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Great Valley School District Education Foundation facilitates community involvement by our large group of volunteers. Whether you want to volunteer for an hour here and there, or you want to take an active role in helping to drive a committee or plan an event, or you have professional expertise or resources to share, the Foundation can put your time and talents to work. We know you’ll find it worth the effort. Contact Jenifer Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org – we look forward to hearing from you!
Board of Directors Standing Committees
Finance & Investment Committee
The Finance Committee serves as a resource to the Foundation Board of Directors on financial matters. In cooperation with the Great Valley School District Business Office, they ensure the assets of the Foundation are managed in accordance with approved policies. This committee is responsible for reviewing financial statements, preparing the budget, and recommending approval to the Board of Directors. Meetings are held quarterly in January, April, July, October. We value the advice and resources we receive from financial experts in the community.
Chairperson: Chuck Peterson
The role of this committee is oversight for the effective performance of the Board of Directors. By maintaining board member profiles, identifying areas of strength and weakness, considering technical skills and personal talents needed to complement Board diversity the committee is able to recruit potential new board members. Other responsibilities include ensuring by-laws and policies are current, providing board development and training for the current board and orientation for new board members. The Governance committee meets on a quarterly basis or as needed.
Chairperson: Tom Koester
Marketing and Communications
The role of this committee is to increase interest and awareness in the work of Great Valley School District Education Foundation by promoting student achievement, Foundation funded programs and initiatives, and other activities. Key activities include developing promotional literature, periodic newsletters, and videos as well as website and social media presence.
Chairperson: Jamme Romanoff
“Volunteer at Large” Opportunities
There are many ways the Foundation can use your help from specific, one-time tasks to ongoing coordinator opportunities. Email us to express your interest in serving as a Foundation volunteer. In your email, please indicate the types of things you would like to help with (events staff volunteering, small item donations, etc, committee work), and we will happy to discuss how the Foundation can use your help.
Contact: Jenifer Murray
Good Neighbor Program
GVSDEF, with the assistance of the GVSD, has met with school principals, PTO leadership, counselors, and social workers to gather information on the presence and scope of student financial hardship, and the programs in existence to address that need. The result is the creation of the GNP, which aims to provide an additional source of student funding assistance, accountability, and transparency, while maintaining recipient privacy. The intent of the Program is to ensure financial support is determined using a common process applied fairly to students in all grades. The Program is administered jointly by the Great Valley School District (GVSD) designated staff and Good Neighbors Program Committee.
The Scholarship Program aims to provide financial assistance to graduating Great Valley School District seniors, who plan to further their education after graduation. Eligible programs include two and four year colleges and universities, technical and vocational schools or accredited programs. The Foundation and the school district will once again work collaboratively to select the student or students that exemplify the high standards of the Great Valley School District and community and meet the requirements of the application process.
Developed in collaboration with the GVSD Art Teachers, the Student Art Program, annually promotes and honors student art by recognizing and displaying exceptional art projects. This program mimics an actual art competition including a Call for Entries, a theme, parameters for the product, a juried selection process by outside artists, awards, and a reception for the students and their families. All students who have entered the competition will have their art products displayed in their home school.
Take a Swing for Students Golf Outing
The Foundation celebrates the conclusion of each school year with our golf and tennis event at Chester Valley. It’s a day of fun for all, beginning with breakfast, and culminating in cocktails, lunch prizes in the clubhouse. Are you a golf and/or fun enthusiast? Join this committee!
Venture Grant Selection Committee
The Grants Selection Committee reviews all grant requests and makes recommendations to the board regarding the selection of grants to fund for the next year, based on the Venture Grants budget. The Grants Selection Committee is comprised of parent representatives from each GV school as well as community representatives. If interested, please email the Foundation.
Meet Some of Our Volunteers
A Great Valley graduate, Suzy is the former editor of THE MORGAN HORSE magazine and the HORSEMENS YANKEE PEDLAR, and co-producer of THE MORGAN HORSE VIDEO REVIEW. As a freelance photographer, her photographs have appeared on the covers of more than eight different equine and canine publications and in several equine calendars.
Suzy was the 2013 recipient of the Mabel Owen Media Award. In 2016, she was inducted into the AMHA Hall of Fame. In the 2017 The Morgan Horse Industry Honors, she received the Favorite Writer/Show Reporter award, as voted by her peers in the Morgan horse industry.
Suzie edits and writes press releases.
Dottie Mallon and her husband Michael have been residents of Malvern Borough for 35 years. Their two daughters Annalie (2010) and Sarah (2014) are both Great Valley Alum. Dottie was an avid volunteer in the district for sports, Drama Guild, scouts, little league, fund raising, PTO, all while working full time.
Dottie recently retired as an executive in the Senior Living Industry working for non- profit homes and services for the aging. She devoted the last 24 years in strategic planning, marketing, sales, fund raising, event planning and public relations. Prior to that she dedicated 16 years pioneering the cable advertising industry. Dottie volunteers at the People’s Panty at Church Rd, Brandywine Valley SPCA and continues to serve on a Leading Age board.
Dottie works with our marketing and communication team.
Ashley is new to the Malvern area as she moved here with her family (husband and two daughters – 5 and 2.5 years) after living abroad in Australia and Hong Kong for the last 3.5 years. Prior to that, Ashley worked at CHOP as the Operations Manager in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. With her move back to PA, she is looking to get more involved in the local community and as her daughter is beginning Kindergarten at Sugartown this year, she felt an organization that supports Great Valley Schools would be a perfect place to start.
Ashley helps on our Scholarship Committee.