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.
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.
MaryBeth Spencer, Middle School Division Head, taught history, Wilson, reading, and science in grades 6-8  at Woodlynde for 13 years until transitioning to the role of Head of Middle School in 2021. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders from St. Joseph’s University, and is a certified reading specialist and Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Mrs. Spencer is an avid crafter, reader and history enthusiast. She lives in Havertown with her husband, son, and a menagerie of pets.
Abraham Prontnicki, Lower School Division Head, began his career at Woodlynde in 2012 as a Middle and Upper School Science Teacher. He was appointed Director of Student Support for Lower School in 2019 and his current position as Lower School Head in 2021. He holds a B.S. in Biology Education from West Chester University and a B.S. in Business from Penn State University. Abraham currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
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.
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.
Christopher Kramaric, Director of External Affairs, came to Woodlynde following tenures as Director of Development at Philadelphia Theatre Company and Assistant Director of Corporate Communications and Foundation Relations at The Franklin Institute. A trained cultural historian and ethnographer, Christopher held teaching, research, and curatorial roles at universities in the US and Germany before moving into fundraising and communications. Originally from Coatesville, Christopher received his B.A. from Boston College, his M.A. from the University of Freiburg, and his M.Phil. from Yale University. He lives in West Philadelphia.
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.
Penny Moldofsky, Director of The Literacy Institute, has been a teacher and administrator at Woodlynde School for over 30 years. She received both her B.S. and M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is 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 50 years with over 40 of those years being a PA certified Level II Reading Specialist. Penny currently resides in Paoli.

Board of Trustees Leadership

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  • Mrs. Sarah Houston, Chair

    Sarah Houston is a Woodlynde School 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.
  • Mr. John Williams, Vice Chair

    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.
  • 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. Dana DeBenedictis-Spino, Secretary

    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.

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.
  • Ms. Mary Budzilowicz

    Mary Budzilowicz has spent her career in education and is currently the Director of Universal Design for Learning, Technology, and Resources at Cabrini University. As a graduate of Cabrini and Temple University, her skills and insights will be invaluable to the board as it moves forward into an unprecedented school year that will require increased use of technology among students, parents, and colleagues. Mary is a parent of an alumnus and a member of Stratford Friends School’s Board of Trustees. “[I am interested in serving on Woodlynde School’s Board of Trustees to] ensure that Woodlynde continues to be strategically effective and mission-driven, and an exemplar of 21st-century learning.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Ms. Lindsey O'Connor

    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.
  • Mr. John Park

    John Park is master of finance with venture capital experience. As a graduate of Villanova and the University of Michigan, he has built a successful career that has led him to his current position as a Partner and the CFO of Cardinal Partners. John is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, CBC Management, Inc; and is a Director at Asylon Incorporated, Inc. As a parent of a student in Woodlynde School’s 2021 class, he is looking forward to making a difference on Woodlynde School’s Board of Trustees. “Woodlynde has provided the opportunity for our son to achieve to the best of his abilities and to believe he can accomplish his dreams. The mission of Woodlynde is essential to the well-being of children with learning differences and I want to contribute in any way that I can to ensure that all children have the opportunity to realize their potential.”
  • Mr. Andy Polywacz

    Andy Polywacz brings additional attention to detail to the board with his experience in operations and quality control. As a graduate of National Louis University, he has leveraged his skills into a successful career and is currently the Vice President of Quality at West Pharmaceutical Services. Andy is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and is a current parent of students in Woodlynde School’s class of 2022. “Woodlynde has had a positive impact on my children and I would like to be involved with the school to assure that other children have that opportunity.”
  • 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. Michael Trevisan

    Michael Trevisan is the parent of two current Woodlynde students and served with his wife, Maggie, on the Woodlynde School Head of School Society before joining the Woodlynde School Board of Trustees. Having a degree in business, Michael is a graduate of Malvern Prep and Elon and Methodist Universities
  • 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.
  • 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.