Rick has served as the FSMN Head of School since 2018. He has more than 25 years of educational and non-profit leadership experience, a commitment to Quaker education, and a deep love and care for children. He has served as the Co-Director of the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica, the executive director for O.U.R. Ecovillage in Vancouver, a model demonstration community for promoting sustainable living. He was the executive director for the African Canadian Continuing Education Society which served 10 schools in rural Kenya and also served as the Africa/Middle East Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity to lead education programs in 9 African countries.
Rick holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. Rick has also been trained in various disciplines including participative evaluation, storytelling, "race-brave conversations", clerking Quaker meetings, and generative dialogue.
Rick lives in Saint Paul with his wife Sarah, and sons Zekiah and Galen. They are Quaker members and active in the Twin Cities Friends Meeting. While he loves his work and being with students, Rick also enjoys trying to defy his age on the soccer field or ultimate frisbee pitch, riding a bike, walking his dog, and spinning tales as a singer/storyteller.
"Friends School of Minnesota is a magical place for children, parents, and those of us blessed to work here. The halls are filled with laughter, children who love to learn and teachers who love to teach. But that's not what called me here, and not even what makes us special. What sets this school apart is the commitment to values; to infusing every lesson, action and interaction with a deeper meaning. Peace, justice, simplicity, integrity... these are values I have aspired to my whole life, and values that our graduates will bring into the world to make real change."