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.

 

Our sincere thanks to the following termed Board Members who have rotated off our Board. We sincerely appreciate their contributions to the mission of our school and their time to support our children and staff:
 
  • Carolyn (Bunny) Welsh
  • James Gasho
  • Joe Panaro
  • Patrick Barron
We are excited to announce that we are now actively recruiting new Board Members. If you are interested in joining our working and oversight Board of Directors, please CLICK HERE to learn more about the requirements and to easily apply on-line.
Gregory ("Gregg") Shaffer, MBA, MBI

Gregory ("Gregg") Shaffer, MBA, MBI

President

gregoryjshaffer@ccfaschool.org

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

Carla ("Peach") Messikomer, PhD

Board Secretary

messikomer@ccfaschool.org

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. 

 A sociologist by training, she has taught at the university level and has worked exclusively in the non-profit sector throughout her career. Most recently, she headed the academic teaching and research division of a global professional organization, working with engineering and business school faculties across the world. She has published numerous articles in the fields of organizational ethics, health care and project management. 

Anthony ("Tony") Nardella, MS, LSW

Anthony ("Tony") Nardella, MS, LSW

Member

 nardella@ccfaschool.org

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.

Stuart Wenger

Stuart Wenger

Member

wenger@ccfaschool.org

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)

Geeta Kapadia (Palshikar)

Member

kapadia@ccfaschool.org

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.

Board Advisory Council

Kathleen Potts

Kathleen Potts

Board Advisory Council Member

Kathy Potts is a beloved volunteer at Chester County Family Academy. She works with the second grade students on science projects, math, and art. Kathy was a third grade teacher at Goshen Friends School for 11 years. She is the mother of a special needs child. Kathy has served on the board of the Arc and various committees. She has recently illustrated a children’s book called, It’s OK, Everybody’s Different.
Steven J. Reto, O.D.

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.

Board of Director Meetings

Please click on the Calendar menu to view our Board of Director Meeting Schedule. Our Board Meetings are held at our school location and meet at least four times during the fiscal school year.

The future of our world is linked to the natural development of our most precious resource - children!