Board of Trustees
Paulo Milko | President
Mr. Milko is head of procurement at Cimpress, a global leader in mass customization, where he was previously the global commodity manager. Mr. Milko has also served as a senior consultant and project manager for Agentrics, and a global sourcing and product development manager for Staples. He holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, a B.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, and a certificate in new product development from Harvard University.
Irit Tamir | Vice President
Ms. Tamir is an attorney with a masters in international law. She is the Special Advisor for Oxfam America’s Private Sector Department, where she works with companies to ensure that their business practices result in positive social and environmental impacts for vulnerable communities throughout the world. Most recently, her work has been focused on the food and beverage industry and advocating for better policies and practices that will lead to global food security. She is the policy lead for Oxfam International’s Behind the Brands campaign. Prior to working at Oxfam, Ms. Tamir was the Director of Government Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and she co-led the effort to pass the Sudan Divestment Bill in Massachusetts. She also a board member of the Women’s Bar Foundation in Boston.
Russell Ayan | Treasurer
Mr. Ayan is the director of investment risk and global multi-asset strategies at Wellington Management, where previously he served as a portfolio analyst and business analyst. Before joining Wellington, Mr. Ayan was a systems analyst for Putnam Investments and a systems analyst for Brown Brothers Harriman. Mr. Ayan holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BSBA in computer science and operations management from Boston College.
Brian Kydd | Secretary
Mr. Kydd is a managing partner at Kneeland & Kydd, where he evaluates and prepares trial materials for state and federal courts. Mr. Kydd also tries complex personal injury insurance coverage and business cases through trial and post-trial appellate practice and handles daily strategic business decisions for the practice. Mr. Kydd earned his J.D. in litigation and insurance from New England School of Law and a B.A. in economics from Colby College. Mr. Kydd’s two children graduated from WSL.
Amanda is a lecturer in planetary science at MIT and an adjunct astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. Her research focuses on Pluto's atmosphere and how it evolves in response to its changing distance from the sun. In her research, she forges collaborations with astronomers around the globe, while managing extremely time-critical projects. She is the co-creator of an innovative astronomy outreach program that aims to capture and maintain interest in science among Navajo and Hopi middle school children. She volunteers with several local animal rescue organizations. Amanda received her Ph.D. from MIT in planetary science, as well as S.B. degrees from MIT in planetary science and in materials science and engineering. Her son Max graduated from WSL in 2016.
Mr. Liska is the director of product management and development at iCIMS Labs, where previously he served as chief product strategist. Mr. Liska also founded Jobmagic, which was acquired by iCIMS, and before that worked as the VP of product management and business intelligence at Iconics. Mr. Liska holds a Ph.D. in engineering and artificial intelligence from Clemson University. His two children attend WSL.
Wendy Margo | Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Margo earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and received her Waldorf teaching certification in early childhood education from Sunbridge Institute. She taught art in the Nashville public schools and went on to be a founding teacher at two startup schools, including the thriving Linden Waldorf School in Nashville, TN. Ms. Margo joined WSL's early childhood faculty in 2001 and has served on the Board of Trustees, Governance Council, and the Professional Development Committee. She has also been an active participant in anthroposophical studies.
Ms. Minotti is a Visiting Artist at the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University. Ms. Minotti is an award winning web designer, information architect, researcher, and writer. For 17 years, Ms. Minotti worked at Education Development Center (EDC) in a variety of roles for projects that focused on health and human development, special education, literacy, bullying-prevention, urban education, science, assistive technology, and inclusive schooling practices. Ms. Minotti is founder of the Women’s Writing Circle and co-director of The World's Very First Gratitude Parade. Ms. Minotti is a graduate of Boston University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed) and holds certificates in Whole Person Positive Psychology and Distance Education.
Leah Palumbo | Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Palumbo received her Waldorf teaching certification from Antioch University New England and has over 18 years' experience as an early childhood educator. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Ms. Palumbo is a member of the Board Officers Committee and previously served on the College of Teachers and Governance Council.
Mr. Polyak is a fund manager of Emerging Market equities for Fidelity Investments. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in international capital markets of Oppenheimer Funds, Pioneer Investments, Ruesch International and Ninth Wave Capital (a firm he co-founded prior to joining Fidelity). He speaks fluent Russian and has a B.A. from UMass in Amherst and an MBA from New York University. An immigrant from Moldova, Mr. Polyak has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations that include: Odyssey House Mentoring in New York City (former President), the Cairn Hill Waldorf-inspired afterschool program in Malden, MA (former board member), Belmont sports (coaching basketball, baseball, and softball), and Citizen School inner city after-school mentoring program in Boston, MA (current Citizen Teacher). Along with his spouse, Christina, he is involved in the WSL community and has children in the school.
Ms. Restuccia is the owner of Gardens by Demetra, an endeavor that grew from her lifelong passion for organic gardening, design, and habitat building. Her landscapes never rely on pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, but instead emphasize native plants, which offer beneficial habitat to native insects, butterflies, and birds. Ms. Restuccia earned a B.A. in theater from Amherst College. Her son attends WSL.
Robert Schiappacasse | School Director
Mr. Schiappacasse is an education leader with three decades of experience in Waldorf education. He has served as Director of the Greenwood School in Mill Valley, California; President at Sunbridge College in New York; and Administrative Director of the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado, where he worked for 13 years. Robert has served on the Leadership Council of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and has done extensive work providing professional development for Waldorf school administrators and school leaders. Mr. Schiappacasse's three grown children attended Waldorf schools beginning in preschool.
Mr. Woll is a nurse practitioner in emergency medicine at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where he has worked for three years. Previously he worked in several of the Massachusetts State Prison system’s medical clinics. Mr. Woll graduated from Dartmouth College and spent a decade coaching men’s crew. After earning an M.Ed. in elementary education, he went back to school to prepare for a second career in medicine, graduating from Regis College with a master’s degree in nursing in 2012. Mr. Woll has had a long-standing interest in underserved populations and end-of-life care. His contributions in this area include volunteering at Chilton House, a local hospice program; helping to establish a palliative care visitor program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and volunteering for a rural health clinic in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia. In addition to his work in emergency medicine, Mr. Woll also provides health care at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in Boston.
Ms. Zawel left a successful career in consulting to become the owner of Get In Shape for Women in Belmont. The shift combined Ms. Zawel’s professional training and strengths with her passion for fitness, nutrition, and empowering women. Previously Ms. Zawel was a partner at The Clarion Group, a senior consultant at TSI Consulting Partners, and executive director of the International Alliance to Promote the Health Benefits of Legumes and Other Pulses. Ms. Zawel has a Ph.D. in food science from Rutgers University and a B.S. in food science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her two children attended WSL.