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Meet the Pendle Hill Board

Our board includes a wide range of individuals with diverse expertise and a desire to ensure that Pendle Hill thrives.

Schedule of Board meetings:

The Pendle Hill Board meets in person at Pendle Hill three times each year in February, June, and October starting on the third Saturday of the month and continuing to the following Sunday.

Board members

Narissa Bajjo: Narberth, PA; Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, PYM; Narissa is a passionate educator who teaches first grade at Greene Street Friends School and has taught at several other Quaker schools over her decade of professional teaching experience. Narissa serves on the board of Haddonfield Friends School, where she clerks the Quaker Life Committee. She also served on the Quaker Life Committee of Lansdowne Friends School while on staff there. Narissa has participated in several conferences at Pendle Hill through Friends Council on Education. She feels inspired by the work and intention that Pendle Hill puts into providing space for learning and connection with the self, the Divine, and others.

Douglas Bennett

Douglas C. Bennett: Topsham, ME; Durham Friends Meeting, NEYM. Doug served as President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College, in Richmond Indiana. Previously he served as the Vice President of the American Council of Learned Societies, Provost at Reed College, and an Assistant Professor and Professor at Temple University. His prior Board experience includes: Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, where he served as Vice President of the board from 2014-2016 and currently serves as treasurer; Council for Aid to Education from 2004-2015 as a general member; Earlham College Board of Trustees as an ex officio member from 1997-2011; Center for Research Libraries from 1996-2002, serving as Board Chair from 2000-’02; Haverford College’s Board of Managers from 1988-2000 as a general member and committee chair; and Germantown Friends School’s School Committee from 1985-1989 as a general member. He has been to Pendle Hill on several occasions and was a member of the Visiting Committee 2008-2009. Doug writes, “All my adult life I have been called to serve highly purposeful organizations, many of them grounded in the Religious Society of Friends. I am drawn to see how they can build or rebuild healthy foundations for the long-term. I believe Pendle Hill has a strong history and future in contributing to the wider spiritual health of the Religious Society of Friends.”

Melinda Wenner BradleyMelinda Wenner Bradley: Glen Mills, PA; West Chester Meeting, PYM; Melinda currently serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Youth Engagement Coordinator, and previously served as the Children and Youth Field Secretary in New York Yearly Meeting. The journey of her work has woven together interests in children’s spiritual lives, religious education program development, and how to support families in meeting communities. She is a co-author of Faith & Play™: Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play® Method and has been an accredited Godly Play trainer since 2010, working with Quaker meetings and Friends schools to support adults sharing these resources with children and their communities. In 2014, Melinda co-founded the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC), a grassroots network of Friends holding a sense of stewardship for life-long Quaker faith formation through religious education. She serves on the Steering Circle of QREC. Melinda earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan. She spent 20 years teaching History and Quakerism in Friends schools.

Fran BrokawFrances Brokaw: Hanover, NH; Hanover Friends Meeting; New England Yearly Meeting; a lifelong Friend, Fran is the proud mother of two young adults, and is a retired physician who specialized in internal medicine and hospice/ palliative care medicine. She is a graduate of School of the Spirit’s “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer” program, and is actively engaged in the spiritual life of her home meeting, Hanover Friends Meeting, and of New England Yearly Meeting. Fran also serves on the Board of Directors for Kendal-at-Hanover, serving as co-chair as well as chair of the Board Health Services Committee. She carries a concern for racial justice work, and is actively engaged with issues of racism and white supremacy, through Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) in her community and also as a member of the NEYM Confronting White Supremacy Work Group. She is clear that exploring these problems, educating other people identifying as white, and working to become a stronger ally to people of color is the primary work that God is calling her to do at this stage of her life. Fran enjoys reading, hiking, travel, and learning about other cultures and religions.

Michael Crouch

Michael Crouch: Greensboro, NC; served on the Pendle Hill Board from 2012-2018. Currently working as Associate Director of Marketing at Guilford College, Michael has used his various technology/communications skills in support of Pendle Hill’s communications materials – and used his woodworking talent to contribute items to our 85th anniversary Wood auction. Awarded the Bruce B. Stewart Award for Staff/Community Service by his co-workers and the Buzzard of the Year by co-workers for being reliable and an all-around good guy, he holds a B.A. in Design and Communications (1991) from UNC Greensboro, and a B.A., Religious Studies (2010) and B.S., Community Justice Studies (2012) from Guilford College. In his spare time, he is a muralist, cabinet maker, calligrapher, boat builder, and boating instructor.

Grace Sharples CookeGrace Sharples Cooke: Bryn Mawr, PA; Haverford Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Grace serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as Associate Secretary for Advancement and Relationship. She has worked around the world in both private and government positions in the fields of Development, Education, and Communications. Grace lived abroad for 12 years in China, Japan, Germany and Taiwan, witnessing many significant socio-political movements in that time. She is strongly informed by this global perspective. Closer to home she spent four years in her local community working on environmental stewardship and neighborhood trail-building. Grace currently serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the William Penn Charter School. She previously served on the boards of Friends School Haverford, the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin and the Taipei American School. Grace believes in the potential of Pendle Hill to generate Quaker fellowship and support people to move forward in unexpected ways at important moments of their lives. She pursues interests in foreign policy and international affairs, conservation, education, Quaker affairs, writing, and classical music.

Maurice EldridgeMaurice G. Eldridge: Swarthmore, PA; Attends Swarthmore Meeting. Maurice serves as the Special Assistant for College and Community Relations at Swarthmore College from which he retired this year after 18 years as Vice President for College and Community Relations and Executive Assistant to the President. A Swarthmore College alumnus, Class of 1961, he returned to work there in 1989 after serving ten years as principal of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in his native Washington, D. C. He also served during some of those years as director of its fund-raising arm, The Ellington Fund. He currently serves as vice chair of the Board of the Chester Charter School for the Arts and as College liaison to the Chester Children’s Chorus Board of Directors. Maurice, who earned his B.A. in English Literature at Swarthmore also earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and completed doctoral course work in educational leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has been a life-long educator in secondary and collegiate settings and also a successful fundraiser at Ellington and Swarthmore. He has been a social justice activist since his high school days at the progressive Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, Massachusetts where he also taught and served as assistant headmaster until its closing in 1975.

Jane FernandesJane K. Fernandes: Greensboro, NC; Friendship Friends Meeting, North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative. Since 2014 Jane has been serving as President of Guilford College, as well as a Professor of English there. Her most recent prior roles include Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at University of North Carolina at Asheville, Senior Fellow at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute, and Provost of Academic Affairs at Gallaudet University. Jane has published, taught and led in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Education, and English Departments around the United States. She brings deep experience to innovations in shared governance, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, community partnerships, and budget management. She currently serves on the following Boards: Friends Council on Education, Union Square II, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and Greensboro Opportunity. Jane first encountered Pendle Hill staying on campus for a FAHE Board meeting and has since developed an interest in connecting Pendle Hill’s mission with Quaker educational institutions. A native of Massachusetts, Jane married James Fernandes and built a family including two children, Sean and Erin.

Stephanie Gretchen Stephanie Gretchen: Albuquerque, NM; attender at Albuquerque Monthly Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Stephanie Gretchen is a certified Spiritual Director, Life Coach, and retreat leader working with clients around the country through Stephanie Gretchen Coaching and Retreats. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ithaca College, a master’s degree in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and is a graduate of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction. As a parent educator, Stephanie has led anti-child abuse programs, been a docent-educator at the National Zoo, and is a faculty member in Shalem’s Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. Some of her prior volunteer service within the Religious Society of Friends includes being a Board Trustee at Sandy Spring Friends School from 2007-2010 and clerking various committees for her Quaker Meeting. She has served on the Pendle Hill Board since 2014, as member of the Advancement Committee and clerking the Governance and Nominating Committee. She currently does accompaniment for those in Sanctuary. A mother of two adult-ish kids who rock her world, she is a nature nerd who loves being outdoors and learning all she can about it.

Doug Gwyn: Richmond, IN; First Friends Meeting, New Association of Friends; Doug has served among Friends as a pastoral minister, a peace educator for AFSC, a teacher at Pendle Hill and at Woodbrooke, and a writer on Quaker historical theology. He has written extensively on early Friends and more recently on Pendle Hill (Personality and Place, 2014) and Friends General Conference (A Gathering of Friends, 2018). Doug fell in love with Pendle Hill in 1987 and has returned several times since, in various capacities. He also fell in love with Caroline Jones at Pendle Hill in 1994. They were married in the Barn under the care of the community in 1999.

Tom Hamm: Richmond, IN; West Richmond Friends Meeting, New Association of Friends. Tom has been a speaker and workshop leader at Pendle Hill. He served on the General Board from 2004 to 2009 and the current Board from 2009 to 2012. Tom is Professor of History, the Trueblood Chair in Christian Thought, and Director of Special Collections at Earlham College. He has also been involved with the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE), Friends United Meeting (FUM) Triennial, FGC, Friends United Press, Society of American Archivists, American Historical Association, and the Indiana Library and Historical Board. Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Butler University, and his master’s and doctorate from Indiana University. He has written numerous articles on Quaker history as well as five books, including The Quakers in America.

Arthur LarrabeeArthur M. Larrabee (clerk): Chester County, PA; Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Arthur is a graduate of Westtown School (1960), Yale University (BA 1967), and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD 1970). From 1970-1993, Arthur practiced law in Philadelphia where he was the founding partner of the law firm Larrabee, Cunningham and McGowan. From 1993-2006, he had a career as a consultant, workshop leader, speaker, and volunteer. From 2007-2014 Arthur served as General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Arthur has served on the board of Trustees of several organizations including Westtown School and the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Opera Theater (1979-1983), and is currently a director on Friends Fiduciary Corporation. He has served as clerk for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (1992-1995), Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (2001-2005), and Interim Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (2006-2007), and as an at-large member of the Finance Committee of the Pendle Hill Board.

Mike Malone

Mike Malone: Swarthmore, PA; Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Mike is a former clerk of the Swarthmore Meeting. He is the principal and chief investment officer of Michael Malone Investment Advisory, which has been in business since 1976. Mike has also held senior positions in a number of financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Janney Montgomery Scott, and Wells Fargo Advisors. Mike frequents the Pendle Hill morning meeting for worship and previously served on the Pendle Hill Board (1993-1999). He has made the Pendle Hill neighborhood his home for since 1985. A 1973 graduate of the University of Delaware, Mike attained a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in the philosophy of social sciences. Mike has been married to his wife, Anne, since 1973, and they have three grown daughters and five grandchildren. He has an interest in the study and enjoyment of golf course architecture.

Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil: San Francisco, CA; Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting, Pacific Yearly Meeting. Stephen retired from AFSC after 33 years of service. Stephen has served on several local boards (The Family Link, Martin des Porres Catholic Worker soup kitchen, SF Psychiatric Emergency Services Community Advisory Board, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Home Care Companions) as well as over 40 years with the Friends Committee on National Legislation efforts both as clerk, member, and consultant. He serves on the Peace and Social Order Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting. He is committed to diversity (both racial and theological), faith in action, and a working class background. He has extensive experience serving as clerk and recording clerk. For five years he has been a grants consultant with FCNL/Education Fund. He has participated in several successful capital campaigns and one endowment drive. He has had experiences living in community, both in a shared living space in Mount Pleasant, Washington, DC as well as with Sojourners community. He has spent four weekends at Pendle Hill at consultations and an orientation for AFSC’s Tripartite (US-USSR exchange) program.

Pegene McPhadenPegene McPhaden: Harleysville, PA; Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Peggy is currently a member of the Stewardship Committee and the Care and Counsel Committee at Gwynedd Meeting, having served on other committees in the past. Some years ago, she served on the Antioch University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Foulkeways at Gwynedd, a life plan community, where she has served on the CEO Search, Finance and Admissions Committees and currently serves on the Joint Pension Personnel and Finance Committee, Healthcare Committee and Diversity Committee. She also represents Foulkeways on the Abington Quarter (PYM) Board. She has participated in several Pendle Hill programs and fully supports our mission. Born and raised in New York City, Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. After college, she and her husband moved to Minneapolis, MN where she worked in a pharmacology laboratory at the University of Minnesota. After a few years, her husband’s employer transferred the family to London, England for four years and then to Brussels, Belgium for four years. During this time, Peggy earned a certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language from the British Counsel and taught in several American companies, in a Belgian language school and at the Brussels English Primary School. A few years after returning to the US, Peggy entered Temple University in Philadelphia and earned an MBA in Accounting in 1986, receiving her CPA license soon after. She joined the Internal Revenue Service shortly thereafter where she worked in the International division as an auditor and then managed an international team in the Large Business and International division. She has recently retired from the IRS after nearly 30 years.

Jeff PerkinsJeff Perkins: Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. Jeff offers his spiritually grounded Quaker approach in business, management, and strategic planning to Pendle Hill. Jeff affirms the values of Pendle Hill and finds it a welcoming place for spirit led engagement. Jeff participated in the resident student program at Pendle Hill in 1992-93. He successfully utilizes his finance and accounting acumen in serving as Executive Director on Friends Fiduciary Corporation Board and the Board of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Jeff served as Treasurer and is the current Clerk of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. Jeff is interested in ecumenism and the connections between Christian and other faiths and spiritualities. Jeff views hospitality as a ministry.

Jerilynn RadcliffeJerilynn Radcliffe: Villanova, PA; Radnor Monthly Meeting. Recently retired from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she was Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, Jerilynn continues to pursue research in neurodevelopmental outcomes for children from pediatric illness, treatments, and interventions at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She directs the Behavioral Neuroscience Core of the Center for Human Phenomic Sciences at CHOP. She has served as a Committee Chair for the Institutional Review Board, participated in medical ethics training for medical students at the University of Pennsylvania, and has served on study sections for the National Institutes of Health. She received a A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A convinced Friend for more than four decades, Jerilynn has served Radnor Meeting as Meeting Co-clerk, Clerk for Founders’ Trust, and Clerk for several committees (Finance, Care & Counsel Committee, and Peace & Social Concerns). She serves as Treasurer for Radnor Monthly Meeting. Jerilynn has attended multiple workshops and conferences at Pendle Hill, which have profoundly impacted her spiritual journey. Her service on the Pendle Hill Board continues to deepen her experience of “that of God” in each person and her search for ways Quakerism can promote healing.