Since its founding, UFS has been governed by an independent board comprised of individuals dedicated to the Quaker values, founding philosophies, and spirit that is United Friends School. Our Trustees include original school founders, past and present parents, caregivers, community members, and members of the Religious Society of Friends. The Board meets on the second Thursdays of September, October, November, January, February, April, May and June at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Following are the UFS Board of Trustees’ profiles:
Bob Wirtshafter joined the Board in 1994. Bob is the clerk of the Finance Committee. He has also served on the Advancement, Compensation, Capital Campaign, and Auction Committees, and as Treasurer of the Board. Bob and his wife, Angela moved to Chatham, Massachusetts in 2014 and Bob attends Board meetings remotely. They are members of South Yarmouth Friends Meeting. He is the father of Hannah and Adam, alumni of UFS. Bob is a full-time house daddy, soccer player and school volunteer who, in his spare time, runs his own energy and environmental consulting company.
Carter Henry joined the board in 2016. Carter is clerk of the Board, and serves on the Executive Committee and the Committee on Trustees. As a UFS parent, Carter served on Property Committee. His children, Grace and Patrick, attended UFS when they were 3 and 4, as well as in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Carter is an attorney practicing in the Quakertown area. “My children’s middle school years at UFS were formative, defining and a solid base of respect, inclusiveness and kindness from which they continue to grow.”
Colleen Lutz Clemens became a member of the Board in 2018 and serves on the Committee for Community and Social Justice. Colleen served on the Mission Statement Committee. Her child began attending UFS at three years old. She is a lifelong educator and learner who has taught in several educational settings since 1996. She is now an English professor at Kutztown University where she is also the Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the cohost of a podcast focused on social justice and loves to read anything she can get her hands on.
Jennifer Reimels joined the Board in 2014. Jenn serves on the Advancement Committee, previously served on the Mission Statement Committee and was the co-chair of the Spring Benefit Auction for several years. Jenn is the parent of a current UFS student and a UFS graduate.
Kathryn Park Cook joined the Board in 2019. Kathryn has been involved in education for 30 years and is currently the Head of School of Frankford Friends School, a PreK to 8th school in Philadelphia. Prior to that, she was the Director of Innovative Programs at Moorestown Friends, the school from which her four children graduated. Throughout her career, she has also taught language arts, science, and math to students in grades 5-8. Kathryn believes that students learn best through inquiry and exploration. She is impressed by UFS’s commitment to educating the whole child and providing an experiential education that allows students to develop at their own rate.
Kathy Redding joined the Board in 1992 for a two-year tenure and rejoined in 2002, serving continuously through the present time. During her tenure on the Board she has served terms as Recording Clerk, Assistant Clerk, and twelve years as Clerk of the Board. She has served on numerous committees, and presently sits on the Executive Committee and the Committee on Trustees. Kathy is a member of Richland Friends Meeting. She is the mother of Shetlinn, Orrian, Meurcie and Jaeilyn Redding, all UFS alums. Kathy values the sense of community at UFS and the care for the whole student and family. She appreciates the sense of fairness, kindness, goodness, love and respect at UFS. Kathy is a strong believer in giving children the very best possible experience in education, which is why she sent her children to UFS. “I think the dividends of this kind of early education are immeasurable.” Kathy is and will always be a strong advocate for UFS. The Quaker values that are inherent in our school are very important to her, and they shape the foundation of the educational experience at UFS.
Kris Thompson joined the Board in 2017. He is serving as clerk of the Quaker Life committee and previously served on the Mission Statement Committee, the Enrollment Task Force and the UFS Quakerism Night committee. Kris is the parent of two current UFS students and one George School alumni. Kris and his wife, Janet, are members of Richland Friends Meeting. The Quaker community and the SPICES are what drew the family to Quakerism and reinforced the values of a Quaker education.
Marietta Quinby is a founding UFS Board member. She served as clerk of the board for a year and a half in the early years. She stepped down from the board while her daughter attended UFS from 1991 through 2002, remaining active in the school community by serving on Nominating and Finance committees. Marietta rejoined the board, serving as a representative of Unami Friends Meeting. She continues to serve as a Trustee, and is a member of the Finance Committee and Committee on Trustees. Marietta has had a long career teaching every age group at some point, from pre-school to community college. Her love for teaching was molded by her many years teaching high school English to troubled teens at Community Service Foundation, where the graduate degree program, Institute for Restorative Practices originated. “It is my great joy to see UFS as a thriving Friends school today, 35 years after the school’s first board meeting in January of 1984. It delights me to see Quaker principles in action. Today, Quaker values are as much an everyday part of the school as breathing is to living.”
Mark Helman joined the Board in 2011. Mark is the Recording Clerk of the Board and serves on the Safety Committee. Mark is a member of Gwynedd Friends Meeting. Mark has a strong commitment to Quaker values and a belief in the value of a quality education, as well as a lifelong love of learning. He is the son of the late Wayne Helman, who was a devoted friend of United Friends School. Mark lives in Perkasie.
Terri Hamer joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Finance Committee. Terri was previously the Business Manager at UFS and currently works as the CFO of the San Francisco School in San Francisco. While at UFS, she was on the Safety Committee and the Property Committee. Terri believes, “Keeping the continued connection to UFS through the board is important. This school is a special place for children to grow.” Terri has a BA in Non-Profit Management from the University of Massachusetts and her MBA from Suffolk University also in Massachusetts. Terri and her family live in San Francisco. Her husband, Sean, is the head of school at the Alta Vista School. Her son attends Howard University DC and her daughter attends the San Francisco University High School. As a family, the Hamers like to travel and enjoy visiting new places and learning new cultures.