Our Board of Directors

Jan Mindish

Executive Director

Jan was named executive director after serving from 2010 to 2016, plus a stint in 2017. She began her Penn Manor career in 1972 as an elementary art teacher and spent 37 years with the district as an art and photography teacher, assistant principal and high school principal, retiring in 2009 after 12 years. She was named Pennsylvania High School Principal of the Year in 2007. Jan is involved in several community organizations, including the Millersville Woman’s Club and the Demuth Foundation. She also teaches art classes in Penn Manor’s Twilight Program and recently organized four weeks of summer art camp at the Lancaster Museum of Art.

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Matt Blank

Matt returns to the board for his second round after serving from from 2012 to 2018. A 2000 graduate of Penn Manor High School, he works with his father at MBC Remodeling, and plays drums in several regional bands, including The Vivien Leigh Documentary. Matt lives in Millersville with his wife Leah (Class of 2003), and sons Mason and Bennett.

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Carole Chismar

Carole and her husband, Paul, both are retired Penn Manor teachers whose two children, Elizabeth and Brian, graduated from Penn Manor High School. Carole began teaching at Pequea Elementary before transferring to Eshleman, where she taught first grade until her retirement in 2014. She and her husband are avid Penn State fans and enjoy traveling throughout the United States.

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Liz Crum

Liz was a teacher for Penn Manor from 1982 until 2016. In retirement, she has worked as a substitute teacher and volunteer at Central Manor Elementary School. She also works part-time at Eve’s Garden and Mangold’s Tax Service. A 1977 Penn Manor graduate, Liz is a board member of Town and Country Garden Club and has been involved with the club’s scholarship program and other programs for over 25 years.

 

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JoLynn Drexel

JoLynn has been part of the Penn Manor community for 35 years and retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after teaching at Conestoga, Hambright, Martic and Pequea elementary schoools. JoLynn’s daughter, Jenny Fisher, also teaches in the district, and two other Drexel family members have taught in the district.  JoLynn and her husband, Jeffrey, live in West Willow and have two children and three grandchildren.

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Kathy Fish

President

A proud Penn Manor parent and grandparent, Kathy retired as director of endowment operations at Franklin & Marshall College, where she managed operational aspects of the college’s $300 million endowment. Her sons,Tom and Mike, graduated from PMHS in 1997 and ’99, respectively, and daughter Jennifer graduated with the Class of 2002. Two of Kathy’s grandchildren—Wes and Samantha—now attend Central Manor, and two more—Allie and Zach—will enroll in 2019.

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Joseph Herman

Vice President

Joe and Janice Herman have raised a daughter, Kathy, and a son, Brian, who are both Penn Manor graduates. Joe was a social studies teacher at Penn Manor High School for 39 1/2 years until retiring in 2015. He has been named both a Penn Manor Teacher of the Year and a WGAL Teacher Impact recipient.  Besides teaching and coaching, Joe enjoys fishing, hunting, and going with Janice to their mountain retreat. Both Joe and Janice enjoy being grandparents to their six grandchildren.

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Robin Jeffers

Robin Jeffers, a 2000 graduate of Penn Manor High School, lives in Washington Boro with her husband, Joshua, and their two young children, Lily and Conner. The family enjoys traveling, camping and spending time together. Robin works as a substitute teacher in Penn Manor and is the daughter of former PMHS English teacher Carole Shellenberger. Robin says she believes in the educational opportunities Penn Manor provides for its students and is excited about serving on the Ed Foundation board.

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Patrick Kline

Pat is definitely a Penn Manor guy. He is a Penn Manor alumnus (Class of 1982), is married to Laura (PM Class of 1984), and has two children, Erik (PM Class of 2010) and Cassie (PM Class of 2015). Pat has served as a member of the Penn Manor School Board as well as coached youth softball, baseball and basketball. He operates his own business in Quarryville, a State Farm Insurance Agency. Pat currently serves as board president and chairman of the development committee.

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Dr. Michael G. Leichliter

Superintendent, Ex Officio Member

Mike is the superintendent of Penn Manor Schools and serves as an ex officio member of the Foundation board. Mike holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Widener University. He lives in Millersville Borough with his wife, Mary Edith. The couple has three children — Noah, Maura and Sydney — all of whom graduated from Penn Manor High School.

 

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Don Mowery

Treasurer

Don is a partner at Trout CPA who has served since 2013 as treasurer of the PMEF board. A 1996 graduate of Penn Manor, he lives in Millersville with his wife, Gail. They have five children: Erica, Ryan, Kyle, Scott and Alex. He enjoys playing golf recreationally and in competitive tournaments, as well as playing in couples tournaments with his wife. Don also enjoy watching movies and reading about changes in tax laws.

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Nicki Nafziger

A Penn Manor graduate and community member, Nicki serves on both the PMEF board and the Penn Manor school board. She and her husband, Jeremy, live in Millersville and are the parents of two future PM alumni, Isiac and Mackenzi. Nicki is the president of Agape Care Inc. and a member of the Sertoma Club of Lancaster, the Lancaster Chamber, and the Millersville Business Association.

 

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Barbara St. John

Secretary

Barb spent 29 years with Penn Manor as a teacher at elementary and middle schools, most recently at Eshleman Elementary, until retiring in 2015. A native of Lewistown, Barb lives in Millersville. Her daughter, Kelly, is a 2014 Penn Manor High School graduate who is earning her master’s degree in health promotion. Barb is excited to join the PMEF board to give back after having received several classroom Venture Grants over the years as a teacher.

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Bradley Seiger

Brad is a third-generation Penn Manor graduate who lives in Millersville. He is the son of PMEF board president Tracy Seiger and former board member Tom Seiger. A 2018 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Brad works at Clark Associates in Lancaster as an assistant vendor manager. He also serves as ambassador for Clark Associates to West Chester University.

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Dianne Smith

Dianne worked 34 years as Central Manor school secretary until retiring in 2016. She and her husband, Barry, are Penn Manor High School grads. They had three children, Kelly, Casey and Kevin, all of whom graduated from Penn Manor. Their seven grandchildren also graduated from, attend or will attend Penn Manor schools. The memory of their son, Kevin, who died tragically in a car accident, lives on in the Kevin B. Smith Memorial Award, granted each year to a deserving Penn Manor graduate.

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Becky Spezialetti

Becky (Penn Manor Class of 1982) worked in administration until 2008, when she left her job to stay home with her family. She and her husband, Ron, are the parents of Brooke and Cole. They live in Millersville.

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Scott Stephan

Scott works for Roseville Wealth Management Group and has served as a counselor for Crossroads Counseling and as chairman of various church committees at Ascension Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Laura, live in Lancaster and have two children, Zac and Jared. Scott enjoys spending time with his family, rescue dogs and golf.

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Brian Wallace

Community Relations Coordinator, Ex Officio Member

Brian is community relations coordinator for Penn Manor School District. A former longtime newspaper reporter and part-time ESL teacher, he does publicity for the school district as well as the Education Foundation. Brian is the husband of Susan Wallace, who works in customer service for a Lancaster software company. They are the parents of five adult children, Jess, Anne, Colleen, Jimmie and Owen. The Wallaces live in Lancaster city.

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