Marianne Fieber – Administrative Chair

Education:  BFA-Theatre Performance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and MS-Education in Waldorf Administration and Community Development from Sunbridge College, Spring Valley, NY.  Waldorf Teacher Certification from Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program, Chicago, IL. Foundation Course of Anthroposophical Studies at Emerson College, UK.

Professional Experience: Administrative Chair, PRWS since 2013. Administrator, Four Winds Waldorf School, Warrenville, IL; Class teacher for grades 1 – 3, Four Winds Waldorf School, Warrenville, IL ; Eighth grade community service program Coordinator, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, MI; Faculty member, Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program in Chicago; and  High School Coordinator at the Chicago Waldorf School.  National Membership Secretary for the Anthroposophical Society in America, International performer with Moving Word Theatre, LTD. Member of the Pedagogical Section of the School for Spiritual Science and the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.



Mary Christenson – Development Directormary

Education:  BS in Social and Economic Development from the UW – Green Bay, graduate work in International Development and Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Certificate training in Waldorf Administration and Community Development from Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. Additional trainings have been in Calling the Circle and Reiki.

Professional Experience: Fund development and administration positions at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School beginning in 1994.  Regional Coordinator of Development and Administrative Network of AWSNA (DANA) from 2000-2010. Delegate for AWSNA, providing support for neighboring schools and as a conference presenter. Advisor to the Mid-States Shared Gifting Group of the Rudolf Steiner Foundation and member of the Anthroposophical Society in America.




Cynthia Olmstead – Development Coordinatorcynthia

Education:  15 years of nonprofit develpment/fundraising/communications workshops, seminars and trainings.   B.S. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, M.S. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ph.D. University of Florida at Gainesville.

Professional Experience:  Development Coordinator at PRWS: 2004-2014.  Executive Director, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, La Crosse, WI: 1998-2004; Science Director, The Nature Conservancy, Peoria, IL: 1993-1998; Science Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, Gainesville, FL: 1992.






Darla Barrows – Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator

Education: Attended the College of St. Catherine and Saint Paul College for ASL Interpreting, graduating with a technical degree in Sign Language Interpretation and Transliteration. Studied drawing at the University of Minnesota for 3 years and sculpture at Salisbury University for 3 years. Certificate of Completion from Antioch University and Sophia’s Hearth in Keene, NH for the following classes: Forest Kindergartens and Nature Pedagogy; How Nature Immersion Benefits ADHD and Autistic Children; Why We Teach With Fire: Cultivating Attention, Observation and Tenderness by Teaching With Fire; The Goodness of Rain: A Year of Natural Explorations with a Young Child as well as Certificate of Completion from Project Seasons: Cultivating Joy and Wonder, a week long intensive at the Shelburne Classroom in Burlington, Vermont.

Professional Experience:  Over 20 years of experience working in academic administration and ten years of experience working as a sign language interpreter for the Deaf, specializing in educational and university level interpreting.  Worked at the Arizona School for the Deaf and the College of St. Catherine Sign Language Department before joining Great River Waldorf Initiative as Administrator in 2009, developing and teaching Apple Blossom Mornings, a nature based Parent Child program.  In 2013, officially partnered with and offered the program at the Just Food Organic Farm Headquarters in urban Ottawa.   


Barbara Danner – Faculty Chairbarbara

Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Marquette University; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, UWM.  Core Synchronism Training (1-3); Non-Violent Comm. Mentoring with John Cunningham; Speech Formation work w/ Pownall, Steinrueck & Garvey; 1st Grade Intensive At Michael Institute in Portland, OR; 2nd Grade intensive with Else Gottgens; 3rd Grade Intensive with Eugene Swartz; 5th Grade intensive at Rudolf Steiner College; Werbeck Singing w/ Ursula Koepf; Professional Actor Training, ACT, San Francisco, CA.

Professional Experience:Substitute Teacher, Tamarack & Prairie Hill Waldorf Schools; Director, Holiday Drama Workshop in E. Troy/Pewaukee; Drama Director, Aurora School; Class Teacher (1-3) Prairie Hill Waldorf School; Handwork Teacher, Urban Waldorf School; Asst. Kindergarten Teacher, Prairie Hill Waldorf School.  Adjunct Faculty, Great Lakes Teacher Training & Lifeways Early Childhood Training





Erika A. Broser, Business Managererika

Education:  BA Art/Psychology from New England College; MA Art Therapy/Transpersonal Psychology from The Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO.

Professional Experience:  Bookkeeper with the Driftless Cafe, Campbell-Lacoste, Inc.; Owner/Partner with Tulips in Viroqua, WI; Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for the Minervini Group/MAM Contracting in Traverse City, MI







nan  Nan Marshall, Secretary










marc  Marc LeMaire, Custodian









Kitchen Crew: L to R,  Amy Petrozzini (Cook), Sol Jansen (kitchen helper), Jim Hallberg (Cook) and Trever Datch (kitchen helper)