Stephen’s 40-year professional career includes management positions in engineering, marketing, and sales for large and small aerospace and telecommunications companies. In 2013, Stephen began volunteering for the Great Valley School District where he applies his skills and talents to help third through fifth-grade students apply mathematical concepts. In 2016, he joined the Board of the Great Valley School District Education Foundation and assumed the role of development committee chair and vice president of the Board. In 2018, Stephen was elected president of the Great Valley School District Education Foundation Board. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys golf, photography, and international travel.
Tom Koester is in his second terms as a board member and was elected Vice President in 2018. He and his wife, Sara, have been Malvern residents for over 20 years. They have two daughters; a graduate of the class of 2018 and a current student in the class of 2021. Tom looks forward to supporting the Foundation as it continues to grow and evolve.
Elaine and her husband have lived in Malvern for ten years and their two children currently attend Great Valley High School. This is Elaine’s second term with the Foundation. She brings over 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit development, program evaluation and communications.
Abby Magen, an alumna of Great Valley, is a Senior Manager of Advice Methodology at Vanguard. She has a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Delaware, is a Certified Scrum Master, and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst Foundations coursework. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and as a High School ACT Exam tutor, and served on the board of the Chicago Chapter of Women in ETFs. Abby and family recently relocated back to Malvern from Chicago to raise their family within the Great Valley community. She has two pre-school-aged boys.
Ken Bigelow is in his second term as a Board Member of Great Valley School District Education Foundation. He is the father of three Great Valley graduates, Kate 2005, Steven 2008, and Laura 2011. Ken has spent his entire working career in the textile industry and still works full time as an independent sale rep for a large American textile firm. The Bigelow family greatly benefited from their Great Valley School District experience and it is Ken’s desire is to continue to provide similar opportunities for all current and future Great Valley families.
Marc Ernest graduated from Penn State University in 1998 with a BA in Communications. He has been in the banking industry for 20 years. Marc is currently a member of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union’s Senior Leadership Team as Vice President, Chief Relationship Officer. In addition to the Great Valley Education Foundation Board, Marc has been a Director on numerous non-profit Boards which includes holding the Chairman position for Safe Harbor of Chester County, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and West Chester Area Education Foundation. Marc, his wife (school counselor at Downingtown West), and 3 children reside in West Bradford Township.
Rebecca SternStudent Representative
Rebecca Stern is a rising junior and served as the sophomore class president. She is a 2019 Germination Project Fellow and she is the Chamber Singers librarian. She has performed in Great Valley Drama Guild’s fall play and spring musical every year, and she additionally performs for other shows or events outside of school. She is the president of Great Valley Girl Up. Rebecca started a nonprofit organization called Girls TogetHER that pairs 4th-6th-grade girls with high school mentors and teaches them leadership skills.
Dr. Rita Jones is in her second term as a Board Member of the F@GV. She served as the Superintendent of Great Valley for 16 years with 23 total years as a superintendent. Dr. Jones worked in education for 38 years as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in PA and OH. She has served on several non-profit boards and also created and served as president of her own non-profit organization entitled “Learning without Borders” from 2010 until 2015. Dr. Jones is honored to continue to serve the students and community of GVSD through her membership on the Foundation Board.
Rose Bleahen is a rising senior at Great Valley High School and has been a student of the Great Valley school district since elementary school. She has led and participated in many clubs at the high school including student council, Best Buddies, and National Honors society. She also plays soccer for the Women’s Varsity team since high school freshman year. Rose helps lead a community service club outside of school called Serving Chester County along with other classmates from Great Valley.
Dan Goffredo, GVSD Superintendent
Stephen O’Toole, GVSD Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
Chuck Peterson, GVSD Director of Business Affairs and Treasurer
Amy Chain, GVSD School Board of Directors Representative to The Foundation
Jennifer Blake, GVSD Director of Communications and Outreach
Jenifer MurrayManager of Administrative Services
Jenifer has been with the Foundation since January of 2019. Both hers and her husband’s families are all GV alumni, spanning from a 1969 graduate, through a future 2022 graduate. Having lived within the boundaries of the Great Valley School District her whole life, she has a vast knowledge of where the district has come from and takes great pride in the steps the Foundation takes to support all of the GV students in their public-school career. She is a freelance bookkeeper for multiple local companies, including a veterinarian, a general contractor, multiple non-profits and a large workers compensation insurance broker. In her spare time Jenifer enjoys reading, camping, cooking, and working out.
Vicki ReillyDevelopment Director
Vicki has been involved in education for the past 30 years. She has taught in NJ, VA and MI and, when her family moved to PA, she became actively engaged with her children’s schools as a loyal volunteer, school PTA committee chair, and PTO high school president. Vicki has served on foundation boards for the past 7 years and has formed a group of Southeast PA Education Foundation Directors and Board Members who meet regularly to share best practices and explore improvement strategies. She is very excited to use her experience to help GVSDEF with its valuable mission of enriching the total GVSD student experience.