Board Executive Committee
Seeking PTO Chair
The Board of Trustees is actively searching for 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 in becoming the new PTO Chair, please reach out to Matt Myren, Board President, or Marianne Fieber, Administrator.
Draft descriptions of the PTO as well as the scope of the 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.
Chris Ecklund, ex officio, Faculty Chair
Chris’ love of teaching began in high school with a Saturday school program that offered lessons to middle school students taught by high schoolers. With a Bachelor’s degree in studio art, an Illinois teaching certificate, and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Waldorf, Chris has been an educator for more than ten years teaching art in both public and home school settings before finding her way to Waldorf education. While completing a Master’s degree at the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute in Milwaukee in conjunction with Mount Mary University, She has worked as the parent chair of the PTO, a board member, an early childhood faculty member, and a grade school substitute teacher at Da Vinci Waldorf School and art instructor at Tamarack Waldorf High School. Chris is passionate about offering opportunities for artistic expression to people of all ages, but especially enjoys working with children as they grow and develop. Her favorite activities include printmaking, sculpture, cooking, gardening, and sharing music with her family.
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.
Partha Chandrakant, Vice President
Partha and his wife, Swarna, are parents to two little boys currently enrolled in the Early Childhood program at Da Vinci. Their first introduction to the school was through the parent-child class in 2019. He spends his free time playing with his children, playing music and occasionally tinkering in his wood shop. Partha grew up in Southern California where he studied mechanical engineering and business management. He has spent the entirety of his career in the field of medical device R&D and now manages a team of engineers at Baxter Healthcare, in Round Lake, IL.
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 attended Da Vinci Waldorf School. The Myren family has been a part of our school community for over ten years.
Stephanie Santos-Gray, Member-At-Large
Stephanie is an educator with a passion for learning. She and her son first joined the Da Vinci community through the parent-child class in 2013. After watching him bloom through that experience, she and her husband, Brandon, knew their family would be a part of our community forever. She has 2 children in the Grades at DVWS. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University, Stephanie worked in corporate America before pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. She now has nearly two decades of higher education administration and teaching (developmental math, psychology, and gender studies) experience under her belt and finds herself savoring the fresh air of Waldorf education. She is looking forward to being a part of growing and strengthening our community over the years to come.
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.