Tracy Ashdale

Tracy Ashdale is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, a program which encourages women and girls to take action and be brave in their lives so they can experience real joy and connection with others.

Mary Brown

Mary Brown is a professor of Classics at St. Joseph's University. She has taught Latin in various school districts in the area for many years. She has designed STAC, an "evoluntionary curriculum" for high school students. STAC is a unique program, Sciences/Trades/Art/Classics, leading to a college prep diploma, a certification in at least one area (technical training/trades), an original Portfolio and networking in the Arts & Trades. Ms. Brown also serves as the Executive Director of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States and as President of the Philadelphia Classical Society. She is also a member of the Narberth Athletic Association Board.

Wendy Cramer, MEd

Wendy is the Senior Professional Relations Representative for The Renfrew Center and is also a member of the Coalition's General Committee.

Aeryn Fenton, Esq.

Aeryn is the Director of the Starfish Project for Children, a program focused on motivating school-aged children, kindergarten through twelfth grade, to engage in community service through competing for age appropriate awards and community recognition and providing connection to an organized effort.  The Starfish Project experience is designed to build a foundation for a lifetime that includes community service. Aeryn also served as the co-president of the Coalition during the 2017-2018 school year. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Charesse Ford, Ph.D

Dr. Charesse Ford, Ph.D is co-director and partner in Ford+Navarro Associates and the Family Literacy Coordinator for Turning the TIDE Center in West Philadelphia. She has been a public and private school educator and has served at The Agnes Irwin School as an instructor and most recently as the Director of Equity and Inclusion. She is a Certified Diversity Professional, education consultant, and a coach and trainer in leadership development.

Maureen Hennessey, Ed.D

Maureen is the current Director of Community Health Services for Bryn Mawr Hospital of Main Line Health, a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Their mission is to provide a comprehensive range of safe, high quality health services, complemented by related educational and research activities which meet the health care needs and improve the quality of lives in the communities they serve.

Kiki McKendrick

Kiki McKendrick serves as the Assistant Director of the Middleton Center at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Kiki is a parent of children in the Lower Merion School District. She has also served in the past as a Co-President of the Coalition for a two-year term.

Genienne Navarro

Genienne Navarro, MS is co-director and partner in Ford+Navarro Associates, a training and counseling organization that specializes in intercultural competence development for clients both domestically and globally. In the past, Ms. Navarro has worked in the field of intercultural communication, providing services in International Relocation Training, Re-Entry Training, as well as for university courses and corporate clients. She can be reached at or 610- 905-1113.

Mary Nixon

Mary serves on the advisory board of the Caron Foundation, a comprehensive Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility and is also a certified addiction counselor.

Amy Norr, Esq.

Amy is a representative of the Lower Merion School District Interschool Council (ISC), for which she served as President from 2012-2014.  She has been a member of the ISC Guidance Committee since 2009.  Amy helped spearhead the initiative "Sleep and the Adolescent Brain" in the Lower Merion and surrounding school districts. She has a child currently enrolled at Harriton and two other graduates of the school. Amy was also a past present of the Coalition, serving for a two-year term.

Nina Panzer, M.S.W, L.C.S.W.

Nina Panzer is the Vice President and Co-Secretary of the Coalition. Nina is also a Clinical Social Worker/Therapist in private practice in Gladwyne, PA. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Colleen Philbin, M.S.W.

Colleen is a Counselor/Social Worker for Speak Up!, an organization which provides youth, educators and parents the skills, opportunity and support to speak up and be heard on critical topics of today. Colleen can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wendi Platt

Wendi is a board member of Minding Your Mind, and a parent of children in one of the independent schools in the district.

Virginia Pollard

Virginia a current member of the Lower Merion School District's Board of School Directors and is also the secretary of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors. She is a co-founder of the Box Lunch & A Book community initiative and also serves as a licensed minister at a church in Ardmore. Virginia has been a member of Lower Merion for over 40 years.

Eileen Riddell

Eileen is the current Secretary of the Lower Merion School District Educational Foundation and has served as its Vice President for many years. The foundation provides a vehicle for the entire community's voluntary support of programs and activities enhancing the educational experience of all students, consistent with the mission of the Lower Merion School District. Eileen also served as the past president of the Lower Merion School District Inter School Council. In her professional life, Eileen has been with Main Line Health for 46 years as a Clinicial Scientist with a specialty in Blood Banking. She is also responsible for instructing college students in their laboratory clinical rotation.

Judy Vietri

Judy is the past president of The Education Foundation of Lower Merion and serves on the board of The Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund. Judy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Karen E. Zucker

Karen is a Magisterial Judge, District Court, for Bala Cynwyd.

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