Barbara Schwarz
  • Taught in WP Public Schools for 25 years, and was a member of the PTA
  • Currently an active volunteer throughout WP, and former member of WP Hospital's Board of Directors

      Marc Sharff

  • Former Board of Education Member
  • Parent of two WPHS graduates


       Ann Edwards
  • Former Board of Education Member
  • Previously served as President of United Way of Greater White Plains, and White Plains Beautification Foundation
Ellen Epstein
  • Taught in WP Public Schools for 40 years

  • ​​Parent of two WPHS graduates

      Michael Donohue
  • Retired teacher at WPHS
  • Former advisor to The Orange
  • Parent of two WPHS graduates

       Jane Leone

  • Parent of four children who graduated from, or currently attend, WPHS

  • Former PTA Co-President at Ridgeway School

  • ​​Member of the Safety Team at Ridgeway

   Michele Schoenfeld
  • District Clerk for the School District
  • Former PTA President at both Ridgeway and Highlands
  • Member of WP Recreation Advisory Board
  • Parent of two WPHS graduates

The annual White Plains School District budget provides for a wide variety of programs and options for students.  BUT it doesn't cover everything our teachers would like to offer our students to enrich their academic experiences.  That's where the Friends come in.  

​Founded as the Foundation for Public Education in White Plains in 1997, Friends of White Plains Public Schools is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers - including former school board members, teachers, civic leaders and parents.

       Lydia Kris
  • Parent of two children enrolled in WP Public Schools
  • Former PTA Co-President at MAS
  • Former Board Member of WPMS PTA


       Nicholas Wolff
  • 2014 recipient of The Sister Joan Haley Spirit of Compassion Award
  • Commissioner of WP Housing Authority
  • ​Board Member of Thomas H. Slater Center
  • ​Family includes four generations of WPHS graduates
      Michael Kraver


  • Graduate of WPHS
  • Former Member of City and School District Shared Services Committee 
  • Former Co-Vice President of WPCNA
  • Parent of two current Ridgeway students

​About Us

       Linda Rodney
  • Taught in WP Public Schools for 35 years

  • Parent of WPHS graduate

Highlands Digital News (Fall-Winter 2009)

      Doris Hernacki
     Vice President
  • Taught in WP Public Schools for 35 years

  • Parent of two WPHS graduates

Our Board Members
      Donna Joseph
  • WPHS graduate
  • Parent of two WPHS graduates
      Larry Geiger   
  • ​​​Former Board of Education Member 
  • ​Wife and both daughters are WPHS graduates