Meet the 2021 Candidates! Local, County, and Judicial

Our 2021 slate of  candidates is ready to meet you!  2021  is big, with important races in Tredyffrin and Chester County, as well as in the local and state judicial system. Take the time to read about the candidates, and get to know them better through their bios, personal videos and social media.

TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Supervisor At Large
Matt Holt (Incumbent)

Matt was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2017. He has served on the Finance Committee and the Paoli Task Force, and acted as liaison to the Zoning Hearing Board and the Tredyffrin Municipal Authority. Matt has lived in Chester County for over 25 years and currently resides in Paoli with his wife Lauren and their 5 year-old son Truman and 2 year old Quincy. Matt has served as in-house counsel with the The Bryn Mawr Trust Company since 2015, where he focuses on fiduciary matters and compliance issues. Prior to that, he was an attorney with Fox Rothschild LLP, where his practice included litigation with an emphasis on family and criminal law, estates and commercial law. He has dedicated many hours to serving pro-bono clients throughout Chester County. He graduated from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Chester County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Matt is a proud board member of Community Volunteers in Medicine of West Chester, PA. Matt is running for re-election to continue to give back to our community, which has become the center of his family’s life, and to provide responsive government to all Tredyffrin’s residents. His priorities will continue to include constituent service, ensuring sensible and effective budgets and the provision of excellent township services to all residents of our community.


Supervisor At Large
Murph Wysocki (Incumbent)

Murph Wysocki is serving in his eighth year as a Tredyffrin Township Supervisor-at- Large. Murph is also in his third year as Chair of the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors. He is a candidate for reelection in 2021. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Murph has helped develop fiscally sound Township budgets that provided for the effective delivery of Township services and ensured the Township’s financial strength. As Chair, Murph worked with staff and Board members to complete the Township’s $7,000,000.00 bond offering in November, 2019 making funds available for much needed projects. The Township secured funds at historically low interest rates. Bond proceeds are targeted for major projects such as bridge repairs and replacements, stormwater infrastructure projects, Township park renovations, and library improvements. Murph is working closely with Township staff and Supervisors to overcome the personnel, financial, and operational difficulties caused by COVID-19. He recognizes all Township residents who, with compassion and patience, are confronting the pandemic’s multiple effects. Early in his time as Supervisor, Murph helped lead the successful effort to hire additional Tredyffrin police officers then needed by the Police Department. As Chair, Murph often discusses public safety issues with the Police Chief. Under the leadership of the Police Command Staff, Tredyffrin’s police officers meet today’s policing challenges with honor and serve everyone with respect, dignity, and the highest level of professionalism. Murph meets regularly with local volunteer fire companies, other Tredyffrin supervisors, Easttown Supervisors and township senior staff from both townships, on future funding alternatives in a cooperative effort to continue our high level of emergency services. As a Supervisor, Murph enjoys the opportunity to work directly with residents to help solve their problems. He appreciates Tredyffrin’s many strengths. Yet, in order to assure an even better Tredyffrin for all, Supervisors must govern with a view to the future. For Murph, that means: keeping Tredyffrin Township fiscally strong; exercising smart management of Tredyffrin’s economic revitalization and redevelopment; maintaining the high level of Township services; finding solutions to our emergency services and stormwater management funding issues, and; promoting the use of renewable energy in Township vehicles and buildings. If reelected, Murph will work hard for all Tredyffrin residents today and for a brighter Tredyffrin tomorrow. Murph and his wife, Lois, have lived for 43 years in the Deepdale neighborhood where they raised their daughter who attended T/E schools. Murph received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, with honors, in 1972. He received his B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University, with honors, in 1969.


Supervisor, Middle District
David Miller

David Miller, a 27-year Tredyffrin resident and the President of the Chesterbrook Civic Association, is running for Township Supervisor (Middle District) to build on the work being done by our current Board. A graduate of Duke University and Penn’s Wharton School of Business, David will use his skills and experience in leading corporations and serving his community to focus on the issues that matter most to the residents of Tredyffrin. He is committed to maintaining a transparent and sustainable budget and keeping taxes low, supporting public safety, establishing a long-term funding solution for our fire companies, improving our township infrastructure, and addressing stormwater issues. As President of the Chesterbrook Civic Association, he is constantly advocating for the residents of our community. Specifically, he successfully negotiated with PECO and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on several projects to address quality of life issues in our community. As a senior executive, David has built several successful businesses including one which currently employs hundreds in the township. He and his wife Maureen raised and educated their three children in Tredyffrin. David brings a deep understanding of what makes Tredyffrin Township a great place to live and work to the role of Township Supervisor. David, currently retired, serves on 6 corporate boards as well as the Philabundance board.

TREDYFFRIN/EASTTOWN SCHOOL BOARD

School Board, Region 1
Dr. Yolanda Allen

Dr. Yolanda H. Allen, a 14-year resident of the Tredyffrin Easttown School District, is a visionary, a public servant, a wife and a mother of two. Committed to affecting positive social change in her community, Dr. Allen has used her more than 20 years of leadership experience to work with nonprofits, community-based organizations, and public sector organizations, heavily focused on targeting youth. In her current role as Director of Workforce Career Services, Dr. Allen directs federal and state funded employment and training programs for adults, dislocated workers, and young people. Additionally, Dr. Allen presently oversees adult education and family literacy programs, and New Jersey’s 23 One-Stop Career Centers. Dr. Allen formerly served as a Senior Director at the Philadelphia Youth Network. There, Dr. Allen managed the Program Implementation department, and ran the Philadelphia Summer Youth Employment Program where she provided more than 10,000 youth with year-round educational and employment opportunities. Dr. Allen also directed their Research and Evaluation unit, which developed best practices for serving youth and young adults. Lastly, Dr. Allen chaired the youth ministry at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, PA for over five years. Dr. Allen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Iowa State University, a Master’s Degree in Social and Political Ethics from The Claremont School of Theology, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from West Chester University. Dr. Allen is running to become the Region 1 School Board Director. Learn More at PreservingExcellence.com


School Board, Region 2
Dr. Robert Singh

Robert Singh is a vascular surgeon serving as Owner and Chief Medical Officer of The Infusion Center of Pennsylvania. He resides in Chesterbrook with his family and dog, Sunny. Two of his children, Sydney and Alexander, currently attend Conestoga High School; Sydney will be graduating CHS and attending Villanova in the fall. His eldest, Anjali, graduated from CHS in 2019 and is a sophomore at American University, majoring in Political Science. Robert has grown his company over the last five years to one of the largest ambulatory infusion centers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He is no stranger to making tough business decisions, including the appropriate allocation of funds and the impact of taxes. Robert will let science and data guide him on the school board. His success as a surgeon and business executive means he’ll listen effectively, weigh all options, and making decisions based on solid data. He will use sound judgment and bring his business acumen to bear on budget proposals and financial decisions. He will insist on clarity and transparency in school accounting. School board decisions impact everyone in the community. As a medical practitioner, Robert is used to listening carefully and making recommendations based on the needs and concerns of all those affected. As a School Board Director, Robert will represent all Tredyffrin residents, and will keep the community at the center when he casts votes. In addition to being a struggling guitar player and an average golfer, he enjoys reading books, watching old movies, and cooking for his family. He looks forward to bringing the service, diligence and care of his patient work into a new role serving the community as a school board Director.

Diagnosing today’s concerns while healing yesterday’s issues. Vote Dr. Robert Singh for T/E School Board.


School Board, Region 3
Susan Audrain

I am running for Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, Region III School Board Director because I want to serve the TESD students and the community and to ensure continued educational excellence for all TESD students.  I want to use my administrative and problem-solving skills honed by extensive experience as a hospital department administrator, a critical care nurse and chair of nursing quality improvement committees.  Responsibilities included developing and managing multimillion-dollar budgets, evaluating problems, identifying root causes, and developing action plans, policies, and procedures to resolve issues.

As School Board Director, I commit to:

  • Listen respectfully to students, parents, teachers, and administrators to address their concerns.
  • Support a comprehensive, multifaceted evaluation of students post COVID and support plans for academic, emotional, or social support as needed.
  • Inform the community of unfunded/underfunded state mandates which negatively impact the students and taxpayers of TESD.
  • Maximize taxpayer dollars by critically evaluating data and cost -effective alternatives.

Education:  The University of South Florida, Bachelor of Science in Nursing           2000


School Board, Region 3
MaryAnn Piccioni

My husband, Mike (Amedeo) and I have been Easttown residents for 36 years. Our 4 children.  Camilla, Annamarie, and A. Joseph are graduates of Devon Elementary, T/E Intermediate, and Conestoga High schools. Elizabeth is a graduate of St. Norbert Catholic School and Conestoga High School.

As we move out of the pandemic, the most pressing issue facing T/E schools is academic regression. I intend to utilize the training that I received as a foster parent for children who have experienced emotional and developmental distress, as well as loss of security to insure we meet this challenge.

I am dedicated to:

  • providing the most conducive environment for student achievement
  • building resources to ensure that curriculum standards are maximized

The growth of our student population will require planning resources to upgrade, renovate, and the potential for new facilities. As the former Development Director for the Easttown Library & Information Center, I managed the successful $4 million Rebuilding Campaign. My experience with community engagement, and municipal and grant funding will advance my work with the School District. I am dedicated to:

  • protecting our taxpayer dollars by ensuring program strength.
  • financial accountability that provides students with the top-notch education they deserve.

I was honored at the Easttown Tricentennial celebration as Paoli’s Noteworthy Citizen for my work with neighborhood youth. My continued involvement as a community volunteer has demonstrated a long-term commitment to building a strong District.

“Maryann has always dedicated her considerable energies to building and sustaining neighborhood communities. Youth groups, the local library, and the foster care of vulnerable children have all benefited from her empathy and compassion. The Tredyffrin-Easttown community will be fortunate to have Maryann serve as their School Director.” Michele Vaughn, Chester County Register of Wills/Orphans’ Court

“Maryann has lived in the T/E community for many years, and is well-acquainted with the needs of our students.  As a Board member, she’ll continue to support the initiatives many of us have championed, not the least of which is our important racial equity work. She has my full support for a seat on our School Board.” Rev. Kyle Boyer, (retiring) T/E School Director

“Maryann’s continued involvement as a community volunteer has demonstrated a long-term commitment to building a strong district. As a careful listener of school district constituents, Maryann is the most qualified to help the district have a safe reopening for our schools after the pandemic.” Debbie Dooling, Retired Teacher from the T/E School District for 37 years, Easttown Resident for 34 years

“Maryann Piccioni is truly active in her community and dedicated to youth.  Engaged in church youth education minister at St. Norbert Catholic Church, and serving on the Girl Scout Council Board of Directors, demonstrates her community commitment.  Maryann’s experience in fund development for the Easttown Library will be a significant asset as she manages our taxpayer dollars.” Elva Bankins Baxter, Local Business Owner, Tredyffrin Resident

“Over these past 20+ years, we’ve come to know Maryann Piccioni as a woman of great humanity, integrity, and conviction. Her commitment to young people is evident in her long record of community service, especially as a foster parent to children facing difficult family situations. Maryann Piccioni cares.” Terry and Deacon Steve Martino, Tredyffrin residents

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE

Magisterial District Judge, District 15-4-01
Lauren Holt

I am excited to announce that I am running for Magisterial District Judge in District 15-4-01 encompassing parts of East Whiteland and Tredyffrin Townships! I am an attorney that has dedicated my entire legal career to public interest work. My experience and my commitment to serve has led me to run for this important position and I will be ready to take the bench on day one. If elected, I will run an efficient and respectful courtroom, ensuring that all voices are heard and that each case is given careful consideration. ​ I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where I earned a BA in political science and history, and I earned my Juris Doctor degree from The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. As a law student, I took advantage of every opportunity to engage in public service and help others. I worked as a student attorney at the law school’s Family Law Clinic, representing indigent clients in divorce proceedings, custody disputes and in dependency hearings. I also interned with MidPenn Legal Services in Harrisburg and with the York County Public Defender’s Office. Upon graduating from law school, I worked as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Penny L. Blackwell of the York County Court of Common Pleas before joining the Chester County Public Defender’s Office as a trial attorney. For over 10 years, my duties as a public defender entailed representing indigent defendants during all stages of the criminal process. I represented clients in numerous magisterial district courts, the Chester County Court of Common Pleas and, finally, the Pennsylvania Superior Court. I litigated complex misdemeanor and felony cases, including drug trafficking and first degree murder. I gained valuable experience in working with diverse clients, district attorneys, probation officers, members of law enforcement and Judges at every level of the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania. I have lived in Chester County for over 12 years and currently reside in Paoli with my husband Matt and our two young sons. In addition to my work with the legal community, I have been a member of the Tredyffrin Township Libraries Board of Trustees.


Magisterial District Judge, District 15-1-02
Mackenzie Smith

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and practicing attorney. Born in Wilmington, I’ve lived in Chester County for the last 15 years. Since graduating from Temple Law School at the top of my class in 2009, I have handled many types of cases, ranging from child welfare to criminal prosecutions to complex commercial litigation. I have practiced in every level of court in both the Pennsylvania court system and the federal court system (including the U.S. Supreme Court), and have handled preliminary hearings, jury trials, appeals, and everything in between. I understand that each step in the legal process is equally important to preserving the integrity of our judicial system and ensuring stability in the law, which ultimately allows citizens to reach their highest potential. It is this legal training, broad experience, and understanding of our constitutional system that make me the best candidate to understand every type of case that will come before me as district judge. Above all, it is my deep commitment to our community and the people who call it home that calls me to serve as District Judge. As an avid runner, I have logged between 10 and 35 miles in the East Goshen Township Park and on the Chester Valley Trail nearly every week since 2007, waving to countless fellow joggers and walkers along the way. There is nothing I want more than for every person who lives, works, or passes through our community to be able to enjoy it as much as I do. The best way I can do that is by serving as District Judge and presiding over a courtroom where the facts and the law matter, where each person is treated with equal dignity, and where all claims and defenses are adjudicated impartially. I am dedicated to my family, my community, and the law. I will serve with dedication and humility if elected to be your district judge.

CHESTER COUNTY ROW OFFICES

Chester County Clerk of Courts
Yolanda Van de Krol (Incumbent)

A native of Massachusetts, with degrees from Hamilton College and the University of Delaware, Yolanda spent 22 years as a bank executive in the Philadelphia region. Her long list of volunteer work includes Board President of Tredyffrin Township Libraries and Assistant Treasurer of West Chester Rotary. She ran successfully for Clerk of Courts in 2017 to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and to streamline services to ensure that the administration of justice is efficient and accurate. As Clerk of Courts, she has implemented e-filing and other technological improvements. Her overall philosophy is that accurate records provide the basis for fair trials for victims and defendants alike.Working with the DA, the President Judge and Juvenile Probation, she is expunging records for non-violent, low-level juvenile offenders who qualify but have neglected to expunge their records before they turned 18; thus “because of our collaboration on juvenile expungements, a mistake will no longer define a person’s life and limit their opportunities.” As a Board member of the Friends Association, Yolanda has been instrumental in setting up Chester County’s Eviction Prevention Court program.


Controller
Margaret Reif (Incumbent)

Margaret holds a degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Scranton. She was controller for a Malvern-based non-profit, managed a family-owned small business for over 25 years, and worked as investment liaison at Vanguard. She has been a community activist for issues such as maintaining open space and child advocacy. She has provided transparency, accountability and efficiency to the residents of Chester County by bringing a fresh eye to precious taxpayer resource allocation. As Controller, she has found ways to improve and streamline processes within the County leading to significant cost savings for the taxpayers.


Coroner
Sophia Garcia-Jackson

Sophia Garcia-Jackson, the County’s Chief Deputy Coroner, works closely with incumbent Christina VandePol, who has decided not to seek reelection. Sophia manages and oversees all functions of the office: administration, investigations, transportation and morgue-related duties. She has supervisor-on-duty responsibilities and is the direct supervisor for the investigators. Her achievements include streamlining the budget process and changing how payments are made in order to enhance transparency. She sits on multiple task forces throughout the County, coordinating with local law enforcement and other agencies. With the Coroner she shares duties including signing death certificates by providing cause and manner of death. Previously, she worked for the State of New Jersey as a Death Investigator for 6 years. She holds a master’s degree in Forensic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State with a certification in Forensic Identification, and has completed several internships and training programs. Sophia is certified with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and is working on the next level of fellowship and certified with the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Education Board. She will be prepared to lead the office on day one and will keep pushing for a modern forensic facility that provides the proper safety mechanisms for the office to work in the most important of circumstances, like a pandemic.


Treasurer
Patricia Maisano (Incumbent)

Patricia holds a RN degree from St. Francis School of Nursing and a Doctorate in Health Sciences from Sheffield University. She was sole founder and CIO of IKOR International Inc., providing patient advocacy and professional guardianship services to the profoundly disabled and seniors, a company that from Chester County has grown to more than 70 offices in 20 states. She has served as board member for the YMCA of Brandywine Valley and the Kennett Senior Center. She has the financial experience of successfully running a company and the assets of other individuals for many years. She has conducted her entire business career guided by the core values of integrity, transparency and trust, which she brings to County government. Patricia uses her corporate experience to ensure the Office of the Treasurer maintains tight accounting controls and the ability to innovate to improve services.


PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT (VOTE FOR 1)
Judge Maria McLaughlin

A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, first in her family to attend college, Maria McLaughlin personifies hard work. She grew up in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State and Delaware Law School-Widener University. During her final year of law school, she clerked for the President Judge of the Superior Court, where she is now a member. For 19 years after law school, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Unit. Of utmost importance to her was safeguarding the rights of children. In 2017, she led the ticket statewide for a seat on the Superior Court. She has dedicated numerous hours to anti-violence, anti-drug, and re-entry programs, youth organizations, and helping women in prisons prepare for success outside the prison system. She has often been an instructor or guest speaker on a variety of topics for bar associations, schools, universities and law schools. Giving back to the community was instilled in her from an early age. She and her husband, Jonathan Saidel, treasure their blended family of six adult children and four grandchildren.


PENNSYLVANIA SUPERIOR COURT (VOTE FOR 1)
Judge Timika Lane

Judge Timika Lane was born and raised in West Philadelphia. After graduating from Howard University, she took on the challenge of teaching social studies to middle school students in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Following a successful teaching career, she decided to pursue a career in law and in 2002 received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. She has represented clients in family law, from support to custody issues, and represented indigent families. She went on to work as a major trial attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and then as Chief Legal Counsel for State Senator Anthony H. Williams and as the Democratic Executive Director for the Pennsylvania State Senate State Government Committee, where she challenged Pennsylvania’s restrictive Photo ID law, assessed the constitutionality of proposed and existing legislation, and provided legal advice and guidance regarding the legal implications of legislation, regulations, and administrative policies. In 2013, she decided to pursue a seat on the Court of Common Pleas and despite seemingly insurmountable odds was elected. She handles cases in human trafficking, domestic/family violence, sexual assault, attempted murder, aggravated assault, arson, robbery and burglary. She is a member of many professional and civic boards and committees, and is active in ministries and relief programs.

PENNSYLVANIA COMMONWEALTH COURT (VOTE FOR 2)

Judge Lori Dumas

The Honorable Lori A. Dumas is an impactful voice in the City of Philadelphia. As a Common Pleas Court Judge in the Philadelphia Family Court’s Juvenile Division, she has fought for fair and equal justice for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children and families and presided over thousands of trialsy. She guided the City of Philadelphia in its creation of the First Judicial District’s Juvenile Human Trafficking Court to provide services to young victims of commercial exploitation. She led many initiatives to lead system children to success. She serves as the local Chair of a national anti-violence program which uses literacy as a therapeutic tool to assist youth traumatized by violence. She has worked tirelessly with a number of boards and organizations, served on several committees of the First Judicial District and taught legal courses at local institutions. A native Philadelphian, she received her BA in Sociology from Duke University and her JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law; she graduated from UPenn’s Fels Institute of Government, holds a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and is licensed as a Personal Care Home Administrator. She is the mother of two adult children and a middle school student.


Judge David Spurgeon

Judge David Spurgeon earned his B.A. from Duquesne University in 1993) and J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1996, when he began his career in private practice. He joined the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant DA in 1998, and in 2009 was promoted to Deputy District Attorney, maintaining a full trial calendar and superviseing a large group of attorneys. An advocate of diversionary courts, he helped create Veterans’ Court and supervised the attorneys assigned to Mental Health Court. He was integral in the development of the first specialized accountability docket in Pennsylvania to address repeat batterers and implemented the first Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Review Team to identify systematic breakdowns. Since 2016 he has served in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, handling all matters involving children and families. A nationally recognized expert on domestic violence, he regularly participates in various local, state, and national forums, including recently discussing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on family violence. He has taught at Point Park University and currently at Duquesne University School of Law. He serves on many boards and committees: for the Allegheny County Bar Association, in support of domestic violence victims and children, and within his family church.

CHESTER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS (VOTE FOR 2)

Alita Rovito

Alita Rovito believes that a good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and the experience and compassion to apply the law with fairness and respect. Alita has 33 years legal expertise serving the citizens of Chester County. She is the only candidate for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas with 15 years of judicial experience as a hearing officer in the Family Court Masters Unit. She has served as an educator for other attorneys through continuing legal education, as a Mock Trial coach for high school and college students, as a Moot Court judge for college students, as a leader for the Girl Scouts, as a board member for the Crime Victims Center, and as a volunteer for the Access to Justice Program. Alita is a graduate of Penn State University and Dickinson School of Law. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County and was the first managing attorney of the Chester County’s Child Abuse Unit. She is the founding member of Rovito Law LLC, where she represents men and women in all aspects of family law. She has served as an advocate, mediator, and private arbitrator. Alita’s experience, both personal and professional, makes her uniquely qualified to be a compassionate and fair Judge on the Court of Common Pleas.


Tony Verwey

Tony has over 30 years of diverse legal experience and a proven track record of public service. Since 2017 at Gawthrop Greenwood in West Chester, he has worked with elected officials at the county and municipal level, appointed boards and commissions, and private clients on a wide range of legal matters including government, ethics, taxation, prevailing wage, education law, real estate development, zoning and land use. In 2006-2017 he was at Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees, and in 2004-2006 was sole proprietor of a law practice representing clients in a variety of matters including legal ethics, professional discipline defense, litigation and wills and estates. In 1993-2004, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, District II, he directed investigations of alleged attorney misconduct. He received his J.D., 1989, from Widener University School of Law after graduating in 1986 from Penn State University. He has made many professional presentations and most recently earned recognition as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – 2020 (Land Use/Zoning) and as a Main Line Today – 2020 Top Lawyer (Municipal Law).

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