TEF Board Members

2014-15 Officers:

Chris Ardinger

Chris Ardinger

Education: B.S. Public Administration from Shippensburg University

Occupation: Marketing & Technology Coordinator – Hardell Corporation

Affiliations: Board Treasurer/School Director – Tuscarora School District

Other Interests: Founder of the Relay for Life of Mercersburg, Board of Director – Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Member – Franklin Learning Center, Government Affairs Committee Member – Franklin County Chambers, Presidential Volunteer of the Year Award – President George W. Bush, 2014 Volunteer of the Year – Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce.

Why we support TEF: Being a school board member, I believe in giving our students the best opportunities, and all the support they can get. I try and do this through the district, but also through TEF. TEF provides great opportunities for our students, and I am happy that we are able to provide funding for grants to teachers, and students. Our district is undergoing some amazing things, and we are there to continue to help move them forward!


Aaron Trusky

Aaron Trusky

Aaron R. Trusky – Vice President

Education: Information Systems (Bachelor’s of Science from Elizabethtown College)

Occupation: Technology Coordinator / CIO for Tuscarora School District

Other Interests: I am the head of the Junior Varsity boys basketball coach for James Buchanan and one of the assistant varsity coaches.

Why we support TEF: In working at the district, I feel my job is to provide the best educational atmosphere for our students as I possibly can, and TEF adds another dimension to that. The ability to provide educational grants, to help take our district to the next level for our students, and faculty puts Tuscarora School District in an excellent position moving forward.


Julie Wenger

Julie Wenger

Julie Wenger – Secretary

Occupation: Financial Services Representative, Susquehanna Bank

Other interests: I am also the recording secretary for the Buchanan Lioness. I enjoy being part of organizations that are here for their community.

Why we support TEF: Education is the strong foundation for our future. I went through the Tuscarora school system as did my daughter. I have seen first hand the good TEF has brought about. Being a part of helping our children take advantage of all this district has to offer is very rewarding. At the end of the day, its a great feeling knowing we’ve contributed to the well being of our students.


Dr. Charles Prijatelj

Dr. Charles Prijatelj

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Prijatelj – Ex-officio Member

Occupation: Tuscarora School District, Superintendent

Why we support TEF: In the Tuscarora School District we take pride in every child’s achievements. Come join us and we can build our children’s futures together.


Julie Statler

Julie Statler – Treasurer

Education: Shippensburg University – BS in Business Administration, Accounting/Finance Major, AIB Bank Financial Management Diploma

Occupation: Chief Financial Officer – The First National Bank of Mercersburg

Other Interests: Rotary Club of Greencastle, Treasurer; Antietam Humane Society, President, read murder mysteries, play golf, and am a member of Calvary Bible Church

Why we support TEF: As a business leader in the local community, I believe we should have creative, exciting and “outside of the box” opportunities for our students. TEF provides funding for such opportunities whether it be in the sciences, languages or technology. Over the years, programs such as Author Illustrated, Trout in the Classroom and Elementary Science day, have demonstrated that this can be done.


John Flannery

John Flannery

Education: Business, leadership, and coaching training – Hagerstown Community College

Occupation: Owner & President, Flannery’s Tavern on the Square and the John Allison Public House

Other Interests: Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce – Board member, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce – Board member, Team Manager (six years) – Mercersburg Little League, Mountain Safety Volunteer (2 years) – Whitetail Ski Resort, Chairman – Flannery’s Annual Golf Tournament, Greencastle Business Education Partnership – Committee Member.

Why we support TEF: Currently, my wife Ame and I own and operate three successful businesses. In 2010, she started a consignment shop; “The Dressing Room” located in Mercersburg and are happy to be a part of the downtown community. Our son Jonathan is currently attending James Buchanan High School, and we feel is it crucial to support the local community, our students and future leaders, and offer as many opportunities to our youth as we can.


Lisa Ambrisco
Denise Baer
Alfred Bendell IV
Rodney Benedick
Nicholas Erickson
Mary-Anne Gordon – Chamber of Commerce Representative
Erich Hawbaker – School Board Member Representative
Emily Poffenberger – Programs & Services Committee Chair
Heidi Stoner
Jerome Staniszewski
Kevin Schoenberger

Jack Allison – Executive Director/Ex-Officio Member

*To email a board member, please use “first.last@tefhome.org” (example: John Flannery ” john.flannery@tefhome.org”)*