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Board of Trustees

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann


Ellen is the Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, a Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. She previously served as Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University, where she was also Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and as president of the Spencer Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Lagemann has been a professor of history and education at New York University, where she was founding chair of the Department of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of American Culture and Education in the School of Education. Before that she served on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was also Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education and Editor of the Teachers College Record and a member of the faculty of the Columbia University (Faculty of Arts & Sciences) History Department.

Lagemann is the author or editor of many books, articles, reviews, and book chapters. Her principal publications include: An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research (2000); Philanthropic Foundations: New Scholarship, New Possibilities (1998); The Politics of Knowledge: The Carnegie Corporation, Philanthropy, and Public Policy (1992); Jane Addams on Education (1985) and A Generation of Women: Education in the Lives of Progressive Reformers (1979).  Her most recent book (edited with Harry Lewis) is What is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education (2011).

Lagemann has been president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society.  She chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation, whose report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy, was published in 2010, and was a member of the Teaching Commission, chaired by Louis Gerstner. She has been a trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations; vice-chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Stanford, California; and chair of the Social Science Committee on Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector. She also served on the boards of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy and of the District Management Council, both in Cambridge, MA.

Lagemann is a former high-school social studies teacher.  She received her A.B. from Smith College in 1967 and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1978.

Tim Paholak


Tim has worked at Triform since 1996 where he currently serves as President in addition to being a House Parent and director of Student Admissions. He was first introduced to Waldorf while pursuing a Masters program in Elementary Education at Michigan State. Since 1975, Tim has been involved in various Camphill initiatives. He ran the woodshop and pottery studio at Beaver Run before going on to manage the orchard and CSA at Camphill Soltane. Tim has lived and worked in our community caring for those with special needs for 36 years. Tim is the father of two Hawthorne Valley alumni.

Elaine Khosrova


elaineElaine is the founding editor-in-chief of culture, a quarterly national consumer magazine and website dedicated to covering the origins and producers of specialty cheese and dairy. She has been a staff editor and food writer for Country Living, Fine Cooking, Yankee, Self, Plate, Santé, and many other publications. Elaine is also the winner of a 2007 Gold Folio publishing award and has served as a James Beard Journalism Award judge. A former pastry chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and La Varenne in Paris, Elaine has an undergraduate degree in food and nutrition. Living in Chatham, New York, she and her husband, Mitchell, are parent alumni of Hawthorne Valley School; their son, Alex, graduated with the class of 2005 and their daughter, Luca Pearl, graduated in 2012.

Tom James


Biography to come.

Mary Cleaver

Mary is one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, and is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table.

In addition to Mary’s reputation for providing sumptuous, seasonally-driven food, attentive service and excellent event planning, she is well known for helping create a sustainable, humane and delicious food system. The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table are widely recognized for utilizing local farms and purveyors in order to obtain the best- quality product, and for supporting small to mid-size farms and family farmers.

In November 2011, Mary was named the first-ever “Snailblazer” by Slow Food NYC to honor her contributions creating a better, healthier food system for all. She is a founder of the Farm to Chef network and a board member of Food Systems Network NYC and Local Infrastructure for Local Agriculture, among other professional affiliations.

Before founding The Cleaver Co., she was a corporate chef at G.A.F. Corporation, the pastry chef at J.S. Vandam, a food stylist, and a cooking teacher at The New School. Mary co-authored The TriBeCa Cookbook, published by Ten Speed Press in 1995, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Sarah Henry Lederman

Sarah taught history and was the chair of the high school history department at the Dalton School in New York City from 2002-2012. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University (1994), and she completed the Farm School’s “learn-to-farm” program in 2013.

Martin Ping


To read Martin’s biography, please see Hawthorne Valley’s staff page.

Patrick Smalley

Patrick is the executive vice president and managing director of MCH Group LLC, owners and asset managers of hospitality, retail and apartment real estate.  In his executive capacity, Mr. Smalley is responsible for major decisions concerning asset and portfolio management, project development, operations, sales, marketing and positioning, capital formation, resource allocation, investments, and development of new business opportunities. Patrick served as the Managing Director of the award-winning Garden City Hotel, a 280-room luxury hotel and the Fairhaven Apartments, a portfolio of 1,700 residential apartments, from 1996 through 2012.

In addition to serving as a trustee of the Hawthorne Valley Association, Patrick serves as a trustee of Adelphi University, a private university located in the historic village of Garden City, (Long Island, NY) and the oldest institution of higher education on Long Island. He is a co-founder of iSoRCE, the Institute for Social Research and Community Engagement at Adelphi University. iSoRCE generates actionable knowledge through collaborative social research and uses it to help better understand and address Long Island’s critical and enduring social issues. Patrick is a former trustee of the Waldorf School of Garden City, is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students age three through twelfth grade.Patrick holds a B.A. degree from Adelphi University. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and holds a NYS real estate broker license.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, he resides in Garden City, Long Island, NY.