Our Board of Trustees consists of current and former parents and grandparents, alumni, educators, and members of local Quaker Meetings, all dedicated to supporting the mission and philosophy of Carolina Friends School.
The Board sets broad policies regarding the School’s operation, oversees long range planning and the hiring of the Head of School (HOS). The authority to hire staff is delegated to the Head. Curriculum development and management of the daily operations of the School are undertaken by the HOS, the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning, and staff.
The Board is composed of up to twenty-three members drawn from each of the Friends Meetings in Durham and Chapel Hill, and co-opted members appointed by the Board. Natasha Nazareth-Phelps serves as legal advisor. Our current standing committees are Executive, Business, Governance, Advancement, Facilities, Quaker Character, Investment and Audit. Except for the Executive Committee, (whose members are chosen by the Board Clerk), Trustees sort themselves onto the committees to which they feel led.
Most full Board meetings are open meetings, and are listed on the online All-School calendar. The Board is scheduling its meetings for 2019-2020 to afford more deliberative discussion, beginning with a full Board retreat on Sept. 21. If you are interested in attending, please check with Nancy McGilvary to confirm meeting location and times. You may also read executive summaries of past meetings, which are approved in the next subsequent meeting and posted.
Look for Board members at school events - you'll recognize us wearing the same permanent nametags as staff, and you may reach us by emailing CFSBoardClerk@cfsnc.org.
We're eager to meet members of the CFS community!
2019-2020 Board of Trustees
Clerk: Mark Kuhn
Members from the Durham and Chapel Hill Friends Meetings
Larry Chapman 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.
Why I serve:
"I serve on the CFS board because my children had a wonderful experience at CFS, and I want to help the school continue its mission of providing an excellent Quaker education to future generations."
Julia is a CFS alum and is a member of the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting. A professional librarian, she worked in international women's health organizations for twenty years after spending some time in school libraries. Julia is currently providing literature searches for medical device safety regulations from her home in Chatham County.
Why I serve:
"I serve on the CFS Board because I love the mission of the school. The personal relationships with teachers during my difficult middle school years launched me into the world with a deep sense of worth. I was also led to join the Society of Friends through exposure to the tenets of Quakerism practiced daily at the school. It was only when I returned as a teaching intern that I realized how deeply those lessons had guided my life choices."
Why I serve:
"I serve on the CFS board because I believe the CFS experience, based on Quaker educational principals, truly allows each student to become the best of who they are and teaches them how to think and learn, and fosters growth of the whole being."
Jane was a teacher for 33 years. There was never anything else she wanted to do as a career, and the best years of her teaching were in two Quaker schools in Maryland. She and her husband raised four children, and also delight in their eight grandchildren. Almost twenty years into retirement, she enjoys life in the Carolina pines, being active in Durham Friends Meeting, and spending time with family, especially in the Smokies.
Why I serve:
"I newly serve on the board to be a bridge to my meeting, Durham Friends. Although we don’t impose Quaker values on anyone, or seek to convert anyone, the unusual thing about the values of Quakerism is that they will make one a better person, no matter their religious faith."
Buffie Webber 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.
Margy Campion is an alum parent of Austin, ’02 and, currently, co-clerk of the Governance Committee. In her previous CFS Board service she served on the Strategic Planning Committee (’08 Plan), Land & Facilities, Benefits, and as Clerk of Advancement. She was fully involved in the Building Friends Campaign from start to finish. Previously, Margy was an early childhood educator (3s and 4s), and continues to love every opportunity she has to get into CFS classrooms, as they provide the best continuing education available.
Why I serve:
"I serve on the CFS Board of Trustees because the School walks its talk like no other organization. I believe in this school. It is an honor to serve in support of CFS Staff, students and families who can and do 'change the world.'"
Marty Clemons and her family relocated to Durham two years ago from Chicago. She has two daughters in the Upper School. Marty’s first career was as a securities lawyer for the SEC. She then became Chief Counsel of ABN AMRO Asset Management (USA). Marty also worked as a securities lawyer at Northern Trust in Chicago. Marty left corporate America to stay home to raise her daughters. She owned a social enterprise yoga studio with a mission to make yoga more affordable and accessible in under-resourced communities. She is a founder of the Socially-Engaged Yoga Network.
Marty is heavily engaged in the local regenerative economy and sustainable agriculture movement. Marty and her husband, John Kramer, own a biofuel company called SYNC BioResources.
Why I serve:
"I serve on the CFS Board as a way to give back, and to be more connected with my community."
John H. DiLiberti is a no-longer-practicing pediatrician, who has served as a member of the full-time faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Connecticut, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and the University of 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 subsequently worked for over a decade doing pharmaceutical development research.
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 in Portland, Oregon, or peering through large telephoto lenses to capture elusive lepidopteran or avian species.
Along with his wife, Katy, Amos is parent to two children in the Lower and Middle Schools. He was born in Canada and believes passionately in the power of travel as a catalyst for learning and leadership. He is a career educator, having earned distinctions as both a National Board Certified Teacher and Fulbright Scholar throughout his ten years as a high school teacher. Currently, he is founder and president of Advanced Learning Partnerships, an education consulting firm that supports the creation of innovative learning models throughout the United States and Canada.
Why I serve:
"I am in my seventh year of service as a CFS trustee. I am humbled and energized by the clear alignment that this School continues to earn with its local and extended community. Throughout my career, I have worked with educators in literally hundreds of schools across and beyond our continent. The CFS commitment to learning that reflects the authentic, evolving needs of each student is among the most sincere and successful that I have witnessed. It is my privilege to support our community as a trustee, parent, educator and citizen."
Mark is a parent of two CFS alums and a current grandparent. He is an investment advisor and serves on the CFS Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the Head Review Committee, and currently serves as the Board Clerk.
Why I serve:
"I believe that education is essential to furthering the advancement of civilization and I serve on CFS and other boards with a focus on youth education. These currently include the Brady Education Foundation, Student U, and the Triangle Community Foundation."
- Bill O'Connor '22
- John Richardson '22
- Chris Ringwalt '19
- Omid Safi '21
- Chari Smith '21
- Felix Wong '21
Chris Ringwalt 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.
Why I serve:
"I serve on the Board because of my commitment to the School, to honor my mother's extraordinary vision as a founder, and to demonstrate my appreciation for the School's role in molding our son Stuart into the exceptionally fine and much loved teacher he is today."
Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual. He is the Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to spiritual traditions that link together love and justice. Omid was recently invited by the family of Dr. Martin Luther King to speak from Ebenezer Church in Atlanta during the 49th annual commemoration for Dr. King.
Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions and has a book book on the famed mystic Rumi.
Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He regularly blogs at On Being, and leads a summer program focused on the Sufi tradition in Turkey and Morocco, called Illuminated Tours.
Why I serve:
"We often tell our children that it is possible to change the world. Much more rarely do we give our children the tools on how to do so, and how to be mindful of how changing the world is connected to the deep inner transformation of our own souls. I serve on the CFS Board of Trustees and my children attend CFS because it is the loveliest way I know of helping them see that the task of acknowledging the light inside each and every soul—including themselves—already mingles with the task of creating the just and beautiful beloved community in which we all so desperately yearn to live."
Felix Wong serves on the Business, the Investment, and the Executive Committees. He and his wife, Nili, are the parents of an alumnus and a current Upper Schooler. Felix is a partner at Florida Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on the middle market.
Why I serve:
"My commitment to CFS is driven by a love for the school’s values and mission."
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!