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Leadership

Woodlynde School Leadership

Amy L. Clemons, Head of School, has a master’s degree in education and over 20 years of experience working in independent schools, including tenures at St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H.; The Community School of Naples, Naples, Fla.; Renbrook School, West Hartford, Conn.; and most recently as a school administrator and director of enrollment management at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. The parent of a Woodlynde alumni, Amy lives with her family in Broomall, PA.
Elizabeth Maglio, M.S., Assistant Head of School, Grades K-8, began her career at Woodlynde in 2012 as an Upper School learning specialist. She was appointed Head of FOUNDATIONS & Lower School in 2014. Prior to coming to Woodlynde, Elizabeth worked at The Phelps School and Envision EMI. She holds a M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. A native of North Carolina, Elizabeth now resides in West Chester with her husband and two sons.
Dorinda Shank, Assistant Head of School, Grades 9-12, has a distinguished career in education and administration that includes teaching positions, chair of Woodlynde's mathematics department, Upper School learning specialist, and director of admissions. She was a recipient of the Woodlynde School Distinguished Teacher Award in 2005 and has been with Woodlynde for over a decade.
Dave Shank, Dean of Students and Director of Operations, has been a member of Woodlynde's faculty since 1980. During that time he has served as head of the physical education department, director of athletics, teacher, and coach. A graduate of Penn State University, he has a B.S. in health and physical education. Dave and his family live in Glen Mills.
Kristen Tabun, Director of Enrollment Management, came to Woodlynde in 1997 and served as a Middle and Upper School French teacher for nine years. For five of those years, she was also a college counselor. She became the director of college guidance in 2007. Kristen earned both her B.A. in French and her M.Ed. in secondary education from Widener University. Before coming to Woodlynde, she taught French in the Exeter Township Area School District and Palmyra Area School District. She became Director of Admissions in 2015.
Lisa Ketcham, Director of Advancement, joined the Woodlynde staff in 2010. She came to Woodlynde from the Philadelphia Theatre Company where she was the director of institutional advancement. Prior to that she served as the executive director of the American Diabetes Association in Central/Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; the director of development of the Opera Company of Philadelphia; the museum deputy director of the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the deputy director of development at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lisa received her B.S. in English at Colby College. She lives in Gulph Mills with her husband and daughter.
Irene van Zijl, Director of Finance, has worked at Woodlynde since 1992. A native of Scotland, Irene received her education in South Africa. She and her husband also lived in Tehran and London before moving to the United States, where she worked in an insurance company prior to joining the Woodlynde commmunity. Irene and her husband currently reside in Malvern.
Jason Hoffman, Director of College Guidance, came to Woodlynde in 2012 and served as a building substitute and an Upper School English teacher before becoming the Director of College Guidance in 2015. Prior to Woodlynde, he taught English and language arts in the North Penn School District. Jason is a graduate of Bloomsburg University.
Scott Purdy, Director of Athletics, is a Woodlynde alumnus, having graduated in 1995. He started at Woodlynde as a physical education teacher in 2006 and became the Director of Athletics in 2011. He holds a B.S. from Cabrini College. Scott currently resides with his wife (also a Woodlynde alum) and two children in Limerick.
Penny Moldofsky, Director of The Literacy Institute, has been a teacher and administrator at Woodlynde for more than 20 years. She received both her B.S. and M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Pennsylvania Certified Reading Specialist, holds a Wilson Reading System® Level II Certification, and is a Wilson® Teacher-Trainer. Penny has served on the board of the Pennsylvania Branch of International Dyslexia Association and has been active in education for over 35 years. Penny currently resides in Paoli.

Board of Trustees Leadership

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  • Mrs. Maryann O'Conor, Chair

    Maryann O'Conor is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('07). She holds her B.S. degree in Food Marketing from St. Joseph's University, and is a retired Procter & Gamble manager with 37 years of experience in consumer products marketing. Maryann has been on the board since 2008 and serves as Chair.
  • Mr. David Hartzell, Vice-Chair

    David Hartzell is the parent of a Woodlynde alumna ('15) and has worked for Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. since 2007 as Managing Director in Investment Banking and running Oppenheimer's Business Services Group. He holds a degree in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Involved with Woodlynde since 2002 and appointed to the Board in 2011, David serves as Vice Chair of the Board. 
  • Mr. Richard Hinckley, Treasurer

    Rick Hinckley is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('19). He recently retired as the Managing Director and CFO of Capital Advisors Group, LLC. Rick’s career has included senior management roles at CIGNA; Kemper Insurance Companies; and Fortera, Inc. Rick was also a member of the adjunct faculty of the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He earned his B.A., M.B.A., and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Rick has also served on the Boards of the Wharton Club of Philadelphia, Junior Achievement of the Delaware Valley, Sunshine State Insurance Company, St. Joseph’s University Business School, and the Woodlynde School. Rick serves as Woodlynde Treasurer. 
  • Ms. Lindsey O'Connor, Secretary

    Lindsey O'Connor is the parent of a Woodlynde alumna ('19). She holds a Ph.D. in British history from Cornell University. Lindsey was a member of the Woodlynde School Parent Community Association Executive Board starting in 2011 and served as co-chair from 2013-2015. Lindsey has been a member of the board since 2014 and serves as Secretary.

Board of Trustees Members

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  • Mr. Marc Balcer

    Marc Balcer is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('19). He is a former investment manager and founder and Partner of Bluefin Investment Management in Berwyn, PA. Marc currently teaches social-emotional learning and coaches cross country at The Shipley School. He is a graduate of Haverford College and earned an M.S. in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Marc was appointed to the board in 2012.
  • Mr. Peter Classen

    Peter Classen is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('08). He is the former executive vice president of regional presidents for PNC Bank, from which he retired after 28 years of service. A graduate of Lafayette College, Peter also serves on the boards for The Franklin Institute and Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Peter joined the board in 2014.
  • Ms. Dana DeBenedictis-Spino

    Dana Spino is the parent of a Woodlynde Alumnus ('15). She served as the Manager of Media Services for Upper Darby School District and holds an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Penn State University. Dana has served on the Board since 2015.
  • Mrs. Jean Earhart

    Jean Earhart is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('13). She formerly worked in medical sales at Ortho Diagnostic Systems, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, and has a B.S. in Marketing from King's College. Over the years, Jean has served Woodlynde as a Class Parent, Co-Chair of several Family Fun Days, and committee member for multiple Galas. She has volunteered as a religious education teacher and currently serves as Eucharistic Minister at St. Eleanor Church. She also served on the Parent Community Executive Board at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and has been an active fundraiser for St. Mary's Franciscan Shelter, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Jean was appointed to the Board in 2012 and currently serves as Campaign Co-Chair.
  • Mr. Andrew Gerardi

    Andrew Gerardi the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('19). He is the vice president and co-owner of CH. Schwertner & Son, an industrial and commercial general contractor in Bala Cynwyd and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Catholic University. Andrew has been on the board since 2016. He currently is serving on the Construction Committee. 
  • Dr. Jennifer Hitt

    Jennifer Hitt is a current Woodlynde parent ('27). She holds an A.B. with honors degree in psychology from Brown University as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. A member of the American and Pennsylvania Psychological Associations, Jennifer spent a decade in private practice in Wayne, PA, and for the last 20 years has taught in the graduate program of psychology at West Chester University. With years of volunteer experience, Jennifer is also the current Cub Scout Leader of Woodlynde Pack 40. She has served on the board since 2017.
  • Mrs. Sarah Houston

    Sarah Houston is a Woodlynde parent (P’25). A graduate of Wake Forest University, she currently serves as the Principal and Head of Broker Dealer at Vanguard. She has served on the board since 2015 and was the Chair of the Search Committee for Woodlynde’s next head of school.
  • Judge Vincent Johnson

    Judge Johnson is a current Woodlynde parent ('20). He graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College and received his JD from Temple University. After 20 years in private practice, Judge Johnson served as Judge, Court of Common Pleas; Judge, Family Court Division; and currently serves as Judge in the Criminal and Civil Court Divisions of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Judge Johnson has held numerous board roles, including serving as Governor of the American Judges Association, President-Elect of the American Judges Foundation, and member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Old Gospel Fellowship, Inc. Judge Johnson joined the board in 2019.
  • Mrs. Whitney Kellett

    Whitney Kellett is the parent of a current Woodlynde student ('24). She currently serves as Aqua America Inc's chief information officer. Whitney previously served as chief information officer at Atlas Energy Group LLC. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia. Whitney joined the board in 2016.
  • Mr. Thomas Malecki, Jr.

    Thomas Malecki, Jr. is a current Woodlynde parent ('20). He is an experienced professional in the finance/accounting industry and has served as the director of finance for several local non-profits in the Philadelphia region. He is currently the director of finance and accounting for the Utility Emergency Services Fund. With an undergraduate degree in accounting from Albright College and an MBA from LaSalle University, Thomas also serves as an adjunct professor in LaSalle University’s School of Business. Thomas' years of volunteer experience includes board service for Middle Atlantic Swimming, the Suburban Swim Club, the Country Club Swim Association, and Philadelphia Country Club, and he was a participating member of the School Reimaging Committee for The Diocese of Camden. At Woodlynde School, he has served as a Parent Ambassador and was a member of the Search Committee for Woodlynde’s next head of school. 
  • Mrs. Jane McNeil

    Jane A. McNeil is the parent of a former Woodlynde student, She has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter's Place, and Hedgerow Theatre. She has also served on committees for the Academy of Music Ball, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Philadelphia Shell Show, and Project H.O.M.E. of Philadelphia. Jane holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business from New England College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosement College. Jane joined the board in 2012.
  • Mr. John Mullany

    John Mullany graduated from Woodlynde School in 2007. He earned his B.A. in Political Science, with minors in English and Performing Arts, from Saint Joseph’s University and an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. John currently runs his own video production company, Ripples in the Pond Productions, based in Phoenixville, PA. John has served on the Board since 2015.
  • Mrs. Schuyler Nunn

    Schuyler Nunn is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('19). She has served on various boards and committees throughout the region, including the Chestnut Hill Historical Society and the Springside School (now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy). Schuyler manages social media and special event planning at one of Philadelphia’s premier health and wellness studios, Balance Chestnut Hill. She received her B.A. degree in psychology from Lynchburg College followed by her M.Ed. with a concentration on early childhood and elementary education from Beaver College (now Arcadia University). Schuyler joined the board in 2017.
  • Mr. Andrew Renninger

    Andrew Renninger is a 2008 graduate of Woodlynde School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University. Andrew is the founder of OpenHousePHL and Conscious Cities and previously worked as an urban designer and planner for Pilot Projects Design Collective. Andrew joined the Board in 2016.
  • Mrs. Dawn Ryan

    Dawn Ryan is the parent of a current Woodlynde student ('20).  Ryan received her Bachelors of the Arts degree in English and History from the University of Minnesota, and with a background in desktop publishing and graphic design, Ryan currently works with clients to help them achieve their graphic design goals.  She has extensive volunteer experience, including as:  a member of the Hockessin Montessori School Parent Association and serving as Chair and Co-Chair of the Annual Monte Carlo Night and Scholastic Book Fair; a member of the Junior League of Wilmington; and a member of the St. Katherine of Siena School Book Fair Committee and Co-Chair of the 2019 Sweetheart Dance.  At Woodlynde School, Ryan has served as Parent Ambassador; Parent Community Association Co-President; PCA Bingo Co-Chair; and PCA Gala Committee member.
  • Dr. John Schmader

    John Schmader is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('16). He has served on various boards and fundraising committees throughout the region, including Stratford Friends School, Project HOME, Youth Legacy, Phillies charities, Philadelphia Antique Show, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. John is a retired chiropractor who holds a doctorate in chiropractic from Life University. He is also an alumnus of Malvern Preparatory School. John joined the Board in 2016.
  • Mrs. Mary Lou Sterge

    Mary Lou Sterge is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('12). She had 10 years of experience working in human resources at the BDM Corporation and at Hahnemann University. She is the current Vice Chair of The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, an original member of the By Girls For Girls Grant Making program; and she is also active with The Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County. Mary Lou joined the board in 2012.
  • Mr. David Virgil

    David Virgil is the parent of a Woodlynde alumnus ('18). He is currently a Senior Project Manager with EwingCole, an architectural and engineering firm based in Philadelphia. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he has been involved in several significant Times Square Redevelopment Projects. Currently, David resides with his family in Swarthmore where he is serving his third appointment to the Swarthmore Town Planning Commission. David has served on the Board since 2015.
  • Mr. John Williams

    John Williams is the parent of a Woodlynde alumna ('10). He has over 33 years of experience in the financial services industry. A graduate of Roanoke College, John currently serves as the senior vice president of wealth management at UBS Financial Services in Conshohocken. John joined the board in 2014 and is the Campaign Co-Chair.
  • Gordon Hughes, Trustee Emeritus

Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.