Owen J. Roberts School Board Candidates

Sarah Black

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” 

                                     – Benjamin Franklin

Resident of East Nantmeal Township and homeowner since 1999

Mother of 3 teens, all students in OJR High School, married 27 years.

Former President and Vice President of the West Vincent Elementary PTA.

Volunteer for several local organizations / Microsoft Business Process Specialist.

Believing in the empowerment of OJR:

  • Education is paramount to our children’s future and a healthy and prosperous community. 
  • Fostering strong and equal partnerships to ensure safe and consistent services.
  • Promoting a positive vision based in collaboration, respect, empathy, and curiosity.
  • Leading by listening, learning, courageous actions and pragmatic solutions.
  • Using technology in a constructive and open format to enable transparency and visibility. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-black-47377836/

Daniel V. Dougherty

Hi!  My name is Dan Dougherty and I am a candidate for Owen J. Roberts School Board Director.  Please allow me to introduce a little of my background to you.  I am a 2002 graduate of Temple University and have been involved in politics on and off since 2004, having volunteered for and managed local state representative campaigns.   

Prior to moving to East Vincent Township in 2012, I lived in Phoenixville for 8 years.  I have served as a Committeeman in East Vincent 3 since 2013, as well as the Finance Chair for the Area 4 Republican Committee.  I currently have a son who attends East Vincent Elementary and I am on the Executive Committee of the East Vincent Elementary PTA. 

As a member of the OJR School Board of Directors I will make the education of our students my top priority and put their interests above all else.  Our kids have lost so much this past year and the OJR School Board needs leaders who will find ways to put our school community back together again and moving in the right direction. I will make sure that there are safeguards in place in our school curriculum that focuses on teaching our students how to think and not what to think.  Additionally, I will always work to ensure the District is acting fiscally responsible and will never vote for an unnecessary tax increase.    

Thank you in advance for your support.

Heather McCreary, Esq.

Hello, my name is Heather McCreary, and I am seeking your vote.  Please visit www.votemccreary.com or email Heather@votemccreary.com for my complete bio / info.

Areas of focus: Academic Excellence, Fiscal Responsibility, and Transparency. Virtual schooling has proven to be inadequate, but only 52% of our high school students are currently receiving in-person education. It’s even more critical for our Special Education students.  The School Board must ensure our students are being taught in-person in our public schools. The District’s cyber-school solution also needs to be critically evaluated.  The District’s Charter School expenditures for 2020-21 are projected to be $3.9 Million. The School Board must work diligently to ensure effective programs, but it must do so in a manner that both minimizes costs and produces the best outcomes for our students and the entire community, including our seniors!  

School Board Experience & Background:   My experience as a prior OJR School Board member (2015-19), working mother, attorney familiar with special ed law, advocate, and community volunteer will be an asset to the District as we recover from Covid-19 and work to address our critical education needs.  I have a Master’s Degree from Penn State in Health Policy and Administration, and I will ensure OJR is vigilant with public health compliance and safety. During my prior School Board service, I focused on the establishment of transparent goal setting for the District with input from all stakeholders: parents, students, district staff and the community. I led the establishment of and chaired the Pupil Services and Special Education Committee and the Technology Committee.  These areas are even more crucial now. Children who have lost so much must be a priority. This drives my urgency to help all children, college or career-bound, to achieve their highest potential.

Why I am Your Qualified Candidate: I am an OJR alumni (1983 valedictorian), as are my children, Sarah Hampton (2015) & Claire Hampton (2017); Community service with Kiwanis, PTA, OJR Athletic Association & church; Committeeperson for 22 years & Vice-Chair of Area 4, former Township Auditor; served on Eastern PA UM Conf. Board of Pensions-Health Benefits; Founded & Current Advisor of OJR HS Mock Trial Club; established the HS Model UN Club; Founding-Current Member of CATS committee, a new community extension of OJRHS PTSA.

Thank you in advance for your support! I promise to lead with integrity and to be accessible to the Community.

Leslie Proffitt

Hello OJR community! My name is Leslie Proffitt and I am running for re-election for the Owen J. Roberts School Board. During my first term, I focused on initiatives for our Special Education programs and student resources as the Pupil Services and Special Education chair. I was elected by the board to serve as Vice President in 2019. I was then honored with the transition into the role of President when our acting leadership stepped down. Leading our district during the pandemic has strengthened my goals to improve our student’s experience and education, improve transparency with the board, and our board effectiveness.  I take our community needs very seriously and lead with my core values of integrity, compassion, collaboration, and respectfulness.

I was honored when my peers unanimously re-elected me as School Board President. With a tumultuous year, it has been my focus to work with the board and make the difficult decisions needed to reopen our schools. Working together and focusing on the needs of our students and community has set us on a path to successfully transition back into a more traditional learning environment.

As an OJR graduate (class of 2008) I know firsthand the foundation our schools provide. My husband and I chose to live in the district because we wanted the same excellent educational experience for our own children. We have three very active daughters that are in fifth grade, first grade, and pre-K. Our oldest has Cerebral Palsy and has really driven my motivation to volunteer in the community and bring awareness for our special needs students. I have spent the last six years volunteering with many non-profit youth organizations, focusing specifically on providing programming for special needs students in our community. There is a lot of great work to be done in our schools and I would be incredibly grateful to continue in this position. Election Day is May 18th and I would be honored to have your vote.

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