Maj. Thomas C. Kerek (Ret.) serves as a school director in the Kane Area SD (McKean Co.) where he is also the Intermediate Unit 9 representative for the district. Maj. Kerek has 22 years of service with the Pennsylvania National Guard and 28 years in the federal government. He is passionate about community involvement, especially in the area of education and nonprofit fundraising. He also served 10 years as the secretary/treasurer for the Allegheny Highlands Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) to promote the scholastic shooting sports within the country. Maj. Kerek holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and also matriculated in secondary education at Mansfield University prior to receiving a position with the United States government. He has served on PSBA’s Governing Board as sectional advisor co-leader and on many PSBA committees. He was also active in his local community as a member of the Library Board and involved in the Trail Association of the McKean/Elk Divide, a rails-to-trail project. He also serves on the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee. Currently, he is active as a substitute teacher in the local area school districts.