Canterbury Foundation

Board of Directors
Hollis T. Bierman
Timothy S. Borne
Kathryn D. Callen
William R. Cast
Carl J. Gehres
Robert W. Godley
Frank J. Gray
Jennifer G. Haines
Jonathan M. Hancock
George B. Huber
Anne M. Karr
James D. Kunce
 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  
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, Lindsay Chaille, Glen Dixon, Sandy Frappier, Jonathan Hancock, Hope Huber, Susan Johnson, Tom Kus, Debbie Parrott Johnson, Melinda Perry, Emily Roussel, Paul Sauerteig, Jeanette Schouweiler, Colette Slyby, Nancy Westfall, Pete Wilson, Matt Wojewuczki, Mary Yurkanin

Facilities: Larry Weigand, Chair

Cherie Bowen, Katie Burrows, Jerry Belcher, Kevan Biggs, Andy Brooks, Jonathan Hancock, Jeremy Hatfield, Tom Losher, Ben Ottenweller, Mick McCollum, Bob Schantz, Gregg Walbridge, Steve Zacher

Finance: Jim Kunce, Chair

Femi Balogun, Jerry Belcher,  Kelly Borror,  Sara Craig,  Glen Dixon,  Carl Gehres,  Jennifer Haines,  Jonathan Hancock,  Todd JacobsMick McCollum, Shep Moyle, Bruce Scott, Gregg Sengstack, Laurie Spindler, Todd Stephenson, Eric Ward

Governance: Todd Stephenson, Chair

Jennifer Haines,  Jonathan Hancock,  Jen Hobbs,  Henry Najdeski,  Larry Weigand, Nancy Westfall

Marketing Committee:  Vicki Grabowski, Chair

Preeti Dembla, Matt Bechdol, Spencer Feighner, Jennifer Haines,  Debbie Parrott Johnson,  (administration)  Karen Belcher,  Jonathan Hancock,  Susan Johnson,  Krista Lohmar,  Ben Ottenweller  

  • Marketing - Strategies Subcommittee:  Debbie Parrott Johnson , Chair
    Preeti Dembla, Glen Dixon, Marlene Fisher, Lisa Smits, Alisa Stovall,  Tom Teel, Sue Wojewuczki, (administration)  Karen Belcher, Cherie Bowen, Jonathan Hancock,  Susan Johnson,  Krista Lohmar,  Ben Ottenweller
  • Marketing - Events Subcommittee: Vicki Grabowski, Chair
    Kerry Antonuccio (Bierbaum),  Heather Backs,  Megan Blackburn, Tania Boyd, Chris Collins, Erin Erb, Marlene Fisher,  Carmen FredrickLindsay Herr, Cynthia Kent, Amelia McArdle,  Kristen Pine,  Patricia ReevesDiana Rockey,  Jeni Scheiber, Jill Schlabach, Brad Stinson, Mary Yurkanin, (administration) Karen Belcher,  Cherie Bowen, Jonathan Hancock, Susan Johnson, Krista Lohmar, Ben Ottenweller  

Personnel:  Bill Fisher, Chair

Jerry Belcher, Bobbie Crutchfield, Diane Dikeolakos, Frank Gray, Jonathan Hancock, 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

  • Jennifer Haines, Board of Trustees Chair

    Jennifer Haines is the new 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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  • Larry Weigand, Vice Chair

    Larry Weigand serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees as the vice chair. He is chair of the Facilities Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee.

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  • Henry P. Najdeski, Secretary

  • James D. Kunce - Treasurer

    Jim Kunce currently serves on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees as the treasurer and is the Finance Committee Chair.

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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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  • Sarah Strassburger, Parent Association President

    Sarah Strassburger serves on the Board of Trustees as the President of the Parent Association. She has also volunteered for several years at Canterbury both in and out of the classroom serving various roles with the Parent Association, Canterbury Fund, and Laughing Cavalier.

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  • Lisa Smits, Parent Association Past President

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

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  • Spencer Feighner, Alumni Association President

    Spencer Feighner serves on the Board of Trustees as the President of the Alumni Association and is a member of the Development and Marketing Committees. He is a 2000 graduate of Canterbury School.

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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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  • Preeti Dembla

  • 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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  • 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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  • Hope Huber

  • Todd M. Jacobs

    Todd Jacobs recently served 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, alums Trevor ’13 and Spencer '15, and Parker, a fourth grader at Oakview.

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  • Debbie Parrott

    Debbie Parrott 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, having chaired the Investment Committee and banking relationship task force. She also has served 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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  • Todd Stephenson

    Todd Stephenson is the past chair of the Board of Trustees chair.

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  • Alisa Stovall

    Alisa Stovall serves on the Head of School Search committee and is an assistant coach for the Canterbury High School Track Team. She has volunteered as a parent for school and athletics activities over the years. She is mom to Al, a 2013 Canterbury graduate.

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  • Chuck Surack

    Chuck Surack's term on the board begins in 2015. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Cameron and Tyler, and a daughter, Adderly, who is a Canterbury third grader.

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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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  • 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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  • Matt Wojewuczki