Board Executive Committee
Seeking Director of Development and PTO Chair
The Board of Trustees is actively searching for a Director of Development and a PTO Chairperson to step into these roles as we begin our new school year.
If you are interested in working with the Da Vinci Waldorf School Board of Trustees, Faculty, and Administration to strengthen our efforts in fundraising and development, or in becoming the new PTO Chair, please reach out to Matt Myren, Board President, or Marianne Fieber, Administrator.
Draft descriptions of the Development Committee and PTO as well as the scopes of the Development Director and PTO Chair are available upon request.
Christian Canga, Treasurer
Christan is a Risk Management professional with 19 years of experience in the financial industry working for the largest U.S. bank by total assets. Christian holds a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Strategic Management and Finance and is excited to have the privilege to serve as the Treasurer, joining the Board Executive Committee at Da Vinci Waldorf School (DVWS).
Christian is excited to bring fresh ideas to DVWS and his primary goal is to build upon a culture of trust and financial transparency. On a personal note, Christian and his family have been part of the DVWS community since 2014 and are committed to the success of this wonderful school.
Elizabeth English, ex officio, Faculty Chair
Elizabeth’s life has revolved around the arts, and Waldorf teaching is a natural fit for her. Elizabeth completed her Waldorf grade school teacher certification at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. While there she furthered her knowledge in Anthroposophic music, studying instrument making under Manfred Bleffert and flute/recorder training under Pär Ahlbom, creator of Choroi Flutes. Elizabeth has taught music and orchestra for many years, and has also been a class teacher and handwork teacher at DVWS. She has taught music to adult students at the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Program in Chicago since 2012, and mentors other Waldorf schools in music.
Elizabeth’s passion is in working with children and adults alike and in bringing new music to the world. In her spare time, one may find Elizabeth occasionally cooking a special menu at a local café, singing in a choir, acting or building an instrument.
Marianne Fieber, ex officio, Administrator
Marianne has been working in Anthroposophical or Waldorf School environments for nearly 25 years. She has served as a grades teacher, adult educator, administrator and mentor. She has developed programs, designed events, presented at conferences and led an accreditation process. She has worked with numerous committees, boards and organizational leaders including the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
Marianne’s background in the Performing Arts has laid the foundation for her life and work. She earned a BFA in Theater from the University of MN-Duluth. She performed on stage for decades in Chicago and internationally with touring productions. Her further training and experience in Waldorf School Administration and pedagogy have built upon this foundation. She earned her an MS Ed in Waldorf Administration and Community Development from Sunbridge College, Spring Valley, NY, and her Waldorf Teaching Certification from Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program in Chicago.
Bill Jones, Vice President
Bill holds a BS in Management, and his professional life has mainly been spent in enterprise sales, marketing, and leadership, while also co-managing a small consulting firm with his wife. He has also served on the Da Vinci Waldorf School marketing committee.
Bill grew up attending a small parochial school until high school, and in the process grew to value a private, community-based education. As a result, he’s grateful to have found Da Vinci Waldorf School. The Jones family came to Da Vinci Waldorf School in 2015 and currently have three children enrolled.
Based on his family’s experience, Bill felt the best way to give back was service on the board—focused on helping the DVWS community achieve its long term goals.
Matt Myren, President
Matt is an experienced legal counselor with over 27 years of experience as a corporate attorney and advisor to both private and publicly-owned corporations, their boards and officers. He is currently the chief legal counsel for Enesco, LLC, based in Itasca, IL. Matt has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago school of law as well as a religious education teacher for the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine, IL. Matt brings a diverse experience set in the not-for-profit world, having served as President of the Barrington Area United Way Board of Directors and as director on such board for over ten years.
Matt and his wife, Margaret, have four boys, all of whom attend(ed) Da Vinci Waldorf School. The Myren family has been a part of our school community for over ten years.
Maurice Safavi, Member-At-Large
Maurice Safavi and his wife Amy Kunz have been active DVWS parents since 2013. His daughter, Anahita is currently in 2nd grade. Maurice has been involved with a family dry-cleaning business and a jewelry business overseeing many aspects of business and business development. He has been recognized for his ability to work with teams to identify and reach organizational goals. Maurice looks forward to bringing respectful, honest and informed interactions to new ideas and explorations for the development of Da Vinci Waldorf School.
Specialities: Bookkeeping, Financing, Marketing, Community Focus and Relationships.
Nikki Sherman, Secretary
Nicole and her husband, Robert, are the parents of one of our 5th graders. They joined the DVWS community two years ago, and are frequent attendees at events and activities throughout the year.
Before joining the DVWS community, Nicole has been both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader, as well as a committee chairperson in both organizations. She has helped organize and run many large events, received the Silver Beaver award in 2019 from Boy Scouts of America, and brings organizational and technological expertise much needed to fulfill the Secretary role.