Maj. Thomas C. Kerek (Ret.) serves as a school director in the Kane Area School District (McKean Co.) and is also the Intermediate Unit 9 representative for the district. Maj. Kerek acts as sectional co-lead on PSBA’s Governing Board and is part of the Leadership Development Committee, By-Laws Committee and PSBA EdPAC Committee. Maj. Kerek was involved with the redevelopment of the Principles for Governance and Leadership, which member school boards throughout Pennsylvania utilize. He is passionate about community involvement, especially in the areas of education and nonprofit fundraising. Maj. Kerek served for 10 years as the secretary and treasurer for the Allegheny Highlands Friends of NRA (National Rifle Association) to promote the scholastic shooting sports within the county. In his community, he is on the library board and is involved with the Trail Association of the Mckean Elk Divide (TAMED), a Rails to Trail project with future expansion to other trail groups throughout the commonwealth. Maj. Kerek has 22 years of service with the Pennsylvania National Guard and 28 years in the federal government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also matriculated in secondary education at Mansfield University prior to receiving a position with the United States government. His hobbies include model trains, airplanes and rocketry. He also enjoys woodworking, backpacking, muzzle-loading hunting, genealogical research and Victorian antique collecting.