Board of Directors
The CCFA Board of Directors is comprised of community members who are dedicated to bettering the lives of children. Their backgrounds and expertise range from education, business, banking, and law, all with the common goal of chaperoning the school into the future.
- Carolyn (Bunny) Welsh
- James Gasho
- Joe Panaro
- Patrick Barron
Gregory ("Gregg") Shaffer, MBA, MBI
Term Period: 11/1/2018 to 10/31/2021
Gregg Shaffer is a innovative results-driven business leader with more than 20 years of experience. He has positively affected corporate bottom lines through expert development and execution of business strategies for a diverse array of organizations, including start-ups, multi-billion dollar global corporations, and non-profit associations.
Carla ("Peach") Messikomer, PhD
Term Period: 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2022
Carla has been affiliated with the school in a volunteer capacity for the past 20 years. Before joining the Board of Directors, she organized special science-based programs for students and established reciprocal relationships between CCFA and private schools in West Chester.
Anthony ("Tony") Nardella, MS, LSW
Term Period: 2/19/2020 to 2/19/2021
Anthony Nardella has provided innovative leadership in Human Services for over 20 years. Working in both the public and private sectors, he believes that the education of our children is the foundation for a successful career and life. He is a licensed social worker and former board member of NOHSE, National Organization of Human Service Educators.
Term Period: 5/21/2020 to 5/20/2021
Stuart is a seasoned professional specializing in fractional CFO work, business plan development and presentation, corporate valuation, and raising working capital and special purchase funding. He presently works through his own consulting entity, Archer Target Solutions, and RT-E & Company, a consulting group focused in Risk Management and Accounting services. A University of Pennsylvania undergraduate and Wharton Graduate alumnus, he began his career as a CPA Big 4 auditor and went on to private industry and business ownership.
Cross functional by necessity, Stuart adds a unique perspective to our board by his ability to define business basics, develop goals and objectives and establish a pathway to their achievement. He is a former board of director member in a business environment and a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.
Geeta Kapadia (Palshikar)
Term Period: 5/21/2020 to 5/20/2021
Geeta Kapadia is Associate Treasurer of Investments at Yale New Haven Health System, where she leads the team responsible for managing assets of approximately $3.5 billion. With over twenty years of investment experience, she has worked with institutional investors across the UK, Asia and North America. Geeta holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The University of Chicago and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and holds the UK’s Investment Management Certificate. She is a member of and volunteer for CFA Institute, CFA Society of Philadelphia, and the Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps.
Geeta holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The University of Chicago and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and holds the UK’s Investment Management Certificate. She is a member of and volunteer for CFA Institute, CFA Society of Philadelphia, and the Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps.
Board Advisory Council
Board Advisory Council Member
Steven J. Reto, O.D.
Board Advisory Council Member | CCFA Foundation Board Treasurer
Steven Reto is recognized as a leader in the contact lens and practice management field. He has published in numerous journals, both nationally and internationally, and has lectured on many topics of optometric care. Dr. Reto remains active in the community, donating his time and efforts to the Chester County Family Academy and various school districts.