Tamarack Waldorf School

Our Board

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Tamarack Board of Trustees 2014-2015

Ryan Hundt, President

A licensed architect in the State of Wisconsin, Ryan has been practicing in Milwaukee since moving back from Portland, Oregon, where he was a graduate student in the newly accredited University of Oregon – Portland program focusing on urban growth and urban design. Ryan’s wife, Jodi, is 2nd grade class teacher at Tamarack Waldorf School. They have two children enrolled at Tamarack, Anna and David. Ryan joined the Board of Trustees during the summer of 2010 and has served on the Enrollment Committee since 2008. Since first experiencing the school through his wife’s journey completing the Waldorf Teacher Training and taking on a class of students, Ryan has come to value deeply the spirit and intent of Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. Ryan’s appreciation has grown because of the joyful, creative, social beings his children are becoming. Service to the board is his way of giving back to the school and helping it grow.

Brooke Cardarella, Vice President

Brooke is an HR professional focusing on organization & talent development, change management, and driving a culture of engagement. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and is currently employed by GE Healthcare.  She’s been in the Milwaukee area for just over three years and joined the Tamarack Board of Trustees in the summer of 2014. Tamarack is her first exposure to the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, but she instantly connected with the philosophies and approach to educating our children. Brooke is passionate about education and ensuring that all children have access to a safe, nurturing, and adaptive learning environment; service on the board is her way to contributing to our community.

Christopher Zamzow, Treasurer

Chris joined the board as Treasurer with Finance Committee experience previously. He has a BA in Communications & Business Management from Ottawa University and currently works as a Donor Database Analyst in the Development department for Next Door Foundation. His wife this year became the Sunshine Garden teacher, and both children attend Tamarack. Chris’s favorite thing about Waldorf education is the knowledge that children in Waldorf schools are not forced to sit at their desks for 6+ hours a day, being lectured. Instead, they learn through play, art, story telling, and using their imaginations. Chris joined the Tamarack board as a way to give back to the school and assist in making sure Waldorf education will be available to such a diverse enrollment for years to come. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with family out in nature, especially on walks/hikes, biking, or camping.

Cheryl Blue, Secretary

Cheryl Blue is a native of Milwaukee and is a proud graduate of North Division High School. Cheryl attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Race and Ethnic Studies. After college, she moved to Philadelphia where she worked for over 15 years for non-profit organizations in the area of youth development. Cheryl has created and implemented numerous innovative youth programs for black and Latino youth, her primary focus being on educating youth of color about the vast historical contributions of their people, a history and culture that is unfortunately absent in the curriculum of most schools in America. Cheryl is drawn to Waldorf education because of its nurturing environment and its focus on developing the artistic nature of children. Her daughter is in the 1st grade.

John Germanotta, Community Member

John is serving his first term on the board. He is an attorney who has practiced law with the firm of Ziino, Germanotta, Knoll and Christensen, a firm that traces its roots on Brady Street to 1946 and has been located at Brady and Farwell for more than 35 years. He graduated from Shorewood High School, DePauw University and Marquette Law School. He serves on various boards, including the Brady Street Area Association, North Shore Kiwanis and Nia Imani Family. Although he has resided in the North Shore area almost his entire life, he has a keen interest in the Brady Street neighborhood and in helping Tamarack Waldorf School continue to grow as a valuable asset to this part of Milwaukee.

Isabella Gargiulo, Parent

Isabella has recently joined the board after having been a Tamarack parent since 2006, when her eldest daughter (now in Grade 2) first joined the Joy of Learning playgroup as a baby. Isabella also has a son in the Sunshine Garden, and is co-chair of Tamarack’s Diversity Committee.

Her interest in Waldorf education dates back to her own experience as a high school student at the Escola Waldorf Rudolf Steiner in Sao Paulo (founded in 1955), Brazil. She went on to study Fine Art at the Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo, while also deeply involved with the women’s movement in South America through various grassroots activities. Isabella immigrated to the US in 2003, and after several years dedicated to improving her English, went back to school as a parent and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Communication and a certification in Conflict Resolution from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also taught Portuguese classes. She currently works for the Argosy Foundation in Milwaukee, where she manages grants, produces research, and generally finds fertile ground for her love of numbers. In her free time, Isabella enjoys spending time with her partner Dan (a local filmmaker), antiquing, eating great food, exploring Milwaukee’s hidden gems, or just relaxing at home with the family.

Tamika Lydell Kelly, MBA, Community Member

Tamika is a self-proclaimed business guru who holds an associate’s degree in Accounting from Milwaukee Area Technical College; a bachelor’s degree in Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has dedicated her life to mentoring and educating children. This is evidenced by her previous employment at Milwaukee Public Schools for nearly a decade as both a Safety Assistant and Teacher at area high schools. Tamika is also a licensed foster parent who has accepted many children into her home and raised them as her own until they were reunified with their parents/guardians. Consequent to her time spent around children, Tamika is confident that traditional formats of educating children are ineffective due to the growing number of special education recipients. Therefore, education should be multifaceted, just like the human brain and Waldorf instruction are. By joining the Tamarack board, Tamika is hoping to continue making a difference in the lives of children as she follows her other passions, which include entrepreneurship, management, and business consulting. Tamika also assists on several other boards: The House of Kings & Priests, Milwaukee Kickers, and The Nice Foundation.

Sondra Reyes, Faculty

Sondra grew up in Watertown and came to Milwaukee as a Marquette University student, majoring in Communications. Sondra previously worked at LifeWays Milwaukee, a Waldorf-inspired daycare, before being hired as a grades teacher at Tamarack. She is beginning her second 8-year cycle as a teacher, having graduated Tamarack’s 8th grade Class of 2014 and returning to 1st grade this year.  Sondra has Waldorf Teaching Certification from the Great Lakes Teacher Training Institute and is on Tamarack’s Festivals Committee. She and her husband Joey welcomed a son in November 2013. In addition to enjoying new parenthood, Mrs. Reyes enjoys hiking with her dog Elvira, camping, crafts, knitting and sewing.

Brian Gleichauf, High School Faculty

Brian Gleichauf began his career teaching science in the public school system, first in Michigan, then in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Theology from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Waldorf High School Teacher Training Certificate from the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. After his public school experience, Brian worked for three years as a church outreach and youth director, returning to teaching after discovering Waldorf methods in 2000. He has not looked back since. Brian currently teaches sciences and mathematics at the high school and middle school levels. He also enjoys and spearheads environmentally focused projects including urban agriculture, alternative transportation, recycling, worm composting and beekeeping. Brian’s family consists of his wife, Jennifer, a Presbyterian minister currently serving at an independent Congregationalist church on the north shore; his daughter Evangeline, age 1; and his dog, Oliver, who is a very good dog. Brian is quite excited to be joining the Tamarack faculty and larger community in the new high school endeavor.

Jean Kacanek, Administrator

Jean attended the Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school student before earning a B.A. in Music Education and a M.M. in Woodwind Performance from the University of Michigan. She taught music in Michigan and Kansas before taking positions as director of Project CREATE and music instructor at Carroll College. Jean began her Waldorf administration work at Prairie Hill Waldorf School where she served for four years, becoming administrator at Tamarack in January 2003. She has served on the Board since July of 2003 and is active on the Site, Finance and Board Development Committees, is a member of the faculty Administrative Working Group and chair of the Leadership Group. She enjoys spending family time with her son Keith, a graduate of Tamarack’s Class of 2005, and her husband Hal, a music educator. Jean values Waldorf Education for its richness, breadth and depth both academically and socially. The curriculum, including the arts, is beautifully designed to meet the children where they are developmentally in their emotional and intellectual lives. Without being aware of how much they are learning, they are eminently prepared for high school with a wide variety of capacities.

Andrew Schimek, Community Member

Andrew is a Financial Planner affiliated with Northwestern Mutual who is serving his first term on the Tamarack board. Andrew has a BA in History and is married to Emily. Andrew said he wants his community to be better by having him in it, and since he believes the future is as bright as we create it to be, he is determined to give to the community. His hobbies are travelling, entertaining friends, spending time by the lake (weather permitting), and making the community a better place.

Ann Burfeind, Community Member

Ms. Burfeind is a former Class Teacher at Tamarack, graduating the Class of 2009. She grew up on a farm in Minnesota. She attended Winona State University (Winona, MN), Taruna College for Anthroposophical Adult Education in New Zealand, and received her Masters in Waldorf Education from Antioch University (Antioch, NH). Ms. Burfeind is now a priest in the Christian Community Church, based in the Chicago area. In her free time she enjoys caning chairs, handcrafts, and swimming in clear, cold, water.

Jill Herbst, Grandparent

Biography to come.


Tamarack Advisory Board IMG_2949

The Tamarack Waldorf School Advisory Board is organized to support the Board of Trustees. Members are drawn from a pool of active, former board members who continue to offer their services to Tamarack. This year’s Advisory Board members include (l-r back to front): Mary Anne Revolinski, Mary Reilly, Susie Ralston, Ryan Hundt (current board president), Sally Lewis, Cassandra Zumstein, Tim Hunter, and Kathy Lake. Not pictured are: Ed Krishok and Alden Taylor. We are so grateful to these dedicated volunteers for their work on behalf of Tamarack!

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