School Committee

“The Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the principal fiduciary of the school. It has primary responsibility for strategic planning and for hiring and nurturing the Head of School. It assumes overall responsibility for the health and vitality of the school while delegating to the Head responsibility for the operation and implementation of policy.”

Principles of Good Practice, Friends Council on Education

Membership

The School Committee must be composed of 30% Haddonfield Monthly Meeting members, 30% Friends of other Meetings/schools, and 40% (maximum) non-Friends.

Drew is currently serving on the School Committee of Haddonfield Friends School and is a member of the Quaker Life Committee. He is a lifelong member of Haddonfield Friends Meeting and has served as Clerk of the School Committee, Property Committee, Worship & Ministry Committee, Care of Members & Attenders (formerly Overseers) Committee, and served as Meeting Clerk from 2006 – 2012. He has a professional background in corporate consumer services and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Delaware Hospice, Inc. and holds and Advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. Drew also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Brandywiners, Ltd, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization in Wilmington, DE. He has a B.A. in English from Earlham College, Richmond, IN and a Master of Social Work from Widener University.

Sam is a current member of the Friends Fiduciary Board. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and is a birthright member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting. He is a former Board of Directors member for Westtown School and Moorestown Friends School; and the Former Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Cooper University Health System. He is semi-retired from Universal Motor Distributors, Philadelphia. Sam attended Westfield Friends School and Moorestown Friends School; and graduated from Westtown School and the University of Delaware.

Anne is a member of the HFS School Committee and a longtime proponent (and beneficiary) of Friends education, having attended Westfield Friends School (Cinnaminson, NJ) and having made her career as a faculty member at the Westtown School (West Chester, PA). She is lifelong meeting member, now with Moorestown Monthly Meeting, and an attender at Westtown Monthly Meeting. She has served on numerous committees for Westtown School and relishes the Quaker decision-making process. Anne holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Mary Anne is the parent of an HFS alum and a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. She is clerk of the finance committee and is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Temple University. Mary Anne has a BS from Rutgers, an MBA from Penn State and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Rob is a current parent who joined the HFS School Committee at the end of the 2016-17 school year. He attended Westfield Friends School (Cinnaminson, NJ), has B.A. in Biology from Rutgers College, and holds an M.D. from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rowan University – School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an active volunteer for Cherry Hill FC (recreational soccer) and has coached over 20 seasons for the organization.

Veronica is a member of the HFS School Committee and a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. Veronica is also the parent of two HFS alumni and has long been active in the life of the school. Veronica is a reference librarian and has a B.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

Will is a past MFS parent who served on the MFS school committee and the asset committee. Will graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia and earned his BA from Ursinus College. He presently is a member of the board of Ursinus College and is serving as its Treasurer. He retired from his business, Henry Troemner LLC, in 2016. He also presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Philly Pops.

Maria D’Souza currently serves on the HFS School Committee and is also a member of the Finance Committee. She is a past President of the HFS Parent Teacher Organization, and is a parent of two HFS alums. Maria has worked in Accounting, Auditing and Finance roles with various Accounting firms and for GE Finance. Maria is an active member of her Church, is on the Pastoral Council, and serves on various committees including the current 5-year Capital Campaign. Maria is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a MBA in Finance from Eastern University and an Undergraduate degree in Accounting from Mount Carmel College, India.

Narissa began teaching as an assistant at Westtown Lower School after graduating from Central Connecticut State University with a B. A. in Spanish. While at Westtown, she taught pre- kindergarten and kindergarten math and Spanish and worked as a dorm parent for boarding students. After her time at Westtown, Narissa was an associate teacher in a second grade classroom at Wilmington Friends School before beginning her tenure at Lansdowne Friends School. There, she taught kindergarten and later had the unique experience of teaching first and second graders in a multi-grade classroom. Narissa is passionate about teaching and Friends Education and is a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.

Robin is a member of the HFS School Committee and current parent. She is an alum of Haddonfield Friends School. She graduated with a BA in communication design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. The first 20 years of her career she devoted to publishing and corporate design, working in Manhattan and Philadelphia. She taught graphic design at Philadelphia University for 6 years, and ran and operated her own design studio for 14 years.

Deb is the parent of a current 8th grader at HFS and is happy to be returning to the HFS School Committee. She is also the parent of two HFS alumni and is an HFS alumna herself. Deb is a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting and has served on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Care Committee, and Child Care Committee. She is an Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and serves as Vice Chair for Education at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Deb received a BS in Biology from Davidson College, an MS in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Head of School, Ex Officio

School Committees

Each committee is clerked by a trustee

Committee on Trustees

Cultivates interest in School Committee service and recruits members who are most effective in accomplishing the school’s strategic goals; monitors the health, diversity, and effectiveness of the School Committee; plans and provides orientation and ongoing training; plans for the succession of both Board leadership and Head of School

Finance

Oversees the financial health of the school; helps draft relevant policies; creates, reviews, and monitors the budget; recommends tuition; manages investments, and sets priorities for all-school spending to best support the academic program and the physical plant.

Advancement

Key charges are to encourage a climate of philanthropy in the school, beginning with the School Committee; to assist the administration in strategic thinking about marketing, branding, and communications; to empower all trustees in their role as active “champions” of the school. This committee’s work is a mixture of visionary planning and active participation and is comprised of two sub-committees:

  • Development: Works with the Head and co-opted members of the HFS Community to implement a successful Annual Giving Campaign and periodic capital campaigns. It solicits the Board and engages trustees in cultivation and solicitation of prospective major donors.
  • Marketing: Assists the administration in higher level thinking about both internal and external marketing, branding and communications. The committee works closely with the Head in research, analysis, and establishment of visionary goals.

Enrollment Committee

Quaker Life Committee