Board of School Directors
The School District of Haverford Township is governed by a nine-member school board. Each board member is elected to a four-year term of office and resides in the township. The board usually meets on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Public Board Room at Oakmont School at 50 East Eagle Road (refer to meeting schedule above). The public is invited to attend all public meetings. The handicap accessible door is in the rear of the building, please call ahead if you need assistance. To communicate with The Board of School Directors via email click here firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name and contact information to expedite a response.
Any resident who wishes to address the School Board at a public meeting should make their request, to Kathy Swartz at email@example.com or 610-853-5900 ext. 7201 indicating the subject of the remarks to be made, name, address and telephone number by 2:00 PM the day of the meeting.
Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 40 run the recorded meeting on the weekend following the meeting at the following times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4 PM and 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 8 AM and Wednesday at 4 PM, 8 PM, and 11 PM. School Board meetings are also available On-Demand through the District website.
Lawrence A. Feinberg, Board President
Lawrence A. Feinberg, the President of The Local Group, Inc., has served on the Haverford Township Board of School Directors since 1999. Feinberg serves as the board's Legislative Liaison to state and federal officials on education issues and is the Chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council. He and his wife Ingrid have two children who attended Haverford Schools.
Mr. Feinberg ran for the school board because he believes that public education is the foundation of our democracy and that its mission is to create informed American citizens. In 2006, he founded and now co-chairs the Keystone State Education Coalition, a non-partisan grassroots statewide public education advocacy group. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Mr. Feinberg has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from LaSalle University and attended Villanova University for graduate business coursework. He has also been appointed to the National School Boards Associations Federal Relations Network and in that role seeks to ensure that public education is a top priority of the federal government. In 2012, Feinberg received the Media Area NAACP's Foot Soldier for Justice Award in recognition of his commitment to universal public education and advocacy efforts and was invited to join a group of Pennsylvania education leaders to meet with senior administration education policy advisors at the White House. In addition to his School Board and advocacy work, Mr. Feinberg is a longtime runner who has completed twenty-five slow marathons.
Bridget Wiedeman, Vice-President
Bridget Wiedeman, a Senior Director at Reinvestment Fund, was selected to serve on the Haverford Township School Board in 2018. She is a liaison regarding the District's Facilities and Finance work.
Her career has been in the field of community development finance, investing in schools, health centers, and child care centers to revitalize communities. At Reinvestment Fund, she analyzes financial projections and structures capital solutions for facility projects, typically for government-funded entities. Ms. Wiedeman brings her expertise in educational facility financing to the School Board and works to address issues concerning the budget, facilities, and performance to continue the tradition of providing high-quality schools in Haverford Township.
Ms. Wiedeman received her B.S. in Economics and Finance from Boston College and her Masters of Public Affairs/Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University. Ms. Wiedeman was the Co-Treasurer of the PTO and a Leader of the Roots & Shoots program at Chestnutwold Elementary. She and her husband, Greg, have 2 daughters who attend Haverford Schools. Ms. Wiedeman enjoys cheering for her daughters' sports and performances, running with her dog, reading, and traveling.
Laura M. Crispin, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura M. Crispin is an Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Joseph’s University. She ran for Haverford Township School Board of Directors because she is passionate about high quality public education and the benefits that it can provide to students, parents, and the community. As an economist, Dr. Crispin has studied many important issues in education policy, such as bullying, class size, school size, and extracurricular participation. She frequently presents at conferences centered around education policy, and is eager to contribute her expertise in education policy and data analysis as a school board member. As a college professor, she sees how students can benefit from high quality K-12 education in preparation for higher education and for entering the workforce. As the mother of a future Haverford student, she is committed to investing in excellent education in our township for her daughter and all current and future Haverford students.
Dr. Crispin earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University. She has worked at Saint Joseph’s University since 2012, where she teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomics, research methods, labor economics, and data analysis. She resides in Havertown with her husband and daughter.
Ari Flaisher, a full-time parent, and golf coach joined the Haverford Township School Board in 2015. He and his wife Jennifer have two children who currently attend Haverford Schools.
Mr. Flaisher ran for the school board because he cares deeply about education. As a certified teacher, he has gained experience working with local school districts and wants to help SDHT stay strong. As a parent to two elementary school aged children, Mr. Flaisher has been able to see first hand the myriad of strengths within our school district. He is therefore excited about this opportunity to serve and work on a team that seeks to continue the strong educational experience the SDHT provides.
Mr. Flaisher earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, an MBA in Marketing from Lynn University and his K-12 teaching certificate from Eastern University. He currently is a substitute teacher and coaches youth golf at the YMCA. Prior to his teaching work, he served as Head Men's Golf coach at Rosemont College, worked in client relationships at Vanguard Group and in National account management for Softspikes. Mr. Flaisher also worked in the film industry on a number of feature films, television shows and commercials as a Production Manager and Assistant. In addition to his School Board work, Mr. Flaisher is an avid golfer who enjoys sharing his passion for the history of the game and is a founding member of the Philadelphia Hickory Golf Society. He enjoys swimming, coaching his children's various sports teams and follows Maryland Basketball.
Kristin M. Larsen, M.Ed. is a teacher researcher, school leader, and product of K-12 public schools. Her passion for public education is rooted in her commitment to students, families, and teachers, and her belief in the power and potential of strong community-based public schools to support them. Kristin and her husband Jon are the proud parents of a future Haverford student.
Ms. Larsen currently serves as a Multilingual Manager for the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs. Previously, Ms. Larsen taught upper elementary and middle school English learners and served as the English Language Development (ELD) Coordinator at Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School. Ms. Larsen has also taught in Title I public schools in Northern Virginia and in Delaware across grades K-8. She has developed and facilitated professional development and teacher inquiry groups through her work with the Northern Virginia Writing Project, Philadelphia Writing Project, and University of Delaware English Language Institute. Ms. Larsen's international experience includes teaching abroad as an English Language Teaching Assistant with Fulbright Austria, completing an International Research Fellowship at the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, and studying abroad at the Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen, Germany.
Ms. Larsen is an Ed.D. Candidate in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She holds a B.A. in German Language and Literature, and International and Letters and Visual Studies/Film Studies from Tufts University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Multilingual/Multicultural Education from George Mason University.
Susan Mingey is an Educator who spent her career in the School District of Haverford Township. She was a teacher in the Seminar program working with elementary students, a Special Education Supervisor and Principal at Lynnewood Elementary for 12 years.
Mrs. Mingey’s desire to become a school board director comes from 35 years of public school experience along with raising 4 children. She moved to Haverford Township 30 years ago so she could send her 2 younger children to Haverford schools. Mrs. Mingey will rely on her extensive and well-rounded experience to make thoughtfully considered decisions that empower our students to reach their maximum potential as scholars, athletes, musicians, artists, and scientists. She will use her knowledge and expertise to add her voice as a visible and vocal advocate for all students and as a proud proponent for the School District of Haverford Township.
Mrs. Mingy earned a B.S. from West Chester University in Elementary Education, an M.S. from Widener University in Education, and Supervisor and Principal Certificates from St. Joseph’s University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students Special Education courses at Temple University and Differentiated Education courses at Cabrini University.
Salvatore Scinto is an Educator and Musician currently working as a public school music teacher in Radnor Township where he is an Elementary Band Director and Assistant Director of the high school marching band. He and his wife Patti have three children, all of whom currently attend Haverford Schools.
Mr. Scinto ran for the school board because he feels strongly about public education and the impact that an exceptional school district can have on the community. He believes that the public schools in Haverford Township provide a strong foundation for the students in our district and looks forward to contributing to the Haverford tradition of excellence.
Mr. Scinto earned a B.A. in Music Education from Immaculata University, a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University, and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University. He performs as a professional musician on piano and voice and has had experience as an arranger and music director for local theater. Aside from his professional career, Mr. Scinto enjoys spending time with his family, attending his children's sporting events and concerts, and is an avid college basketball and Philadelphia sports fan.
Dave Schwartz ran for school board in order to bring his background in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning to help oversee and guide the future of the District's facilities and infrastructure. Dave and his wife Melissa have lived in Haverford Township since 2010 and have been residents of Delaware County for nearly 20 years. They have two children, one of whom currently attends Haverford Schools and another who will begin attending elementary school in a few years. A product of the public school system, Mr. Schwartz is a strong proponent of public education and believes that strong schools build strong communities.
Mr. Schwartz received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and a Masters in Civil and Transportation Engineering from Villanova University. As a licensed Civil Engineer, Mr. Schwartz feels very strongly about promoting STEM programs in our schools at all levels and will seek to incorporate hands-on learning for science programs throughout the District. He also served on Haverford Township's Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) for nine years and wants to ensure that facility planning and design will be done in a way to increase energy efficiency, incorporate Green Infrastructure, and reduce our carbon footprint to further cement the School District's role as a leader in environmental stewardship. He feels that our schools should not only prepare our children for the future, but should also ensure that they have a bright and promising future.
Antoinette Snodgrass, ESQ.
Antoinette Snodgrass is an attorney, parent, and advocate for public schools. Ms. Snodgrass attended Pennsylvania public schools from kindergarten to her education at Temple Law School. She is currently an attorney in the Philadelphia office of a national law firm. She has a diverse law practice and works for clients around the country on small and large matters. Her practice includes a variety of litigation cases, from business to business disputes, to class actions and products liability. Additionally, Ms. Snodgrass advises clients on contractual drafting and interpretation, with an eye toward avoiding litigation. Finally, a significant portion of her matters involve environmental disputes and remediation, as well as other regulatory matters. Ms. Snodgrass has an active pro bono practice, focusing on matters surrounding asylum seekers.
Ms. Snodgrass and her husband Sean have two daughters, one of whom is an enthusiastic Haverford student and the other very excited to become one. When she moved to Haverford Township six years ago, she immediately felt a sense of belonging in our fantastic community. Since then, she has integrated into the community and enjoyed getting to know others in the Township. Ms. Snodgrass ran for school board to give back to the community that she loves, make meaningful contributions to the Township, and continue to build on the District’s reputation for excellence.