Our Admissions Team
The members of Friends' Central's Admissions Team bring a wide range of experience and expertise to the job. There are Admissions offices located in both the Lower School and Middle/Upper School campuses, and members of the team are available to answer any questions you may have.
Middle & Upper School
Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, Communications, and Strategic Planning
Haverford College - BA
University of Pennsylvania - MA
Lydia Martin is the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives. Though she grew up in Boston Massachusetts, she has lived in this area for many years. She is a graduate of Haverford College where she received her BA in history. She continued on to the University of Pennsylvania and received her MPA from the Fels School of Government. At Friends' Central, Lydia has served in a number of roles, including, Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Before joining the FCS community in 1994, Lydia taught Middle School English and history at St Albans School and worked as an Analyst at The United States General Accounting Office in Philadelphia.
Enrollment Data Manager
Temple University - BA
After graduating as a lifer from Springside School, Frankie went on to study creative writing at Temple University. She spent many years teaching nursery school and Pre-Kindergarten before switching to an office role within the school. It was there that she discovered she could have the best of both worlds -- combining her love of database organization with her passion for working with students and their families (and for giving out candy). She is thrilled to continue that work as a member of the FCS Admissions Team, which she proudly joined in 2015. On campus, Frankie can be found surrounded by students looking for snacks, high fives, and encouragement. Off campus, Frankie can be found snuggled up with a cup of coffee, a good book, and her two cats.
Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Manager
Muhlenberg College - BA
Diana jokes that she's been at Friends' Central since 1989, when she started first grade. Since graduating in 2001, Diana received her BA in Communication from Muhlenberg College where she also played lacrosse. She held various development and admissions positions, including at one point, the Director of Junior School Admissions at UNIS, a Pre-K-12 school in New York City, before returning to her Alma Mater. Diana is also the proud parent of a 4th generation FCS student. Go Phoenix!
Associate Director of Admissions for Middle and Upper School
University of Pennsylvania - BA
Villanova University - MS
Sylvia first stepped foot on the FCS campus when she performed on stage with her college swing dance group in 2005. She returned as a member of the FCS Admissions team in 2020, after nearly a decade in admissions positions in both independent schools and the Undergraduate Admissions office at the University of Pennsylvania. Sylvia first came to the Philadelphia area from the Midwest in 2001, earning her BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania as well as her MS in secondary school counseling from Villanova University. In her free time, Sylvia can be found biking around the neighborhood with her husband and two children.
Assistant Director of Admissions and Athletics Liaison
University of Pittsburgh
Mike is a graduate of Friends’ Central, Class of '02. He is the FCS Boys' Basketball All-Time leading scorer. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, where he played his collegiate basketball and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Media and Professional Communications, Mike played for 7 seasons overseas. He spent his playing career playing in Asia and Europe. He spent time in; Poland, UK, China, Qatar, Iceland, and Serbia. After his playing career, Mike returned to FCS in 2016 and has been a full time Assistant Director of Admissions and Athletics Liaison since 2018.
Earlham College - MEd
Director of Lower School Admission
Temple University - BS
Arcadia University - MEd
Andrea, the parent of an adult son and a “bonus” teen stepdaughter, graduated with a BS in journalism and advertising and an MEd in early childhood education. Andrea administered programs for children for many years in Quaker schools and non-profit agencies. She made the transition into development for Friends School Haverford in 2006, where she subsequently added marketing and admissions to her roles. Andrea has been the Director of Friends’ Central Lower School Admissions since 2016 and is loving every minute of it!
610.642.1018 ext. 7455
Lower School Admissions Counselor
610-642-1018 ext. 7070
Gettysburg College - BS
Ginger Owen Fifer has enjoyed a 44-year career as a nursery through 5th grade teacher and administrator in both public and independent schools. After earning a BA in political science from Gettysburg College, Ginger engaged in graduate level studies while teaching full-time and raising three children – all ‘lifers’ at Friends’ Central School. At FCS, she has taught kindergarten, third and fourth grade, as well as served as Lower School Assistant Principal, Acting Principal, and Admissions Counselor.
Lower School Admissions Counselor
Temple University - BS
Jennie Nemroff’s initial introduction to Friends’ Central School was as a new FCS parent in 2002. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and is an RN who began working at FCS in 2004 as one of the Lower School nurses. She maintains that part-time role and added Admission Counselor to her job title in 2017. As the parent of three adult graduates, Jennie has a unique perspective on the life-changing benefits of a Friends’ Central education. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, baking, and playing mah jongg and canasta