Board of Trustees

The Friends School of Wilmington Board of Trustees is charged with safeguarding the school’s mission and securing its future.

The Board does so by:
• Setting school policies
• Hiring, evaluating, and supporting the Head of School
• Undertaking strategic planning
• Holding fiduciary responsibility for the school.

The Board entrusts daily operations to the Head of School, who supervises all programs and personnel and is the arbiter of any disputes that may arise, including those involving parent issues or student disciplinary actions. The Board of Trustees does not sit in review of administrative decisions.

Board members serve on the following Board Committees: Advancement, DEI Council, Finance, and Governance. The Advancement Committee and the DEI Council include school and community members who are not trustees.

Board meetings are conducted in the style of a Friends Meeting for Business. In this process each member may speak to a particular issue. Decisions are made not by majority vote, but by reaching a “sense of the meeting” through open discussions and intentional listening. Reaching unity does not necessarily mean unanimity, but it does mean that each voice is heard, and that all present accept responsibility for the decision.

Teri Butler
Jonathan Clay
Karen Cumberbatch
Gina Fimbel
Joe Finley- Treasurer
Beth Jaskolka - Secretary
Doug Jennings - Clerk
Karrie Manson
Lindsey McCoy
Steve McIntosh
Cannon Morgan - Co-clerk
Susan Nance
Marilyn Sheerer
Cara Stretch
Crystal Walton
Brenda Esch, Head of School, Ex Officio