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Alumni Panel

Letting your life speak in Wilmington

Please join us for a special discussion, moderated by Head of School Ken Aldridge, featuring WFS alumni who are letting their lives speak in our community.

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2017 Panelists

Dee Durham '79

mom, fundraiser, activist, and volunteer

Dee lives with her family in her childhood home in Rockland, Delaware adjacent to Brandywine Creek State Park where her passion for conservation was instilled as a child exploring the woods and streams of the park.  She and her husband have permanently protected the open space of their property through conservation easements.  Dee obtained a B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College. 
Dee has been affiliated with MacIntyre Associates, a fundraising consulting firm and currently serves as an independent consultant in fundraising and nonprofit management.  Dee is a member of the national Association of Fundraising Professionals and obtained recognition as a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE).  She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Sierra Club Delaware Chapter, as well as being on the boards of the New Castle Conservation District and the Civic Council of Brandywine Hundred. 
Dee has served as the Grants Manager for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, as Program Director for Common Cause Delaware, and as the Executive Director of Preservation Delaware.  Dee was also the Executive Director of S.A.V.E., a land use, conservation planning and transportation advocacy organization based in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  S.A.V.E.’s mission included a focus on sustainable transportation and infrastructure planning, as well as initiatives to protect historic bridges and rural community character.  In 2012 she was honored with the Chairman’s Award from Preservation Pennsylvania. She initially obtained experience in the nonprofit sector through her work with the Junior League of Wilmington including a term as President.  Dee has served on many nonprofit boards as well as on Governor-Elect Jack Markell’s infrastructure transition team as well as former Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s Livable Delaware Task Force. 
Dee co-founded Brandywine Sprouts, a Roots & Shoots chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute, which is leading the effort to reduce the use of single-use plastics to address the prevalence of plastic pollution in our communities and environment in Delaware (www.BringYourOwnBag.us). Through that initiative, Dee co-founded the Delaware Plastic Pollution Action Coalition.

Tim Gibbs '76

Executive Director of the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association

Tim Gibbs is the Executive Director of the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association. He has worked tirelessly to improve several healthcare initiatives through the non-profit sector. His Quaker background has inspired his passion to help the underserved.

In the late 80s, he led a groundbreaking project and managed the founding of Delaware’s first transitional housing and hospice care facility for people with HIV/AIDS. Upon the project’s completion, Tim coupled his passion for human services with his technology skills, and became the Executive Director of Catalyst Project, an organization focused on helping non-profits effectively use technology. While working at Catalyst Project, he collaborated with the University of Delaware and helped established Delaware’s first network for non-profits, Diamondnet, as well as the first online version of the Delaware Helpline database (now called Delaware 211). In his current role at the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Tim oversaw the organization’s move from Wilmington to Newark, and has worked to restructure their program and mission. These efforts led to the Delaware Academy of Medicine being named as Delaware’s affiliate to the American Public Health Association in 2013.

Tim is an active volunteer and is a Board Member for the American Society of Hypertension (Delaware Valley Chapter), Immunization Coalition of Delaware, Delaware Stroke Initiative, and the Delaware Community Foundation Development Team. He is also involved with The American College of Healthcare Executives, American Public Health Association, American Planning Association, and the National Academy of Medicine. Tim served on the WFS Alumni Board for five years.

Stephanie Hoopes '82

National Director of the United Way ALICE Project

Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D. is the national director of the United Way ALICE Project. Dr. Hoopes’ work focuses on the circumstances of low-income households. She is the author of ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed): A Study of Financial Hardship in 14 states. Her research has garnered both state and national media attention.

Before joining United Way, Dr. Hoopes was an assistant professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University-Newark. She taught previously at Columbia University in New York and at the Universities of Sussex and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hoopes has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

Dr. Hoopes is a member of the board of directors for the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union and Woodlawn Trustees. She received a resolution from the New Jersey Assembly for work on ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) in 2016.

Sarah Lester '04

Director of Cornerstone West Community Development Corporation

Sarah Lester is Cornerstone West CDC's Director. She is responsible for overseeing Cornerstone West CDC's housing and community economic development programs, including West Side Grows Together.

Sarah has cross-sector experience growing businesses and coordinating networks, events, and resources to strengthen communities. A Friends School (almost) 'lifer', Sarah transplanted to Rhode Island to attend Brown University where she cemented her love for small states. Sarah remained in the northeast for several years, exploring the local agricultural economy and learning about the inequities in our food system. Sarah migrated closer to home for graduate school in Public Administration, and though having no intention of moving back to Delaware, she recently bought her first home in the Cool Spring neighborhood. Sarah is passionate about bikes, farmers markets, and cities, and she is committed to working with her neighbors to realize their vision for the West Side of Wilmington.

Matt Meyer '90

New Castle County Executive

Sworn into office Jan. 3, 2017, Matthew S. Meyer is the County Executive for New Castle County, Delaware. His administration is focused on restoring honesty, transparency, and efficiency to New Castle County government.
Matt grew up in Wilmington and attended Brandywine School District schools before graduating from Wilmington Friends School. He graduated cum laude from Brown University, where he studied political science and computer science, and received a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review. Prior to becoming County Executive, Meyer worked as a math teacher, an attorney, a diplomat in Iraq, an economic advisor to Governor Jack Markell, and started two successful businesses. In 2003, Meyer was the recipient of the Samuel S. Beard Award for Outstanding Public Service 35 Years and Under.

Don Morton '94

WFS Upper School Educator and Upper School QUEST Coordinator

Don is a teacher, parent (Marley '18, Donnie '22), and alumnus here at Wilmington Friends School. After graduating from WFS, Don earned both his bachelor’s and masters degree at the University of Toledo in Ohio. Before returning to WFS in 2007, he worked as a journalist as well as a researcher. Don has also been involved in coaching varsity and middle school athletics for nearly 20 years. While at WFS Don has taught U.S. History and Global Peace, Justice, & Social Change, as well as English, Acting, and Improv. He also has worked as a lower school teacher, and MS/US Librarian. Don is currently the Head Varsity Wrestling Coach, and serves as a Varsity Assistant with Bob Tattersall and the WFS Football team. He also currently serves as the 10th grade clerk, and Upper School QUEST Director.

The Hon. Walter Stapleton '52

Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Judge Walter Stapleton has served as a federal judge for 46 years. He began his legal career as an Associate at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, and later was promoted to Partner. He briefly served as the Deputy Attorney General of the State of Delaware, and then began his appointed career in the judicial system, being appointed Judge to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He later served as Chief Judge of the District Court and Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Walt is still with the Third Circuit, currently serving as a Senior Judge. Along with his professional positions, Walt has served on numerous judicial committees, many of which required appointment by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and taught at several prestigious Law Schools, including Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke.  

Judge Stapleton has been the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious American Inns of Court Professionalism Award, “given to a person who demonstrates integrity, professionalism, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession.” This award is given to one lawyer or judge from each circuit, and the 13 recipients are honored at the United States Supreme Court.

Outside of his professional commitments, he’s also been involved with several non-profit organizations. He’s served as a Board Member for WFS, American Baptist Churches, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Delaware, and Buck & Doe Trust, Inc. (A natural resource conservation in the Brandywine Valley.) Judge Stapleton was also an active member in the Republican Party in New Castle County and a founding member of the Big Brothers Association of Northern Delaware. He is currently actively engaged with Silverside Church of Wilmington as a member and officer.