School Leadership

Craig N. Sellers

Head of School
Craig Sellers began his career in education in 1994 at Friends Seminary in New York where he served as its Director of Development and a member of the faculty. He went on to serve as Head of School at United Friends School, a Quaker school for students in nursery through grade 8, from 2000-2007 before becoming Head of The Derryfield School, a 380-student day school for grades 6 through 12 in Manchester, N.H., in 2007.


A member of the Society of Friends, Sellers also serves on the Friends Council on Education. Craig is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and holds a B.A. in English and government from Franklin & Marshall College. He also received a J.D. from the New York Law School and an M.A. in educational administration from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He and his wife, Cary, are the parents of two FCS graduates. Follow Craig on Twitter @fcscns, or check out the podcast This Book Changed My Life, where Craig talks with FCS alums working at FCS about a particular book that had a powerful influence on their life. 

Mariama RichardsMariama Richards

Assistant Head of School for Academic Program
Mariama joined Friends' Central as our new Assistant Head of School for Academic Program in July 2016. Before coming to the Friends' Central community, Mariama served as the Director of Progressive and Multicultural Education for three years at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. She was the team leader for the school’s Progressive Teaching Institute and worked to develop curriculum while monitoring scope and sequence in Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. She also worked to design and implement all major equity initiatives and to hire and retain a diverse faculty at ECFS.


Beth D. Johnson '77

Upper School Principal
Beth is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master of Science in Education in School Leadership. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of St. Joseph’s University and a proud Friends’ Central “lifer.” Beth is frequently called upon to present by organizations such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to share her expertise in areas that range from educating for the future to support services to topics relating to diversity and inclusion.

Beth has held a number of leadership positions at Friends' Central - most recently as Upper School Co-Principal, Dean of Students for eight years. For the past several years, Beth was the Director of Upper and Middle School Admission at The William Penn Charter School. In July 2018, we were thrilled to welcome her back to Friends' Central as Upper School Principal.

Alexa QuinnAlexa Dunnington Quinn '98

Middle School Principal
Alexa has been the principal of Friends’ Central’s Middle School since 2012 and a member of the Middle School administrative team since 2008. Before becoming principal, Alexa spent ten years as a teacher of Language Arts and Writers’ Workshop, an advisor, and coach at FCS. Alexa holds a Master’s degree in English from Middlebury College and a Master’s in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a graduate of Friends’ Central, Class of 1998, and the parent of a Lower School student.

Kelly O'Connell Bird

Lower School Principal
Formerly the Director of Enrollment and Admission at the Hewitt School in New York, Kelly brings tremendous lower school experience and a true lower school orientation to her position. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Bank Street School of Education, where she received a Master of Science in Elementary Education. Kelly spent the first 13 years of her career teaching 2nd-4th grades at The Town School, The Little Red Schoolhouse, and The Packer Collegiate Institute. While at Packer, Kelly served as the Coordinator of the Lower School Mentoring Program, observing new teachers, providing feedback, and planning professional development. 

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Philip E. Scott '73, Clerk
Fariha Khan, Vice-Clerk
Paul Halpern, Treasurer
Merlin Muhrer, Recording Clerk
Betty Bard
Quinn Bauriedel
Tami Benton-Condiff
Roger Chiang
Elizabeth Cohen '83
Jim Groch
Laura Jackson '65
Juan Jewell '68
Steve Katznelson
Kristin Kimmell
John McKinstry
Andrew Newcomb '87
Chinwe Onyekere '94
Alex Rolfe '01
Nancy A. Sanders '83
James C. Wright
Stephen Yarnell

Peter Arfaa, Emeritus
Barbara M. Cohen, Emerita
Hillard Madway, Emeritus
Joanna Schoff '51, Emerita