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CWS Board of Trustees

The Cincinnati Waldorf School Board of Trustees is responsible for the financial health, safe operation and general oversight of the guidelines and regulations of the organization. The major responsibilities of the Board of Directors are:

  • Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
  • Select the Administrative Team Leader
  • Support the Administrator and Faculty Chairs and Review their Performance
  • Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  • Ensure Adequate Resources
  • Manage Resources Effectively
  • Determine and Monitor the Organization’s Programs and Services
  • Enhance the Organization’s Public Image
  • Serve as a Court of Appeal
  • Assess Its Own Performance


Susan Gray
Board President
Licensed Massage Therapist via State Medical Board of Ohio/Self Employed
Education: BS in Leadership, College of Professional Studies Northeastern University
Board Tri-lead for High School Development
Board member since 2015

Patrick Gates
Board Vice President
Principal, Matrix Holdings, LLC
BS Geology, Michigan State University
Board Member since 2016

Mark Scheid
Board Treasurer
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Fidelity Investments
Miami University, BS Marketing
Finance Committee
Board Member since 2017

Vanessa Celis Langley
Board Secretary
Lab Manager/Research Assistant, UC College of Medicine
Lab Technician, Sun Chemical Corporation
Xavier University, BS/BA Medical Technology 1992
Community Life Committee
Board member since 2014

Jeff Brandt
Licensed attorney
President, Wellman’s Brands, LLC
Indiana University, B.S. 1992
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D. 1995
Board Member since 2013

Christian Wilhelmy 
Business Owner
Seemless Printing, LLC
Art Academy, BFA 1996
Board member since 2015

Chris Sekely
CWS Kindergarten teacher since 1996
Penn State University, BS in Human Development
University of Pittsburgh, MS in Public Health
Antioch College, MEd
Waldorf Certification & Gradalis Therapeutic Certification
Returning Board Member in 2016

Connie Davis
CWS Class teacher since 2003
University of the South, BA English Literature 1985
Manufacturing Management 1986-1998
Antioch University, Waldorf Teacher Certification 2008
CWS Faculty Chair 2007
CWS Grades Chair 2012
CWS College Chair 2017
Returning Board Member 2017

Lisa Jensen
Design Manager P&G
Luther College, BA Elementary Education
CWS Class teacher 1999-2005
CWS Educational Support Coordinator 2002-2006
CWS Administrative Lead 2005-2006
Board Member since 2017

John Williams
Development Committee Chair
Vice President and Program Director, Research Board
Northwestern University, B.A. in Economics and International Studies
Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, MBA
Board Member, 2017

Karen Crick

Maria Kammerer




Board Meeting Minutes Archive

Board Member Nomination Form

Board Handbook & By-Laws

CWS Strategic Plan

Finance Committee Charter

Nominating Committee Charter

Development Committee Charter

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