Excellence in Management and Governance
Kendal selects board members with a wide variety of backgrounds whose desire to serve arises from a religious or philosophical base and a deep ethical commitment to our mission and values. We operate in accordance with basic principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and from a not-for-profit perspective. Board members serve as volunteers. Conflicts of interest are disclosed, including those inherent in community members serving on the boards.
Alphonce J. Brown, Jr.
Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., of Washington, D.C., currently serves as a consultant, following a distinguished career in philanthropy that includes service as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where he pioneered Kaleidoscope, developed by the Diversity Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) under his leadership to support AFP’s strategic goal of connecting communities around the world by promoting diversity to donors, boards and fundraisers. He holds the AFCRE certification and is one of a handful of master trainers in the field. He has served as Director of Development, National Minority AIDS Council; Vice President of Development, National Academy of Public Administration (retired), and pioneered Kaleidoscope for AFP. He previously served as vice president of university advancement at California State University and as executive director of the National Kidney Foundation of Southeast Texas. He has served on a number of other boards including Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Healthy Teen network, and Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation member. In 2009, he was named to Top 14 Most Influential Fundraisers in USA by NonProfit Times, 2009.
Jennifer Campbell holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s in Education and Gerontology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. A 35-year professional advocate for older adults, Campbell has led the evaluation of numerous aging-demonstration programs, including ones funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Administration on Aging. She evaluated Grantmakers In Aging EngAGEment project and is currently the evaluator for GIA’s Community AGEnda, which is funded by Pfizer and is currently in its second year. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Campbell served as the Director of the Hurricane Fund for the Elderly (HFE), an initiative of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA). The Fund was a vehicle for directing philanthropic dollars to reestablishing the older adult services system after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Dr. Campbell divides her time between teaching at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and consulting for nonprofit organizations.
James Dowell, Chair
James T. Dowell of Ossining, NY, was most recently Development Director for Global Partnership for Afghanistan where he guided the most successful fund-raising event in the organization’s history to restore lives and livelihoods in rural Afghanistan. For 13 years, he served as President of the Riverside Park Fund in New York, NY, raising RPF’s public profile, increasing financial support, refining and expanding programs, improving office procedures, enlarging the Fund’s role as a partner with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and developing positive relationships with elected officials. The Fund’s influence on the Park’s horticulture, physical structures, and programming was pervasive. During his career as a nonprofit leader in youth work, he served as executive director for Boys Hope in Staten Island, NY and the Children of Alcoholics Families Foundation in New York City. As an educator, he served as Head of School at Evansville Day School in Evansville, Indiana and at The Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, following several administrative posts in schools from Chicago to Philadelphia and Oregon.
Kay M. Edstene
Kay M. Edstene, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is the retired Executive Director of the Friends Council on Education. She previously held positions of History Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Assistant Headmaster at George School and Head of Friends School in Brooklyn. Her other board memberships include Friends Center Corporation, Friends Board Training and Support Project, Haverford College Board, and Past President of the Council of American Private Education.
Carolyn J. Friedman, of Philadelphia, PA, is the retired Director of Finance at Friends Council on Education, she also served as Associate Director of Development there. She previously held the position of Executive Director of White-Williams Scholars in Philadelphia, PA, an organization that provides stipends to support high achievement by low-income Philadelphia high school students. She has a long history as a teacher, career counselor and administrator in both the public and private sector, including a teacher trainer at Princeton University. She has been a board member of Overbook School for the Blind, Chestnut Hill Historical Society, Summerbridge of Germantown, Germantown Friends School, and Citizens’ Committee for Public Education in Philadelphia.
Farris P. Hotchkiss, Secretary
Farris Pierson Hotchkiss, of Lexington, Virginia, retired in 2002 from Washington and Lee University as Vice President for University Relations and Secretary of the University. He served as Senior Assistant to the President for his final six months at the University. Prior to Washington and Lee University, he was with Foote and Davies division of McCall Corporation, leaving as Vice President for Sales. He has served on a number of pro-bono, non-profit boards, and as trustee and former senior warden of the vestry of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church. Farris was a founding member of the Kendal at Lexington Board of Directors and served a term as chair of the board.
Julia Beyer Houpt, of Granville, Ohio, is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Denison University. Julie practiced law in Los Angeles for several years before joining the major gift fundraising team at Stanford University. Subsequently, she served as Director of Major Gifts at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Development at Friends’ Central School. She is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and served on its Commission on Philanthropy from 2008-2011. She returned to her alma mater Denison University in 2001 to serve as chief fundraiser. Under her leadership, Denison successfully concluded its most ambitious fundraising campaign, Higher Ground: The Campaign for Denison, on June 30, 2008 having exceeded its $160 million goal by more than $17 million. Prior to becoming the Vice President at Denison, Julie was an active volunteer for the college for many years serving as a Career Advisor, a Club President, an Annual Fund volunteer and a volunteer in The Campaign for Denison (1989-1994). Currently, Julie serves on the Board of Kendal at Granville.
James Ingram, Treasurer
James C. Ingram, of Midlothian, Virginia, retired from his position as Senior Council and Assistant Secretary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2009. In this capacity, he was primary legal advisor to over half the Foundation’s program management teams, including those addressing such issues as tobacco control, substance abuse, public health, health insurance coverage, and serving vulnerable populations. He also oversaw staff and grantee education and development in legal concepts relevant to grantmaking such as expenditure responsibility, lobbying and advocacy, and intellectual property, as well as advising on diversity. Prior to his service at RWJF, he was a partner at the law firm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath in Philadelphia, Pa. An attorney with a background representing non-profit organizations, he has consulted for non-profit organizations and provided training programs for non-profit managers in tax exempt organizations law. He serves on the board of Green Tree Community Health Foundation, also located in Philadelphia, Pa.
Marilyn Richards, Vice Chair
Marilyn Richards, of Florence, Massachusetts, retired from Cooley Dickinson Hospital as Senior Executive for External Affairs, responsible for community benefits and social accountability, government relations, philanthropy, community health programs, and marketing and public relations. She also served as Director of Behavioral Health Services at Cooley Dickinson and in a variety of human services positions in the public and private sectors. She currently serves on the Planning Board and Committee on Economic Development and Land Use for the City of Northampton. Her community involvement includes service with International Language Institute Board of Directors, Lathrop Retirement Communities Board of Directors and Philanthropy Committee, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Plan for Progress, Pioneer Valley Symphony Board of Directors, Smith College Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Three County Fairgrounds Development Corporation, and United Way of Hampshire County.