Our Advisory Board
The Green Meadow Advisory Board supports the work of the faculty and staff by focusing on the budgeting process, finances, institutional advancement, legal matters, and strategic planning.
Together with members of the faculty and staff, Advisory Board members serve on such standing committees as: Executive, Finance, Governance & Nomination, Institutional Advancement, Administrative Oversight, and Strategic Planning.
Membership is by nomination only. Parents, alumni, alumni parents, teachers, and friends of the school community are welcome to nominate candidates to the Board Nomination and Governance Committee. Questions regarding the work of the Board can be directed to the Board Chair at email@example.com.
Advisory Board Members for 2022-23 are: Mireille Cronin Mather (President), Doug Wyatt (Vice President), Rebecca Hoskins (Secretary), Susanne Madden (Treasurer), Sem Devillart, Zeynep Doganata ’09, Neil Gordon ’76, Binwa Sethi, and faculty members on the Board: Carol Grieder, Cezary Ciaglo, Harlan Gilbert, Laura Radefeld (Administrator, ex officio), Lynne Wu (DIrector of Operations, ex officio)
Mireille Cronin Mather
Mireille is the mother of a Green Meadow Waldorf School student. She has held executive positions for a number of international development and humanitarian aid organizations, and is passionate about participatory community development. She is currently a Vice President at the International Rescue Committee, overseeing the government and multilateral resource portfolio supporting 37 country programs. She previously oversaw the IRC’s refugee resettlement programs in the Western half of the U.S.
Due to job relocations, this is the third Waldorf school for the family, and Mireille served on the Advisory Board of the Waldorf School of San Diego, where she launched their first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee. The Mathers are extremely pleased have settled into the Green Meadow and Threefold community.
Doug is a former software entrepreneur who founded two startups after dropping out of the PhD program at MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science in 1998. In 2007, he went back to law school to change careers, and spent over seven years as a human rights lawyer in India, where his work focused on housing rights for the urban poor, the right to education, disability rights, and women’s political rights. He now does pro-bono work for several NGOs, and serves on the Advisory Board of UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action.
Doug has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Doug has been a parent at Green Meadow since 2019, and joined the Advisory Board in 2021.
Rebecca is a current parent and has been a member of the Green Meadow community since 2014. Rebecca joined the board in the Spring of 2019.
Rebecca is 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.
Susanne is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned business consultant specializing in the business of health care. Her career has spanned across several sections of the healthcare industry and her background is in consulting, process improvement, marketing and public relations, business management, strategic planning, creating and developing start-up companies, contract negotiations, and business development. She founded, owns, and manages several healthcare companies, including The Verden Group, a healthcare management consulting firm. Susanne holds an MBA in both Management Systems and Information & Communication Systems, a BSc in Business and in Economics, and an Executive Certification in Business Process Design for Strategic Management from MIT. She has applied her formal learning to understanding the principles of knowledge management and how information can be transformed into comprehension at all levels with the right facilitation.
Susanne has been the parent of a Green Meadow student since 2012. As a member of the finance committee, she became Treasurer and joined the board in 2019.
Originally from Poland, Cezary spent 10 years as a dancer with the Grand Theatre of Warsaw. In his early 20s, Cezary developed an interest in anthroposophy and went to Hanover, Germany, to study Eurythmy. After several years teaching Eurythmy in Poland’s public and private schools, Cezary moved to the United States in the early ’90s, working at Waldorf schools in Olympia, WA, and Keene, NH. He has also been a longtime adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England’s Waldorf Teacher Education program.
Zeynep Doganata '09
Zeynep Doganata attended GMWS from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating with the class of 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stony Brook University before entering industry as a software engineer, spending some time in finance, media and ultimately tech. While working full time, Zeynep received her Master of Science in Computer Science from NYU and currently manages a small team of software engineers who build recommendation systems in the advertising space. Her two younger siblings graduated in 2012 and 2021, allowing her to maintain a strong connection to the school for the last two decades. Zeynep is mother to ever-curious Aida who was born in early 2022.
Harlan’s first career was in computer programming. He then worked as a class teacher in the United Kingdom for six years and studied eurythmy for three years in Dornach, Switzerland. Harlan is an active lecturer and writer. His articles have appeared in many places, including The Golden Blade (a yearbook for anthroposophy), the Waldorf Education Research Institute Bulletin, and Lilipoh magazine. Harlan has written a book on child development, At the Source: the Incarnation of the Child and the Development of a Modern Pedagogy, which was published by AWSNA Press in 2005.
Harlan joined Green Meadow High School in 2003. He presently teaches math, computer science, physics, and philosophy.
Neil Gordon '76
Neil attended Green Meadow from 1968 to 1976 and was fortunate to be part of the school’s first ninth grade class in 1972, and subsequently as the inaugural senior class of ‘76. Four years later, he earned a BBA in Marketing from Pace University.
Neil’s family has been a part of our community since 1966 with his siblings—Craig and June both attending GMWS, as well as his children Sam and Max. Max is currently enrolled in the teacher training program at Sunbridge Institute, and is teaching at the Boca Raton Waldorf School in Florida.
After growing up in the family housewares business, Neil started his own window covering and upholstery business in 1985—Decorating with Fabric which is still thriving today.
To date, Neil has written ten novels within the genres of historical and metaphysical fiction. He just recently completed a trilogy.
Carol has over many years worked with women, infants, and children as a maternal-child health nurse. Before joining Green Meadow as a nursery teacher in 2006, she taught art classes and Parent & Child classes in a Waldorf-inspired nursery school in New Jersey. She is currently teaching in the Kindergarten. Carol has been a member of various school-wide committees including the Media Resource Group and has taught at Sunbridge College as an adjunct faculty member.
As a native of Switzerland, she is multilingual. She enjoys doll making and puppetry as well as work on the farm and in the garden and spending time in nature with her family. Carol is the mother of two GMWS alumnae.
Carol’s publications include “Michaelmas in the Nursery: A Celebration of Courage” and “Bringing Easter into the Nursery: A Universal Celebration of Spring” in Early Childhood: Seeking the Universally Human, The Gateway Series, edited by Nancy Foster. Tell Me a Story, edited by Louise DeForest, includes a number of Carol’s original stories.
Binwa has navigated a diverse global career in consultative business partnership, talent management, and executive coaching. Her experience spans multiple industries with several global organizations: ADP, PepsiCo, Ingersoll-Rand, and Johnson & Johnson. Having grown up in India, and then living in the US, she is passionate about fostering more inclusive and global cultures. Binwa is bilingual, has an MBA from India, and a Master of Human Resource Management from the US. She completed a graduate-level certification in Organizational and Executive Coaching from Columbia University. Binwa has been a Green Meadow parent since 2006 and continues to be a strong advocate for Waldorf education.
Administrator, ex officio
Laura had a career in healthcare financial administration for 14 years before deciding to study eurythmy and become a Waldorf teacher. She has taught in six different Waldorf Schools from the Honolulu Waldorf School to Green Meadow; she has also taught in teacher training institutions including the Center for Anthroposophy, Sunbridge Institute, the Michael Institute in Portland, Oregon, Arcturus teacher training in Chicago and led the pedagogical eurythmy training at Eurythmy Spring Valley for many years. She is a member of the Pedagogical Section Council which works to connect Waldorf teachers in North America to the worldwide Waldorf movement and the deeper aspects of Waldorf Education.
Laura came to Green Meadow in 2010, has been a class advisor for three high school classes, and taught middle school and high school eurythmy. Laura is currently teaching eurythmy and serving as the administrator at Green Meadow and is a member of the Collegium and the Advisory Board.
Director of Operations, ex officio
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.
A Waldorf advocate and parent since 2009, Lynne joined GMWS as Director of Development in early 2015. In 2020, she was appointed Director of Operations.
How things work at Green Meadow
Green Meadow Waldorf School is administered by various individuals and groups, all contributing to the legal, financial, pedagogical, social, and physical well-being of the school. These people include the members of the Collegium Committee and Collegium, the Administrator and the Director of Operations, members of the GMWS Advisory Board, the faculty, the staff, parent leadership, and the parent body. This unique way of working has two important impacts on everyone involved in the life of the school, including the students. Primarily, those making the decisions about the school are the ones in the school. This provides for immediate, inclusive, and meaningful decision-making from within. Secondly, it lays the foundation for a thriving community life, which requires those involved to work together for a common purpose.
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