The school's Advisory Council is made up of members of our community with a long-term connection to the school. They meet regularly to discuss questions and advise the school's Board and Administration.
Advisory Council Members
Anita Brewer-Siljeholm began as a parent at Cape Ann Waldorf School in the fall of 1999. Her daughter, Marian, graduated in 2008 and her son, David, was enrolled in the class of 2005 until his death in 2004. Anita graduated from Brandeis University in 1980 with a B.A. in literature and received an M.A. from Tufts University in environmental policy. She lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
Jenny Helmick has taught in various capacities in the CAWS middle school since 2000 (English, math, main lessons). She holds an A.B. from Harvard University in Social Studies and an M.S. from Tufts University in Environmental Health/Urban and Environmental Policy. She also completed the three summer sessions of the Waldorf High School Teacher Training (Life Sciences) in Wilton, NH. Jenny originally came to CAWS in 1991 as a parent (her daughter Adrienne, CAWS Class of 1999, has completed Master’s degrees in Psychology and International Education). When she is not at CAWS, she works at an environmental consulting firm, where she specializes in making complex scientific information engaging and accessible. She lives in Salem, MA.
Doug McGarrah is a partner at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. As Co-Chair of Foley Hoag LLP’s Real Estate and Development Practice and past Chair of the firm’s Administrative Law Department, Doug provides expert services to clients navigating at the intersection of business and government. For over 25 years, his clients have relied on his strategic advice, helping them manage government regulations and complete major development and infrastructure projects. Doug is a trained mediator and has served on Suffolk County and Norfolk County Superior Court Mediation Panels. He has mediated a variety of real estate, environmental and construction disputes, and represented clients on large scale projects in multi-party mediations.
In addition to his law practice, Doug has served on the following boards:
• Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Board (2003-present); Executive Committee (2008-present)
• Boston Harbor Island Alliance, Founding Board Member; Trustee, (2002-present); Chair (2011-present)
• A Better City, Member, (1995-present); Clerk (2011-present)
• Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2010-present).
Stephen G. Morison became involved with the Cape Ann Waldorf School in 1993 with the matriculation of his daughter Kate. His son Luke later attended as well. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for 8 years and was Treasurer of the school for 7 years. He has over 45 years of experience in structured finance, equipment leasing, and information technology.
He is a founder of 4 companies including a restaurant, an equipment leasing company, and two tax lien acquisition and servicing companies. He also worked for IBM, Bank New England, Bell Canada Enterprises, and KeyBank in a variety of executive positions. Mr. Morison is a graduate of Brown University and earned his MBA with honors from Babson College.
Karl Pulkkinen, a founding parent of the Cape Ann Waldorf School, has served in the capacities of Board member, Board Chair, head basketball coach for the Girls and assistant basketball coach for the Boys. Karl enjoys being at the founding of schools, as he is a founding faculty member of the Landmark School. He currently serves as the Public School Liaison/Guidance person at Landmark's Elementary-Middle School program in Manchester. Karl and his wife, Jane have had two sons, Joel, a graduate of the initial class at Cape Ann and Erik who graduated also from Cape Ann Waldorf. Currently Karl's granddaughter, Fiona, is in the fourth grade class at Cape Ann Waldorf.
Carrie Schuchardt came to Cape Ann Waldorf School in 1990, enrolling her daughter, Ethna Riley, in First Grade. Prior to her arrival she was for many years a parent at the Kimberton Waldorf School in Pa. where she lived as a co-worker in a Camphill Village. With her husband, John, Carrie founded the House of Peace in Ipswich, Ma,. An intentional therapeutic community welcoming refugees and victims of war. Several children from the House of Peace have attended Cape Ann Waldorf School over the past 23 years.
Roswitha Trayes, a Waldorf School graduate, came to the United States from Germany in 1955. She was born in Danzig, Germany where her mother was a leader in the northern branch of the Rudolph Steiner Society. After fleeing south from the oncoming Russian Army towards the end of World War II, the family settled in Stuttgart so that the children could attend the Waldorf School. Roswitha credits the Waldorf School and its teachers with having a profoundly positive impact on her life and future. It prompted her to co-found the Cape Ann Waldorf School which opened its doors in 1986 at their home in Gloucester. Roswitha started as a Trustee and served on the Board during the formative years. She remains in close contact with the Cape Ann Waldorf School and takes an active interest in its development. Roswitha and her husband William live in Rockport and built a successful real estate company in Gloucester, MA.