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20 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees


David Whitmore - President

David Whitmore grew up surrounded by Steiner kids but never had the pleasure of going to Waldorf School himself. His son Lucian has not been so unlucky having already attended the Ithaca Waldorf School as part of the Parent/Child, Nursery, and Kindergarten classrooms over the last four years. Lucian is currently in the Second Grade at IWS. David on the other hand graduated from Cornell University with an A.B. in Women's Studies and the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University with a Master's of Public Administration. After years of work in Ithaca not-for-profits, including Planned Parenthood and the Sciencenter, and two terms on Ithaca's Common Council, David currently serves as the Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development at Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences. David, his wife Sara and their son Lucian live in downtown Ithaca.


MaryAnn Albonisi - Secretary

MaryAnn Albonesi has been a dedicated volunteer at Stone Circle School and the Ithaca Waldorf School for more than ten years.  She has a been a member of the Finance and Tuition Assistance Committees since 2006, and joined the Board of Trustees in June of 2014.  She currently serves on the Board Strategic Planning and Policy Review Committees, where her talent for building networks and collaboration across constituencies has made her an important asset to our community.  MaryAnn has four children, the youngest of whom attended the Stone Circle School from 2005-2011 (1st-6th grades). After 16 years homeschooling and 27 years as caretaker for her mother, she looks forward to devoting her energies to the growth of the Ithaca Waldorf School.


Sarah Hesse - Vice President

Bio coming soon.

Cherie Wendelken - Member

Cherie Wendelken has been a supporter of the Ithaca Waldorf School since 2005, when her youngest son attended Karen Lonsky's Waldorf kindergarten. She received a PhD in architectural history from MIT and was on the faculty of Harvard University for ten years. She has served on numerous boards including the Sciencenter of Ithaca, the Domini Foundation in New York, and Mayo Street Arts in Portland, Maine. She is currently a Director of the Brooks Family Foundation with special interests in underserved youth, cultural diversity, and educational innovation. 


Dre Alary - Treasurer

Dre graduated from Princeton University and is a senior manager for Accenture, a multinational consulting firm. She has been volunteering at the Ithaca Waldorf School since 2014. Dre brings her extensive finance and corporate strategy experience to her new role as the IWS Treasurer. Dre’s three children attend the Ithaca Waldorf School in the Early Childhood program. She and her partner live on West Hill.

Claire HuygheGrades Faculty Rep

Devon BuckleyEarly Childhood Faculty Rep