2016-2017 Board of Directors

The board of directors is comprised of parents and the Director, and is responsible for the overall operation and policies of the preschool.  Responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the school, including staffing, rests with the Director.  The Board meets on a monthly basis.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact Board members with ideas and concerns.

Help by applying for a position on the Board. For further information, please contact the Vice President, Kathryn Martin.  Please share your special skills or interests with us!

The following board members have assumed the following responsibilities for the current school year:

2016-2017 WCNS Board of Directors - Executive Positions


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Caroline Katz, President, carolinekatz512@gmail.com

I’m thrilled to serve as President of the Board of Directors this year.  WCNS is such a special school and I couldn’t be more pleased to be involved with this wonderful community.  I have two children, Benjamin is in Junior Kindergarten and Evie is in the Older 2’s.  We have many fun and informative events scheduled for this fall.  I hope you will attend and I look forward to meeting you!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 


Kathryn Martin, Vice President, kbotica@gmail.com

This is my 3rd year on the board and I'm happy to serve as Board Vice President this year. I have five children: Louise will be in Kindergarten at Hubbard Woods, Matthew and George will be in JK, and Luke and Millie will be in the Young 2's. I'm excited to see familiar faces and to meet new families as well.

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Joscelyn MacKay, Secretary, joscelynmackay@gmail.com

This is my first year on the Board of Directors at WCNS and I’m so happy to be a part of the Board. I have two children: Avery is in Junior Kindergarten and Sydney is in the Older 2’s.  I work full time, but try to flex my schedule so I can drop off and pick up occasionally. I will definitely be at all of the evening and weekend school events and hope to meet everyone there! 


Stacy Andreasen, Treasurer, stacy.andreasen@gmail.com

This is my third year on the board - it is my second year as Treasurer and I served as Fair Chair as well.  This year marks my family's fifth year living in Winnetka and our fifth year with a child (or two!) at WCNS.  My oldest, Heidi, attended WCNS for three years and is currently in first grade at Greeley.  My younger daughters are both at WCNS this year.  Coco is excited to be in Junior Kindergarten and Greta (in Older 2s) is thrilled to finally get to go to school like her sisters.  Our children have loved attending WCNS and have we have met many wonderful families here.  I look forward to meeting all of you and to another wonderful year at Winnetka Community Nursery School!

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Jennifer Page, Finance, jennifer.melise.page@gmail.com

This is my third year on the Board of WCNS and I am looking forward to continuing to serve in a Finance role.  I have three children; Ellie is in Junior Kindergarten, Connor is in the 3's and Avery is excited to be in the older 2's class in a few years.  Please reach out if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you around the school.


Jill Axline, Communications, jill.axline@gmail.com

This is my first year at WCNS and on the Board of Directors. I'm thrilled to embark on this new adventure with you all and provide you with clear, concise outreach as your Director of Communications.  I have two children: Ava will be with the Young 2's this year, and Pippa, only five months, will join the party in 2018! Please feel free to reach out to discuss school correspondence or just say hello. My family can't wait to become better acquainted with our new community!

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Rachel Allport, Fundraising, rachel.allport@gmail.com

This is my second year on the Board of Directors at WCNS and I’m delighted to serve as one of the VPs of Fundraising this year. We have several events planned to increase the sense of community at the school and to raise funds for the school's amazing facilities and programming. I have two children: Henry is in Kindergarten at Greeley and a recent alum of WCNS; Scarlett is in the 3's class at WCNS. I am thrilled that so many wonderful families have chosen to send their children to WCNS and join our community. I can't wait to meet you! If you have any questions, please always feel free to reach out to me. 


Rinne Evans, Fundraising, rinne.evans@cbexchange.com

I am part of the fundraising team this year on the WCNS Board of Directors. This is my first year on the board and I'm looking forward to a fun winter benefit in addition to a few other events! I have two children - Annalise is in JK this year and Clark will be in the older 2's next year. If you have any fundraising ideas or feedback, do not hesitate to contact our fundraising team!

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Jessalyn Garvey, Fundraising, jessalyngarvey@gmail.com

This is my first year on the Board, and I'm excited to get more involved with the WCNS community.  I am part of the WCNS fundraising team and look forward to seeing you at many of the fun events we have planned for the year.  You'll also see me around school dropping off my son, Ford, to the 3s class - with my son, Pierce, in tow!


Leigh Dyer, Community Building, botical@gmail.com

This is my third year on the Board of Directors at WCNS and I’m excited to serve as a Community Builder.  I have three children, Rose is in Junior Kindergarten, Michael is in the Older 2’s and Harry just turned one.  I am an Interior Designer with my own business in Winnetka.  I look forward to a great 2016-2017 school year!

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Christy Vegosen, Community Building & Fair Chair, cvegosen@aol.com

This is my first year on the Board of Directors at WCNS as the Community Building Representative.  Our goal is to bridge the gap between the school, the families, and the community.  If you are looking for ways to volunteer at the school, we have many fun ways to get involved!  I have two daughters who love attending WCNS; June is in Junior Kindergarten and Violet is in the Older 2's.  I am also serving as the Winnetka Children's Fair chair this year.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to be involved in this great event!


Liz Burke

This year will be my family’s 4th year at WCNS.  I have been on the Board of directors for 3 years; one year as the Alliance of Early Childhood representative and 2 years as Human Resource Chair.  I have 3 daughters; Barrett is in kindergarten at Crow Island, Quinn is in the 3s class, and Rory is 4 months old.  I look forward to meeting you and working together to support our WCNS community.

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Mary Watt, Teacher Representative, mhw1117@gmail.com

As the teacher representative on the board of directors, I taught at WCNS for 14 years before retiring at the end of 2015.   I have three grown daughters and two beautiful preschool-age granddaughters who live in Lincoln Park and who are a highlight of my life….and the primary reason for my retirement!  I am thrilled to be able to serve on the board again this year and offer my perspective as a teacher and long-term cheerleader for the school and its programs.