Board Profiles

Board of Directors

 

Mahima Brown, Secretary

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.

Alex Christopoulos, Treasurer

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 approachable demeanor, enthusiastic and genuine philosophy on life, and “get things done” attitude have played a significant role within his position as a board member.

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

Warren Cohen, Board Member

Warren has been the Codirector and Director of Waldorf Teacher Education of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Warren has a background in both Physics and in Sculpture. 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. 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 warrenleecohen@hotmail.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. Eleonora began her studies in Anthoposophy and Waldorf Education with Carol Nasr and Patti Wolfe, and over the following years, she continued her studies in Waldorf education courses at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. 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

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. You can reach Matthew through email at Matthew.Farr@effem.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, and has completed Waldorf teacher-training at TWS. 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). Helene’s three children attended Waldorf schools from Kindergarten through graduation in Johannesburg, Chicago and Toronto. After serving on the TWS Board for eight years, Helene has recently rejoined and is currently in the Pedagogical Chair seat, and a member of the TWS leadership team, the Circle of Chairs.

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

Shahram Heidari, Board Member

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.

Peter Hiddema, Community Relations

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.  You may reach Peter via email, phiddema@CommonOutlook.com

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. 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 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

Susan Punzo, Board Member

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

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

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. Patricia’s 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

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