The board of trustees


Amanda Botwood - co-president

Amanda joined PEF in 2018 and now serves as Co-President. Amanda spent almost 20 years as a dosimetry radiographer in radiotherapy working in teaching hospitals throughout the UK, and serving as an associate lecturer for the graduate program in radiation planning at Sheffield Hallam University. She holds a bachelor’s and a graduate degree in radiotherapy. Amanda moved to Princeton in 2015 with her husband and two children who attended Johnson Park Elementary and PMS, her son will graduate PHS ’23. Amanda became an active volunteer in the Princeton Public Schools PTO and then transitioned to PEF, an organization she is passionate about because it supports teacher’s innovation within PPS classrooms directly, through the grant program. Amanda currently works as a real estate agent at Compass RE in Princeton. 

Linda Noel - co-president

Linda joined the Princeton Education Foundation in 2016, and now serves as Co-President. She has been working in education for over 25 years designing and implementing social/emotional and leadership education programs. She has worked with students at The Chapin School in New York City, The Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at the newly renamed Princeton Middle School. She currently works with Princeton-area students at Corner House as a Leadership Program Facilitator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Master’s in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. A native of Princeton, and a proud graduate of the Princeton Public Schools, she lives with her husband and two teenage daughters (PHS ‘22 and PMS ‘22).

Clare Mackness - treasurer

Clare joined the Princeton Education Foundation in 2019, and now serves as Treasurer. Clare spent 20 years working in Global Retail, Sourcing and Supply Chain for large blue chip retailers in the UK eventually leading a Technical and Ethical team in Asia. Living and working in Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh and China she oversaw factory production delivering quality and ethical standards. Since moving to Princeton in 2018 Clare has pivoted to a career in Real Estate working for Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s Int’ Realty, serving clients in the local community helping them achieve their real estate goals. With a BSc Hons in Psychology she brings a passion for people, authenticity and collaboration. She lives in Princeton with her husband and two teenage daughters (PHS ‘24 and PMS ‘23).

Dana Specker Watts - board member

Dana has been an active member of the PEF since she first moved to Princeton in 2019. She is a parent of three children (17, 20, 21) and has an extensive background in the field of education specifically in curriculum, technology, innovation, educational leadership, and professional learning. In addition to working in international schools overseas in Hong Kong, India, and Thailand, Dana worked in K-12 public schools in the states and spent part of her career teaching higher ed. Additionally, Dana is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and ISTE Certified Trainer. She recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Karolin Obregon - board member

Helen O’Shea - board member