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Alumni Council


Present Alumni Council Members

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • Jackson R. Bryer '55

    Serving through 6/30/2022

    After attending Friends Seminary from the first grade through graduation, Jackson received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1959, an  M.A.. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1986, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1965. In the fall of 1964, he moved to the Washington, D.C., area to take a teaching job in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, where he remained for the next 41 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily in the fields of twentieth-century American fiction, American drama, and modern drama. He married Deborah Chase in 1960; they had three children––Kathryn (1961), Jeffrey (1963), and Elizabeth (1966) before divorcing in 1969. He married Mary C. Hartig in 1988, and they are the parents of one daughter, Margaret. He is the grandfather of Sam, Jacob, Anna, and Alice. He retired from teaching in 2005; since retiring, he has continued to write, has been teaching adult classes, is a collector of signed modern first editions, and tries to get his 1955 classmates to contribute to the Alumni Fund annually.
  • Susan E. Poole ‘66

    Serving through 6/30/2021

    Susan “Whitney” Poole attended Friends for two years, graduating in 1966. Although her time at Friends was brief, it had a profound impact on her and helped to shape her career in public service. She graduated with a B. A. in Liberal Studies/Public Service Management from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Ms. Poole is a retired Warden from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Appointed to the position of Warden by the Governor of the state of California in September 1988, Ms. Poole served 13 years at the California Institution for Women in that capacity. She retired from CDCR in 2001 after 30 years of service.

    For the past seventeen years she has worked extensively as a Criminal Justice Consultant contracting with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Center for Innovative Public Policy (CIPPINC), and correctional agencies in 45 plus states. As a consultant she has provided direct services to agencies in the areas of Executive Leadership Development for Women, Staff/Inmate Relations, Sexual Safety Assessments//PREA, Working with Female Offenders/Gender Responsive Practices, Institution Culture Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Managing a Multi-Generational Work Force.

    The Friends Meetinghouse and time spent there was a time for reflection and introspection. Susan’s passion for being of service to others began with her parents’ example and was nurtured and solidified during her time at Friends. .Ms. Poole has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the community. She has dedicated most of her career to advancing the cause of women and is a passionate and caring advocate for appropriate gender responsive services for women offenders.
  • Patsy Myer ’68

    Serving through 6/30/2022

    Patsy was a Friends lifer. After a false start at Earlham, she received her B.A. from Fordham, Lincoln Center. She and her husband are both Quaker and were married in the 15th Street Meetinghouse. Miss Liddell, their kindergarten teacher, was on their wedding committee. They have two children, Megan and Gabe, and one grandchild, Dilara, 4 who live in NJ. Over the years, Patsy has held many jobs including giving ski reports on the radio, being a counselor at Planned Parenthood and a serving for a decade as coordinator of a rape crisis center. From 1980-90, she and her husband were the Youth Directors at Powell House, the Quaker retreat center near Albany. She is now retired and travels with her husband who is CEO of Cayuga Centers, a nonprofit working with kids and families at risk. They are away from home around 280 nights a year.
  • Alice Stern '76

    Serving through 6.1.23

    After graduation from Friends Seminary, Alice received her BS in Psychology and Education from Emerson College.  After working in children’s publishing for a year, Alice received her Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State University.  Alice worked for many years as a young adults librarian at the central branch of the Boston Public Library.  Since 2000, Alice has been Library Director at the Winsor School in Boston, an independent school for academically motivated girls in grades 5-12.  During her time at Winsor, Alice has served as Faculty Annual Fund Chair, has been a leader in DEI work, and advises the Upper School’s GSA.  Alice has served on a number of American Library Association committees, including the Newbery Award Committee, and has been a book reviewer for library journals.

    The Quaker education Alice received at Friends has served as a guiding principle throughout her life.  Alice has been a class fund agent, and is looking forward to serving Friends in her role as Alumni Council member.
  • Susan Salzberg ’77

    Serving through 6/30/2022

    Susan is a Friends Lifer who went on to Wesleyan (B.A., 1981) to study English Literature and Art History, with a focus on the history of printmaking. Most of her professional career has centered in the fashion world. She has held positions as Fashion Assistant at Vogue, Accessories Editor at Harper's Bazaar, and Director of Public Relations for Artwear Gallery in SoHo, an early leader in the neighborhood which represented two dozen modern jewelry designers. Over the years, she has collaborated, developed or co-curated art exhibits in Westchester and Fairfield Counties in particular areas of interest, including: Process in Prints, 1960’s Fashion and Plastics, and 20th Century Views of New York. She has also been a competitive rider in dressage. She currently lives in Connecticut.
  • Amanda Miller '84

    Serving through 6/30/2022

    After graduating from Friends Seminary, Amanda earned a BA in Art History from Smith College in 1988. Amanda was accepted into the prestigious Bloomingdale's executive training program upon graduation and began her career in fashion retail. She progressed in her career with Bloomingdale's over seven years as a senior merchant in men’s clothing until moving to San Francisco. She changed careers and began executive recruiting with the worldwide firm Spencer Stuart, focusing on fashion/retail and consumer products. She was then recruited by Gap Inc. to lead a team of recruiters. In 2007 Amanda was recruited by Ralph Lauren to lead recruiting for the company in New York. She spent eight years as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources at Ralph Lauren. Amanda is married to Brett Miller ’83. Their son Hudson ’20 is very proud to be a “lifer.” 
    Her volunteer work for Friends has been both as a parent and an alumna. She has served as class rep for 5 years, volunteered for the annual fund, chaired the annual fund for lower school and co-chaired the auction. As an alumna, she has been a class fund agent as well as alumni reunion chair multiple years.
  • Jocelyn Anker '87

    Serving through 6/30/2022

    After graduating from Friends in 1987, Jocelyn went on to earn her B.A. Cum Laude at Cornell University. Inspired by the expression of identity through storytelling, media and performance, Jocelyn constructed her own major called "Language, Literature and Gender" which was then used as the corner store for creating the forthcoming Women's Studies major open to all undergraduates.  Following her time at Cornell, Jocelyn went to Berlin, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship to study Feminist Jewish identity in the wake of the falling of the Berlin wall. Upon the completion of her Fulbright, she stayed in Germany for another six years, where she was one of the few women leaders at the fore of the underground music scene -- running night clubs, managing performers, as well creating and executing marketing and PR campaigns.
    In 1998, Jocelyn returned to New York City where she expanded her repertoire to digital media and television. As the Technical Executive Producer of hbo.com and its sister properties, Jocelyn was the program manager and liaison between HBO's various marketing departments and the back-end technology group. Her responsibilities included technical event management, i.e. setting up cyber cafés (yes, that was a thing), integrating online and broadcast content (think polling and other audience type of integration during live events), and general back-end development to support HBO's core roster and its specialized campaigns.  
    Most recently, Jocelyn founded her own agency, Esmerize. Esmerize focuses on the intersection of technology, content and marketing, especially as it relates to both virtual and physical user experiences: web sites, apps, digital signage, event technology, kiosks, etc. Some of her more recent clients have included The New York Stock Exchange, Turner Broadcasting, Lamia's Fish Market, thestreet.com, Brickell City Center, and Evercore. She has also taken great pleasure in volunteering at her daughter's public elementary and middle schools, doing everything from re-branding and marketing campaigns, to building communications and fundraising platforms, to generally playing an active leadership role within the PTA.  Now, Jocelyn looks forward to lending her skills to her beloved alma mater.
  • Matt Ross ’89 

    Serving through 6.1.23
  • Joy Rivera '91

    Serving through 6/30/2021

    Joy has been a licensed social worker with a focus in the field of geriatrics for more than 15 years. She has her own geriatric care management business, Solutions for Joyful Aging, Inc. and works as part of a care management team for Health First. After graduating from Friends Seminary in 1991, she earned her BA from Wesleyan University in 1995. She went on to receive her MSW from Hunter School of Social Work in 1999. Joy has provided an array of services to seniors in residences and directed a NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community). These experiences provided Joy extensive exposure into managing complete care for seniors. She completed Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging’s two-year Geriatric Care Management Course in 2005. Following the receipt of her geriatric certification she worked for the largest Geriatric Care Management firm in NYC, Senior Bridge. In 2008, Joy opened her own practice. Joy stays active in her home community and sits on the board of directors for her co-op. Joy has served Friends as a Mentor, Reunion volunteer, coach and member of the Diversity Committee. Joy lives in Manhattan and is the parent of a Friends student, Nilah ’26.
  • Helen Rhim ‘93 

    Serving through 6/30/2021

    A lifer at Friends Seminary, Hai Jung Helen Rhim graduated with the class of 1993, when it was still possible to be a member of the 14-year club. Helen credits her years at Friends Seminary for helping inculcate the values of teamwork and community service in all aspects of her life, which she continues to lean on in her current profession as a pediatrician and educator in the Bronx. 

    Currently, Helen is a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore where she provides inpatient care to the children of the Bronx. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a clinician educator and enjoys training the next generation of physicians. She is the co-clerkship Director for the Einstein pediatrics clerkship and the Program Director for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship program, and in those roles, has the opportunity to mentor and advise students and trainees in their career paths. She credits her years at Friends for instilling a love of education, which led her from Brown University, where she received her undergraduate degree, to Tufts University and Columbia University, where she received her MD and MPH degrees. She is currently earning her MHPE degree in medical education through New York University and Maastricht University.
  • Evan Pazner ‘95 

    Serving through 6/30/2021

    A lifer at Friends, Evan went on to NYU earning a BA in English literature and the New School where he studied jazz performance (drums). Since 2001 Evan has been performing, touring and recording from New York City to Paris to São Paulo. After getting married and having two amazing kids Evan has continued his travels but tries to stay local when possible. Stints on and off Broadway as well as a busy private teaching scheduled have helped with that but probably not as much as his family would like. Friends has always been an important part of Evan’s life. He had some of his first performance experiences in the Meetinghouse and is forever grateful for the time and space he was given to explore and develop his love for music. His daughter now attends Friends.
  • Fred Isquith ‘00

    Serving through 6/30/2021

    Fred is counsel at Nussbaum Law Group where he is principally responsible for antitrust, market manipulation, and commodity cases. He has been involved in the field of complex litigation and class actions since 2009. Fred’s practice experience includes drafting and arguing pre-trial motions, deposing witness (lay and expert), defending depositions, and briefing memoranda of law for appellate matters in various 
    federal circuit courts.

    Fred has served on the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Federal Courts Committee and currently serves on New York City Bar Association’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee. He has published articles for the National Association of Shareholders and Consumer Attorneys’ (“NASCAT”) weekly newsletter. In 2018, Fred was named one of Superlawyers’ Rising Star in the Antitrust field.

    Fred is a graduate of Cornell University, with a Bachelor of Science. He also graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School with a master’s in public administration in 2009. He graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Law with a J.D. in 2009. There he was an editor on the Journal of International Law and Commerce, served on the executive board of the Moot Court Honors Society, where he received a certificate for excellence in the service of Society and was an elected representative to the College 
    of Law’s Judicial Board.
  • Alex Agnant ’02

    serving through 6.1.23

    Alex Agnant is a cinematographer and owner of ImagineMotion Productions. His work as director of photography for various documentaries and features has aired on networks such as Fox, Showtime and ESPN.  His passion for art was nurtured at Friends Seminary and continued to develop at Colgate University where he majored in Video Art. He subsequently went on to earn an MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alex, his wife Mary (Class of ‘04) and their two children now reside in Maplewood, NJ but will forever consider themselves New Yorkers. In their eyes Friends Seminary is one of the true gems of New York and will always be an important part of their roots.
  • Chris Fisher-Lochhead ‘02 

    Serving through 6/30/2021

    While at Friends, Chris was deeply involved in the academic and musical life of the school. He wrote incidental music for dramatic productions, played in the pit for musicals, and performed in the jazz band and chamber music program. After graduation, he went on to study music composition at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, from which he received his doctorate in 2016. He currently lives in Vermont and teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He maintains a vibrant international career as a composer and performer.
  • Rachel Colberg-Parseghian '07

    Serving through 6/30/2020

    Rachel graduated from Friends in 2007; a "lifer," she completed a senior project comparing Quaker education systems in different Quaker schools in the Northeast. After moving to Saint Paul, Minnesota to attend Macalester College, she started a career with Nordstrom at the Mall of America working as their corporate customer service liaison before opening their new Minnetonka store in October of 2015. Rachel recently moved back to New York City and is excited to reconnect with Friends Seminary as a member of the Alumni Council.
  • Ian Harris ’07

    serving through 6.1.23
  • Christian Hoyos ’13

    Serving through 6/30/2022

    Based in New York City, Christian Hoyos is a private equity investor at Eurazeo Capital, a global investment firm listed in Paris. Prior to Eurazeo, Christian was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan where he advised private equity clients in M&A, debt, and equity transactions across multiple industries. Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Statistics from Williams College. Christian is passionate about educational equity and serves on the Leadership Council for The GO Project, a nonprofit organization that serves academically-struggling and under-resourced elementary and middle public school students in NYC. A proud Friends Seminary alumnus, Christian has served as class agent since graduating in 2013 and is closely involved with Friends Seminary's fundraising efforts.
  • Sahana Mehta ’16

    Serving through 6.1.23

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Past Alumni Council

    Doris Broder Korey '38
    Barbara Kugel Herne '41
    Natalie Spencer Fox '43
    Eugenie Grey Laidler '43
    Hope Franz Ligori '44
    Marion Hausner Pauck '45
    Anne Codding Tonachel '48
    Edes Powell Gilbert '49
    Jean Allen McCardell '49
    Linda Frankel Cahill '51
    Stephen Chinlund ’51 
    Elaine Wingate Conway '52
    Martha Manheim Green '52
    Peter A. Rona '52
    Laura Newton Eastham '53
    Sally Christenberry Roth '53
    Joan Brownell '54
    Gay Sourian Cropper '54
    Sara Lyons O'Neill '55
    Ellen Friendly Simon '55
    Elizabeth Stearns '55
    Edward Carroll '56
    Merrill Cates '57
    John Schwartz '57
    David E. Wartels '57
    E. Peter Krulewitch '58
    Richard Casten '59
    Elizabeth Peale Allen ’60
    Peter Linden '60
    Kathryn Emmett '62
    Steve Lipmann '62
    Barbara Carey '64
    Valentine Hertz Kass '64
    Jonathan Y. Nareff '64
    Sarah Chasis '65
    Joan Hochman '65
    Harlan Hurwitz '65
    Judith Adams Anderson '66
    Howard D. Ressler '66
    Patricia L. Rosenfield '66
    Kenneth Dodge '67
    Penny Craven '68
    Floyd Katske '68
    Susan Shaw '69
    Belinda Broido '70
    Gail I. Hessol '70
    Robert Luttrell '70
    Christine DiFrancesco Bricker '71
    Mindy Fischer '71
    John Kastan '71
    Laura A. Ward '71
    Derrick Gibbs '72
    Laura Levine '72
    Jessica Amelar '73
    Lisa J. Ernest Mierop '73
    Jerry Weil '73
    Lisa Alter '74
    Norman Feit '74
    David Hochman '74
    Sue Kaplan '74
    Ivy Baer Sherman '74
    Carolyn Ward '74
    Francesca Bruno '75
    Susan L. Cohen '75
    Julie Fenster '75
    Marshall Heinberg '75
    David A. Hirst '75
    Cella Irvine '75
    Susan B. Kane '75
    Adam Owett '75
    Jean Ball Scheinert '75
    Marcy Wachtel '75
    Katherine A. Weil '75
    Sarah Amelar '76
    Christopher Gibbs '76
    Emily Hubley '76
    Nancy Pfeffer '76
    Scott Robbins '76
    Amy Stoller '76
    Suzanne Telsey '76
    Amy Alter Ross '77
    Deirdre Murphy Bader '77
    Suzanne Gluck '77
    Cecily Kahn '77
    Peter Moulton '77
    Debora Nash-Chapman '77
    Alvin Mack ’77
    Ruth Pomerance '77
    Helen D. Reavis '77
    Michael Selverne '77
    Sarah Chinlund Spieldenner '77
    Amy Wagner '77
    Jack H. Moore '78
    Andrew Owen '78
    Edward Brittenham '79
    Christopher Dunnaville '79
    Darcy Flanders '79
    Lois Perelson-Gross '79
    Victoria Wightman Pierce '79
    Nimia Ramos Beauchamp '79
    Kate Webb '79
    Nina Wolff Feld '80
    Karen Gross Fittinghoff '80
    Raphiel S. Hampton '80
    Tsefan T. Law '80
    Steven Lowen '80
    Harriet J. Barovick '81
    Paul Drazen '81
    Victoria Masi Pryor '81
    Patrick M. Wall '81
    Elizabeth Baer '82
    Jin Lee '82
    Sara M. Pines '82
    Marc Rachman '82
    Matthew Annenberg '83
    Julia B. Bates '83
    Martha D. Ehrenfeld '83
    Michael A. Levine '83
    Brett Miller '83
    Emily Isaacs Samuels '83
    Keith A. Smith '83
    Michele Johnson Ashley '84
    Suzanne Gottlieb Calleja '84
    Sharifa El-Okdah '84
    Katharine Emerson Hoss '84
    Rebecca Moore '84
    Juliet Mallory Rosenbaum '84
    Linda Baer '85
    Michele A. Browne '85
    Philip B. Fisher '85
    Peter Graham '85
    Rhonda E. Harrison '85
    Kim Barker Lee '85
    William Perdomo '85
    Sheafe Walker '85
    Schuyler Allen-Kalb ’86 
    Rachel Shapiro Axinn '86
    Matthew K. Breitman '86
    Nat Caldwell '86
    Gregory Cohen '86
    Laurel Reiman Henneman '86
    Molly Magid Hoagland '86
    Everett Ware '86
    Gideon Alpert '87
    Doug Budin '87
    Ellen Deutsch Diamond '87
    Lynn D. Halpern '87
    Josh Isay '87
    Robin Weiswasser Markus '87
    Leslie Werthamer Rottenberg '87
    Lisa Stone '87
    Kim K. Azzarelli '88
    Shauna Burke '88
    Nicole Darren Donnelly '88
    Bartholomew Freundlich '88
    Christine Jimenez Johnson '88
    Deborah Levitzky '88
    Alexandra Cohen Oblak '88
    Jorge Ramon '88
    Eliza Prettyleaf Siegler '88
    Isaac Solotaroff '88
    Alexandra Mairs Tart '88
    Elizabeth D. Ward-Cuprill '88
    Jordan Barowitz ’89 
    Weston Konishi '89
    Amanda Stern '89
    Frederick D. Talton '89
    Josh Wachs '89
    Nicole C. Zissu '89
    Michael L. Bedrick '90
    Lateef F. Bost '90
    Nicole E. Davis '90
    Daphne Dufresne '90
    Alexis Donnelly Glick '90
    Amanda Peet '90
    Todd Solomon '90
    LuAnna Lemon Tardio '90
    Karen Joseph-Cherfils '91
    Oliver Freundlich '91
    Erica Fyvie '91
    Joy Rivera-Hampton '91
    Ia Robinson '91
    Michael Bachrach '92
    Cara Cibener '92
    Anna Crafton Walker '92
    Joshua Fishman '92
    Lila S. Margulies '92
    Zachary Roth '92
    Jessica Rovello '92
    Jessica Wapner '92
    Boji Wong ’92 
    Alexandra Zissu '92
    Natasha Encarnacion '93
    Sandra Jelin Plouffe '93
    Johari Makeba Massey '93
    Joshua Silver '93
    Alice Blumenthal Beckman '94
    Jodyann K. Blagrove '94
    David Cooper '94
    Emily Frangos '94
    Sara Garlick '94
    Stephanie Davis Hazelkorn '94
    Kate Krone '94
    Samantha Liebman ’94 
    Georgia Elizabeth Lindahl '94
    Kelly Kent Marin '94
    Brandon Vert Primack '94
    Elizabeth Veit '94
    Sharonda Callender Ware '94
    Benjamin Ensminger-Law '95
    Christopher Frangos '95
    Sara Lenore '95
    Margarita Melikjanian '95
    Lee Weiner '95
    Edwin Cruz '96
    David King '96
    Lynne DeSilva-Johnson '97
    Janelle Garrett '97
    Amanda Green Hull '97
    Anna Jane Grossman '98
    Kemi R. Blake '99
    Sabrina Brooks '99
    Mansita Diawara '99
    Andrew M. Laird '99
    Clementine Mallet '99
    Jacob Wolper-Gosler '99
    Max Mishler '00
    Jennifer Rothchild Rittberg '00
    Charlotte Greenough '01
    Ashley Herriman '01
    Joey Shapiro '01
    Joanna Hunter August '02
    Hallie Davison '03
    Eric Obenzinger ’03
    Naledi Semela '06
    Evan Olonoff '08
    Francesca Acocella '09
    Lauren Chin '09
    Hugo Torres-Fetsco '11

    To notify Friends of additional alumni who served on the Alumni Council in the past, email the Alumni Office.


The Alumni Council strengthens relationships among alumni and with the Friends Seminary community. The Council advances the School's mission, preserves its historical traditions and is engaged in its current activities and plans for the future.

Operating Principles

Council Members serve a three-year term and nominations and applications are accepted each spring for the coming term. The Nominating Committee seeks representation across class years, gender, industries, interests and demonstrated involvement in the community. Recommendations for service will be extended in the interest of achieving this balance. For Council Meeting minutes, contact the Alumni Office
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