Friends Council Board of Trustees Update

Friends Council Board Changes

Every year Friends Council on Education experiences some turnover on our Board of Trustees. We say thank you and good-bye to departing Board members and welcome incoming new trustees. 

Thank you for your Service

At the close of the 2018-2019 school year, Friends Council on Education thanks three departing Board members, Nancy Donnelly (center), Brenda Esch (inset left), Tom Gibian (inset right) Juan Jewell (right)  and Lee Payton (left), for their years of service as Friends Council trustees. Nancy, Tom, Juan, and Lee each served as a Friends Council trustee for two terms (eight years) from 2011-2019. Thank you for your dedication and service to Friends Council and Friends education. We will miss you and hope you will stay connected with Friends Council.

Welcome New FCE Board Members

Friends Council is pleased to welcome four new members to the Board of Trustees.

Matt Micciche is currently the head of school at Friends School of Baltimore and is a graduate of Friends Council’s Leadership Institute. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Matt will serve on FCE’s Development Committee.


Kirk Smothers is currently the head of School at Delaware Valley Friends School and is a graduate of Friends Council’s Leadership Institute. Kirk will serve on both the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee.


Whitney Thompson is currently the head of Tandem Friends School and is a graduate of the Leadership Institute. Formerly, she served as a teacher and administrator at Brooklyn Friends School for twenty years. 

Toni Graves Williamson is the first full-time Director of Equity and Inclusion at Friends Select School. She previously held this position at Abington Friends School. Toni is a graduate of Friends Council’s Leadership Institute.






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