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The Board of Trustees has the ultimate responsibility for the School. As an independent corporation, the Board holds title to the School's assets and sees that the School is adequately financed and appropriately run. The Board sets broad policies about the School's purposes and operation, hires the Principal, and delegates to her/him the authority to hire staff. The Principal and staff develop the curriculum and manage the daily operation of the School.

Trustees at their August 2015 retreatThe Board is composed of up to twenty-three members, drawn from each of the Friends Meetings in Durham and Chapel Hill as well as co-opted members appointed by the Board. Joe Marion serves as legal advisor.

Board organization includes seven standing committees: Advancement (includes staff and parents), Audit, Business, Governance, Investment, Quaker Spiritual Life, and Executive.

Board meetings are open meetings. They are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month during the academic year in the Upper School Meeting Hall or in other units of the School. Please check with the School Office (919.383.6602) to confirm location and times.

Look for Board members at school events - you'll recognize us wearing the same permanent nametags as staff. We're eager to meet members of the CFS community!

Get a glimpse of the work of CFS trusteeship in this June 2011 What's New at CFS story.

Please share questions, concerns, and suggestions with Clerk Mark Kuhn at CFSBoardClerk@cfsnc.org.


Who’s Who on the CFS Board of Trustees, 2016-2017

From Chapel Hill Friends Meeting

Matt Drake, 2017, served on the CFS Board from 1988 to 1992 as an appointee of the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting. He resigned to join the CFS Development Staff where he worked until retiring in 2010. Matt was re-appointed to the Board by the Meeting in 2011. Matt’s wife, Lynn, also served as a Board member and was Clerk of the Board. They are parents of Matt ’92 and Rebecca ’94. Matt is Clerk of the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting and president of his homeowners association. He formerly clerked the Board of the School of the Spirit, a Quaker organization working to deepen the spiritual life of Friends. He exercises regularly, reads mysteries, follows UNC basketball, and delights in helping care for three grandsons.    

Bill Jenkins, 2019, is CEO of Community Health Analytics and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at UNC. Previously, he taught at Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He’d served for two decades as Supervisory Epidemiologist in the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bill also managed the Participant Health Benefits Program, which assures medical services to the survivors of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. He has been instrumental in founding the Institute for African American Health, the Public Health Sciences Institute at Morehouse College, the Master of Public Health program at Morehouse (the first such program at a historically black institution), and the Society for Analysis of African American Public Health Issues.

Bill obtained his B.A. in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He holds a Master's degree in Biostatistics from Georgetown University and both a Master in Public Health degree and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from UNC-Chapel Hill (which honored him with a 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award). He has also completed Biostatistics post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Bill was an active member of the Friends Meeting of Atlanta and a Board chair for the Friends School of Atlanta. He currently serves on the Board of the American Friends Service Committee.

Pat Mann, 2018, has been connected to CFS for some 16 years. His son's entire education was at Carolina Friends, starting at Chapel Hill Early School and graduating from Upper School. His daughter attended CFS from Campus Early School thru Middle School before transferring to and graduating from George School. He is a member of Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, a member of the board of advisors for Orange County Adult Soccer League, a nurse, and an artist-blacksmith. He and his wife, a former CFS trustee, are now starting a project to grow organic produce to distribute to those in need, under the name White Swan Farm and Forge.

Buffie Webber, 2017, is a real estate agent. She has been on the vanguard of new technologies in managing one of the first computer teleconferences and later in overseeing the first implementation of the Internet in east and southern Africa. As a nonprofit employee and Board member, she has extensive experience in employee self-governance and boards utilizing policy governance models. She has a M.B.A. from Simmons Graduate School of Management. The Webber family traveled the world (living in Jamaica, Kenya, Ecuador, Barbados, and Guatemala) to choose Chapel Hill as their home and quickly became active in the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting. Buffie's antecedents welcomed early Quakers as they arrived in New England with donations of land for Meetinghouses. She serves on the CFS Board's Executive Committee and clerks the Governance Committee. 

From Durham Friends Meeting

Larry Chapman, 2017, serves on the Business and Investment Committees. He attends Durham Friends Meeting with his wife Jennifer and his sons, Benjamin and Henry, both recent students in the Upper School. Larry holds an M.B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and works as a financial counselor and planner. He has previously served as Treasurer of Durham Friends Meeting and as President and Treasurer of the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association in Durham.

John St. Clair, 2017, works for RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute, and leads its international regional offices in Africa, Asia, and Central America. His family lived in Nairobi, Kenya for two years, returning to North Carolina in 2013; while on a sabbatical in 2007-2008 they backpacked for a year around the world, visiting more than 15 countries. John and his wife Kelli Dugan have three children who have attended CFS at various times. Ainsley ‘14 and Jack '16 are CFS alumni and Eliot is in the Upper School. John has been actively involved with Carolina Friends School and the Durham Friends Meeting since 2001.

Nikki Vangsnes2018, clerks the Head of School Search Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning, Business, and Governance Committees. She and Upper School staff member Jamie Hysjulien are parents of CFS graduates Flannery ’98, Liam ’01, and Aidan ’07 and grandparents of Nora, a Lower Schooler. Nikki has been actively involved in the Durham Friends Meeting since 1985 and currently clerks the South Region Executive Committee and serves on the Board of the American Friends Service Committee. In 2013, she served on the planning committee for the Quaker Pilgrimage to northern England and is helping facilitate the 2017 Pilgrimage. Nikki has worked since 1999 at Duke University as the Associate Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine.

Bill Velto, 2019, is a member of the Durham Friends Meeting. He is a Social Science teacher and has taught high school in New York, Texas, and North Carolina. Bill likes cooking and reading impossibly dense history tomes. He is also interested in helping teachers use new technology to create a more authentic and dynamic classroom experience. Bill and his wife Linda have two children, Alex and Margaret.


Co-Opted Members 

Tom Bond, 2019, convenes the Investment Committee and serves on the Business Committee. He and his wife Karen Curtin (who serves on the CFS Audit Committee) are the parents of David Bond who graduated from CFS in 2016. Tom and his family moved from Chicago where he was a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange for 35 years, served as a Director for 18 years, and was elected Vice Chairman for five years. He is happy to be active in his new community, both at CFS and as a volunteer with the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Chapel Hill. He also loves the opportunity to play outdoor tennis year round!

Cynthia Clinton, 2019served previously on the CFS Board and is the parent of a CFS alum, Gregory, and a Durham School of the Arts alum, Megan. She enjoys walking, reading, tennis, sewing, and learning almost anything new.  She is a long-time attendee of Durham Friends Meeting and serves on the fellowship committee. Cynthia attended and loved her experiences as a student at Spelman College and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill. She works at Duke University as assistant vice-president for harassment and discrimination compliance.    

John DiLiberti, 2018, is a pediatrician who works in the pharmaceutical industry and at UNC-CH as Adjunct Professor of Social Medicine. Previously he served as a full-time medical faculty member at institutions in Oregon, Connecticut, and Illinois. While in Oregon he was a founding member of the boards of Multnomah County Child Abuse Coalition and Advocates for Children’s Accident Prevention. He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of Cara, a 2015 CFS graduate. When John isn’t working at home in Hillsborough he may be found traveling to and from visits to his granddaughter, Sophie, in Portland, Oregon - or peering through large telephoto lenses to capture elusive avian or lepidopteran species.

Amos Fodchuk, 2018, is husband to Katy as well as father to Ansel (Lower School) and Evelyn (Campus Early School). Amos was born in Canada, has traveled to over 30 countries, and also lived as an expatriate in both South Korea and France. He is a career educator, having earned distinction as both a National Board Certified Teacher and Fulbright Scholar in his 10 years in the classroom. Currently, Amos is founder and president of Advanced Learning Partnerships, a national consulting firm that supports a wide range of stakeholders to produce innovative education models for students and adults.

Mark Kuhn, 2019, is a parent of two CFS alums, Elena '99 and Eric '01, as well as a grandparent of Alula (Lower School) and Stella (Durham Early School). He is an investment advisor and serves on the CFS Business Committee, Governance Committee, Investment Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the Head Review Committee. Mark also serves on the boards of the Friends Council on Education, the Brady Education Foundation, Student U, and the Triangle Community Foundation.

Hopie Fulkerson Mooney, 2017, is a native of the Durham/Chapel Hill/Hillsborough area and graduated from Carolina Friends School in 1997. She considers herself a “lifer” and began her CFS career in the Lower School in Fire Class and Forest Class. Hopie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a practicing Child and Family Therapist at both Duke and in private practice. She has served on the Advancement Committee (and the Alumni Outreach Subcommittee) and the Head of School Search Committee, and has helped organize several alumni events locally. She lives in Durham with her husband, Charlie, and daughter, Luca. Hopie authored the CFS "Raising Healthy Children" column in the February 2015 issue of Health and Healing magazine.

John Richardson, 2017, is an alumnus who started at the Durham Early School in 1983 and graduated from the Upper School in 1997. His two children, Lola (nine) and Niley (seven), both attend CFS in the Lower School. His sister Suzanne is also a "CFS lifer" who graduated in 2001 and their mother Carol is a former trustee. John works in the Office of Planning and Sustainability for the Town of Chapel Hill, where he helps to develop programs, policies, and initiatives for enhancing organizational and community sustainability. John formerly served on the ad hoc Land and Facilities Committee and and the ad hoc Committee on Affordability, Accessibility, and Sustainability. He now co-clerks the Business Committee with Felix Wong.

Chris Ringwalt, 2019, has longstanding ties with Carolina Friends School. His mother, Mildred Ringwalt, was one of the School's co-founders; his son Stuart attended CFS Early, Middle, and Upper School; and he has served previously on the CFS Board. Chris currently works as an injury prevention and substance abuse researcher both at UNC and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

Omid Safi, 2018, and his family were looking for a daycare for their youngest child, Layla, when they stumbled across the Chapel Hill Early School. They realized very soon that it was not a day care, but a fortress of love. Many schools talk about “teaching the whole child.” Here it was a reality. Many talk about acknowledging the light within all. At CFS it is an ultimate commitment and a daily mission. Their lives have been enriched by being a part of this beautiful and growing community. Three of the Safi children are now enrolled at CFS, at the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.

Omid is a professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, with interests that range from the study of medieval Islamic spirituality to the poetry of Rumi to the civil rights movement. His life is devoted to exploring the connection between love and justice, the legacies of spirituality and adamant nonviolent resistance to tyranny and oppression. A noted public intellectual, he is a frequent guest on national and international media on matters related to contemporary Islam and the Middle East. He is the head of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and in the summer times leads an adult educational tour to Turkey, http://illuminatedtours.com, (and someday, Iran) to promote understanding. 

Chari Smith, 2018, is mom to Kathryn Diamant, CFS Class of 2011. She co-chairs the Alumni Parent Committee for the Building Friends Campaign. Chari is a biochemist who recently retired from GSK where she did diabetes research and was Biology Leader, North America, for Discovery Partnerships with Academia, which develops and funds research collaborations with academic scientists for the discovery of new medicines. Her former board experience includes: Vice President for ritual and education of the Chapel Hill Kehillah synagogue, Board President of The Scrap Exchange, and Board member of the Waltham Battered Women's Shelter. Chari does yoga, hikes, reads, and travels in her spare time. (on sabbatical from Board, 2016-2107)

Hawley Truax, 2019, and his wife, Jane Thrailkill, are the parents of Naomi (Upper School) and Olivia, a CFS alumna. He was active with the Next Step capital campaign as a volunteer and with the Building Friends capital campaign as a Board member. He has served on the Advancement and Business Committees and as Co-Clerk of the Ad Hoc Committee on Affordability, Accessibility, and Sustainability. He currently serves on the ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee. Since 2008, Hawley has worked as a program officer with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, where he is responsible for environmental grantmaking throughout North Carolina.

Felix Wong, 2018, serves on the Business Committee and the Investment Committee. He and his wife, Nili, are the parents of Anand '16 and Chaitan (Middle School). Felix is a partner at Florida Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on the middle market.  


Emeriti Members

Martha Klopfer has served on the CFS board since the founding of the School and took Emerita status in Fall 2009. She has worked on nearly every Board committee, served as Clerk of the Board for nine years, currently works with the Advancement Committee and the Quaker Spiritual Life Committee, and co-chaired the Building Friends capital campaign. She has volunteer-taught, coached, and led interest groups at CFS. Martha says, “The School has been my occupation, besides farm and family. A joy!” 

Peter Klopfer served continuously on the CFS Board from founding the School with other Friends in 1962 until 2014, and took Emeritus status in June 2010. He has taught classes, served on nearly every committee, and been Clerk of the Board. Apart from his life at CFS, he is a biologist on the Duke faculty. He and his wife are dedicated athletes: they run, ride bikes, ride horseback, kayak...the list goes on!

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