School Board Candidates Endorsed by the Haverford Democratic Committee
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Lawrence Feinberg, Incumbent
Serving in his 20th year on the Haverford School Board, Lawrence A. Feinberg has been the board president since December 2017. Recognized as a strong and tireless advocate for public education at the local, regional, state and federal levels, he serves as the board’s legislative liaison to state and federal officials on education issues and is the Chairman of the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council. In 2006, he founded and now co-chairs the Keystone State Education Coalition, a non-partisan grassroots statewide public education advocacy group. He served for seven years on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He has served on the National School Boards Associations’ Federal Relations Network for sixteen years and in that role seeks to ensure that public education is a top priority of the federal government. In 2012, Feinberg received the Media Area NAACP’s Foot Soldier for Justice Award in recognition of his commitment to universal public education and advocacy efforts and was invited to join a group of Pennsylvania education leaders to meet with senior administration education policy advisers at the White House.
Mr. Feinberg ran for school board because he believes that public education is the foundation of our democracy and that its mission is to create informed American citizens. He has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from LaSalle University and has been a systems consultant since 1979. He and his wife Ingrid have been township residents for over thirty years and have two children who attended Haverford schools. In addition to his School Board and advocacy work, Mr. Feinberg is a longtime runner who has completed twenty-five slow marathons.
Bridget Wiedeman, Incumbent
Bridget Wiedeman, a Senior Director at Reinvestment Fund, was selected to serve on the Haverford Township School Board in 2018 and is currently Vice President. Since 2000, she has worked in community development finance, analyzing financial projections and structuring capital solutions for facility projects to revitalize communities. Ms. Wiedeman brings her expertise in educational facility financing to the School Board and focuses on the District’s financial resources to continue the tradition of providing high-quality schools in Haverford Township. Ms. Wiedeman received her B.S. in Economics and Finance from Boston College and her Masters of Public Affairs/Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University. Ms. Wiedeman was the Co-Treasurer of the PTO and a Leader of the Roots & Shoots program at Chestnutwold Elementary. She is an 18-year resident of the Township and has two daughters who attend SDHT schools.
Ari Flaisher, Incumbent
Ari Flaisher is a full-time parent and a golf industry veteran who joined the School District of Haverford Township Board in 2015. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children who attend Haverford schools.
Mr. Flaisher obtained a teaching certificate from Eastern University in 2009 and has gained experience working in local school districts. This has deepened his dedication to quality education, especially in public schools in and around Haverford. Seeing first hand the myriad strengths within the HTSD, he is very excited about the opportunity to continue serving the students, staff and community for another term.
Mr. Flaisher and his wife are originally from Maryland, and they met at the University in College Park. He earned a BS in Kinesiology and also has an MBA in Marketing from Lynn University. He is very passionate about junior golf and founded the Delco Junior Golf Championship in 2018. He also ran youth golf classes at the local YMCA for several years. Currently Ari is starting his own business, but in the recent past was the Men’s Golf coach at Rosemont College and worked in client relationship management at Vanguard in Malvern. Before moving to Ardmore in 2004, he worked extensively in the film industry on feature films, television shows and commercials as a Production Manager and Assistant. For fun, Ari enjoys sharing his passion for the history of the game as the founder of the Philadelphia Hickory Golf Championship. He also enjoys swimming, skiing, hiking, biking, and coaching his kids’ sports teams. Most importantly he is a very loyal Maryland Basketball fanatic!
Laura Crispin, New Candidate
Dr. Laura M. Crispin is an Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Joseph’s University. She is running for Haverford Township School Board of Directors because she is passionate about high quality public education and the benefits that it can provide to students, parents, and the community. As an economist, Dr. Crispin has studied many important issues in education policy, such as bullying, class size, school size, and extracurricular participation. She frequently presents at conferences centered around education policy, and is eager to contribute her expertise in education policy and data analysis as a school board member. As a college professor, she sees how students can benefit from high quality K-12 education in preparation for higher education and for entering the workforce. As the mother of a future Lynnewood student, she is committed to investing in excellent education in our township for her daughter and other future Haverford students.
Dr. Crispin earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University. She has worked at Saint Joseph’s University since 2012, where she teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomics, research methods, labor economics, and data analysis. She resides in Havertown with her husband and (almost) three-year-old daughter. Currently on sabbatical, she is working on research related to bullying and athletics, and is working on several DIY home renovations.
Antoinette Snodgrass, New Candidate
Antoinette Snodgrass is an attorney, parent, and advocate for public schools. Antoinette attended Pennsylvania public schools from kindergarten to her education at Temple Law School. She is currently an attorney with the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath, a national law
firm with its headquarters in Center City, Philadelphia. Antoinette has a diverse law practice including litigation cases, contractual drafting and interpretation, environmental remediation, and regulatory matters.
Antoinette and her husband Sean have two daughters, one of whom is an enthusiastic Chestnutwold student and the other very excited to become one. When Antoinette moved to Haverford Township six years ago, she immediately felt a sense of belonging in our fantastic community. Since then, she has integrated into the community and enjoyed getting to know others in the Township. Antoinette is running for school board to give back to the community that she loves, make meaningful contributions to the Township, and continue to build on the District’s reputation for excellence.
David Schwartz, New Candidate
Dave Schwartz is an 18-year resident of Delaware County and has lived in Haverford Township since 2010. He has served on the Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) since 2011, the Hav-a-Rain Garden Committee, and is a member of the Llanerch Advocacy Group. Dave and his wife Melissa have two children, a daughter who attends Chatham Park and a 3-year old son who is excited to join her there.
Dave obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Transportation Engineering from Villanova. A licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a certified urban planner (AICP), Dave has worked on infrastructure and community planning jobs of all shapes and sizes, from multi-billion dollar roadway reconstruction to municipal Comprehensive Plans and bicycle and pedestrian projects.
A strong environmental advocate, Dave will make environmental stewardship his top priority. Some of the initiatives he will pursue will include increasing energy efficiency of our schools, installing solar panels on school roofs, purchasing cleaner energy, installing green stormwater infrastructure (such as rain gardens), and investigating cafeteria waste composting, among others. A product of the public school system, Dave will serve as an advocate for the public school system and continue to make Haverford’s public schools some of the best in the region.