About Conestoga Valley Education Foundation

Our Mission

To enrich the education, values and cultural experience of youth by extending their current education opportunities through creative and innovative programs.

To promote excellence by providing financial and human resources that encourage exploration and achievement by youth through the support of teachers, staff and community members.

Founded in 1991, the Conestoga Valley Education Foundation was formed to encourage creativity and educational excellence in the classrooms of the Conestoga Valley School District. Since its inception, CVEF has awarded more than $700,000 in grants to students, teachers and administrators to support innovative and creative projects that are not funded by school district tax dollars.

Foundation support comes from businesses, industries and private donors, including many CV faculty and staff members.

Board of Trustees

The Conestoga Valley Education Foundation's volunteer Board of Trustees is composed of community leaders who embrace the Foundation's mission and direct its activities. Every trustee has, since its founding, also supported CVEF with a financial contribution.

The Board of Trustees is committed to strong financial stewardship in support of its grant program and building its endowment. Trustees annually commit three-quarters of all funds raised to the Foundation's endowment, ensuring resources will be available in perpetuity for future generations of Conestoga Valley students. The remaining quarter, plus investment earnings, is used to fund its annual grant program. A committee of trustees reviews grant applications two times per year and determines which projects will be funded.

Trustees also serve on committees such as community relations, fund development and governance. Terms on the Board last four years, and many trustees serve multiple terms, including some who have served since the founding. The Board's year culminates with its annual President's Breakfast in the Spring.

CVEF activities are also supported by numerous volunteers, who serve on committees and assist in organizing Foundation events such as the Golf Classic and Derby Day.


Board Member Spotlight – Gerry Huesken

Gerry Huesken

Dr. Huesken spent most of his 38-year in education career serving the students at Conestoga Valley. He started in 1984 as the high school assistant principal and later served as junior high assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent before taking on the role as superintendent in 1998. When he retired in June 2017, he assumed the role of Executive Director for the Conestoga Valley Education Foundation.

While serving as CV's superintendent, Dr. Huesken supervised numerous improvements and changes in the district. Under his leadership, the district added full-day kindergarten and pre-k; hired a school resource officer; developed a 21st Century communications program; and incorporated more classroom technology through one-to-one learning and other initiatives. In 2015, he received the PMEA Outstanding Superintendent Award.

Dr. Huesken is active in the community, too. He is a past chair of the Board of Directors for Leadership Lancaster and an active member and past president of the Paradise Rotary Club. Dr. Huesken served on the Board of Control for the Lancaster/Lebanon Interscholastic League as well as on a local advisory board for the HACC Lancaster Campus. He has two children, both of whom are graduates of Conestoga Valley School District.

Board of Trustees 2017-2018

Susan C. Adams
CVEF Secretary

Community Volunteer
CV Parent: '76, '78, '81, '86

Robin Terry Ardinger
CVEF Vice-President

Tax Accountant
Robin Ardinger CPA
CV Class of 1976
CV Parent: '05, '08

Eric Bergstrom

Senior Consultant CCI Consulting
Faculty Member
The Graduate School at Penn State University
CV Class of 1975
CV Parent: '05, '08

Stephen W. Cody
CVEF President

Attorney
Cody & Pfursich
CV Class of 1976

Jim Cunningham

Commercial Customer Account Manager
John Deere Corporate Business Division
CV Class of 1974

James C. Dum
CVEF Treasurer

Accountant
Dum Accounting
Retired Teacher
Conestoga Valley High School

Christine Eshelman

Card Services Manager Members 1st FCU

Liz Fulmer

Director of Communications
& Co-Worship Leader
Grandview United Methodist Church
Musician, Composer, Performer
CV Class of 2008

Jeffrey Hillen

Territory Sales Manager
Pengate Handling Systems Inc.
CV Class of 2005

David T. Hornberger

Market President
Orrstown Bank
Past President & Treasurer CV School Board
CV Distinguished Alumni
CV Class of 1982
CV Parent: '09

Randall McCarty

Executive Director
The Clark Associates Charitable Foundation
Retired Principal
Smoketown Elementary School

Patricia McClune

Retired Librarian
Conestoga Valley High School

Sheryl D. Oswald
Past CVEF President

Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
Community Volunteer
CV Resident

Kevin M. Ressler

Executive Director
Meals on Wheels of Lancaster
Board Member: ASSETS, Everence FCU, Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, Friends of Mennonite Theological College of East Africa
CV Class of 2003

Betsy Youndt

Past CV School Board
Community Volunteer
CV Resident
CV Parent: '97, '98, '05


Non-Voting Members

Merle Esh

School Board Representative
CV School Board President
CV Parent: '09, '14

Phyllis Heverly Flesher

Director of Administrative and Business Services
Conestoga Valley School District

Kendal Gapinski

Public Relations Specialist

Gerry Huesken, Ed.D.
CVEF Executive Director

Retired Superintendent
Conestoga Valley School District
CV Parent: '03, '09

Mardy McGaw

Teacher Representative
CV High School Librarian
Secondary Technology Integration Specialist

Jarod Steed

Student Representative

Dave Zuilkoski, Ed.D.

Superintendent
Conestoga Valley School District
CV Parent

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