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SCHOOL DIRECTOR AT LARGE - PHOENIXVILLE

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CAITLYN CARMINITO

CAITLYN CARMINITO

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

As a resident of Phoenixville since 2011, Caitlyn Carminito and her husband, James, along with their two young children, can often be seen enjoying their time outdoors enjoying their community. Growing up in a family of public school educators, Caitlyn has seen the importance of a high-quality education system from a young age. Her understanding that this system is an invaluable pillar to the growth of our community is further fueled by her passion for public education. Caitlyn earned degrees in special education and elementary education upon completion of her undergraduate program at West Chester University of PA. She started her career as a public education teacher in 2008. She has taught in special education and also spent a year developing an Autism Support Program. Caitlyn worked closely with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and consultants from Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN) to develop a program that met behavioral, social, academic, and emotional needs of each student. She transitioned to a regular education teaching position in 2018. Throughout her time as an educator, Caitlyn’s priorities have always been to meet the needs of each individual child and support their families. Caitlyn attends ongoing training and workshops on providing a fair and equitable education that supports growth and progress of school districts. As an educator and community member, Caitlyn believes in the value of a strong community supported school district.

Scott Overland

SCOTT OVERLAND

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

Scott Overland is running for school board to ensure every child in our community has access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success. Scott has spent his career working for passionate education advocates, including former Senator Joe Lieberman and former Congressman and Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis. He currently works for Pearson, the world’s leading education company. Scott lives in East Pikeland with his wife Katie, a teacher in the Owen J Roberts School District, and their two children.

SUSAN TURNER

SUSAN TURNER

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

Susan is a 20-year resident of Schuylkill Township and parent of two recent PAHS graduates. She was a long-term parent volunteer while her children were in the district, including serving as piano accompanist for the choir and chorus at Schuylkill for many years. Susan was selected to fill a vacancy on the School Board last year and is currently the chair of the Policy Committee. She teaches math at West Chester University and has a BS in Petroleum Engineering and an MA in Mathematics.

VICTORIA R. WALKER

VICTORIA R. WALKER

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

For the past 11 years Victoria R. Walker has been a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty, serving Philadelphia and the suburbs. As a seasoned real estate agent, she takes pride in exceeding expectations and empowering clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions in every real estate transaction.

Prior to real estate, Victoria was instrumental, as an Assistant Director, in developing two state certified education programs at a large multi-state human services organization in the Philadelphia region. The programs were lauded for their 100% graduation and job placement rate.

Victoria is a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing an MBA at Temple University. Victoria is a Philadelphia native and has been a resident of Montgomery/Chester Counties for the past 13 years. Victoria is a mother of 4 and currently resides in Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township with her husband Michael and their children Aiden, Maria, Dove & Penelope.

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR - SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP

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MICHAEL WALKER

MICHAEL WALKER

Michael is a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Principle of The Walker Firm. Michael is licensed in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States District Court for the Eastern & Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Michael has served in both local and federal government positions in Community & Economic Development and Law recently serving as Chief Counsel – the highest ranking attorney, serving the then ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representative Appropriations Committee. In his career Michael has managed over 1000 employees and direct bottom line responsibility of well over $100 million in budgets. Michael served formerly as associate counsel at the Law Firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, a regional defense firm with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida and Ohio.

Michael served on the boards of Rebuilding Philadelphia, Eastern National a cooperating partner for the National Parks, Friends Hospital , the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce African American business council, the Downtown Club of Pikes Peak Colorado and the Urban League. Michael also served as Pennsylvania Commissioner appointed by Governor Rendell on the Governors Advisory Council for African American Affairs and was named by the United States Presidents Council for the Next Generation Leaders. Michael was awarded the Young Executive of the Year by the Philadelphia Pyramid Club and has been honored as a top litigator and appellate advocate during his years in law school.

In addition to his Juris Doctorate, Michael holds a BS in Psychology & Special Education from the University of Miami, Florida and is currently in the MBA program at Pennsylvania State University. Michael currently resides in Chester County with his Wife Victoria and four children Aiden, Maria, Dove and Penelope.

DANIELLE JOUENE

DANIELLE JOUENE

Danielle Jouenne has lived with her family in Schuylkill Township since 2015. She is currently an energy regulatory attorney for UGI Corporation in King of Prussia, and her practice focuses on environmental and public utility law. Previously, Danielle worked in private practice as an energy and environmental attorney in Philadelphia. Danielle is active in her community. She is currently serving her second term on the board of Ann’s Heart, a community organization in Phoenixville whose mission is to provide a place of welcome and human services to all Phoenixville area people. Ann’s Heart runs both the Phoenixville Code Blue Winter Warming Shelter and the Home for Education, Arts, Resources, & Technology (“The Heart Center”) in Phoenixville borough. Danielle is a congregant of Saint Peters Episcopal Church in Phoenixville. Among her professional memberships, Danielle volunteers with the Philadelphia Bar Association as co-director of the Philadelphia-Lyon Bar Exchange Program and past Co-Chair of the International Law Committee. She is also a member of the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court.

Danielle is a committed environmentalist and personally aspires to a zero-waste lifestyle. She is committed to promoting equality and equity. If elected as supervisor, Danielle will work to advance the preservation of open space, promote environmental stewardship, and promote the development of affordable housing.

SCHOOL DIRECTOR - SPRING FORD REGION 3

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ABBY DEARDORFF

ABBY DEARDORFF

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

Hi, I’m Abby Deardorff and I am running for Spring-Ford school board in region 3!  As a childbirth and newborn care educator & substitute school nurse for our school district, I am particularly mindful of the physical, mental, and emotional health of our students. I am running to restore civility on the board, while fostering a supportive and inclusive relationship with the community.

I am a longtime resident of Montgomery County, and live in Royersford with my husband and three children, including a rising second grader and kindergartener. I am currently a board member of the Royersford Baptist Church Nursery School and Founding Board Member of the Adalyn Rose Foundation. I look forward to meeting with members of the community to talk about our campaign and why it’s time for new energy on the Spring-Ford school board in 2021!

ERICA HERMANS

ERICA HERMANS

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

Hello Spring-Ford! My name is Erica Hermans, and I am running for school board director in region 3, which includes Spring City, Royersford Borough, and Limerick precincts 3 and 4.  With over 15 years of Corporate Learning & Development experience in the financial services industry, I have developed and facilitated classes to help young adults succeed in their professional lives. This experience is why I am passionate about upgrades to curriculum and technology. I am running for school board to bring my background and experience to help Spring-Ford compete with neighboring districts and fuel our children’s success, both professionally and personally, after graduation. On a personal note, I have lived in the district for 14 years. Today, I reside in Royersford with my husband and two young children, a first and fifth grader. I also lead a Girl Scout Troop of 11 fabulous, young women, who love to make an impact in the community. I look forward to engaging with the parents, teachers, and residents of the Spring-Ford community throughout the campaign.

MEMBER OF COUNCIL - SPRING CITY BOROUGH

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DAWN CHELLEL

DAWN CHELLEL

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

For over 25 years, Dawn Chellel has been a noteworthy leader throughout her career in the operations and marketing fields. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in multimedia design with a concentration in business/marketing helping her efficiently manage businesses and projects alike. Dawn also takes great pride in her community which powered her decision to run for borough council. In her spare time, Dawn is a dedicated artist and avid history buff. If elected, she would like to utilize her experience and passions to create a better Spring City for all its residents.

JAMES J BURNS

JAMES J BURNS

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

Jim is a long time Spring City resident and public servant. Jim is running for his second term on the Spring City Borough Council.

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR - E PIKELAND TOWNSHIP

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RONALD M GRAHAM

RONALD M GRAHAM

ENDORSED BY NCCDC

Ronald Graham has served as Chairman of the East Pikeland Township Board of Supervisors since 2009. In his role as supervisor, Ron cut township real estate taxes twice for a total of 75%, reorganized and modernized the township’s police department, and appointed the first female police chief.

Ron is an active Environmental Advocate. In addition to his work in open space preservation with East Pikeland Township, Ron was the former President of the Green Valleys Watershed Association and served as Pro Bono Counsel in Valley Creek Protection Litigation.

Ron is the co-founder and President of the southeastern Pennsylvania law firm, Graham & Mauer, P.C. with offices in Valley Forge and Harrisburg. He is licensed to practice law in all Pennsylvania state and federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ron graduated from Edison State University with a B.S. in aviation science, and received his J.D. from Widener University Delaware Law School. He has his Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ron is a retired Colonel and Master Army Aviator. He is the proud parent of three daughters, all college graduates: one a practicing mother, one a practicing attorney, and one a practicing physician.

TAX COLLECTOR - E PIKELAND TOWNSHIP

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EMILY J GORGE

EMILY J GORGE

Emily J. Gorge has served as East Pikeland Township’s tax collector since 2013. She is an attorney at Graham & Mauer, P.C. Emily attended Susquehanna University, where she graduated with a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, with university and departmental honors in 2014. She earned her J.D. from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2017.

In her third year of law school, Emily worked for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office as a certified legal intern. In this position, Emily represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Magisterial District Courts in Chester County, and the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. She is currently an MLA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

In her free time, Emily serves as Chairman of the Open Space Committee for East Pikeland Township and as a member of the events and program committee for Orion Communities in Phoenixville.

JUDGE OF ELECTIONS - 520 E PIKELAND 2

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ANDRE CALILHANNA

ANDRE CALILHANNA

Fifteen years after graduating Villanova University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business, Andre Calilhanna moved to East Pikeland township seeking a diverse, thriving community in which to raise a family and engage in—civically and socially. A marketing professional, writer, and editor, Andre’s volunteer efforts include working as a poll worker in numerous elections in East Pikeland Precinct 2 as well as serving on the board of directors of Phoenixville Area Soccer Club, where he is currently Executive Director. The position of Judge of Elections affords Andre an excellent opportunity to further serve the East Pikeland community, putting his interpersonal and organizational skills to work to ensure free and fair representation for everyone in our district, a positive experience at the polls, and accountability to the voters in East Pikeland.

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