The School District of Haverford Township is governed by a nine-member elected school board, all of whose members live in the township. Each board member is elected to a four-year term of office. The board meets on the first and third Thursday of every month (except in special circumstances, refer to meeting schedule above) in the Public Board Room at Oakmont School. Meetings begin at 7:30PM unless otherwise advertised. To communicate with The Board of School Directors via eMail click here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name and contact information so that we may best respond to you.
Comcast Cable Channel 11 / Verizon FiOS Channel 40 broadcasts videotaped recordings of the meeting. The public is invited to attend all public meetings. Cable Channel 11 runs the taped meeting on the weekend following the meeting at the following times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4PM and 8PM & Saturday and Sunday at 8AM. Also, Wednesdays (immediately after the meeting) at 4PM, 8PM, and 11PM.
Denis A. Gray was elected president of the Haverford Township Board of School Directors in 1999. A long-time resident of the township, Gray is a Haverford High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Joseph's University and after graduating from the Widener University School of Law, began working as an attorney in both Delaware and Montgomery counties. He is currently a partner with Palmer & Gray LLP, a Malvern, PA law firm.
An active member of the school community, Mr. Gray has served on the school board's Communications Sub-Committee and the IntraDistrictCouncil. He was among the first officers of the Haverford High School Sports Hall of Fame. Since his election to the board in 1996, Mr. Gray has also served as Facilities Committee Chairman and board vice-president. He and his wife Dawn have four children. His three younger children attend Haverford Township Schools, one is at Coopertown Elementary, Another at Haverford Middle, and he third at Haverford High School.
Coleen Bennett has been an active member of the school community for many years, regularly volunteering as a homeroom parent and working on numerous PTO committees, including May Day, Website, and Book Fair. Since 2007, she has served as a member (Co-Chair since 2009), of the Haverford School District’s Intra-District Council, a group that promotes communication among the district’s elementary, middle and high schools and the school board. She also volunteers her time to help with a variety of youth sports, including serving as a youth coach with the Haverford Soccer Club.
Coleen has 20 years of experience working in the field of education and is currently a curriculum developer for a nonprofit education organization whose programs and materials are in use around the United States and internationally. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She has dedicated her entire professional career to improving public education, and wants to use her knowledge and experience to promote the continued success of Haverford Township students and schools, and Havertown as a community.
Coleen and her husband Matt have lived in the township since 1999. They have two children, one attends Haverford Middle School and one attends Lynnewood Elementary.
In July 2012, Dr. Allen-Stuck was appointed as an interim school director for the School District of Haverford Township.
Kim is a product of public education. She graduated from Central Bucks East High School and Shippensburg University before going on to earn both a master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Kim has worked at Saint Joseph’s University since 1999, and currently serves as the Director of Student Success focusing on student retention and persistence to graduation.
Being an active part of the community is important to Kim. She volunteers as an Art in the Classroom teacher and coordinates the volunteer committee for the annual Lynnewood May Day celebration. She has enjoyed coaching intramural soccer and Brookline softball.
A school director from 1995 to 1999, Russell Bilotta returned to his seat on the board in December 2005. In 2009 Russ had another successful campaign. Russ is the Director for Administrative Systems for Neumann University. Russ, in his professional career, has been involved in computer maintenance and software administration for almost 30 years. His expertise has been primarily with post-secondary schools including currently Neumann University in Aston, Burlington County College in New Jersey, and LaSalle University. He feels his 20 years of experience in a technical field will allow him to serve the kindergarten through 12th grade students well.
His long-time interest in and knowledge of construction has been an asset to the district, with a major construction phase winding down.
Mr. Bilotta attended Drexel University majoring in Business Management. He is a member of several professional organizations, recently just completing a 3 year tenure as a Board Member for the Datatel(now Ellucian) User Group based in Virginia. Served as the vice-president of Radnor Township's Town watch Association in the early 1980s.
Russ has been a two time resident in Haverford Township, his first 10 years, then returned in 1988, and has been a resident for the last 24 years. Russ has a daughter, a recent graduate from Neumann University, and 2008 graduate of Haverford High School. He also has two adult children both graduates of HHS in the late 90’s.
Mr. Feinberg has been a school director since 1999. He is the President of The Local Group, Inc., a Haverford based information systems consulting firm and has over 30 years of business consulting experience. A graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, he has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from LaSalle University and attended Villanova University for graduate business coursework. He has been a Haverford Township resident since 1982.
As the School Board's Legislative Liaison he works actively with our state and federal officials on education issues. He is Chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council, which advocates for public education on behalf of the 74,000 public school students in Delaware County's 15 school districts. Feinberg has also been appointed to his fourth 2 year term as a member of the National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network and in that role seeks to ensure that public education is a top priority of the federal government. In 2005 he founded and now co-chairs the Southeastern PA School Districts Education Coalition, a grass roots group of school board members from school districts in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. He has represented the board on the School District's Data Management and Technology Committees and also served on the Communications Subcommittee and Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
In 2007, Mr. Feinberg served on the Pennsylvania School Boards Association's Legislative Action Council that sets legislative priorities statewide for the association. He testified before the Governor's Task Force on School Cost Reduction, and was invited by the State Board of Education to participate in an Education Costing Out Study to determine the cost associated with enabling all students to achieve the state's academic standards. He has testified before the House Education Committee regarding cyber charter school funding and accountability and has provided testimony to the House and Senate Education Committees and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission regarding proposed graduation competency assessments.
Prior to joining the board he served on the School District's Swimming Pool Advisory Subcommittee. As a volunteer for the YMCA he served as Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Main Line Y and as a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity. Mr. Feinberg was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Haverford Village Condominium Association. A longtime runner, he has completed twenty-five slow marathons. He and his wife Ingrid, a Gerontological Nurse Specialist and former board member of the Coopertown PTO, have two children who attend Haverford Township schools.
Patricia Giambuzzi has been a school director since 2003. Patti has been an active member of the Haverford Township school community since 1988 when her daughter started kindergarten at the old Manoa Elementary School. Her youngest son graduated from Haverford High School in 2011.
Mrs. Giambuzzi has served as co-chair of the board’s education committee and brings 20+ years of fundraising, program development and communications expertise to her role on the board. Patti has worked for Main Line Health for the past 11 years and helps to manage four service lines across the 5 hospital system.
Married to Ray Giambuzzi, they have lived in Havertown for 24 years.
Jim Goldschmidt was first elected to the School Board in 1991 and served for 12 years until 2003. He was re-elected in 2008 and has been a member of the board’s Education and Finance Committees. A long-time resident of Haverford Township, Jim has watched his four children and thousands of other students attend the District schools and earn a Haverford degree.
A graduate of Villanova University, Dr. Goldschmidt earned a master’s degree at Drexel University and a doctoral degree from Temple University’s School of Medicine. He is currently Vice President and Corporate Officer for TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals where he is responsible for business and commercial development, corporate strategy and communications. Jim previously worked at Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth and GlaxoSmithKline.
Jim lives in Havertown with his wife Sandy and their four children have left the nest: Chris is Assistant District Attorney for Delaware County, Ashley works as a trader on Wall Street, Lindsay is finishing nursing school at West Chester University and Sondra attends Penn State’s Smeal School of Business.
Phil Hopkins was elected to his fourth term as member of the School Board in November, 2005. He began his school board career in 1985 and was elected again in 1997 and 2001. He is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee, and is the District's representative on the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, a county-wide education services agency that provides special education services to Delaware County school districts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Vocational Technical Schools. An economist, he is currently the Director of Research for Select Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit regional economic development marketing organization that promotes economic development in the Philadelphia region. Select Greater Philadelphia is affiliated with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Previously, a Managing Director in U. S. Regional Services for Global Insight, an economic forecasting firm, Hopkins has over 25 years of consulting experience in preparing economic studies. An active parent in the district, he served on the High School 2000 Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee in 1995.
Hopkins earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the National Association of Business Economics.
He and his wife Jo live in the Pennfield section of the township and has been a Haverford Township resident since 1983. His three children started their education at the Chestnutwold, Chatham Park and Coopertown elementary schools, and all are graduates of Haverford High School. His oldest daughter Kelly is a graduate of Boston University; his son Matthew is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, and his daughter Jennifer is a recent graduate of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, a college in Manhattan that specializes in the fashion industry.
Joseph Martin is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Drexel University, working there for over 25 years. He was formerly Head of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering department, and is now Associate Director of the Engineering Management program. Dr. Martin has degrees from Tufts, Northeastern and Colorado State Universities, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Prior to being elected to the School District Board in 2003, he was Chair of Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee. He has an honorable discharge from the US Army, and has been active in Boy Scout Troop 463 and the Constellation District Eagle Board. The immediate family includes Mrs. Catherine Martin, a journalist, and two grown children, Robert and Kelly Martin.