A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area


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 Head of School, and delegates to her/him the authority to hire staff. The Head of School and staff develop the curriculum and manage the daily operation of the School.

The 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. Natasha Nazareth-Phelps 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 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!

2017-2018 Board of Trustees

Clerk: Mark Kuhn

Members from the Durham and Chapel Hill Friends Meetings

Larry Chapman '20

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 McMullan Cleaver '20

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."

Pat Mann '18

Pat and his wife Pam Schwingl (former board member) homestead on 27 acres in Cedar Grove raising vegetables, donkeys, sheep, chickens and guinea hens. Pat is a retired nurse and an artist/blacksmith. He serves on the board of Farmer Food Share and the Orange County Adult Soccer League Foundation. His two children, Nick and Thea Mann, both attended CFS.

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."

John St. Clair '18

John St. Clair 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 they have one child who is in the Upper School. John has been actively involved with Carolina Friends School and the Durham Friends Meeting since 2001.

Why I serve:

"I serve on the CFS Board because I strongly believe in the value of a Quaker education, having seen its positive impact on my own children and so many others."

Faye Stanley '20

Faye Stanley is a member of the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, and co-clerk of the Ministry & Worship committee. She and her husband Chris, a former trustee, have two children who attended CFS. Faye has led professional development at CFS, most recently a multi-year storytelling project in the Middle School. Faye led students in cultural, arts-integrated work at the CFS Early and Middle schools, and she and Chris have also contributed to musical components of a number of CFS theatre projects.

Faye is a national teaching artist for the John F. Kennedy Center, specializing in professional development for educators. Her work utilizes culture-based music, stories, and games to create culturally responsive, arts-based learning strategies for teaching all academic content areas. She holds a PhD in Education: the arts, creativity, and culture, with research based in the Maori, Native Oneida and Hawaiian, and African American traditions. True to her own southern heritage, Faye loves tellin’ tales and leading community music-making.

Why I serve:
"CFS is a place where young folks have the opportunity to become creative, self-aware adults who are well equipped to be a powerful, positive force in the world. I have long been impressed by the capacity of CFS students and graduates to advocate for themselves, their communities, and those that lack the resources to do so. I can think of no more important mission, and I want to support that in every way possible."

Nikki Vangsnes '18

Nikki Vangsnes clerked 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 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.

Why I serve:

"From the first time I set foot on the CFS campus as a young parent, I knew I had found a very special place. The Quaker values expressed in the beautifully written philosophy statement were truly being lived out. More than 30 years later, I see how the School’s values continue to express themselves – through the innovative and mission-driven curriculum, the ways people listen to and respect each other, the careful stewardship of our natural resources and the commitment to service. It is an honor to be able to support CFS as it continues to nurture both individual students and the wider community seeing 'that of God in everyone.'"

Bill Velto '19

Bill is a career educator with nearly thirty years (and counting) of classroom experience in both public and independent schools. He is a member of the Durham Friends Meeting. Social justice and the topics discussed in his classroom often intersect.

Why I serve:

"I volunteered to be nominated to the Board of Trustees because I believe strongly in the mission of the school, especially in empowering students to make positive change in the world."

Buffie Webber '20

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.

Co-Opted Members

Tom Bond '19

Tom Bond 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.

And, he also loves the opportunity to play outdoor tennis year round!

Why I serve:

"I continue to serve on the CFS board out of a desire to contribute to the success of the school and its students. I have enjoyed using my background to help the school with its finances and investments."

Liz Bruno '20

Liz Pungello Bruno is a parent of one student in the Upper School and two CFS alums. She is President of the Brady Education Foundation and a Research Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is returning to service as a CFS trustee after having served from 2008 through 2015, and has served on the Business Committee, Investment Committee, Head Support Committee, and Land and Facilities Committee.

Why I serve:

"I have worked throughout my career to promote high quality educational experiences for all children, and I serve as a CFS Trustee because I feel passionately about the values and ideals promoted and nurtured at CFS."

Margy Campion '20

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 '20

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 DiLiberti '21

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.

Amos Fodchuk '18

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."

Hopie Fulkerson Mooney '20

Hopie Fulkerson Mooney 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, the Alumni Outreach Subcommittee, the Quaker Character committee, the Head of School Search Committee, and the Head Review Committee, and has helped organize several alumni events locally. She lives in Durham with her daughter.

Why I serve:

"I am led to serve because Friends School is a part of me and I am forever grateful. Giving back is paramount — for students, families, communities, and the world!"

Mark Kuhn '19

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."

Chris Ringwalt '19

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 '18

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."

Hawley Truax '19

Hawley Truax and his wife, Jane Thrailkill, are the parents of a current Upper Schooler and 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.

Why I serve:

"I serve on the CFS board because I am grateful to the entire school community for warmly embracing and continually enriching our family during my daughters' combined 17 years at the school, and I want to help ensure that this unique education is accessible to families of all backgrounds in the Triangle area for generations to come."

Felix Wong '21

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."

Members Emeriti

Martha Klopfer

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

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!