Glen Adams - Secretary
Glen’s professional experience in the Enterprise IT sector spans almost 30 years across manufacturing, supply chain, visual effects and most recently, financial institutions. In addition to designing infrastructure architectures, Glen has experience with IT governance frameworks.
Studying at the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University, Glen graduated with a Bachelor of Education, selecting teachable subjects in Computer Science and English Literature. His technical background is balanced by his interest in the humanities. Inspired by his love of the outdoors, Glen’s volunteer experience includes several leadership roles with Scouts Canada, at the section and group administration levels. An avid cyclist, he has been participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefitting Princess Margaret Hospital, since 2011.
Glen has two sons in Lower School who began their Waldorf journeys in Parent and Tot classes. He actively supports the community by volunteering for festivals, organizing fundraisers and chaperoning class trips. Glen has a passion for education and looks forward to building on his experience as a voting member of the MOC to deepen his contribution to the school as a member of the Board.
Mahima Brown - Vice Chair
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.
Warren Cohen - Grade 4 Class Teacher; 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.
Mirella Costa - Board Member
Mirella is a registered nurse with 19 years experience in Emergency medicine, Pediatrics and Neonatal ICU. She is currently also the VP of Occupational Health and Safety for her hospital’s local union.
Her family’s experience with Waldorf education started when she began Joyful Beginnings with her oldest in 2008. She has three children, a daughter in grade seven and twins (boy and girl) in grade two that attend TWS. She previously served two consecutive terms on Parent Council. The first as secretary and then as Vice President.
Personal interests include fitness, nutrition, music and outdoor activities.
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 currently holds the position of Pedagogical Administrator.
Julie Hanna - Board Member
Julie has over 10 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, and is currently the Financial Controller of a technology start-up founded in Toronto, Ontario. Over the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to audit clients in a variety of industries, including junior mining, manufacturing, merchant banks, and not-for-profit organizations. Her other roles involved financial reporting, regulatory compliance, and management of the finance team.
Julie first learned about the Waldorf school through her husband, who is a TWS alumnus. Starting with Joyful Beginnings in 2015, she has thoroughly enjoyed the family programs with her son and daughter, and is eager to learn more about Steiner’s educational philosophy. As of 2020, her son is in the Birchgrove kindergarten class, and her daughter will enter preschool in 2021.
Before becoming parents, Julie and her husband left their professional lives behind to travel. They explored 16 countries over 10 months, and gained many valuable perspectives. Julie hopes to share her wanderlust with her children.
Daniel Lerner - Board Chair
Daniel Lerner joined the Toronto Waldorf School in Grade 8 in 1993 and graduated from Grade 12 in 1998. After graduation he remained at TWS for an additional year to complete his OAC credits. Daniel received his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Astrophysics from Queen’s University and received his law degree from the University of British Columbia. Daniel was called to the bar in Ontario in 2008 and has been practicing exclusively in criminal law – both as a prosecutor and as a defence lawyer – for the past ten years. Daniel also gives regular talks to lawyers and the public about criminal law issues, and is a regularly interviewed in TV, radio and newspapers to help explain criminal law-related issues. Daniel recently returned to the Toronto Waldorf School community when he joined the Board of Directors in 2016, and currently serves as Chair of the Board.
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Pasha Mohsenin - Board Member
Pasha has over 25 years of experience as a Program/Project Management consultant working with infrastructure programs in the field of Oil & Petrochemical programs, Power Plants, Power Transmission and Distribution systems, and other government sector capital asset sustaining and expansion programs. For the last 20 years, he has been involved in the Power sector of Ontario working for both client and vendors’ side.
Pasha has one child at TWS and joined the Waldorf community in 2010 when enrolled her daughter in playgroup.
Pasha graduated in Applied Mathematics and completed his Project Management program at Ryerson University here in Toronto. He is enthusiastic to serve the board and share his knowledge and know-how to assist TWS in expanding its goals and maintaining the great atmosphere of Waldorf Education.
Mira Perry - Vice Chair
Mira has over 20 years of professional experience in organizations including IBM and Microsoft, directing the full range of marketing disciplines from marketing communications/advertising to market research. For the last 10 years, she has run research and consulting business units, with full P&L responsibility, offering management consulting and market intelligence to the largest global technology companies. Mira has led teams, managed agencies, and guided contract staff and finds professional mentoring particularly fulfilling. She is a frequent keynote speaker and appears periodically in the media discussing business trends.
Mira joined the Waldorf community in 2016, enrolling her son in Joyful Beginnings followed by Parent & Tot. Her son joined the new Mulberry class in the fall of 2017 and Mira volunteered as the class parent. She continues in this capacity today while also providing research and community development support to the TWS staff. She completed her Foundation studies at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in the spring of 2018.
Despite a career focusing on business strategy in the IT sector, Mira has a strong humanities background and recognizes the tremendous value of a curriculum that balances and integrates a variety of disciplines. She also appreciates the Waldorf approach to teaching and nurturing the whole child at her/his individual stage of development.
Nastassia Subban - Board Member
Nastassia has over 15 years of experience as an educational leader and brings a wealth of knowledge in this sector. She is currently working as an Assistant Curriculum Leader of Student Success/Community Partnerships/Critical Consciousness at Westview Centennial Secondary School, which is in the Toronto District School Board. Most recently she was a seconded faculty member at York University’s Faculty of Education. This work involved facilitating pre-service teachers during their practicums as well directing numerous courses which delved into the critical theory, practice and social justice in education.
Academically, Nastassia completed a Master of Education on Transformative Learning and Africentric Schooling. It was during this time that she was introduced to Waldorf Education. She since then has completed Parts One and Two Foundation Studies at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto and has three children enrolled at Toronto Waldorf School in Grades 2 and 4.
Lastly, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities which will be an extension of her TEDxToronto Talk she completed in 2017 entitled, “Finding Your Spark Thru Vulnerability.” Her research will focus on healing and women in the African diaspora by way of autoethnography.
Brad Wilson - Secretary
Brad is currently a private investor in start-up companies and invests in public markets. His skills include financial literacy, strategy, brand messaging, communication, recruitment and managing staff.
Professionally, after graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, he worked in several financial analytics roles before founding a beverage company in 2005 and growing it to a staff of 100, with in-house manufacturing and distribution.
In early 2016 the family moved to Canada from Sydney, Australia where Brad’s four children attended the Glenaeon Ruldolf Steiner School. The family is now settled on a small hobby farm with goats, sheep and chickens north of Bolton in King Township.
Angelo Zaccheo - Director of Finance & Administration
Prior to his role at TWS, Angelo served in the role of Business Operations Manager at the Waldorf Academy for the 5 years. Before that, he held the role of 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.