Board of Trustees

The Board’s is primarily accountable for defining the school’s strategic direction and managing its fiscal health. In addition, the Board partners closely with the School Director, providing guidance and oversight so that goals and priorities are implemented. The Board is responsible for all legal concerns of the school and works to ensure the school is in a strong and sustainable position to achieve its mission.

Board of Trustees Members

Jennifer Beardslee

Jenny has completed graduate programs in both school psychology and school counseling.  Her school experience includes working in a private Waldorf school, a public charter school and for the past six years a public school district north of Boston.  She, along with her husband Luke, have two students at Moraine Farm, one in Early Childhood and one in the Grades.  Both started in Mrs. Hill’s class and have loved every year since. Jenny and Luke have been a part of the school community since 2013 and consider the school to be central part of their life.  

Ryan Beaudoin

Ryan joined the Board of Trustees of the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in July 2018.  In addition to serving on the Board, Ryan is also a member of the Finance Committee.  He is a proud father of two young children who are currently enrolled at the school and his family has been a growing part of the Waldorf community since 2014.  His personal interests include spending quality time outdoors with his family and friends, which includes hiking, gardening, and wildlife photography.

Tim Braughler

Tim joined the Board of Trustees in 2021.  Tim is an attorney and partner at the law firm of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie, Lougee, LLP where he specializes in all aspects of family law and probate litigation.  He and his husband, Brian, have a daughter who currently attends the Waldorf and his family enjoys being part of our wonderful community.  Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, hiking, running, and cooking.

Zoë Cohen

Zoë joined the board in 2020 and brings more than twenty years of experience in marketing and communications to the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Zoë has a deep history in both communications for not-for-profits and marketing strategy for large colleges, with an emphasis on driving enrollment. Currently the founder of Everbrightly, an agency that helps nonprofits tell
their own vibrant stories, Zoë also teaches social media marketing for graduate students at Northeastern University. Her practical expertise is coupled with both a personal commitment to Waldorf education for her children and the belief that Waldorf education is what the world needs, now more than ever.

Kate Hill

Kate holds a B.A. from Emmanuel College. She received her Birth to Three Years training at the highly respected Sophia’s Hearth Center in Keene, New Hampshire, and has studied at the Center for Anthroposophy. With over 15 years of development experience working with nonprofits, Kate has used this knowledge to grow our parent and child program. She was Vice President for Development at the Conservation Law Foundation and Director of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Fund. Kate lives in Magnolia with her husband Chris, her daughter Kat who is a 2016 graduate from Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, and golden retriever Winston. The Hill family joined the Waldorf community close to 20 years ago and the school has been an important part of their family life.

Kenann McKenzie

Dr. McKenzie immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 to New York City and has a multinational, multicultural framework that shapes her approach to education and research. Based on her own childhood experiences, she made a decision at 12 years old to devote her future life’s work to improving the lives of children and families through education and community wellness. For the last 20 years, she has worked in the higher education sector as an academic counselor, researcher, lecturer, policy analyst and administrator. In addition, she has also worked in the K-12 sector and in the U.S. Department of Education as an administrator. In a recent post, she served for several years as the Executive Director for the National Board of Education Sciences (NBES).

Dr. McKenzie has a BA in Africana Studies from Cornell University, M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in Social Foundations of Education, and a Ph.D. in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is most proud of being the mother of two amazing young women who inspire her daily. She has been a parent in the Waldorf community since 2007 beginning with the Washington Waldorf School Community, and serves on the school committee for the town of Beverly. She is also a local branch vice president for the NAACP North Shore Branch.

Branigan Reed

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.

Matthew Sumner

Matt is a parent to two Waldorf students and joined our board in 2021. He was raised in England and moved to the US after attaining a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Durham University. He is an Engineering Leader at HubSpot, with over 10 years of experience building software products, and believes that being fulfilled and striving for balance is key. He is also a professional coach and helps others to work at a sustainable pace and set clear expectations. Matt balances his work life by playing games with friends and family, enjoying home-brewed beer, and the occasional running race.

Megan Reyes Wangh

Megan joined the Board of Trustees in April 2019. Megan is an Osteopathic Physician specializing in Neonatology (Newborn Intensive Care Medicine) at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Megan is the mother of two young children who currently attend the Waldorf School of Moraine Farm, and her wife is the math specialty teacher. Megan and her wife had been integrated in and dedicated to the Waldorf community since 2011. In addition to serving on the board at WSMF, Megan is also a member of the tuition committee. Outside of Waldorf and working as a physician, Megan enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor adventures, and traveling.

Vanya Yoors

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.

The Board organizes its practical work through the following committees:

Development Committee

Organizes all fundraising activity, cultivates donor relationships and builds social connections within the school and between the school and the larger community.

Executive Committee

Appointed by the Board, this committee exercises the Board’s role in the oversight and management of the school’s business so that, if deemed necessary, the Board retains the ability to act through the Executive Committee between formal Board meetings.

Finance Committee

Oversees the financial health of the school, makes recommendations to the Board about financial decisions and policies and in conjunction with the School Director,  facilitates the annual budget processes.

Marketing/Enrollment Committee

Develops materials, promotes events, and liaises with the media to increase the school’s exposure in surrounding communities.

Accessible Tuition Committee

Oversees the application of the school’s innovative Accessible Tuition Model and ensures the equitable approach to customizing tuition rates for every family who chooses to attend our school.

Site Committee

Works with the Facilities Manager and administration in the oversight and use of the facility and grounds.

Diversity Committee

Recommend ways to continually build a school culture that supports the multiple dimensions of equity and inclusion and that all forms of diversity at the School and the community are nurtured, enhanced, and celebrated. 

Advisory Council

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

Tina Blythe
Anita Brewer-Siljeholm
Karl Pulkkinen