Council Rock Eductaion Foundation

Board and Staff

The Council Rock Education Foundation (CREF) is fortunate to have a Board of Directors comprised of dedicated individuals who generously contribute their time, talent, and financial support to CREF’s mission throughout the year.

Executive Director
Gail Acosta

Dr. Robert Fraser

Board of Directors


Kevin Beauparlant, Co-President
Jill Shurtleff, Co-President
Joanne Kind Hinton, Vice President
Lois Schwartz, Secretary
Allison MacGahan, Treasurer

Board Members

Denise Brooks

Mark Byelich

Sam Cravero

Jennifer D’Angelo

Richard Galup

Nicole Gilchrist

William B. Holmes, Jr.

Jonathan Klass


Jamie Mak

Andrea Mangold

Kristin Marcell

Anne Marie Milligan

Maryann Molishus

Mark Pearcy

Mark Pliner

Andy Sanko


Anthony Santoro

Marilyn Scarpa

Amy Smith

Joanne Talbot

Susan Tew

Wendi Thomas

Rosemary Wuenschel


In Memory: Robert H. Winters, Dolores McCracken

Meet Our Newest Board Members


Nicole Gilchrist, a current Council Rock parent and advocate for youth education and disability rights, joined the Education Board in October of 2018. Ms. Gilchrist, a former university instructor, assistant editor of a Financial Planning Journal, and CPA of 17 years, served as the co-chair of Bucks County LICC and as a committee member of the Bucks County Quality Childcare Coalition.



Jonathan Klass, Senior Vice President with Customers Bank in the Commercial lending area of the bank. Jon is responsible for overseeing commercial lending in the Bucks County market of the bank and brings over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry.


Kristin Marcell, a Council Rock alumnae, attended the Pennsylvania State University, and obtained her Master’s degree from George Washington University, while working full-time in Washington, D.C. Ms. Marcell relocated back to the Council Rock area in 2011 and settled in Wrightstown, PA with her husband, Steven, and their children. Kristin Marcell is a public relations executive with experience working in media relations, reputation management, marketing communications, and public affairs.



                                                                                                                                                        Amy Smith, Council Rock alumnae, parent and dedicated teacher since 1991. Amy has spent her life’s career serving as an educator, teaching a variety of grade levels ranging from K – 8 in regular, special and gifted educational settings. Amy is also involved with the Newtown Theatre and is the creator of McConkey’s Market.




Anthony Santoro, Vice President, Commercial Lending at Penn Community Bank with over 20 years’ experience in the Bucks County market. Mr. Santoro served for 8 years as the treasurer for the Philadelphia Entrepreneur’s Forum board and as a board member of the Voice and Vision of Bucks County. In addition, Anthony is a mentor to youth with Big Brothers of Bucks County.

CREF Corporate Partners