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Term: Board member since December 2017

Board/Committee Involvement: President, Policy Committee, Negotiations Committee for the Perkiomen Valley Educational Support Professionals Association, Assessment Committee, Co-Curricular Committee, Communications Advisory Committee, Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee, Operations & Safety Committee, Professional Development Committee, School Wellness Committee, Technology Advisory Committee, Board Technology Advisory Committee, Reviews and Evaluations Committee

Reason for Board Service: A desire to serve my community and a passion for education.

Roots: Born and raised in New Jersey, I attended college in Philadelphia, and have lived in the Perkiomen Valley School District since 2002.

Family: My husband and I are the proud parents of four children, three of whom currently attend PV schools, and the oldest of whom graduated from PVHS in 2016.

Education & Career: I received my BA from the University of Pennsylvania and my MS from Drexel University. I am a self-employed medical writer and health care industry consultant with more than 20 years' experience developing continuing education programs for health care professionals.

School & Community Involvement: From helping to organize Home & School events to supporting school garden initiatives, fundraising for booster clubs, building sets for musical performances, and chaperoning field trips, I have participated in a wide range of volunteer activities throughout the district. I also served as a Girl Scout troop leader for many years and volunteered as an assistant coach for youth soccer.

Gene Halus

Term: Board Member since 2017

Board/Committee Involvement: Operations/Safety Committee, Professional Development Committee, Board Technology Advisory Committee, Central PV Regional Planning Commission, Montgomery County Legislative Committee, PV/Ursinus Partnership

Reason for Board Service: To serve the community and do my best to assist the Perkiomen Valley School District in providing an excellent education to its students, while maintaining fiscal stability.

Roots: I have lived in the Perkiomen Valley for 13 years. Prior to that I have lived in Souderton, Philadelphia, Dublin, Ireland and Washington, D.C. along with extended periods in Haiti and Nicaragua.

Family: My wife and I have two sons. Both attend the Perkiomen Valley School District. One currently attends the high school and the other attends Middle School West.

Career: Presently I am the Director of Graduate Education for the leading 501 (c) (3) non-profit engaged in promoting citizenship and civic engagement. Prior to my present position I taught political science at the university level for almost 20 years, and was involved with social studies education and teacher training. I have also worked for both the United States Government and Seanad Eireann, the Senate of the Republic of Ireland, as well as having taught high school social studies across the spectrum from AP to court adjudicated youth.

Ph.D. The Catholic University of America - American Government
M.A. The Catholic University of America - Political Philosophy
B.A. LaSalle University - Political Science and History
Pennsylvania Licensure in Secondary Education/Social Studies La Salle University

I have also spent time studying at Georgetown University and the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, Ireland, and am a Certified Pennsylvania Naturalist and Tree Tender. 

School and Community Involvement: Over the years I have spoken in various classrooms for Constitution Day and other topics, and have been on numerous field trips. Lastly I have participated in curriculum reviews at the request of the district. I also coached soccer in the Perkiomen Valley, and served on the boards of some local non-profits.

Beth Negro

Term: Board member since December 2015

Board Involvement: Calendar Committee, Facilities Committee, Operations & Safety Committee, Policy Committee, PV/Ursinus Partnership

Term: Board Member Since 2008

Board/Committee Involvement:
I have served on the School Board since the fall of 2008 and serve as the current Vice President, after having served as Board President for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. I have learned a lot, yet there is so much more to learn. I am a member of the Comprehensive (Strategic) Planning and Steering, Technology Advisory, Communications Advisory, Operations and Safety, and Reviews and Evaluations committees. I also serve on the Negotiations Committee for  the Perkiomen Valley Education Support Professionals Association (PVESPA), and I attend many other committees on a regular basis.

Reason for School Board Service:
To make a difference and improve communications with the community. For years, I had been involved with the school district on various community committees and finally decided it was time to take my involvement to the next step.

Roots: I have lived in the Perkiomen Valley for 20 years. I have seen tremendous change in the area during this time, and when I stop to think of how much change there has been, it is truly amazing that there is still a small town atmosphere.

Family: My wife and I are blessed to have four wonderful children that all attend Perkiomen Valley School District three of whom are PV graduates and the fourth is still attending PV.

Education & Career: I am employed by a large healthcare technology company as a Principal Network Engineer.

School & Community Involvement:
Over the years I have been involved with various aspects of the school district. When the children were younger I helped in the classrooms and have been on countless field trips. As a family we enjoy many of the sports and arts that PV has to offer and attend many of these events. I have also been a coach for intra-mural soccer for several seasons where I really enjoy working with kids.

Dr. Reena Kolar

Term: Appointed to the board in February 2018

Board/Committee Involvement: (TBD)

Reason for Board Service:
I have 3 children in the school district and have always been committed to being involved in their education. I would like to use this opportunity to represent the community and help ensure that all of the students in our district receive a quality, well-rounded, public education. I also hope to collaborate with educators and administrators so they feel supported in their roles and continue to provide our district with outstanding opportunities for our students.

Roots: I grew up in Wisconsin, in the suburbs of Milwaukee. I moved to New York City in 2001 for my graduate internship and have lived in the Northeast ever since. My husband and I moved to the Perkiomen Valley (Trappe) in 2006.

Family: My husband and I have 3 children who are very active in sports and other activities throughout the community. Our oldest son is currently in 6th grade at Middle School East. Our younger son and daughter (twins) are in 4th grade at South Elementary.

Education & Career: I earned my B.A. in Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University and went on to earn a Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University. I have worked in various clinical settings, including schools for behaviorally and emotionally challenged children, a treatment center for sexually and physically abused children, hospitals, and private practice. Currently I am a consulting physician at Phoenixville Hospital and I see clients at a group practice in Collegeville.

School & Community Involvement:
I served on the Board of the South Elementary Home and School Association for 3 years. I continue to chair the Fun Fair Committee and participate on the Yearbook Committee at South. I have been on the Board of the PVSD Foundation since 2017. My husband and I also spend a lot of time volunteering for the Perkiomen Valley Aquatic Club, Perkiomen Valley Youth Basketball, Skippack Swim Team, Central Perkiomen Youth Association, Girl Scouts and Montgomery County 4-H Club.

Beth Roberts

Term: Board member since December 2017

Board Involvement: Policy Committee, Negotiations Committee for the Perkiomen Valley Educational Support Professionals Association, Communications Advisory Committee, PSBA Liaison, PSBA 2017 Legislative Platform, Community Education Steering/Review

Term: Appointed to the Board in November 2017

Board/Committee Involvement:
Policy Committee
Curriculum Committee
Assessment Committee
Facilities Use Committee
Comprehensive Planning Committee
Communications Advisory Committee
TAC Committee
Educational Foundation

Reason for Board Service: I have served on the Skippack Elementary Home & School Board for the past 4 years and have volunteered in the schools since my oldest son was in kindergarten. Now that both of my children will be in middle school, I thought this would be a great way to stay involved and apply my knowledge. I have a good relationship with students, teachers, administration, and community members and am hopeful that I can bring the concerns and recommendations from all of these groups to the board level.

Roots and Family: After a childhood spent moving from town to town as the daughter of a Navy officer, I was finally able to settle down with my husband more than 15 years ago in Skippack Township. It is here that we started our family and where both of our children have spent their entire academic careers in PV schools, with my oldest son in 7th grade at Middle School East and youngest son in 5th grade at Skippack Elementary.

Education and Career: I have my B.S. in Psychology from Penn State and my Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a mom, I worked as a School Social Worker for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. I also spent several years working as a Behavior Specialist Consultant for Penn Foundation. For the past 13 years, I have had the benefit of being able to stay home with my 2 children.

School & Community Involvement: I volunteer regularly at Skippack Elementary and Middle School East in classrooms and in the lunchroom. I also spent a year volunteering in a K Plus classroom at South Elementary. I have spent the past 3 years as Skippack Home & School President and one year as Secretary. Included in my Home & School responsibilities is being the chairperson of our annual Trunk or Treat event. In addition to my classroom volunteering and Home & School involvement, I also coordinate the Skippack Elementary Power Packs Weekend Food Program and Fifth Grade Leadership Teams.

Justine Myers

Term: Board member since December 2015

Board Involvement: Negotiations Committee for the Perkiomen Valley Educational Support Professionals Association (PVESPA), Calendar Committee, Professional Development Committee, North Montco Joint Operating Committee, and the PVSD Foundation

Roots: I have lived in the Perkiomen Valley for over 14 years with my husband and children.

School & Community Involvement: I have been an assistant coach for Perkiomen Valley soccer clubs. For over six years I have been mentoring teens on a weekly basis. I have been involved with and mentoring young people for over 20 years.

Term: Board member since December 2017

Board Involvement: Athletic Committee, Co-curricular Committee, Ad Hoc Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee, School Wellness Committee, North Montco Joint Operating Committee

Reason for Board Service: As an individual who has benefited from a great public school experience, I am taking this opportunity to “give back” to the community by helping to provide a great public school experience to others. 

Roots: I grew up in Langhorne, Lower Bucks County, and have lived in Collegeville for nearly 30 years. 

Family: My wife and I have 2 children, a daughter who is a student at PVHS, and a son who graduated PVHS in 2012. 

Education and Career: BA in Biology from Haverford College, Haverford PA; PhD in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA. For the last 20 years I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry and am currently employed by Pfizer in Collegeville. I’m also a proud Army veteran, serving on active duty from 1977-1980 and in the Reserves from 1980-1984.