Board of Trustees

As a non-profit corporation and registered charity, London Waldorf School has a Board of Directors.

The Board is responsible for the short and long-term strategic advancement of the mission and values of London Waldorf School.

Here are our current elected Trustees:

 

Dan Grindstaff

Board Chair

Dan has been at London Waldorf School for 17 years, beginning as a parent, and has served on the Board of Trustees now for the past 12 years. In the past, Dan has filled the roles of Treasurer, Secretary, and, currently, Board Chair. Dan has been a member of the Finance Committee, Building Committee, the Day Nurseries Act group, and currently works as Maintenance Supervisor as well as Rental Supervisor at the school, as well as serving on the Accessible Tuition Program Committee.  From Dan: "All of our kids started at the school in Parent and Child - Nate is currently in the ECE Program at Fanshawe College, Emma is in high school at Beal, Oscar is graduating LWS this year, and Sophie will be in the preschool next year. I feel this history with the LWS gives me a unique perspective of the long term value of a Waldorf education as well as a stake in what lies ahead. We are truly "growing up" as a school and a community, and this offers us new challenges at the board level, specifically in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, outreach, and the recruitment and retention of our families and our faculty. I am most grateful to have participated in the life of the London Waldorf School, and look forward to next year, and the next 15!"  


 

Mark Goldszmidt

Mark has been involved with the board since 2008. Prior to that he was involved with strategic planning at the school for two years. Mark's involvement at the school, however, dates back to when Rebecca, his eldest child, first started coming to Waldorf in 2003. Since that time, all 4 of his children have attended at the school. Mark says: "As a family, we love our Waldorf school and consider it to be a place that needs to be cherished, nurtured and protected. The thing that brought me to, and keeps me participating on, the board is our faculty, staff and volunteers. It is the inspiration of their dedication to the school that has inspired and driven me to want to continue to support and grow our school. Being a member of the board is one of the ways in which I feel that I too can contribute to holding our school. With regard to my contribution, I would like to continue the work I have been involved in: it started with the development of our current mission and vision when I was the chair of the strategic planning committee, and it has continued through my work on the board in implementing strategies to sustain and improve our school, as well as through the self study work we participated in as part of our successful accreditation by AWSNA. I have also been actively involved in improving how we interact and communicate with our volunteers in the school and hope to continue to work on improving this further. The skills I bring to the role relate to two key areas. First, I have had training and experience in organizational change, and I have consistently applied this to my work with the school. My second skill is in facilitating meaningful dialogue around key issues, which I believe is, in fact, the most important skill that I bring to the board." 


 

Jessica Schagerl

Jessica has one child, Wil, who is in Grade 4 at London Waldorf School. Her family joined the Waldorf community in March 2012 for the Bluebirds Kindergarten Program. She quickly became involved in some of the more creative sides of parent involvement at the school, finding great personal joy in helping to decorate for Mayfairs and Winter Fairs. An entrepreneurial thinker who started her own clothing business at 17, she rejected the option of pursuing a business degree, following her passion for beautiful words, complex stories, and nuanced histories. Twenty years later, with an academic research and teaching career behind her, she still has the same hands-on attitude, big thinking mentality, intrinsic motivation, and predictive tendencies—the perfect combination for work in university advancement. She completed an Honours degrees in English and History, and an M.A. in English at the University of Ottawa (’01); she also holds a Ph.D. in English (Canadian Literature) from Western University (’06), and was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University (’09).  Jessica has worked in alumni relations and development at Western since 2011, where her job is to direct all of the fundraising and alumni engagement activities related to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She has also held positions at the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, as a sessional instructor at the rank of Assistant Professor, and as a freelance writer, editor and researcher.


 

Luke Seewald

Luke has two children with educational experience at Waldorf Schools including the Parsifal Waldorf School in Ottawa, Canada, the Rudolf Steiner School in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and The London Waldorf School. Luke was previously a member of the special education advisory committee at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Luke is currently the Director of Metering Services and a Professional Engineer at London Hydro. Previously Luke led successful new business introduction as a digital designer at a high-technology company, and commanded Canadian soldiers with the Department of National Defense. He received his Honours B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada and earned an MBA in Marketing from RSM Erasmus University in The Netherlands. In his spare time, Luke enjoys running and spending time back-country family canoe camping on vacations.


 

 

Dana Lascelles

Dana is currently the lead teacher for our Chickadees Kindergarten class and the chair of the Early Childhood department.  Dana has a B.A. from University of Western Ontario, and completed her in-service training at London Waldorf School. Dana has taken Waldorf Early Childhood professional development courses though Rudolf Steiner Institute, Maine, and continues her education in early childhood educator training.  Dana has been with London Waldorf School since 2012.

 

 


 

Imke Jorgensen 

Imke is currently the Grade Eight Class Teacher, the Gardening and German Teacher and the Grade School Chair.  Imke earned her M.A. in Anthropology from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She also spearheaded the creation of our naturalized playground as a parent volunteer.
Imke has been teaching at London Waldorf School since 2001.

 

 


 

Merwin Lewis

Merwin is currently the Supplementary Main Lesson and Enrichment Teacher and the  Pedagogical Chair for London Waldorf School.  He has been a board member of LWS for thirty-three years. Merwin has his Master of Music M.L.S. from Indiana University.  He is a composer, poet, and playwright. He is a past board member and present Foundations Studies instructor for the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto.  
 


 

Kathleen Schreurs

Kathleen Schreurs graduated from London Waldorf School in 1998. She is the mother of two little daughters, Gwendolyn and Matilda, both currently enrolled at London Waldorf School. Kathleen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University.


 

John Case

John has been involved with London Waldorf School since the early 1990s both as a parent and a financial advisor.  London Waldorf School and its mission are near and dear to John's heart.
John has owned and operated four different financial services companies that were successful despite any obstacles.  He has been a contributor to school in many ways over the years to assist them with negotiating, benefits, pension, insurance related matters.  In addition to that, John:

  • is past President of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation
  • is current National Chairman of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation
  • is President/founder of the London Atlas Weightlifting Club at the YMCA
  • has received awards for being a volunteer at the Y as far back as 1980
  • has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for my involvement as the President of the Ontario Weightlifting Association since 1977
  • was recently inducted to the Canadian Weightlifting Hall of Fame for
    service to the membership and performance as an athlete

John's current role is a pension consultant where he advises individuals and companies with respect to the ongoing Capital Accumulation Plan compliance and adequate funding for retirement programs. 


 

Anna Bowness

Anna is the mother of three Waldorf kids: River (grade 4), Kali (grade 1), and Mae (Chickadees). She has been part of the Waldorf family since 2012.  Anna has a BA and an MA in English literature, and just completed a law degree from Western University. Anna has been an editor since 2002. In 2008, she co-founded Thames Valley Wordworks, a local editing, writing, and consulting business, along with her partner Matt Godden. In 2003, she helped to start Spacing, a magazine covering issues of public space and urbanism, which has won several awards and developed a wide readership. Anna will be articling with Legal Aid Ontario in 2017-18, and will continue her work as a family and children’s lawyer after that, serving low-income and other vulnerable community members. Anna has sat on the editorial board and the board of directors of Spacing magazine since its inception in 2003. She has served on the board of the London Independent Doula Association, which she co-founded in 2007, and during her time at Western Law she served as Human Rights Chair and executive board member of the Gender and the Law Association. Anna served as a volunteer birth doula from 2007 to 2014, and plans to continue that work after she completes her articles. She worked with Pro Bono Students Canada while at Western Law, assisting family law duty counsel at the Middlesex Courthouse. Recently, Anna began volunteering at the London Abused Women’s Centre.  Since River started school in Mrs. Payne’s Chickadees class in 2012, Anna has been a dedicated member of the Waldorf community. This year, Anna assisted the Fundraising Committee with the Annual Giving Campaign. For the last three years, Anna has worked as a face-painter at the Winter Fair and Mayfair, and looks forward to this job with relish — there is nothing more adorable than holding a child’s soft little chin and dabbing colours on their cheeks. Anna has forged bonds with many of the wonderful families at the school, and is grateful every day for the warm and humane people she has met here. Anna loves this school, and is honoured to serve alongside the devoted, compassionate, and wise people on Waldorf’s board of directors.

 

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