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Our Faculty and Staff

Our Waldorf curriculum is delivered by a qualified faculty supported by a governance philosophy that recognizes that institutional life is dynamic and must respond to changing needs. Organizational systems such as peer mentoring, self-review, and engagement in pedagogical research have resulted in a faculty dedicated to the growth and development of their skills. A commitment to insight and evaluation actively informs decision-making of the Administration and Board of Trustees.


Early Childhood Faculty


SRubinoffSu Rubinoff – Early Childhood Class Teacher

BS Natural Resources, University of Rhode Island

MS Remedial Education, Sunbridge College

Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate, Sunbridge College

Su has been teaching at MWS since 1992.

Su has been working with children in many capacities for over 35 years, ranging from camp counselor and director, cooperative extension agent working with agriculture and 4H clubs, to Peace Corp volunteer in the Philippines doing animal care and teaching children of various ages.  She has been to Africa twice to teach teachers about Waldorf Education. Su has many interests that she likes to bring into our curriculum including: being outside in nature and gardening, woodworking, cooking, crafts, singing, animals (she has chickens, bees, cats and dogs at home), yoga and more. Su is a Red Cross instructor and part of the disaster shelter team in South Kingstown. A true believer in peaceful resolutions, Su enjoys teaching a block in non-violence to the 8th grade class each year.

Su relates, “I am more passionate about Waldorf Education now then when I discovered it 32 years ago.  It helps bring the balance that is essential for children of today. I love ‘planting the seeds’ with children in Early Childhood.  I also enjoy working with parents and helping to share what I learned as a parent and what I know as an educator.”


NStVincentNancy St. Vincent – Early Childhood Class Teacher

BS Natural Resource Development and Education, University of Rhode Island

Attended Rudolf Steiner College summer workshops in MA and VT, WECAN Conferences, and international conferences held in NH.

Worked at MWS since 1999, is an Outward Bound Alumni, and Anthroposophical Society member.

Nancy notes, “Waldorf Education is compatible to my lifestyle and our family values. I read something out of Steiner’s lectures every day. Some days it may be a simple verse or re-reading a particular book that speaks to me. Working with children and being outdoors in nature has been a lifelong passion.”

Nancy has had goats in her life longer then her husband, to whom she has been married for 36 years! The goats share their riches of milk which she turns into cheese and soap. Two miniature donkeys joined their family four years ago.  Nancy loves gardening, especially growing garlic, and has begun dabbling in biodynamic agricultural practices. She considers herself a devout homebody and loves spending time with her family, especially their grandchildren.


Jocelyn Auld – Early Childhood Assistant and Camp Director

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JFrancisJane Francis – Kindergarten Assistant and Meadowlark Parent-Child Teacher

BS Human Development, SUNY Empire State

Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate, Sunbridge College

Jane has been working at MWS since 2008.

Jane grew up, and experienced her ‘first’ career in Management and Human Resources while living in England, Scotland, and Australia. She first discovered Waldorf education in the U.S. when looking for a holistic educational program for her own 4 year old daughter. Jane immediately fell in love with the focus on protecting childhood and the care of the natural world, and volunteered and worked in several Waldorf schools in Colorado, California, and New Jersey. With this deeper experience, she began to fully appreciate the philosophy that stands behind Waldorf education, and joined the first foundation studies program at the Princeton Waldorf School in 2004. Jane began Waldorf teaching for all grades in a biodynamic gardening program, but ultimately found that her heart lies in Early Childhood.

Jane worked at MWS alongside Nancy St Vincent for 8 years in the Primrose Early Childhood classroom before becoming the afternoon teacher in the Morning Glory Early Childhood classroom. She was delighted to start the Acorns Outdoor Parent Child program here, and is now leading our Parent Child program which allows more children to enjoy our programs and explore our beautiful land.

She relates, “Having taken the ‘leap of faith’ with both my (adult) children, I am happy to talk to parents about how this education really succeeds. With its strong foundation in early years development, the arts, and movement, it is an “alive’ academic curriculum that nurtures human relationships.”

Jane’s interests include bringing Waldorf education to all children, woodland work and play, fairy tales and marionettes, gardening, felting and beach walking.

 


Trissa Luzzi – Early Childhood Assistant

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Rebecca Moody – Early Childhood Assistant

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Matisse Silva – Extended Day Teacher

BA in Liberal Studies, minor in Child Development, California State University, Monterey Bay

Matisse Silva was born in Salinas, California, grew up in Rhode Island and attended MWS during that time. Matisse has experience in the public school settings with service learning in college and is eager to experience the other side of learning as a teacher. The Waldorf curriculum fascinates Matisse and she is eager to explore this innovative approach to schooling more in depth. She shares, “This is my first year teaching at MWS and I could not be any more excited and eager to come back to my childhood school.”  In her free time, Matisse enjoys swimming, writing, hiking, and teaching young children how to swim.

 


Elementary and Middle School Class Teachers


KBovingKristina Boving

BA Anthropology, University of Chicago

MA, PhD Archaeology, University of California-Los Angeles

Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate, Sunbridge College

Teaching grades at MWS since 2004, previously had been Waldorf German Teacher and Kindergarten Assistant; Member, Board of Trustees; Current Faculty Chair

Interests include travel, foreign languages, camping and hiking, skiing, and cooking- not necessarily in that order!

Kristina shares, “I love working at MWS because it is such a multifaceted job with a profound sense of community and caring. I get to do great things all day long with great kids and great colleagues. From art and music and poetry, to science, math and writing- the curriculum nurtures the children who come here, as well as the teachers (and hopefully parents as well).  It took me awhile to find it- but teaching at MWS is truly my vocation.”

 


Caitlin Costello

BA Studio Art/Art History, Wheaton College

Foundation Studies, Rudolf Steiner College

MEd, Antioch University New England

Caitlin Costello grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts and attended Wheaton College. Before coming to Meadowbrook, Caitlin has worked at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, Maine Coast Waldorf School and the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. She took a few years off to be a co-worker at the Camphill Village in Copake, New York and to begin her family. Caitlin is excited to be a member of this vibrant school community and also excited to again be in southern New England putting down roots . Her interests include making art of all kinds, classical piano, hiking, adventures in vegetable gardening, fending off coyotes from chickens and exploring the great outdoors with family.


AGilliganAndrew Gilligan

BA English, University of Vermont

Teacher Certification, University of North Carolina

M.Ed, Antioch University New England

Andrew Gilligan grew up in Littleton, Colorado. He returned to his family’s New England roots when he graduated from the University of Vermont. Then moving south to Asheville, North Carolina, he worked for four years at an independent school, the Rainbow Community School. During this time he studied Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education in a two-year Foundation Course through the Center for Anthroposophy – while embarking upon teacher certification at the University of North Carolina – and realized his teaching path lay within the Waldorf schools. At the age of 26, he moved to New Hampshire and earned a M.Ed. from Antioch University with certification in both Waldorf and public education. He joined Meadowbrook Waldorf School in 2013. He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society and the Avalon Initiative, a musician, an aspiring gardener, and a pretty good cook.


SGilliganSara Gilligan

BA English Literature and Philosophy, Evergreen State College

MEd, Antioch University New England

Sara Gilligan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy. Sara completed her training at Antioch University New England earning a Master’s in Education with a Waldorf teaching certificate and a NH certificate in elementary education. She joined Meadowbrook as a class teacher in 2013.

Waldorf education connects Sara to what she loves best: a sense of community, the outdoors, the performing arts, and being with children. Sara’s interest in Waldorf Education was first piqued by the opportunity to teach the same children for many years. Since entering the classroom, Rudolf Steiner’s theory of education is a real source of inspiration for Sara. Most influential to her is his belief that the class teacher should model for her students being a life-long learner; a person with infinite interest in the world and its diversity. Sara appreciates the wisdom of the Waldorf tradition, and the freedom she has within her classroom to hone her craft and teach the children in her care.

Sara is a cyclist, former front-woman of an all-girl band, and an amateur historian. She lives with her husband, Andrew, and a small frisky dog in Charlestown.


Karin Sastic

BM in Music with an Outside Field (Math), Mathematics minor, Ithaca College

Karin grew up in Cape Elizabeth, ME and attended Ithaca College in New York.  Karin has taught our Extended Day program which provides care for enrolled children after our school day ends and is currently a long-term substitute teacher.  Karin has more than three years experience working with children ages 3-18 in both private and public settings including camps, elementary and high schools.  She relates she is extremely interested in the Waldorf philosophy and is very excited to be joining the Meadowbrook community!  In her spare time, Karin enjoys hiking, reading, and trying new crafts.

 


HSchneiderHeather Schneider

BA, History and Anthropology, University of Rhode Island

Waldorf Teacher Certification, Sunbridge College

Biodynamic Farming/Gardening Certification, Pfeiffer Center

Teaching at Meadowbrook since 2000

Heather was drawn to Waldorf Education in 1995 when her daughter was just entering nursery school and Heather was taking classes towards a Master’s degree in Education.  The nurturing Waldorf-inspired nursery school was an immediate fit for their family.  Over the next few years, Heather learned about Waldorf Education as both a parent and a teacher; that learning has continued ever since.

Heather recalls, “Initially, I was drawn to the ideals of protecting and preserving childhood that I encountered in Waldorf kindergarten.  Later, I became inspired by the rigorous academic content that enables students to deeply experience subject matter in various ways.  I wish all children could experience a Waldorf Education.”

Committed to living in a sustainable manner, Heather loves that Waldorf students are able to experience the wonders of nature through science and stories, geometry and geography.  Both of Heather’s children graduated from MWS and are currently in college.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys yoga, reading, and gardening.  A member of her neighborhood CSA since 2000, Heather loves cooking with local, organic foods and baking with chocolate.  Happily, she has a class that loves cooking and eating almost as much as she does.


DCarlsonDiana Tesni

BA Public Relations, San Jose State University

MEd, Antioch University New England

Diana Tesni was “born and raised in San Jose,” in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. She received her BA in Public Relations from San Jose State University and spent many years living in San Francisco, where she worked in both corporate office management and as a doula/childbirth educator/yoga instructor for the homebirth community. She discovered Waldorf Education following the birth of her daughter and subsequently enrolled in Rudolf Steiner College. Following the birth of two additional daughters and a cross-country move to New England, she received her MEd from Antioch New England Graduate School in 2011. She has been a Waldorf class teacher since 2008, teaching at Tidewater School (now Seacoast Waldorf) in Eliot, Maine and Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York. She has been at Meadowbrook since 2013, and lives in West Kingston with her family. Diana loves reading, writing, singing, dancing, and the beautiful New England coast. She still does yoga when she can find the time.

Diana relays that, “Experiencing first-hand how Waldorf Education enabled our own three children to reach their potential inspires me to share this remarkable curriculum with others.”


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TGoldmanTricia Wolf Goldman

AA Liberal Arts, Community College of Rhode Island

BA Elementary Education, Rhode Island College

Waldorf Teacher Training, Antioch New England and Sunbridge College

Member, Board of Trustees

Patricia Wolf Goldman grew up in a large family in Cranston, Rhode Island. After high school, she traveled before earning her degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English and Writing. Tricia studied Waldorf Education at Antioch University and Sunbridge College and did her student teaching at Meadowbrook.  She had a family, and joined Meadowbrook as a Parent-Child Educator in 1999. Tricia then taught for four years in Early Childhood before taking her first First Grade class at Meadowbrook. She graduated her 8th Grade in 2012 and began teaching her current class in First Grade in the fall of 2012. Currently,Tricia is deeply engaged in her Fourth Grade class, Norse Mythology, her family, the art of language, and is fascinated by octopuses.


Music, Practical Arts, Movement, Agricultural Arts, and Foreign Language


BCarlsonBen Carlson – Woodwork Teacher

BFA, Painting, minor in Theater, New Mexico State University

Certified substitute teacher (NM, CA, RI)

Further studies in California, England, and the Center For Creative Studies in Detroit.

Other Interests:  Sailing, boatbuilding, vintage bicycles, and old cars, particularly Volvo station wagons.

Ben‘s work with children began in the mountains of New Mexico as a camp counselor.  After Art School, his interest in wood led to an apprenticeship as a piano technician, specializing in player pianos, and he also began substitute teaching.  As Ben states, teaching was where he “found his groove”.  An interest in sailing lead him to educational positions, including captain,  aboard various historic “tall ships”.  Eventually, combining his interest in sailing and craftsmanship, he found a job restoring old wooden boats and became obsessed.
He was introduced to Waldorf by the mother of his children and started working at the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Foundation, finding his way to Meadowbrook in the fall of 2014.

Ben sees the connection between craftsmanship and Waldorf Education, “It takes a lot of energy to do something more personal, more individualized.  It’s hard to find a group of people who really believe this and are actually committed to making the effort.”


AADudanne Duda – German Teacher

MS in Agricultural Engineering, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen/Germany

Taught Animal Nutrition Classes at Justus-Liebig University

Anne has taught at MWS since 2001.

Other Interests: Coaching and playing basketball. Assistant Head Coach of an AAU team winning the Div. 3 10th grade National Championship in July 2015. Played professional basketball for 10+ yrs on Division 1, 2 and 3 teams in Germany.

Anne was born in Wiesbaden, Germany.  After moving to the United States, she taught German to children at the YMCA, before joining MWS in 2001.  Her two daughters have attended MWS since nursery school.  Anne enjoys sharing her German heritage and culture with her students and feels Waldorf Education encourages students to become world citizens.


Teacher Logo-PicJeremy Fortier – Strings Teacher

 

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Kelly Hanks – Agricultural Arts

University of Rhode Island, B.S. Environmental Science (Honors)
Antioch University New England, M.S. Environmental Studies with Middle & High School Science Teaching Certificate
Taruna College, Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education
Kelly has been involved with Meadowbrook since 2008, working as a substitute, the Middle School Math Specialist, and now as the Nature Studies Special Subject Teacher.
Kelly is passionate about Waldorf education and bringing the love and awe of nature to her students. At home, she helps her husband on their farm, raising rare-breed chickens and goats, as well as a growing herd of dairy goats.
Waldorf education brings together everything that Kelly loves personally and professionally: art, nature, movement and guiding students through experiences in all three of these areas.

 

 


Devon Russo – Chorus / Singing Teacher

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SLaVigneSteve LaVigne – Movement Teacher

BA Sports Management, SUNY Cortland

Steve grew up in upstate NY with his mom, grandparents, and younger siblings. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Sports Management degree and worked as part of a youth basketball organization. Teaching children and adults with special needs at sports camps was something that largely shaped his path.

Steve relates, “Teaching has always been something I have felt very strongly about, but it took me a little longer to get there.  Moving to Rhode Island and becoming a part of the Meadowbrook community has been a true gift. I am very excited to be here.”


Ann Lewis – Handwork Teacher

BFA, University of Texas and graduate work in Textile Surface Design, University of Washington

Montessori Teacher Certificate, Primary Level, Northeast Montessori Institute

Ongoing Teacher Training in Handwork at Fibercraft Studio, Threefold Education Center

Ann grew up in Dallas, Texas and has lived in Rhode Island since 1999. Her mother taught her to knit when she was a child which started a life long love of all crafts, especially fiber crafts.  Ann began her teaching career with after school art classes and for many years was a Montessori teacher at the preschool/kindergarten level in Providence, Rhode Island. Ann lives with her husband, a high school math teacher and has one son who is a student at URI.

Tara McIntire – Handwork Teacher

BFA, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Rhode Island School of Design

Tara joined the Meadowbrook Community in 2012 when her two children were in kindergarten and the parent-child program. She joined the parent handwork group and thought, “If I were to ever teach, THIS would be an awesome place to be a teacher!” Tara started volunteering in handwork classes shortly after, eventually becoming Handwork Assistant, and is now the Handwork Teacher for grades 5-8.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys working creatively in fiber crafts, woodworking, metalwork, and even blacksmithing. She also enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, gardening, playing piano, swimming, and being in and near the ocean.


Teacher Logo-PicBill Ouimette- Recorder Teacher

William Ouimette attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music, studying recorder with John Kelsey, percussion with Tele Lesbines, and music theory with Howard Parsons. He further studied recorder at The Hartt College of Music with Gordon Smith.  Bill completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Rhode Island, and further studied recorder performance of 18th century music with Bernard Krainis of the New York Recorder Guild in New York City.  Mr Ouimette has performed recorder concerts in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and with the San Diego Renaissance Fair in Tempe, AZ.

 


Etta Parsons – Handwork Assistant

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Teacher Logo-PicJoe Smith – Recorder Teacher

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Administration and Staff


JCokerJacquelyn Coker – Office Manager

 

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Teacher Logo-PicFelicia Disano – Technology Coordinator

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Liz Dufresne – Reading Specialist

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JFarrellyJennifer Farrelly – Administrator

BA Accounting, Bethany College, Bethany, WV

Experience in Public Accounting and Business Management

Jenn has been a parent in the community since 1997.

Jenn has served the school in many capacities (from weeding to long range planning) over the years and considers her involvement with MWS as a blessing in her life.

“We were looking for a preschool for our 3 year old with no intention of staying beyond early childhood. We discovered an incredible education for all of our children and ourselves, a community to share our lives with, and an appreciation for simple living.  I consider it a privilege to be able to work collaboratively with our faculty and staff in support of the mission of MWS”.

Jenn and her husband are the proud parents of three Meadowbrook alumni and two current students, and are happy to share their observations of how this education continues to support their children.

They live in Jamestown where Jenn enjoys being with her family, spending time outdoors, gardening, and Svaroopa yoga.


Lin-1Lin Johnson – Resource Support Coordinator

BA Psychology, Simmons College

MBA Marketing and Finance, University of Rhode Island

Educational Support/Waldorf Remedial Education Certificate, Sunbridge College

Certified intelligence and developmental test administrator, Simmons College

Lin spent the early part of her career in community mental health, including a special education school and a child development center, working with children and young adults who struggled with learning, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges.  She first became acquainted with Waldorf Education during a college year abroad program living in Sweden and volunteering at a “Steiner School”.  While later serving as a program manager helping adults to live independently in the community, Lin became inspired by the same Waldorf principles and developed small business initiatives to employ her clients.  This experience led her to return to school for an MBA and move to the business sector for fifteen years as a Marketing Director.

Lin and her family have been a part of the Meadowbrook community for 22 years.  She co-founded the first parent organization, chaired the Holiday Faire, and worked as the Administrator.  For the past ten years, Lin has served as a remedial tutor, providing developmental and educational therapeutic support services to MWS children with learning challenges.

“This is the perfect job for me”, says Lin.  “It combines my knowledge of child development, bahavioral health, and learning challenges with my administrative and program development skills — all within a caring, learning community that encourages personal growth.  I love working collaboratively with parents and teachers as part of the Integrated Support Team to help children succeed in their journey at Meadowbrook.”

Lin enjoys international travel, reading, foreign languages, cooking, sailing, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends, including her young grandson.


CMartuscelloChristine Martuscello – Admissions Coordinator

BS Biology, University of Vermont

MS Nutritional Sciences, University of Vermont

Chris grew up in the Granite Capital of the World, Barre, Vermont. After graduating from the University of Vermont, she moved to Connecticut and spent 12 years as a bench biologist studying Osteoporosis and Muscle Frailty. She left corporate science after the birth of her eldest daughter. It was also through this daughter that she and her family discovered Meadowbrook Waldorf School. At Meadowbrook, her family discovered there was community of parents and teachers committed to honoring childhood while encouraging children to stretch academically, physically and socially. She is now Admissions Coordinator at Meadowbrook Waldorf School and spends her work life helping other families decide whether a Waldorf Education is right for them. She loves spending time with her daughters, and as an adult tries to incorporate some of the foundational ideas of the Waldorf Early Childhood curriculum into her daily life: spend time outdoors, have a rhythm to your days, explore the world with wonder, balance intellectual and creative activities, eat bread and share soup.


APalmerAndrew Palmer – Facilities Coordinator

Andrew Palmer is the proud holder of an education money can’t buy: 30 years in the skilled trades where he started as a laborer and worked his way up to lead AP Construction and Andrew Palmer Carpentry.   Andrew brings this vast and wide-ranging experience to facilities at MWS.  Andrew’s three children have been enrolled in Meadowbrook Waldorf School since Early Childhood, with a two year break abroad in New Zealand.  Andrew loves to garden and raise livestock with a goal of feeding his family year ’round with his hand-raised food. Andrew initially applied for this job because it would take him away from job sites, where he found he was spending too much time away from his family and missing birthday parties and other celebrations.

He found even more at MWS, “How surprised I was and how fortunate I am to watch the children move through their days at school.  They encourage me, and I hope others, to do what I can to support the school.


BRiunguBeth Riungu – Development Coordinator

Beth discovered Waldorf Education in 1987 while working as a registered nurse in her country of origin, the United Kingdom. She subsequently became a personal chef, working on ocean going yachts and at homes across America, before landing in Rhode Island.  She joined the Meadowbrook community in 2006 and her two children are now in middle school. Beth began working at MWS as a handwork then kindergarten assistant, developing a strong interest in anthroposophy.  She is passionate about community work and has a deep love of this community in particular.  She is an active member of the MPA and the Adult Education committee.

 


 

Board of Trustees

The Meadowbrook Waldorf School Board of Trustees is accountable for upholding the mission of the school and also accountable to the taxpayers for all legal matters.  Trustees are volunteers and include parents, faculty, community members, and a specialist in anthroposophy. The Board is not involved in day-to-day operations but is an independent advisory board, and focuses its energies on development and long range planning.


Board of Trustees


Kristina Boving – Trustee, Faculty Chair, Class Teacher

Raised in Wisconsin, Kristina earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and her MA and PhD in Archaeology from UCLA.  Kristina also holds a Waldorf Teacher Certificate from Sunbridge College and has been a Meadowbrook class teacher for over 10 years.  Kristina and her husband, Tom, live in Hope Valley and are the parents of three Meadowbrook alumni.

 

 

 


Jennifer Farrelly – Trustee, Administrator

As Administrator of MWS, Jennifer’s seat on the Board is as an ex-officio, non-voting member.   A native Rhode Islander, Jennifer received a BA in Accounting from Bethany College in West Virginia, and she brings her experience as both a public accountant and a business manager for a privately held corporation to her roles.  Jennifer lives with her husband, Steve, in Jamestown, and they are the parents of four Meadowbrook alumni and a current student.

 

 


Walt Galloway – Trustee

Walt was born in Illinois and moved to Wisconsin as a child.  He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, and earned a BA in Chemistry and a MS in Geochemistry from Brown University.  Following service in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Walt began working for the Environmental Protection Agency in many roles, most recently as an Environmental Scientist and Facilitator.  The grandfather of two Meadowbrook alumni, Walt lives in West Greenwich, with his wife, Hollie.

 

 


Patricia Wolf Goldman – Trustee, Class Teacher

Patricia grew up in a large family in Cranston, Rhode Island. After high school, she traveled before earning her degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English and Writing. Tricia studied Waldorf Education at Antioch University and Sunbridge College and did her student teaching at Meadowbrook.  She graduated her first 8th Grade in 2012 and began teaching her current class in First Grade in the fall of 2012. She resides with her husband, Phil in Warwick, and is the proud parent of two Meadowbrook alumni.

 

 


Tabitha Jorgensen – Board President

Tabitha grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a BA in Classics.  Tabitha was the Admissions Coordinator for 14 years at Meadowbrook and spent ten years teaching Latin and Greek to Meadowbrook middle school students.  She is currently an author residing in North Kingstown with her husband, Ray, and they are the parents of 3 Meadowbrook alumni and one current student.

 

 


Tom O’Brien – Trustee, Advisor

Tom O’Brien’s unique role on the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Board of Trustees is an advisory one. With his deep understanding and commitment to Anthroposophy, his role is to balance the functional tasks of the Board with the foundational principles.  Tom resides in Foster with his wife Barbara, and owns Mantlepeace Craft Brewed Cabinetry, a small custom cabinetry business, specializing in kitchen cabinetry.  They are the proud parents of three adult homeschooled children.

 

 


Doug Pearce – Trustee

Originally from Rochester, New York, Doug Pearce earned a BS in Package Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Doug is currently an Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer and resides in Westerly with his wife, Anne.  They are the parents of a Meadowbrook alumna and a current student.

 

 

 


Lorna Persson – Trustee

Lorna was born and raised on the Richmond, Rhode Island property that was to become the permanent home of Meadowbrook Waldorf School.   She received her BS in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island and was a research assistant at Pfizer.  Lorna now manages the Nordic Lodge, owned by their family, and she and her husband Steve are the parents of three Meadowbrook alumni.

 

 

 


Douglas Reilly – Trustee

Douglas was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Mathematics and Brown University with a MS and Ph.D. in Physics.  A former Assistant Professor for Research at Brown, Doug has held executive level positions at publicaly traded companies for over 15 years, currently as COO of The Bosworth Company.   Doug lives with his wife, Susan, in North Kingstown and they are the parents of two Meadowbrook alumni.

 

 


Lisa Richter – Trustee

Lisa was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  A graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Communications, she continued her education at the University of Rhode Island and received a Master in Library and Information Studies. Lisa is currently employed as a research and instruction librarian at Bristol Community College.  Lisa lives in South Kingstown with her husband, Matt, and they are the parents of two Meadowbrook alumni.

 

 


Amy Lloyd Rippe – Trustee, Faculty Mentor

Born in Pittsburg, PA, Amy received a BA in English, Speech and Theater, with a Germon Minor, from Indiana University of PA.  She later earned a MA in Directing from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.  Additionally, Amy received a conservatory degree from Trinity Rep Conservatory, and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University New England. Amy’s past experiences includes teaching theater as an adjunct professor at URI and Brown University, directing at both Providence College and Brown, as well as locally in Providence.  She held the positions of Associate Director of Conservatory at Trinity Rep, and Volunteer Coordinator in the Providence Public School system.  Amy was a class teacher at Meadowbrook from 1995-2013, and graduated three Grade 8 classes.  She lives with her husband, Mark in Kingtson, and they are the parents of two Meadowbrook alumni.

 


Mikhail Sagal – Board Secretary

Mikhail Sagal, a Waldorf School attendee, is a trustee and current Meadowbrook parent.  After earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, Mikhail founded Thermal Solution Resources, an LED lighting design and manufacturing company.  Mikhail resides in Wakefield, RI with his wife, Lisa, and they are the parents of two Meadowbrook students.

 

 

 


Stephen Thompson – Board Treasurer

Stephen was born in Providence and raised on a farm in East Greenwich.  He attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.   Stephen is currently employed as a Software Engineering Lead at Experian Automotive.  He lives with his wife, Mia, in East Greenwich and is the parent of a current Meadowbrook student.

 

 

 


 

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