Kendal Board of Directors
Excellence in Management and Governance
Kendal selects board members with a wide variety of backgrounds whose desire to serve arises from a religious or philosophical base and a deep ethical commitment to our mission and values. We operate in accordance with basic principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and from a not-for-profit perspective. Board members serve as volunteers. Conflicts of interest are disclosed, including those inherent in community members serving on the boards.
Joan Countryman, Chair
Joan Countryman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, retired in 2005 as Head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, a Quaker school for girls. In 2006-07, as Founding Head, she helped open the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. The following year she served as Interim Head of the Atlanta Girls’ School. A long-time educator, Joan served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, where she also taught mathematics. She has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a consultant to the School District of Philadelphia. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she is now an honorary trustee, she has also served on the board of managers of Haverford College and as President of the Haverford College Corporation. She chairs the board of Friends Center City, a retirement community “without walls” in Philadelphia.
Ken Aldridge, Assistant Secretary
Ken began his career at Wilmington Friends School as the Assistant Head for Academics and International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator, and after a thorough search, he was appointed Head of School. Ken was formerly Middle School Principal at Germantown Friends. Ken earned a B. A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster and a Masters of Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his teaching career at George School, where he taught science in the International Baccalaureate Program, coached swimming and tennis, served as Assistant Dean of Students, and was awarded the Price Teaching Chair for Young Faculty. In 1996, Ken moved to Germantown Friends, where, prior to his administrative role, he headed the Science Department and received the American Chemical Society’s (Philadelphia Section) Excellence in Teaching Award. An active Quaker, Ken serves as a trustee for the Friends Council on Education and is the former Chair of the Board for Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, an organization that “provides disadvantaged students from Philadelphia’s under-resourced schools with the education and supports they need to access higher education.” Ken also serves as a University Appointed Mentor for graduate students in the University of Pennsylvania’s School Leadership Institute.
Louis P. Barbarin
Louis Barbarin, of New York, New York, serves as chief financial officer and treasurer of the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB), which provides retirement and other benefits to members of the American Baptist denomination and other organizations sharing similar beliefs and practices. Prior to joining the MMBB, he served as deputy executive director and treasurer of the American Baptist Board of Education and Publication. Current volunteer experience includes serving as Chairman of the Finance Committee, treasurer, and board member of The Interchurch Center, NY, NY. Previous volunteer experience includes serving as a member of the finance committees and boards of Benedict College, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, American Baptist Foundation, and ABCON Credit Union, and as advisory board member of Trinity Press international.
Dick Baznik is vice president emeritus, university historian, and former teaching fellow at Case Western Reserve University, where he spent a nearly 50-year career. In retirement, he is managing director of Management Assistance for Nonprofit Agencies (MANA), a volunteer management consulting group working with nonprofits in Lorain County, Ohio. He and his wife have been residents of Kendal at Oberlin since 2010, and he is a member of the Kendal at Oberlin board of directors. He is a writer, editor, photographer, and graphic designer, and handles photography and graphic design for Eureka!, the magazine published by Kendal at Oberlin’s residents. During his career at CWRU, he was responsible for a range of activities that included all communications, strategic planning, community and governmental relations, international relations, marketing, institutional research, and conferences and special events. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and The Executive Program of the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He also serves as a trustee and officer of the Bill Long Foundation, a community foundation in Oberlin, Ohio.
Bill Benson is Managing Partner in Health Benefits ABCs (HBABCs), an organization offering health and aging policy, educational and strategic planning consulting services. Benson has worked on health and aging issues for 38 years including in various leadership positions in the U.S. Congress. He served in senior appointee positions at the U.S. Administration on Aging including as Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging prior to starting a consulting practice in 1998. Earlier in his career he spent 10 years with the California Department of Aging including serving as California’s State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. For the past 10 years he has been a consultant to CDC’s Healthy Aging Program. He also works closely on preventive services with SPARC and its Vote & Vax Initiative. HBABCs writes Critical Issue Briefs for CDC on a variety of public health and aging matters and produces podcasts on the same topics. HBABCs consults with AoA’s National Technical Resource Center for the nation’s Senior Medicare Patrol programs. HBABCs provides strategic planning, facilitation services, and technical writing and conducts evaluations for national, state and local organizations. For the past 12 years Benson has hosted First Person, a weekly series of conversations with Holocaust survivors before live audiences at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Casey is a retired Brigadier General of the U.S. Army. He is currently Emeritus Dean of Faculty and Professor of International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute. He has a doctorate in Diplomatic and Strategic History from University of Pennsylvania. Casey served in Vietnam, as the Army Aide to the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and as a department chair at West Point. From 2001-2008, he was VMI’s Dean of Faculty. His resume includes numerous teaching positions, publications, and lectures. He’s the author of Defeating Japan: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and Strategy in the Pacific War and editor and contributor to World War II in Europe, the Final Year and George C. Marshall: Servant of the American Nation. He and his wife, Eileen, have lived in Lexington since 2001. He has two grown children and twin granddaughters, Mary Ford and Cate, who have him and Eileen exactly where they want them.
Brooke Carroll from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is Principal Consultant and Coach at Acies Strategies, supporting small and mid-sized schools and nonprofits in leadership development, board development, and strategic thinking and planning. Prior to consulting and coaching, Brooke was Head of School for nine years at Seneca Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School in Darnestown, Maryland, and was Director of Residential Life at Sandy Spring Friends School for six years. Brooke currently serves as the President of the Board of The Sycamore School in Alexandria, Virginia and has served in a variety of roles on other school and association Boards. A graduate of Sandy Spring Friends School, she holds a BA in Psychology from Bates College and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. Brooke is a member of the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting in Sandy Spring, Maryland.
Paul Cooney recently has retired as the Canon to the Ordinary and Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, where he served as a senior advisor to the Bishop with responsibility for finance and governance. Previously, Paul was a partner in the Washington office of Foley & Lardner. His practice included general corporate and health care regulatory matters, bond counsel, and nonprofit health systems mergers and acquisitions. Paul also served as a professorial lecturer in law and in health policy at the George Washington University. Since retiring from the Diocese, Paul serves as outside general counsel for several national nonprofit organizations. Paul has served as a member of the board of directors of Collington, including two years as chair of the board, and also has served as a member of the board of directors of Collington Foundation. In addition, Paul has served as a member of the Strategy Committee of The Kendal Corporation board.
Hal Craft is Vice President Emeritus of Cornell University, having retired as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Over a roughly 40-year career at Cornell, he held numerous positions in the senior administration or on the research staff, among them being Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services, Director of the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, and Director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. Prior to Cornell, he was at Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Laboratories of the Communications Satellite Corporation. He has served and currently serves on many boards for local (Ithaca, N.Y.) organizations, most recently the Paleontological Research Institute/Museum of the Earth and the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. Currently he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kendal at Ithaca. He holds an M.E.E. degree from NYU and B.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.
Thomas Gibian, Chair-Elect
Thomas Gibian, of Washington, D.C., is the Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School, a P-K thru 12th grade college preparatory school in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Prior to becoming Head of School in July 2010, Tom served as CEO of Emerging Capital Partners, a private equity firm with $1.8 billion under management focused on investment opportunities in Africa. Prior to his career in emerging market private equity, Tom was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asia and a Vice President at Salomon Brothers. Tom remains Chairman of ECP and is a trustee of the Center for Global Development and the Friends Council on Education. Tom serves as a trustee of the College of Wooster, Partners for Democratic Change and the Friends Council on Education. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and the Wharton Business School.
Annetha Hall is the Director of Operations and Special Programs, Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. A seasoned practitioner in project and program management, Ms. Hall has overseen a diverse portfolio of projects in her career with the Association. She is a team leader and builder, facilitating strategic planning and work plan development retreats for her department. In addition Ms. Hall produces the Association’s annual congressional fly-in meeting, a three-day event with over 950 attendees. She served as interim Vice President of Public Policy from June 2008 through March 2009. Ms. Hall has served as a board member of Collington, a Kendal Affiliate, for nine years. During that time, she has chaired the Health Policy Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Leadership Development Committee and most recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Collington Board of Directors. Ms. Hall has worked with young adults in summer school programs designed to better prepare them for transitioning into the adult world. She has also worked with women entering or re-entering the workforce, providing training on resume and interview preparation. She served on the vestry of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in New Carrollton, Maryland, and during that time chaired a successful capital campaign. Ms. Hall was born and educated in England. She is married with one daughter and lives in Davidsonville, Maryland.
J. Harry Hammond, Secretary
After retiring, J. Harry Hammond, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, supervised student teacher/cooperating teacher collaboration for the History Department of the University of Delaware and provided independent consulting and program leadership to the Friends Council on Education. His career in education began at Lincoln University. At Wilmington Friends School (WFS), he taught history and served as curriculum coordinator, head of the social science department, dean of faculty, head of upper school, assistant head of school, and acting head of school. Harry currently serves on the WFS board of trustees and on a Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends grant-giving group. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A and an M.A.
Ramona Kirwan retired from the New Jersey Department of Human Services after 35 years working in the state’s largest psychiatric hospitals serving in various positions, including Unit Director and Acting Deputy Section Chief. After retiring, she spent nine years as a Special Investigator for the Ann Klein Forensic Center, Trenton, New Jersey. Ramona has served on the Briteside Adult Day Center’s Board of Trustees and served three years as president. Presently she is on Chandler Hall Heath Care Services’ Board of Directors, where she has served as president and currently is chair of the Strategy Committee and chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. A member of the Quakertown Monthly Meeting in Quakertown, New Jersey, Ramona has served as clerk, assistant clerk, and secretary and presently is a member of Ministry and Oversight committee, clerk of the Nominating Committee and convener of the First Day School Committee.
Rob is a Senior Partner at SP Consulting. He has devoted his career to leading learning innovation while achieving financial success for public and private enterprise at the intersection of learning and technology. Prior to SP, he worked with the Impact Investing firm, i2 Capital and served as a senior vice president at PBS, Discovery and Pearson. He led the creation of media and technology products that are used in more than half of U.S. schools. Active on the boards of directors and advisors for “edtech” firms and initiatives, he has served on the Board of Sidwell Friends School, Cambridge Friends School and the New England Aquarium. Rob taught at Newtown Friends School, Abington Friends School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Pat Macpherson is a teacher of English, Diversity Coordinator and Host Family Coordinator at Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Westtown School, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in English at Bryn Mawr College and taught English in Philadelphia from 1973-86 at Germantown Friends School, where she served as Head of the English Department from 1984-86. In 1984, Pat received a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. As Ethnographer for the Philadelphia Schools Collaborative from 1991-95, she authored three articles and co-authored a book on Philadelphia school reform. From 1995-97, Pat served as Assistant Director of Finding a Way, a National Science Foundation teacher institute on girls in geography. She was Director of the Second International Congress on Quaker Education, held in June 1997, and collaborated on the design and led two Friends Council on Education seminars for Teachers New to Quakerism in 1996-97. Pat served as Coordinator of Alumni and Parent Activities at Westtown School from 1998-2006. She also taught writing courses for adults in Kendal communities for more than a decade.
Richard Melecki has worked in various operations management positions for Robinson Memorial Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and Kaiser Permanente. His consulting clients have included Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland, Blue Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, Christiana Care Hospital in Wilmington, Del., the Cleveland Clinic, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Olsten Health Services, the Order of St. Francis Health System, and the Trinity Health System. As a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Division, Richard was part of the original team that created strategic business re-engineering methodologies. During his tenure with E&Y, he led international strategic business reengineering initiatives for American Express, Bechtel Power Corporation, Coca Cola, and Ikon Office Solutions. Richard was a Senior Vice President for Superior Consultant Holdings Corporation, a $100 million technology services provider. More recently, he has been working with CEOs of small to medium technology companies on strategic growth issues. Richard is member of the Kent Friends Meeting in Kent, Ohio.
A partner with Fargre Baker Daniels LLP, a law firm specializing in corporate law, George Mesires is a member of the finance and restructuring group and leads the Chicago team, concentrating his practice on finance, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, distressed mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. George’s experience also includes advising directors and officers on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and strategic matters. He has represented private equity firms, lenders, debtors, receivers, trade creditors and landlords in a variety of insolvency and distressed situations. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (1995), earned an MBA from Syracuse University School of Management (1995) and graduated from Colgate University in 1991. George has significant experience in the senior housing industry, representing both for-profit and not-for-profit operators in a variety of engagements, including affiliations, acquisitions, financings, governance matters, restructurings and bankruptcy. He has been an associate editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal since 2010 and is a contributor to the Distressed Debt Investing blog and the legal columnist for Senior Housing News. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, he was co-chair of the finance and restructuring practice at Ungaretti & Harris in Chicago. Prior to private practice, he was general counsel for a startup telecommunications company and an assistant attorney general in the New York state attorney general’s office.
Anne Page, Treasurer
Anne Page of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, is a recently retired financial executive. She previously held the position of Vice President, Regional Finance at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, New Hampshire, since 1996. In her position, she worked with 17 health care organizations located in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. These organizations were members of the New England Alliance for Health (NEAH), which is owned and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Anne assisted these organizations on various financial matters (long-term financial planning, financial benchmarking, financial governance, etc.). Anne was a licensed CPA; her license is currently inactive. Previously, she worked on the audit staff for Ernst & Young in its Chicago, Illinois, and Manchester, New Hampshire, offices and focused on health care and other clients. She also provided consulting services to Ernst & Young’s health care clients while in the Manchester office. Anne is a past chair and continues to serve as a Board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH). She is a member of VNH’s Finance Committee and previously served on its Executive Committee and co-chaired its Governance Committee. Anne has also served on other non-profit Boards and held leadership positions, typically as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Anne received a BA degree from DePauw University and an MBA from Indiana University.
Margaret Plank is senior counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Board, where she provides legal counsel on a wide range of statutes of general applicability to the federal government as well as interpretation of the enabling legislation for the CFPB. Previously, she was an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where she had primary responsibility for all labor and employment matters and provided counsel on appropriations, procurement, and ethics. Prior to that, she spent 10 years litigating on behalf of the United States as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where she represented executive branch agencies in U.S. district courts and U.S. courts of appeal. She holds a BA in literature from Yale University and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Susan B. Temple
Susan S. Temple, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, retired in 2013 as Associate Head of Westtown School, having served as the principal of the lower school for 10 years before that. Susan is a former member of the Westtown School Board of Trustees, former member of the Kendal-Crosslands Board of Directors and a former member of The Kendal Corporation Board of Directors. She is a member of the Downingtown Friends Meeting. Prior to her work with Westtown School, Susan was a school counselor and practiced child and family therapy.
Joe Volk, of Washington, D.C., is the Emeritus Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Prior to joining FCNL in 1990, he worked for the American Friends Service Committee and served as its National Secretary for Peace Education. He is past co-chair of the Steering Committee of the US Campaign to Ban Landmines and serves on the Corporation Committee of Haverford College and Wilmington College Board of Trustees. He served as a leader in the Washington Interreligious Staff Committee; has lobbied Congress to support peaceful prevention of deadly conflict, nuclear disarmament, peace in Iraq, diplomacy with Iran, health insurance reform, and other peace, justice, and environmental issues. During his tenure at FCNL, the organization renovated its offices, creating the first LEED certified building on Capitol Hill. In 2007, he participated in a religious leaders delegation to Iran to demonstrate the potential for diplomacy to mend relations.