Board of Trustees

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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 | Treasurer  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 four children, who are enrolled at WSL.

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 four children, who are enrolled at WSL.


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Christian Weeks | Treasurer
Mr. Weeks is an entrepreneurial general manager and business strategist with a passion for bringing disruptive clean energy technologies to market. He currently serves as Vice President and General Manager for EnerNOC’s North America demand response and distributed energy resources business, which is focused on connecting and monetizing all types of distributed energy assets (solar, battery storage, electric vehicles) with electricity markets to maximize savings, ensure resiliency, and increase sustainability. Since joining EnerNOC in 2009, Mr. Weeks has held various regional and global roles in strategy, sales, and operations. Prior to joining EnerNOC, he worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. Mr. Weeks 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.


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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 young son is currently enrolled in the school’s Parent-Child program.


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Shannon Ames
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 has two children enrolled at the school.


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Amanda Bosh
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.


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Marc d’Anjou

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.


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Charlie Danzoll

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.


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Guillermo del Angel
Mr. del Angel is currently Sr. Director for Data Science, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Boston, where he has been leading research around how best to use artificial intelligence and genetics to improve rare disease treatment. He previously held positions as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Mexico City and Boston, and as a computational biologist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, MA. He is a WSL alumni parent, and both of his children attended the school since nursery. He has served as Treasurer for the Parent Community Association (PCA), he co-founded the PCA Dads group, and served as 8th grade class parent. An avid cellist and classical musician, he has been a member of the New Philharmonia Orchestra since 2008 and has played with several amateur and pre-professional ensembles in the area. A native of Mexico City, Mr. del Angel originally trained as an electrical engineer and applied mathematician, earning a BS degree from ITESM in Mexico, a MS from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.


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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.


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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.


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Jindrich Liska
Mr. Liska is the director of product management at Cardinal Health. Previously he served as the director of product management and development as well as chief product strategist at iCIMS Labs. 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.


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Jen Minotti

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.


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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.


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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.


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Venkat Thiruvallur

Mr. Thiruvallur is a healthcare strategist with global brand strategy, product launch and general management experience. He is currently Sr. Director and Strategic Marketing Lead (North America) for the Neurology & Immunology franchise of EMD Serono, responsible for the successful launch of critical late stage assets with blockbuster potential. Previously Mr. Thiruvallur worked for Bayer for over 13 years across business consulting, healthcare and technology services. Mr. Thiruvallur was born and raised in Chennai, India. He received his B.Tech and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Madras and West Virginia University respectively, and an MBA with specialization in strategy, marketing and corporate finance from New York University. Mr. Thiruvallur resides in Lincoln with his wife and three children. Their oldest two attend the Waldorf School of Lexington and look forward to their youngest joining soon.


Carlos Trostli
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.


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Christopher Woll
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.

 
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