A Tradition of Successful Learners - Confident, Creative, Compassionate

Our School's Board of Trustees

As stated in Article II of the Bylaws, Friends School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The board's major responsibilities include supervision of the head of school, policy making, financial oversight, strategic planning, and institutional advancement. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to uphold the mission of Friends School in service to today's children and to ensure a vibrant Friends School for future generations.

Current work:

  • Actively support the Head of School;
  • Strengthen and support internal and external marketing;
  • Begin strategic planning;
  • Actively work on subcommittees of development: annual fund, major campaigns and major donors.

The board consists of thirteen trustees, the majority of whom are members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); they are appointed by State College Friends Meeting in consultation with the board's Committee on Trustees. The other trustees are parents or individuals from the community who have an interest in Friends education.

Each board member serves a term of three years. Members may serve no more than two consecutive terms but may be reappointed after a one year absence.

Currently the board includes the following trustees:

Mary Lou Bennett John Sheridan


Katy Cleary

Betsy Gamble

Eve Homan

Lam Hood

Gary Fosmire

Bruce Knox

Heidi Loomis

Elizabeth Pennock

Claudia Wilson

Richard Witt

Representing the school at board meetings:

Dan Hendey, Head of School

Faculty Representative on Rotation

Lori Pacchioli , Director of Development

Diane Lehman, Office Manager

Regular board meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except in July when the board usually does not meet. Meetings are held in the manner of Friends, using silence to settle for business and consensus to decide matters.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school.

"Do I treat adults and children alike with respect and without condescension?"
From the Queries on Care for One Another
Faith and Practice