Woolman Board

Beth McCleary, Board Member

I started attending Friends Meeting or worship, and taught at a Friends high school, in Maryland in 1994; I was first an attender, then a member of Reno Meeting since 2000; I started attending quarterly meetings at SFC in 2005 or so with my two kids; I joined the CPFEA board 4+ years ago; I own and run my farm/ranch on the eastern front of the Sierra in Washoe Valley, Nevada.

Christine Mulvey, Board Member

Cris Mulvey started out as a human rights activist in Amnesty International and a peace activist in the anti nuclear movement of the 1980s. She went on to become a leader in the women's movement in her home country of Ireland, working as an organizer and educator with low income women there and throughout the so called Third World. When she moved to the U.S.A. in 1998 she worked in the environmental movement before taking a position as E.D. with a large feminist, social services non profit in her beloved Montana. She loves to hike and to write and is a published poet and author. She came to Grass Valley three years ago with her husband, her dog and her two cats.

Gretchen Woelfle, Board Member

Gretchen Woelfle lives in Los Angeles and is a member of Santa Monica Friends Meeting. She has served on half a dozen committees of the Meeting since she started attending in 1999. Following a Quaker Study Tour to Bolivia, she served on the board of Quaker Bolivia Link for many years. Back home in Los Angeles she is an award-winning children's author, most recently writing biographies of little-known women and African Americans. Gretchen is pleased to be involved in the new incarnation of the Woolman campus.

Jennifer Dickey and Andrew Huang, Board Members

Jennifer Dickey is a 1978 graduate of the John Woolman school and brings along her husband of 32 years, Andrew Huang to the Woolman board of trustees.  Jennifer followed JWS with a degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University and has worked variously in small companies.  Jennifer is currently the Executive Director for the Idaho Lives Project, a suicide prevention program aimed at giving children and their teachers coping skills for life that have proven to be effective at reducing suicide rates.

Andy retired from an engineering career that included a diversion into university academics.  He remains actively engineering in a consulting arrangement.

Krista Fotou, Treasurer

Krista Fotou lives with her husband and son in Petaluma, California. Her son, Elias, attended The Woolman Semester School in the spring of 2015. Currently she works for the Human Services Department of Sonoma County in the Economic Assistance Division. For seven years Krista served as Treasurer for the Friends of Cherry Valley Library. She also volunteered on a committee to raise funds for the Sonoma County Children's Village, a program that strove to keep siblings in foster care together in permanent homes.

Krista was moved by the profound experiences of students attending The Woolman Semester School and began to serve on the board of WSS to contribute to the school's success.

Lisa Hubbell, Board Member

A bio of Lisa Hubbell will be available on our site soon. 

Phyllis Jewell, Board Member

Pomona College (B.A., Modern European Languages & Literature); Tulane University Law School (J.D.); Université Pierre Mendès-France / Grenoble II (post-graduate studies); member of California State Bar; Specialist Certification in Immigration & Nationality Law by California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization; practicing immigration lawyer in San Francisco 1985-present. Resident in Marin County.

Rebecca Ambrose, Board Member

Rebecca Ambrose has been a member of the Davis friends Meeting for 10 years, and has been attending Quaker meetings in various parts of CA and WI for 25 years. She brings her knowledge of running educational programs from her work as Director of the Teacher Credentialing Program at University of CA-Davis. She has come to love SFC from her years of visiting it during Quarterly Meetings and Family Work Camps.

Sandra Schwartz, Clerk of the Board

Sandra Schwartz is an activist, social worker, member of a Quaker Meeting for 34 years, mother, friend, passionate about social justice and progressive education.

She joined the CPFEA Board because she wanted to support the effort to offer a progressive educational model based on justice, peace and sustainability with a healthy dose of Quaker values to high school students. She was particularly intrigued by the partnership with MetWest and other Big Picture schools. She loved the idea of including urban youth in an experience that is often only available to the privileged, meaning people who know how to find and access these kinds of programs.

Sarah Tyrrell, Board Member

A bio of Sarah Tyrrell will be available on our site soon.