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  • Jackson R. Bryer '55

    Serving 2019 through 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.
  • Richard (Barry) White ’71

    Serving 2021 through 2024
  • Alice Stern '76

    Serving 2020 through 2023

    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 2019 through 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 2019 through 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 2019 through 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 2020 through 2023

    Matt attended Friends for 10 years. After graduation, he studied international relations at The Johns Hopkins University then went to law school at Brooklyn Law School. Following graduation, Matt moved to Washington, DC and worked at a series of large law firms, as an associate and later a partner, and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University before starting his own boutique renewable energy law firm three years ago. Matt currently balances a renewable energy and sustainability law practice while managing two start-ups -- one in the waste conversion space and one in the renewable hydrogen space. Matt attempts to juggle work and family life in Chevy Chase, Maryland where he lives with his wife and three daughters (two in high school and one in college).
  • Maisha Yearwood ’90

    Serving 2021 through 2024

    Maisha Yearwood is a Harlem native and a Hollywood writer who has been writing and developing sitcoms and feature films for 25 years. She has written and developed for Warner Brothers, Fox Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, ABC Family, Fox 2000, 20th century Fox, Artisan Entertainment, and Discovery Channel. She received her MFA from the American Film Institute and a certificate in screenwriting from the UCLA Film and Television School.
     
    Maisha is currently a Playwright and producer for the multi-platform project 9 GRAMS, which follows a Hollywood screenwriter who endures solitary confinement in a Turkish prison. Based on a true story, the project unfolds across a one woman play, features a documentary and an interactive experience on the site 9grams.com. Since 2016 Maisha has done readings of the play around the United States with S. Epatha Merkerson Directing the performances.
     
    Currently Maisha is developing the play into a series and is in talks with Regina King to Produce the series.
     
    In the recent past Maisha has worked as an Adjunct professor at Hofstra University teaching Introduction to Screenwriting for students majoring in Film.
  • Jodyann Blagrove ’94

    Serving 2021 through 2024
  • Fred Isquith '00

    Serving 2018 through 2022

    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.
  • Rachel Colberg-Parseghian '07

    Serving 2020 through 2023

    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 2020 through 2023

    After graduating from Friends in 2007, Ian earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. Ian works as a Senior Analyst at Hudson Executive Capital LP, a value-oriented investment firm based in New York, where he focuses on investments in financial services, technology and healthcare. He is also a board member of Cantaloupe, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTLP), a software and payments company that provides end-to-end technology solutions for the unattended retail market.

    In 2016, Ian helped develop and served as an inaugural member of the Young Alumni Board Fellow program at Friends. More recently, he joined the Alumni Council in 2020 and served as a co-clerk of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force in 2020-2021. As a Friends “lifer,” the Quaker education he received at Friends has had a foundational impact on Ian and he looks forward to serving as a co-clerk of the Alumni Council through 2023.
  • Sam Cammer '08

    Serving 2021 through 2024

    After graduating from Friends Seminary in 2008, Sam attended Emory University in Atlanta and graduated summa cum laude, earning a B.A. in African Studies in 2012. Thereafter, Sam attended Fordham University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude, earning a J.D. in 2015. Sam is a senior associate in the M&A group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City.

    Sam is a corporate attorney who advises public and private companies, as well as private equity sponsors, on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, securities offerings and other corporate matters, including SEC compliance, shareholder activism and corporate governance. 

    Select examples of Sam’s representations include:
    • Twenty-First Century Fox in its:
    • $85 billion acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and the pre-merger spin-off of certain news, sports and broadcast businesses, which was named The American Lawyer’s 2019 Global M&A Deal of the Year, and
    • $15 billion sale of its stake in Sky plc to Comcast Corporation;
    • Red Hat in its $34 billion acquisition by IBM;
    • E*TRADE in its $13 billion all-stock acquisition by Morgan Stanley;
    • Entegris in its $6.5 billion cash and stock acquisition of CMC Materials;
    • Veoneer, Inc. in its $4.5 billion acquisition by Qualcomm Incorporated and SSW Partners following the termination of Veoneer’s previously announced $3.8 billion acquisition by Magna International Inc.;
    • Iora Health, Inc. in its $2.1 billion all-stock acquisition by 1Life Healthcare, Inc.;
    • WhistlePig, a distiller of luxury rye whiskey, in its partnerships with BDT Capital Partners and Moët Hennessy, and its related liquidity transactions; and
    • Stanley Black & Decker in its acquisition of Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing for up to $1.5 billion.
    Sam also provides pro bono legal services to New York-based clients, including early stage nonprofits and individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. Sam currently lives in TriBeCa with his fiancé Lisa, also an M&A lawyer.
  • Christian Hoyos '13

    Serving 2019 through 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.
  • Eitan Darwish ’17

    Serving 2021 through 2024

    Eitan graduated from Dartmouth College in 2021 with a major in Quantitative Social Science and minors in Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies. Now back in New York City, Eitan is a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focuses on work related to sustainability and innovation in the food chain. Eitan serves on the Rodeph Sholom School Alumni Council, and remains an active alumnus of Dartmouth College, where he is involved in sustainability projects at the Thayer School of Engineering and the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. In his free time, Eitan loves woodworking, which he learned while at Dartmouth. Without access to a shop, though, you can find Eitan testing out new recipes in the kitchen. To learn more about Eitan visit www.eitandarwish.com.

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  • 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
    Susan E. Poole '66
    Howard D. Ressler '66
    Patricia L. Rosenfield '66
    Kenneth Dodge '67
    Penny Craven '68
    Floyd Katske '68
    Patsy Myers '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
    Helen Rhim '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
    Evan Pazner '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
    Alex Agnant '02
    Chris Fisher-Lochhead '02
    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
    Sahana Mehta '16

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

Mission

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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