Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Adrian was appointed as the Head of School at the RFS in August 2017. Adrian graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science (Education), received his Bachelor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, his Master of Arts in Philosophy/Theology and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University.
Adrian brings over 30 years of academic experience to the RFS. He is the former Head of several international schools and has extensive training in IB education, and is particularly interested in teacher evaluation processes and methods for improving teacher training. Before joining RFS, Adrian had served as an IBDP Visiting Team Member, has extensive experience in IBDP/MYP/PYP School Authorization, as well as Visiting Team Member and Leader with the Council of International Schools (CIS).
In looking for a new school to serve, Adrian was attracted to the rich history of RFS, its unique and important location in the world. In particular he was drawn to the Quaker values of peace, justice and integrity which shape the kind and quality of the education which the school offers.
Max L. Carter recently retired as the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College. He taught at the Friends Boys School 1970-72, having learned about Quaker work in Palestine from his Aunt Annice Carter, who served for many years in Ramallah between 1929 and 1967. Together with his wife Jane, he leads annual work/study groups to Palestine. Their daughter, Maia Hallward, taught at the Ramallah Friends School 1998-2000. During his work at Guilford College, Max helped bring many Palestinian students to the college and arranged for numerous informative programs about Palestine. Max attended Ball State University as an undergraduate, received a master’s degree in Ministry at Earlham School of Religion, and earned a Ph.D. in American Religious History at Temple University.
Mazen is a RFS alumnus (Class of 1971), he rejoined the Board in 2015, after previously serving from 2005 to 2008. Mazen is a civil engineer with over 40 years of experience in engineering, construction, and management of infrastructure projects for water, road works, environmental projects, petrochemical projects and heavy civil engineering projects. He has built roads, bridges and high-rise office and hotel towers throughout the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Yemen, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Mazen served as the Country Manager for Morgani Group in Palestine and worked for the Consolidated Contractor Group CCC in Athens, Qatar and Shanghai. Mazen is presently the Managing Director at the Bethlehem Development Foundation. Mazen is the father of three RFS alumni.
Mazen was chosen as the Clerk of the Board of Trustees in 2020.
Omar Imseeh Tesdell
Dina joined the Board in 2014. She received her MS in Environmental Studies and her MBA in Finance from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dina worked at Manufacturers Hanover Bank in New York City for three years. In 1995, she moved to Palestine where she participated in the establishment of several businesses across various sectors, including FMCG, beverages, construction, and vehicle trading. Currently, she is a board member of various public and private-shareholding companies in Palestine. Through the Munib R. Masri Development Foundation, Dina is actively involved in philanthropic activities and supports numerous charities and cultural initiatives. Dina is the mother of four children, one of which is an RFS alumna and the younger three are attending RFS.
Elizabeth joined the Board in 2018. She is a mother of three RFS students and has been volunteering at the school since her eldest was in first grade, including serving on the PTA. Elizabeth studied anthropology at Harvard University and psychology at University of London. She currently works in communications and monitoring and evaluation in development projects. After growing up internationally, she first came to Palestine in 1994 - and has now lived in Palestine longer than anywhere else. She serves on the Executive Committee, the Academic Policy Committee, and the Development and Fundraising Committee.
Richard Stotler joined the Board in 2018. He is a Quaker living in the USA and a member of Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends in Bakersfield, California. He had previously joined RFS community as a volunteer through the Friends in Residence program and he has an amazing experience as superintendent of a number of schools in the state of California.
Nisreen is currently the projects coordinator at the East Jerusalem YMCA, she works on women rights, social and economic empowerment. Previously, she spent two decades (17 years of them were at an IB school) working as a psychologist, counselor, teachers’ and counselors’ trainer in Jordanian schools, and College Board coordinator for SAT students with special needs.
Nisreen holds a BA in psychology from University of Damascus and license in Counseling from the ICC University of Jordan.
Chrissy is an RFS alumna (Class of 2001). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Business Administration from Birzeit University and has experience working in Finance, Human Resources and Auditing.
Chrissy currently works as the Finance & Admin Manager at United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), a 501(c) (3) U.S.-registered non-profit organization, with headquarters in Washington, DC.
Before that she worked as Finance & HR Manager for the Office of the Quartet in Jerusalem and on multi-million-dollar USAID-funded projects implemented by Chemonics International and Black & Veatch in Palestine.
Prior to working in the development sector, she was an Auditor at Ernst & Young serving clients from various sectors.
Adnan Faramand joined the Board in 2020. He is an RFS graduate, Class of 1981. His father, daughter, and son graduated from RFS in 1941, 2017, and 2020 respectviely. His youngest son is currently a student at RFS, representing three generations of his family as RFS students and graduates.
Adnan was elected as the first RFS Student Council President in 1980 and served two terms in the RFS Alumni board of directors.
Adnan holds a BA accounting from Birziet University and EMBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business and is a Certified Management Consultant. Adnan served as an Elected Council member in Ramallah Municipality 2006-2012.
Adnan is the owner and manager of New Vision Management Consulting Firm since 2003.
Chairman of the Palestinian Association of Management Consulting Companies.
Chairman of ACAD Finance Board of Directors, Micro Finance Company in Palestine
Board Member in (INAISE) - Belgium, International Association of Investors in Social Economy.*