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.

Governing Principles of Green Meadow Waldorf School (PDF)


2019-20 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.


Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy is the parent of two children who attend Green Meadow Waldorf School. He has been an active member of the community since 2014 when his oldest son started in the Nursery program. 

Michael is an attorney licensed in New York and New Jersey. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael serves as Director for the Forensic Department at HLZA. His team is responsible for providing a thorough review and analysis of project documentation, including contracts and offering plans, and drafting language that presents project information in a clear and concise manner. He also functions as HLZA’s in-house counsel, providing insight on legal matters.

Michael specializes in forensic investigations on behalf of condominium associations, cooperative boards, and developers to identify construction defects or deficiencies with respect to building conditions.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.


Alex Freuman ‘93, president

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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Rebecca Hoskins, SECRETARY


Rebecca is a current parent and has been a member of the Green Meadow community since 2014. A graduate of Fordham Law School, Rebecca is a Professional Support Lawyer at Clifford Chance US LLP, where she supports US-qualified capital markets lawyers across Clifford Chance's global network of offices with knowledge management, thought leadership, research and training. She also serves as the Secretary to this law firm’s foundation.

She has been an enthusiastic admirer of Waldorf education since 1992 — which is the year her mother began her teaching career at the San Francisco Waldorf School.


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.   

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Jake Lynn, vice-President


Jake Lynn is a current and alumni parent and has been a member of the Green Meadow community since 1999.  He has served on the Advisory Board since 2004, and as its President since 2011. Jake and his wife, Suzanne Lynn, moved to Chestnut Ridge in 2007 to live within walking distance of school.  A graduate of NYU's Stern School of Business, Jake works at Dell Technologies as a Client Engagement Manager and specializes in Big Data & Analytics strategy and governance consulting.


Susanne Madden, Treasurer

Bio and photo coming soon.


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.


Rebecca Ruof

Rebecca grew up in Germany and attended a Waldorf school from Kindergarten through high school. Before becoming an Early Childhood teacher, Rebecca taught various subjects at Waldorf schools in Chestnut Ridge, Budapest, and Baltimore. She has been teaching in the Nursery at Green Meadow since 2006. Rebecca is a member of the Early Childhood Outreach and Enrollment Committee and has taught as adjunct faculty at Sunbridge Institute. Her elder son graduated with the Class of 2018 and her younger son attends our High School.

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Lynne Wu, ex-officio

A Waldorf advocate and parent since 2009, Lynne joined GMWS as director of development in early 2015. Lynne has been advising and serving in a leadership capacity for multiple sectors of the nonprofit community including social services, education, healthcare, cultural, environment, and the arts for over 29 years. Prior to arriving at Green Meadow, Lynne served as director of resource development for the Waldorf-inspired New Amsterdam School in Manhattan, a philanthropic advisor for voluntary leadership and major gifts to multiple nonprofits in New York City, and the director of campaign planning and administration for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s $650 million dollar campaign. 

While in Ohio, she was the senior director of development for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and she held multiple positions of increasing responsibility at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, including senior director of development.  Lynne’s experience in resource and relationship development has included synthesizing highly functional partnerships among nonprofit leadership, community thought leaders, major donors, and grassroots visionaries within and around the organization she serves. 

Lynne's husband is an educator, and their daughter is enrolled at Green Meadow in the Lower School.