Board of Trustees
Russell Ayan | President
Mr. Ayan is an investment professional with a quantitative approach to portfolio construction and risk management. He works as Associate Director of Global Risk & Analytics at Wellington Management Company. Before joining Wellington, Mr. Ayan had roles at Putnam Investments and Brown Brothers Harriman. Mr. Ayan holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his undergraduate degree from Boston College. His three children attended WSL, two are presently enrolled.
Alison DiSalvo-Ryan | Vice President
After attending the Pine Hill Waldorf School and St. Mark’s School, Ms. DiSalvo-Ryan earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College in art history and education. She has worked in HR and recruiting, served on several non-profit boards, and assisted her alma matters with development and alumni outreach. Ms. DiSalvo-Ryan has three children, who are enrolled at WSL.
Christian Weeks | Treasurer
Christian Weeks is the Chief Executive Officer of enVerid Systems, a pioneer and global leader in air quality and energy efficiency. Christian is an entrepreneurial general manager and business strategist who is passionate about bringing disruptive technologies to market and scaling innovative early to mid-stage companies. Prior to enVerid, Christian was an executive with EnerNOC, Inc, which was acquired by Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services business line, in 2017. Prior to EnerNOC, Christian worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. Christian attended the Waldorf School of Lexington from kindergarten to third grade and is a graduate of the Pine Hill Waldorf School, ConVal Regional High School, Dartmouth College, and Harvard Business School. He has two children at the Waldorf School of Lexington, and is enjoying experiencing the Waldorf curriculum for a second time through the eyes of his children.
Luke Mitcheson | Secretary
Mr. Mitcheson is a personal injury attorney and a partner at the law firm Mitcheson & Lee, LLP. He has been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of personal injury law every year since 2015, an honor given to just 2.5% of lawyers in the state. He was also selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Plaintiff's Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers for his superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership. Mr. Mitcheson received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. from St. John’s College. Both he and his wife attended WSL as children, and their son is currently enrolled at WSL.
After graduating from Colby College with a B.A. in art history, Ms. Ames earned her MBA at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Ms. Ames’ has held numerous senior positions in environmental and public policy, including director of environmental policy for the office of state senator Pam Resor, director of government relations at Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, and director of community and stakeholder relations at Brookfield. Ms. Ames also ran operations and finance for Cocoa Santé, an entrepreneurial venture. Ms. Ames is currently the executive director of Low Impact Hydropower Institute, a non-profit dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation. Ms. Ames previously served as WSL’s board vice president and president and her son is currently enrolled at WSL.
Dr. Bosh is a senior 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. d’Anjou is currently Director of MSAT (manufacturing science and technology) at Bluebird Bio, where he previously served as Director of Pharm Sci Regulatory Strategy. Mr. d’Anjou has also held senior positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, ClycoFi, and Merck. Mr. d’Anjou earned a B.Sc.E in chemical engineering and an M.Sc. in biochemical engineering from Queen’s University. Mr. d’Anjou’s two children attend the Waldorf School of Lexington.
Charlie Danzoll is a committed advocate and experienced humanitarian as well as a development leader and practitioner. Mr. Danzoll has devoted his career to improving the lives of marginalized people across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Since 1988, he and his family have lived in Lesotho, Rwanda, the Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Ethiopia and Switzerland. After earning a B.A. in History and Political Science from Colorado College, he traveled to Lesotho where he joined the Outward Bound School while his future wife completed her Peace Corps Service. Mr. Danzoll then went on to earn a master’s degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. He returned to the international development field supporting and leading country programs in Rwanda, the Republic of Georgia, Ethiopia and North Korea. Mr. Danzoll and his family moved back to the Boston area in 2017. He is currently a management and strategy consultant in the international development and humanitarian field focusing on organizational change and leadership. His daughter is presently enrolled at the Waldorf School of Lexington.
Andrea Faber | Math Skills Teacher
Ms. Faber received an M.Ed. from the University of Heidelberg, with a focus on math, geography, and biology for grades 5–10. She taught in Germany for ten years before moving to the U.S. After enrolling her two daughters at WSL, Ms. Faber joined the faculty as a Math Skills Teacher. Ms. Faber supplemented her training with Foundation Studies and numerous math workshops. Andrea helps prepare students for high school math curricula and builds their math skills and problem-solving abilities. She also helps students develop good organizational skills and a strong work ethic.
Don Grace | School Director
Mr. Grace received a B.A. in American history from Harvard, followed by an M.A.T. in secondary social studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Grace went on to earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in school administration from Fairfield University and did graduate work in early childhood education at Wheelock College. Mr. Grace taught high school social studies for a number of years, eventually arriving at St. Luke’s School in CT, where he served as Assistant Headmaster. Mr. Grace has led a number of schools, including The McLean School of MD, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, Touchstone Community School, Blue School in NY, and Thacher Montessori.
Ms. Minotti is a Visiting Artist at the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University and Founder of the Women’s Writing Circle. She is an award-winning web designer, information architect, researcher, and writer. For 17 years, Ms. Minotti worked at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in a variety of technology, research, and leadership roles for projects that focused on health and human development, special education, literacy, bullying-prevention, urban education, science, assistive technology, and inclusive schooling practices. She is Co-Creator of The World's Very First Gratitude Parade and helped establish Gratitude Day in the City of Cambridge, MA. Ms. Minotti is a graduate of Boston University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed.) and holds certificates in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, Transformational Language Arts, Distance Education, and Herbal Studies. Ms. Minotti is co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and co-founded the Diversity Book Club at WSL. She has a child at WSL and another who graduated in 2018.
Regine Shemroske | Class Teacher
Ms. Shemroske joined WSL from the Waldorf School of Ann Arbor, where she taught grades 5–7 and served as the school’s Pedagogical Chair. Ms. Shemroske’s extensive teaching experience also includes music and foreign language instruction at Pine Hill Waldorf School, as well as graduating two eighth grade classes at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Ms. Shemroske earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Pedagogical University in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and an M.Ed. from Tufts. She received her Waldorf teacher training at Antioch University and has completed the Educational Support Teacher Training Program.
Lauren Smith | Class Teacher
After a career in advertising, Ms. Smith discovered Waldorf education. She received her Waldorf Teaching Certification from Antioch University and joined WSL as a class teacher in 2004. Following the graduation of the class of 2012, Ms. Smith took a sabbatical and helped to develop and teach a Waldorf-inspired afternoon arts program in a Malden public school through Cairn Hill, where she serves on the board. At WSL, Ms. Smith has served on the Board of Trustees, as Elementary Section Chair and Professional Development Chair, and on the Governance Council. Ms. Smith’s daughter graduated from WSL in 2009.
Mr. Trostli is the founder of On Point Business Development, a leadership and management consulting firm that helps guide and scale growing businesses. In addition to his extensive global business background, Mr. Trostli also brings to the board a deep knowledge of the principles and foundations of Waldorf education. After attending the Escola Waldorf in São Paulo, Brazil, Mr. Trostli earned a BBA in administration from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. He later earned an MBA in finance and marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to launching On Point, Mr. Trostli founded a company that developed affordable housing in Brazil, creating housing for thousands of people.
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.