The Haverford Township School District Education Foundation …
is the result of a vision held by a group of local community leaders who appreciated the school district’s excellent reputation and wished to enhance the district’s curriculum and extra-curricular activities with privately funded enrichment programs. The foundation works closely with the school district, faculty and students, but is an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Under our mini-grant program, approximately $60,000 has been distributed by the Foundation for more than 175 innovative projects designed by students, teachers and involved parents. Read about the mini-grants we have funded on “Grants Awarded” page.
In its first large-scale project, the Foundation raised $90,152 for a state-of-the-art TV station at Haverford High School. This project led to the districts designing a new, 21st century multi-media communications curriculum.
The Foundation has also begun funding other large-scale projects through their School Empowerment Grants. To date, five $10,000 projects, one in each elementary school, and a $30,000 project for the Haverford Middle School have been underwritten by the foundation. Read about the middle school’s empowerment grant on the Grants Awarded page. The foundation also played an important role in keeping WHHS, Haverford High School’s historic radio station on the air by helping to raise funds for the station and then match those funds.
The elementary schools were able to complete technology goals for their schools as well as fund a Lego engineering project in one school and a television station in another. At the middle school, the funds will provide iPads for both the math and language arts departments and new after-school activities are being developed to address the many different interests and talents of middle school-age students. This year, two $30,000 empowerment grants will be offered to the school that develops the most unique and innovative plan.
The Foundation plans to continue providing significant grants to district schools for big projects or programs to create unique learning opportunities for all students. To date, the Foundation has raised $350,000.00 and given back $246,000.00 with another $60,000.00 earmarked for two additional empowerment grants.
We dream big because our students and our neighbors deserve it. With your help, we can make many more dreams come true.
Meet our Board of Directors
The Haverford Township School District Education Foundation is run by a board of directors who are members of the community, teachers, administrators and students. The board meets monthly to set policy, work on projects and implement fundraising strategies. Officers of the board are elected annually in October by the board whose members serve staggered, three year terms.
President Steve Durfee
Steve has spent his career in several management and executive positions. He is currently Vice President for Innovation and Development for Medical Data Systems, a data management firm specializing in healthcare. He previously served as the Director of Technology at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, a higher education institution providing career base education for the creative arts and Director of New Product Development for the Maray Corporation, a provider of media business and customer service tools. An active member of our community, Steve has served as a youth baseball coach, volunteered for the Haverford Township Historical Society and served on the Upper Darby School Districts Art and Communication Advisory Board. Steve has a B.A. from La Salle University and a Master’s of Science degree from Lehigh University in Interactive and Education Technology. Steve’s children attend schools in the Haverford Township School district.
Treasurer Bob Ertner, CPA
Bob brings his considerable financial experience and talents to the foundation. A licensed CPA since 1987, he has run his own accounting firm since 1991. He has also volunteered for many years as the financial secretary and treasurer of St. Paul’s Church in Ardmore. He has a BS in accounting from Philadelphia University. His daughter is a graduate of and his son currently attends Haverford High School.
Secretary Jenna Revelle
Jenna Revelle brings over ten years of teaching experience to the board. Jenna is a certified Reading Specialist and currently teaches first grade at Lynnewood Elementary School. In addition to bringing her energy and dedication to the classroom, Jenna also serves as a Lynnewood PTO Teacher Representative, a Haverford Township Education Association Executive Committee member, and has worked on numerous committees such as the Science Task Force and the Report Card Committee. Jenna has been awarded four Haverford Township School District Education Foundation mini-grants, which continue to enrich her students’ experiences in both Language Arts and Math. In 2013, Jenna was honored as an “Outstanding Teacher” at Haverford Township Day. Jenna, an avid traveler, is also a leader for People to People Student Ambassador Programs. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University in Maryland and a Master’s degree in Education from St. Joseph’s University.
Jim brings to the board extensive experience in the public, private and entrepreneurial sectors. He has held various project and supply-chain-management positions at Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo SmithKline and the American Red Cross, working for both domestic and international divisions. Jim then took those skills and pursued his dream to open his own business, running two bakery/cafes in Wayne and Ardmore for eight years. Currently, he is a project management consultant in the life-science industry with The Flex Pro Group. Jim holds a B.A. in Regional Planning from Mansfield University and an M.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State University. Jim has been involved in a myriad of community activities including vice chair of the Advisory Board of the Haverford YMCA and a board member of the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development. He and his wife, a teacher at Haverford Middle School, are proud that their three children were educated in the Haverford School District.
After volunteering at the Foundation’s Twilight Run, Michelle found an organization to which she could bring her talents and energy. An owner of Performance Fitness, LLC, Michelle is an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and a certified Kettlebell trainer. She previously served as the Assistant to the Director of Fine and Performing Arts of the Newburgh Enlarge School District, worked as a professional opera singer, and as a music therapist. She has been active in our community as a member of the Main Line Chapter of Business Network International, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, the Wynnewood Business Association and the Midlantic Business Alliance. Michelle has a B.A. in Music Therapy from Montclair State University and a Master’s in Music in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She and her husband, Ed Pierson, are the proud parents of the most rambunctious little boy you’ll ever meet.
Mary Ann Davidson
Mary has devoted many years to the school district. Currently an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s University, Mary Ann spent several years serving as the Supervisor of Instructional Technology for the school district. She has also served her community as a volunteer at the Havertown Senior Center, Elder Net and the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. She received her B.S. from West Chester University, an M.S. Philadelphia University and a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate from Widener University. She and her three sons are Haverford grads.
Sarah brings her love of teaching and learning to the district as a Haverford High School mathematics teacher. In addition, Sarah serves as a faculty sponsor of the Interact community service club, an Executive Committee member of the Haverford Township Education Association, and treasurer of the Haverford High School Faculty Advisory Committee. Sarah is a proud alumna of the School District of Haverford Township, as well as Penn State University (B.S. in Secondary Education, with Mathematics Teaching Option and Honors in Educational Psychology) and Temple University (M.S. in Education).
Ellen contributes her considerable talents as a business entrepreneur. Founder of Women’s Yellow Pages of Greater Philadelphia, a directory of women-owned businesses and services, she added a companion internet directory in 1999 and, more recently, launched Connect, a monthly e-newsletter for women in business. Ellen is also the founder and past president of The National Association of Women’s Yellow Pages (now the Women’s Regional Publications of America), where she has guided the development of similar directories throughout the United States, and the co-founder of the Women’s Business Development Center in Philadelphia. Active in many small business organizations, Ms. Fisher was recognized in 2003 as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business. She has twice served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. Ms. Fisher is the recipient of many other awards including the Athena Award given by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business Advocate Award, from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ellen is also serving as the Executive Director of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a groundbreaking and exciting year- long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Ms. Fisher’s two children attended the Haverford Township schools. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.
Daniel J. Horan
Dan is the principal at Haverford Middle School, a township resident, and brings twenty years of service in public education to the board. Dan is involved in several community and state organizations that support public education, athletics and community affairs. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in Education from Temple University and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Neumann University. He is also pursuing a doctoral degree at Neumann University. His son is a graduate of and his daughter currently attends Haverford High School.
Ellen Kranick is a marketing manager with T. Rowe Price and has over 20 years of experience in retirement plan communications, marketing and product development. As a volunteer, she chaired Chatham Park Elementary School’s Young Writers Day program for six years, and was a member of the marketing committee for Hope Partnership for Education, a north Philadelphia independent education center. Ellen also is a Junior Achievement adjunct faculty member and religious education teacher at St. Thomas of Villanova parish. Ellen’s two children attend district schools. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Scranton.
Jon P. Meyer
Jon is Vice President of Sales of Nolan Painting in Havertown. He has been an active member of our community as a member and board member of the Kiwanis Club of the Main Line, a member and past president of the Delaware Valley chapter of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, a member of the Radnor Run and Reindeer Romp Race Committees and Den Leader of Cub Scout Pack 462. He is immediate past president of our foundation Board of Directors. Most important to the foundation, Jon is the Co-chair of the foundation’s own 5K Twilight Run and 1 Mile Challenge. He has a B.A. from West Virginia University. Jon’s two children attend school in the district.
Kathy Kerns-Phillips, Esq.
Kathy is well acquainted with our schools having attended Chestnutwold, Haverford Junior (now Middle) School and Haverford High. A practicing attorney by day, Kathy has found time to engage in a number of volunteer activities in our community. She currently serves as the middle school seventh grade field hockey coach and has been an active member of the Chestnutwold PTO, the Haverford High School Sports Hall of Fame, the Lower Merion Aquatic Club and St. Denis Parish’s Youth Athletic Association to name a few. Kathy obtained her B.A. from American University and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Her two children attend district schools.
Mary Beth Lauer
Mary Beth is well-known to the Haverford School District community. As the former School District Community Relations Director, she spent 14 years extolling the virtues of our school district. Despite retiring from her position at the school district, she continues to organize Young Writers’ Days in the five elementary schools in the district. This program, created by Ms. Lauer, brings professional writers into classrooms to conduct writing workshops with students. Prior to joining the school district staff, Mary Beth spent several years as an editor with The News of Delaware County, an educational consultant to the Philadelphia Inquirer and a free-lance writer and journalist. Most important to the board, Ms. Lauer was the spark that ignited the formation of the Education Foundation. She holds a B.A. degree from Immaculata University. Her three sons were educated in the district’s public schools and have gone on to do great things!
Lillian began working with the Foundation through the Twilight Run, helping to design the shirts and promotional materials. She brings her experience in public relations to the Foundation board. After earning a degree in journalism from Penn State, Lillian wrote for her hometown newspaper and a local-history magazine in central Pennsylvania. After moving to Delaware County, she served as Community Relations Specialist in the William Penn School District for 10 years and then communications director for the law firm of Becket & Watkins for three years. She earned a master’s degree in instructional technology from Temple and began teaching computer classes at the Information Technology Academy of Delaware County Community College. In addition to the Foundation, Lillian volunteers in her children’s schools. Lillian and her husband Joe have two sons who attend district schools.
Helene is sole owner of MW Environmental Services, Inc. which analyzes nuclear safety-related materials that are used in nuclear power plants throughout the country. Prior to starting her own business, she worked as a chemist at Exelon/PECO. She has also taught chemistry at Penn State’s Brandywine campus. She has been active in our community, volunteering for many PTO activities while her children were in district schools, tutoring local high school students in chemistry and serving on the Karakung Swim Club Board of Directors and the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council. Helene holds a BS in chemistry from Lehigh University and an MS in chemistry from Villanova University.
Mary Bear Shannon
If you value community libraries, you’ll be glad that Mary so ably serves ours as its Program and Grants Manager. Prior to joining the Haverford Township Free Library, she worked as a social studies teacher at a number of area middle and high schools, as an Assistant Program Manager at The Constitution Works and as a Program Associate of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Her volunteer work includes serving as a board member and curriculum chair of the Haverford Township Adult School and on a number of committees at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown. Mary earned her B.A. at Whitworth University, an M.A. at Temple University and her teaching certificate in secondary education at Widener University. Mary’s children attend district schools.
Blu Taylor is a lifelong resident of Havertown; he attended Episcopal Academy, Lynnewood Elementary and Haverford Middle and High Schools. He has worked for Haverford School District since 1999, starting as A/V Coordinator at the high school for 7 years. In 2006, he became the district’s Technician & Webmaster. He also serves as the district historian and has given presentations on the district’s history. Blu enjoys Do-It-Yourself projects, vintage technology, and collecting 1960s and 70s PBX telephone equipment. He has served on various boards and committees for the school district, including the District Technology Planning Committee, Senior High School Middle States AFG Planning Committee, and the TV Studio Steering Committee.
Tyler is well-known to many local home owners. As a fourth generation real estate agent with Wagner Inc. Real Estate, he is a life-long resident of Haverford Township dedicated to serving his community. Prior to joining Wagner Inc., he worked as an internal auditor of Merrill Lynch Bank and at Deloitte & Touche as a systems/business process auditor. He has also served as chairman and board member of the Suburban West Realtors Association. Tyler is the second Wagner to serve on our board. His father, Graham, was a founding board member and the first donations we received were in memory of his grandfather, Arthur. Tyler is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and Haverford High School. His four young children will be attending district schools.
Lauren Stevenson Yacina
Lauren brings to the board her deep experience in marketing. Currently a marketing consultant, she previously worked for Capgemini as a marketing project manager, WXPN as a sponsorship sales associate and Black’s Guide as a regional publisher. She has been active in the school district and community as president of the Haverford High School Haverford Choral Association, Chair of the high school Choral Cabaret, a member of the Haverford Historical Society Heritage Festival Planning Commission and a member of the Haverford High School Music Curriculum Committee. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College. Lauren is married with two daughters who have attended schools within the district.
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