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

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.

Barbara Freedman

Barbara and her husband Barry moved into Kendal at Hanover from South Londonderry, Vermont, in September 2011. They had moved to Vermont from New York City, where, immediately after college at the University of Tampa, Barbara had begun her work in human resources at the New York office of Milliken & Company, followed by Hoechst Fibers and Greenwood Mills — all textile-related companies. In her 30-year corporate life, Barbara’s areas of expertise included HR, Organizational Design, Training & Development & Communications Management.
Barbara’s time in NYC included volunteer work for her preparatory school, Northfield Mount Hermon, leading to 10 eventful and challenging years on the school’s Board of Trustees. The board made landmark decisions for the school, including moving to one campus and reducing the size of the student body, while retaining its unique character and its commitment to scholarship funds, diversity and academic excellence. Barbara facilitated a $1.2 million gift in support of the move to one campus.
When Barbara and Barry moved to Vermont in 1998, they began B.L. Freedman & Company, LLC, a textile brokerage firm where Barbara still functions as CFO. In 2013, after moving to Kendal at Hanover, Barbara and her business partner, who lives in Italy, launched a concierge travel planning company, which continues to grow busier each year, sending people to destinations in Europe, New England and Panama. In addition, Barbara chairs the Charitable Funds Committee at Kendal at Hanover and stays involved with the Kendal Cares Committee that focuses on community outreach in the Upper Valley community. Barbara and Barry are the only couple in residence at Kendal at Hanover who each own their own company.

Julia Houpt

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.

Tara Quinn

Tara Quinn of Philadelphia is Principal Consultant at Quinn Partners, LLC, assisting nonprofits in all aspects of fundraising and strategic planning. Before establishing her consulting practice, Tara was the first Regional Director for Vision to Learn, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities. During her tenure, Tara launched the East Coast expansion of Vision to Learn, the first statewide public-private partnership of its kind, raising all initial capital, securing over $1 MM in grants and contributions and partnering with all Delaware school districts to provide more than 6,000 free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities. Tara also remains a committed community volunteer, serving on numerous nonprofit boards, and has chaired the capital campaign for the Delaware Children’s Museum as well as coordinating several political campaigns. In addition, Tara was actively involved in the Home and School Association at Wilmington Friends School and served as an officer and President for six years. A graduate of Immaculata College, Tara holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s degree in business from Widener University in health care administration, with a focus on long-term care. As part of her MBA program, she completed an internship with The Kendal Corporation, where she worked with the staff on strategic planning, resident satisfaction surveys and the creation and improvement of programs.

Marilyn Richards, 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.

Richard Schramm

Richard Schramm, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, graduated from Haverford College and served in various full-time capacities at Schramm Inc., from 1961 to 2005, and as Chairman since 2005. Growing up in West Chester, he attended First Day School and Meeting at High Street Friends Meeting and Birmingham Friends Meeting. In industry, he served on committees of the National Ground Water Association, committees of the Compressed Air and Gas Institute and the board of the American Ground Water Trust. Community and education board activities include service on boards of the
United Way, Boy Scouts, Haverford College, the Haverford Corporation, Barclay Friends and The Kendal Corporation.

Grace Tompos

Most of Grace’s professional career was spent in fundraising at The College of Wooster (Ohio). She served as Executive Director of Development. Planned Giving was her focus, and she was the Major Gift officer for her geographically assigned areas. Grace was on the leadership team for two major campaigns that were oversubscribed by millions of dollars. Her work required extensive travel throughout the United States, and she retired from Wooster after 35 years of hard but enjoyable work. Before joining the College of Wooster, Grace taught elementary school for about a decade in Ohio and in North Carolina, where she also spent a year teaching in a Head Start program. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University. Following her fundraising career at Wooster, she became a volunteer in the American Cancer Society’s Advocacy program and “retired” in 2012 as the Lead Ambassador for Ohio’s 16 congressional districts. For fun, Grace learned to fly a Cessna 172. (After she got my son through college!) Although no longer current, she enjoys flying with her son, who is a pilot. For the past five years, Grace has lived at Kendal at Oberlin, where she is a member of the Board and serves as Chair of the Philanthropy Committee.