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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

John Baird: Durham, NC, Durham Monthly Meeting, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative). John has served as the head of two Quaker Schools, Westtown School and Carolina Friends School. He is a member of the Board of the Friends Council on Education.  As a teacher and leader in Friends schools, John has worked collaboratively with Board and staff members to respond to adaptive challenges in ways that are resonant with institutional mission and values.  Prepared as a facilitator by the Center for Courage and Renewal, John has led retreats for Friends schools, meetings, and faith communities and served as a coach and consultant to teachers and school leaders. Since attending the institute “Formation for Ministry in Community” in 1982, John has returned to Pendle Hill often as a retreat and workshop attender and facilitator, as well as a Friend in Residence.  He finds Pendle Hill to be an “oasis,” nurturing spiritual growth and renewal, listening and dialogue, connection with the natural world, creative expression, and activism. He believes that “Pendle Hill has a unique mission in creating a beloved community where people are inspired to discover the calling that is uniquely theirs – and encouraged to do the work of healing, reconciliation, peacemaking and other service so needed in the world today.”  John has served as clerk of two Friends meetings (Providence, RI, NEYM and Old Chatham, NY, NYYM.). He serves on the Ministry and Counsel Committee of Durham Meeting and has been a facilitator in the Meeting’s Racial Equity Learning Arc.  John and his wife, Aminda Stern Baird, (a former Pendle Hill staff member), have three grown children. He loves birding, singing, hiking, painting, and gardening.

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 (clerk): 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.

Arthur LarrabeeArthur M. Larrabee: 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.

Nan Macy: Bellingham, WA, non-affiliated Quaker (formerly of Bellingham Friends Meeting, NPYM), Buddhist (in Mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh). Nan has spent most of her professional career in communications, especially focusing on writing and editing in various organizational settings. Core to much of this work are communication and community, and sharing a message that is effective, results in increased awareness and/or action, and often brings people together. Nan served as resident guest manager of a Buddhist retreat center, experience that provided insights into balancing the spiritual mission/vision of a retreat center/organization and the “back of the house” logistics and operations. She brings an informed, analytical perspective grounded in spiritual awareness and practice. Nan believes Quakerism has the potential to bring about liberating, lasting change for all people, but first Quakerism’s historical and present-day racism must be addressed and healing must be vigorously pursued—in right order. Nan has personally experienced Pendle Hill’s transformative potential and power. Her relationship with Pendle Hill began in 2011 when she participated in two Ben Pink Dandelion/ Deborah Shaw retreats; she came to Pendle Hill seeking understanding about her Quaker ancestors and left a convinced Friend. Subsequently, she returned for retreats and sojourn stays while conducting archival research for a book she’s writing, and as an at-large member of the Education Committee.

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, PYM. 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.

Jaimie Mudd: Greensboro, NC. Greensboro First Friends Meeting, North Carolina Fellowship of Friends. Jaimie has been serving Quaker Meetings and diverse faith communities since 1996. She serves Greensboro First Friends as Pastor for Congregational Ministries. With a calling for fostering healthy communities she has led retreats, workshops on meditation, discernment, as well as faith community revitalization. She has led workshops and retreats across the US. Over the past eight years Jaimie and her husband Dan have led Experiment with Light, and Friends Couple Enrichment retreats. Jaimie and Dan serve as the Coordinators of the North American Experiment with Light Network. Jaimie has worked for over 35 years with leaders and executives in business, education, public health, government and philanthropy across the United States. She provides strategic planning, organization design and team development within state agencies, universities, community colleges and health care businesses. Her focus is on executive leadership development, strategic business, and community development. A frequent speaker and facilitator at conferences and workshops Jaimie ensures both creativity and results in her organizational transformation work. Jaimie holds a Bachelor of Science, psychology degree, a master’s degree in counseling psychology as well as Master of Divinity degree. She has certifications in evidence-based narrative coaching, mediation, participatory strategic and team planning.

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.

Audrey Super: Swedesboro, NJ. Audrey has over 18 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, most recently serving as the Director of Human Resources at Kendall Crosslands. As a member of the leadership team at Kendall, she helped to develop a Leadership Program that reflected the Religious Society of Friends’ Values and Practices in programming, promoting continuous learning, and encouraging and supporting efforts of sustainability for all people in society. Other professional experiences include the fostering of leadership development and training in non-profit organizations, where she has felt inspired by missions for the betterment of society. Audrey served as the Co-Chair of the Board Diversity Committee for Friends Services of the Aging where she developed resources and supported trainings to educate member organizations on effectively embracing diversity and inclusion. Audrey has also served as a board member of the Southeastern Leading Age chapter, and she currently serves as a member of the Organizational Development Committee of the Kennett Area Senior Center. A passionate advocate of inclusive environments that impact decision making for the greater good as opposed to a select few, Audrey brings her perspectives from the field of Quaker Senior Living and from her professional experience with Human Resources to the Pendle Hill board. Audrey is inspired by Pendle Hill’s valuing of education, and she can personally attest to the growth that education at Pendle Hill has added to her personal and professional development.

At-Large Committee Members

Bruce Crauder: Stillwater, OK; Stillwater Monthly Meeting, South Central Yearly Meeting. Bruce is Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. He has been Clerk of his meeting, a member of the Friends General Conference Central Committee and its Campaign Steering Committee, and Clerk of South Central Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice Committee. He previously served as Clerk of Pendle Hill’s Finance Committee. His father, Bob Crauder, was Business Manager of Pendle Hill for three years in the 80s.

Gretchen Hall: Gwynedd, PA; Alexandria Monthly Meeting, BYM. Gretchen grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her first love is her husband, David Sa’adah, shared with family and friends, followed by reading, traveling, gardening, water, walking and talking! In a lifetime commitment to education that has included teaching, curriculum creation, fundraising, evaluation, administration and lobbying, Gretchen has helped individuals and groups discover their gifts and talents and realize their goals and dreams. She has been involved with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) for over three decades, serving in many capacities. She is a member of Alexandria Monthly Meeting (VA) where she has played many roles; she now attends Gwynedd Monthly Meeting where she clerks Religious Education. Her commitment to Pendle Hill has included the pleasure of many workshops and events, as well as serving on the Board (both “old” and “new” Board) from 2007 through 2017; she now serves as an at-large member of the Pendle Hill Advancement Committee.

Andrei Israel: Hyattsville, MD; Adelphi Monthly Meeting, BYM. Andrei served as Executive Director of William Penn House from 2016 until 2019. Prior to that, he worked and taught in the fields of Human Geography, Environmental Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. He has also worked in experiential environmental education and service-learning. He is committed to transformative religious education for youth and adults that brings forward the activist commitments to peace- and justice-building required of a faithful life in the Spirit. Andrei was first introduced to Pendle Hill through a weekend workshop in 2008. He is drawn to Pendle Hill’s educational mission, its vision of inclusive community and welcoming hospitality, as well as its contributions to the Friends community. Andrei serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Development Committee.

Emma Lapsansky-Werner: Wynnewood, PA; Lansdowne Friends Meeting, PYM. Emma is Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College, where she continues to teach and to consult with students and with scholars. She has a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and researches and publishes on the topic of Quaker history, African-American history and especially the intersection between the two, as well as Pennsylvania history, the American West, and various aspects of American social and material-culture history. In addition to numerous articles, books and papers, Emma co-authored the Pearson Education high-school American History text as well as Struggle for Freedom, a college text on African American History, the third edition of which appeared in 2018. She has served on the board of the Library Company of Philadelphia, Friends Central School, and Lansdowne Friends School. She is a member of the Pendle Hill Pamphlets working group and has been an active member of the Organization of American Historians and of the Friends Historical Association.

Liliane Sharpless: Philadelphia, PA; Germantown Meeting, Philadelphia YM. Lili has been a pre-school and art teacher at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia since 2012. She also teaches First Day School at Germantown Monthly Meeting. A graduate of Germantown Friends School and Guilford College, she received an M.S. in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management from University of North Carolina in 2011. Since that time, Lili has served a variety of professional roles including directing residence hall activities, managing a vineyard’s wine sales, and leading summer camp counselors at Miquon Day Camp. Lili served on the Guilford College Senate and is an Alumni Ambassador of her college as well as her high school. Lili has a passion for community building and involving young people in Quakerism.

Judith Wiegand: Staunton, VA; Maury River Friends Meeting, BYM. After retiring in 2011 from a 30-plus year career as a city planner, Judith almost immediately came to Pendle Hill as a resident student. She believes that spending that first year transitioning into retirement at Pendle Hill was one of the best decisions she has ever made. Judith has attended workshops and sojourned at Pendle Hill and experiences it as an ongoing opportunity to expand her understanding of Quakerism and for personal transformation. She has served her meeting in Lexington, Va., as recording clerk and on the Worship & Ministry Committee. Judith is also active with the Staunton Music Festival serving on its board, and as the housing and transportation coordinator for out-of-town musicians. Judith loves bird watching, traveling, and art. She served as a board member from 2013 – 2019, during which time she brought her long-range planning experience, major project coordination work, and ability to balance the needs and wishes of different, competing groups. She welcomes the opportunity to preserve and enhance the resource that is Pendle Hill as an at-large committee member.