Members of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association elected new officers and a new at-large representative for 2016 at its Delegate Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at The Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.
The new officers and at-large representative will take their offices on January 1, 2016, as part of the 11-member PSBA Governing Board. As 2015 president-elect, Kathy Swope, Lewisburg Area SD (Union Co.), automatically assumes the office of the president. William LaCoff, Owen J. Roberts SD (Chester Co.), will assume the title of immediate past president in January 2016 when his term comes to an end as 2015 president.
Officers and at-large representatives elected at the Delegate Assembly are as follows:
Offices filled include:
Mark B. Miller, Centennial SD (Bucks Co.)
Michael Faccinetto, Bethlehem Area SD (Northampton Co.)
At-large representative (East):
Larry Feinberg, SD of Haverford Township (Delaware Co.)
Mark B. Miller serves as vice president of Centennial SD (Bucks Co.) and 2014 co-recipient of Allwein Advocacy Award. Has previously served PSBA as a liaison, ARD, Region Director, first and second vice president, and chair of both the Career and Technical Education Task Force and Technology Committee in 2013 and the Region Action Plan Committee in 2012. He has represented PSBA with affiliated organizations such as PASBO, PACTA, SNAP and PETE&C. In addition to his service to PSBA, Mark is co-chair of Keystone State Education Coalition and a member of the Board of Network for Public Education (www.networkforpubliceducation.org) and is a charter member of NSBA’s Partnership Council. He has provided testimony to various House and Senate committees and before the Special Education Funding Commission. He is a Federal Relations Network delegate since 2009. In 2013, he toured various school districts with NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network. Professionally, Mark is a marketing consultant and artist manager representing various award winning artists since 1984 including The Jacksons, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Sade and Restless Heart. He also represents three movie studios and major product goods companies like Kellogg and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. He is managing partner of Journey Publications, LLC and vice president of Education Technology for NIXLE. Mark received his public education at Ethan Allen (K-8) Elementary School and Central High School of Philadelphia, before attending Peirce College, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and; Temple University.
Michael Faccinetto is serving in his second term as a member of the Bethlehem Area SD School Board (Northampton Co.). He has held various leadership roles within the board and the joint vocational technical school. He is the past president and vice-president of the Vo-Tech Board which is a collaboration of three districts. Faccinetto is serving in his fourth year as the BASD board president. He currently serves as the PSBA eastern at-large representative. He is a past Region 8 director and a past assistant regional director in addition to having served on several committees. Professionally, Faccinetto is a 14-year licensed insurance agent in Bethlehem. Active in his community, he has dedicated his time to the Boy Scouts and West Broad Street Business Association.
Larry Feinberg has spent four terms serving on the SD of Haverford Township School Board (Delaware Co.). His PSBA experience includes the serving on the Board of Directors, and serving as Region 15 director and vice-chair as well as on numerous other committees. He presently serves on the Legislative Advisory Council and Charter School Policy Working Group. He was the recipient of PSBA’s first annual Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award. Nationally, Feinberg has served on NSBA’s Federal Relations Network since 2002 and is a member of Diane Ravitch’s Network for Public Education. In 2012, he was selected to attend a White House Education Roundtable. Regionally, he has served as chair of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council since 2006, as a member of the Philadelphia Education Fund’s Education First Compact and as education advocacy consultant to the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Feinberg is founder and co-chair of the Keystone State Education Coalition and presently serves as a circuit rider for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. Professionally, Feinberg is president of The Local Group Inc., an information systems consulting firm, and has over 30 years of business consulting experience. He is a graduate of LaSalle University.
Kathy Swope, a PSBA Master School Board Director, has been a member of the Lewisburg Area SD School Board (Union Co.) since 1999, serving as president since 2007. She served as vice president from 2001-07. Since 2008, she has been a member of PSBA’s Governing Board, serving six years as Susquehanna River Region 6 director, and one year as the at-large representative (Central). She was the chair of the PSBA Regional Directors’ Coordinating Council Transition Team in 2013. She is a member of the NSBA Federal Relations Network and the PSBA Charter School Legislation Advisory workgroup. Swope is a member of the Early Learning Investment Committee of Susquehanna River Valley and chair of their Strategic Planning Committee. In 2014, she served as chair of the PSBA Evaluation Committee, and in the past has been a member of the PSBA Legislative Platform, Bylaws, and Policy Committees.
Bill LaCoff was first elected to the school board of Owen J. Roberts SD (Chester Co.) in 1995 and currently serves as president. Prior to retirement, he was employed in various aspects of the real estate industry; as a mortgage broker, an agent and a property manager. He previously served as president of PSBA in 2007, and serves as a PSBA liaison and member of the Federal Relations Network. Additionally, he has experience as a region leader, president of the Insurance Trust and a trustee of the Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund. He is a member of the Chester County School Boards Legislative Council. LaCoff holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, where he also completed graduate training in English. He completed graduate training in business at Temple University. LaCoff also is immediate past president of Historic Yellow Springs, a nonprofit organization focused on art, culture and the environment.