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For more than 25 years, with the support from the Upper Dublin community, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation has helped enrich the curriculum and fund innovative learning opportunities for students in the Upper Dublin School District. 
 
Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the district serves students in grades K-12,  including four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. We are proud of our strategic partnership with the District and are committed to making a positive impact on our students' educational experiences. 
 
The Upper Dublin Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency by GuideStar.
 

Board of Directors

Heidi Yutzler-Overton - President

Heidi Yutzler-Overton

President
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, Joanna (UDHS '17) and Adam (UDHS '20). Heidi, a graduate of Dickinson College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a family physician in Blue Bell. In addition to her leadership role with the Foundation, she is charged with reconnecting alumni in district activities and fundraising. 

Pam Ryan - Vice President

Pam Ryan

Vice President
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.

Jim Owens - Secretary

Jim Owens

Secretary
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Jim has been local to the area his whole life, graduating from La Salle College High School and La Salle University.  Jim is the controller for a large medical practice and he and his wife Emily have two sons (UDHS ’21 and UDHS ’24).  Jim joined UDEF after volunteering at the elementary school and middle school level, as a way to continue to give back to the school district.  He believes strongly in the positive experience that the School District of Upper Dublin gives to students, parents, and teachers and constantly tries to share the good that UDEF does with the community.  Aside from UDEF, Jim also volunteers for the UDHS Boys Lacrosse Parent Booster Club.

Andrew Lechman - Treasurer

Andrew Lechman

Treasurer
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Andy Lechman began his professional career as an elementary school teacher. While he was passionate about public education, a career as a classroom teacher was not the right fit for him. He transitioned into a career in the financial services industry and during that time he earned his MBA, but something was still missing. In 2010 he brought his background in teaching, business and finance together to be a leader in school district business operations. Andy currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Upper Dublin School District and has spent 10 years in the field of school district business. As the CFO, Andy clearly understands that we are all here for one purpose, to provide a high quality education to all students of the Upper Dublin School District. He is excited about the opportunity to serve UDSD students as a member of the Upper Dublin Education Foundation.

 

Ed Kovler - Board Member

Ed Kovler

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Ed and his wife Elena, moved to Ambler in 2013.  Choosing the Upper Dublin School District for their new family was important to the educational values they grew up with. Their 2nd grade daughter attends Maple Glen Elementary, and their son will soon be joining the school community. Ed and his family enjoy spending time outdoors, riding bikes, launching model rockets, and visiting the beach. When he can find the time, Ed can always find a home renovation project to complete. Ed has worked at PJM Interconnection for 22 years.  He started in Information Technology,  building the PJM computer and network infrastructure. Ed earned a dual masters degree from Penn State University with a Masters of Science in Information Science and an MBA. Ed is currently focused on evaluating innovative technologies new to PJM and the power grid.  

Babs Krug - Board Member

Babs Krug

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Babs has lived in UD since 1973 and retired in June 2008 after almost 40 years as a UD teacher of Spanish and English, and even a little French.  She has both her BA in Spanish and her MA in Language and Literature from Arcadia University, where she will complete a 13 year term as a Trustee in June of 2022.  She has been chair of two committees and is currently a member of the Executive Committee there.  Babs is the mother of two UD graduates (’97 and ’01) and she has grandsons in the UD classes of ’25 and ’28, and three additional grandchildren.  Babs and her husband Mel were active parents while their children attended Fitzwater and the secondary schools, as officers of the PTO,  chairing the Post-Prom Food Committee for several years, heading UDHS Football Boosters, and serving as Board members for Maple Manor Swim Club.  Babs began serving on the UDEF Board as the representative of the Upper Dublin Education Association and has continued her service for over 20 years. 

Patti Malitas - Board Member

Patti Malitas

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Patti has lived in Fort Washington since 2010. She has three daughters in the district, one at Fort Washington Elementary, and 2 at Sandy Run Middle School.  Patti fell into a career in technology after graduating from Widener University with a Bachelor of the Arts and has never looked back!  As the Business Development Manager at B&R Business Solutions, she listens to clients and helps architect solutions to improve business processes and solve problems. Patti is passionate about driving diversity, and opening minds to the possibilities in the tech field.  She is the NYC Board Chair of The WIT Network, a non-profit organization with the mission of encouraging women and girls into technology and drive women to executive leadership positions.  Patti served on the planning team of the first ever WIT Network International Women's Day Conference in Kansas City in 2019, and is currently serving on the WIT Network planning committee for Microsoft Inspire conference summer 2019.  Patti's favorite volunteer experiences have been as a mentor for Microsoft DigiGirlz, a program to help middle school aged girls experience a career day at Microsoft. Patti's family is active in the Upper Dublin School plays, music programs, recreational sports, dance and are frequent visitors of MonDaug Bark Park with their schnauzer, Parker.

Rebecca Perkins - Board Member

Rebecca Perkins

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Rebecca Perkins is a Kentucky native and joined UDEF in 2022 after moving to the township in 2018.  She and her husband, Ryan, both attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate studies and completed their master's at Villanova University.  They have two beautiful daughters who are currently in the Upper Dublin School District, Julia (UDHS '24) and Ava (UDHS '31), and who both enjoy playing tennis.  Rebecca was previously a public high school educator in Indiana and also brings her knowledge of medical marketing to the board.  She is passionate about serving others and looks forward to the partnerships, collaboration, and support she can help bring to the community through this organization

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.

Karen Rapone - Board Member

Karen Rapone

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Karen, her husband Don and her two children were excited to move to Upper Dublin in 2013 for the wonderful schools and community.  Karen grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School before attending Penn State University where she received her BS in Accounting.   

Since moving to Upper Dublin she has volunteered and participated in various activities for both MGES and SRMS PTOs and held the MGES PTO Treasurer position for two years. She is also actively involved in the sports activities of her daughter (UDHS ‘24) and son (UDHS ‘28)  and has held various volunteer positions including Treasurer of the Upper Dublin Aquatic Club.

Karen’s professional accounting career spans more than 25 years and is currently the Director of Accounting at a real estate investment and property management company. She is honored to serve on the board of UDEF and looks forward to working for and with the Upper Dublin School District and community.

 

Faith Sacks - Board Member

Faith Sacks

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Faith Sacks has lived in Upper Dublin since 1989 and is a parent of two sons who graduated from UDHS.  Faith has been a market research consultant for 16 years for a number of health care and consumer packaged goods companies among others.  Prior to that, she worked in market research for Johnson & Johnson.  Faith previously served on the Upper Dublin Education Advisory Committee for nearly 10 years including 2 years as Secretary and 2 years as Chair.  She also volunteers for Philadelphia Futures and as an alumni rep at local college fairs for the Univ. of Virginia.  Faith is a member of the Ambler Running Club and enjoys running as well as helping out with the club’s fundraising runs.  Faith has a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Northwestern.

Becca Sokoloff - Board Member

Becca Sokoloff

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Becca and her family moved to Fort Washington in 2016.  She lives with her husband, Noah (UDHS 2000 grad), and their 2 children, one of whom attends Fort Washington Elementary.  Becca has always lived in Montgomery County and knew that when she and husband were ready to find their “forever home” that it would be in the Upper Dublin Township.  Becca is a school counselor in the Bensalem Township School District.  She is passionate about supporting children to be the best version of themselves. She looks forward to making positive changes in the classroom for all UD students. 

 

Jeffrey P. Wallack - Ex Officio Board Member

Jeffrey P. Wallack

Ex Officio Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Jeff is a principal with the law firm of Post & Schell, P.C. in Philadelphia, 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 started his legal career with the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia and thereafter was a member of Wisler Pearlstine, LLP in Blue Bell, PA for almost 15 years.  Jeff moved to Upper Dublin in 2006 and is very proud to have children in the classes of 2019 and 2023.

Dr. Steven Yanni - Board Member

Dr. Steven Yanni

Board Member
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Dr. Yanni is a former elementary and middle school teacher who has also held several administrative positions including serving as a principal, curriculum director, and superintendent.  Throughout his career and in each position he has held, Dr. Yanni's passion for making school great for kids has always been his focus. Creating classrooms that respond dynamically to the needs of all learners through a lens of equity and high expectations has always been the heart of his work.  He is excited be part of the Upper Dublin Education Foundation and working collaboratively with everyone to support innovation in our schools.

Michelle Boas - Executive Director

Michelle Boas

Executive Director
Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Michelle Boas is the Executive Director of the Upper Dublin Education Foundation. In this role, Michelle has strategic and operational responsibility and partners with the board to ensure that UDEF achieves our mission. She and her husband Michael moved to Upper Dublin in 2008 with their two daughters (UDHS '17 and '21) and son, who's currently a student at UDHS.  Before relocating to PA, 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. Her board membership includes the Greater Philadelphia Market Board of American Cancer Society and Congregation Beth Or. Michelle is a graduate of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.  

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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