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.

 

Gregg Shaffer

Gregg Shaffer

President

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.
Joseph Panaro

Joseph Panaro

Treasurer

Joseph Panaro is Vice President of Bryn Mawr Trust Bank. He is a dynamic finance professional with over 25 years of comprehensive management experience coupled with an extensive lending, underwriting and marketing background.
Sheriff Bunny Welsh

Sheriff Bunny Welsh

Member

Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the first woman to be elected Sheriff of Chester County, has served since January 2000. She is one of only 38 female sheriffs in the nation and the recipient of myriad awards, including the prestigious “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award from the National Center for Women and Policing and “30 Remarkable Women Making Domestic Violence History” from the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence. 

 

Sheriff Welsh was elected the first female president of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association and currently sits as the first woman on the National Sheriffs’ Association board. Besides the Chester County Family Academy, where she enjoys hosting the annual “Shop with the Sheriff,” she is a board member for the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School and the Chester County Industrial Development Authority. She is active in many other community organizations, including the Rotary Club of West Chester and the Chester County Hero Fund. Among her many achievements, Welsh is most proud of being the mother of four and grandmother of nine.

Carla M. Messikomer, PhD

Carla M. Messikomer, PhD

Member

Carla has been affiliated with the school in a volunteer capacity for the past 14 years. She has worked with global professional membership organizations to support and disseminate new research. She has published articles in the fields of organizational ethics, project management, health care, and gerontology.

 

Kathleen Potts

Kathleen Potts

Advisory 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.

Advisory Member

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.

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