Maj. Thomas C. Kerek (Ret.) serves as a school director in the Kane Area SD (McKean Co.) where he is the advocacy liaison and also the Intermediate Unit 9 representative for the district. 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. Kerek 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. He is currently serving on PSBA’s Governing Council as sectional advisor co-leader. He served on the Leadership Development, Bylaws, Legislative and PSBA EdPAC committees. Kerek also was involved with the re-development of the Principles for Governance and Leadership for school boards throughout Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Linda, are actively involved in community activities to develop Rails-to-Trails and other community revitalization efforts. His hobbies include model trains, airplanes and rocketry. He also enjoys woodworking, backpacking, muzzle-loading hunting, genealogical research and antiquing.