Canterbury Foundation

Board of Directors
Timothy E. Ash
Hollis T. Bierman
Timothy S. Borne
Kathryn D. Callen
William R. Cast
Carl J. Gehres
Robert W. Godley
Frank J. Gray
Jonathan M. Hancock
George B. Huber
Anne M. Karr
Michelle M. Rousseff Kemp
N. Shepard Moyle
Janet W. Paflas
Michael V. Parrott
Frances M. Pasalich
Jeanette D. Schouweiler
Gregg C. Sengstack
Todd R. Stephenson
David A. Stewart
Kathleen M. Summers
Richard D. Waterfield
Nancy A. Westfall
Peter C. Wilson

Canterbury School is a non-profit educational organization with a self-electing Board of Trustees. The three primary roles of the Board of Trustees are to establish policies and plans in support of the adopted school mission, to focus on long-range and strategic goals, and to ensure responsible stewardship of the school’s fiscal and physical resources. The Board of Trustees is assisted in its support of the mission of the school by the Canterbury Foundation, whose members are appointed by the school's Board of Trustees, and who manage and direct the school's endowment.


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The Board of Trustees of Canterbury School is charged with the responsibility to ensure that the school’s mission is implemented and supported in four major areas:

  1. Establishing general policies that server to guide the school’s programs and practices.
  2. Providing the necessary facilities and equipment for the operation of the school.
  3. Ensuring appropriate stewardship of the school’s financial resources.
  4. Appointing and supporting a Headmaster who is responsible for the administration of the school.


In order to fulfill its mission, the Board of Trustees has established the following goals:

  • The Board, with the guidance of the headmaster, establishes and reviews the school’s mission, develops strategic, long term plans, and formulates general policies to accomplish the school’s objectives.
  • The Board reviews the school’s policies and programs to make sure they are appropriate, effective and well-managed.
  • The Board monitors the school’s financial management, approving and reviewing the operating budget and designated capital expenditures, and bearing primary responsibility for the necessary fundraising programs.
  • The Board establishes appropriate committees to fulfill its duties to the school.
  • The Board delegates administration of the school to the Headmaster and those responsible for the operation of the school through and effective administrative structure.
  • The Board commits itself to ongoing growth and improvement through an effective self-evaluation system.


The following Principles of Good Practice are set forth by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to provide a common perspective on the responsibilities of independent school boards. The board and the head work in partnership in fulfilling these principles.

  1. The board adopts a clear statement of the school's mission, vision and strategic goals, and establishes policies and plans consistent with this statement.
  2. The board reviews and maintains appropriate bylaws that conform to legal requirements, including duties of loyalty, obedience and care.
  3. The board assures that the school and the board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action. The board creates a conflict of interest policy that is reviewed with, and signed by, individual trustees annually.
  4. The board accepts accountability for both the financial stability and the financial future of the institution, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming primary responsibility for the preservation of capital assets and endowments, overseeing operating budgets, and participating actively in fund raising.
  5. The board selects, supports, nurtures, evaluates, and sets appropriate compensation for the head of school.
  6. The board recognizes that its primary work and focus are long-range and strategic.
  7. The board undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the plan, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, the head of school and the board itself.
  8. The board keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies and communicates its decisions widely, while keeping its deliberations confidential.
  9. Board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school.
  10. The board works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the board and its committees.
  11. As leader of the school community, the board engages proactively with the head of school in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice.
  12. The board is committed to a program of professional development that includes annual new trustee orientation, ongoing trustee education and evaluation, and board leadership succession planning.

The NAIS Principles of Good Practice for member schools define high standards and ethical behavior in key areas of school operations to guide schools in becoming the best education communities they can be. Accordingly, membership in NAIS is contingent upon agreement to abide by "the spirit" of the PGPs. Principles are precepts grounded in an ethic and ethos of “doing the right thing.” Practices are common activities.



The April 21 board meeting included a report from Dianne Witwer on the results from the 2014 Laughing Cavalier event. Significant positives were first time attendees and bidders for both the January event and the online auction. Business sponsorships were also accepted this year for the first time. Strategies for the 2015 event were also discussed. Congratulations and thank you to the 2014 chairs: Kathi Stronczek, Cathy Diamente and Megan Campbell.

Pete Wilson also reviewed Canterbury Fund revenues which, like Laughing Cavalier, funds school operations. Bill Fisher, chair of the Personnel Committee gave an overview of committee work this year. Jim Kunce reviewed the income and expense summary. Surplus monies are being transferred to an HVAC fund as that major expenditure is being planned for the upcoming years.

Marcia Crawford, Governance Committee chair, presented a slate of trustees nominated to the board for a three-year term beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. They were voted in unanimously and include Chad Bechert, Henry Nadjeski, Glen Dixon, Vicki Grabowski, Deborah Parrott Johnson and Laurie Spindler.

Serving as officers for 2014-2015 will be Todd Stephenson, chair; Jennifer Haines, vice chair; Todd Jacobs, treasurer; and Jeanette Schouweiler, secretary.

The board also discussed ways to make the Educational Programs Committee more effective. Trustees will be convening in a retreat format on Saturday, May 10, with the school’s department chairs to discuss curriculum planning for the next five years.


Sarah Ayres Craig is serving her first term on the CS board. She is on the Finance Committee. Sara is the vice president and dealer principal for Don Ayres Honda. She has children in LS and MS.

Bill Fisher is on the Board Personnel 
Committee. He is the senior vice 
president of global human 
resources at Zimmer. 

Betsy Galliher serves on the 
marketing committee and is active 
in fundraising including chairing 
Laughing Cavalier and the Canterbury 
Fund. She has four children MS and HS.

Carl Gehres is the Foundation Representative. Carl represents the Foundation Board and serves on the Finance Committee chair. He has a CPA in public accounting. He has been involved with Canterbury for 19 years and is the parent of an alum.
Laurie Gray is the current Parent Association President and serves on the education committee. She is an adjunct professor at Indiana Tech and an author. Her student attends MS and she has two step children who are alums.
Jennifer Haines is the CS Board Vice Chair and Marketing Committee Chair. With her CPA background, she helped develop the school's SCRIP program. She has students in MS and HS.
Headmaster Jonathan Hancock teaches MS Latin and has three students who graduated from Canterbury.

Jennifer Dawes Hobbs is a Canterbury alum. She was in the very first, Grade 1 class when the school was founded in 1977. She is married to a Canterbury grad and their two children also attend Canterbury. This is her first board term.

George Huber is a past board 
chair.  He serves on the Finance 
Committee  and the Foundation
Board. He is the founder/president
of Equity Investment Group.

 Todd Jacobs  is the CS Board 
Treasurer and is Finance Committee
Chair. He is the CFO for Equity 
Investment Group. His children 
attend HS and LS. 
Jim Kunce is serving his first 
board term. Certified in Six Sigma, 
Jim is the chief actuary and senior 
vice president of Medical Protective. 
He has one alum student and one in MS.
 Byron Lamm serves on the 
Development Committee. 
He is actively involved in the 
community serving on the Indiana 
Policy Review Foundation and Roe
Foundation Boards as well as the 
Boys & Girls Club Community Advisory 
Board.  He has two students in MS and HS. 
Mick McCollum has been with Canterbury as a parent since the beginning and has four alumni children. He now is a Canterbury grandparent. He has most recently chaired the Personnel and Facilities Committees. He serves as the interim vice president of economic development for Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

 Shep Moyle led the task force on
1:1 computing, and led initiatives in 
athletics and the marketing task force.
 He serves on the Finance and
Technology Committees. Shep is the
president and CEO of Shindigz.
He has two Canterbury alums and
one student in HS.


2014-2015 TRUSTEES

Todd R. Stephenson, Chairman
  Jennifer G. Haines, Vice Chairman
Jeanette D. Schouweiler, Secretary
Todd M. Jacobs, Treasurer
Carl J. Gehres, Foundation Representative
Lisa A. Smits, Parent Association President
Laurie A. Gray, Parent Association Past President

Stephen C. Presser, Alumni Association President

Chad B. Bechert
           Sara Ayres Craig            
Glen H. Dixon
William P. Fisher
Betsy M. Galliher
Vicki J. Grabowski
Jonathan M. Hancock
Jennifer L. Hobbs
Byron S. Lamm
Deborah Parrott Johnson
James D. Kunce
Michael E. McCollum



N. Shepard Moyle 
Henry Najdeski
Cookye Rutledge

Gregg C. Sengstack
Laurie Spindler
Thomas T. Teel
Laurence M. Weigand
Peter C. Wilson
William W. Wilson