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).

Reema Shah Kanzaria - board member

Reema joined the Princeton Education Foundation in 2021.  Reema and her family moved to Princeton in the summer of 2021 and are loving this new town.  She lives with her husband and two young children, a 2nd grader at Littlebrook and Pre-Kindergartner. She and her husband were born and raised in New Jersey and both products of the New Jersey public school system.  They are excited for their children to have the same opportunities. Reema graduated from Pace University School of Law with a JD and University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics.  Reema has a passion for education and equity, and she is an active member in the community.  In her previous district, she was elected to the Board of Education.

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).

Karolin Obregon - board member

A board member since 2020, both of Karolin’s children are in the Princeton public school system. She has volunteered in the schools since her kids entered kindergarten, and has worked with many different committees, organizations and teachers. She has been teaching at Cherry Hill Nursery School, in Princeton, since 2013. Before finding her passion for teaching, Karolin worked in public relations, international relations and marketing. Her hobby of photography took on a life of its own when she was asked to do school portraits, and individual portraits. Along with photography, she has a love of film and art. She believes our teachers need support to help create the best classroom experience possible, and is very excited to be part of an organization that can directly support our teachers. 

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 (two graduated from PHS ’20 & ’22) 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.

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Cathy Kurpiewski - board member

Helen O’Shea - board member

ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS

Amy Wargo - Princeton Middle School

Amy Wargo has been the Health teacher at Princeton Middle School (formerly JWMS), for 29 years. She also has coached Girls Soccer at both PHS and Princeton Middle School, and Track and Field at Princeton Middle School/JW for over 20 years. Besides the students, the connections that were created between her classes and the community (Princeton Police, HiTops, Corner House, Red Cross as well as others), have been one of her favorite things. Princeton Education Fund (PEF) is one of those connections she loves. PEF provides tremendous support for PPS staff to be able to continue to provide innovative curriculum and SEL supports to the students of PPS. Amy has a BS from The College of New Jersey, a MA of Education from Kaplan University and a Postgraduate Degree from Purdue. She has two sons who went through Johnson Park Elementary School, Princeton Middle School, with one graduate from PHS class of ‘21 and one in the class of ‘23.

Keith Dewey - Princeton High School

Lynn Spirko - Riverside

Erin Ketterer - Johnson Park

Marian Figueroa-Toro - Community Park

Mike Butler - Littlebrook

Carol Kelle - District Superintendent of Schools