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School Board Profiles
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Mr. Gerry Barnefiher Mr. Lynn Bigelow Mr. Richard Bouher
Ms.áRachael Charyna Mr. Richard Flynn Ms. Diane Landes
Mrs. Ann Mantey Mr.áPaul Smith Ms. Lori Snyder
Statewide Survey: Pennsylvania School Directors
To email an individual Board member, please click on his/her name above. To email the entire School Board,áclick here
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Mr. Gerry Barnefiher

Term:á
Board Member Since 2008





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Board involvement:á
I have served on the School Board since the fall of 2008. I have learned a lot, yet there is so much more to learn.áI am a member of Assessment, Communications Advisory, Operations, Finance, and Reviews and Evaluations committees.áI also serve on the Negotiations committee for Support Staff and the PVSD Foundation Board, and Iáattend many other committees on a regular basis.
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Reason for School Board Service:
To make a difference and improve communications with the community.áFor years, I had been involved with the school district on various community committees and finally decided it was time to take my involvement to the next step.
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Roots:áá
I have lived in the Perkiomen Valley for 20 years.áI have seen tremendous change in the area during this time, and when I stop to think of how much change there has been, it is truly amazing that there is still a small town atmosphere.

Family:á
My wife and I are blessed to have (4) wonderful children that all attend Perkiomen Valley School District.áThe children attend schools from elementary to high school.
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Education & Career:
I amáemployed by a large healthcare technology company as a Principal Network Engineer.

School & Community Involvement:
Over the years I have been involved with various aspects of the school district.áWhen the children were younger I helped in the classrooms and have been on countless field trips.áAs a family we enjoy many of the sports and arts that PV has to offer and attend many of these events.áI have also been a coach for intra-mural soccer for several seasons where I really enjoy working with kids.á
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Mr. RichardáBouher

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Board Member Since 2013



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Board involvement:á
Joined the Board in 2013. Member of the following committees: NortháMontco Technical Career Center Joint Operating Committee, Operations, Negotiations Committees for Professional and Support Personnel, Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA)áCommittee and MontgomeryáCounth Legislative Committee.
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Roots:áá
I have lived within the district for the last 25 years, and prior to that, I was a military brat. I have lived in Hawaii, California, Michigan, Maryland,áWest Germany and Kansas.

Family:á
I have been married for 26 yeras, and have a son and a daughter.
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Education & Career:
I have been in the construction industry for the last 25 years, and I am currently a project manager for a mid-sized general contracting firm.

School & Community Involvement:
I have been a Committee person for the Republican Party for the last four years.
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Mr. Lynn Bigelow

Term:á
Board Member Since 2005


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Board involvement:áá
Served three terms asáBoardáPresident andáone as Board Vice President.áServing second term as Assistant Region Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Bucks-Montgomery Region.
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Member of the following committees:
  • Policy Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Negotiations Committee (Professional Staff)
  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Board member
  • Community Education Steering Committee
Reason for School Board Service:
I am committed toáserveáthe Perkiomen Valley community by working to raise the standards in our schools and provide an educational environment in which each student can reach their maximum potential.
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Roots:áá
I have resided with my wife and family in Collegeville since 1990. I was raised in
Luzerne County, PA.

Family:á
My wife Karen and I have four children.áOur two daughters attend PV High School. Ourátwo sons are PV graduates - the youngest attends MessiacháCollege, and the oldest is a Messiah College graduate and teaches high school math ináCarlisle.

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Education & Career:
  • MS in Electrical Engineeringáfrom Villanova University,á1988.
  • BS in Electrical Engineeringáfrom Lehigh University 1984.
  • Worked nine years as Quality Assurance Director in the computer security industry.
  • Currently employed as Director of Finance for SEDONA Corporation, a software company in the banking industry.
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Ms. Rachel Charyna
Term:á
Board Member Since 2013
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Member of the following committees:
  • Policy Committee
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Calendar Committee
  • Communications Advisory Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Operations Committee
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Ms.áDianeáLandesá

Term:á
Board Member Since 2007





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Board involvement:áá
Member of the following committees:
  • Negotiations Committee (Support Staff)
  • Act 32 Committee
  • Co-Curricular Committee
  • Field Trip Committee
  • North Montco Technical Career Center Joint Operating Committee
Reason for School Board Service:
To give back to the community and to help the students achieve their potential.á
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Belief Statement:áá
Being involved to make a difference in the community and education.
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Roots:áá
Raised in Quakertown School District. I have lived with my family in Skippack for 42 years.


Family:á
Two children - a son, Scott who graduated from Delaware Valley College; a daughter, Deborah who graduated from Georgetown University. Two grandsons.
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Education & Career:
I have a Masters Degree from Temple University and a Bachelors Degree from University ofáVirginia Commonwealth. Worked as a Department Manager for Strawbridge &áClothier for 3 years, Sales Rep for Design International for 5 years. Taught Marketing, Intro to Business, Business Law &áCoop at the high school level for 28 years.

School & Community Involvement:
  • Advisor for Marketing students for 28 years.
  • PSERS delegate foráUpper Merion HigháSchool.
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Mr. Richard Flynn

Term:á
Board Member Since 2014




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Reason for School Board Service:
Become directly involved in the decision making and actions enabling the Perkiomen Valley School District to provide a top-notch public education and simultaneously be fiscally sound.á
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Roots:áá
I have lived in Collegeville for 5 years. Prior to that I lived in Conshohocken, PA and Massachusetts.á

Family:á
I have three step children that all attend Perkiomen Valley School District ranging from Middle to High School. The oldest is in 12th, second oldest in 9th and the youngest in 6th grade.á
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Education & Career:
  • MBA in Finance, Northeastern University (1997)
  • BS in Biology, Northeastern University (1988)
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management
  • Certified Supply Chain Professional​
​​Career background involves three industries, software security, environmental services and test equipment. The responsibilities included developing products, business development and managing facilities.

School & Community Involvement:
  • Volunteered time to coach Youth Football in the Perkiomen Valley area.
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Mrs. Ann Mantey

Term:á
Board Member Since 2011


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Board involvement:ááCurrent School Board President. Also a member of the following committees:
  • Athletic Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Negotiations Committee (Professional Staff)
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning Committee
  • PV/Ursinus Partnership
Reason for School Board Service:
  • Participate in the decisions which enable the Perkiomen Valley School District to provide an outstanding education for all students in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner
  • Promote a collaborative relationship between the School Board, Perkiomen Valley Education Association, administration and the community
  • Encourage parents to be more active in their child's education
Belief Statement:

I believe in education. I believe public education should prepare students to compete in a global economy and that every graduate should be a functioning member of society.
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Roots:áá
My husband Drew and I both grew up in Havertown,áDelaware County. We have lived in Trappe for 19+ years.

Family:á
Our twin daughters are graduates of Perkiomen ValleyáHigh School. We have three dogs and five cats.

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Education & Career:
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I have a Masters and Bachelors Degree from Drexel University.áI started out in accounting and was a Certified Public Accountant.áI now work in Information Technology in the Health Care Industry.áI was a stay-at-home mom for 8 years.
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Ms. Lori Snyder

Term:á
Board Member
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Board involvement:áá
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Former Board Presidentáwho has also served several previousáterms as Vice President.áLong standing member of both Policy and Facilities Committees, and also a member of the Reviews and EvaluationsáCommittee, the Field Trip Committee, and theáComprehensive (Strategic)áPlanning Committe.áTrustee for Bucks and Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium and Chair of that organization's Benefits Committee.
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Reason for School Board Service:

A way for me to utilize my background in education & HR to give back to my community.áDemonstrating through public service my commitment to being part of the group searching for solutions, not just part of the group complaining.
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Belief Statement:áá

Strong belief in Public Education.áEducate the WHOLE child (Academics, Arts, Athletics, Altruism). Provide the opportunity for every child to explore his/her interests and embrace the acquisition of knowledge as a lifelong pursuit.
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Roots:áá
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  • Resident of Lower Frederick Township since 1981.á
  • Native of Berks County, PA.
Family:

Two children who graduated from PV Schools:á
  • Abbi graduated in 1996 and attended Tulane University.áShe earned her doctorate in Sociology from University of Georgia.áShe is currently a professor atáColorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.á
  • Zack graduated in 2002 and attended Lyndon State College and earned his Associates Degree from Montgomery Community College.áHe is currently a regional fleet logistics manager for Enterprise. á
Education & Career:
  • Taught English, speech and drama at the middle and high school level for 5 yearsá
  • Self-employed as nationally recognized antique dealer for many yearsá
  • Human Resource Manager in the food industry for the last 16 yearsá
  • BS Education (Secondary English),áMillersville Universityá
  • MS Communications,áShippensburg University
School & Community Involvement:
  • Costumed 15 years worth of PV musicals
  • Several years as an active Music Booster parent
  • Boy Scout Troop 105 of Schwenksville, Committee & Wreath Sales
  • Served as a Senior Troop Leader in the Girl Scouts.
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Mr.áPaul Smith

Term:á

Board Member
Since 2013


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Board involvement:

Current Board Vice President. Joined the Board ináJanuary 2013. Prior to joining, I was a frequent attendee of Board meetings.áMember of the Central Perkiomen Regional Planning Commission, Finance Committee, NegotiationsáCommittee (Professional), the Comprehensive (Strategic) Planning Steering Committee, and the PV/Ursinus Partnership.

Reason for School Board Service:

I believe that education is a cornerstone of our society. The goal of our education system must be to produce competent and qualified individuals who are ready to accept a productive role.

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Roots:

Originally from south central Pennsylvania, my wife Brenda and I have been residents of MontgomeryáCounty for 27+ years and we have lived ináCollegeville for 17+ years.

Family:

One son, one daughter, four grandchildren.

Education and Career:

I am a graduate of Gettysburg College with majors in biology and psychology. I am retired from a career covering several industries with an emphasis in executive management.

Statewide Survey: Pennsylvania School Directors
[source:áPSBA Bulletin, October 2010]
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The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA)ásurveyed school directors across the state of Pennsylvania in 2010.á The "typical" school director is male, well-educated, married with 2-3 children attending public schools, and devotes 16-20 hours per month toáschool board business.á His motivation to run for office was to perform community service and he thinks the most important concern facing schools is adequate funding.á The results of the survey are summarized below.
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Educational concerns today:
  • Adequate funding, financial needs
  • Mandates, state and federal regulations
  • Academic standards, assessment, NCLB, AYP, PSSA.
  • Pension crisis, theáPSERS retirement systemá
  • Personnel issues (salaries, benefits, unions and staff management)
  • Tax reform, Act 1, referendum
Most rewarding aspects of service on board:
  • Seeing students succeed, achieve and/or improve
  • Helpingámake positive changes, making a differenceá
  • Attending or participating in graduation ceremonies
Most beneficial skills for contribution to board:
  • Education experience
  • Business background
  • Finance background
  • Communication skills
  • Open-mindedness, fairness, objectivity
Why they ran for theáoffice:
  • Serve community, public service
  • Control taxes, costs and spending
  • Children or grandchildren are in the district
  • Improve the quality of education, standards and/or achievement
  • Believe in public education system
  • Have expertise, experience to share
  • Dissatisfaction with present board, need for change
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