Board of Trustees

School for Friends is governed by a Board of Trustees of no more than sixteen members. The Board consists of current parents, alumni parents, friends of the School and the Head of School.

New Board members are selected by a nominating committee appointed by the President from parents and others who are willing to serve and are approved by the acting Board.

Is School for Friends a parent-run school? The short answer is no. The group of parents who created the school did two things that determined how the school would be governed. They hired professional staff with knowledge of early childhood to direct and teach in the school. And they elected to be a Quaker school by accepting a generous donation for start-up costs from the Friends Meeting of Washington.

The founding families wrote these decisions into the by-laws of the School. As a result, parents have a voice in the school’s policies through their parent representatives on the board, yet theirs is not the only voice – the school is not a parent cooperative. 

School policy decisions are made by consensus/unity.

Cassandro Joseney, Alumni Parent

Chair/Clerk, 2026

Jeremy Glen, Parent

Vice Chair, 2024

Jeremy is the parent of one current student (previously a Turtle, now in Tigers), and one former student (Sea Lions and Tigers).  His family first joined School for Friends in 2019, and he joined the Board as a Parent Trustee in 2021.  Jeremy is an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation, and also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Si Kailian, Alumni Parent

 Treasurer, 2025

Si has two children who attended the school from 2016-2020. Her husband also attended when the school was founded. Si is the Director of Finance for Women Enabled International, a nonprofit that advocates for human rights at the intersection of gender and disability. She also serves as a founding board member for City Blossoms – an educational non-profit that maintains community green spaces, builds school gardens, and develops gardening, nutrition and art curriculum primarily for underserved communities in Washington D.C., and beyond. Through this organization, she is a recipient of the Center For Nonprofit Advancement’s 2015 Board Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding excellence in nonprofit board governance.

Stacey Karp, Parent

Secretary, 2023

Stacey Karp is the Director of Communications of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, D.C., working to ensure a strong and financially sound public broadcasting system. She joined the organization in September 2009. Stacey manages a wide range of communications, public relations and online media activities that advance public television’s legislative and regulatory objectives. Additionally, Stacey directs the APTS What Works toolbox, a project featuring case studies of public television stations that align with public television’s three pillars of public service — education, public safety and civic leadership — as well as state funding.


Stacey was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Women’s Studies. Stacey lives in Washington, D.C. with her daughter, who has proudly attended School for Friends since 2019.

Marissa Yeakey, Alumni Parent

Alumni Parent, 2023

Marissa Pine Yeakey spent her childhood summers at Quaker summer camp, and is a graduate of Earlham College, a Quaker institution. Her two children are School for Friends alumni and her family regularly attends meeting at Friends Meeting of Washington. Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and a Master of Health Sciences degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her professional work as a consultant, Marissa works to translate global research on family planning and reproductive health into impactful policies and programs.

Alice Dei-Sheldon, Alumni Parent

Trustee, 2023

Alice Dei-Sheldon has been serving on the Board since 2017. She has been a member of the Marketing and Fundraising Committees and also served as Co-chair of the Auction Committee in 2014. Alice is a former parent to two daughters who attended SFF. Her older daughter began in the Green Room at 3 years old in 2011 and her younger daughter began her SFF journey at 2 years old in the Blue Room in 2014. Alice is a Traffic and Production Coordinator for Creative and Public Experiences at the National Geographic Society.

Christopher Roberson, Alumni Parent

Trustee, 2024

John Breyer

 Trustee, 2023


Alex De'Fee, Parent

 Trustee, 2025


Kristen Cox Santiago

Schwanda Rountree, Parent

 Trustee, 2025

Schwanda Rountree is an attorney and arts patron based in Washington, D.C.  She has served as co-chair of the annual Spring Fundraising Fair. Both of her daughters have enjoyed attending School for Friends over the years. 


Graham Roth, Parent

 Trustee, 2025