Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of The School in Rose Valley Corporation is responsible for the long-term health and sustainability of the School, articulation and oversight of its mission, and managing its financial affairs. The Board’s principal functions include:

  • Hiring and evaluating the Head of School. The Head is the only School employee hired and evaluated by the Board; all other employees of the School are hired and supervised by the Head. Decisions relating to the daily running of the school are made by the Head.
  • Keeping the School true to its mission.
  • Strategic and financial planning for the future of the school.
  • The stewardship of the School’s resources, which includes setting tuition, adoption of the annual budget, and requiring an annual external audit of the school’s financial statements.
  • Developing and maintaining up-to-date bylaws and institutional policies, including those governing conflict of interest, crisis management, and compliance with federal statutes concerning the school’s tax-exempt status as an educational institution.
  • Planning for the maintenance, renovation, and development of facilities and grounds.
  • Overseeing fundraising and development efforts.
  • Overseeing all Board committee activities.

Board members serve without pay.

2023-2024 Board of Trustees

Curt Bonsall-Sheperd

Curt lives locally in Upper Providence Township on a quiet walkable wooded street. Curt started a landscape business after college and is now self employed in property management with two nearby private estates. He has brought his interest in design, creative problem solving and a strident advocacy for The School in Rose Valley to his work on the Board. Curt’s involvement with SRV began over 30 years ago as a staff spouse; later as a parent of two boys (24 and 26) who attended from pre-k through their 6th grade years; and as an alumni parent for over a decade. For the last 6 years Curt has served as a Trustee on the Campus Committee, which is responsible for maintaining and foreseeing the needs for the physical space of the school.

Barb Crozier | Chair, Committee on Trustees

Barb lives in Wallingford with her husband James Peterson and two of their three children, Eric and Dana, who attended SRV between 2007-2016. The household also includes a dog and 3 cats. Barb is a volunteer in several organizations and keeps busy maintaining her gardens, yard, and home. Barb joined the SRV board in 2018 and chairs the Committee on Trustees.

Carrie Miluski '87

Carrie is an alum of SRV, a current parent, and a member of the school’s admin team. Carrie has a degree in Women’s Studies from Bates College, an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work and Social Research. Prior to joining SRV, Carrie served as the Executive Director of a non-profit serving children and families, on the Board of the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, and the advisory board of The Center Foundation. Carrie lives near SRV with her spouse, their two SRV kids, and lots of animals, just a short distance from school. Carrie joined the SRV board in 2017.

Haley Purdy

Haley is a registered yoga teacher and grief support practitioner currently working to become a grief counselor. Previously, she spent 15 years in corporate marketing supporting Fortune 500 clients including Comcast. Haley and JJ Purdy joined the SRV community in 2016 when their oldest daughter, Olivia was in preschool. They now have three children at SRV – Olivia in Oldest Group, Emerson in Primary Circle and Leo in Youngest Group. The Purdys live in Rose Valley.

Brian Rainville

Brian is a current parent at SRV and has been a member of the community since 2018, when his firstborn entered the school. He is in his fourth year of board service for the school. In that time, he has worked on the Campus Committee, Head Support and Evaluation Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Committee on Trustees. A former teacher and school district administrator, Brian has a Masters in Teaching, and Doctorate in Education Leadership. He is currently a full time stay-at-home dad, and part time consultant to school districts, universities, foundations, and other education-focused organizations. Brian lives just down the street from campus with his wife, three children, and their dog.

Kimberli Smith

Kimberli joined the SRV community in 2005, when her son Kai entered the 3-Day Preschool. Kai attended SRV from 2005-2011. A veteran teacher of 28 years, Kimberli currently teaches Kindergarten at Germantown Friends School. An Ohio girl at heart and a proud baseball mom, she roots for the Buckeyes AND the Phillies. Kimberli has been a passionate advocate for The School in Rose Valley since her first visit and joined the board in 2022. She and her family,which includes a people-loving dog and a nonchalant cat, live in Mt. Airy.

Dani Stefanik | Interim Board Vice-President

Tony Cho | Chair, Campus Committee

Tony serves as the Director of the Office of Program Management and Project Oversight for the Philadelphia office of the Federal Transit Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets public transit policy and provides funding and oversight for providers such as SEPTA.  Tony has been a member of the SRV community since 2021 when he and his partner Mary DiCarlantonio moved to Swarthmore from South Philadelphia with their children Harvey (10), Stanley (6), and Darcy (3).  Stanley is in Primary Circle and Darcy is in the Youngest Group at SRV.  This is Tony’s first year on the SRV Board of Trustees and he chairs the Campus Committee. 

Jeremy Hsu | Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Jeremy is a current parent at The School in Rose Valley. He and his wife, Stephanie Jean, have three children enrolled at SRV: Steven (4th grade), David (2nd grade) and Eleanor (YG) and have been members of the SRV community since Steven was in the youngest group. Jeremy is a corporate attorney at Comcast Corporation, where he also serves on Comcast’s Legal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee. Jeremy joined the SRV board in 2021 and chairs the SRV board’s DE&I Committee.

Shelley Preston | Board Secretary

Shelley is a former parent at The School in Rose Valley. Her son, Patrick, and daughter, Ruthie, attended the school from 2013-2019. For the past 18 years, Shelley has worked as a Program Officer at Eisenhower Fellowships in Philadelphia. She lives in Ardmore with her husband, John Kelly, two children, and various animals. Shelley joined the Board of Trustees in 2021 and is currently the board’s secretary.

Narda Quigley | Board President

Narda is a professor of management at Villanova University. Her areas of research expertise include leadership, work groups and teams, and societal and organizational culture. Narda and her wife, Sarah Wahlberg, joined the SRV community in 2015 when their oldest daughter Nika was in preschool. Their youngest daughter, Daria, is now in Middle Circle (3rd grade). The “Quigbergs” live in Swarthmore. Narda has served on the Board of Trustees since 2020 and is currently the board’s president. 

Ian Rubin | Chair, Finance Committee

Ian is the Director of M&A and Corporate Development at Braskem America, a leading plastics and chemical producer in the U.S. Ian started his career at Lehman Brothers and spent several years on Wall Street advising private equity and corporate clients on a range of acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raises, before joining Braskem America in 2011. Ian and his wife Katie moved to Rose Valley in 2018 with their son Andrew (11) and daughter Gwen (9), after 8 years in center city Philly. Andrew and Gwen are both in Oldest Group at SRV.  Ian joined the SRV Board in 2021 and chairs the Finance Committee.

Rod Stanton | Ex Officio, Head of School

Rod is the Head of School at The School in Rose Valley. He is a passionate educator with over 25 years of experience in teaching and administration. Rod also serves on the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative boards. He is an avid ice hockey player and lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lauren, and his two children, Lily and Bennett. Rod joined the SRV community in 2015 and has served on the Board of Trustees for nine years.

Sophia Toussaint-Williams

Sophia is founder and CEO of ModKaf, a boutique marketing and strategic communications firm. She is a former bureau chief and business journalist for Bloomberg News, where she spent almost 20 years covering Wall Street. Sophia and her husband Cham began their journey at SRV in 2013 when their twin boys entered preschool. She has been an avid supporter of the school community having served on the PCO for many years before joining the board in 2019. Sophia is former board chair and former finance committee chair. She continues to serve on the finance committee. Sophia and her family reside in Media.  

Elections

Trustees are elected by the membership of the Corporation (all current parents and staff, plus Trustees) for overlapping three-year terms. Officers are elected by the Trustees for two-year terms.

Communicating with the Board

Board news is communicated to the membership (all current parents and staff) in annual letters, via Freep articles, and in meeting minutes. Members may bring a question or concern to the attention of the Board in several ways. You can talk to any Board member; address a letter to the Board Chair; or contact the Chair and ask to address the Board at a monthly meeting.

Trustees are not permitted to respond to comments or questions via public email or list serve. The Board gives careful consideration to each question and comment it receives.