Advisory Board

The GMWS Advisory Board supports the work of the faculty and staff by focusing on the budgeting process, finances, development, fundraising, legal matters, and long-range planning. Together with members of the faculty and staff, Advisory Board members serve on such standing committees as the Finance Committee. Membership is by invitation to parents, alumni, alumni parents, teachers, and friends of the school. Members of the community are welcome to refer appropriate matters of concern to the Advisory Board through written communication with the Advisory Board Chair. To contact the Board, please email Jake Lynn, President.

2018-19 Board Members

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Sandra Abrams

Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John's University in New York. Abrams is a thought leader and researcher of adolescents’ digital literacies and a trusted source for educators and parents who are interested in understanding how youth today make meaning from and navigate the ever-changing technological landscape. Her work has been featured in leading research journals, including Teachers College Record, Journal of Literacy Research, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Language & Linguistics, and Educational Media International.

Her books include Integrating Virtual and Traditional Learning in 6-12 Classrooms: A Layered Literacies Approach to Multimodal Meaning Making (Routledge), Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces (SAGE, co-authored), Managing Educational Technology: School Partnerships and Technology Integration (Routledge, co-authored), and Bridging Literacies with Videogames (Sense, co-edited).

Forthcoming books include Parent-Child Research Reimagined (Brill, co-edited), Videogames, Libraries, and The Feedback Loop: Learning Beyond the Stacks (VOYA, co-authored), and An Integrated Mixed Methods Approach to Nonverbal Communication Data: A Practical Guide to Collection and Analysis in Online and Offline Spaces  (Routledge, co-authored).

Abrams also is a founding co-editor of the Gaming and Ecologies Series (Brill) and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches.


James Brooks

James Brooks is the Global Head of Proprietary Market Data for the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), parent company of the New York Stock Exchange.  James is responsible for ensuring that ICE provides the highest quality market data possible, including real-time and historical data. Other responsibilities include the formulation of business strategy, as well as new product development. Prior to joining NYSE, he was Vice President of Equity Strategy at the NASDAQ Stock Market. James studied at the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in Economics.

James learned of Waldorf education through the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Virginia. He and his family moved to Chestnut Ridge in 2012, where they found a wonderful community. James has two daughters attending Green Meadow Waldorf School.

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Joe Burgis

Bio and photo coming soon.


Alex Freuman ‘93

Alex Freuman is a Green Meadow alumnus (class of 1993) and has served on the GMWS Board since 2012. His two children, Max and Stella, both attend Green Meadow. After earning a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Mathematics Education, Alex taught high school mathematics and became a Math Department Chair in New York City. He currently teaches at Nyack High School. 


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Leslie Laboriel


Leslie describes herself as a conscious thinker, supportive wife, assiduous mother, founder of TrajectUP®, and a retired corporate executive. After gaining 27 years of knowledge in the wireless industry, she used wisdom and her passion for creative thinking, design, and innovation to propel her into phase two of her life. Having a son that attended Green Meadow Waldorf School for seven years motivated her to join the advisory board. As his young mind developed, she saw him acquiring a level of confidence and curiosity that will serve him well as an adult. Her goal is to share knowledge gained from life lessons to help continue the conversation on equity-based academic support, resources, funding, hiring, and enrollment.   


Jake Lynn, President


TreeAnne McEnery, ex officio


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Heather Rose Partis

Heather joined the community in 2001, when her son entered first grade. In 2005, she was invited onto the Board of Trustees prior to the Capital Campaign that launched a great new space in the Arts Building: Rose Hall, named after Heather Rose, to acknowledge her contributions of time and financial support. 

Heather says, “My principal contribution was in working behind the scenes with tremendous prayer, visualizations, and affirmations to get the job done! It was an intense labor of love. I consider myself a mystic. I am a spiritual medium, an energy healer for 43 years, and an artist. I love art and have developed my skills as a sculptor and a watercolorist. Being on the Board has been such an honor over the years.”


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Laura Radefeld

Laura has taught in Waldorf schools throughout North America and joined the Green Meadow faculty in 2010. Laura is a faculty member of Antioch University New England, the Center for Anthroposophy, and Eurythmy Spring Valley's Pedagogical Eurythmy program.

Laura is also Chair of the Collegium, and a member of the Curriculum Development, Festivals, and Community Service committees.


Claus Sproll, ex officio


Winnie Stern


Corey Weiss, Treasurer


Lynne Wu, ex officio