Kari Koszo – President and Chair
Board Member since 2013.
She attained a B.A. from the University of Western in 1991 and a law degree from the University of Windsor in 1994. She practices in the area of securities law, specializing in investment funds. She was a partner at the firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and in 2012, became in-house legal counsel with IA Clarington Investments Inc. Kari has been involved in the school’s Community Council as a past co-chair and member for 4 years.
Kari is a parent of two sons at Waldorf Academy. She has been a parent at the school since 2008
Janine Lad – Secretary
Board Member since 2015, Janine is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and management consultant with over 17+ years experience. Janine worked as a strategic HR business partner to executive leadership in both the private and public sectors, most recently for organizations such as eHealth Ontario and The Home Depot Canada, as well as through her own independent consulting firm, Peopleosophy. Janine works currently as the Director of Business Operations for a private mental healthcare practice. Janine attended York University where she studied political science and also completed strategic HR management and organizational development certification at Queens University and Humber College. Janine is the daughter of two retired teachers and attended the Toronto Waldorf School in kindergarten. Janine has 2 children at Waldorf Academy, a son in senior kindergarten and a daughter in the childcare centre.
Brian Dodd – Treasurer
Brian previously served on the Board of Waldorf Academy from 2012 to 2015 and was Treasurer for the 2014/2015 school year. He is returning to the Board as Treasurer for the 2016/2017 school year. Brian and his wife Dana have two girls at Waldorf Academy, in grades 2 and 7. Brian has over 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking and currently works as Managing Director of Global Loan Syndications at Scotia Capital. Brian has an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Carleton University.
Gis has been a parent of Waldorf Academy for over 9 years. He has a son in grade 6. Gis works at Canaccord Financial as a corporate bond trader, obtained his Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma from the London School of Economics. He is an avid birding enthusiast.
David has served on the Board of Waldorf Academy since 2013 and was Secretary between 2014-2016. David has a daughter in grade 6 and has been a parent at the school for 9 years. David is a strategy and marketing professional and has also provided consulting services on the planning design, development and marketing for green energy and other environmental projects. David has an MBA from Ivey, as well as a BBA and BSc from St. Francis Xavier University.
Mario Mancuso is honoured to be the lead teacher in the Fairy Garden Preschool Room. He is a Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher. He completed both the teacher education program and Foundation studies in Anthroposophy at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. Mario is also a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and a graduate of the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College. He held an ECE teacher position at one of the George Brown College Lab Schools. He was also a pioneer in the implementation of full-day kindergarten with the TCDSB where he coordinated a variety of workshops on child development and early learning. Mario is a certified Yoga instructor and enjoys teaching children’s yoga to foster and support self-regulation.
Katherine Fulford was introduced to Waldorf education in 2001 while attending the University of Guelph for international development and child studies. She completed the Waldorf Foundation program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto and has participated in numerous Waldorf professional development programs as part of her on going training. In 2005, Katherine completed the Waldorf teacher education program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre before joining Waldorf Academy as a kindergarten assistant in the Star Garden Kindergarten. She became lead teacher there in 2009. Katherine continues to deepen her understanding of Waldorf education and child development.
Board member since 2014, Robert McKay is president of the Toronto branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Robert sits on multiple other boards of not-for-profit organizations. He was program manager and senior project manager in the Ontario healthcare system and currently works at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
Diana Miklos has taught at Waldorf Academy since its founding in 1987. She had trained in theatre at the School of Performing Arts in Bucharest, Romania, and graduated from Ryerson University/Theatre School in 1987. Since joining Waldorf Academy, she has served as the chair of early childhood section and also as the school’s representative for Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Diana designed and directed the original after school program for Waldorf Academy as part of the Oxford School of Art, Music and Theatre. She completed her Waldorf training while working at the school and has participated in numerous professional development opportunities around the world, including the International Early Childhood Conference in Dornach, Switzerland, where she studied therapeutic story writing. Outside of teaching, Diana is the artistic director and founder of Theatre as a Metaphor in Toronto. In 1988, Diana joined Angel Wing Puppet Theatre and helped design and present Waldorf puppet shows at many public libraries in Toronto.