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:
Colleen Lutz Clemens became a member of the Board in 2018 and serves on the Committee for Community and Social Justice and the Mission Statement Subcommittee. 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.
Alison Daugherty joined the Board in 2017 and serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Mission Statement Subcommittee. Her daughter graduated from United Friends School in 2016. At United Friends School, her daughter connected with the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship and experienced the benefits of a Friends Education. As a former UFS parent and current trustee, Alison enjoys being part of the intellectual, caring and diverse community of faculty, staff, families and fellow trustees.
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 Business Manager at Greene Street Friends in Philadelphia. 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 Mt Airy. Her husband, Sean, is the middle school head at Germantown Friends School where both their children attend. As a family, the Hamers like to travel and enjoy visiting new places and learning new cultures.
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. Mark is the son of the late Wayne Helman, who was a devoted friend of United Friends School. He lives in Perkasie.
Carter Henry joined the board in 2016. Carter is assistant clerk of the Board, on the Executive Committee, and the clerk of the Committee on Trustees. As a UFS parent, Carter served on Property Committee. Carter’s two children 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 and kindness from which they continue to grow.”
Bob Kupsch joined the Board in 2013. He currently serves on Finance Committee, as UFS Trustee representative to the FEEC Friends Collaborative group, and is a member of Doylestown Friends Meeting. Bob served in the past on Property and Master Planning Committees. Bob and his wife, Susan Nilsen, are parents of two former UFS students, Alexander Kupsch and Samantha Kupsch-Jensen. Bob is currently employed by Shift Capital/Property Management as the Director of Property Management. Shift is a Real Estate Investment Fund which has a social agenda of revitalizing some of the most blighted areas of Philadelphia.
Susan Miller Abbot joined the Board in 2016. She currently serves on the Executive Committee and formerly served as Recording Clerk. Susan is serving as a representative of Richland Friends Meeting. She is president of J S Abbott Associates, Inc, importing parts for machines manufactured in Italy and used in the pressure sensitive tape industry. Susan lives in Haycock with her 3-legged Jack Russell, Joe.
Marietta Quinby is a founding UFS Board member, later serving as clerk of the board for a year and a half. She stepped down from the board while her daughter attended UFS from 1991 through 2002, after which Marietta rejoined the board. Marietta is serving as a representative of Unami Friends Meeting and is a member of the Finance Committee and Committee on Trustees. “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 breath is to living.”
Jennifer Reimels joined the Board in 2014. Jenn serves on the Advancement Committee and the Mission Statement Subcommittee 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.
Kathy Redding joined the Board in 1992 for a two-year tenure and rejoined in 2002. She is the Clerk of the Board and serves on numerous committees including the Executive Committee and the Committee on Trustees. Kathy is a member of Richland Friends Meeting. She is the mother of Jaeilyn, Shetlinn, Orrian and Meurcie, all UFS alum. Kathy likes 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 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.
Kris Thompson joined the Board in 2017. He is serving on the Mission Statement Subcommittee and previously served on 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.
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 MA in 2014 and 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.