BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Gwynedd Friends School is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of a majority of Quakers. The board is the guardian of the School’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.


Mason Barnett grew up around Quakers and began attending Durham Friends Meeting in 1984. She was later active with German Yearly Meeting. When she returned to the Philadelphia area in 2009, she transferred her membership to Gwynedd Friends Meeting. Mason is executive director of Northwestern Stables, Inc., an equestrian facility located in northwest Philadelphia, dedicated to connecting people with horses to benefit the community. Mason’s professional background is in organizational development, with a focus on strategic planning, governance, and philanthropy. She is delighted to serve on the School’s board.


Jane Berger is a retired attorney and a former member of the NY State Bar.  She has also taught English as a Second Language.  Jane served as clerk of committees in various Quaker organizations, including Chappaqua (NY) Friends Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, and Friends General Conference.  For six years she served on the committee governing Chappaqua Friends Nursery School. She has also facilitated workshops in Quaker meetings in the east coast and mid-west. Jane has been a member of Gwynedd Friends Meeting since 2011.  What she most appreciates about Gwynedd Friends School is the thoughtful, gentle way that the teachers communicate with the children.


Marie Hubbs is married and lives with her husband in Lower Gwynedd Township. She has two grown children, and is active in her granddaughters' lives. Marie is a retired circulation manager at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library, where she was employed for over 30 years. This position offered her great satisfaction while helping the public and working with the library staff. She is a member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting and has served on a number of committees and as a Trustee for the Meeting. Volunteerism has been an important part of her life. Among other commitments, she served for over 25 years on the Board of the College Settlement Camps in Horsham, which offer a camping experience to underprivileged children. She is currently on the Board at Foulkeways. Marie has had the opportunity to watch the School grow from very small to its current size, while continuing to offer a high quality caring and learning environment for children.


Faith Paulsen Having come to Gwynedd Friends Meeting for the first time as the parent of a Preschool child, Faith Paulsen found a spiritual home here, eventually becoming a member. She has served on every Parent Association of every school her three children have attended, including several terms as President of the Parent Associations at Oak Lane Day School and Solebury School, and also on the Board of Oak Lane Day School. A native New Yorker with degrees from Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and Drexel University School of Library and Information Science, she has worked as systems analyst and technical writer, and on a freelance basis as writer of technical, travel, parenting and general interest materials. She has written and published fiction, personal essays and poetry in a number of journals and anthologies. Her day job is in the family insurance business. She lives in Norristown with her husband Barton Sacks.


Diane Pilch is a pediatric physical therapist currently working with preschool-age children in Lower Bucks County.  In 2003, she worked with a preschooler at GFS, and began attending Gwynedd Meeting, and becoming a member in 2011. She has served on many committees: Preschool, Child Safety Policy, Peace Camp, and Wales Youth Exchange, to name a few. Her career and most outside interests are focused on children and youth. In addition to Quaker activities, she also practices martial arts, trains regularly, and teaches classes to the junior division (5-11 years). She is married and has two college-age children who attended Gwynedd Meeting, First Day School programs, and Peace Camp, as well as participating in the Wales Exchange.  Watching all of “her” children develop and grow into adulthood, using their individual skills to make the world a better, more loving and caring place, is one of her greatest joys.


Marie Russell lives in Towamencin Township with her husband Robert and has three daughters and four grandchildren. Her husband, a Quaker, and their youngest daughter both attended Gwynedd preschool many years apart.  Most of her experience has been in schools as Administrative Assistant at Wissahickon High School and Bucks County Intermediate Unit. That was followed by 28 years teaching in the three-year-old class at Gwynedd Friends Preschool and 2 years in the Fours. She was there on the first day of the three-year-old class being added to the school and took part in its expansion. Over the years she was a volunteer in several organizations and served on the Montgomery County Extension Board for 25 years. It is heartwarming for her to see how far the preschool has come while retaining its Quaker traditions and values.


Suzanne Spiker was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. After graduating from the University of Montreal, she married Paul, now her husband of 30+ years, who was born and raised in PA. She has worked at the University of Pennsylvania and in the pharmaceutical industry. For the past four years, Suzanne has focused on the integration of R&D systems and data as a result of Mergers and Acquisitions. Suzanne, Paul, and their three sons attended Gwynedd Friends Meeting for several years. Suzanne discovered Quakerism through relatives and friends. She was immediately enticed by Quaker testimonies and intrigued by the format of the Meeting for Worship. As described by Suzanne: "We just showed up one Sunday and we liked what we heard and saw. While our boys often resisted going to Meeting on Sundays, they are now thankful as young adults for the exposure to the unconditional Quaker love, simplicity, forgiveness, peace, stewardship to Mother Earth and Light." Suzanne is happy to serve as a Board member because she feels strongly about an educational approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child – social, emotional, physical, and cognitive.