Our Trustees

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

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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 serve 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 Head of School 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 Head of School, 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 Head of School 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
Facilities: Larry Weigand, Chair
Finance: Jim Kunce, Chair
Governance: Todd Stephenson, Chair

Head Support and Evaluation: Bill Fisher, Chair

Marketing: Debbie Parrott, Chair

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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Tom Teel has served on the Canterbury School Board of Trustees for the last 9 years. He 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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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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Tony Collins joined the Board of Trustees for Canterbury School in 2017 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

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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 began as Canterbury's Head of School in 2016 and has 24 years of experience with independent schools.

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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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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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Henry is a Canterbury alum and most recently served 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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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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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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Lisa Smits has been very involved in the Parent Association and serves on the Canterbury Board of Trustee. She also has volunteered in many ways in the classroom and at school events.

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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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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 which was founded in 1985. The Canterbury Foundation was established to operate exclusively for the benefit of Canterbury School and currently fulfills that role through the stewardship of the endowment. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. Membership is open to all persons recommended by the Foundation’s Nominating Committee.

Foundation Board of Directors

Robert W. Godley
President

Gregg C. Sengstack
Vice President

Jeanette D. Schouweiler
Secretary

Richard D. Waterfield
Treasurer

Elizabeth A. Ash

Hollis T. Bierman

Timothy S. Borne

Kathryn D. Callen

William R. Cast

William F. Ennist, Jr.

Carl J. Gehres

Frank J. Gray

Jennifer G. Haines

George B. Huber

Anne M. Karr

James D. Kunce

Michael E. McCollum

Janet W. Paflas

Michael V. Parrott

Frances M. Pasalich

Michelle M. Rousseff-Kemp

Rev. Paul (Sonny) Smith

Todd R. Stephenson

David A. Stewart

Kathleen M. Summers

Nancy A. Westfall

Peter C. Wilson


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