Who We Are

For nearly 20 years, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation has helped bridge the gap for public education budget shortfalls.  Our goal is to help Upper Dublin students succeed through support from the Upper Dublin Community, area businesses, the Upper Dublin Township and the School District of Upper Dublin.   Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the district serves students in grades K-12 and includes four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

 The Upper Dublin Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit community organization.

WHAT WE DO

  • The Upper Dublin Education Foundation (UDEF)  develops innovative techniques for identifying new and non-traditional sources of community resources and funds for the benefit of students in the Upper Dublin School District.

  • Through ongoing programs and projects, the Foundation enhances alumni, community and business involvement in school district activities.

  • With the help of outside resources, the foundation creates, develops, promotes, recommends, and facilitates new educational endeavors designed to prepare students to excel in a rapidly changing global environment.

 

Board of Directors

Vanessa N. Good - Director and President

Vanessa N. Good

Director and President
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Upper Dublin resident since 1995 and parent of a 2008 graduate, Vanessa is the President of the Upper Dublin Education Foundation and Personnel Chair for the Board of Directors for the School District of Upper Dublin. She recently left her position as Director of Operations for LABREPCO, Inc. in Horsham, PA where she was working for 14 years in order to open a business in Skippack. Prior to this she was a legal recruiter and a paralegal for Pitcairn Trust Company, Reed Smith Shaw and McClay and Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Vanessa is a 1983 grad of Denison University.

Art Levinowitz, Ph. D. - Director and Past President

Art Levinowitz, Ph. D.

Director and Past President
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

A resident of Upper Dublin since 1987. Served as Foundation President for over 10 years. Currently President of the Board of Directors for the School District of Upper Dublin and Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. Also  serves on the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Foundation.  Retired from the New Jersey State Department of Education. Holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Pace University and a Ph.D. from Temple University.

Jeffrey P. Wallack, Esq. - Director and Vice President

Jeffrey P. Wallack, Esq.

Director and Vice President
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Jeff is the Vice-President of the Upper Dublin Education Foundation.  He is a partner in the law firm of Wisler Pearlstine LLP in Blue Bell, PA, focusing his practice in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation.  A 1990 graduate of Princeton University, with a law degree in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff joined Wisler Pearlstine in 2002, having previously been affiliated with the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia.  Jeff moved to Upper Dublin in 2006 and is very proud to have children in the classes of 2019 and 2023.

Pam Ryan - Director and Secretary

Pam Ryan

Director and Secretary
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Pam is a parent of three Upper Dublin students and moved into the township from Pittsburgh in 2002. She was formerly the Director of Development for the School District of Upper Dublin and is currently the secretary of the Education Foundation, actively involved with Monte Carlo Night, the North Hills Education and Recreation program, the EITC program, Staff Tributes and other development initiatives. Pam graduated from Catholic University of America in 1993.

Brenda Jones Bray - Board Member and Treasurer

Brenda Jones Bray

Board Member and Treasurer
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Brenda Jones Bray, CPA, has been the treasurer of the UDEF since February 2009 when she became BA for the School District of Upper Dublin. Ms. Bray has a BS in Business Admin with a major in accounting from Drake University. She first worked for Price WaterhouseCoopers in Brazil and Kansas City. In 1988, Ms. Bray was hired as auditor for Central Bucks SD; five years later she became the BA for another Bucks County district. Just prior to UD, she served as the BA and ed foundation treasurer in another Montgomery County district.   

Matthew J. Brasch - Board Member

Matthew J. Brasch

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Matt has been a resident of Upper Dublin Township since 2003 and has three children in the District.  He is the Compliance Officer / Staff Counsel for a regional property and casualty insurance company and currently sits on the boards of the Pennsylvania Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association and the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals.  A 1992 Souderton Area School District graduate, from 2006 to 2014 Matt served as president of the Souderton Area High School Alumni Association.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in 1996, a law degree from Widener University School of Law (Wilmington) in 2000, and holds the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Matt was an officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard from 1996 to 2004 and was deployed to Germany after the September 11 attacks in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys writing about craft beer and is currently a columnist for Ticket to Entertainment.

Bob Danaher - Board Member

Bob Danaher

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Bob Danaher was a Founding Member of the Education Foundation. He and his wife, Sandi are 40 year residents in Upper Dublin and had two sons who graduated from Upper Dublin High School. He has been a samll business owner in the District for 45 years and has been on the Boards of the UDJAA and UDSC for 30 years. Bob is also a 5 year member of the UD Select and Core Committees on revitalization of the Fort Washington Office Park.

 

Susan D. Diehl, CPC, QKA, ERPA - Board Member

Susan D. Diehl, CPC, QKA, ERPA

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Upper Dublin Resident since 1986 and parent of three Upper Dublin Graduates. Sue is the President of the NTSA (National Tax-deferred Savings Association), serving the nonprofit, public schools and governmental communities) and President and Co-founder of PenServ Plan Services, Inc. 

Babs Krug - Board Member

Babs Krug

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Bio coming soon

Lisa Luttmann - Board Member

Lisa Luttmann

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Lisa has resided in Upper Dublin since 1986. She and her husband Mark, with two sons who have attended UD schools, have been active volunteers in education (new HS facility), aquatics, and Community Day. Lisa is a sales professional in technology and digital marketing. Currently working at a software company, Lisa has worked for marketing agencies and tech companies such as Epson and Toshiba. Her role at the UDEF is to promote the Foundation through the website, publicity, social media and events. Lisa is a graduate of Penn State.

Leslie Nylund - Board Member - Co-Chair of Cardinal Opportunities

Leslie Nylund

Board Member - Co-Chair of Cardinal Opportunities
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Since 1982, Leslie has been a resident of Upper Dublin. Her two daughters were graduates of Upper Dublin High School 2005 and 2009. Leslie is co-chair of our “Cardinal Opportunities” Program. She has been the Treasurer/Tax Collector of Upper Dublin Township for 16 years. Prior to this position, she was employed at Prudential Insurance Company as a Pension Plan Administrator. Leslie is a graduate of Temple University, Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

 

Tina Polin - Board Member

Tina Polin

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Tina has been a resident of Upper Dublin since 2003 and is the parent of 3 students in the township.  She was actively involved in the Upper Dublin Youth Football Club for many years as well as numerous PTA events for her children's schools. She currently does video editing and montages independently. Tina is a 1996 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University.

Deborah S. Wheeler - Board Member

Deborah S. Wheeler

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Dr. Deborah S. Wheeler, a native of Upper St. Clair (PA), came to the School District of Upper Dublin following a long career as a teacher and administrator in Connecticut. Her last position there was as Superintendent of Schools in the Litchfield Public Schools.  A graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wheeler taught History and Social Studies at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh area. While in Connecticut, Dr. Wheeler added a teaching endorsement in Special Education earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and an administration endorsement, both at Southern Connecticut State University.  In 1999, Dr. Wheeler began her administrative career, serving for eight years as the Director of Special Education for the Wolcott Public Schools and again in Regional School District No. 6. After earning her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and superintendent certification from the University of Hartford, she became the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel for the Brookfield Public Schools. 

Dr. Heidi Yutzler-Overton - Board Member

Dr. Heidi Yutzler-Overton

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Heidi Yutzler-Overton, Upper Dublin class of 1986, joined the UDEF in 2013 after serving for several years as Vice President and President of the PTA at Jarrettown Elementary school. After growing up in UD, she and her husband, Kirk, also class of 1986, returned to raise their two children here. Heidi, a graduate of Dickinson College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a family physician in Blue Bell. Her role for the Foundation is reconnecting alumni in district activities and fundraising. 

Michelle Boas - Executive Director

Michelle Boas

Executive Director
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Michelle Boas is the Executive Director of the Upper Dublin Education Foundation.   Before moving to Upper Dublin in 2008, Michelle enjoyed a 14-year career at HBO in New York where she oversaw regional public relations, community outreach and corporate social responsibility as vice president, Corporate Affairs.  Michelle continued her strategic communications work in Pennsylvania as a consultant and became an active volunteer in the community.  She currently serves on the board of Congregation Beth Or.  Michelle is a graduate of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.  The 2014-2015 school year marked the beginning of Michelle’s three-year run with three children in three different schools in the Upper Dublin district. 

Bryn Dartley - Administrative Assistant/ Bookeeper

Bryn Dartley

Administrative Assistant/ Bookeeper
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Bryn has been an Upper Dublin resident since 2001 and is the parent of two students in the district. She has a background in marketing and administration and has been an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations in the local community. She served as Treasurer for the Fort Washington Elementary School PTA and has chaired numerous educational, fundraising and philanthropic programs. She currently serves on the board for the Fort Washington Swim Team. Bryn graduated from Bucknell University in 1993 and has a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from NYU.

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