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.

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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.

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Ardene Wertheim, Treasurer

Ardene has been a banker for more than 20 years. All of her career has been at CIBC in a variety of roles, primarily in the areas of credit and risk management. She is currently Vice President, Public Sector (including not-for-profit) and Non-Bank Financial Institutions, Risk Management but has also worked in real estate and corporate restructuring. In addition, Ardene privately manages a number of estates and trusts.

She has an International MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Ardene's daughter attended TWS in the past.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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D'Arcy Mackenzie, Board Member 

D’Arcy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and started his career in a major accounting firm in Toronto. For the past 15 years he has been the Chief Financial Officer for a Canadian investment dealer. In addition to his financial background, D’Arcy has experience as a member of the Alan Howard Waldorf School (now Waldorf Academy) Board for 5 years, including 2 years as Chair. 

D’Arcy is a passionate student of Rudolf Steiner’s work, and is active in the Anthroposophical Society in Toronto.

D’Arcy and his wife have two daughters. Their eldest graduated from TWS in 2013 after attending Kindergarten and Lower School at the Alan Howard Waldorf School (now Waldorf Academy), and their youngest daughter currently attends Waldorf Academy. D’Arcy has been part of the Waldorf school community in the greater Toronto area since 1999.

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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

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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.

 

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