Tamarack Board of Trustees 2013 – 2014
Trish Lewis, President
Trish is a native of Philadelphia and moved to Milwaukee to attend graduate school at Marquette University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Alverno College, where she also serves as chair of the Religious Studies Department and a member of the Civility Project Committee. Trish’s daughter has been at Tamarack since kindergarten and is now in the fourth grade. Trish has served as a class leader throughout her time here at Tamarack and has been an active member of the parent association for several years. She joined the Board two years ago and served as the Secretary until stepping into the position of President in December 2012. Trish was drawn to Waldorf education because of how each child is held as an individual but also taught to be a good community member. As an educator herself, she believes that the Waldorf curriculum encourages an intellectual curiosity that is the heart of learning at all levels of education and in all areas of life.
Christopher Zamzow, Treasurer
Chris joined the board as Treasurer with Finance Committee experience previously. He has a BA in Communications & Business Management from Ottawa University and currently works as a Donor Database Analyst in the Development department for Next Door Foundation. His wife this year became the Sunshine Garden teacher, and both children attend Tamarack. Chris’s favorite thing about Waldorf education is the knowledge that children in Waldorf schools are not forced to sit at their desks for 6+ hours a day, being lectured. Instead, they learn through play, art, story telling, and using their imaginations. Chris joined the Tamarack board as a way to give back to the school and assist in making sure Waldorf education will be available to such a diverse enrollment for years to come. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with family out in nature, especially on walks/hikes, biking, or camping.
Anne Hunt, Secretary
Anne Hunt is a member of the local community, having moved to the Brewer’s Hill area of Milwaukee in 2007. Her interest in Tamarack Waldorf School stems from her 20 years of experience in marketing, membership and development for the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach where she was first introduced to the work and thought of Rudolf Steiner. She has an MA in English from Longwood University and most recently returned to school for an Associates Degree in Interior Design. Anne currently does design work, writes, and is undertaking a personal study of Steiner’s architecture, design and art. She has been a proponent of Waldorf Education since the early 1980’s. Anne’s partner, Charlene Grabowski, is an executive with General Electric and serves on the Board of the Milwaukee Urban League. It is very important to both Anne and Charlene to give back to the downtown Milwaukee community in meaningful ways.
Ryan Hundt, Parent
A licensed architect in the State of Wisconsin, Ryan has been practicing in Milwaukee since moving back from Portland, Oregon, where he was a graduate student in the newly accredited University of Oregon – Portland program focusing on urban growth and urban design. Ryan’s wife, Jodi, is 2nd grade class teacher at Tamarack Waldorf School. They have two children enrolled at Tamarack, Anna and David. Ryan joined the Board of Trustees during the summer of 2010 and has served on the Enrollment Committee since 2008. Since first experiencing the school through his wife’s journey completing the Waldorf Teacher Training and taking on a class of students, Ryan has come to value deeply the spirit and intent of Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. Ryan’s appreciation has grown because of the joyful, creative, social beings his children are becoming. Service to the board is his way of giving back to the school and helping it grow.
Jill Herbst, Grandparent
Biography to come.
Cheryl Blue, Parent
Cheryl Blue is a native of Milwaukee and is a proud graduate of North Division High School. Cheryl attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Race and Ethnic Studies. After college, she moved to Philadelphia where she worked for over 15 years for non-profit organizations in the area of youth development. Cheryl has created and implemented numerous innovative youth programs for black and Latino youth, her primary focus being on educating youth of color about the vast historical contributions of their people, a history and culture that is unfortunately absent in the curriculum of most schools in America. Cheryl is drawn to Waldorf education because of its nurturing environment and its focus on developing the artistic nature of children. Her daughter is in her second year in the Sunshine Garden.
Anne Burfeind, Community Member
Biography to come.
John Germanotta, Community Member
John is serving his first term on the board. He is an attorney who has practiced law with the firm of Ziino, Germanotta, Knoll and Christensen, a firm that traces its roots on Brady Street to 1946 and has been located at Brady and Farwell for more than 35 years. He graduated from Shorewood High School, DePauw University and Marquette Law School. He serves on various boards, including the Brady Street Area Association, North Shore Kiwanis and Nia Imani Family. Although he has resided in the North Shore area almost his entire life, he has a keen interest in the Brady Street neighborhood and in helping Tamarack Waldorf School continue to grow as a valuable asset to this part of Milwaukee.
Her interest in Waldorf education dates back to her own experience as a high school student at the Escola Waldorf Rudolf Steiner in Sao Paulo (founded in 1955), Brazil. She went on to study Fine Art at the Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo, while also deeply involved with the women’s movement in South America through various grassroots activities. Isabella immigrated to the US in 2003, and after several years dedicated to improving her English, went back to school as a parent and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Communication and a certification in Conflict Resolution from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also taught Portuguese classes. She currently works for the Argosy Foundation in Milwaukee, where she manages grants, produces research, and generally finds fertile ground for her love of numbers. In her free time, Isabella enjoys spending time with her partner Dan (a local filmmaker), antiquing, eating great food, exploring Milwaukee’s hidden gems, or just relaxing at home with the family.
Sarah Mathews, Community Member
Sarah grew up in the Middle East, India, and Canada before going to UW-Madison for her undergraduate studies. Her experiences with three vastly different educational systems, together with her college studies in education policy, left her passionate about issues involving education, from new innovative practices to issues of equity within education. She finds the child-centered philosophy around Waldorf education very compelling and is eager to learn more about it. Sarah currently works as a consultant with Thribe, a Chicago-area management consulting firm with clients in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sarah moved to Milwaukee in the summer of 2013 to work with her current client, and so far, loves her new city. Sarah’s earlier background was in non-profit communications and fundraising, and she looks forward to bringing those skills to the table to benefit Tamarack school whenever and however she can. In her free time, she enjoys checking out Milwaukee’s great nightlife and dining options, reading, writing short fiction, and yoga.
Tamika Lydell Kelly, MBA, Community Member
Tamika is a self-proclaimed business guru who holds an associate’s degree in Accounting from Milwaukee Area Technical College; a bachelor’s degree in Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has dedicated her life to mentoring and educating children. This is evidenced by her previous employment at Milwaukee Public Schools for nearly a decade as both a Safety Assistant and Teacher at area high schools. Tamika is also a licensed foster parent who has accepted many children into her home and raised them as her own until they were reunified with their parents/guardians. Consequent to her time spent around children, Tamika is confident that traditional formats of educating children are ineffective due to the growing number of special education recipients. Therefore, education should be multifaceted, just like the human brain and Waldorf instruction are. By joining the Tamarack board, Tamika is hoping to continue making a difference in the lives of children as she follows her other passions, which include entrepreneurship, management, and business consulting. Tamika also assists on several other boards: The House of Kings & Priests, Milwaukee Kickers, and The Nice Foundation.
Sondra Reyes, Faculty
Mrs. Reyes grew up in Watertown and came to Milwaukee as a Marquette University student, majoring in Communications. Mrs. Reyes previously worked at LifeWays Milwaukee, a Waldorf-inspired daycare, before being hired as Grade 1 teacher of her current, graduating 8th graders. She has Waldorf Teaching Certification from the Great Lakes Teacher Training Institute and is on Tamarack’s Festivals Committee. She and her husband Joey welcomed a son in November 2013. In addition to enjoying new parenthood, Mrs. Reyes enjoys hiking with her dog Elvira, camping, crafts, knitting and sewing.
Ceal Hunter, Faculty
Ceal has been a fixture at Tamarack since its inception. Her children started in Mrs. Rose’s kindergarten. One daughter has graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and the other attends Northeastern University. Ceal has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, but recently earned her state teaching license in Special Education. She is finishing up a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Alverno College. She is the Learning Support teacher at Tamarack, works with children of all ages at the school, and coordinates the program to help students better integrate into the work and social fabric of the class.
Jean Kacanek, Administrator
Jean attended the Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school student before earning a B.A. in Music Education and a M.M. in Woodwind Performance from the University of Michigan. She taught music in Michigan and Kansas before taking positions as director of Project CREATE and music instructor at Carroll College. Jean began her Waldorf administration work at Prairie Hill Waldorf School where she served for four years, becoming administrator at Tamarack in January 2003. She has served on the Board since July of 2003 and is active on the Site, Finance and Board Development Committees, is a member of the faculty Administrative Working Group and chair of the Leadership Group. She enjoys spending family time with her son Keith, a graduate of Tamarack’s Class of 2005, and her husband Hal, a music educator. Jean values Waldorf Education for its richness, breadth and depth both academically and socially. The curriculum, including the arts, is beautifully designed to meet the children where they are developmentally in their emotional and intellectual lives. Without being aware of how much they are learning, they are eminently prepared for high school with a wide variety of capacities.