Community Leadership Awards

Nominate a leader today! Nominations for the 2019 Community Leadership Awards will be due by September 30, 2019.

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the Twin Valley Community? Show them that you have noticed their hard work and nominate them for TVCEF’s Community Leadership Awards. Click here for the Leadership award nomination form. Winners will be recognized at TVCEF’s “Little Valley, Big Giving” Annual Gala on November 1, 2019 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading, PA.

Objective of Twin Valley Community Education Leadership Award:  In every community there are people who make noteworthy contributions either through their personal or professional activities. These are people who go “above and beyond” the normal contributions made by others and are deemed “leaders” in the community. The Twin Valley Community Education Foundation (TVCEF) aims to identify and recognize the endeavors and achievements of these community leaders.

Eligibility:  Any individual may nominate any person living or working in the Twin Valley community.  The alumni nominee must be a graduate of Twin Valley High School, but does not need to currently live in the school district.

Requirements:  This nomination form must be completed and mailed to TVCEF, 4851 North Twin Valley Road, Elverson, PA 19520 or e-mail to

Awards:  Members of the TVCEF will select one winner for each category and recipients will be recognized at the annual Foundation Gala in November. The categories are: Community Educator, Community Volunteer, Community Business, Twin Valley School District Alumnus, Life Time Achievement, and Rising Star (16-21 years of age).

2018 Community Leadership Award Winners:

TVSD Alumnus, Nicole Perini
Community Educator, Tammy Taylor
Community Volunteer, Ivan Stoltzfus,
Rising Star, Hannah Spiri
Community Business Aardvark Animal Hospital
Lifetime Achievement, Mary Ann Razzano

2017 Community Leadership Award Winners:

Gary McEwen, Lifetime Achievement

Mr. Gary McEwen is the 2017 TVCEF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. Mr. McEwen has dedicated 24 years of his life to serving on the Twin Valley School Board. Serving in officer positions as Board President and Board Vice-President multiple times during his 24 year tenure.  In addition to serving on the Twin Valley School Board, Mr. McEwen serves on the Berks County Intermediate Unit Board as an officer, Director of Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook Township Planning Commission and the Lions Club just to name a few of his leadership roles for our community.

The students of the Twin Valley School District benefit directly from Mr. McEwen’s leadership ability. Mr. McEwen is an extremely valuable, dedicated, committed board member who has always used his knowledge and expertise to make Twin Valley an excellent school district.

Gary is an excellent role model in the community who exudes the true meaning of a community leader.   He has committed his life to unselfishly giving of his personal time for multiple non-profit organizations.  He has a life-long outstanding knowledge of the community and a unique gift in his ability to work with everyone to achieve a common goal.

Mr. McEwen is an outstanding asset to the Twin Valley School District and community. He is supportive of the school district through his attendance at various sporting events, activities and community functions.  He willingly volunteers throughout the community from serving at the Morgantown Food Bank to Tel Hai fundraisers.  He truly is a respected member of our community and definitely is worthy of the Community Leadership Award for 2017.

Nancy Schneider, Community Educator

Nancy Schneider is the TVCEF 2017 Community Educator Award recipient.  Nancy taught for 25 years in the Twin Valley School District and served a total of 40 years in public education. She filled many roles during her time with Twin Valley, including emotional support services, instructional support and various subjects throughout 5th to 7th grade.  Nancy was recognized during her tenure as the recipient of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.  This award exemplifies the work that Nancy did in the classroom, putting her students’ academic, social and emotional needs at the heart of her work.  Nancy supported many program efforts at Twin Valley Middle School, in recent years, including support to the Reading Olympics program, Student Tutoring Program, and the Spelling Bee Competition. In the classroom, and amongst colleagues she was always a leader in best practices in teaching and sought to do the best for all of her students.

Nancy’s commitment to TVSD and to improving our teaching and learning has set her above her colleagues. She had a never quit attitude when pursuing the best for each student. She made sure that new teachers also exemplified this attitude by mentoring and coming along side of them.

Nancy retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. She left a legacy at TVMS for her compassion, willingness to go above and beyond the “call of duty”, and a strong supporter for helping students to become better readers and writers.

Rebecca Johnson, TVSD Alumnus

Rebecca Johnson is the Twin Valley Community Education Foundation’s TVSD Alumnus Award. Becky perfectly exemplifies the phrase “above and beyond” the normal contributions of others within and outside of the school community.

Becky’s leadership is seen through her championship of children in her classroom, in the Twin Valley School District, and beyond our own community. Her heart is centered on helping children reach their fullest potential as a learner and as a citizen. This is easily seen in her classroom where the children are highly engaged in their learning. This is a result of Becky’s initiative in finding strategies and materials that reach a diverse and ever-changing population of students.  Her lessons challenge and inspire children and are delivered with knowledge, wisdom, and love.  She creates a classroom atmosphere where everyone feels valued and ready to learn.

The teachers in the Twin Valley School District also benefit from Becky’s leadership. She has served on many committees, helping to develop curriculum based upon current standards. Becky has also volunteered to lead and run workshops for teachers to further their knowledge of district initiatives. Her colleagues respect and benefit from her insight and experience, and she is always willing to share ideas on how to help children thrive in school. The fourth grade field trip to French Creek exemplifies her dedication to doing what is best for children.  Knowing that the children are apprehensive about moving up to a new school, she and Sue Sanger (TEVC) designed the field trip in such a way that while the children are exploring and reinforcing the science curriculum at the park and promoting stewardship of the environment, they are also getting to know children from the other two schools.

Becky has most recently helped the Twin Valley community reach out to others in need. After hearing about the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey, she contacted a school district in Houston to find out how we (REC) could help. She then partnered with Betsy Techman (TVHS) to spearhead a gift card drive that resulted in over $4,000worth of donations from the generous members of the Twin Valley community to the afflicted area. She just recently sent an e-mail response form the district with their sincere thanks for helping their neediest families. Becky’s leadership reflects the generous heart and soul of the Twin Valley community.

Jared Lawler, Rising Star Alumnus

Jared Lawler is the recipient of the 2017 TVCEF Rising Star Alumnus Award. Jared Lawler, class of 2016, was an outstanding leader at Twin Valley High School; his many impacts on the school’s climate and culture continue to be felt more than a year after his graduation.

Jared served as the president of the student body for two years. During that time, he led Student Council through a number of significant initiatives. He helped to create the Raider Closet, an in-house food, clothing, and supplies pantry that students in need can access without question or restriction. He also pioneered Student Council’s involvement in the state level of the organization; under his direction, our school’s Keystone Award application was returned as distinguished.

Beyond Student Council, Jared saw a need to coordinate the efforts of the student body. To this end, he helped to direct the formation of a leadership council that included the heads of Twin Valley High School’s numerous student-run organizations. The leadership council continues to play a significant role in the coordination of our students’ charitable efforts and contributions toward our school’s climate and culture.

Jared played a pivotal role in bringing Leaders Involved in Networking Kids (LINK) to Twin Valley. This three-day long leadership retreat is now in its third year and has immeasurably increased the leadership capacity of our student body.

While others contributed to each area that he impacted, it was Jared’s motivation, personality, and visionary leadership that made the endeavors so successful. Jared was the Salutatorian of the Class of 2016. He is currently a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University.

Jessica Yount, Rising Star

Jessica Yount is the 2017 TVCEF Rising Star Award Recipient. Jessica was nominated by Donna Larson. Jessica is a true leader at the Twin Valley High School. She has played an integral role in many community outreach programs. Over the past 3 years, she has served on the TVHS Mini-thon Club which has grown exponentially in its donation capacity, growing from an initial $2,500.00 to $21,000.00 in donations last year. This year she continues her involvement by helping to lead the upcoming Harlem Wizards community fundraising event to benefit Penn State’s Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Jessica is an active student, playing on the lacrosse team and tennis team where she has served as captain. She is also involved in the National Honor Society and has been an important part of the LINK leadership program. Jessica has grown her leadership skills over her years in high school and has used her maturity, strength and commitment to help her peers. Jess’s selflessness and good character are a benefit to the world around her as well as to Twin Valley High School. She has served on mission trips to Peru and plans on returning there this spring following her January graduation from Twin Valley High School. Congratulations to Jessica on receiving this well-deserved recognition.

Ryan Kehl, Performance Food Centers/Simple Again, Community Business

Ryan Kehl, the Director of Design from Performance Food Centers is this year’s recipient of the 2017 Community Business Award. Ryan provides relevant and authentic experiences for his internship students. He gives them real-world projects and includes them as “one of the team.”  Students have their own work space and get a true sense of what it is like to be a professional.

The students benefit from Ryan’s mentorship—he takes time out of his day to make sure that students are engaged in relevant, career-related projects. Often he will take time to communicate with students about their personal and educational goals.  He provides great feedback weekly with attendance and performance of our interns—specifically relating to current projects.

He is an exemplary mentor and directly and positively affects the career research experiences of our students. Congratulations to Ryan Kehl.

Ken Ross, Community Volunteer

Ken Ross has been leading the Board of the Honey Brook Food Pantry for four years. He was nominated for the 2017 TVCEF Community Volunteer Award by Stacy Dunleavy and Chasity Cooper. Ken originally worked with people facing food instability in the Downingtown and Exton area.  During this time, he noticed a great need in the Honey Brook area.  Ken set out to establish the Honey Brook Food Pantry four years ago.  During that time, he has worked tirelessly to help bring food stability to the residents of Honey Brook Township.  At this time, the pantry serves 350 families per month and distributes 80 backpacks to elementary children from TVEC and HBEC for weekend food supplies.

Residents and families in the Twin Valley School District have benefitted from the work Ken has done to build the food pantry. Many elderly residents rely on the delivery service he has coordinated to get their food.  Recently, Ken has led an effort to get job training and support for clients of the food pantry which will result in more food independence in the community.  The children at our elementary schools, who receive back packs, benefit greatly from the on-going efforts of the food pantry.

Ken is a leader in the area through his outreach. Ken speaks at area churches and community organizations as well as coordinated with Chester County Food Bank and Phil Abundance to get support for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.  Ken leads a board of dedicated individuals to continually raise funds and donations to provide the highest quality product to the clients of the pantry.

2016 Community Leadership Award Winners:

Lifetime Achievement: Jon S. Malsnee Esq.
Community Educator: Tiffany Witman
Community Business: Erin Blosenski-Littlefield, AJ Blosenski Trash and Recycling Services
TVSD Alumnus: Pamela Shupp
Community Volunteers: Kelly Loughery

community award winners 2016

2015 Community Leadership Awards:

Lifetime Achievement: Lisa Duncan, Retired Teacher, Tennis Coach
Community Educator: Dan Long, Band Director at Twin Valley High School
Rising Star: Delayna Witouski
Community Business: Tel Hai Retirement Community, Joseph Swartz, President and CEO
TVSD Alumnus: Pauline Keys
Community Volunteers: Roseann and Joe Thomas

award winners best 2015

TVCEF’s 2014 Community Leadership Award Winners:

Community Educator, Jean McCarney

Twin Valley School District Alumnus, Peggy Ritchie

Community Volunteer, Mary Ann Jones (husband, John, pictured in photo)

Rising Star, Chase Rusden

Community Business, Susan Shipe/Village Library

Lifetime Achievement, Jere Brady


TVCEF’s 2013 Community Leadership Award Winners:

Lifetime Achievement-Martin Hassler


Community Educator-Ann Chaney


Rising Star-Ryan Morris


Community Business-Country Companion Animal Hospital


Alumnus-Carl Gundrum, Jr.


Community Volunteers-Howard and Carol Moss