Board of Trustees
The SAEF Board of Trustees meets each month to do the work of the foundation. These volunteers share a strong connection to the Springfield School District, as well as a passion for academic excellence, vibrant arts, and a competitive athletic program.
Board Officers for 2018
Stephen Todaro, President
Joseph Nastasi - Vice President
Jack Sullivan - Treasurer
Don Mooney - Secretary
Development Committee for 2018-19
Wes Rowlands (advisory)
- Dr. Anthony Barber
- Tamara Bean, '93
- Adeline Bethany, Ed.D.
- Kathleen Boyer
- Don Cadge, 69
- Susan Descano
- Erin Dwyer, '04
- John Falcone, '68
- Dr. Allen C. Guelzo
- Sandy Hoban
- Dr. Stephen P. Howarth '71
- Stanley L. Johnson, ‘69
- Steve Landers, '95
- Richard Lawn, '67
- Judge James J. Merkins
- Donald Mooney, '79
- Joseph Nastasi, '97
- Matthew Owens, '97
- Jack Sullivan
- Robert A. Swift
- Steven Todaro, ‘78
- Lisa Todaro
- George Trout
- John Gildea-Walker , '94
Superintendent of SSD
Prior to his appointment as Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Barber was Director of Teaching and Learning K-12 in the Springfield School District. Previous educational experience includes serving as Principal, Peirce Middle School, West Chester School District; Liaison for Language Arts Dept. for West Chester School District; Principal, Summer School, West Chester School District and Teacher, Pennbrook Middle School, North Penn School District in Lansdale. An author and recipient of many educational awards, Dr. Barber has been an Adjunct Professor of various universities instructing in graduate and undergraduate education and leadership. He completed his Ed.D./Leadership and M.A./Foundation of Education at Widener University and and Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College. Dr. Barber is invested in SAEF's mission because the foundation provides a real opportunity to give back to the very fabric of society - its educational system. An accomplished writer and musician, Dr. Barber resides in Springfield with his wife and children.
Tamara Bean, physical therapist, is a graduate of Penn State University (1997) where she played varsity lacrosse and was elected team captain. A true Springfield sports legend, Tamara is a member of the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame (2004) and serves on the Hall of Fame nominating committee. A parent of two children, she is an active volunteer in the Home & School Association at Springfield and has been a member of the Springfield Hockey League (2017-2018)
Adeline Bethany has been a member of the Springfield community since 1969. She also taught music at Scenic, Central and Smedley for two years. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of the Arts. Adeline also has a Master of Music from West Chester University and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently a Professor at Cabrini College. Adeline got involved with the Foundation because she believes in the objectives of supporting Academics, Arts and Athletics. She hopes that SAEF is about to meet and/or surpass its goals and become a permanent entity it the District. Adeline can be reached at Email.
SSD Music Teacher
Kathleen Boyer is currently the Instrumental Music Teacher at E.T. Richardson Middle School and Music Curriculum Coordinator for the District. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and Master of Music in Performance from West Chester University. An accomplished musician, she plays the French Horn for the Chesco Pops Orchestra and West Chester Community Band. Ms. Boyer is thankful for the support SAEF has given to the arts and would like more people to know SAEF's mission.
Former SSD Board Member
Don Cadge is a 1969 graduate of Springfield High School. He is also the parent of three Springfield graduates and has been a School Board member for over a decade. Don obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He also has a Master of Science in Dynamics of Organizations from The University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. Don held numerous executive positions at Johnson & Johnson and is now semi-retired. He got involved in SAEF to give something back to the District. He hopes to build and sustain an endowment that is large enough to continuously meet and build upon the mission of the Educational Foundation to enhance Academics, Athletics and the Arts for the students of Springfield School District.
Retired SSD Music Educator
Susan ("Sue") Descano's distinguished 30 year career in the Springfield School District includes teaching music at every level, including both SSD and the Springfield Literacy Center (K-1). As a choral director and vocal music teacher, she has been instrumental in the development of Springfield talent for three decades. Additionally, Ms. Descano managed the ETR Tennis Intramural Program for 20 years, served on the STAT team for over 10 years, and likewise co-sponsor of the Community Service Club.
Erin Dwyer is a 2004 graduate of Springfield High School. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 2008, and her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Delaware in 2015. She currently practices as a pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.
Erin is proud to be living in the community where she grew up, and is excited that being a member of SAEF will afford her the opportunity to give back to this wonderful community.
John Falcone is a 1968 graduate of Springfield High School. He attended a five-year trade school with the Philadelphia Plumbers Union Local 690 and is currently the CEO of Falcone and Truman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. John grew up in Springfield and is very proud of the Springfield School system. He got involved with the Educational Foundation to enrich the Academic, Artistic and Athletic experiences of Springfield students. He hopes the Foundation is able to raise enough money to increase the funds of the current scholarships and be able to enhance the students’ experiences within the Springfield School District. John can be contacted at Email.
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DR. ALLEN C. GUELZO is the Director of Civil War Era Studies and the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He holds the MA and PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Wm. Eerdmans, 1999), which won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize in 2000; Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004) which also won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize, for 2005; Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (Simon & Schuster, 2008), on the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858; a volume of essays, Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009) which won a Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Association in 2010; and Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (in the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’ series. In 2012, he published Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction with Oxford University Press, and in 2013 Knopf published his book on the battle of Gettysburg (for the 150th anniversary of the battle), Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, which spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion won the Lincoln Prize for 2014, the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, the Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York City Round Table, and the Richard Harwell Award of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. He is one of Power Line’s 100 “Top Professors” in America.
He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, First Things, U.S. News & World Report, National Review, the Daily Beast, the Claremont Review of Books and Books and Culture, and has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Meet the Press: Press Pass with David Gregory, and Brian Lamb’s “Booknotes.”
He lives in Paoli and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Debra.
Sandy Hoban is a graduate of Temple University and a 20 year resident of Springfield. She is a recognized realtor with Fox Roach in Media, an active volunteer in the Springfield community and parent to two children attending classes in the District. Sandy's passion is clearly the arts and serves on the Philadelphia Boys Choir Event Sub Committee. She is focused, as a board member, to make sure current and future students have the opportunity to fully experience Springfield's dedicated teaching staff she has known and admired the past twenty years.
Dr. Stephen P. Howarth is a Springfield native, attending Scenic Hills, ET Richardson M.S. and graduating from Springfield High School. He attended The Pennsylvania State University receiving his B.S. in Finance and then to The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, receiving his D.M.D. where he was inducted as a member of the Mathew Cryer Society, a distinction honored to the top 10 dental students in his class at Penn. He is also a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, representing the top 10% of Dental Students in the country.
His background includes more than ten years of teaching Preclinical & Clinical Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania where he became one of six clinical group leaders and received two teaching awards. Additionally, he taught physiology for two years at Penn State University. He has been joined by his son in the practice of general dentistry at his office of Wallingford Station Family Dental.
Drawing from his Springfield educational experiences, he has spent more than twenty years supporting the music and arts programs in The Marple Newtown School District and was recently recognized with an Honorary Life Membership to the Tri-M Music Honor Society awarded for inspiring young musicians and serving music education.
Believing that every community needs to support their children’s education beyond the required curriculum, SAEF provides him with the opportunity to contribute and assist the foundation in their efforts to establish sustainable support and scholarships for the academic community of his Alma Mater.
Former SSD Board Member
Stan Johnson is 1969 graduate of Springfield High School. He went on to graduate from Lafayatte College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Stan obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from Widener University. He later served as School Board President, during which time he worked with the Board, Administration, and community volunteers to form the Springfield Area Educational Foundation. Stan initially got involved with the Foundation to give the students of Springfield School District educational opportunities that go beyond what is provided by taxpayer dollars. He hopes SAEF will be able to develop a reliable financial foundation to fund scholarships, programs and gifts. Stan can be reached at Email.
Springfield Business Owner
Steve is a 1995 graduate of Springfield High School. He is a Springfield resident, with children in the school district.Steve is the owner of Thunderbird Pizza on Saxer Avenue in Springfield, Landers Pizza in Sea Isle City, NJ, and is a real estate investor.
Steve enjoys being active in the community. He is an active member, as well as having served as a director, of The Greater Springfield Business Association. Steve is also an active director of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day parade. Through Thunderbird, he supports over 50 Springfield non-profit organizations, from churches to football teams, and takes part in many town events, such as “Springfield Night Out.” Steve also serves as a panelist on the Delaware County Youth Panel, assisting area high school students to understand the real world opportunities that await them.
Steve Landers is grateful for the opportunity to participate in and support the Springfield Area Educational Foundation, and to do his part to help students receive top quality education, keeping Springfield the wonderful town that it is to own a home and raise a family.
Composer, Instrumentalist, Professor
Rich Lawn is a 1969 graduate of Springfield High School. As the founding member of the Nova Saxophone Quartet, Rick has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society, Crystal and Equilibrium labels. His performing experiences outside his own ensembles include extended engagements with Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Austin Symphony among others. He has performed in back-up orchestras for Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Natalie Cole, Marian McPartland, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Dianne Schuur, Rosemary Clooney and a host of others. He has published numerous compositions for jazz ensemble and three books about jazz. His arrangement of “Donna Lee” included initially recorded on his Unknown Soldiers CDwas recorded by Bobby Sanabria’s New York Latin big band on his 2001 Grammy nominated CD. In fall 2011 Rick’s Philadelphia based little big band Power of Ten10 released Earth Tones that includes his original compositions and arrangements. He is the former Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he is now Professor emeritus Formerly, he was affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin serving as Director of Jazz Studies, Chair of the Department of Music, and Associate Dean for academic affairs. He hopes to build and sustain an endowment that is large enough to continuously meet and build upon the mission of the Educational Foundation to enhance the Arts for the students of Springfield School District. Rick can be contacted at Email.
James Merkins is an attorney currently serving as Magisterial District Judge in Springfield Township and also maintains a private law practice with Musi, Malone & Daubenberger, L.L.P., in Media, PA. He currently focuses his practice in all types of litigation, with a specialty in construction and special education law. He brings solid judicial experience and perspective to the Foundation. In 2014, he was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to fill a vacancy as Magistrate District Judge for Springfield Township and was elected to full term in 2015.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Merkins is a board member of Springfield Cares, and coach for girls travel soccer. Prior to appointment as Magisterial District Judge, Mr. Merkins served nearly a decade on the Springfield Township Planning Commission, and as a committee person for the Springfield Republican Party.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Widener University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Nastasi is a proud graduate of Springfield High School, Class of 1997. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and attended Widener School of Law, graduating in 2004. Mr. Nastasi practiced law with the law firm of LaRosa & Nastasi, Havertown, Pa.
He opened his own law firm, Nastasi Law in Drexel Hill, Pa. in 2016.
Mr. Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science Degree from LaSalle University and Masters of Business Administration (CPA) Degree from Widener University.
He served as Chief Accounting Officer for Charming Shoppes, Inc. and is a board member for the Knights of Columbus, Springfield. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the board of directors for the Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.
Mr. Swift was born in 1946, attended Springfield High School, Haverford College, and New York University School of Law. He is a senior member of the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Swift, & Graf, P.C., where he has been practicing law for 42 years. His practice focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on international human rights. Mr. Swift argued the first human rights case in the US Supreme Court, and the first Superfund case there. He pioneered the development of human rights jurisprudence in the United States through major cases, including a landmark case against Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines on behalf of 10,000 Filipino human rights victims, and settlements with Germany, Austria and Switzerland totaling $7.5 billion that benefited 2 million victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Mr. Swift is a member of the Springfield High School Achievers and Athletic Halls of Fame.
Steve Todaro graduated from Springfield High School in 1978. He was an assistant football coach from 1980-1995 and an assistant wrestling coach from 1980-2000. Steve was the first athletic trainer at Springfield High School and held that position from 1980-1995. He is also the parent of Springfield School District children. Steve obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cheyney University and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. He is currently a physical therapist. Steve became apart of the SAEF to give to back to the community and his alma mater. He hopes the Foundation will help all the students of Springfield School District to progress with their education and hopes the foundation can help them by providing scholarships and education funds. Steve can be reached at Email.
Lisa Todaro has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. She is currently a Physical Therapist employed by Crozer Keystone Health System. Fulfilling her passion for the Springfield School District, Lisa has been an active member in the Home School Association for many years. SAEF allows her to continue to be active in the District and give back to the community. As a parent of three Springfield students, it is Lisa's hope the Foundation will continue to grow and provide all students in the District with every opportunity to reach their academic and social potential. Lisa can be reached at Email.
SHS Industrial Tech Teacher
George Trout is the Industrial Materials Teacher at Springfield High School. He moved to Springfield immediately after college for a teaching position and has been living and working in Springfield for the past 24 years. George holds a Bachelor’s of Education from Millersville University. He also has a Master’s in Education. Geroge became involved with SAEF because he agrees with its purpose to promote, encourage and seek to better the Academic, Art and Athletic programs of the High School. He hopes SAEF continues to grow and flourish in order to initiate and/or enhance any idea or proposal that strengthens the experience of every Springfield graduate. George can be reached at Email.
John Gildea-Walker is a 1994 graduate of Springfield High School, where he was an active participant in the music program, serving as drum major of the marching band and qualifying for the All-State Band. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications in 1999, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2003, from Penn State University. He was a member of the Penn State Marching Blue Band and other music ensembles throughout his undergraduate years.
John has been teaching Language Arts courses at Springfield High School since 2002. In his time at the school he has served as the theatre director, the PEER Facilitator adviser, and the Steve Stefani Dance Marathon adviser. He currently oversees the district’s Turkey Fund.
John is excited to find ways to give back to the community through the four pillars of the school district: Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Service.
John can be reached at Email.