Steve Skoufalos, President
Stephen’s 40-year professional career includes management positions in engineering, marketing, and sales for entrepreneurial companies, as well as Fortune 500 aerospace and telecommunications corporations. An accomplished sales manager, he mentored several regional and national sales teams that were frequently recognized for outstanding performance.Upon his retirement in 2012, Stephen began working regularly as a volunteer for the Great Valley School District where he applies his skills and talents to help third through fifth grade students learn math and 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, Vice-President
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.
Chuck Linderman, Finance Chair
Chuck Linderman retired from Great Valley School District after 38 years of service, the past 34 years as the Director of Business Affairs and Secretary to the School Board. He served as President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials during the 1998-99 year, and on the Association of School Business Officials International Board of Directors from 2007 through 2012, serving as President in 2011. He has a BS in Business from Shippensburg University, and MBA from Widener University. He received the Gary Reeser Award through PASBO in 2005 along with the ASBO Eagle Award in 2005. He is currently working part time as Employer Plans Liaison for Kades-Margolis Corporation in Wayne PA. Chuck and his wife have resided in Malvern for the past 30 years and have two grown children who both graduated from the Great Valley School District.
Abby Linderman, Alumni Representative
Abby Linderman is a 2003 graduate of Great Valley High School. She has been in education for twelve years and taught for 8 years before moving into administration. She serves as the Treasurer of the Alumni Association Board. The Alumni Association Board is excited to partner with the foundation to support current and future Great Valley families.
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.
Avleen Kaur, Student Representative
Avleen Kaur is a rising senior who loves to serve and be involved in her community and school. She is the Vice President of the GVHS robotics club, Treasurer of National Honor Society, Secretariat member of the Model United Nations Club, and Co-President of the Women in Science and Engineering Club. This past year, she was chosen to participate in the Youth Leadership Program hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Achievement Company Program hosted at Voya Financial. She has been volunteering at Sunrise Senior Living for four years and has received the Presidential Service Award for the past four years as well. She loves to spread her interest in Business and STEM which she hopes to pursue in the future, and is very excited about this amazing opportunity to help the Foundation.
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.
Jamme Romanoff, an alumna of Great Valley, has been very involved with the Great Valley Community Organization, having previously served as the cheerleading director. She’s also volunteered in numerous other ways, organizing MLK Day of Service projects, and through Sean’s Helping Hands of Philadelphia. Jamme is the mother of a 2014 GV graduate, Ashley, and a current GV high schooler, Julia.
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.
MJ and her husband Greg, are the parents of a son in the GV class of 2024. MJ and has worked in the education industry for over 20 years. She is currently the State Lead for the college assessment non-profit company ACT Inc. She received a BA from East Stroudsburg University with a focus in political science and history. MJ developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as an organizer for various hunger organizations and through her work with ACT. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our schools and region; one program at a time, and is now dedicated to the mission of the Foundation.
Mina taught Health and Physical Education for 39 years in the Great Valley School District (5 yrs at General Wayne Jr. High, 11 yrs. at GVHS, and 23 yrs. at the elementary level. Over the years she coached 7th/8th grade field hockey, 8th grade lacrosse, 9th grade lacrosse, high school girls gymnastics, and varsity lacrosse. She was an official for field hockey, lacrosse and girls gymnastics and an an advisor to the Senior class of 1980. Mina started the “turkey trot” in the GVSD. She co-sponsored elementary student council at Sugartown +General Wayne for 15 years and was in charge of the Easter Seals “Basketball Shoot-out” for 12 years. She also served on the GVSD/Community advisory board in the 90’s that suggested GVSD build a new middle school on the high school property and renovate/build the existing 4 elementary schools. She has been married for 43 years to her husband, Ken, and has a son, H.Russell.
Rebecca Stern, Student 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.
Regina Speaker-Palubinsky, 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
Kristin Keating, GVSD 4th grade teacher at K.D. Markley Elementary School
Jenifer Murray, Manager of Administrative Services