Board Member Blog

by Sharon Stewart, Clerk of the Board - March 25, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are writing to share that Marjorie Fox has resigned as Head of School at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center. She served as Head of School from January 2013 to March 15, 2014. Our former Head of School, Dorothy Henderson, has returned as Interim Head of School, beginning March 16, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

In her resignation, Marjorie stated: “It is with my deepest respect for Woolman’s founders, supporters and those who have worked long and hard over the past 50 years to guide youngsters toward a peaceful and sustainable future, that I submit my resignation.”

We are grateful to Marjorie for her hard work, dedication, great care and concern. We appreciate all that she did to undergird the stability of the Center, especially her focus on improving administrative and financial accounting practices. We wish Marjorie a smooth transition as she moves on to the next chapter of her life.

After a careful discernment process, in which she sought spiritual and practical guidance, Dorothy Henderson embraced the opportunity to return to Woolman as Interim Head of School. We are very grateful to Dorothy for her willingness to return now, so that the Board has time to conduct a robust search for a new Head of School.

Members of the Board met with staff and faculty on March 9th to share the news of the leadership transition. We left deeply inspired by the love, creativity and resourcefulness that characterizes the Woolman community. There was a shared sense of hope and a commitment to working together, with Dorothy, to move positively into the future. We ask you to hold the students, staff, Dorothy and the broader community in your hearts as we move through this transition and continue to empower young people to find their path and help create much-needed change in the world.


Sharon Stewart, Clerk
College Park Friends Educational Association,
governing body of the Sierra Friends Center,
​The Woolman Semester School and Camp Woolman

by Head Search Committee - April 5, 2012

Dear Friends,

As Woolman has changed and evolved over time, the community has benefited from the skills and insights of men and women who have taken on the role of Head of School. It is time once again to find the unique individual who will step into that role, bringing Woolman to the next level.

Here is the job announcement for the position. Please feel free to circulate it widely.

Please email us with prospective names and contact information, questions, or ideas. We welcome your feedback.

If you have not already filled out the on line survey for what qualities we are searching for in the next Head, please do so -
The link is

Thank you,

CPFEA Head of School Search Committee
Amy Cooke, Kelsey Crowe, Caleb Buckley, Jacob Holzberg-Pill

by Cindy Trueblood, Board Member - March 1, 2011

I want the wider Woolman community to know about a great opportunity for interested college graduates: the Intern Program at Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C..  For 65 years FCNL has been a voice for Quaker values, by advocating for positive change at the National governmental level. I imagine that many Woolman alum and interns would feel a strong connection to the work of FCNL, which is guided by the following vision:


We seek a world free of war and the threat of war

We seek a society with equity and justice for all

We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled

We seek an earth restored.


FCNL Internships: Applications Due March 11, 2011

FCNL is now accepting applications for FCNL’s intern class of 2011-2012. FCNL interns serve as program assistants to senior staff, working on newsletters and the website, mobilizing constituents, and researching and writing about such issues as the environment, peaceful prevention of deadly conflict, poverty eradication, Native American rights, foreign policy, or nuclear disarmament. Interns work as full-time members of FCNL's staff for 11 months, usually from early September through the end of July, and receive a subsistence salary and benefits.


This is a great opportunity to learn high-level skills in personally educating legislators and their aides about important issues. Right now is a critical time to be in Washington doing this work and being educated by experienced, successful FCNL staff.


Applications, including four letters of recommendation, are due at FCNL's office in DC by March 11, 2011. See the FCNL website for more details about the work of the FCNL and the internship opportunity for young adults.

Interested in applying for a paid internship at FCNL or know someone who might be? Find application information here.