Board Members

 

 

The nine members of the Colonial School Board are elected at large to serve the citizens of Conshohocken Borough and Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships. The term of a board member is four years and the only compensation is the satisfaction of service to the community. Members attend more than 150 meetings and take part in official ceremonies and school functions each year.

Susan Moore, President

Susan MooreA resident of Plymouth Meeting, Susan L. Moore was appointed to the School Board in December 2001 and elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. She was elected to serve as Board President for the 2020 calendar year. She previously served four one-year terms as Board President and four one-year terms as Vice President. Mrs. Moore is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Distinguished Graduates Organization Board. She holds a master's degree in special education from Temple University and has extensive experience as a teacher in both public and private schools. She is quite familiar with the Colonial School District having volunteered and served as Vice President for the Plymouth Elementary School, Colonial Elementary School, Colonial Middle School and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Parent Teacher Organizations. She also has served on the Colonial Parents Council. A former president of the Ply-Mar Swim and Tennis Club, Mrs. Moore also is a past member of the Strategic Planning Evaluation Committee for Colonial.

Beth Suchsland, Vice President

A Lafayette Hill resident, Beth Suchsland was elected to a four-year term to the School Board in 2009 and re-elected to four year terms in 2013 and 2019. She served as Board Vice President from 2014 through 2017 and was elected to a one-year term to that position in 2019. She is Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee and sits on the Finance Committee. Mrs. Suchsland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Relations from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources from Temple University. She has nearly two decades of experience working in various Labor Relations positions. Mrs. Suchsland has been an active volunteer in Colonial schools and the community, including the Colonial Area Girl Scouts organization. She was on the Board of Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club and served as Chair of the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club summer camp program.

Jennifer Dow

Jennifer Dow

A Plymouth Meeting resident, Jennifer Dow was elected to a four-year term on the Board in November 2017. She is a member of the Community Relations and Student Life/Safety and Wellness and Policy Committees. She also serves as the Board's representative on the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Board. Mrs. Dow serves on the Plymouth Parks and Recreation Board and previously was a part of the Historical Architecture Review Board for Plymouth and Whitemarsh. She has been very active in community service and has volunteered extensively with area non-profit organizations.

Eunice Franklin-Becker

Eunice Franklin-Becker

A Plymouth Meeting resident, Eunice Franklin-Becker was elected to a four-year term on the Board in November 2017. She is a member of the Facilities Management and Transportation and Curriculum Committees, and is a member of the Central Montco Technical High School Joint Operating Committee. She also serves as the Board's liaison to Plymouth Township. Mrs. Franklin-Becker has worked in university settings on public health research studies and training medical students and physicians in public health policy issues. Subsequently she worked in the pharmaceutical research industry where she managed large research studies and business development. She has volunteered as a mentor with Philadelphia Futures, a Girl Scout leader and coach for an Odyssey of the Mind team at Colonial Elementary School. Mrs. Franklin-Becker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Emory University.

Rosemary Northcutt

 

Rosemary Northcutt

A Conshohocken resident, Rosemary Northcutt was elected to a four-year term on the Board in November 2017. She is Chair of the Community Relations and Student Life/Safety and Wellness Committee and member of the Curriculum Committee. She also acts as community liaison to Conshohocken Borough and is the Board's liaison to the Colonial School District Education Foundation. A former member of the Conshohocken Borough Council, Mrs. Northcutt is a retired public school teacher who served as Program Director of the Montgomery Early Learning Centers for 14 years. An active community advocate, she has volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, a Friend of the Conshohocken Library, a member of the Conshohocken Environmental Advisory Council and is a St. John AME Food Pantry worker. Mrs. Northcutt holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University.

 

Cathy Peduzzi

 

Cathy Peduzzi

A Lafayette Hill resident, Cathy Peduzzi was elected to a four-year term on the School Board in 2015 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2019. She serves Chairperson of the Facilities Management and Transportation Committee and sits on the Community Relations and Student Life/Safety and Wellness Committee. Mrs. Peduzzi also serves as the Board's liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. A former Whitemarsh Township Supervisor, she holds a degree from the American University where she attended on a full basketball scholarship. Mrs. Peduzzi is active as a youth sports coach in the community.

 

Adam Schupack

Adam  Schupack

A Lafayette Hill resident, Adam Schupack was elected to a four-year term on the Board in November 2017. He is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee. He also serves as the Board's legislative liaison. Mr. Schupack is an attorney at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia and serves on the Philadelphia Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where he co-chairs the Civil Rights Committee. Mr. Schupack previously clerked for two federal judges in Philadelphia and worked for ADL advocating for civil and human rights. While at ADL, he was invited to study immigration and integration in France by the French government and to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Mr. Schupack also lived in Berlin, Germany and worked in the German Parliament as a Bosch Foundation Fellow. A graduate of Upper Moreland High School, Mr. Schupack holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a juris doctor degree from Duke University.

Chris Epstein

A Whitemarsh Township resident, Chris Epstein was elected to a four-year term to the School Board in 2019. She is Chairperson of the Policy Committee and sits on the Facilities Management and Transportation and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Central Montco Technical High School Joint Operation Committee. Mrs. Epstein has volunteered extensively in Colonial schools having been active in various PTOs, the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Post Prom Committee and the PWHS Band Boosters. She helped develop an after-school program at the Salvation Army in Philadelphia and assisted in mentoring children at a Salvation Army camp for 15 summers. Mrs. Epstein also serves as volunteer director of children’s ministry at her church. She has attended classes at Drexel University and Temple University.

Beth Patruno

A Whitemarsh Township resident, Beth Patruno was elected to a four-year term to the School Board in 2019. She is Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee and also sits on the Human Resources and Policy Committees. She is the Board’s liaison to Whitemarsh Township. Mrs. Patruno served on the Ridge Park PTO Executive Board for five years, serving as co-president for three years. She has also been active in the Colonial Elementary School PTO, teaches Sunday school classes and helps run vacation bible school in the summer. Mrs. Patruno has more than 10 years of experience teaching elementary school students in Philadelphia and working as a literacy specialist for Temple University’s College of Education. Currently she teaches preschool in Plymouth Meeting. Mrs. Patruno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Science degree in Education from Drexel University.

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Susan Moore, President
Beth Suchsland, Vice President
Jennifer Dow
Chris Epstein
Eunice Franklin-Becker
Rosemary Northcutt
Beth Patruno
Cathy Peduzzi
Adam Schupack

 

 

 

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