The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall legal, financial and strategic direction of the school. Dandenong Ranges Steiner School is an Incorporated Association and to be elected to the Board, nominees must be current financial members of the Association and have some of the skills and experience outlined in the school’s Constitution such as knowledge/skills in Anthroposophy, Steiner education, law, finance, property, business management and other areas of relevance. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting usually held in May each year. Meetings are held once or twice a term.

Our Board Members

Kenn Clark


Kenn has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Diploma in Business Management plus more than 20 years of experience in marketing and ICT engineering. As well as over 10 years in senior corporate management, Kenn has management experience in human resources, digital graphic design and ICT systems architecture. Kenn is also a parent at the school.

Lachlan McMahon

Deputy Chair

Lachlan has a background in publishing and account management, and is currently employed by a legal publishing company to manage large subscription accounts with Australian universities. He has an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a major in English Literature. Lachlan was involved in establishing a Steiner school in Western Australia and his three children attended Steiner schools through to Year 12.

Chris Key


Chris has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry/Biochemistry) and works as a senior laboratory technician at Swinburne University where he is also an OH& S committee member. Chris has been an active member of the former school Committee of Management and now the Board of Governors. His four children have either graduated from or still attend Dandenong Ranges Steiner School.

Emma Patterson

Emma is currently a Lecturer at Monash University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. Emma’s nursing practice crosses a range of acute specialties as well as clinical consultation for patients on shared decision-making, advance care and end-of-life planning. Emma is experienced in nursing research, hospital administration, healthcare clinical governance as well as healthcare law and ethics and human research ethics. Emma possesses Bachelors degrees in Arts and Nursing and Masters’ degrees in Health Science Education and Bioethics. Emma is a parent at the school and another two of her children have completed their schooling at DRSS.

Jessica Lothian

Jess is an Australian lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Social Science and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy.  Jess worked for 10 years in the higher education sector as an academic in law, criminology and criminal justice, and has previously worked in private legal firms and the public sector focusing on public policy, regulation and legislation.  Jess is also a current parent at Dandenong Ranges Steiner School.

Rod Tomlinson

Rod’s experience in Steiner Education began 40 years ago when he joined with a group of friends to found Tasmania’s first Steiner School. After its founding, he relocated to Sydney to work as a Class Teacher and High School teacher. He served on the school Board and then on four other school boards over the subsequent years and as an adviser on many others. He has taught in several other Steiner schools in Australia and taken on the role of School Principal at two Steiner schools. He has been involved in the training of Steiner teachers in Australia and Asia over the past two decades.

The Management Team

The Management Team, comprising the Business Manager and three College representatives, meets weekly and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the School.

Cath Lanigan

Cath has been the school’s Business Manager since 2019 and prior to that led the establishment of Wild Cherry Steiner School and Kindergarten in regional Victoria where she worked as Administration Leader for five years. She has 20 years of experience as an active member of government and Steiner school councils and boards. Cath has a background in journalism, public relations, book publishing and recruitment.  She has a Bachelor of Arts, Certificate III in  Micro Business Operations and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting.

Dana Jindra

Dana is the school’s Education Facilitator and brings 10 years of educational leadership experience across mainstream and Steiner education, having held the roles of Primary Teaching Principal, Human Resources Manager and VCE Team Leader. She has also been a primary and secondary teacher in government and Steiner schools for 17 years. Dana has a Certificate of Rudolf Steiner High School Education; a Diploma of Education (Secondary); and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours).

Emily Hehir

Before becoming a Class Teacher at Dandenong Ranges Steiner School, Emily was in the Prep class as an assistant and then teacher, and also previously worked as a disability carer. Emily has been an active member in the life of the school over many years as part of the College of Teachers, the Publicity and
Fundraising Group and other working groups. Her three children have all attended the school. Emily has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and an Advanced Diploma in Steiner Education. She also has qualifications in Bothmer Gymnastics and Small Business. Emily is currently Chair of the College of

Tamsenne Grogan

Tamsenne has 30 years of teaching experience in government and Steiner schools and is currently a Class Teacher, and a member of the Management Team at DRSS. Tamsenne has a long history and broad understanding of the school has been a founding teacher when DRSS began in 1999, worked at the school as a Kindergarten teacher, Craft teacher, Playgroup Leader and Kindergarten assistant, and her four children have attended the school. As well as a Teaching degree, Tamsenne has a Graduate Diploma in Music Education and an Advanced Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education.

College of Teachers

In 1919, at the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Rudolf Steiner encouraged the original core of teachers to work into the future together by carrying the school forward in a new way.

He asked that they take on the rigour of establishing a new social form.  He acknowledged that this task would be difficult, but he said that it was absolutely necessary for ongoing social development, and that preparation begins for humanity to experience a new way of working with one another.

This form, often called the College of Teachers, was to be based on a spiritual beholding of one another, a working out of consensus, and a conscious attempt by the teachers to align themselves with the “being” of the school through disciplined meditative practice.

The College of Teachers consciously assumes responsibility for the spiritual and pedagogical life of the School. Through active research and extensive study in weekly gatherings, the group seeks to uphold and apply the principles of Steiner education throughout the Dandenong Ranges Steiner School.

The College of Teachers is the educational decision-maker and guide of the school’s life. Decisions in the College of Teachers are reached on a consensus basis.  This sometimes requires more time, but the values of equality and mutual responsibility are a true priority and this form of social work is a role model for students.

Teachers attend weekly meetings and are involved in policy issues, debates and decisions as to teaching and learning practices and strategies, assessment, and other matters relating to the life of the school.  This results in the College’s members carrying the responsibility of decisions that direct the path of the school and are actively engaged in developing the ethos as a whole.

The College comprises all permanent teachers who have completed their provisional period at the school, who have indicated their willingness to take on the College’s responsibilities and who have been accepted by the College.

The College nominates one (or more, if a shared role is agreed upon) to be the College Chair.

The College also nominates two College members to the Management Team, in addition to the Education Facilitator.

Back Row: Cornelia Klinger, Martina Kuhse, Carol Farmer,

Middle Row: Dana Jindra, Tamsenne Grogan, Casey Meyen, Ellise Peart, Emily Hehir and Marianne Bollmann

Front Cath Lanigan, Lisa Levick, Mara Lupieri,

Missing from photo: Karin Penny,

Our Governance Structure