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
Paul W. (Sonny) Smith  
Todd R. Stephenson
David A. Stewart
Kathleen M. Summers
Richard D. Waterfield
Nancy A. Westfall
Peter C. Wilson

The Canterbury Foundation is a nonprofit corporation founded with the purpose of stewarding the endowment for Canterbury School. The Canterbury Foundation is governed by a board of directors who are appointed by the Canterbury School Board of Trustees. The primary responsibility of the foundation is to manage and grow the endowment in support of the school’s mission and programs.  

C anterbury 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.



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.



Development: Bill Wilson, Chair

Beth Bechdol, Marsha Bormann, Anita Cast, Megan Campbell, Glen Dixon, Sandy Frappier, Jonathan Hancock, Hope Huber, Susan Johnson, Tom Kus, Byron Lamm, Todd Opacinich, Debbie Parrott Johnson, Melinda Perry, Steve Presser, Emily Roussel, Paul Sauerteig, Jeanette Schouweiler, Laurie Spindler, Nancy Westfall, Pete Wilson, Mary Yurkanin

Facilities: Larry Weigand, Chair

Judy Anderson, Chad Bechert, Jerry Belcher, Kevan Biggs, Andy Brooks, Jonathan Hancock, Jeremy Hatfield, Tom Losher, Ben Ottenweller, Mick McCollum, Paula Pritchard, Bob Schantz, Gregg Walbridge, Steve Zacher

Finance: Todd Jacobs, Chair

Jerry Belcher,  Kelly Borror,  Sara Craig,  Glen Dixon,  Carl Gehres,  Jennifer Haines,  Jonathan Hancock,  Jim Kunce,  Mick McCollum,  Shep Moyle,  Bruce Scott,  Gregg Sengstack,  Laurie Spindler,  Todd Stephenson,  Eric Ward,  Bill Wilson,  Matt Wojewuczki

Governance: Gregg Sengstack, Chair

Jennifer Haines,  Jonathan Hancock,  Jen Hobbs,  Henry Najdeski,  Jeanette Schouweiler,  Todd Stephenson,  Larry Weigand

Marketing Committee:  Betsy Galliher, Chair

Vicki Grabowski, Jennifer Haines, Debbie Parrott Johnson, Steve Presser, Cookye Rutledge, Jeanette Schouweiler, (administration) Karen Belcher, Jonathan Hancock, Susan Johnson, Krista Lohmar, Ben Ottenweller 

  • Marketing - Strategies Subcommittee:  Betsy Galliher, Chair
    Marlene Fisher,  Jennifer Haines,  Debbie Parrott Johnson,  Steve Presser,  Brad Stinson,  Tom Teel, (administration)  Karen Belcher,  Jonathan Hancock,  Susan Johnson,  Krista Lohmar,  Ben Ottenweller,  Paula Pritchard
  • Marketing - Events Subcommittee: Vicki Grabowski, Chair
    Kerry Antonuccio (Bierbaum),  Heather Backs,  Tania Boyd,  Chris Collins,  Marlene Fisher,  Paula Garrett,  Lindsay Herr,  Cynthia Kent,  Amelia McArdle,  Sarah Najdeski,  Kristen Pine,  Laura Reiss,  Diana Rockey,  Jill Schlabach,  Lesli Scarbeary,  Jeanette Schouweiler,  Brad Stinson,  Mary Yurkanin, (administration)  Karen Belcher,  Jonathan Hancock,  Susan Johnson,  Krista Lohmar,  Ben Ottenweller,  Paula Pritchard  

Personnel:  Bill Fisher, Chair

Jerry Belcher, Bobbie Crutchfield, Frank Gray, Jonathan Hancock, Pam Kelly, Henry Najdeski, Tony Stites, Tom Teel, Eric Ward

Diversity Task Force: Shep Moyle, Chair

Preeti Dembla,  Saad Ghazali,  Maria Ijomanta,  Anu Lal,  Cookye Rutledge,  Todd Stephenson,  Christine Swift,  Katie Burrows,  Ed Chiang  

Program Planning Committee: Jennifer Hobbs, Chair

Libby Ash,  Matt Bechdol,  Mick McCollum,  Molly Sigler,  Pete Wilson,  Katie Burrows,  Ben Ottenweller,  Paula Pritchard,  Bob Schantz,  Jonathan Hancock





Meet our Trustees

  • Todd Stephenson, Chair

    Todd Stephenson currently serves as the Canterbury School Board of Trustees chair and on the Canterbury Foundation Board.

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  • Jennifer Haines, Vice Chair

    Jennifer Haines is the current vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Canterbury School and the co-chair of the Head of School Search Committee. She also served two years as the parent chair of the Canterbury Fund, assisted in establishing the school’s SCRIP program, chaired the Enrollment Task Force and Financial Aid Task Force, chaired the Board Marketing Committee and currently sits on the Governance Committee and the Finance Committee.

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  • Todd M. Jacobs, Treasurer

    Todd Jacobs serves as the Treasurer for the Board of Trustees at Canterbury School. He also chairs the Finance Committee. Todd and his wife, Kristie, have three sons, alum Trevor ’13, Spencer, who will graduate from Canterbury in 2015 and Parker, a third grader at Oakview.

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  • Jeanette D. Schouweiler, Secretary

    Jeanette Schouweiler is the secretary of the Board of Trustees of Canterbury School and a member of the Foundation.

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  • Carl J. Gehres, Foundation Representative

    Carl Gehres currently serves on the Canterbury Foundation and on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees as Foundation Representative. In addition to Foundation Representative, he previously served as treasurer of the Board of Trustees.

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  • Lisa Smits, Parent Association President

    Lisa Smits serves on the Canterbury board of Trustees as the president of the Parent Association. She also has volunteered in many ways in the classroom and at school events.

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  • Laurie A. Gray, Parent Association Past President

    Laurie Gray serves on the Canterbury Board of Trustees ex oficio as the immediate past president of the Parent Association.

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  • Stephen C. Presser, Alumni Association President

    Steve Presser '95 has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees as the president of the Alumni Association since 2012. He has chaired the Marketing Analytics Research and Communications task force and worked on committees and task forces in Development, Marketing, Technology and Strategy.

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  • Chad Bechert

    Chad Bechert has served on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees since 2014 and is a member of the Facilities Committee.

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  • Sara Ayres Craig

    Sara Ayres Craig serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees and is a member of the Finance Committee. She also volunteers as a parent in the classroom and for school events.

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  • Glen Dixon

    Glen Dixon joined the Board of Trustees for Canterbury School in 2014 and is a member of the Finance Committee and Investment Committee. In 2014 Glen served on a banking relationship task force.

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  • Bill Fisher

    Bill Fisher currently serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees, is chair of the Personnel Committee and is co-chair of the Head of School Search Committee.

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  • Betsy Galliher

    Betsy Galliher is a member of the Board of Trustees, and currently serves as the Marketing Committee chair. She has volunteered at Canterbury in a variety of roles, including as the chair for the Canterbury Fund and the Laughing Cavalier.

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  • Victoria Grabowski

    Victoria Grabowski joined the Canterbury Board of Trustees in 2014. She has volunteered in many ways at school including as the Parent Association’s Early Childhood representative and Cavalier Clothing Company co-chair, and for the past two years the Events/Marketing Committee chair.

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  • Jonathan Hancock, Headmaster

    Jonathan Hancock teaches seventh grade Latin in addition to his Headmaster duties. He also serves on the school’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board

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  • Jennifer L. Hobbs

    Jennifer Hobbs currently serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees and sits on the Governance Committee. She is chair of the Curriculum Planning Task Force. She also has served two years on the Education Committee.

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  • Debbie Parrott Johnson

    Debbie Parrott Johnson attended Canterbury the year it opened in 1977 and was part of Canterbury’s first graduating class in 1987. Her parents, Mick and Kathy Parrott, are founders. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and serves on several board committees.

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  • James D. Kunce

    Jim Kunce currently serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees and is a member of the Finance Committee.

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  • Byron S. Lamm

    Byron Lamm has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees since 2005. He serves on the Development Committee and has chaired a task force reviewing responses to the Parent Survey. During the 2015 – 2016 school year, he will chair the Community Advisory Board.

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  • Mick McCollum

    Mick has been a member of the Canterbury Board of Trustees for more than 25 years. He has chaired the Facilities and Personnel Committees and has served on the Finance Committee for several years.

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  • Shep Moyle

    Shep Moyle has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees since 1997 and the Canterbury Foundation since 2013. He has chaired the Facilities Committee and chaired board task forces in Affordability, Athletics, Marketing, Technology and Diversity.

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  • Henry P. Najdeski

  • Cookye Rutledge

    Cookye Rutledge serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees and sits on the Diversity Intiative Review Committee. She is past Chair of the Education Committee. Cookye has been involved in volunteer work at Canterbury School since 1994.

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  • Gregg Sengstack

    Gregg Sengstack has given his time to Canterbury in a variety of ways since becoming a Canterbury parent in 1997. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees in the role of past chairman and is a member of the Canterbury Foundation and Canterbury Joint Investment Committee. Previous roles on the Board of Trustees include treasurer and chairman.

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  • Laurie Spindler

    Laurie Spindler serves on Canterbury School’s Board of Trustees as well as the Finance Committee, chairing the Investment Committee and banking relationship task force. She also serves on the Development Committee and co-chaired the Canterbury Fund in 2014-2015. Laurie attended Canterbury on its first day in 1977 and her parents, Bill Spindler and Janet Crump, are founders of the school.

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  • Thomas T. Teel

    Tom Teel has served on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees for the last 8 years. He has been active on the Development, Personnel and Marketing committees, and was on the steering committee for the school’s Legacy of Learning capital campaign.

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  • Larry Weigand

    Larry Weigand currently serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees since 2004, is chair of the Facilities Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee.

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  • Peter C. Wilson

    Pete Wilson has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees since 2001. He has served in many roles including Development Committee chair, and is a past Board of Trustees chair. He also serves Canterbury Foundation Board which manages Canterbury School’s endowment.

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  • William W. Wilson

    Bill Wilson has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees since 2010. He is a member of the Finance Committee and is current chairman of the Development Committee.

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