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PASA Staff

Jim Buckheit - Executive Director

Jim began his tenure as PASA's Executive Director in September 2009.  Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and Executive Director of the Department of Education's Bureau of School Services.

Contact for:  association positions and advocacy, general education issues, sponsorship and association matters, member services

Virginia Montgomery - General Counsel

Virginia began her service as PASA’s General Counsel in October 2011, having previously served as Senior Counsel for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Ed.   Her responsibilities include providing legal advice and assistance to members concerning employment-related issues in accordance with PASA’s Legal Services Policy.

Contact for: contracts, legal advice & employment-related assistance

Barbara Jewett - Assistant to the Executive Director

Barbara joined the staff in November 1997.  Her responsibilities include assisting with governance and operations, including records management, directing communications, including the monthly newsletter and web site, and coordinating marketing and information services for the association. 

Contact for: Legislative and Resolutions Committees, web site, newsletter and publications, PASA Awards program, E-Update

Dr. Patrick Crawford - Director of Professional Development
Dr. Crawford joined PASA as a part-time staff member in 2007.  He works with the PASA Professional Development Committee to design PASA’s program of professional development and organize and monitor all aspects of the PASA mentor program. 
Contact for: Act 48/PIL, professional development program, mentor program

Jolene Zelinski - Administrative/Financial Officer

Jolene joined the staff in December 1999. Jolene's responsibilities include overseeing the financial affairs and membership operations of the association, office management, communicating with the Board of Governors, and coordinating the activities of the Women's Caucus.

Contact for: Women's Caucus, Board of Governors, membership questions, sponsorship

Linda McKay - Deputy General Counsel
Linda began working part-time for PASA in 2013. She provides legal advice and assistance to members, under the direction of PASA's Chief Counsel Virginia Montgomery.

Sherry Stoudt - Administrative Assistant
Sherry joined the staff in September 2008.  Her responsibilities include coordination of PASA programs, workshops and meetings, data management, receptionist duties and general office support. 
Contact for: workshop information and registration