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Candidates

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District Judge

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Ann Berardocco

I am your current sitting Magisterial District Judge in Court 32-1-35. It has been an honor and privilege to serve you and the Upper Darby Community for these past 25 years. Please vote for me on May 16, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Primary Election. I will see you at the polls.

Township Council

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Donald P. Bonnett Council President / 1st District

I was raised in the Westbrook Park section of the Township attending Holy Cross Elementary School and participating in youth baseball and football programs and enjoying the Township supported recreational programs at the Westbrook Park Elementary School Playground in the summertime. I served on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S Dupont (DD-941), after Upper Darby High School. Shortly before and after my military service, I began my carrier working for Philadelphia and Delaware County Architectural and Engineering firms. After receiving an "Honorably Discharge" from the U. S. Navy, I attended Drexel University for the requisite education preparing and qualifying me for licensing by examination as a Registered Architect, the profession I practice today as President of a Delaware County based Architectural and Engineering Firm. I am a member of various professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects, AIA Pennsylvania, AIA Philadelphia Chapter, National Fire Protection Association, U.S. Green Building Council, Delaware Valley Green Building Council and the International Code Council.

I currently serve as the First District Councilman and President of the eleven member Upper Darby Township Council. In my years of service on Upper Darby Township Council I have been active on many committees including serving as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee as well as a member of the Finance, Law and Government and Health Committees. I was the Chairman of the Township Comprehensive Plan Committee and subsequently Chairman of the committee that developed the current zoning ordinance of Upper Darby Township. Previously, I was a Charter Member of the Board of the Upper Darby Education Association and a charter member of the Aronimink Station Business Association Board of Directors.

I live in the Pilgrim Gardens section of Drexel Hill with my wife Donna and two of our six grandchildren, Bella and Gabby, who are good students in the Upper Darby School system, Bella at Drexel Hill Middle School and Gabby at Aronimink Elementary School. Donna and I are members of the Pilgrim Gardens / Aronimink Civic Association.

Thomas P. Wagner Council Vice President / 3rd District

Thomas P. Wagner is a litigation and trial lawyer with more than 30 years experience. He concentrates his practice on the defense of casualty and product liability cases, as well as the transportation industry. His clients include well-known national retailers and product manufacturers, the largest operator of school buses in the world, and one of the largest transit authorities in the U.S.

Mr. Wagner was twice voted by his peers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, a state with more than 56,000 attorneys. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer eleven times in succession. He has written numerous articles and presentations on topics related to civil litigation. He also served as a senior editor of a three-volume guide to pre-trial practice in the Federal Courts of the Third Circuit published by Lawyers' Cooperative Publishing Company. He has served on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, and he has been appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

With strong ties to his community, Mr. Wagner is Vice President of the Town Council in Upper Darby Township, PA, and a board member for the Upper Darby Industrial Development Authority. He has been a board member of the Delaware County Authority since 2001, and he served on the Board of Directors for Wheels of Wellness, a non profit organization, from 2001 to 2007.

Mr. Wagner graduated cum laude from Fairfield University in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Politics. He attended Law School at St. John's University where he was an editor of the Law Review. Following law school, he served a clerkship with the Honorable J. William Ditter, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He joined the law firm of Rawle & Henderson at the end of his clerkship in 1980, and served for over a decade on Rawle & Henderson's Executive Committee. Mr. Wagner joined Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in 2007 as a shareholder in the firm's casualty practice, and he now manages one of the major Casualty Groups in Philadelphia. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

Significant Representative Matters
Defense jury award in complex hotel security trial.

Lead counsel for one of the nation's largest transit authorities in numerous catastrophic cases.

Philadelphia Zoo Fire Litigation - Successful representation of target defendant in catastrophic fire loss.

Artificial Heart Litigation - Achieved dismissal of client defendant in complex medical device product liability case.

Bucks County Prison System - Defense verdict in multi-defendant civil rights trial.

Education
Defense jury award in complex hotel security trial.

Lead counsel for one of the nation's largest transit authorities in numerous catastrophic cases.

Education
St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 1977)

Fairfield University (B.A., cum laude, 1974)

Nicholas Hoyt 5th District

I'm just a kid from Stonehurst that grew up to be a Garrettford parent. I love Upper Darby and want to help steward this township for the next generation.

Edward E. Monaghan Council At Large

Twenty five plus years of leadership experience serving in supervisory, management, and sole proprietorship roles. Proven track record of managing profitable operations, budgets, and employees. Responsibilities include training, scheduling, performance management, policy and compliance, quality control, employee payroll, and overall P & L.

Supervisor of Registration - Upper Darby School District (2015 - present)

Coordinator of Public Safety - Upper Darby School District (2011 - 2015)

District Security - Upper Darby School District (2009 - 2011)

Proprietor/Owner - JR Monaghan’s Ardmore PA (2008 - 2011)

General Manager - Barnaby’s of America, Havertown, PA (1997 - 2008)

Manager - Brownie’s Plymouth Meeting, PA (1991 - 1997)

Public Safety Chairman Upper Darby Council

Appointed by Mayor to “America In Bloom” Committee, 2016

Upper Darby Township Pension Board Member, 2016

Delaware County Waste Authority Board Member, 2012

Upper Darby Township Council Member, 2009

Co-Founder, Drexel Hill Friars Football Club

Monsignor Bonner Hall of Fame, 2003

Time for Teens “Person of the Year,' 2002

Over 300 Full Scholarships awarded nationally

Red Worrell Award, 1988

MVP, Monsignor Bonner, 1985 & 1986

James Hopely Award, 1985

John Cappelletti Award, 1985

Columbus Ohio Touchdown Club, Lineman of the Year 1985

Court of Common Pleas

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John J. "Jack" Whelan

John J. "Jack" Whelan was elected Delaware County District Attorney in November 2011 and took office in January 2012, for a four-year.

District Attorney Whelan has been dedicated to criminal justice and law enforcement from the time he was in college, majoring in criminal justice at Temple University, to his term on Delaware County Council where he made public safety a priority. From 1986-1991, he was a Delaware County Assistant District Attorney, serving as a trial team leader. He prosecuted many defendants for capital offenses as well as for other felonies and misdemeanors.

Mr. Whelan is a respected practicing attorney for 25 years, and led the firm of Whelan, Doyle & Pressman LLC in the area of civil litigation, municipal representation and decedent estates. Before becoming District Attorney, Mr. Whelan served as Chairman of Delaware County Council, which oversees the county government operations that serve the 550,000 residents of Delaware County. He was first elected to a four-year term on County Council in 2005, was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2009 and took the oath office in January 2010.

As Council Chairman, he partnered with the District Attorney's Office on many crime prevention initiatives, such as the Senior Exploitation Unit, the Safe Schools Summit, and the RSAN and Delco Alert systems, which provide emergency notification to people through their mobile and electronic devices. In 2010, he helped establish the Delaware County Veterans Justice Initiative with the goal of establishing a Veterans Treatment Court to address the post-service needs of veterans who land in the criminal justice system.

As District Attorney and Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Delaware County, he has taken the lead on many public safety initiatives. Mr. Whelan established the Anti-Violence Task Force with the mission to provide collaborative programs and resources to assist the community in recognizing and reporting violent crimes. Beginning in January 2012 and continuing since, Mr. Whelan expanded the Senior Exploitation Unit, investigating crimes and raising awareness about the many illegal schemes perpetrated against seniors. In September 2012 District Attorney Jack Whelan formed the Delaware County Heroin Task Force to raise awareness about the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse impacting the nation and the county. As chairman of the Heroin Task Force, he has been the driving force behind several opioid prevention and awareness initiatives that have received state-wide recognition. Mr. Whelan also serves on the House Resolution 659 Opioid Addiction Advisory Committee.

Mr. Whelan has been honored by several groups for outstanding leadership and public service, including the Delaware County Library System's Outstanding Public Official Award, and the Delaware County Victims' Rights Week Award, both presented in the spring of 2009. In 2010, Chairman Whelan received a Child Advocacy Angel Award from CASA Youth Advocates of Delaware County, which provides advocates for neglected and abused children.

In recognition of a personal act of bravery, Mr. Whelan received a Citizenship Award from the Ridley Township Board of Commissioners, recognition by the Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, as well as the Citizens Crime Commission Award for Bravery, presented in 2009. In 2011, the Delaware County Chiefs of Police Association honored Mr. Whelan with the George G. Weidner Award, presented for outstanding leadership and support of law enforcement and criminal justice. In 2011, he was given a Special Recognition Award by the Ridley Township Business Association. Mr. Whelan also received a Loyalty Day Award from the Herbert W. Best VFW Post in Ridley Township. In 2012, Mr. Whelan was awarded the David Henderson Humanitarian Award by the Delaware County Leadership Council of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is also the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and 2013 Man of the Year award by Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

He currently serves as co-chair for the Pennsylvania Drug & Alcohol Department Naloxone Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.

A graduate of Temple University School of Law, he also has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Temple University.

He and his wife, Peggy, live in Ridley Township with their four children.

County Council

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Mario J. Civera, Jr. Council At Large

Mario J. Civera Jr., a public servant with 41 years experience in various levels of government, was elected to Delaware County Council in 2009 and began his four-year term on County Council in January 2010. Councilman Civera was born and raised in Delaware County. He attended school in his hometown at Upper Darby High School, graduating in 1965.

Mario served with distinction in the U.S. Air Force. From 1971 to present Mario has been a self-employed businessman. This experience proved invaluable in his legislative career in dealing with the challenges facing the business community.

His dedication to public service began in 1974 when he was appointed to the Upper Darby Board of Commissioners. Then, in a special election held in April 1980, Mario was elected to the state House of Representatives in the 164th Legislative District. In February 1992, Mario relinquished his position with the Upper Darby Township Council to concentrate his attention on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

As an example of Mario's ability to take real life experiences and apply them to good public policy; while serving on Upper Darby Township Council, he served as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. Public safety has always been a top priority for Mario. He wrote legislation, enacted in 1998, which dramatically improved emergency telephone service for all Pennsylvanians. Act 17 gives the state greater oversight of county 911 plans and requires dispatchers and operators to receive adequate training. In addition, Mario was one of the forces behind organizing the General Assembly’s Pennsylvania Firefighters' and Emergency Services Legislative Caucus in 1991; where he served as President until 1998 and then became President Emeritus.

In June 2001, Mario was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Public Education Funding. The 15-member bipartisan committee held hearings throughout the state with the goal of developing policy initiatives leading to reducing the public school system's reliance on real property taxes as the primary source of local education funding.

Mario has received much acclaim in his district, including the Upper Darby YMCA Spirit, Mind and Body Award; Man of the Year Award, and the Man of the Year Award from the local Benvenuto Sons of Italy Chapter. He was nominated and received the national Sons of Italy Purple Aster Ball Award in 2003. In addition, Mario is recognized in the Capitol as a prominent member of the Italian-American Caucus.

As a result of his leadership and dedication to the people whom he serves, Mario was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2007.

In November 2006, Mario was elected by the House Republican Caucus to serve as the Republican Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a position he held until January 2010. In this leadership role, he was responsible for helping craft Pennsylvania's annual $27 Billion state budget. This seat is considered among the most influential in all of state government.

Mario was first elected to a leadership position in 2003 as the Caucus Secretary. Prior to his elevation to a position with the House Republican Leadership Team, Mario served as the Majority Chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for nine years.

Mario resides in Drexel Hill with his wife, Donna. He has one son, Mario J. Civera III, who is married and resides in Delaware County.

David J. White

David J. White of Ridley Township was appointed to Delaware County Council on Jan. 3 2012 to fill the unexpired term of John J. Whelan, who took office as the Delaware County District Attorney.

Councilman White was elected to a four-year term in 2013 and sworn into office in January 2014.

Councilman White is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, growing up in Springfield, and then moving to Ridley Township 32 years ago with his wife, Debbie.

Councilman White is a steamfitter and owner of a small Delaware County business, DWD Mechanical Contractor Inc., where he employs 20 men and women.

He has served his community for years, both as an elected leader and a volunteer.

He was sworn in as a Commissioner of Ridley Township in January 1994 and served as vice president of the commissioners before resigning to take County office. In Ridley, he chaired the Building Committee, the Public Safety and Police Committee overseeing the township’s 35-person police department, and the Economic Development Committee.

As a Ridley Township commissioner, he worked to create a multi-use development project along Route 291 and was instrumental in bringing the Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel to the township and in the redevelopment of a blighted housing area in the Crum Lynne section.

Councilman White volunteers his time with the Kedron Youth Association and is a board member of the Ridley Township YMCA and the Delaware County Division of the American Red Cross.

Mr. White is a 1979 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School and also attended Delaware County Vocational Technical School.

He currently serves as chairman of the Ridley Township Police and Fire Memorial Foundation.

He and his wife have four children.

John Perfetti

John J. Perfetti is a retired Magisterial District Judge for the Boroughs of Aldan, Clifton Heights and Lansdowne. He stepped down as a Magisterial Judge in 2015. In addition to his 33 years of judicial experience, Perfetti also has experience in small business. He is a licensed real estate agent is also the co-founder of Lump's Bar & Restaurant. He is a past member of the Delaware County Department of Human Services' Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, past President of the Delaware County Magisterial District Judge's Association, and has been active in a number of other boards and committees.

Register of Wills

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Jennifer Holsten Maddaloni, Esquire

Jennifer was elected to serve as Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court for a four year term beginning in 2014. Prior to be elected to this position, Jennifer was an attorney in private practice. She previously served as a school district hearing officer, the solicitor for the Domestic Relations section of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, and served as an Arbitrator. During her legal career, Jennifer represented dozens of municipal and government entities. She worked closely with townships and county agencies while representing them and providing counsel on best practices and procedures. She drafted written policies for these clients to promote their efficiency and limit their liability. Jennifer has utilized her experience and expertise to maximize efficiencies and strengthen internal controls in the Delaware County Register of Wills office.

Jennifer was born in Delaware County, where she has been a resident for over forty years. She lives in Newtown Township with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Jake and Alexandra.

Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University during which she completed the American University Washington, D.C. semester program with a focus on American government. Upon graduating, Jennifer worked in Washington D.C. for the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), a non-profit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to educate members of Congress about the needs and challenges of our nation's fire and emergency services. Jennifer then went to law school to obtain her Juris Doctorate degree.

Jennifer has spent almost two decades working with government employees and agencies. She has drafted wills, guardianship petitions and office policies. She has successfully managed offices and has consistently sought more efficient and economical ways of operating them. She constantly focuses on creating a positive work environment that benefits the employees as well as the clients. Jennifer uses these experiences to strengthen internal controls and maximize efficiencies in the Delaware County Register of Wills Office.

In the 2013 race, Jennifer was the only candidate for Register of Wills of Delaware County who was endorsed by:
The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council

The Delaware County Fraternal Order of Police

The Delaware County Police Chiefs Association as well as several other organizations

Sheriff

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Mary McFall Hopper, Esquire

Mary McFall Hopper is a life-long resident of Delaware County and currently lives in Ridley Park Borough, Pa. A graduate of Ridley High School, she was elected the 63rd Sheriff of Delaware County, Pa. on November 5, 2013. An experienced attorney, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to study law at Dickinson University Law School graduating magna cum laude in 1990 with a J.D. degree.

Mary has always been an active member of her community as both a parent of two sons and as a citizen. She served as a member of the Ridley Park Borough Council from 2002 to 2007 and during her time on council served as Vice President, Finance Chair and President.

Mary's has served as a Commissioner for the Delaware County Women's Commission, Committeewoman for Ridley Park Republican Committee, as well as serving as a Board member for local sports clubs and the Ridley Education Foundation.

She was sworn into office on Monday, January 6, 2014 for a 4-year term as Sheriff.

Treasurer

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David L. Stevenson, Sr.

Talented quality executive with over 35 years of experience in commercial and consumer lending, financial management and statement analysis, credit underwriting, loan work outs and conversions, collections, sales and marketing have provided each of my current and previous employers with proven success. Throughout my career I have demonstrated the ability to increase sales revenues while maintaining/reducing expenses enhancing profit margins. Eight years of staff management experience and dynamic person strongly committed to achieving corporate goals while controlling expenses.

Controller

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Robert Kane

Robert Kane is a 1985 graduate of St. Joseph's University. Since 1987, Mr. Kane has lived in Delaware County and worked as a Certified Public Accountant. Robert is very active in the Delaware County community. Since 2000, he has served on the Haverford Township Zoning and Hearing board where he currently sits as the Chairman. In addition, Robert also sits on the board of the Manoa Fire Company and the volunteer organization Tons of Turkeys. Through his involvement with the Manoa Fire Company, Mr. Kane helped to advice the Haverford Township EMS Chief regarding the implementation of the use of Narcan by all first reponders.

In the past, Mr. Kane served as a coach and member of the board of directors for the Westgate Hills Baseball League. He has also helped to mentor students hoping to enter college and acted as a liaison between student soccer players and potential college coaches.

On a more personal level, Robert resides in Havertown with his wife Diane. They have two children. His son, Robert III, is currently a senior at Cabrini University. His daughter, Brittany, is a proud Temple Grad and is wrapping up her first year of law school at Drexel University.

School Board (4 Year Term)

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Kate Sweeney Smith

May 2016:
Co-founder, Upper Darby Committee for Special Education, an advocacy organization for parents/guardians of students served by the Upper Darby School District who have an IEP, GIEP or 504 Service Plan; one goal of the organization is to utilize parent/guardian advocacy as a source of strength for local, state and federal issues.

May 2012 to present:
Co-founder, Upper Darby Committee for Special Education, an advocacy organization for parents/guardians of students served by the Upper Darby School District who have an IEP, GIEP or 504 Service Plan; one goal of the organization is to utilize parent/guardian advocacy as a source of strength for local, state and federal issues.

Engaging in executive interactions with political representatives on the Federal, State, and local levels.

Attending school board meetings and speaking on the record to help others understand the governance structure.

Participating member of the Upper Darby School District Educational Specifications Committee, charged with evaluating current educational programs and utilization of 14 school facilities, and planning for the future (dissolved, 2016).

July 2012 to May 2013:
Served as member of two district-level committees: Advisory Panel, Penn Project for Civic Engagement, working with UDSD stakeholders during budget process, specifically targeting communications strategies; and Comprehensive Planning Committee, developing goals and strategies for the UDSD Strategic Plan.

Served as president of the Aronimink Home and School Association, a 501 (c)(3), providing direction of the Association and oversight for its more than 20 annual fundraising and community building activities, and completing the successful application for reinstatement of the non-profit organization’s 501 (c)(3) status.

Worked to develop relationships with the presidents of the other elementary Home and School Associations.

September 2009 to June 2011:
Developed, implemented, and supervised an after-school 18-week academic and social enrichment learning program at Aronimink Elementary School, organizing 20 adult volunteers, 12 UDHS student aides, and 200 elementary-student participants with a budget of $1 per week per student for this pilot program. Volunteers, who had professional or educational expertise in subject areas ranging from science to architecture to textiles, designed six-week lesson arcs to address needs of typical student learners. The program lesson plans were offered, via administration, for free to any school in the district.

Vincent D. Gordon, MBA

Masters Business Administration, Health & Medical Service Administration, Widener University, December 1991

Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology, Hahnemann University, June 1987

Associate in Science, Medical Technology, Hahnemann University, June 1984

Life Coach Certificate, Delaware County Community College, October 2010

Leadership Inc. Philadelphia, graduate, June 2000

National Center for Managed Health Care Administration, Executive Program in Managed Care, graduate, June 1993

Certification, American Society of Clinical Pathology for Medical Technology, 1987

Certification, National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel, 1987

Member, Mercy Catholic Medical Center Board of Directors, Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals, appointed September 2016

Member, Council of Trustees, Cheney University, nation’s oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Appointed by Governor Tom Corbett March 2014 and unanimously confirmed by PA Senate

Member and Vice President, Board of School Directors, Upper Darby School District, Delaware County, PA. Largest Delaware County School District, student population 13,000.

Member, YMCA of Eastern Delaware County Foundation, fiduciary responsibility for foundation budget of $4.8 million dollars

Past President, Board of Directors, Kids Smiles, non-profit pediatric dental provider, 2000-2010. Provider serves over 50,000 uninsured or underinsured children in the West Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia and Delaware county communities.

Past President, Board of Directors, Emmanuel Federal Credit Union, total deposits of $75,000

Former Vice Chairman, Our Lady of the Rosary Church Pastoral Council. Represented parishioner’s interests during merger with neighboring parish.

Former member, Medical College of PA/ Hahnemann University Clinical Laboratory Services Advisory Board. Provided input on clinical curriculum for undergraduate students enrolled in Medical technology program

2013 recipient of REDI, Inc. Government Service Award

2011 recipient of YMCA of Eastern Delaware County’s Mind Body and Spirit Award.

2008 Keynote Speaker at Delaware County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Student Award Breakfast

1995 Medical College of PA / Hahnemann University Alumnus of the Year Award

United States Marine Corps Reserve, Corporal (E-4) Non Commissioned Officer, Mechanic CH53 Helicopters. September 1981- September 1987, Honorably Discharged

School Board (2 Year Term)

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Kelly D. Colvin

Currently the Associate Director at the Center on Regional Politics at Temple University. Responsibilities include: recruiting and managing a Board of Fellows that includes over eighty elected federal, state, local officials and private sector and non for profit leaders within the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia); facilitating consensus building among these leaders on policies that will created strategic opportunities for Southeastern Pennsylvania; producing and sponsoring policy research for public and private audiences; and organizing educational seminars to improve public understanding of problems and opportunities confronting the region.

Master of Arts in Government Administration from University of Pennsylvia (2003)

Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College (1998)

Institute Of European Studies (Madrid, Spain 1996)

Delaware County Women’s Commission, Chair 2014-2016

Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair, Government Committee

Autistic Support Playground for Primos, Coordinator/Fundraiser

Autistic Support Home and School for Primos and Westbrook Park Elementary Schools, Co-founder/President

Education Specification Committee for Upper Darby School District, Member of the Special Education Subcommittee

Anne Anstine Excellence in Leadership, Alumnae

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