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.
Gregg Shaffer

Gregg Shaffer


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 M. Messikomer, PhD

Carla M. Messikomer, PhD

CCFA Board Secretary | CCFA Foundation Board Secretary & Vice President

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. 

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!