Who We Are


The WECAN Board is composed of experienced early childhood educators from throughout North America. The Board has a four-day annual meeting each November and an additional meeting in the spring. Its various committees—Finance, Personnel, Board Committee, Conference Planning, Diversity Equity Inclusion and Access, Outreach and Public Policy, Membership, Teacher Education, Birth to Three and Publications—are active throughout the year in a number of ways.

Board members and other WECAN colleagues participate in our WECAN Working Groups to deepen aspects of our educational work and share the results through WECAN Books, the Gateways newsletter and through conferences and regional gatherings. The Board also acts as an organ of perception for the needs of the Waldorf early childhood movement and collaborates with AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education (APWE), and a number of other organizations with similar goals and ideals in service of childhood. Two board members act as WECAN representtives on the council of the International Association for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE), based on Switzerland. 

The current members of the Board are: Louise deForest (Chair), Sarah Arnold, Heather Church, Adrienne Doucette, Susan Howard, Ruth Ker, Holly Koteen-Soule, and Magdalena Toran.

Regional Representatives

Experienced Waldorf educators in each region are invited by the Board to serve as WECAN Regional Representatives. On a volunteer basis, they help to assist organizations on their steps on the membership path, contact members to explore activities and issues of concern, facilitate collaboration within the region, act as a speaking partner to the AWSNA regional representative, and make recommendations to the WECAN Membership Committee regarding applications for membership and the evolving Membership Handbook.
For a list of regional representatives and staff contact information, click here


WECAN Coordinator Susan Howard works from her home office in Amherst, MA on a half-time basis for WECAN and half-time for IASWECE, the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education. WECAN Administrator Melissa Lyons, WECAN Publications Coordinator Donna Miele, and shipping clerk, Zachary Dolphin, work in our WECAN Office in Spring Valley, NY. Our Managing Editor is Lory Widmer, in Switzerland. The WECAN Membership Coordinator is Laura Mason, who lives and works in Issaquah, Washington. WECAN Communications Coordinator is Lara Radysh, working in Amherst, MA. 

Project Leaders

Sarah Arnold is the WECAN Publlc Policy Coordinator. Heather Church is the Birth to Three Coordinator, and Ruth Ker is WECAN Teacher Education Coordinator.  Each are WECAN board members, working together with committees and WECAN staff members.  And Andrea Gambardella and Andrea Cooper are our East Coast Conference organizer and registrar. 

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