Board of Trustees

Whistler Waldorf School

The Whistler Waldorf School Board of Trustees is responsible for the school’s fiscal, legal, and structural health. Comprised of elected professionals and community parents along with up to three College of Teacher’s appointed faculty members, the Board of Trustees is a group of leaders who have an affinity to Waldorf education, the Whistler Waldorf School, and are able to make critical business decisions pertaining to the governance of the school that enable it to continue to grow and support its students, faculty, and administrative staff. The Director of Education and Director of Administration serve on the board as ex-officio members.

Joining the Board

Being a board member of Whistler Waldorf School is an honour, and the job comes with great responsibility. The Board looks for individuals with interpersonal and professional skills to assist in the governance of the School and who feel passionate about the school’s academic and extracurricular strengths, its strategic plan, and supporting its leadership.

If you are interested in learning more about the responsibilities and time requirements of a Board member and nomination, please contact our Governance Committee Chair, Rubeena Sandhu through the board secretary at B.Secretary@whistlerwaldorf.com.

David Udow – Board of Trustees Chair

Originally from Winnipeg, David Udow earned a B.Comm (Hons) in management from the University of Manitoba. A true entrepreneur, leader and visionary, David has started six businesses over the past 26 years where he has been nominated and won several awards for entrepreneurship, sustainability, outstanding employee experiences, and community involvement. David is currently the president of Pink Solution, a Vancouver-based manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products. David has two children who attend Whistler Waldorf School.

David Udow
Lori Patrick

Lori Patrick – Board of Trustees Vice Chair

Lori Patrick is a marketing consultant, graphic designer, and entrepreneur with experience working with a vast range of business sectors in Vancouver, Whistler, and abroad. Formally trained in Vancouver at Langara College and Emily Carr, she has a passion for marketing, writing, creativity, and organization. Lori brings over 25 years of experience with an emphasis on strategic communications, advertising, design, business administration, organizational structure, entrepreneurship, and business start-up. Lori lives in Pemberton and her son James is in high school at Whistler Waldorf.

Kelly Gave – Treasurer and Co-Chair of New Campus Task Force

After graduating from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Economics and History, Kelly spent ten years working in Debt Capital Markets for Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank in New York and London. In 2003, she moved with her husband to Hong Kong to start GaveKal, a global financial research and money management firm. Kelly recently founded Creel Concepts, a mountain property and lifestyle company focused on local investments and advisory work with growing entrepreneurs in the region. Kelly is the founder of GaveKal Endowment to find Asian charities in the child/education space and has worked with a number of NGOs including Room to Read that funds the building of schools throughout Asia and Africa. Kelly is on the board of Trinity College of Arts and Science at Duke University, and Pathfinders. Kelly has three children at Whistler Waldorf School.

Kelly Gave
Sonya Hwang

Sonya Hwang – Board Secretary and Communications Committee Chair

Sonya Hwang is a communications specialist and principal of Ki Communications, a boutique PR and marketing agency working with values-driven businesses and organizations. Bringing with her over 20 years of experience in communication strategy and planning, media relations, event planning and management, issues management, and marketing, Sonya studied at the University of Western Ontario and was the Director of Public Relations at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler prior to starting Ki Communications. Sonya is a passionate supporter of Whistler Waldorf School and the Waldorf pedagogy. She has two children in Whistler Waldorf who both started at the school in the Early Years program.

Rubeena Sandhu – Director of Education – ex offici0

Rubeena Sandhu joined Whistler Waldorf School in 2015 as the Grade 6 class teacher and is currently the Fine Arts teacher and Grade 8 Guardian. Prior to joining Whistler Waldorf, she was a founding parent and teacher at the Cedar Bridge School in Lumby, BC, a Waldorf-inspired farm and forest-based early childhood and grade school. Rubeena taught at the school, taking a class from Grade 1 to 7, and then served as the upper grades teacher. Rubeena holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Waldorf Teachers Certificate from the West Coast Institute. Rubeena has a child in the lower school and high school at Whistler Waldorf.

Rubeena Sandhu

Geoff Telfer

Geoff Telfer – Chair of Human Resources Committee

Geoff Telfer holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce and a Master’s of Business from the University of British Columbia. For 15 years, Geoff worked in various senior roles at TELUS that allowed him the opportunity to lead and facilitate planning and governance activities for small and large groups, as well as oversee financial, operational, and reporting activities with accountability that included ownership of strategic decision-making activities such as budget allocation, technology investments, human resource management, site distribution and performance management target setting. Geoff is currently Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at The Green Moustache, board member for Zero Ceiling, a partner at Social Venture Partners Vancouver, and a Whistler Avalanche soccer coach. Geoff has a son that attends Whistler Waldorf School.

Brian Gohlke – Faculty-Appointed Trustee and Chair of Finance Committee

Brian Gohlke joined Whistler Waldorf School in 2015 as the Grade 7 teacher and is currently the teacher for the Grade 5 class. Prior to coming to Whistler, Brian was the class teacher at the Vancouver Waldorf School since 2007, taking a class from Grade 2 through Grade 7, and then another class for Grade 7 and 8. He has a BA in Economics and International Business from Wartburg College in the US, and a Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education, completing his Waldorf teacher training at Taruna in New Zealand in 2006. Previous to his work as a Waldorf teacher, Brian worked as a class teacher for eight years at an international school in Taiwan. Brian has three children at Whistler Waldorf.

Brian Gohlke

Stephen Neal – Co-Chair of New Campus Task Force

Stephen Neal is the founder and president of SportsMarketingInc.ca that provides sales and marketing support to events and organizations. SportsMarketingInc.ca works with organisations including the Canadian Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and MusicAlliance.ca. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Stephen is also an Investor Director at Main Street Brewing Company and former Advisory Board Member for Power To Be, a charity that empowers people to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature. Stephen’s strengths include raising funds, creating partnerships, supporting brands and driving revenue. Stephen’s son attends Whistler Waldorf School.

Laurie Grant – Trustee

Laurie Grant is a faculty member of BCIT’s School of Business lecturing in areas of international business strategy, global trade, negotiation, and project management. She first earned a degree from the University of Guelph, which was followed up by an executive MBA. Prior to teaching, Laurie’s industry experience included country manager in Asia for Woods Canada, Strategic Planning Project Director for the World Health Organization in Malaysia and Trade Advisor with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association / Western Economic Diversification. Laurie’s daughter Ellie is a student at Whistler Waldorf School.

Laurie Grant

Catherine Daugherty – Director of Administration – ex-officio, non-voting

For 17 years, Catherine has been helping small, independent schools advance their mission in the various senior leadership roles that she has carried. Her background included marketing, new business development, finance, and human resources and working with senior leaders in the corporate sector before finding her passion in education and helping to grow Waldorf schools in Ontario. Catherine started at Whistler Waldorf School as Director of Administration in 2017. Catherine recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Master’s of Arts in Leadership. She has been on the board of directors at Trillium Waldorf School in Guelph, the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto and now Whistler Waldorf School (ex-officio). Her two daughters are Waldorf graduates.

Ali Blancher – Administrative and Secretarial Assistant