School Board Members

Bill Otto

Board President

Hempfield Resident: 9 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Broad base of business experience
Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: I believe that the public school system is facing the biggest challenge to its very existence in this political and economic environment.  In spite of these conditions we must educate and provide our children with the skills and knowledge to enable them to compete in this global market place.

Jim Maurer

Board Vice President

Hempfield Resident: 28 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree from Franklin and Marshall College
  • CFO, Sechan Electronics, Inc.
  • Former President of Hempfield Foundation
Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: Our children need to be equipped for an ever changing, competitive world that is based on technology advancements and mastery of vast amounts of knowledge. Our children really are the future!

Dan Forry

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 72 Years

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1015 Prospect Road, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Phone: (717) 684-8780

Education / Experience:

  • Former industrial arts teacher at Hempfield High School

Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: Dan has been instrumental in many building and renovation projects in the district, particularly the renovation of the administrative center and the construction of the new elementary buildings in Rohrerstown and Mountville.


Diane Gerlach

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 50 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Variety of secretarial and clerical positions at Hempfield School District for 23 years
  • Former Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: Education is a prime and vital ingredient for success in life. All students are entitled to a quality education to prepare them for their future as responsible, contributing members of society.


Loren Good

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 28 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree from Shippensburg University
  • General Sales Manager, Hall Communications Radio Group

Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: Any community is only as healthy as the welfare of its children. The educational experience of our children is paramount to that welfare. My interest is to work diligently to provide a rigorous and relevant education for Hempfield children.


Bill Jimenez

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 22 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Principal, School District of Lancaster
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Penn State University
  • Master's Degree in Education from Alvernia University
Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: I wanted to serve our community and do my part to keep Hempfield one of the best districts in the county.

Charles Merris

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 45 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Hempfield High School
  • Bachelors in Biology, Millersville University,  Masters in Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager
  • Senior Project Engineer, Glatfelter

Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: I am indebted to Hempfield for the excellent education it has provided to me and my children.  Education is critical in helping our young people reach their potential, and I want Hempfield to continue to provide an excellent educational experience for each student.  I also feel a responsibility to our taxpayers to make sure the district remains fiscally responsible when balancing the needs of the school with our community‚Äôs resources.
 


Bob Sauders

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 34 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Business Analyst, PSECU at Elizabethtown College
  • Associate Vice President of IT, Millersville University
Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: I hope to provide Hempfield students with scholastic, cultural and athletic opportunities so that they may be highly successful in their chosen fields. I also strive to be fiscally responsible and accountable to the taxpayers of the district.

Chris Smiley

Board Member

Hempfield Resident: 17 Years

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Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business from Bloomsburg University
  • Graduate studies at University of Arizona
  • Entrepreneur / owner of several business entities
Reason for Serving / Educational Philosophy: Education is the backbone for the preparation of our children to be productive, contributing citizens at all levels in our society. Children should be encouraged to maximize their own individual potential in an environment that understands that not all children learn at the same pace or in the same manner.