Board Profiles

Board of Directors

Patricia Steger - Board Chair

Patricia is a faculty member at Centennial College’s Business School. In addition to teaching, she is currently the OPSEU Union Chief Steward for Centennial, handling primarily grievances, employment stability, and workload issues for all full-time and contract faculty. Prior to transitioning to teaching, she spent 20 years in the private sector in supply chain management. She currently serves as a board member of the Bach Children’s Chorus.

Patricia is looking forward to working collaboratively with faculty and board colleagues in support of the Toronto Waldorf children, school, and community.

Patricia’s niece is thriving in her 14th year at TWS (class of 2024!) and her family has been part of the community since 2010

Mirella Costa - Vice Chair

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.

Stacy Sugar - Secretary

Stacy is a Behaviour Therapist and is the founder and director of Connect the Dots Child Development Services Ltd. CTD provides ABA therapy and behaviour therapy programs to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Stacy has been working in the field of behaviour therapy for over 20 years and has extensive experience working with children with ASD, various special needs, and severe behavioural challenges.

Stacy is also a part-time professor and Field Placement Coordinator at Seneca College in the Behaviour Science program. Stacy’s son is a current student at TWS. Stacy has been actively involved in the school over the years, including a term as co-president of the parent-council.

Marlene Sturm - Treasurer

Marlene was born and raised in Austria, where she had her first experience with Waldorf education. Marlene leads the Canadian location of a foreign company specializing in capital goods and technology. Given her successively senior roles within her company, she hopes to use her skills and experience to contribute to TWS’s continued success.

Marlene’s two children have been attending TWS since childcare and notes that the school has allowed them to enjoy learning. Marlene spends most of her free time with her kids, however, enjoys running, travelling, and drawing.

Krishan Doodnauth - Board Member

Krishan joined the Toronto Waldorf School in Grade 4 in 1983 and graduated from Grade 12 in 1992. Krishan continued at TWS as part of the inaugural OAC class for an additional semester. Krishan received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Political Science from York University and Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. Krishan was called to the bar in Ontario in 2002 and has been practising family, criminal and employment law in York Region for nearly 20 years. In his professional capacity he has been an executive member of several law associations.

Krishan has remained living in the Richmond Hill area with his family and has previously served on TWS’s tuition assistance committee. Krishan has remained connected to the school through various alumnae functions, attendances at the market and even walking the beautiful school grounds with his family from time to time.

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.

Angelo Zaccheo - Director of Finance

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.

Kanchen Sandhu - Board Member

Kanchen has over 30 years of experience as a computer engineer, 25 of which have been in the

automotive industry specializing in the area of embedded controls. He grew up in India but has studied, lived and worked in Russia, Singapore, the US and now Canada. He presently works for General Motors of Canada as an automotive technical specialist.

He looks forward to supporting TWS’s mission and vision in collaboration with other board members.

He has two children in TWS, a daughter in daycare and a son in Grade 3. In their leisure time, the family enjoys the outdoors, walking, biking or just taking in the fresh air.

Mohamed Alibhai - Board Member

Mohamed is the General Manager and Owner of Patisserie Monaco. He has a child in grade one and has been a supportive parent at the school since his daughter was in kindergarten. As the owner of a successful business, Mohamed has managed all aspects of growing the business including the finances. He is looking forward to assisting the school in transitioning to the next phase in our development.

Lautaro Seligman - Board Member

Ernesto is the Managing Partner at the RBS Investment Group Inc. He currently holds a senior project finance position at RBS and is a graduate of Royal Roads University. He has a child in Cedar kindergarten and they have been with the school since his daughter was in preschool. He is looking forward to contributing his financial and business skill set to assist the growth of the school.

Vishal Sharma - Board Member

Vishal Sharma, who received his LLB in 2011 from the University of Leicester was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. Vishal has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, License Appeal Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal, and Social Benefits Tribunal. His sole proprietor practice specializes in Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Regulatory Offenses. The firm has successfully defended clients in Criminal Court as well as resolved complex personal injury and insurance disputes, acquiring millions of dollars in financial compensation.

Vishal has a son in the Cedar kindergarten and he looks forward to assisting the Toronto Waldorf School with his experience in the legal realm.

Julie Folino - Admin Support, Board Member

Julie Folino completed an eight-year cycle as a class teacher at TWS in the 2021-22 school year. Before becoming a class teacher, she worked in various capacities at TWS for three years. She had previously volunteered extensively with special needs children in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board while staying at home to raise her two sons. Julie is a certified Waldorf teacher, having completed her training at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. Prior to this, Julie had a successful career in Hotel Sales and Marketing. Her children recently graduated from TWS. Julie is currently working in administration at TWS chairing the steering committee for the upcoming AWSNA accreditation among other responsibilities.

Jonathan Snow - Eurythmy - Lower School, High School & Board Member

Jonathan is an alumnus of Toronto Waldorf School. He pursued eurythmy internationally, completing both artistic and pedagogical training in Stuttgart, Germany, obtaining the eurythmy teacher Bachelor of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands and participating in workshops in the USA. He is a certified Bothmer® gymnast, Spacial Dynamics® Level II therapist and Level III instructor. He has been a guest instructor in schools and adult training centres around the world. He continually explores various movement arts, from dancing to martial arts. He also has a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree at the Université de Moncton, specializing in Philosophy, Arts and Social Sciences.