School Leadership

Beth Johnson

Beth D. Johnson '77

Head of School
Beth is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Science in Education in School Leadership in 2009. A proud Friends' Central "lifer" from the Class of 1977, Beth graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph's University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She returned to Friends' Central in 1987 as Assistant Director of Admission. She has since taken on numerous different roles at the School, including Day Camp Director, Interim Director of Diversity, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Upper School Co-Principal and Dean of Students, and, most recently, Upper School Principal and Assistant Head of School for Student Life. In addition to her administrative roles, Beth has also helped with the School's capital campaigns, participated in Long-Range Planning processes, co-founded Parents of Students of Color (PSOC), taught math in both Upper and Lower School, worked in our summer programs, coached Varsity cheerleading, and coordinated the Wynnefield Community Scholar Program. 

Beth's two daughters are also FCS alumnae, and two grandsons, current Middle and Lower School students, are Friends' Central's first third-generation African American students. 

Beth became Interim Head of Friends' Central School on July 1, 2021, bringing with her a wealth of talent and school leadership experience. In February 2022, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Beth as the 12th Head of School in Friends' Central's history.

Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy

Interim Upper School Principal
A master teacher, Bill has also held many leadership roles at FCS, including partnering in running a strong and successful FCS Upper School as its Co-Principal, Dean of Faculty for 12 years, and Co-Principal, Dean of Students for two years. He has served as Upper School Assistant Principal for the past three years, and as Interim Upper School Principal for the 2017-2018 school year. He has also worked as the Upper School English Department Chair and as a grade dean. In these roles, Bill was responsible for curriculum development; recruiting, evaluating, and retaining faculty; observing classes and coaching teachers; mentoring new faculty; building faculty and student community; and student discipline. 

Before joining the Friends' Central faculty, Bill taught middle and upper school English at St Albans School in Washington, D.C. and served as an Assistant to the Dean of the College at Haverford College. Bill is a graduate of Haverford College and the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English.

Alexa QuinnAlexa D. Quinn '98

Middle School Principal and Assistant Head of School for Program & Instruction
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 two Lower School students.

Melody R. AcinapuraMelody R. Acinapura

Lower School Principal
Melody joined Friends' Central in July 2017 as Assistant Principal before becoming Lower School Principal in July 2019. Previously, she served as Dean of Lower School and Director of Student Support Services at Greene Street Friends School. Melody has a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Saint Joseph's University and a Master's in School Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She received a certificate from the New and Aspiring School Leadership Institute at Harvard University. Melody is also the Founding Executive Director of Horizons, a six-week summer program, the first Philadelphia-based affiliate of this national program that supports underserved youth ages kindergarten - grade 8. 

2021-2022 Board of Trustees

James C. Wright, Clerk
Tami Benton-Condiff, Vice Clerk
Betty Bard, Treasurer
Laura Jackson '65, Recording Clerk
LiRon Anderson-Bell
Quinn Bauriedel
Liz Cohen '83
Liza Ewen
Seth Goldblum
Jon Harris
Juan Jewell '68
Kimya Johnson
Fariha Khan
Mary McCabe
Chinwe Onyekere '94
Alex Rolfe '01
Aaron Selkow '88
Tom Tritton
Joshua Wasserman '02
Roderick Wolfson

Barbara M. Cohen, Emerita
Ken Dunn, Emeritus
Ann Satterthwaite, Emerita
Joanna Schoff '51, Emerita
Koji Shimada, Emeritus

Gardner Hendrie '50,
Honorary Trustee