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    James Angelone
    Jim Angelone, an independent retirement plan consultant, is clerk of the Investment Management Committee and serves on the Finance Committee. He and his wife Peggy are the parents of a current Friends student and an alumnus.

    Trish Backer-Miceli
    Trish Backer Miceli ‘83, vice president, human resources at Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, is Chair of the Board of Trustees. The clerk of the Executive Committee, she serves Ex Officio on all committees. She and her husband Augie have a daughter at Friends.

    Joshua Brooks
    Joshua Brooks '17 is the student representative to the Board of Trustees. A head of the Habitat for Humanity club and a Varsity Baseball player, he is also a member of the Chamber Choir and the a cappella singing group, The Quaketones.

    Herbert Burgunder, III
    Herbert Burgunder III is a partner at Pessin Katz Law, P.A. A member of the Executive Committee, the Building Committee, and the Committee on Trustees, he and his wife, Dr. Tamara Burgunder, have three children at Friends.

    Melissa Bryant
    Judge Melissa K. Copeland serves on the Baltimore City 8th Judicial Circuit Court. She and her husband, Quinton Bryant, are parents of a Friends student.

    Lee Deitch
    Lee Stevens Deitch is managing director, head of institutional sales for Great West Financial's Retirement Plan Services. The clerk of the Marketing Committees, she and her husband, Dr. Mark Deitch, are the parents of two Friends alumnae.

    Nicholas Fessenden
    Nick Fessenden retired from Friends in 2010 after serving 38 years as an Upper School History teacher. The Stony Run Friends Meeting liaison to the Board, he is Clerk of the Committee on Trustees and serves on the Quaker Mission Oversight Committee. He and his wife Brigitte are parents of two Friends alumni.

    Miriam Fleury
    Miriam Fleury '71 is the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. A Friends alumna, she has served as head Kindergarten teacher for 28 years. She and her husband Chuck are the parents of two Friends alumni.

    Jeffrey Gonya
    Jeffrey K. Gonya is a partner with Venable, LLP, where he oversees the firm’s Tax and Wealth Planning practice. A member of the Finance and Investment Management Committees, Mr. Gonya and his wife Ann are the parents of a current Friends student and an alumna.

    Andre Jones
    Andre Jones, a middle school geography teacher at Gilman School, serves on the Diversity Committee. A member of Stony Run Friends Meeting, he and his wife Debbie Feldman Jones are the parents of a Friends alumnus.

    Barbara Katz
    Barbara Katz, the wife of the late Jay Katz '45, is a longtime Friends School supporter with strong ties to numerous community nonprofit organizations, including Maryland Public Television, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Historical Society. She serves on the Development Committee.

    Laurel Kiser
    Laurel J. Kiser is a psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. A member of Stony Run Meeting, she and her husband, Dr. David Pruitt, are parents of two Friends alumni.

    John Linehan

    Pamela Loeb
    Pamela Hillman Loeb is principal and co-owner of Edge Research, a full service marketing research company that serves corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. A member of the Development Committee, Mrs. Loeb and her husband Eric are the parents of a current Friends student and an alumnus.

    Charles Mallonee, II
    Charles G. Mallonee II is a retired college professor and sports official who also taught at Friends in the 1960's. He and his wife Barbara, a former chair of the Board, are the parents of two alumni and the grandparents of three Friends students. He is a member of Stony Run Meeting.

    Kathryn Pettus
    Kathryn Pettus, a retired educator and administrator, is Clerk of the Diversity Committee and is a member of Stony Run Friends Meeting.

    Robert Pierce
    Robert Pierce, a retired professional musician, educator and administrator, serves on the Quaker Mission Oversight and Diversity Committees. The parent of a Friends School alumna and a member of Stony Run Friends Meeting, he previously served on the Board from 1984 to 1991.

    Stephen Prichett
    Steve Prichett is president of Chesapeake Ceramics, an international distributor of ceramics supplies and a partner at Vicour Holdings, a middle market private equity buyout group. A 1987 graduate of Friends, he is Clerk of the Enrollment Management Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee. He and his wife Laura have three children at the School.

    Mia Redrick
    Mia Redrick, the founder and C.E.O. of Finding Definitions, LLC., is Secretary of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Executive and Diversity Committees.

    Mary Ellen Saterlie
    Mary Ellen Saterlie, a retired associate superintendent with Baltimore County Public Schools, serves on the Quaker Mission Oversight Committee. A four-term Friends School Trustee and former Board chair, she is president of the Miles White Beneficial Society and has served on numerous Boards, including Sheppard Pratt Health System and Broadmead Continuing Care Center. She is a member of Little Falls Friends Meeting.

    Daryl Sidle
    Daryl Sidle is a principal with Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A., a Baltimore law firm. The treasurer of the Board of Trustees, he is clerk of the Finance, Audit and Building Committees and also serves on the Executive Committee, the Committee on Trustees and the Joint Nominating Subcommittee. He and his wife Sandy are the parents of two Friends alumni.

    Louise Smith
    Louise Smith is a Latin teacher at Garrison Forest School, where she has served for over three decades. A member of the Quaker Mission Oversight Committee, she is a member of Gunpowder Friends Meeting.

    Richard Thayer
    Rich Thayer is the managing director of ZTC Consulting, a global consultancy. He serves on the Development and Long-Range Plan Committees. A member of Stony Run Friends Meeting, he and his wife Martha are the parents of a Friends alumnus.

    Betsey Todd
    Betsey L. B. Todd, managing director of the Boshell Foundation, is a former member of the Friends School Art Department and is a longtime volunteer.

    Meredith van den Beemt
    Meredith van den Beemt provides consulting and office management services in the field of forensic psychology. She clerks the Quaker Mission Oversight Committee, is Vice-chair of the Executive Committee and also serves on the Finance, Enrollment Management and on the Committee on Trustees. A member of Gunpowder Friends Meeting, she and her wife, Kerry Zimmerman, have three children at Friends.
    Role of the Board
    Members of the Friends Board of Trustees play an important role in the life of the School. The fundamental responsibility of a trustee is to protect and advance the interests of the School and its various constituencies in ways consistent with the School’s mission and with all applicable law. Friends School board members meet four sets of expectations: diligence, loyalty, compliance and advancement.

    Of the 26 Trustee positions on the Board, four come from specific constituencies: Students, Faculty, the Parents Association, and the Alumni Board. Trustees are asked to make a commitment, or renew their commitment, to serve a minimum of one to three years. No Trustee may serve more than seven consecutive years, and must then take a hiatus from the Board of a minimum of two years before being eligible for another term as Trustee.
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