Candidates November 7, 2017

West Goshen Township Supervisor:  2 open seats

Mary R LaSota

Website  Facebook  Mary R. LaSota, Esquire, is a practicing estate, trust, tax attorney with a L.LM in Taxation from Villanova University. She took her practice solo in 2013 and strives to integrate the latest business practices with the practice of law. She has worked in the legal field since 1998. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Government, a Minor in Criminal Justice, and an Associates in Paralegal Studies. She is an avid hiker, bouldering enthusiast and is currently studying wushu-kungfu. She will bring her knowledge of law and government, her passion for innovation, and her grit and determination with her to the Board of Supervisors of West Goshen Township.


Robin Stuntebeck

Website  Facebook  Robin Stuntebeck is a financial and management executive with significant experience in business development and relationship management at the C-level, team building, financial and economic consulting, public policy analysis, and entrepreneurship.  She is currently a co-founder and the Executive Vice President of Doctor’s Best Immediate Medical Care, Inc., an independent urgent care facility located in Berwyn and West Chester, Pennsylvania.  She oversees the financial, marketing and human resources operations of the company and strategic planning of future locations.

Prior to Doctor’s Best, Robin was Managing Director of the Philadelphia office of Resources Global Professionals, a publicly-traded professional services company serving 2,100 clients in 66 countries.  She was the strategic leader responsible for driving revenue and service line growth in the regional Philadelphia market by building new and existing client relationships, and deploying experienced consultants to address clients’ objectives and goals.

From 1994 to 2005, Ms. Stuntebeck was a Director in the Dispute Analysis and Investigations practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she prepared expert witness damages analyses in multiple large or complex litigation matters.  Early in her career, she was a research analyst for a Washington, DC public policy consulting firm, where she analyzed the economic and financial impacts of a range of environmental matters including responses to the Montreal Protocols on chlorofluorocarbons, regulations and cleanup strategies for hazardous waste and Superfund sites, and spent a year working in London on the privatization of the British electrical grid.

Robin is a Trustee of The Women’s Law, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of women through high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.  She served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee for 8 years.

Ms. Stuntebeck has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

School Director West Chester Area School District

Region 1

Joyce Chester

Notable achievements during current (and first) term on school Board)

  • Provided input determining positive outcomes for two teachers’ contracts
  • Input for Redistricting strategy and execution
  • Input for Regionalizing District for fair and equitable School Board Member representation

4th year as Chair of Pupil Services Committee

    • 4th year as member of Education Committee
    • Provided sound and prudent input to fiscal challenges facing the WCASD
  • President and CEO of Chester County OIC – 16 years with this non-profit organization
    • Adult literacy provider for Chester County
    • Youth employment provider for Chester County
  • 20 years of corporate experience, 10 years entrepreneurial experience, 19 years non-profit experience — includes 34 years of management experience
  • Graduate of Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research – Certification in Non-Profit Executive Leadership
  • Graduate of Immaculata University – BA in Organizational Dynamics
  • Lived locally 31 yrs.; 2 children, both products of West Chester Area School District
    • Oldest son obtained Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University
    • Youngest son’s anticipated graduation from Kutztown University is December 2017.
  • Member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester since 1988

Region 3

Chuck Linn

Chuck is a long-time resident of the West Chester School District with two children going through Henderson High School.  He graduated from the University of Delaware and later earned his MBA from Philadelphia University.  Chuck has worked for 30 years with Vanguard and will bring a strong financial experience background.  He has extensive experience in process improvement and efficiency.  His experience also includes managing financial regulations and leading teams to success.


Chester County Treasurer

Patricia Maisano

Endorsed by CCDC   Facebook. Patricia is founder and CEO of IKOR International Inc., a rapidly growing Patient Advocacy and Professional Guardianship service focused on the disabled (mental and physical) and seniors. She is a long-time resident of Chester County, serving as board member fr the YMCA of Brandywine Valley and the Kennett Senior Center. Patricia will use her corporate experience to ensure the Office of the Treasurer maintains tight accounting controls and her ability to innovate to improve services.

Chester County Clerk of Courts:    

Yolanda Van de Krol

Endorsed by CCDC B.A. Hamilton College, M.A. University of Delaware.  Over 20 year’s experience in financial services as a VP advising business owners on ways to improve cash flow and grow their businesses. Her positions required strong interpersonal and organization skills, tenacity and attention to detail. She also consistently achieved goals, worked within budgets, negotiated with outside firms and met deadlines. Served on the Tredyffrin Township Libraries Board from 2006 to 2012, four as President, gaining valuable experience in working on budget and other issues at the local government level. Yolanda is running for this position to ensure that every constituent receives the highest level of service from the Chester County Clerk of Courts office.

Chester County Controller

Margaret Reif

Endorsed by CCDC   Margaret is currently Controller for the Youth Mentoring Partnership based in Malvern. Organized and detail-oriented, she has extensive experience in bookkeeping, advertising, preparation of annual reports, tax information, 990/1099/non-profit compilation submissions, and filing insurance documentation.


 Chester County Coroner

Christina VandePol

Endorsed by CCDC Facebook   Website  Christina VandePol, M.D., a Chester County resident for more than 25 years, is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Christina attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Penn School of Medicine, specializing in Endocrinology.  Since early 2015, Christina has taught courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology at Delaware County Community College (DCCC). In 1997, Christina founded EnPharma Consulting, providing physician services for clinical research and development projects. In addition to her Coroner duties, she will be a strong advocate for addressing the current opioid crisis in the county.

PA Supreme Court 

Dwayne Woodruff
Facebook   Dwayne is a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was first elected to the court in 2005 and was retained in 2015. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1979 and played defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1988. In 1997, Woodruff became a founding partner of the Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo law firm. He also serves as the Pittsburgh co-chair for the National Campaign to Stop Violence’s “Do the Write Thing Challenge.”

Up for retention vote:
Chief Justice Thomas Saylor
Justice Debra Todd

PA Superior Court

Judge Deborah A. Kunselman

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC. Deborah is a judge on the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. She was elected in 2005 and was retained in 2015. She was the first female judge elected to the 36th district Court of Common Pleas. She earned her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1992.


Judge Maria McLaughlin   

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC  Maria is a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. She was elected in 2011, and her term expires in January 2022. McLaughlin received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1988 and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1992.



Judge H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. (incumbent, 2016 appointee) 

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC   H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. is a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He was appointed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in June 2016 and confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate on June 27, 2016. Moulton received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1980 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984.



Judge Carolyn Nichols

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC  Carolyn is a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Prior to her election to the common pleas court in 2011, Nichols held a number of positions, including legislative assistant to former Philadelphia Councilwoman Augusta Clarke, assistant city solicitor, and deputy secretary of external affairs for the office of the mayor of Philadelphia.



PA Commonwealth Court

Judge Ellen Ceisler  

Web site.Endorsed by CCDC  After graduating from Temple University Law School in 1986, Ellen served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence. Ellen also worked as an investigative producer for CBS News in Philadelphia, where she produced investigative series on issues related to the mental health, foster care, and day care systems; government mismanagement and waste; consumer fraud; and abuses of the elderly and immigrants. From 1997-2005, Ellen served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In 2007, Ellen was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and spent her first six years in the Criminal Division presiding over major felony trials.

Irene McLaughlin Clark. 

Web site. Facebook  Irene served as a Municipal Court Judge in Pittsburgh for ten years before returning to private practice focusing on helping municipalities and organizations revitalize communities. Irene’s extensive background in housing and neighborhood revitalization led to her to being designated Housing Court Judge responsible for code enforcement cases. Since leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Clark’s legal career has centered on helping municipalities and organizations clean up and revitalize blighted and abandoned properties.

Debra Todd

Justice of the Supreme Court for Retention

Justice Debra Todd (For retention to Supreme Court) In 2007,Debra Todd became the first Democratic Woman to be elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is now in line to become Pennsylvania’s first female Chief Justice. Justice Todd was born in Ellwood City, PA. Her father was a steelworker at J&L Steel. She received her B.A. with Honors from Chatham College; J.D. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review; and LL.M. Degree in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.