My appreciation of Middletown started in 1977 when I started working at Elywn, Inc. My husband Larry and I then moved to Middletown in 1986. We raised our two children through the Rose Tree-Media School District. In those years, I was one of the “go to” parents, serving as a home room mother, Band Parent Hospitality and Publicity Chair, Girl Scout leader, and Sunday School teacher.
My volunteerism continues to this day: I am the incoming Treasurer at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, where I currently serve on its Council.
In my 20 years at Elwyn, I held several leadership roles. In my work as President of Human Resources and Vice President of Adult Services jobs, I saw what needed to be done and inspired shared commitment to action. I was also responsible for building and grounds, and campus safety and security. These responsibilities familiarized me with emergency preparedness.
After leaving Elwyn, I pursued promotions to greater levels of responsibility and significant challenges in human services management.
My leadership journey has encompassed both volunteer and professional organizations. I was the first and only non-Jewish person to serve as the head of an International Jewish organization. I have served as an officer and member of Reformation Lutheran’s Church Council. I served on the board of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, which is an organization committed to helping disabled people. I am on the board of the ANCOR Foundation, which trains leaders to serve in non-profits. I am currently the Chief Executive Officer of KenCrest, which is one of Pennsylvania’s largest providers of education and human services.
I also have experience in higher education. I have been an adjunct faculty member at Widener University, where I taught courses on performance management, labor relations, and health care policy. I also currently serve by appointment the Business School Dean’s Advisory Council
My leadership skills enable me to bring people together, and to help them find common ground to achieve their goals. In recent years, I have received a number of leadership awards that recognize these skills. Those awards include:
Main Line Women of Power
Lutheran Services in America, Paragon Award
Philadelphia Business Journal, Most Admired CEOs
Philadelphia Business Journal, Woman of Distinction
Drexel University Biomedical Sciences Graduate Recognition
I am running for office to help Middletown sustain its strengths, engage in long-term land use planning, and create meaningful partnerships to meet future challenges.