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Commission for Accreditation

Members on the PAIS Commission for Accreditation are appointed from among member accredited schools. For each school evaluation, the Commission considers the Report of the Visiting Committee and makes a recommendation for accreditation to the PAIS Board for ratification.

Commissioners and PAIS Board members often assume additional responsibilities that uphold and strengthen the quality of private academic schools. They may chair visitation committees, assist candidate schools in understanding the PAIS accreditation standards and processes, and at times provide mentoring to schools facing special challenges


Chair Peter Gurt, President, Milton Hershey School  


Nancy Donnelly Head of School,       United Friends School 

Thomas Lengel Head of School,        Holy Child, Rosemont 

William Kindler, Ph.D.                        Former Head of School 

Sharon Levin Head of School,           Jack M. Barrack Academy 

Sally Keidel Head of School,             The Montgomery School 

Steve Lisk Head of School,                Lancaster Country Day School 

Michael O’Toole Principal,                 LaSalle College High School 

Jeffrey Suzik Head of School,            Falk Laboratory School 

Peter Wenigmann                              Retired Independent School Administrator 

Darryl Ford Head of School,              William Penn Charter School 

Janet Gillespie Head of School         The Janus School 

Jay Harvey                                           Director of Upper School, Wyoming Seminary 

Carolyn Hapeman CFO,                    Westtown School 

Margaret VanSteenwyk                     Head of Upper School, The Shipley School 

Lukie Wells, Ex-officio PAIS Director of Accreditation 

Linda Phelps, Ex-officio PAIS Executive Director 


Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) • 37 East Germantown Pike, Suite 302 • Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
610-567-2960 • Fax 610-567-2963


PAIS is an equal opportunity employer. PAIS and its member schools comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in admissions and employment.
PAIS is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to accredit private schools in the State of Pennsylvania.
PAIS is internationally recognized through the National Association of Independent Schools Commission on Accreditation.

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