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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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Mission and Goals

BOARD MISSION

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.

BOARD GOALS

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.

NAIS PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE: BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Development: Tom Teel, Chair
Beth Bechdol, Marsha Bormann, Anita Cast, Lindsey Chaille, Glen Dixon, Bill Ennist, Spencer Feighner, Sandy Frappier, Jennifer Haines, Susan Johnson, Tom Kus, Anne Laurie, Melinda Perry, Emily Roussel, Paul Sauerteig, Jeanette Schouweiler, Molly Sigler, Nancy Westfall, Bill Wilson, Matt Wojewuczki, Mary Yurkanin

Facilities: Larry Weigand, Chair

Katie Burrows, Jerry Belcher, Kevan Biggs, Andy Brooks, Bill Ennist, Jeremy Hatfield, Tom Losher, Ben Ottenweller, Mick McCollum, Bob Schantz, Steve Zacher

Finance: Jim Kunce, Chair
Femi Balogun, Jerry Belcher, Sara Craig, Glen Dixon, Matt Elliott, Bill Ennist, Carl Gehres, Jennifer Haines, Todd Jacobs, Mick McCollum, Shep Moyle, Bruce Scott, Laurie Spindler, Alisa Stovall, Todd Stephenson, Eric Ward

Governance: Todd Stephenson, Chair
Bill Ennist, Jennifer Haines, Jen Hobbs, Henry Najdeski, Gregg Sengstack, Todd Stephenson, Larry Weigand, Nancy Westfall

Marketing: Debbie Parrott, Chair

Matt Bechdol, Karen Belcher, Cherie Bowen, Katie Burrows, Preeti Dembla, Glen Dixon, Bill Ennist, Vicki Grabowski, Cynthia Kent, Susan Johnson, Melinda Perry, Bob Schantz, Lisa Smits, Tom Teel, Sue Wojewuczki

Personnel: Bill Fisher, Chair

Jerry Belcher, Bobbie Crutchfield, Diane Dikeolakos, Bill Ennist, Frank Gray, Henry Najdeski, Tony Stites, Eric Ward


Meet our Trustees

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 is a Canterbury alum and serves as secretary for the Board of Trustees. Henry and his wife, Sarah, have two children at Canterbury in the Middle School, Jack and Emma.

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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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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 joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and serves on the Marketing Committee. She was a member of the Diversity Task Force in 2014-2015. She also is involved in the school's interfaith parent group activities.

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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 Ennist is in his first year as Head of School at Canterbury. Bill has been involved with independent schools for the past 23 years.

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

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Vicki 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 most recently as the Events Sub-committee chair. She currently serves on the Marketing Committee.

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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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Todd Jacobs most recently served as the Treasurer for the Board of Trustees at Canterbury School and is a former chair of the Finance Committee.

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Byron Lamm has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees since 2005. He has served on the Development Committee and has chaired a task force reviewing responses to the Parent Survey. He is chair of the Community Advisory Board.

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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, and her two children, Magnus and Lukas, attend Canterbury's Lower School.

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

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Molly Sigler joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is a member of the Development Committee. She and her husband D.J. have two daughters attending Canterbury Middle School, Addisen and Brynn.

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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 is the past Board of Trustees chair and is chair of the Governance Committee. He also is on the board of STARBASE Indiana and served as president and CEO of United Way of Allen County from September 2010 through September 2014.

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Alisa Stovall serves on the Finance Committee and recently was part of the Head of School Search committee. She 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.

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

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Tom Teel has served on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees for the last 8 years. He currently is chair of the Development Committee and was on the steering committee for the school's Legacy of Learning capital campaign.

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Matt Wojewuczki begins began his term on the Board of Trustees in 2015. He is a member of the Development Committee. Matt and his wife, Sue, co-chaired the Canterbury Fund in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

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Bill Wilson has served on the Canterbury Board of Trustees since 2010. He is a member of the Finance Committee. He and his wife, Laura, have been active with the Canterbury Fund serving as co-chairs in past years.

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CANTERBURY FOUNDATION

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.

Foundation Board of Directors

Hollis T. Bierman
Timothy S. Borne
Kathryn D. Callen
William R. Cast
William F. Ennist, Jr.
Carl J. Gehres
Robert W. Godley
Frank J. Gray
Jennifer G. Haines
George B. Huber
Anne M. Karr
Michelle M. Rousseff Kemp
James D. Kunce
Michael E. McCollum
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

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