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Helen Shaw, President of the Board of Directors
Chief Operating Officer: Willoughby Capital Holdings, LLC

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Helen (nee Resnick) Shaw attended the Waldorf School of Garden City from nursery through twelfth grade. As a member of the class of 1982, Helen played on the girls’ lacrosse and field hockey teams and sang with the Waldorf Singers. After graduating in 1982, she enrolled at Adelphi University where she earned an undergraduate degree in business. During her last two years in college, she began working in the finance department at Radio City Music Hall as the assistant to the controller preparing budgets for events like the Radio City Christmas Show.

In 1988, Helen began working at Solomon Brothers where she gained her first experience in finance. With a passion for financial markets in her heart, she knew that Wall Street would play an important role in her future career. However, at the age of 25, she also desired joining the United States Peace Corps.

The decision wasn’t easy. Helen spoke with her mentors and asked if it would be “career suicide” to take time-off. Luckily, she was encouraged to go forward with her plan. She joined the Peace Corps and lived for two years on a river bank in Botswana working for a small business development project – a far cry from the daily trading excitement on Wall Street.

Upon her return to the United States, Helen joined the investment firm Harvest Capital. While there, Helen learned the intricacies of the burgeoning hedge fund industry and in early 2002, joined SAB Capital as their head trader. During this time, she also served on the School’s Board of Trustees.

In reflecting on her days at the Waldorf School, Helen says, “It is not about what I learned, but how I learned it; it is the process of learning that is important.” Helen recalls that at school she learned by doing. “Starting with a blank page for your Main Lesson book is a lesson that goes beyond the creation of a notebook. It’s about finding creative solutions to complex problems.”

In January 2003, Helen established two named endowments in honor of her parents, Donald and Jeanette Resnick, to recognize their longstanding service and dedication to the Waldorf School. The Jeanette Resnick Music Lesson Endowment Fund and the Donald Resnick Athletic Equipment Endowment Fund provide valuable financial support to these important programs, ensuring they continue to play a vital role in the education of future generations of Waldorf students. Today, Helen is the Chief Operating Officer at Willoughby Capital Holdings, LLC, a single family office. She and her husband, Howard, live in New York with their daughter Samantha.

Chelsea Cross

Chelsea Cross has been involved with Azalea Blossom Board since 2008 when she participated in the first ever SAFE retreat. During the last twelve years, she has volunteered as a Social Media Director through her high school IBM program, as a grant writer while attending Oberlin college, and from 2016-2018 as the secretary for the Board of Directors.

Currently, Ms. Cross works as a reading interventionist, computer science teacher and technology coordinator at the Dvorak School of Excellence in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. Previously, she has taught second and fifth grade at the Dvorak School and began her career in education while tutoring City Year students at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Cross holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College as well as a Masters of Education degree from National-Louis University.

The enthusiasm Ms. Cross has for working with students from underprivileged communities as well as her love for many art forms including singing and dancing align perfectly with Azalea Blossom’s mission. Each year Ms. Cross set goals for my students to achieve academicallysocially, and emotionally. She believes in keeping an open line of communication with her students and their families and sharing with them in their students’ success. She is super excited to be back on the Board of Azalea Blossom and looks forward to soaring this year!

Colleen Wilson

Colleen Wilson holds degrees in Music Education from Concorida College and Capella University. She has been on the faculty of the Schenectady City School District since 2003 as a String Orchestra Director. A dedicated violin teacher for over two decades, Ms. Wilson has also served on the committee for NYSSMA for several years. Her desire to be on the Azalea Blossom Board of Directors stems from her dedication to empowering youth through music and the creative arts. She has witnessed bullying in the schools where she teaches and believes that now,  more than ever, the positive messages of the SAFE through the arts program is urgently needed. Ms. Wilson is also an advocate for domestic violence education.