FCS Parent Association (PA)

The Parent Association (PA) provides support to FCS and the FCS community. All FCS parents are members of the PA, which cultivates community-building through activities and provides a forum for sharing information on issues that affect our children. Meetings are usually held once a month in the evening at the school; childcare is provided.

2020-21 Officers:
Alexandria Marder, Co-Clerk
Cherokee Dunkley and Keith Stevens, Co-Treasurers
Andrea McClelland, Recording Clerk
 
Obadiah Aguilar and Joanne Rotondi, PA Representatives to the Board of Trustees   

FCS Board of Trustees

The FCS Board of Trustees comprises members of local Quaker Meetings, parents, friends of the school, and a teacher. The Board is responsible for hiring the Head of School, major policies, financial sustainability, and developing the school’s Strategic Plan. Members of the FCS Board of Trustees serve a three-year term.

Clerk of the Board, Michael Levi:
boardclerk@friendscommunityschool.org 

Treasurer of the Board, Virginia Bainbridge:


Meet our 2020-21 Board of Trustees: 
(Click on each name for a bio.)

List of 6 items.

  • Obadiah Aguilar

    Obadiah joined the FCS community in 2016, when his daughter enrolled in Kindergarten. Obadiah is a Property Manager for the National Weather Service and a 17-year professional in personal property management, supporting federal agencies including the Missile Defense Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Transportation Security Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A native of New York City, Obadiah takes great pride in serving the local D.C. area community as both a Prince Hall Freemason and member of La Unidad Latina fraternity. He also serves on the FCS Buildings & Grounds Committee.
  • Virginia Bainbridge, Treasurer

    Virginia grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended Wilmington Friends School from K-12. She is a member of Shepherdstown Friends Meeting, a former Clerk of the New London Friends Meeting in Connecticut, and has served on the Nominating Committee, Permanent Board, and Long Range Financial Planning Committee for New England Yearly Meeting. Along with a career in occupational therapy and mental health services, Virginia has been a volunteer with a crisis telephone service in the U.S. and in West Africa. Recently she returned to Liberia to lead crisis service workshops and also volunteer at an orphanage and help women's groups start micro-financed businesses.
    She has a BA in psychology from Carleton College, a certificate in occupational therapy from Columbia University, and a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. Virginia has been married for 49 years to her husband, David. They have two children and five grandchildren.
  • Jessica Braider, Vice Clerk

    Jessica Braider is the parent of two current FCS students and CEO of The Scramble, an online meal planning service. A member of Boulder (CO) Monthly Meeting, she attended Cambridge (MA) Friends School (K-8) and Haverford College (class of 2000), worked for two years at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and served in governance roles at both FCNL and Haverford, where she has been a member of the Corporation since 2001.
  • Regis Carvalho

    Regis Carvalho is the parent of two former FCS students. Motivated by the school's values and community to give back, he has been a classroom field trip coordinator, class booth organizer for the Fall Fair, chaperone on many field trips (his favorite job), weekly class helper, and, for the past three years, Fall Fair clerk. Currently Regis serves his fourth year on the Board of Trustees and he is the co-clerk of the Advancement Committee, where he has been working with people looking at the sustainable future of FCS. Professionally, Regis is the founding principal engineer at Oaken Consult LLC. He has spent all his professional career studying, designing, evaluating and analyzing pavements and developing software applications for pavement problems. He is currently a consultant and principal investigator for accelerated pavement research at the Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center of the Federal Highway Administration. Regis is a graduate of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the University of Maryland.
  • Tanisha Edmonds

    Tanisha is the parent of two sons, one an FCS alumnus and the other a current FCS student. As an FCS parent, she has volunteered in numerous roles including Fall Fair and Auction class parent and as an Admissions Volunteer. Tanisha currently sits on the Diversity Committee and the Transition Committee. She is a licensed attorney who has spent her entire career in the area of civil rights and labor and employment law, litigating employment discrimination complaints on behalf of plaintiffs and as agency counsel prior to transitioning to policy and programs work pertaining to equity, diversity and inclusion. A native of Oklahoma City, Tanisha earned her undergraduate degree and law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Angela Garcia, Ex Officio

    Angela Garcia is the FCS Head of School since 2019. 

List of 6 items.

  • Tom Glaisyer

    Tom is the parent of two FCS students. He served as a parent liaison for the Advancement Committee last year, and subsequently as a member of the Advancement Committee this year. Born in the United Kingdom, he attended the Hereford Meeting and Almeley Meeting as a child with his parents, as well as the Waterford Meeting in Ireland during summer visits with his grandparents. After studying at the University of Birmingham, Tom attended the Quaker United Nations Summer School in Geneva. He moved to the United States in 1999, and started to attend the Adelphi Meeting this year, given its connection to FCS, and is pursuing membership in the Meeting. Professionally, Tom is a member of the Executive Team at the Democracy Fund, a private foundation set up in 2012 to address the growing challenges facing democracy in the US. Beyond his academic and professional credentials, Tom has been engaged with Outward Bound, an outdoor learning and leadership organization. While earning his Masters Degree at Columbia, Tom helped to found the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding, on whose board he has sat for the last decade. The organization has sought to bring people in conflict together through structured programs at the Outward Bound facilities located across the globe.
  • Kathy Goldschmidt

    Kathy is the parent of two current FCS students and a member of Adelphi Friends Meeting. She returned to FCS and the Board in 2019 after a one-year hiatus, during which she and her family toured the United States. Kathy served as a Trustee from 2014-2018, including as Co-Clerk of the Board from 2016-2018. Professionally, for more than twenty years, Kathy has been assisting U.S. Senators, Representatives, and congressional staff through her research and writing at the Congressional Management Foundation. She was raised in Connecticut and attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in English and earned a teaching certificate in high school English and language arts.
  • Michael Levi, Clerk

    Michael Levi is the parent of an FCS alum who graduated in 2010 and a member of Adelphi Friends Meeting. He has been on the FCS board since February 2018, and currently serves as Clerk. Michael received a BA in Mathematics and Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.  At work, Michael tries to make economic data accessible and intelligible. In other parts of his life, he likes to cook, play bridge, and scuba dive.
  • Eric Rosenthal

    Eric Rosenthal's favorite FCS activity is volunteering with kids in the classroom, which he has done once or twice a week since his son--a member of the Class of 2020--was in kindergarten. Eric first learned to appreciate Quaker education and Quakerism while at Haverford College, where he served as student representative to the college’s Board of Managers. At FCS, he regularly volunteers for the Fall Fair, the auction, and staff appreciation day. He writes a monthly article about FCS for the Hill Rag. A pediatrician, Eric gives talks to the FCS 3rd and 4th grade students about puberty and the 7th and 8th grade students about sex. He helped organize the construction of FCS's outdoor classroom space. He is an admissions volunteer and served as a member of the kindergarten curriculum committee growing out of an Association of Independent Maryland Schools' (AIMS) visit. He was a member of the Board of Trustees Advancement Committee for two years. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2017. Eric served as President of River Park Nursery School for two years. He is former political director of Human Rights Campaign and now is a pediatrician in the Children’s Hospital emergency room. He has a bachelor’s degree from Haverford and medical and Masters of Public Health degrees from George Washington University.
  • Joanne Rotondi

    Joanne Rotondi is a parent of two FCS middle schoolers who have both been at the school since kindergarten. Joanne and her husband, Chris Oehrle, try to contribute to the school community with every chance their busy lives allow. Joanne served as co-clerk for the FCS Spring Auction from 2012 through 2017, a significant fundraising effort for tuition assistance at FCS. Joanne has served on the FCS Board of Trustees as one of the PA Reps since the Fall of 2017 and currently sits on the Governance and Personnel Committees. Professionally, Joanne is an attorney practicing environmental law at the global law firm of Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. Joanne has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and both a Law degree and a Masters of Environmental Economics and Policy degree from Duke University. Joanne and Chris have lived in University Park since 2001.
  • Sameen Saeed

    Sameen is a seasoned fundraiser and nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience in business development, major donor fundraising, and strategic communications. As a major gift fundraiser for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Sameen raises millions of dollars for capital campaigns, endowments, planned gifts, and special events while assisting alumni match their passions with the needs of the university. She has worked closely with Fortune 500 business leaders, congress persons, prominent media personalities, policy makers, academics, and international government officials. In addition, she has led search committees in recruiting and hiring talent for the university. Sameen believes that a Quaker progressive education allows children to find their voice while being open to peers and educators. “FCS provides a socially inclusive and intellectually diverse learning environment anchored in communal experiences that emanate from a desire to do good in the world. These attributes match my personal value system, and I want to be deeply engaged with the school, and play a role in further strengthening its mission and purpose,” she says. Sameen has a B.S. in marketing from University of Missouri, St. Louis and an M.A. in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University. Sameen lives in Hyattsville with her husband and two children.
Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740
301-441-2100