Quaker Advisory Council

The Quaker Advisory Council is a group of Quaker leaders who recognize the positive impact that a quality, early childhood experience can have on a child’s future and are committed to addressing the need for high-quality early childhood education. Members of the Quaker Advisory Council act as advisors to Friends Center about aspects unique to Friends Schools. As ambassadors and advocates they provide connections to individuals and institutions, opportunities for collaboration, and access to funding. The Quaker Advisory Council serves the critical function of expanding Friends Center’s impact and presence in the Quaker community.

Central to the mission of Friends education is the expectation that Friends Schools will provide an academically sound education in a values-centered learning environment that is rooted in the faith and practice of Quakerism. (Cary)

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Founder and Emeritus Board Member, Friends Center for Children; Member, New Haven Friends Meeting

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Connie Baxter

Connie Baxter

Member, West Brattleboro (VT) Quaker Worship Group

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James Clay

James Clay

Board Member, Friends Council on Education

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Jane Coppock

Jane Coppock

Member, New Haven Friends Meeting; Board Member, Friends Center for Children

Jane Coppock is a returning volunteer who has been working with our preschool children for several years. She is a former clerk of the New Haven Friends Meeting and a past member of the Friends Center Board of Directors. She will be joining the downstairs preschool again this year.

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Joe Evans

Joe Evans

Member, Newtown Friends School; Germantown Friends School Board, Past Board, FCE, Trustee of the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation

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Wendy Kravitz

Wendy Kravitz

Founder and Emeritus Board Member, Friends Center for Children; Member, New Haven Friends Meeting

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Jerry Leaphart

Jerry Leaphart

Member, Wilton Friends Meeting; Past Board Connecticut Friends School; Clerk of New York Yearly Meeting, Development Committee

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Greg Melville

Greg Melville

Member, New Haven Friends Meeting

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Linda Miller

Linda Miller

Founder and Emeritus Board Member, Friends Center for Children; Member, New Haven Friends Meeting

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Barbara Monahan

Barbara Monahan

Member, New Haven Friends Meeting; Member, Haverford College Corporation

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Mary Lee Morrison

Mary Lee Morrison

Member, Hartford Friends Meeting

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Greg Moschetti

Greg Moschetti

Founder and Emeritus Board Member, Friends Center for Children; Member, New Haven Friends Meeting

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Ronald Netter

Ronald Netter

Member, New Haven Friends Meeting; Volunteer, Alternative to Violence Program (AVP) and Prisoner Visitation Services (PVS)

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Allyx Schiavone

Allyx Schiavone

Director, Friends Center for Children

Allyx has 28 years of experience in early childhood development and elementary education – as a teacher and administrator in CT and NY. She holds dual Masters’ degrees from Bank Street College of Education in Early Child Development and Elementary Education, and a Bachelor’s degree from Union College.

A third generation New Haven native and long-time resident of Fair Haven, Allyx maintains ownership in a New Haven real estate development corporation which she managed from 1998-2009. While living in the Fair Haven area, Allyx helped found the Quinnipiac River Community Group (QRCG), a grassroots neighborhood organization created to protect and improve the diverse and historic neighborhoods surrounding the Quinnipiac River. As a QRCG leader, she spearheaded efforts to raise funds from local, state and federal sources to repair the Ferry Street Bridge and launch the comprehensive Quinnipiac Avenue re-do, efforts that required $16 million and $21 million respectively.

Allyx has served as Program Coordinator for New Haven-based Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES); Early Childhood Classroom Observer for Southern Connecticut State University; and Budget Coordinator for the New Haven Board of Education, facilitating a $2 million grant. Allyx has taught in NYC, New Haven and Greenwich in several elementary schools and pre-school settings, directed summer camps and written and supervised curriculums at elementary, middle and high school levels with an emphasis on literacy, math, science and multidisciplinary studies.

She currently serves as an advisory member of the University of New Haven’s Nonprofit Certificate in Leadership, Innovation and Organizational Sustainability and the Mayoral Appointed New Haven Early Childhood Council (serving as the chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Operations Committee). She is a recipient of Exchange Magazine’s Master Leader award and is a recent recipient of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Marvin Maurer Spotlight Award. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a former: board member for Connecticut Voices for Children; appointee to the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Reading; leader of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Community Leadership Program. She is the mother of two fantastic teenaged children and resides in the East Rock section of New Haven.

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Drew Smith

Drew Smith

Director, Friends Council on Education

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Michael F. Wajda

Michael F. Wajda

Member

Michael Wajda is a longtime Quaker who has served various staff and volunteer leadership positions in Quaker organizations for most of his adult life. Michael retired in 2015 from Friends General Conference in Philadelphia after serving nineteen years as its Director of Development. Friends General Conference provides a broad range of services to Quaker meetings across the United States and Canada. Michael currently provides part-time consulting services to several Quaker organizations in the United States and around the world.

Michael has experience in Quaker education as a board member, staff member, and parent. All three of his children (now adults) attended Quaker schools in the Philadelphia area.

Michael has a B.A, Phi Beta Kappa, from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  He is a member of Goshen Friends Meeting in West Chester, PA, although he and his wife, Alison Levie, recently moved to Bennington, Vermont and attends the Friends Meeting there. One of Michael and Alison’s sons lives with his wife and two children live just three blocks from them.  It is a joy to be so close to his young grandchildren.

Michael became enthusiastic about Friends Center for Children by serving on the Quaker Advisory Council. He sees the Friends Center vision and model as a movement for high quality early childhood education for all children everywhere and is deeply moved by what has been accomplished already.

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