AMONG FRIENDS Fall 2011
21st Century Skills Highlight Strategic Plan
2010 - 11 Annual Report of Donors Featuring Alumni and Faculty Art NEW SCHOOL COMMITTEE CLERK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS
A Message from the Head of School A Great Faculty and Staff Drives a Great Strategic Plan The excitement that surrounded the 2010-11 school year was in part due to the 225th anniversary of Moorestown Friends and the many festive celebrations that accompanied that milestone. Another key component was the successful progress of fundraising efforts to begin conversion of the former South Annex on the Greenleaf property into a fine classroom building. The entire school celebrated a memorable Construction Kickoff on the Greenleaf campus in early May. Yet another energizing aspect of the 2010-11 school year was the collective effort of hundreds of MFS community members to develop a new and bold Strategic Plan. Over 1,000 people completed Strategic Plan surveys, and over 100 people participated in various working groups. The Strategic Plan Committee consisted of 20 MFS community members (see right). You will read elsewhere in this issue about the six areas of focus: 21st Century Skills, the Quaker Dimension, Diversity and Community, Technology and Communications, Fiscal Integrity, and Innovative & Extracurricular Programs. Together, the goals established for 2015 are well-defined and institutionally invigorating. Interestingly, the single most important element in the successful implementation of the Plan is not directly mentioned in the document itself. That’s because it is simply a given in all we do at MFS: retain and attract the very finest faculty, staff, and students. We agree with Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, that well-articulated, broadly shared plans are essential. But even more important is the quality of the people who carry out the plan. A mediocre plan with terrific people can produce satisfactory results. A terrific plan with mediocre people yields nothing but disappointment. We are indeed fortunate at Moorestown Friends School to have “Great Kids” and “Great Teachers” working with capable staff, talented administrators, and dedicated trustees to provide an extraordinary learning and growing experience for every one of our 700+ students. The admissions and hiring processes are critical to this outcome, as are the support and development we provide for all of our students, faculty, and staff. From this effort, we achieve the outcomes needed to ensure the strength of MFS now and in the future.
The 2011 Strategic Plan Committee Co-Clerks Barbara Caldwell Naoji Moriuchi ’94 Members Andy Ananthakrishnan Dave Baiada ’95 Sandy Hoeppner Brown Deborah Bruvik Haley Coles Driscoll ’86 Meridee Duddleston Bill Guthe Mindy Holman Brian Howard Steve Kolaris Dorothy Lopez Nick Smith Ashlynne Thomson Emily Traver Larry Van Meter ’68
Karen Washington Steve Zakroff Stephanie Zarus
Larry Van Meter ’68 Head of School
Stephen G. DiCicco, Consultant
AMONG FRIENDS Fall 2011
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL 110 East Main Street Moorestown, NJ 08057 (856) 235-2900, www.mfriends.org Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68 Published By The Development Office
Contents News and Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bill Guthe Reflects on His Tenure as Clerk . . . . . . .6 A Letter from Clerk Naoji Moriuchi
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Strategic Plan Focuses on 21st Century Skills . . . . .8
Director of Development Stephen Zakroff
Alumni Association Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Assistant Director of Development Beth Stouffer
Faculty/Staff Retirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Schlotterbeck Director of Parent and Alumni Programs Matt Nierenberg Director of Annual Giving Kristy Embrack Development Office Staff Sue Giacchetto, Elaine Parellada, Michelle Wartenberg
Great Classrooms for Great Kids – The Math & Science Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 2010-11 Annual Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .i-xxxvi Class Notes
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In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
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News and Notes
Two MFS Students Receive National Recognition in YES Competition Darshak Thosani ’11 and current senior Eva Gelernt were named Regional Finalists in the College Board’s 2011 Young Epidemiologist Scholarship (YES) Competition. They were among 60 students nationwide selected to attend the YES National Event from April 15-18 in Washington, D.C. MFS was one of only three schools nationwide to have more than one student named a finalist in this prestigious competition. Thosani’s project was titled: “Farmers' Markets to Diabetes and Obesity: A Comparative Study.” Gelernt’s project was titled: “Let Sleeping Pets Lie: A Cross-sectional Study of Pet Ownership and Caretaking and Sleeping Problems.” The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for original student research is designed to inspire talented students to investigate the many behavioral, biological, environmental, and social factors that affect health and, based upon this knowledge, to identify ways to improve the health of the public.
MFS Wins Elementary Science Olympiad In May, MFS hosted and won the New Jersey Science Olympiad Elementary School Division (Grades 4-6) tournament, finishing tops among 13 competing schools. The MFS Elementary Science Olympiad competitors were sixth graders: Jack Burrows, Chiara Cocelli, Vishal Doshi, Margaux Fox, Andrew Lin, Marcel Nelson, Alyssa Runyan, Piercson Sheehan, Tyler Stolzenberger and Alexis Watson. The fifth grade students on the team were: Jonathan D’Souza, Max Hajduk, Michael Pansius, Katie Paw, Alec Ryden and Navarrow Wright. MFS Middle School science teacher/coaches who worked with the students were Deborah Bruvik and Chuck Blatherwick.
THE FOX DEN Boys Tennis Garners Third Straight Non-Public B South Title Moorestown Friends School captured the NJSIAA Non-Public B South in May with a 3-2 victory over St. Rose of Belmar in the championship match. It capped an incredible run by Coach Mike Bodary's team, seeded fourth, which won three consecutive 3-2 matches to earn the program's third consecutive sectional title. They first downed #5 seed Ranney School and followed that victory with an upset of #1 seed Wardlaw-Hartridge.
The 2011 boys tennis team celebrates after their championship match victory. Founding Boys Lacrosse Coach Steve Yingling Retires Steve Yingling, who founded the MFS boys lacrosse program in 2002, retired at the conclusion of a successful 10-4 season which saw the team qualify for the Friends Schools League playoffs and NJSIAA playoffs. At Varsity Night he was presented with a plaque recognizing his service to the program filled with photos from his past teams. His 2011 team achieved the second highest win total in the 10-year history of the program. Jake O’Donnell ’11 and Greg Yingling ’11 surpassed the career 100-point milestone during the 2011 season.
Senior Fencer Named All-State Claire Ponticello ’11 was named First Team AllState Women’s Foil by the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association. The two-year captain plans to continue her fencing career at Duke University. She finished fourth in foil at the state championships last season. 2
News and Notes Seniors Take Advantage of Alumni and Alumni Parent Connections
A h andf ul o f C la s s o f 2011 s t u de n ts ch o se S e n io r Pro je c ts s u p e r v is e d by a lum n i a n d/o r a lum n i p a re n ts . Amo ng t h e m :
Shakeil Greeley with President and Senior Creative Director Alison Judah ’86
Adrienne Saludades with Medical Director of Brain Rehabilitation Tim Young ’88
Alex Schoifet with President and Chief Operating Officer Nin Saunders
Virtua Health, Office of the President
Nick Cook and Bryce Langlotz with Owner Seiji Moriuchi ’98
Taylor Cheng with Founder and Managing Partner Mel Baiada
News and Notes
Four Appointed to School Committee
From left: Toni Proffitt Brown, Peter Cronk, Nick Smith and Mindy Holman. Four members of the MFS community were recently appointed to the School Committee: Toni Proffitt Brown is the Chief Administrative Officer at the Delaware River Port Authority. During her 17-year tenure, she has also served as: Manager, Affirmative Action; Director, Office of Business Development & Equal Opportunity; and Deputy Chief, Business Development and Equal Opportunity. Brown was recently a member of the MFS 21st Century Skills Strategic Planning Working Group. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. Brown and her husband Michael are parents of Matthew, a junior at MFS, and Rachel, an eighth grader at Westfield Friends School. Peter Cronk is a partner with Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. He assists clients in procuring and litigating
patents, trademarks and copyrights. He also practices in the areas of technology transfer and licensing, trade secret protection, trade dress and unfair competition. Cronk has a B.S. from Lehigh University and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He and wife Kristen are members of Moorestown Monthly Meeting and parents of two MFS students: fifth grader Brian and seventh grader Connor. Mindy Holman is President and CEO of Holman Automotive. She joined the company in 1986, representing the third generation of this family-owned and operated business, which comprises car and truck dealerships in South Jersey and South Florida as well as automotive-related businesses. She is chair of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Camden County and vice chair of the Board of the Community Foundation of South Jersey. This year she received the Alice Paul Institute’s Equality Award. She was a member of the MFS Strategic Planning Committee and co-clerked the Fiscal Integrity Working Group. She has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. from Old Dominion University. She and her husband Frank Beideman are the parents of senior Brad Beideman and ninth grader Joseph Beideman. Nick Smith is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and owner of The Universal Group Corporation, an importer and nationwide distributor of suspension components for the truck and trailer industry headquartered in Pennsauken. He served on the MFS Strategic Planning Committee and was co-clerk with Priscilla TaylorWilliams of the Quaker Dimension Working Group. Smith has a J.D. from Duke University and a B.A. from Brown University. Nick and his wife Annik have been active in Parent Council, most recently serving as Lower School Coordinators. Their son Elliot is a second grader at MFS. The family lives in Moorestown and are attenders of Moorestown Monthly Meeting.
Read about the appointment of Naoji Moriuchi ’94 as Clerk of the School Committee on Page 7.
Pozdniakova Provides Keynote Remarks at Cum Laude/Honors Banquet
Anastasia Pozdniakova ’96 served as the keynote speaker at the Cum Laude/Honors Banquet
in May. She is managing director at Fieldstone Private Capital Group, an employee-owned
boutique investment bank, where she has been for over 10 years. Her firm provides services worldwide to clients in the energy and infrastructure industries. She is a specialist in capital
raising, acquisitions, divestitures, renewable energy, renewable power, electricity generation and infrastructure financing.
A double alumna of the University of Penn’s Wharton School with a B.S. in economics and an
M.B.A., Pozdiakova was the captain of the Penn women’s tennis team, earning Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy League honors during her career.
At the banquet, 14 students were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, 10 students were
inducted into world language honor societies and 15 students were honored for completion of the MFS Honors Program.
Anastasia Pozdniakova ’96 speaks to students and guests.
News and Notes
Faculty Factoids Josefina Paolello
World Language Department Chair
Academic Technology Coordinator
B.S. Bowling Green State University; M.A. Villanova University
B.A., M.S. Ed. St. Joseph's University; M.A. University of Southern California
Favorite Lesson: In my Level V Spanish classes, students become the teacher for one period and they are required to present a grammar topic to the class. Students are responsible for visuals, assessments and planning various activities related to the topic. I love this lesson because students always surprise me with amazing and creative activities. It also allows me to learn not only new activities for my own lessons but students’ unique learning styles.
Favorite Lesson: I love planning and teaching research projects, especially ones that carefully go through the process start-to-finish, because they provide students with a lasting way to take charge of their own learning. What I enjoy most about teaching and working at MFS: I enjoy working with all my colleagues at MFS, but I especially appreciate the kindness, dedication and work ethic of my colleagues in the technology department.
What I enjoy most about teaching at MFS: My favorite thing about MFS is the dedicated and caring community. I enjoy been part of a faculty that takes pride in developing lessons that promote independent and collaborative work skills. I also enjoy sharing my classroom with students who work hard to reach their full potential.
Favorite Movie(s): The Graduate; just about any Alfred Hitchcock movie; a number of Woody Allen movies, like Hannah and Her Sisters, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan, Husbands and Wives and others; The Philadelphia Story.
Favorite Movie: The Birdcage
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Foods: Sweet plantains, macadamia nuts and plain dark chocolate.
Something you may not know about me: I was an auctioneer for a short time. I have an intense loathing for coconut shavings and any kind of fuzzy fruit (i.e., peaches and kiwis). I probably love Harry Potter books more than my kids do. I am related to the colonial poet Anne Bradstreet.
Something you may not know about me: I have been practicing Yoga for the last 16 years and one day I would like to obtain a Yoga teaching certificate to work with senior citizens. About her 2011 MFS Zekavat Summer Sabbatical: I traveled to Buenos Aires this summer to study Argentinian culture and to compare it to other Spanish-speaking countries. Buenos Aires, known as the “Paris of South America,” was truly a beautiful city. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with the MFS community. Things I like to do in my spare time: I love to cook and I’m always modifying my favorite recipes. Planning and cooking an elaborate dinner is something I look forward to…but not the cleaning.
Things I like to do in my spare time: Knit, read, drink cocoa or coffee, sew, watch Top Chef, play with the iPad (I love “Words with Friends,” but I am terrible at it), modern dance, yoga, do crafts and/or read with my daughters, take a walk with my family, spend time at our family cottage in Maine, think about my favorite California places and memories, take photographs, chat with my husband about 'most anything, chat on the phone with a girlfriend, create a website for someone who really needs one.
• Want to support a community that embraces diversity. • Use Friends decision-making processes to work together in achieving the school’s mission. • Believe that a ‘successful’ individual is one who understands what he or she is called to do, and is effective in doing that work. • Believe that children should be nurtured in many ways in order to become a balanced individual. This can be accomplished by developing creative, athletic, spiritual, problem-solving, resilience and leadership skills
Former Clerk Reflects on Eight Years of Leadership Bill Guthe served as School Committee Clerk for eight years, ending in June. He is the Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Coordinator at Princeton University. Bill and his wife Carol “Kiyo” Moriuchi ’71 are the parents of three MFS alumni: Emiko ’02, Greg ’05 and Geoffrey “Yas” Guthe ’10. Guthe took time to provide some reflections about his tenure as Clerk. By Bill Guthe Over the years, I’ve seen many reasons why someone agrees to serve as an MFS trustee. A trustee may: • Appreciate the education one’s children are receiving or received. • Appreciate one’s own MFS education. • See what the school has meant in the lives of others, and want to ensure that experience continues. • Wish to honor the work done by others – especially teachers and administrators. • Appreciate the school’s current leadership and be excited about current opportunities. • Want to influence the school’s long-term direction. • Follow a family tradition to give back to one’s community. • Want to support one of the most significant Quaker outreaches in the community. • Have skills and expertise that can benefit the Board, and enjoy working with the Board and the Administration. Any one of these motivations is important, but not sufficient. Most importantly, the school’s mission has to resonate with a potential trustee. A trustee must: • Value the ‘twin pillars’ because our nation and world needs adults with both ethical principles and strong analytical skills. 6
The goals of our mission are not easy to measure, and there is no simple way to implement them. Achieving our goals involves: • Having inspirational teachers and administrators who represent the skills and attitudes we seek to nurture in our students. • Giving each child opportunities to grow, to explore new talents and work together to achieve common goals. • Responding to changing circumstances by adopting new approaches to prepare children for a future about which we can only speculate. • Ensuring the resources needed to make all this happen are available to faculty, staff and students. Under Head of School Larry Van Meter and Associate Head and Academic Dean Barbara Caldwell’s leadership, we have enjoyed a very successful school, well aligned with its mission. It has been so successful that we need improved facilities and more financial resources to ensure its continued success. In the coming years, the Board will need to: • Implement the 2011 Strategic Plan. • Build an endowment worthy of the school. • Generate a culture of philanthropy throughout the school community, and set an example that can benefit our region as a whole. • Use the skills of each trustee to his or her maximum ability. It has been an honor to serve as Clerk of the School Committee/Board of Trustees for the past eight years, and to serve the Board in a variety of capacities since 1983. The dedication, generosity and hard work of my fellow trustees have inspired me over the years. I have been equally inspired by the administration, faculty and staff who make service to MFS the defining feature of their work lives. Larry’s leadership of the school has been outstanding, and his assistance to me as Clerk exceptional. I am very pleased that Naoji Moriuchi will be the next School Committee Clerk. He brings to the task energy, enthusiasm, a deep knowledge of MFS and the community, as well as a good sense of people. I was fortunate to serve on the Board with his father Fred and mother Caroline at an important time in the life of MFS. Their involvement was critical to the school’s success. I am sure Naoji will build well on the work done in the past as we look toward the future.
A Letter from New School Committee Clerk Naoji Moriuchi ’94 New School Committee Clerk Naoji Moriuchi ’94 is a realtor associate at B.T. Edgar & Son Realtors in Moorestown. Prior to entering the real estate industry, he worked in marketing for U.S. Interactive, Bluestone Consulting/Sengen and The Company Corporation. A graduate of Bates College, Moriuchi has served on the School Committee since 2005. He and his wife Michelle are the parents of MFS preschooler Mina and Naomi. Dear Members of the MFS Community: Moorestown Friends School is a special place for many people, including me. Some of my family’s most important relationships were formed at this school and date as far back as the 1920s. My grandfather, Bayard Brunt ’34, matriculated to Moorestown Friends from Westfield Friends School in seventh grade where he met Janet Wheeler ’34. Six years after graduating they married and Janet and Bayard Brunt had four children – one of whom is my mom, Caroline ‘66. My other grandparents, Takashi and Yuri Moriuchi, were fortunate to connect with the Quakers in this area. My grandfather was given a fresh start after being relocated during World War II and with support of the local Quaker farmers, hard work, intelligence and some good fortune, he was able establish roots in this area and provide for his family. When it came to schooling, their friends within the Quaker community impressed upon him that MFS was the best place for his children. Four children, seven grandchildren and one greatgrandchild later, Moorestown Friends School is still the best place with its twin pillars approach.
Now, this tradition may seem unique to some people, but as a member of the School Committee these past six years I realize it really isn’t. You have a lot of families coming back to Moorestown Friends School, such as the Baiada family, the Edmund family, the Matlack Family, the Patel family, the Stevens family, the Whitesell family, the Yingling/Eni family and the Zekavat family to name a few. Before all of us there were the Stokes, Decou, Lippincott, Roberts, Taylor and many more families. Moorestown Friends School is deeply committed to the twin pillars of academic rigor and spiritual growth; yet, there is more to it. It is also a place where deep meaningful relationships are formed. Where the word “community” is not just in our mission statement, but lives in our experiences with one another. It is a place where people can disagree, but learn how to disagree and eventually come back together. Where an open, respectful dialogue is not only appreciated, but expected. Where a student and teacher can become friends and the relationship exists well beyond the years at MFS. Where a child’s potential is unlocked and a desire to learn is generated. Where the reasonings behind what is right and wrong are explored and a moral compass is set. And even from time to time where people similar to Janet and Bayard Brunt fall in love. The twin pillars plus our community is what keeps people coming back. I am honored and excited to be a part of this tradition and the many great volunteers, donors, students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff that make up this wonderful community. As School Committee Clerk I have the privilege of working with some amazing people on the committee and within our community including our Head of School Larry Van Meter. Fulfilling our mission by providing the guidance, tools and support to Larry is the primary focus of the School Committee and I hope in the coming years you can say we were able to do that…all while making your connection to the MFS community even stronger. I look forward to seeing you around campus and hearing about your MFS tradition whether it is just beginning or in its fourth or fifth generation. Regards,
Naoji Moriuchi ’94
2011 Strategic Plan Focuses on 21st Century Skills This spring, Moorestown Friends School completed a comprehensive update to the 2004 Strategic Plan. One hundred members of the school community, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, parents of alumni, friends and members of Moorestown Friends Meeting participated in the Working Groups. The entire planning effort was led by the 20-person, representative Strategic Planning Committee, clerked by Associate Head of School & Academic Dean Barbara Caldwell and Assistant Clerk (now Clerk) of the School Committee Naoji Moriuchi ’94. The Strategic Planning Committee began its work in August 2010, and was assisted during the process by Stephen DiCicco of Educational Directions, Inc. The Plan was approved by the Moorestown Friends School Committee in May. The convergence of the recently completed 225th anniversary of the founding of Moorestown Friends School and a new Strategic Plan has more than symbolic importance. The school looks back at its traditions and achievements and looks forward to the challenges of a new century in which an increasingly “flat world,” the rapid emergence of new technologies and the accessibility of information are
transforming society. The 2011 Plan, building on the twin pillars of academic rigor and the Examined Life identified in the 2004 Plan, addresses this mission: to educate young people who are grounded in Quaker values and ready to succeed in a challenging, rapidly changing environment. The Plan also recognizes that the economic events of the past three years have a limiting effect. As the school explores and implements new programs and strengthens those already in place, it must be attentive to the importance of maintaining a solid financial footing. The challenges facing the school mirror the challenges facing today’s students. They are growing up in a world that demands flexibility and creativity as well as moral and ethical courage. This Plan proposes to address these challenges by infusing the curriculum with the development of 21st century skills while keeping Quaker principles at the forefront of the school. Focusing on 21st Century Skills The careers of the 21st century and the responsibilities of citizens in this era require a set of skills that is quite different from the past. The Strategic Planning Committee embraced the outlook of Tony Wagner and his book The Global Achievement Gap. Wagner is the co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Wagner and the Change Leadership Group, an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have identified 21st century survival skills students urgently need. Through the implementation of the Strategic Plan, MFS will strengthen and explicitly identify ways students can learn, practice and refine their proficiency in these skills, which include: • initiative and creativity; • collaboration and student leadership; • effective oral, written and visual communication; • accessing and analyzing information. MFS will embark on a review of existing curriculum, develop scope and sequence models to identify each of these
STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS
Highlight and advance the teaching of 21st century skills throughout the curriculum, focusing especially on initiative and creativity; collaboration and student leadership; effective oral, written and visual communication; and accessing and analyzing information.
Seek to serve as a beacon for Quaker education, to thrive as a vibrant Quaker educational community, and to be a resource to help members of our community understand Quakerism and Quaker values.
Enhance the articulation of the Examined Life Program and graduate students who have developed leadership skills based on the principles of The Religious Society of Friends, and experiences offered through the Examined Life Program and leadership in the service of others.
Prepare students to be successful and productive citizens of a global community.
An Evening with Tony Wagner When: Thursday, October 18 6 p.m. (Reception at 5:30 p.m.) Where: MFS Auditorium
skills, and prepare new curriculum to systematically support the teaching of these skills. The school will explore assessments for these skills, including the College Work Readiness Assessment and the High School Survey of Student Achievement to benchmark student progress.
MFS parents, alumni and the general public are invited to an evening with Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap, a book featured prominently in MFS Strategic Planning efforts. A former high school teacher, principal and professor, Wagner has served as CoDirector of the Change Leadership Group (CLG) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education since its inception in 2000. An initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CLG helps teams to be effective change leaders in schools and districts. He consults widely to public and independent schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally.
Highlighting the Quaker Dimension Moorestown Friends is a transformative educational experience. The school’s commitment to Quaker principles as identified in the Examined Life Program is a vital differentiator in the educational world. Although the number of Quaker students, faculty members and trustees has declined significantly in recent decades, MFS seeks to serve as a beacon for Quaker education. MFS graduates are compassionate problem solvers and leaders who are able to draw on the power of their intellect, informed by spiritual and ethical discernment. The school’s history and the stories of our graduates are vibrant examples of Quakerism in action. As there is no more foundational directive than the school’s mission statement, the Strategic Planning Committee recommended that the mission statement be augmented to reflect the profound impact of Quaker principles, Quaker history and Quaker values on the daily life of the school.
The Global Achievement Gap Describes 21st Century Skills Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap, writes that, “Leaders today want to see individuals take more initiative and even be entrepreneurial in terms of the ways they seek out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies for improvement.” Students who have experienced selfdirected learning and who have practiced finding creative solutions to challenging problems will gain the confidence necessary to display initiative both in their college experience and future careers. Wagner further notes that the 21st century workplace requires the ability to work collaboratively and lead by influence. In addition, oral, written, listening and visual communication skills provide the foundation for human interaction. The ability to communicate effectively is critical for success in college and beyond. Lastly, given the immediate availability of information today, students must have the ability to seek out accurate, reliable and relevant sources of information, apply critical thinking skills to that information, and then transform it into useful knowledge and practical outcomes.
In May, the School Committee approved the revised mission statement: Moorestown Friends School is a community rooted in Quaker values and dedicated to the pursuit of educational excellence for a diverse student body within an academically rigorous and balanced program emphasizing personal, ethical and spiritual growth. The Planning Process The 2011 Strategic Plan is the result of an analysis of data generated by over 1,000 strategic plan surveys by students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and trustees and of recommendations prepared by the six Working Groups. In addition, SWOT
Increase the diversity of the faculty, staff and School Committee so that it reflects the diversity of the student body.
Promote a physically and emotionally safe community.
Build and support a diverse, vibrant and inclusive school community.
Develop a web portal for MFS students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni that provides an effective platform for school business, academic and operational functions; is consistent in appearance and navigation with the school’s public website; and offers a streamlined user experience. 9
(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses were conducted by the Strategic Planning Committee, School Committee, Head’s Council, Department Chairs, and Alumni Association. The Working Groups, which met in January, February and March, focused on the following major areas of study: • 21st Century Skills; • The Quaker Dimension; • Diversity and Community; • Technology and Communications; • Fiscal Integrity; • Innovative and Extra-Curricular Programs. A Fundamental Constraint The Plan includes many important and exciting ideas for program expansion. These ideas are tempered by the reality that the country is just now beginning to emerge from the worst economic recession in over 75 years, and the ability of MFS to fund new programmatic initiatives through additional tuition revenue is highly constrained. Thus, program expansion will need to be done frugally. Fortunately, many ideas can be implemented at little or no cost. Others that carry a hefty price tag will be funded, as possible, by revenue from new, entrepreneurial initiatives or by savings from the layingdown of less important programs. The Plan encourages the School Committee and administration to maintain the fiscal health of the school, including enrollment, tuition, fundraising, compensation and benefits, financial aid, physical plant, and measures to contain costs. The Plan further directs the school to explore new revenue opportunities through the development of innovative and extra-curricular programs.
Implementing the Plan A process of this magnitude requires checkpoints and milestones as numerous implementation groups work on the Plan goals. The School Committee and administration will establish monitoring and evaluation systems and mechanisms, as well as expectations for documenting evidence of progress, especially for less quantifiable goals. These measures will provide the foundation from which school leadership can assess and measure progress on Plan goals and strategies.
To read the full Strategic Plan visit www.mfriends.org > About MFS > Strategic Plan
STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS
Utilize new media and technology resources to enhance school communication and collaboration and to foster a more connected Moorestown Friends community.
Create a school culture that supports, facilitates and encourages technology and communication exploration, collaboration, research and innovation.
Ensure the fiscal integrity of Moorestown Friends School.
Explore opportunities to build innovative programs that are compatible with the school’s mission.
2011 Alumni Weekend
Alumni Awards Alumni gathered this past May to celebrate class reunions and the school’s 225th anniversary. At the Dinner Among Friends, several members of the community were recognized.
Top: Alice Paul Merit Award winner Judy Greenfield Faulkner ‘61 with Head of School Larry Van Meter and former math teacher Neil Hartman. Right: Andrew Searl Pang ’80 with his boys (from left) Warren and Morgan at the Greenleaf Construction Kickoff Ceremony. Bottom Left: Members of the Class of 1986 had a contingent participate in the Red Sock Run.
Alumni Association Awards
Service Award Warren Sawyer Recognized for Volunteerism School Committee member Naoji Moriuchi ’94 presented Warren Sawyer with the Alumni Association’s Service Award at the Dinner Among Friends. The Medford Leas resident has served many roles at MFS, including trustee, leadership fundraising volunteer, parent, grandparent, faculty spouse and advocate for service learning. “Warren is a humble man and almost didn’t accept this award, because he didn’t feel he deserved it,” said Moriuchi in his remarks. “But everyone in this room understands why you are so deserving, Warren. Thank you so much for your service.” Sawyer’s three children, Martha Sawyer DeLuca ’66, Janet Sawyer Thomas ’67 and Stephen Sawyer ’76, all attended MFS after his family moved to Moorestown from Kentucky in the 1960s. Sawyer’s involvement with the school was deepened through his late first wife Ruth Darnell Sawyer, who attended MFS and served on its faculty and as a school trustee. The school’s Quaker Studies Center is named after Ruth, a gift of Sawyer and their children. Sawyer joined the MFS School Committee in 1982, serving through 1988. During that period
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he also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Toward the Third Century Capital Campaign. In his remarks, Sawyer noted the strength of the MFS faculty and its impact on students. “We all know that at MFS we have had teachers that challenged the students and the students have accepted all those challenges,” he said. Sawyer, who spent most of his business career in Moorestown as a real estate broker at Edgar Realty, is the only surviving founding member of MEND, the Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development Corporation. This group, founded in the 1970’s helps provide affordable housing, and has grown to assist in the development of over 500 affordable housing sites throughout the county. “Volunteering has been a great joy to me and is very rewarding,” said Sawyer. “It has enriched my life.” An avid world traveler, Sawyer has visited many countries and was a volunteer immediately after World War II taking livestock to Poland by ship. Some of his trips have been in aid of the cause of social justice, such as visits to Cuba and Nicaragua, while other journeys have been to work on schools in Indonesia, Belize, Tanzania, Arizona and Mississippi. As part of Heifer International, he travelled to Cambodia and Vietnam. Sawyer volunteered for the Alternatives to Violence Program in South Jersey, a program designed to educate and foster new response patterns among prisoners to teach better relationship skills. He reads newspapers and other printed material for the sight-impaired each week for the Associated Services for the Blind in Philadelphia; in 2009 he received a Philadelphia Eagles Community Quarterback Award in recognition of this volunteer work. Additionally, Sawyer transports food donations weekly from Moorestown Meeting to New Visions in Camden. In December 2009, National Public Radio broadcast and posted on its website a long feature story about the courageous work Sawyer did during his service as a conscientious objector in World War II. Assigned to work as an orderly in Byberry, a Philadelphia mental institution, Sawyer and others uncovered inhumane conditions there, and brought them to the attention of the public – culminating in a photo feature in LIFE magazine, and leading to much-needed reforms.
Judy Greenfield Faulkner ’61 • Founder, President, CEO Epic Systems • B.A., Dickinson College • M.S., Hon. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Alice Paul Merit Award Judy Faulkner ’61 Has Built Epic Systems Into Industry Leader Judy Greenfield Faulkner was presented with the Alumni Association’s Alice Stokes Paul Merit Award at the Dinner Among Friends for her success as a pioneer in the field of health information technology. She is a founder, president and chief executive officer of Epic Systems, which was started in 1979 in Madison, Wisconsin. Faulkner has grown Epic from a startup with one and a half employees into an industry leader with an 800-acre campus in Verona, Wisconsin with over 5,000 employees, an estimated annual revenue of over $800 million and company value of well over $1 billion with a singular focus on healthcare software. The company also has a European headquarters in the Netherlands, and a Middle Eastern headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Its prestigious client base includes Kaiser Permanente, the Cleveland Clinic, Yale New Haven Health System, UCLA and Johns Hopkins. Faulkner came to Moorestown Friends in 9th grade from Delaware Township (now Cherry Hill) School. An outstanding student, she was selected for an advanced summer math program at Kenyon College the summer between her junior
and senior years. Other interests at MFS included Glee Club, French Club and editing the school newspaper. At the Dinner Among Friends, she reflected on her time at MFS: “The joy of learning, curiosity, speaking up, debate, the honor system and the trust for people – I took it all from MFS, along with the essential goodness in people, having high expectations and having fun,” she said. “And I loved to learn math,” she said with a nod toward former math teacher Neil Hartman. She also praised her classmates, a large group of whom had returned to campus for the event. “This peer group was so invigorating,” said Faulkner. After graduating from MFS, she went on to Dickinson College, where she majored in mathematics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude. She earned an M.S. and all but a dissertation toward her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She was teaching there when she and a handful of colleagues started Epic, then called Human Service Computing, in the basement of a Madison apartment building, with an initial investment of around $70,000. Faulkner is a member of the federal committee on Health Information Technology Policy which was created as part of stimulus legislation early in the Obama administration. She is the sole representative of information technology vendors. Judy and her husband, Dr. Gordon Faulkner, live in Madison and are parents of three grown children, Tarn, Kira and Shana.
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Jordan Barbour ’01 • Actor and Performing Artist • B.A. Columbia University
Young Alumni Award Barbour Shines On Stage Jordan Barbour was presented with the Young Alumni Award at the Dinner Among Friends by former Arts Department Chair Richard Marcucci in recognition of his stellar accomplishments as an actor, singer and dancer. Barbour has appeared in venues from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to the Contemporary Drama Festival in Budapest with a role he originated with the Young Jean Lee theater company in her groundbreaking work, The Shipment. Barbour’s roles in New York have included Countee Cullen in Langston in Harlem; the Tao Master in Frog Kiss; he also performed in Our Country’s Good; Don’t Talk to Strangers; Measure for Measure; Freedom Train; Dance Dance Revolution; and The Three Sisters. He has appeared in both the national and international tours of The Shipment with stops including Paris, Vienna, Rotterdam, Zurich, Brussels, Hamburg and Berlin. “It is an honor to receive this award. I am so proud to be at this school which was so nurturing to me for so long,” said Barbour. “I’m so happy that many of my mentors and educators as a child have turned into my friends today.” At MFS, Barbour was a National Achievement Commended Scholar and a Bloustein Distinguished Scholar.
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He was named to the Cum Laude society as a junior and was selected for the New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts in music in 2000. After graduating from MFS, Barbour earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in American Studies and also studied vocal performance at the Julliard School. Regional appearances have included the role of Teddy in Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams at Pasadena Playhouse; Tom Collins in Rent at both the Weston Playhouse and Syracuse Stage; Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Two River Playhouse; and roles at Williamstown in Big Money, Cold Hard Cash, Wing It!, On the Razzle, and Party Come Here. At the Perseverance Theater, he has been Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Hud in Hair, and a part in Yeast National, and he had roles in Pulitzer-Prize winning SuzanLori Parks’ play Top Dog/Underdog, and Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman. Originally from Willingboro, Barbour now resides in New York City. He is the youngest of three children of Philip and former School Committee Member Maria Barbour. David, Class of 1991, and Aisha, Class of 1996, are his older siblings. “My family and friends have been my biggest cheerleaders in what is an incredibly difficult field,” said Barbour. The MFS Young Alumni Award is presented to a recent MFS graduate on or before the Tenth Reunion, who has distinguished him/herself either through meritorious achievement in the early years of his/her career, or through exceptional service to the community or to the school.
Faculty / Staff Retirements Peter Larson: English teacher Peter Larson retired at the end of the school year after spending 15 years at MFS. He and his wife Michele have moved to Greensboro, NC where both of their children reside. “Peter's passion for literature is matched by his commitment to social justice, and his students benefited from his belief that the two work so well together,” said English Department Chair Debra Galler. “For Peter, studying literature is studying the way our world works and drawing conclusions about what we can do to make that world a better place. Both in the classroom and in the extracurricular activities he led, Peter set a strong example of the deep connection between intellectualism and social action.” Larson plans to do some teaching at a local college and volunteer with the local Food Not Bombs, National Farm Worker Ministry, and AFSC Immigrant Rights Project, all in Greensboro. He also plans to be active with his local congregation, the First Friends Meeting of Greensboro. “The whole experience at MFS allowed me to grow in faith and as a teacher,” said Larson. “I'll miss not only the daily classroom interactions over literature and current events, but also the times we were able to mobilize by student initiative to support anti-slavery, peace, and anti-poverty organizations.”
Adam Serlin ’02 returned to MFS to read Peter Larson’s Minute of Appreciation at an end-or-year lunch for faculty and staff.
Brenda Kyle (middle) and family Brenda Kyle: Third grade teacher Brenda Kyle retired after spending eight years teaching at MFS. She arrived after a long career in the Willingboro School District. She brought warmth, skill, and enthusiasm to her work with third graders. She was integral to the adoption of new programs in the Lower School and mentored many new teachers. She served on multiple committees and took an active role in school-wide initiatives. She was selected a Teacher Leader in 2009 in recognition of her contributions both inside and outside the classroom. “Brenda is a born teacher, a natural,” said Lower School Director Kelly Goula. “In her presence, students and adults alike feel at ease and let down their guard because they instantly identify Brenda’s devotion and loyalty. She will be deeply missed.” Kyle recently purchased a home in Orange Park, FL with her daughter Tracey. She will be splitting time in Florida and at home in Edgewater Park. She is thoroughly enjoying her retirement. “I’m just fancy-free right now and it feels good,” she said. “I’ll miss the MFS community. The students were superb and the parents so supportive. It’s such a wholesome community of learners.” She plans to begin volunteering in Florida schools sometime next year and is also eager to become a teen mentor.
Chuck Blatherwick (fourth from right) and family
Chuck Blatherwick: Middle/Upper School Science Teacher Chuck Blatherwick retired after nine years at MFS. “Through his stories about his outdoor adventures, Chuck made the natural world come alive in his classroom,” said Science Department Chair Dr. Barbara Krieder. “Chuck looked for every opportunity to cultivate a sense of wonder - and stewardship - of our planet Earth in his students.” He came to MFS after a long career in the Lower Camden County Regional School District. He was a catalyst for the school’s growing involvement in a variety of science competitions, most notably the New Jersey Science Olympiad and Envirothon. “Chuck’s natural enthusiasm for his subject combined with deep knowledge of his field has made environmental science an important part of our program at all levels,” said Associate Head of School and Academic Dean Barbara Caldwell. “The experience at MFS was just fantastic,” said Blatherwick. “It was the highlight of my teaching career.”
Doris Wilson (third from right) and family
Doris Wilson: Stokes Hall receptionist Doris Wilson retired after serving for eight years in the position. The school community had grown accustomed to Wilson’s melodic voice on the phone and warm in-person greetings. Wilson first worked for Northwest Airlines as a flight attendant before taking a job as a customer service representative with Xerox. After giving birth to her daughter Stephanie, she stayed at home. After Stephanie moved on to college, Wilson worked briefly for a temporary employment agency where she was told she was a natural for a receptionist’s position. Soon after, she responded for the opening at MFS and was hired in May 2003. “Doris was the consummate professional,” said Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Schlotterbeck. “No matter what was going on in her life, you always thought things were rosy because she was so warm to the entire school community, going out of her way to learn students’ and parents’ names.” Wilson looks forward to her free time and plans to work as a volunteer at the Willingboro Public Library. “I’m just really happy to have this time to myself,” she said. “God has some wonderful things planned for me.” Wilson lives in Willingboro with her husband Carleton.
“During this campaign, I have often taken inspiration from former Headmaster Chester Reagan.
He laid the
cornerstone for our Middle and Upper School building at the beginning of the Great Depression. It was a triumph of his determination and the faith the MFS community had in the future to complete the project and retire the debt during his years at MFS. We have been blessed with similar wonderful support during a difficult economic period, and with early donors to the campaign who understand the critical importance of this campus expansion.” - Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68
“Great Classrooms for Great Kids,” the largest captial campaign to be launched in over a decade, will dramatically increase the number of classrooms and labs and ease the current overcrowding in the Middle and Upper School. The results of this effort will include: 1) The first new classroom building since the 1960s with the renovation of the former South Annex building on the Greenleaf property. Scheduled opening: April 2012 2) A new chemistry lab, a new chemistry/ environmental science lab, and a new robotics/ physics lab in the Middle/Upper School building. Scheduled opening: September 2012 Among the benefits of these projects to the academic program are: • All full-time teachers will have their own classrooms, providing valuable continuity and increased prep time for the faculty. • Gathering the math faculty together in the same building will enable the department to experience the synergies of readily sharing ideas, pedagogy and curriculum. • New labs will allow the Science Department to support long-term student investigations and provide critical space for expanded work in robotics. • A large, specifically designed suite in the new building will provide a rehearsal space for the choral music program.
More Classrooms to Strengthen the Academic Program… MFS has an exceptional academic program that continues to grow. With the introduction of Mandarin Chinese, robotics, and new Honors and Advanced Placement courses, plus scores of electives in every department, the program is varied, engaging and challenging. As enrollment and the academic program have grown over the last two decades, the school converted unused spaces and conference rooms into classrooms. But more classrooms and labs are needed. While the school is very efficient with classrooms – each room is booked almost every period – the result is that Middle and Upper School faculty members are often unable to prepare in their own classrooms. There are numerous full-time faculty members who do not have their own classrooms and “float” from room to room. The School Committee has identified the classroom shortage as a serious concern that affects the academic program and the valuable interaction between students and faculty members. 17
To better understand some of the problems created by the classroom shortage, imagine you are… …. an 11th grade student in Advanced Placement Environmental Science. Since teaching and storage space is limited in the lab, you do activities designed to be finished in one lab period and work with minimal scientific equipment. While this reliance on short activities has not affected your achievement on standardized tests or success in extracurricular science contests, you have little experience with environmental science activities that take longer than 90 minutes. Last year’s Environmental Science Team won first place in the National Science League Competition and you want to help this year’s team repeat. Ideally your lab would be spacious enough to allow you to carry out longer investigations, particularly those of your own design. …. an Upper School math teacher. You have many professional development opportunities, attend the National Council of Teachers Math Conference and train on electronic whiteboards. But, you have not had your own classroom for seven years. You move from room to room all day. You teach in history or English classrooms, and rearrange the desks from a circle format to rows facing the whiteboard. Since you can’t store manipulatives or lab materials, you carry boxes of straight edges and compasses along with your books and
papers. You arrive to class at the same time as your students. It’s a challenge to implement new teaching ideas when you can’t prepare the classroom ahead of time. …. an eighth grade student who loves robotics. Inspired by your older brother’s FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Tech Challenge Robotics team which competed at the World Championships in Atlanta, you’ve joined the Middle School robotics team that meets after school. Unfortunately, there is precious little space for you and your classmates to work. While you have built a new robot, your group spends most of its time setting up and breaking down the test area. There is no place to keep your project up and running day to day. …. a seventh grade student. You are new to MFS, but can see that the teachers are interested in getting to know you. Last night’s homework was challenging, and you want to ask your teacher a few questions. Unfortunately, your teacher is not in the room where you have class. Another class is in there. Luckily, you finally track down your teacher, who is happy to answer your questions as you both juggle your books on your laps sitting on a hallway bench.
“We anticipate that there will be many intangible benefits from the expansion of our footprint. In addition to giving MFS more of a ‘campus feeling,’ the
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creation of physically linked math and science centers will ignite possibilities for greater collaboration.
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– Academic Dean and Associate Head of School Barbara Caldwell
How has the space shortage What’s the status of the former Acme?
impacted the Science Department? “A shortage of lab space has shrunk an important aspect of science education. Specifically, we have gradually lost our ability to give students the opportunities to carry out long-term investigations. Longterm investigations are a vital part of the scientific method as such investigations demonstrate change over time." - Science Department Chair Dr. Barbara Quinn Kreider, a member of the faculty at MFS since 1998
The former Acme at 123 Chester Ave. was acquired late in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, the school developed plans for that building to help address the space crunch. The plans changed when the opportunity to secure the contiguous four acre Greenleaf property emerged. The Greenleaf provides a better solution for three reasons: 1) it is on the same side of the street and is contiguous to campus; 2) there are fewer regulatory issues in the municipal planning process; and 3) it is less expensive to renovate. The School Committee continues to closely evaluate numerous options with the former Acme location. Accordingly, the board’s Property Committee is working with real estate professionals to pursue a tenant for the former Acme.
How has the space shortage impacted the Math Department? “ Five of the eight math teachers have not had their own classrooms for the last seven years. The number of lessons that can be taught using manipulative and other lab materials is reduced as there is no place to store them or time before class to set up the necessary equipment. Some topics require the use of special instructional aides like computer programs, graphing calculator programs or even a graphing blackboard. The other classrooms do not have these items installed, which reduces the effectiveness of the lesson.” - Math Department Chair Michael Omilian handles scheduling for the Middle and Upper School and has been a faculty member at MFS since 1991.
How will the Capital Campaign and the Greenleaf Property help to solve these challenges? In October 2008, MFS purchased the former Greenleaf Friends Home, a four-acre property that is contiguous to campus, for $4.0 million utilizing a line of credit. Established in 1896, the Greenleaf discontinued operations in June 2008 due to a decline in the number of residents. MFS and Voith & Mactavish Architects developed plans to transform the 15,000 square-foot former South Annex facility into a new classroom building, providing eight classrooms for the Math Department, and a Choral Music Suite. The new building will be air-conditioned, utilizing a geothermal heating and cooling system, and will earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification through the Green Building Council. A 200-yard path from the tennis courts to the new building will be installed. With the Math Department moving to the new building, the school will be able to expand science labs. MFS partnered with TAO, a Moorestown architecture firm, to plans for a newly renovated chemistry lab (installed in the summer of 2009), a new chemistry/environmental science lab, and a new robotics/physics lab. The new world languages classroom, completed in the summer of 2010, was also designed by TAO.
Construction Kickoff Celebration The MFS student body traveled down Main Street on Friday, May 6 to celebrate the kickoff of construction on the new classroom building on the former Greenleaf property, scheduled to open before the end of the 2011-12 school year. The former South Annex will contain eight math classrooms, a choral music suite, a technology lab and office space. It will be linked to the current campus by a landscaped path originating near the tennis courts.
A sketch of the new classroom building. The Capital Campaign - The campaign goal is $6 million. During the campaign’s “quiet phase,” $5 million has been raised thanks to lead gifts from the School Committee, Head’s Council members, as well as individual alumni, parents and alumni parents. The campaign will fund the renovation of the former South Annex as well as classroom and lab improvements on the main campus. The Capital Campaign Committee hopes to secure the remaining $1 million by June 30, 2012. Beginning in 2012, the Capital Campaign Committee will be reaching out to the entire MFS community requesting campaign commitments, payments for which can be spread over several years.
A rendering of the new chemistry/environmental science lab.
“It is exciting to see the tangible results that this capital campaign will have for our students, and faculty. As a parent, trustee, and campaign contributor, I am inspired to be part of this historic endeavor that will literally change the landscape of the school and provide opportunities for the growth of the academic program for decades to come.” – Stephanie Zarus, MFS Trustee since 2008.
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Francis Sloat and Dick Miklau, of the Class of 1951, met up during Alumni Weekend.
1958 Members of the Class of 1941 at their 65th reunion during Alumni Weekend. Seated: Peggy Janney Bowker, Jane Laessle, Joyce Cooper Haase and Mary Newell Nelson. Standing: Thomas Adams, A. Carter Fergusson, Wilson Greenwood, James Dauerty and Bud Stratton.
1941 See reunion photo above.
1943 Ann LeDuc has spent much of the past year working on the publication of a 250page book on the 135-year-old Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, titled The Chalfonte. It has 375 pictures and traces the hotel’s history from its builder, Henry Sawyer, to its current owner and all that had happened in the 30 years that Ann coowned the hotel. The book, by Karen Fox, is available on-line through Exit Zero Publishing.
1944 A book exploring the life of Mary Ellen Avery entitled MEL: A Biography of Mary Ellen Avery by Bojan Jennings has been published. The life of Mary Ellen Avery has been defined by groundbreaking accomplishments: She was the first woman to be physician-inchief at Children's Hospital in Boston and the first woman to chair a major clinical department at Harvard Medical School. She helped discover the main cause of respiratory distress syndrome in premature babies, which has saved the
lives of hundreds of thousands of infants. Dr. Avery received the National Medal of Science in 1991 as well as the MFS Alice Paul Merit Award in 2004. June Rodman Swanell reports that she stays in touch with Joan Rogers McKeon, Dick Hollerith and Ruth Coe Fergusson ’45. Both of June’s daughters are over 60 and doing well.
Sandy Bray Wasson has four grandchildren, Garyn, Brayson, Sadie and Brock.
1961 See reunion photo page 22. Bill Archer served as the Town Crier as a representative from the Moorestown Historical Society during Moorestown’s Fourth of July Parade, which took place on Chester Avenue and Main Street. The theme of the parade was 1776.
1945 Suzanne Troxell Hotchkiss writes: “During a visit to Glacier National Park last autumn, we spent a couple of days with Gretchen Kieckhefer Finch ’48, my childhood neighbor in Riverton. Much laughter, many happy memories.”
1951 See reunion photo above.
1954 Ellen Kline Burman writes that she is “still fooling around with horses and riding some.”
1956 See reunion photo on page 22.
Bill Archer ’61 in the Moorestown Fourth of July parade.
Carl Herckner ’61 Members of the 1956 gathered to celebrate their 55th reunion at Alumni Weekend. Back: William Freeman. Front: Miriam Hathaway Freeman-Develin, Mary Miklau Handwerk, Helga Leise Ledder, Rebecca Brecker and Richard Stevens.
Carl Herckner was unable to attend the 50th reunion, but writes: “Moorestown Friends School has had a profound and lasting impact on my life, even though my tenure was brief. I had hoped to make this 50th mile marker in my educational life but personal circumstances kept me from attending. Since leaving MFS, I married Deanne and had one lovely daughter Katherine,
living near me in North Carolina. My employment took us to many cities and experiences over the years that were positive. To name a few, St. Louis, New York, Radnor, Dallas and Chicago. In 1997, my wife and I moved from Chicago to Hendersonville, NC. In the past several years my wife struggled with the diagnosis of MS which necessitated that we sell our house and move to South
Carolina, where she has entered a skilled nursing facility. Our daughter and I are within close proximity to her and are thankful to remain a family. Looking forward to the next reunion and the opportunity to reminisce about our times at MFS.”
1962 Daphne Flack Lindell, Renee Powell Johnson and John Watson have been hard at work on reunion plans. In addition to the class’s 50th reunion celebration on Alumni Weekend (May 4 & 5, 2012), there will be a reunion
The Class of 1961 celebrated their 50th reunion during Alumni Weekend. Seated: Pamela Brigg McKown, Sarah Hess Mellor, Judy Taylor MacMillan, Peggy Wildman Kimple, Ina Schachter Bransome, Karen Sieg Barton, Diana Myers Zanzot and Joanna Lippincott Patterson. Standing: Anne Taylor Emerson, Michael de Holl, Sandy Kleiner Allison, Andrew Crichton, Fred Wehle, George Stephan, Helen Hagstoz Reynolds, Walter Brod, Gerald Hurley, Bill Archer and Judy Greenfield Faulkner. 22
Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68 and former faculty member Vicki Starr (second from left) met up with Larry’s sisters Janice Van Meter Stavenick ’64 and Gretchen Van Meter Rector ’69 at the Bryn Mawr College Alumni Weekend. gathering at the Linekin Harbor Resort on Boothbay Harbor, ME on July 26 & 27, 2012. Contact Daphne at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Renee Powell Johnson writes: “I have just moved from a house to a condo (on the same street) and am still busy and loving life in Florida.”
1971 See reunion photos on pages 23 and 24. Jeff Miller writes: “I’m one and one-half years clean of stage 4 throat cancer and life is very good. I’m returning to freelance writing and magazine consulting work. For those who remember me as a stutterer, go see The King’s Speech.”
Members of the Class of 1971 gathered during Alumni Weekend. Left to right: Susie Ransome, Kiyo Moriuchi, Anne Barclay Bragg and Frances Bobbe Pearce. Susie Ransome writes: “I had a really great time at the 40th reunion, seeing a lot of my classmates and also seeing the school. It was a lot of fun and it is so cool that we, the Class of 1971, are looking pretty good. Thanks to everyone who made it.”
1972 Steven Benner was recently quoted in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the discovery of an arsenicbased organism.
Christine Lilly Backus is studying watercolor with James R. Williamson. She loves being retired. Trixie Sanborn Meteyer is still doing church music full time, but also enjoying three grandchildren. Janice Van Meter Stavenick retired from teaching Latin last year, and is enjoying not rising at 5 a.m.
1966 See reunion photo at right. Ellen Doak Winslow writes: “May 6 & 7 was a whirlwind weekend at MFS. Debbie Ohler Bowman visited me from VA and her visit was a vacation for me also. We loved the dinner at MFS and the art show reception. Mary & Dave Nelson went all out with their Open House. Dave located many ‘lost’ classmates and even sent all us 66ers a list of classmates with contact information. Now that’s the Ol’ School Spirit! We love you, all you 66ers.”
Members of the Class of 1966 at the Greenleaf for the Head’s Reception. Front: Caroline Brunt Moriuchi, Nancy Roberts and Ellen Doak Winslow. Back: Debbie Ohler Bowman, John Klauder and Martha Sawyer DeLuca. 23
Bob Riesenbach ’80 The Class of 1971 celebrated their 40th reunion during Alumni Weekend. Seated: Donna Zucchi, Frances Bobbe Pearce, Nancy Zbikowski Gifford, Anne Barclay Bragg and Judy Hurst Loane. Standing: Jay Emmons, Kurt Klaus, Bruce Franklin, Ed Bowman, Carol Howard and Daniel Silberstein.
is seven and Jenna is five and doing gymnastics. Ken Zekavat came to visit recently and that was quite a treat.” Maria Serrano Pierre is sorry to have missed her 30th reunion at MFS. She was busy at a professional conference in Atlanta and her girls, Francesca, age 21, and Fernanda, age 19, returned home from college. Francesca attends Rollins College and Fernanda attends Rice University. After 20 years of launching products for industries such as Wawa, JP Morgan Chase and Subaru, Bob Riesenbach has launched his own business in Cherry Hill. Bob is the owner and president of CMIT Solutions of Cherry Hill which provides IT services and solutions to small and mid-sized companies.
1981 See reunion photo on page 25. Left to right: Tim Yingling ’09, Cindy Eni Yingling ’75, Greg Yingling ’11 and Chris Yingling ’05 at Greg’s MFS graduation in June.
1980 See reunion photo on page 25. Rocksteady is the new film directed by Mustapha Khan. Rocksteady follows a young man's journey of self-discovery and growth over the course of a go-cart racing season. Along the way, he meets new people with whom he never could 24
have imagined a connection, reconnects spiritually with his father and discovers more about his community. Rocksteady has been screened at several film festivals and received the Best Feature Award from the 2011 Litchfield Hills Film Festival. Michael Lifshen writes: “We are still living the good life in Austin. Samantha
Gigi Gellman Schwartz writes: “My twin boys are 12 years old now. They have been attending Penn Charter School in Philadelphia for the past two years and love it. While a bit of a commute, it’s well worth it. We love that it’s a Quaker school, and so much reminds me of my time at MFS.”
1985 Glori Gayster celebrated the tenth anniversary of her business GDG
Consulting, Inc. GDG, located in Cherry Hill, uniquely combines strategic marketing, creative solutions and project management.
1986 See reunion photo below. Alison Judah writes: “It was great to see everyone at our 25th Reunion! Not everyone could make it to our dinner on Saturday night. On Friday Gail Huggins Porter met us before going back home. On Saturday night, some of our classmates were at the Head of School reception including Wendee Yudis Koren who could not attend the dinner. We finished up the weekend with a dinner at the Tortilla Press Cantina. Photos are on Facebook at the Class of 1986 group page.”
1988 Nancy Polutan is completing a one-year fellowship at Harvard undertaking research on refugee law and European Union policy directives. She is taking a one-year sabbatical from her job with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Budapest. Nancy writes: “I’m looking forward to going back to the U.S. after ten years overseas and seeing MFS friends and alums.”
Members of the 1980 and 1981 classes gathered at the Head’s Reception during Alumni Weekend. Standing: Tom Edmunds ’80, Ted Hopton ’80, Ken Stevens ’80, Ken Zekavat ’80, Andrew Searle Pang ’80 and Ken Wunsch ’80. Seated: Fiona Rafferty Karoly ’80, Judy Cavalli Cromwell ’81, Kay Durbin O’Brien ’80 and Beth Clauss Freeland ’81.
1989 David Latterman has been appointed Associate Director of the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. He will be running the graduate program, a Master’s of Public Affairs program designed to merge political practice and theory by drawing from the expertise of the city’s civic, political and academic communities. The program includes courses on campaigns and elections, community organizing, issue advocacy, communications and ethics. He will also be establishing the McCarthy Center Research Institute, which he hopes will become a Bay Area center for political research and activity, including city and regional polling.
1991 See reunion photo page 26.
Members of the Class of 1986 gathered at the Tortilla Press Cantina in Pennsauken, NJ during Alumni Weekend. Back Row: Rob Pineda, Chris Jandoli, John Thomas, Amy Weeks Piasio, Cindy Thomas Smrcka, Alison Judah, Julia Graham Slater and Lauren Waronker Saady. Front Row: Tracey Whitesell, Nathana Dakin Hirsch, Haley Coles Driscoll, Tracey Harris, Jennifer Johnston and Nicole Edmund. Karen Abele Scheu currently resides outside of Baltimore with her husband, Robert and two sons, Robert and Will. She is working on her Doctoral degree in nursing at the University of Maryland and next year plans on moving to Moorestown.
1992 See spotlight on page 26.
1994 Alexis Kerner is living in Seville, Spain and working as an environmental auditor for a Spanish company. She enjoys the European life and travel. 25
Mini Munchers Provides Family Restaurant Reviews in NYC Alumna Carla Cicalese Sullivan ’92, a longtime Manhattanite and mother of three, capitalized on her knowledge of both the city restaurant scene and its parenting network to create Mini Munchers, a popular website that is a veritable Zagat Guide for the stroller set. As a foodie who likes to eat out with her family, Carla saw a need for a comprehensive restaurant database for families in New York City as well as visitors. Mini Munchers is a colorful site that rates New York City dining experiences according to how kidfriendly they are, including factors such as stroller accessibility, high chairs/booster seats, kids cups/straws, length of time between ordering and getting food, bathrooms/diaper changing facilities and entertainment value. The site posts the restaurants’ children’s menus. The top rating Mini Munchers confers is Four Crayons – restaurants that rate no crayons receive instead a piece of broccoli. Mini Muncher’s current top-rated spots include such places as the midtown Beacon, where kids might be invited into the kitchen to help make their own cotton candy for dessert, the West Village’s Cowgirl, Ideya in Soho and Landmarc at Columbus Circle. To see more, visit www.minimunchers.com . Carla came to MFS from Westfield Friends in 6th grade, and perhaps her role as editor-in-chief of the Cupola foreshadowed her current career in web journalism. Carla, named to Cum Laude as a senior, has fond recollections of many of her MFS teachers, including Chuck Boothby, Steve Edgerton, Rich Marcucci and Davie Weiner. After majoring in government at Georgetown University, and then completing a fellowship in communications at Boston University, Carla embarked on a journalism and public relations career in New York City. After she and her husband, HSBC banker Bob Sullivan, started their family, Carla was looking for an opportunity that would dovetail with her new lifestyle. Now with her son Ryan, daughter Keelin and baby girl Kelly, Carla intends to keep Mini Munchers going, even after moving to suburban Ridgewood, NJ in August 2011.
Tug Haines traveled the country this summer to see as many minor league baseball games in as many states and venues as possible. His trip was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer. He chronicled his travels on the blog www.casualfan.org.
Rachel Melroy writes that she is engaged to be married this winter to Brad Husser. They are planning a February wedding at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Sheila Lebow Gross ’60, a close friend of the Melroys, will be officiating the ceremony. Rachel is still living in
Helen Pettigrew Partridge ’95 and her new daughter, Charlotte.
1995 Charlotte Isabel Partridge was born on July 16 to Helen Pettigrew Partridge and her husband James. They are moving to San Francisco in October and would love to meet up with other MFS alums out there.
1996 See reunion photo page 27.
Members of the Class of 1991 gathered at The Greenleaf during Alumni Weekend. Left to right: Larry Leverett and his son Graham, Rachel Williams Speller and her daughter Amari, Colleen Coleman, Aneira Puttaswamy, Rebecca Ansel, Darnel Barnes, Michelle Campbell, Jon Yohannan, Stephanie Berger and Jocelyn Ziemian.
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The Class of 1996 gathered in May at Blue20 in Cherry Hill. Left to right: Aaron Snethen, Alma Romero Mai, Wilbur Briones, Peter Mai, Debbie Edmund Colitas, Jeff Carns, Liz McNamara Cozzolino and Josh Hudson.
Members of the Class of 2001 celebrated Jordan Barbour receiving the Young Alumni Award at the Dinner Among Friends. Left to right: Jason Evans, Liz McKenna, Jordan Barbour, and Yewande Fajolu.
MFS alumni gathered for dinner at La Locanda in Voorhees in July. Left to right: Seiji Moriuchi ’98, Jessica Glaspey, Tara Winkelspecht, Ryan Winkelspecht ’98, Alexis Siemons ’01, John Campisi ’99, Doug Fitzgerald, Kristin Bromley Fitzgerald ’97, Bree Rutherford and Ryan Rutherford ’99.
Manhattan and works at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She would love to reconnect with any New York alums! Steven Porter has moved to Florida to complete an additional year of training in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
Steve Gifford has returned to Philadelphia after a successful career in New York City to launch a studio in the Rittenhouse Square area called Pretty Damn Sweet (PDS). PDS is a boutique studio where agencies, artists and producers can create original products in multiple media.
2000 Heather Croshaw, a student at Vermont School of Law, has been awarded a fellowship for 2011-12 with the VSL United States-China Collaborative Research Program for Environmental Law.
early music from Indiana University in 2010.
2004 See photo on page 28.
2001 Greg Rollins and his wife, Katherine, welcomed their new daughter Mary Sandra Rollins on April 16.
Rachel Melroy ‘98 and fiancé Brad Husser.
See photo above.
Jessica Tantum was married on October 2, 2010 to David Kay on the beach in Hilton Head. They live in Rock Hill, SC.
Owen Conlow attended the U.S. Marines Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Christopher Morgan is attending law school at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. He received an M.A. in
2006 Ryan Flynn is currently attending Stanford University to earn his MD/Ph.D. His work was recently published in the magazine Nature. 27
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Class of 2004 alumni attended the wedding of Rooney Wilus ’04 to Michael Brodie on January 16. Left to right: Carrie Wolfson, Michael Borden, Bayley Michaux, Michael Brodie, Rooney Wilus Brodie, Julie Walz, Molli Weisband and Aimee Brinn. Jessica Tantum Kay ’05 and her husband, David, on their wedding day in Hilton Head.
The Alumni Lacrosse Game was held on May 21 at MFS. Back row: Randy Restrepo ’05, Doug Tracey ’05, Chris Yingling ’05, Steve Decker ’10, Ryan Kirkpatrick ’08, Wyatt Cain ’08, Conor Osborne ’09 and Michael John McGinn ’09. Front row: Travis Brinster ’05, Brad Schank ’05, Dan Brooks ’05, Tim Cook ’08, Glenn Smyth ’08 and Tim Yingling ’09.
Tina Carpenter ’10
2007 Ann Stouffer was featured in The Temple News for her accomplishments as a student-athlete on the Temple University women’s lacrosse team. During her sophomore and junior years, Ann placed in Temple’s Trustee Ten, a ranking of the Top 10 student-athletes by GPA. Academically, she was on The Philadelphia Inquirer’s All-Academic Area Team and the Atlantic Ten Conference’s All-Academic Team. Ann graduated from Temple this past spring is working with the AON Corporation in Philadelphia.
2010 Luke Van Meter ’05 met up with alumni parent Alice Price at the Flying Moose Lodge in Maine. 28
Tina Carpenter plays lacrosse for Roger Williams University.
Thanks to the following classmates who came back to MFS to help host the New Jersey Elementary Science Olympiad: Tyler Bard and Rob Rinaldi (both attending American University), Monica Chelius (Duke), Ari Taormina (Penn) and Tej Trivedi (NYU). Joining them were Eric Teitelbaum ’08, currently attending Princeton University, and Rich Rinaldi ’08, attending Georgetown.
MFS Community Two former History Department teachers, Mike Levy and Jack Schneider, have written and published books, available through bookstores, Amazon.com, and other on-line booksellers. They both taught at MFS from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2005.
Camden Scholars Luncheon June 3, 2011 Camden Scholar alumni gathered at the Camden Scholars Luncheon. Christine Tingle Lewis-Coker ’89, Leveena Terry Bronson ’91, Cornell Woodson ’05, Cassandra Ratleff Sanders ’81, Julian Austin ’91, Keyanah Freeland ’10, Ed Gonzalez ’04, Edwin Barrera ’10 and Gaby Martinez ’09.
Former faculty gathered at the Alumni Weekend luncheon. Back: John Mahoney, Dwight Wilson, Bruce Adams, Steve Edgerton and Neil Hartman. Front: Marge Dawson, Kelly McDermott, Peggy Donnard, Katie Dole and Ramona Thomas. Class Notes received after August 27 will be printed in the next issue of Among Friends.
After MFS, Mike served in the Peace Corps in Guiyang, China, and his book, which was released by Holt Paperback in July, is based on that experience. It is entitled Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, Living and Eating with China’s Other Billion. Publishers Weekly has characterized it as, “a lively memoir…mining the entertaining if familiar terrain of cross-cultural misunderstandings,” and the book has received positive blurbs from popular authors including Peter Hessler and Bruce Feiler. Mike has returned to teaching and has led a number of student tours to China. Following his teaching experience at MFS, where he also coached varsity baseball, Jack earned a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University and now holds the Robert A. Oden, Jr., Postdoctoral Fellowship for Innovation in the Liberal Arts in Educational Studies at Carleton College in Minnesota. While at Stanford, Jack founded University Paideia, a pre-college program for underserved students in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on educational policymaking and school reform. His book is Excellence for All: How a New Breed of Reformers is Transforming America’s Public Schools. Available on Amazon for pre-order, it will be released in December by Vanderbilt University Press. 29
In Memoriam Charles Jackson Allen, Jr. ’33, brother of the late Esther Allen Creer ’24, the late Samuel Allen ’25, the late Rodman Allen ’30, and the late Francis Allen ’30, and uncle of Samuel L. Allen III ’57 Carol M. Bartholomew ’45, wife of the late Walter L. Bartholomew ’41 and sister-in-law of the late Robert Bartholomew ’37 Marcia Windness Coward, mother of Charles W. Coward III ’78 and the late William M. Coward ’81 John Struthers Dunn, Jr., father of Robert Dunn ’71, Elizabeth Dunn Ross ’72, Gerritt Dunn ’74, David Dunn ’76 and Jonathan Dunn ’82 Susan Sparks Schuehler Ehly ’51 Constance Anderson Elliott ’36, sister of the late Richard D. Anderson ’40 Eleanor Jones Henderson ’28 Margaret Coles Sharp ’52, sister of Henry B. Coles ’45 Mary Graff Shrimpton ’59, sister of Edwin Graff ’63 Frederick R. Smith ’62 Edward E. Wildman ’64, brother of Peggy Wildman Kimple ’61, Martha Wildman ’69 and Howard Wildman ’65 Heinrich (Hank) Wolf ’54 Correction: Daniel M. Davis ’59 was mistakenly listed as being a member of the Class of 1961 in the Spring 2011 issue of Among Friends.
Editor’s Note: Full obituaries are found on the MFS website. “In Memoriam” lists the passing of the following: alumni; immediate family of alumni (father, mother, child, spouse, sibling); current parents; current and past faculty and staff; spouses, partners and children of current faculty, staff and administration; current and former trustees; and spouses and children of current trustees. Notices will include any of the deceased’s relatives who are MFS alumni. To locate full obituaries on the MFS website, click on the News section of the site and select “Among Friends Extras” in the submenu. Alumni that do not have access to the Internet may contact Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Schlotterbeck at 856-914-4434 to request that a hard copy of an obituary be mailed to your home.
Congratulations Class of 2011!
Evan Armstrong - University of Maryland George Bader - Wake Forest University Peter Barna - The College of New Jersey Amanda Barrish - Muhlenberg College Sahebjit Bhasin - Rutgers University Julia Bintliff - University of Delaware Mary Elizabeth Boccolini - Boston University Michael Brady - Stevens Institute of Technology Jacob Burbage - Purchase College Alexandra Burris - Saint Joseph’s University Avrey Campbell - Savannah College of Art and Design Julia Capuzzo - New York University Taylor Cheng - Emory University Keith Console - University of Miami Nicholas Cook - Emory University Mary Daniel - Loyola College in Maryland Curran Ellis - Franklin College (Switzerland) Erica Fenza - College of Charleston Joseph Filippone - Boston University Ananya Fussell - Full Sail University Madison Galvin - Fordham University Stephanie Goodman - New York University Shakeil Greeley - University of Pennsylvania Joshua Gregory - Swarthmore College Drew Haines - Pennsylvania State University
Jaime Harlan - James Madison University Alleanna Harris - Temple University Chandler Hart-McGonigle - The College of New Jersey Danica Harvey - Swarthmore College Amy Ho - Rutgers University Jazzmin Holmes - Rutgers University Taylor Horn - Cornell University Alexandra Hovatter - Clemson University Geordan Johnson - Lehigh University Hee Jin Kim - Washington University in St. Louis Jordan King - Carnegie Mellon University Tyler Knowlton - Johns Hopkins University Kyle Koste - Drexel University Harrison Krohn - University of Georgia Bryce Langlotz - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University John Latimer - Pennsylvania State University Alicia Legard - Washington College Alyssa Lopez - Saint Joseph’s University Victoria Martin - University of Alabama Devin Massaro - Cornell University Isaias Muñoz - Cornell University Liam Narozanick - Elon University Alexander Nork - Ohio State University James O’Donnell - Franklin & Marshall College Temi Obaisi - Rutgers University
Nathan Owens - University of St. Andrews (Scotland) Anushi Patel - Pratt Institute Samantha Perzin - Syracuse University Emma Peterson - Bucknell University Joshua Pinho - American University Claire Ponticello - Duke University Nathan Rivera - Pennsylvania State University Adrienne Saludades - Smith College Samantha Saludades - Bryn Mawr College Alexander Schoifet - Cornell University Wyeth Shabel - University of Maryland Andrew Shinn - Hobart and William Smith Colleges Galen Spencer-Linzie - Bucknell University Ailsa Stevenson - School of the Art Institute of Chicago Autumn Talley - Howard University Matthew Tamburri - College of Charleston Elizabeth Tatum - Rutgers University Darshak Thosani - Drexel University Michael Van Cleve - University of California at Los Angeles Meghan Walker - University of Mississippi Brian White - Dartmouth College David White - Johns Hopkins University Isabella Whittaker-Inserra - Syracuse University Gregory Yingling - Clemson University