Barbara Polinski was born in California and raised in Pennsylvania. When she married her husband,Tom, in 1967, they moved to New Jersey, New York, and then back to Pennsylvania in the late 1970's.
Barbara spent many years in corporate administration until 1976 when her son, Drew, was born. She loved being a stay-at-home mom and spent many hours volunteering at her son's schools, first at Goshen Friends School in the 1980's, supporting his academic, sports, and social interests. Barbara was also able to indulge some of her own interests. Barbara enjoys sculpting, craft art, and jewelry design, to name a few. When her son was in high school, Barbara returned to work in administrative positions with a computer company, a CPA firm, and her husband's business. In 2008, Barbara joined the Goshen Friends administrative staff and acquired another wonderful family here where she had spent so many happy hours with her own little Preschooler.
Barbara and her husband and have spent over 40 wonderful years together and have enjoyed parenting, traveling, golfing, and fishing from Maui to the Keys. They share their home with their Gordon Setters. Their son and his lovely wife, Dawn, expanded their family with two beautiful daughters. Tom and Barbara know the joys of grandparenting--it is truly "grand"-- and life's great!
Christian Pepe is Goshen's Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor. He attends Montgomery County Community College and is pursuing a degree in engineering. While at Strath Haven High School, Christian participated in regional and national robotics competitions. Always on the go, Christian also works as a landscaper .
Michele Kornegay was born in Ashland, Pennsylvania, and has lived in the Keystone State most of her life. She holds a B.A. in English from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in English from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
After graduate school, Michele lived in New Jersey and worked in the publishing industry in New York City until moving to West Chester in 2000. From 2000 to 2010, Michele had a freelance proofreading and copyediting business before starting a career in social media with Moxie House and now The Town Dish, where she also writes and edits articles about the local food and restaurant scene.
Michele's son Jonathan attended Goshen Friends School for 9 years, starting in preschool in 2005 and graduating in 2014. Jonathan is now a student at Westtown. While a GFS mom, Michele was a member of the GPC, clipping and collecting her fair share of Box Tops and organizing the yearly Book Fair.
Michele loves reading, hiking, cooking (and eating!), exploring museums, and visiting Philadelphia with Jonathan her husband Dan.
Stephanie Lantz was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended the University of Miami (FL) and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College. Stephanie also holds a Masters of Education from Cabrini College and an Instructional I, Teacher Certification.
Since 2002, Stephanie has served as a consultant in the areas of development and special events. Some of her clients have included ACHIEVEability, National Kidney Foundation of the Delaware Valley, and Penn Literacy Network. Stephanie has also worked in the educational sector as the Religious School Educational Director at Beth Israel Congregation in Chester Springs. Most recently she served as the Development Director at ALS Hope Foundation.
A woman of many interests, Stephanie is an avid tennis player, a Pilates and Core Barre instructor, and a Rotarian! She has served on several boards including 4KIDsNEEDs (a foundation she established) and Chester County Public Library. Currently, Stephanie is participating in the Hadassah Leadership Program.
Susan McCardell has been the business manager at Goshen Friends School for nearly 20 years. She received her B.S. in business from West Chester University. After her mother-in-law, a member of Goshen Monthly Meeting, placed Susan's oldest child on the Preschool waiting list as soon as he was born, there was no turning back! While her three children attended Goshen, Susan served as a volunteer in the Goshen Parent Community. In 1993, she began working as a part-time bookkeeper and soon she was promoted to the full-time position she now holds.
Susan is a great resource for GFS history and lore. She had the pleasure of knowing our founder, Barbara Dixon. Susan oversaw the construction of the Extended Care room and Lower School building. She serves on the General Committee and several other committees.
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.