Board Members

Sarah A. Nemitz, President (2023)

Joseph D. Gnall, Vice President (2025)

Samuel P. DeFrank (2023)

Christopher B. Freas, Treasurer (2025)

Rebecca A. Glenister (2025)

Carol A. Klinger (2023)

Joseph S. Kuzo (2023)

Laura M. McKelvey (2025)

Thomas P. Spinner (2023)

The Salisbury Township School District School Board consists of nine directors elected for terms of 4 years. New board members photo will be updated in the near future. To learn more about current board members, read their bios below.

SARAH A. NEMITZ, PRESIDENT

SARAH A. NEMITZ, PRESIDENT

snemitz@salisburysd.org

I am the Owner & Chief Creative of Gingersnaps Bows. I am also an active volunteer with Cub Scouts, the Endurance Multisport triathlon club, and with Western Salisbury Elementary School.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

I value the community created in our schools and the quality of the education provided to our students. I've seen each of my three children flourish in the classroom and grow as kind human beings because of the teachers and support staff in their schools.

Why did you join the Salisbury Township School Board?

I joined the school board to lend my voice and experience to continue the work of the district, working to continue providing great experiences for our students while spending taxpayer money responsibly.

JOSEPH D. GNALL, VICE-PRESIDENT

JOSEPH D. GNALL, VICE-PRESIDENT

jgnall@salisburysd.org

I am the Director of Development for Athletics at Lehigh University where I engage with alumni, parents and friends to secure leadership gifts for Lehigh's highest athletic priorities.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

I value the sense of family and community that grows organically from our children and schools. You can see from a very early age our children care and look out for each other.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

I wanted to be part of a progressive group that strives to make the everyday life of our children better and more enriching.

SAMUEL P. DEFRANK

SAMUEL P. DEFRANK

sdefrank@salisburysd.org

My title is Sales Account Executive at Wacker Polymers, and my responsibilities are to manage several national accounts and a few global accounts to coordinate our business. My work requires that I travel about 50% of the time to meet and coordinate our support activities with each customer to ensure that both companies are living up to both our business and contract objectives. What I enjoy the most about my job is meeting and working with bright and creative people to assist them with meeting the challenges they encounter while striving to either meet and/or exceed their business objectives. Also, being Italian, I love the dining experiences my job offers with eating at some of the finest and the most eclectic places in the world.

What do you value about Salisbury?

Salisbury is where I raised my family (three boys), and each of my children attended STSD and graduated from Salisbury high school. It was an absolute wonderful experience to be part of such a close community where teachers, students, parents and staff all care so much about the well-being of each other. There is a real sense of community at Salisbury, and all the stakeholders contribute to making this Township a very special place to live, to work and to learn. There are many great places to live in America, and Salisbury is one of the finest if you are looking for a community that cares about you.

Why did you want to join Salisbury Township School Board?

I have always believed that it's everyone's responsibility to give something back to either the community or our fellow man. What makes a community great is not the parks or the buildings, but the people who care for each other. Thus, I wanted to find a way to give back to my community. After fifteen years of coaching for SYA and my youngest son going on to middle school and this chapter of my life closing, I attended a meeting at the middle school where Russ Giordano asked for volunteers to join the school board. I decided that I had found another way to give back to my community.

CHRISTOPHER B. FREAS, TREASURER

CHRISTOPHER B. FREAS, TREASURER

cfreas@salisburysd.org

I am a Senior Project and Partner Manager at The Meet Group. There I focus on developing innovative technology solutions, social interaction, and internet safety.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

Salisbury Township is where my wife and I decided to start and raise our family. We understood that our children would receive an excellent education, but it wasn’t until we engaged with the community that we understood why. The passion displayed by the teachers, staff, parents, and community to ensure the success of our children is second to none.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

As someone who focuses on efficiency and constant improvement, I believe I bring a skill set that will help bring the district forward through many challenges. Serving on this board provides a unique opportunity to serve my community, while being part of a great tradition in Salisbury that strives for excellence in education. 

Rebecca

REBECCA A. GLENISTER

rglenister@salisburysd.org

I am a freelance textbook and journal editor. I have also consistently volunteered with organizations within the district for the past 16 years, including serving as the current president of the Salisbury Education Foundation and of the Salisbury chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

Both of my sons received an excellent education from Salisbury and I especially appreciate the close-knit nature of our small school district. While my youngest child is now finishing his time in the high school, over the past 16 years I have been actively engaged in both of my sons’ education and have therefore become familiar with the operation of the district at each level of schooling and as a whole. I value the personal connections our building administrators form with the students in their building and how the staff works together as a team to see each child as an individual.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

I view public education as the cornerstone of our democracy and the critical foundation for an informed electorate. As the child of public school teachers, I knew the importance of the school board in determining the direction and quality of the education provided and I wanted to be a part of that process.As a board member I seek to ensure that each Salisbury student is appropriately challenged and supported. My position on the school board is a way for me to give back to our community in the way I best know how.

Carol

CAROL KLINGER

cklinger@salisburysd.org

I am a retired teacher from the Salisbury Township School District. Even though I’m retired, I have two part-time jobs. I am museum teacher at Burnside Plantation in Historic Bethlehem, and I am the Office Coordinator at my church. The best part about my two part-time jobs is that I make my own schedule and work when I want! My two part-time jobs give me structure, but also afford me the opportunity to volunteer, travel and do some things I never had the time to do when I was teaching.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

I was employed by Salisbury as a teacher for over thirty years, and am a resident and parent of two daughters who attended Salisbury. I see Salisbury from the inside out. Salisbury is a small school district where students are not just a number. Each individual student is known by their teachers, the entire staff and by each other. My children received an excellent education and were well prepared for college. Each is now a successful, functioning adult. They were educated by a child-centered, caring staff & administration. At Salisbury they were afforded many opportunities that would have been impossible in other districts. The quote, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is lived here in Salisbury. The entire Salisbury community helps raise its children and takes pride in that.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

It was very difficult after being a teacher in Salisbury for over thirty years to totally disconnect myself from education. After retiring, I still wanted to play a vital role in educating the students in Salisbury without being involved on a daily basis. Over the years, as a parent and an employee, I attended many school board meetings and was always intrigued by the operations of the school board. After careful consideration, I felt that one way I could give back to my former employer, as well as the students of Salisbury and my community, was to run for a position on the school board. Being a board member has provided me insight into the operations of the school district in ways that I was not privy to as a teacher.

JOSEPH S. KUZO

JOSEPH S. KUZO

jkuzo@salisburysd.org

I am the Director of Technology for Quakertown Community School District. I have been with Quakertown for 21 years and oversee all aspects of technology in the district.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

My wife and I have lived in the district for 13 years and have always loved the close community feel. Although we do not have any children, only 3 cats, we selected Salisbury Township to purchase a home in due to its great school system, reasonable taxes, and community size.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

I’m currently in a Cabinet level position with my district of employment and actively involved in our own board meetings, so when this position became open I thought that my background would be something extremely unique and valuable to bring to my own school district, so I threw my hat in to try for an opportunity. Having no personal agenda, I hope to represent all of our stakeholders including our students, parents, staff, and our community as a whole. 

LAURA MCKELVEY

LAURA MCKELVEY

lmckelvey@salisburysd.org

Family support service coordinator for the Eastern Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Center. I connect families with resources they need to support their member with Down syndrome, address questions pertaining to parents’ and students’ rightsand responsibilities with regards to education, and serve as an advocate at IEP meetings.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

I love the small, close knit community our district and wider community has and the teamwork between families and school staff to really ensure every child gets the education they need.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

I want to ensure that our district serves our children well by being fiscally responsible, providing an excellent education, and always ensuring that resources are available for our most vulnerable students.

THOMAS P. SPINNER

THOMAS P. SPINNER

tspinner@salisburysd.org

I'm a Project Manager at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

As a project manager I thrive on being in the action. The ability to work alongside and support incredible people who love what they do brings me a great sense of satisfaction.

Though I travel approximately 50% of the time, it allows me the opportunity to meet incredible people and see our wonderful country.

I'm constantly working with engineers to specify and ensure compliance with project requirements. I then work with the trades to successfully complete construction projects safely, on time, and on budget.

As a subject matter expert I also help guide my company through the decommissioning and demolition of industrial facilities.

What do you value most about Salisbury?

My wife and I chose Salisbury Township based on its smaller community and the district's reputation.

Fast forward 12 years and we've fallen in love with this community and want nothing but to see it continue to grow and prosper.

We've seen our children grow in their educational experiences with the district, as well as athletics through our local youth association. The experiences they gain here are priceless and I'm nothing short of thrilled to see the men they will become.

The experiences I've had over the past several years with the Salisbury Youth Association as an assistant coach for football and director of the wrestling program have made me realize how invested I am in the children of this community. Every year having the opportunity to work with the athletes and watching them grow and aspire to be better athletes is a truly humbling experience.

I also have the pleasure of working with our Township serving on the Zoning Hearing Board. The ability to serve our residents to ensure this community remains as wonderful as the day we first called it home is an honor.

Why did you want to join the Salisbury Township School Board?

Over the past two years I've become engaged with the school board meetings.

I've watched the restructuring of the schools and the development plans for the future. I felt a calling to serve our district. I feel that I can leverage my experiences from my career and personal life to help the district move forward towards the future. I'm truly thankful for this opportunity to serve our great community.