Staff

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Mark Brown
Senior Staff Accountant

Mr. Brown has an extensive background in finance. He has worked for Polaroid Corporation and Coopers & Lybrand, as well as numerous non-profits, including Project Bread, where he was the director of business and finance. Mr. Brown's other accomplishments include running several marathons and rowing crew for Dartmouth College, where he earned a B.A. in economics.

 

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Geneva Cooper
Kitchen Director

Ms. Cooper began working in the kitchen as an assistant in 1998 and has been running WSL’s kitchen and lunch program for 15 years. Her kitchen career has been ongoing in various ways for a number of years, as she has learned (and continues to learn) the craft from many mentors. She has also been on a large kitchen team for Dance New England Dance Camp every summer for many years, cooking for 500 people. An active anthroposopher, she is also a Waldorf High School arts teacher and a WSL alumna parent.


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Marie Duprey
Design & Communications Specialist

Ms. Duprey earned her BFA in graphic design and illustration from Tyler School of Art and her MA in professional writing and publishing from Emerson College. Before joining WSL, Ms. Duprey had an extensive career in the marketing and communications department of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She worked in various roles, culminating in 20 years as the senior graphic designer on staff. Ms. Duprey also works as a freelance illustrator and mixed media artist as well as a certified holistic health coach in nutrition. Ms. Duprey’s daughter is a member of WSL’s class of 2025.


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Jason Ek
Director of Finance & Operations

Mr. Ek holds a B.S. in business administration from Eastern Nazarene College and an M.B.A. in business ethics and compliance from New England College of Business and Finance. Before joining WSL, Mr. Ek was Vice President for Business Affairs at the Academy of Notre Dame. Mr. Ek also worked for Marriott International for 16 years, starting in the hotel gift shop and working his way up to property leadership in finance and accounting.


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Don Grace
School Director

Don 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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Karen Hartman
Homespun Co-Manager & Parent-Child Teacher

After receiving a B.A. in early childhood education from West Chester University, Ms. Hartman received her Waldorf teacher training certification from Sunbridge College and began working at the Atlanta Waldorf School as a kindergarten teacher. She later created and taught the parent-child programs at Golden Circle Kindergarten, now the River Waldorf School, in Upper Black Eddy, PA, and Suncoast Waldorf School in Clearwater, FL. At Homespun, Ms. Hartman creates a welcoming space for parents to gather, socialize, and purchase high-quality items that support Waldorf pedagogy. Ms. Hartman’s three children have all attended Waldorf schools.


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Julia King
School Counselor

Ms. King holds a B.S. in justice and policy studies with a minor in education from Guilford College. She went on to earn an M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Cambridge College, with certification in school guidance for grades 5–12, as well as a second master’s degree in principal administration at Boston University. Ms. King’s professional experience includes ten years working as a certified school counselor in the Belmont Public School system, and two years at the Waldorf High School. Ms. King is a graduate of the Waldorf School of Lexington, and her two young sons now attend WSL.


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Paul Menz
Facilities Manager

Mr. Menz graduated from Don Bosco Technical High School with a concentration in electronics. After entering college to study engineering, he decided to pursue his passion for the building trades. Mr. Menz received his Massachusetts Journeyman Electrician’s License and worked as an electrician at Tufts Medical Center for many years. He is now WSL’s indispensable Building Manager, responsible for every aspect of campus and facilities maintenance and enhancement.


Betsy Peck
Accounting & Development Assistant

Ms. Peck earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and worked in psychology research before raising a family. She has received “unofficial Waldorf training” over many years as the parent of two WSL graduates and the wearer of many hats in the business, development, and communications offices. Betsy also serves as the school’s photographer, capturing many colorful and joyous moments in the classroom, on stage, and in WSL’s festivals and special events.


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Luana Preston
Office Manager

Ms. Preston earned her B.A. in sociology from UMass Boston and worked in vocational rehabilitation until having a family. As Office Manager, Ms. Preston enjoys working with and getting to know students and parents as well as faculty and staff. Her three children attended WSL.


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Jacey Rutledge
Administrative Support Specialist

Ms. Rutledge joins WSL with an extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry as a safety associate at several top-tier companies. Prior to that she provided administrative support at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and served as a research assistant at BU School of Medicine. Ms. Rutledge earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Middlesex Community College and completed two years of coursework in communications at Emerson College.


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Laura White
Director of Marketing & Communications

Ms. White earned her B.S in International Business and Spanish from Roger Williams University. She has over ten years of experience in marketing and communications, including three and a half years as the Marketing & Communications Director at the Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay. Prior to joining Waldorf High School's staff, Laura spent over seven years at a technology company, managing international products, partnerships, and operations. Her two young daughters have attended Parent-Child classes at WSL, and her husband, Colin White, is a graduate of the Waldorf School of Lexington.


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Kate Woll
Admissions Director

Ms. Woll received a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with a concentration in Intercultural Understanding and a minor in Spanish. She also earned an M.Ed. from Antioch University. Ms. Woll worked for a number of years as a Women’s Rowing Coaching Assistant at Harvard University. More recently she served as the Operations Assistant for the university’s rowing program and also worked for the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston, supporting IRL fellows in their coaching education.


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Abigail Zimmerman
Director of Development & Alumni Relations

Ms. Zimmerman has diverse fundraising experience at a range of nonprofit organizations in the Boston area, including Greenpeace, Facing History and Ourselves, WGBH, Judge Baker Children’s Center, and Shady Hill School. She is an active volunteer in her local community, giving time and expertise to the Carlisle Family Connection, Carlisle’s First Religious Society, and the Carlisle Public Schools. Ms. Zimmerman graduated from Simmons College with a B.A. in sociology. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, she attended Friends Select School, a Quaker independent school in Philadelphia, for 13 years.

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