Board of Trustees
The Board’s main responsibility is the school’s strategic direction and its fiscal health. The Board is responsible for all legal concerns of the school and works to ensure the school is in a position to achieve its mission.
Board of Trustees Members
Board of Trustees Members Teri Riddle, Chair
Teri joined the Board of Trustees in April 2018. Teri is the Founder and CEO of the Crossland Group, a strategic advisory firm headquartered in Boston that helps individuals and organizations achieve purpose-driven transformation. Teri became interested in learning more about Waldorf education about eight years ago when her grandchild and daughter signed up for the Parent and Child Program. Now the grandmother of two Waldorf at Moraine Farm students, Teri is eager to use her passion for innovating education and talents in building effective organizations to help the school grow its reach and impact. Teri would be delighted to hear from you and can be reached at email@example.com.
Ryan Beaudoin, Treasurer
Ryan joined the Board of Trustees in July 2018. Ryan is the father of two young children who are currently enrolled at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Along with his wife, Hayley, Ryan’s family has been a growing part of the Waldorf community since 2014. In addition to serving on the Board at WSMF, Ryan is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committees. Outside of Waldorf, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends in addition to fulfilling a career as an investment professional, most recently as a Portfolio Manager at Putnam Investments.
Heather joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015. Heather Collis-Puro received her BA in Political Science and English from the University of Richmond in 1990 and for 10 years was employed by the Fund for Public Interest Research as an organizer, recruiter and Citizen Outreach Director. Heather discovered the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2000 when she began Parent and Child classes with her daughter and is now the handwork teacher in the grades.
Caroline joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. After serving as the Board Chair for a short time, she transitioned into her current role. Caroline earned her undergraduate degree at Hamilton College and her Masters from Lesley University with a focus on “Adolescent Education: Integrating Experiential Practices with a Traditional Classroom.” Caroline began her career teaching natural science and ecology at the Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Chesapeake Bay and went on to become a 7th and 8th grade teacher specializing in Latin, Algebra and Earth science: astronomy, meteorology and geology, at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine and Charles E. Brown Middle School in Newton Centre, MA. She has experience in development working on donor research, alumni relations, events, PR, and annual fund campaigns at Hamilton College, Phillips Academy, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and North Yarmouth Academy.
Liam joined the Board of Trustees in August 2018. He is a 2002 graduate of the Cape Ann Waldorf School, prior to the school’s move to Moraine Farm. Liam earned his BA in Political Science from UMass Amherst and a Master’s in Public Policy from Brandeis University. He currently works for the US Government Accountability Office, an independent federal agency that carries out audits and programs reviews for Congress. Liam’s other interests include outdoor activities, playing and watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. Liam also coached Waldorf boy’s basketball for 2 years during 2010-2011.
Heidi joined the Board of Trustees in July 2018. As the daughter of founding parents, sister to a student in the school’s very first class and mother to 2018 graduate Fiona, Heidi’s world has been orbiting the school from day one in one capacity or another. Indeed she was the first pocket lady, and angel for the spiral of light. As a business manager of many colors and book keeper as well, Heidi brings to the table a critical eye for structure and form, and enforcement of positive rhythm for balanced, healthy businesses. Heidi received a bachelors of fine arts from Boston University in acting and theatre education.
Branigan joined the Board of Trustees in August 2018 and is currently our third grade class teacher. She brings fresh perspective around ensuring that Waldorf education remains sustainable and relevant to our current and future families. Branigan holds a Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch University New England, and a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her experience also includes teaching and directing with Boston Children’s Theatre, and founding the Prospects Out-of-School-Time Summer Theatre Program for grades five through eight.
Vanya Yoors joined the Board of Trustees in August 2017. Vanya studied Environmental Education with the Audubon Expedition Institute and spent a year studying Tibetan language and collecting Tibetan folk songs in Nepal under a program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin. He then received his BA in Waldorf Education from The Rudolf Steiner College and taught for four years at the Eugene Waldorf School in Oregon. Mr. Yoors came to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 1996, and has spent many years as a class teacher and as a Movement Teacher. Last year, Vanya graduated the eighth grade class. This year Vanya supports the school in various ways, including teaching science.
Heidi joined the Board in September 2017. She is a pediatric chiropractor at Winchester Hospital where she works with her husband Lee. She also teaches workshops on wellness lifestyle topics important to families and educates about safe and effective uses for essential oils. Heidi is the mother of 3 kids, two that are at Waldorf. She became interested in Waldorf when her first child joined the nursery program in 2008 and they have been here ever since. Heidi was fascinated with the Waldorf way of teaching. In addition to serving on the board she is also on the development committee.
The Board organizes its practical work through the following committees:
Organizes all fundraising activity, cultivates donor relationships and builds social connections within the school and between the school and the larger community.
Makes recommendations to the Board about financial policies and, with the Operations Manager, facilitates budget processes.
Develops materials, promotes events, and liaises with the media to increase the school’s exposure in surrounding communities.
Tuition Adjustment Committee
Recommends tuition adjustment policy, reviews recommendations from outside tuition grant management service, reviews applications for tuition assistance, and makes awards to families.
Works with the Facilities Manager and administration in the oversight and use of the facility and grounds.
Recommend ways to enhance all forms of diversity at the School, and to celebrate the diversity that exists within the community.
In addition to the committees, the Advisory Council assists the Board in its work. The Advisory Council, which began in spring 2006, is appointed by the Board of Trustees and meets to help the Board of Trustees address issues of immediate concern as well as longer-term planning and policy issues. The Advisory Council is not a decision-making body. Rather, its members provide perspective, insight and advice for the Board of Trustees as the Board carries out its work.
The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Advisory Council is comprised of people who have been dedicated to the school and have supported it in a wide variety of ways. Many are former Board members, founders or long-time friends, and they meet 3-4 times per year to assist and advise the Board of Trustees. The Advisory Council brings their varied business experience, deep knowledge of the school, long history with this community and their informed perspectives to help the school grow and thrive. We are deeply grateful for their commitment and participation.
Advisory Council Members