United Friends School has well-trained, seasoned, progressive faculty and staff who are not only among the best in their fields, but also committed to Quaker principles and practice. See below for UFS faculty and staff profiles:

Colleen Albanese

Hicks Class Teacher (Pre-School) |

Colleen has been teaching since 1983. Her career at UFS started in 1993 when she became the After School Director. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and keeps current in her field by attending the DVAEYC conferences and related workshops.

Ben Bowles

Helman-Osborn Class Teacher (Middle School), Science and Math |

Ben has a degree in physics from Boston College and has worked in education since 2005. He has taught secondary school math and physics, tutored extensively in middle school and high school math, and taught instrumental music and performance at Music Training Center in Montgomeryville.

Betty Cheung

Librarian/Media Specialist | 

Betty graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then received her Master of Education from Holy Family University. She holds Pennsylvania certifications in Elementary Education (K-6) and Reading Specialist. At UFS, she taught 3rd and 4th grades for three years.

Bonnie Dakis

After School Coordinator | 

Bonnie Dakis joined the UFS community in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with concentrations in elementary education, child psychology and English from DeSales University. Bonnie has been in education for nearly ten years within independent and public settings.

Nancy Donnelly

Head of School | 

Nancy first came to UFS as a classroom teacher with experience in both public and independent schools. She moved into administration while pursuing her principal’s certification and Master of Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill Evans

Facilities Manager

Bill has been our facilities manager since 2001. His company, Zarza Inc., provides UFS with many services from grounds keeping to handyman tasks. Bill specializes in carpentry, painting, masonry and landscaping.

Eileen Galla

Fox Class Teacher (2nd and 3rd Grades) |

Eileen has been at UFS since 1989, first as an aide for five years then as a classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and graduate credits in learning disabilities. Eileen is PA and MA certified in elementary education.

Jacquie Landis

Front Office Manager |

Jacquie has been the Front Office Manager since 2011. She is a graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. Jacquie’s hobbies include playing piano, singing, reading, sports, hunting, and gardening.

Jane Laties

Anthony Class Teacher (4th and 5th Grades) |

Jane has been a teacher for more then 20 years. She has a degree in elementary education from the American University with a minor in Jewish Studies.

Jackie Leasure

Hicks Class Aide (Pre-School)

Jackie began her career at UFS over 15 years ago as a parent volunteer and a classroom aide. She enjoys gardening, yoga and reading.  She has one son who is a UFS alumnus. She lives in Perkasie.

Kim Malcolm

Rustin Class Teacher (Kindergarten) |

Kim has been a teacher for more than 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Art in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Columbia University.

Natalie Marasco

Director of Advancement |

Natalie joined the UFS community in 2012 as a parent. She earned her Bachelor of Art in International Studies with an emphasis in language, literature and culture from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Minerva (Mina) Martell-Bolme

Spanish Teacher |

Mina has been a bilingual and Spanish teacher in the United States and Sweden. She is fluent in Spanish, English, Swedish, and French. She has worked at UFS as a substitute teacher and we have already gotten to see how wonderful she is!

Daphne Naudascher

Helman-Osborn Humanities (Middle School), Language Arts, Learning Support |

Daphne holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky and has PA teaching certification. She began her involvement at UFS as a classroom parent in 1998. Daphne brings her love of learning through literature to her classroom. She leads lively discussions about literature that motivate her students when they write their own creative works. Daphne and her family live in Spinnerstown.

Sarai Nieves

Director of Admission |

Sarai taught at Brooklyn Friends, Bank Street, and Beginning with Children Charter School. Before becoming the Director of Admission, Sarai was the kindergarten teacher at UFS. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and has done doctoral work in curriculum and teaching with an interest in early childhood, urban education and multiculturalism.

Jenna Noel

Penn Class Teacher (1st grade) |

Jenna graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She attended the graduate school program at West Chester University, earning her certification in Elementary Education (k-6). She received a master’s in Education from Cabrini College.

Michael Peragallo

Middle School General Music |

Michael has a master’s degree from Marywood University in Musical Education and is currently an instrumental music teacher at The Conservatory of Music and Dance in Worcester, Pa and Bach to Rock in Wayne, Pa. Michael is currently working with a school in Philadelphia to incorporate music technology, recording, software, and online resources into music curriculum.

Bethany Schwendy

General Music and Choir |

Bethany is a certified music educator. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Messiah College and has completed over 30 credits of graduate studies at various institutions including the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Towson University in Maryland.

Stacie Scott

Art Teacher |

Stacie taught at UFS from 1992 through 2006 and returned in 2010. Scott’s mixed media and collage works are in collections regionally and nationally. Stacie has thirty years of experience working with the visual and performing arts in educational, community-based and therapeutic settings. While at UFS, Scott developed and implemented an arts program for 5-8th graders utilizing dance, theater and visual arts.

Jenny Singer

Mott Class Teacher (Pre-school) |

Jenny Singer engages children in creative learning experiences in her classroom. Jenny was a program coordinator for Playworks at The Russell Byers Charter School, completed an internship in Baroda, India, and even plays the ukelele. She is a graduate of Penn Charter.

Roger Sternfeld

Assistant Head of School/Business Manager |

Roger first came to UFS as a board member, where he served as a representative from Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. He previously taught for sixteen years at Media-Providence Friends School as a Middle School math teacher and as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher.

Amy Wall

Physical Education Teacher |

Many school families know Amy as the director of the Stretch-n-Grow Youth Fitness Program where she develops physical education programs for preschool, childcare, and fitness centers and creates and directs All Star Sports Programs for children ages 2-6. Prior to Stretch-n-Grow, Amy was a kindergarten teacher in North Carolina.