prior to this she was in the private sector working in supply chain management.

Her interest in TWS is to see the school re-invigorated for its next 50 years. Patricias niece attends our Lower school and has been a part of the TWS community since 2010.

You can reach Patricia by sending an email to psteger@torontowaldorfschool.com

 

Warren Cohen, Board Member

Warren has been educating adults and children through the insights of Waldorf pedagogy for the past 25 years. He is passionate about education that can foster healthy growth for body, mind, spirit and community. He has been the Codirector and Director of Waldorf Teacher Education of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. He has taught in Waldorf schools and high schools and lectured internationally. Warren has a background in both Physics and in Sculpture. His love of science and art has helped him to find a unique niche in working with Waldorf pedagogy. His dedication to scientific inquiry and his love of creating art come together harmoniously in service of the development of others.

Warren founded the Summer Festival of Arts and Education, which for the past seven summers has welcomed people from around the world to Toronto to be inspired by Waldorf pedagogy and the arts. Before moving to Toronto, Warren directed the Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy at Emerson College in England where he taught a wide range of subjects. While at Emerson he developed programs to train Camphill coworkers to work with adults with special needs and more light hearted courses such as the Art of Baking Bread.

Warren was a class teacher at the Olympia Waldorf School in the USA where he led a class from first grade through grade eight. He is an avid bread baker, artist and hiker. His publications include Raising the Soul; practical exercises for personal development, Baking Bread with Children and Dragon Baked Bread.

You can reach Warren by sending an email to wcohen@rsct.ca

 

Matthew Farr, Board Member

Matthew is interested in people leadership, problem solving, change management, strategy, finance and ideation.  He currently holds the position of Chief Finance Officer for Mars Wrigley Confectionery in Canada, where he leads the Finance team and serves as a board member.  Earlier this year he moved with his family from the UK where he was a member of his children’s school board.  He currently has three children at the school and feels a strong connection to the atmosphere and holistic approach of the school.  Matthew looks forward to bringing his time and energy to the finance committee and board in order to continue building a strong school and supporting the best education possible.

Alex Christopoulos, Board Member

Alex Christopoulos joined Icon Digital Productions Inc. in March 2008.  In 2009 he played a key role in the acquisition of Gridcast Media Inc and in 2017 acquisitions of both Toronto Trade Printers and Asterisk Media.  

Alex has over 18 years of working experience in Finance and Accounting, with 12 years’ experience in an executive position.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a Certified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).  

As Chief Financial Officer of the Icon Group of Companies, his mandates include but are not limited to, upholding strong financial management and accountability while providing timely, accurate, and reliable financial expertise. He is also responsible for legal services, investments, expansion, procurement, facility, IT and risk management, corporate services and logistics.  As a member of the executive management team, Alex is also accountable for the company’s day-to-day operations, corporate policy development and maintaining positive relationship with lending institutions and external auditors.

Alex forges strong bonds through trust and rapport. His approachable demeanor allows him to connect with people, partners, staff, vendors and clients.  

His motivation and his persistent “get things done” attitude continue propel Icon‘s momentum forward; while his welcoming leadership style guides and inspires his staff to walk with him on the path of success. He takes personal interest in developing and harnessing people’s strengths to perform above and beyond their own expectations. With an enthusiastic and genuine philosophy on life, Alex radiates a sincere passion for business values and is a crucial member of the company.

Personally, Alex has been married to his beautiful wife, Andrea, for 6 years.  Together, they have three adorable sons, George, Dean and Lucas.  His favorite sports include soccer and golf.

You can reach Alex by sending an email to alex@icondigital.com  

Mahima Brown, Board Member

Mahima Is a CPA, CA with over 15 years of accounting policy and leadership experience with Canadian financial institutions.  Mahima has two children progressing through the early childhood and lower school classes, and has enjoyed the benefits of both the child-centric approach and parenting guidance that the school offers. Mahima has volunteered at the school in various capacities, including serving on the Finance Committee for several years.  She wishes to contribute and give back to the faculty, community and next generation of Waldorf students that give the school life and meaning.  Mahima is a superlative organizer and researcher who is adept at explaining complex concepts to the uninitiated. In her down time, Mahima loves to share her cooking with family and friends.

Peter Hiddema, Board Member

Peter currently works as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and speaker in fields of conflict resolution, difficult conversations, negotiation, collaboration, public speaking.  He is also affiliated with The Harvard Negotiation Project; a think-tank at Harvard University.  Peter has worked globally in the private and public sectors and he has also served as a Visiting Professor at INSEAD Business School (France, Singapore).  He has three children attending the school and looks forward to being of service and contributing to the development of the school.  Peter is grateful for Waldorf Education which has played a positive role in his family’s life.  He truly believes the Waldorf approach to education and life holds deep meaning and caring and reminds us of timeless, and very important principles of living, which are much needed in our world today.