Board of Trustees
Carina Husband Urbach, M.S.Ed.
Chair of Fundraising Committee
I currently live in Lower Gwynedd with my husband and children. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, I moved to Washington, DC to pursue my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at American University. After graduating, I taught seventh grade at an alternative school in Washington, DC before moving to Philadelphia to work on my Masters in Education. Upon graduation from University of Pennsylvania, I taught in a variety of preschool settings including early-intervention, before taking a job as Program Coordinator for a large corporate-sponsored childcare center in Montgomery County. As Program Coordinator, my responsibilities included hiring, training, and supervising a staff of 15, as well as ensuring quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Shortly before the birth of my first child, I was elected to the Souderton Charter School Collaborative Board of Trustees. For me, it proved to be a perfect fit. My experience opening a new childcare center and expertise in meaningful, project-based learning matched the Souderton Charter School Collaborative's needs as the school opened in September 2000. I was immediately taken by the school's mission and have dedicated my time to the Souderton Charter School Collaborative in hopes of seeing the school affect change in the larger school system. I believe the Souderton Charter School Collaborative is a beacon in the movement to make our schools more effective and efficient.
My husband, daughters and I moved to the Souderton Area School District on US Navy military orders in 2004. I first learned about Souderton Charter School Collaborative and its philosophy from a Navy family hoping to enter the school. We were extremely impressed with the innovative learning environment, individual student focus, experiential learning community, and collaborative synergy. While attending Purdue University and later the University of Maryland for graduate school, I experienced the value of education and the doors it has opened for our family.
Our family has been involved with SCSC since our oldest daughter began kindergarten in September of 2007. I have actively volunteered my time throughout the years and have found a wonderful school family and an amazing sense of school community. Two years ago I was honored to assist with the development of the Parent Teacher Organization’s - Parents Involved in Educating Students (PINES) and implementing the organization during the 2013 school year.
A few years ago my husband retired from the Navy with many opportunities to pursue new and exciting career paths, many of which required relocation. We made the decision to remain in the area solely based on the SCSC’s amazing learning community and the effect it has had on our children. I am honored to join the SCSC board and I am excited to be a part of furthering the school’s mission.
Pattie Guttenplan, RLA, AICP
Chair of Finance Committee
I have served on the Board of Trustees as the Treasurer since June 2001, but have been a member of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative community since before the first day of school in September 2000. I have two sons who graduated from SCSC who have found in both high school and college that the lessons learned at SCSC were invaluable and the educational foundation second to none. I have actively volunteered in all aspects of the school community and have found that volunteering is one of the best ways to feel a part of a school family. My background is in Land Planning and Landscape Architecture, and I have a love for art, music, and theatre. I have a strong commitment to lifelong, experiential, inclusive learning and therefore feel that my family will always have a place at the Souderton Charter School Collaborative.
My family came to SCSC in 2010 when our oldest daughter, Basha, entered kindergarten to begin what for her has been an extraordinary learning experience. As parents, my wife Lauren and I consider the education of our three daughters to be among our highest priorities. It is why we feel so fortunate to have our children under the phenomenal care and instruction of the SCSC staff, leadership, and community.
I grew up in Towamencin Township and attended Bucknell University where I studied literature and met my wonderful wife. From there, we moved to Boston where I pursued a career in writing and music, and eventually became interested in organic gardening and sustainable food issues. In time, we started a family and decided to move back to Pennsylvania to find a home close to friends and family with room for an oversized garden and a chicken coop.
Since joining SCSC, we’ve been inspired by the warmth and attention our daughters have received from members of our community. We’ve watched with joy as they begin to form the relationships and acquire the academic skills that will benefit them so much in their lives. Personally, I am honored to join the SCSC board and I look ahead, with great anticipation, to the exciting opportunities and continued successes that await our outstanding school.
I live in the Souderton Area School District with my husband and two teenagers. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from University of Pharmaceutical Science in Philadelphia and a Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Villanova University. I have been at Merck & Co since 1989 and my experience ranges from supervision of a testing laboratory, Quality Control, Packaging Operations and Clinical Supplies, to the project management.
My two sons attended the Souderton Charter School Collaborative. We were very pleased with the program. Neither of them ever said, "I don't want to go to school", and loved both their friends and classmates and the learning environment at the Souderton Charter School Collaborative. My oldest is now attending college at Stanford University. My younger son is in high school and is well prepared.
I believe charter schools offer a learning environment that promotes children's imagination and development in a learning community made up of not only students, but parents and teachers as well. I believe experiential learning enables children to learn for themselves, and also to teach others.
Our journey with SCSC began in 2006 when our son, Tyler, joined the school. His experience at the school was most enjoyable and as parents we enjoyed becoming part of the community and getting more engaged in his education. We currently have our three daughters at SCSC as well who are also enjoying their experiences. We feel rather fortunate to have our children receive a great education and have a great experience doing so.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
I grew up in South Africa during apartheid and education helped change the course of my future. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Science and Statistics from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and an MBA from Widener University in Chester, PA. Today, I teach at the University of Pennsylvania, Widener University and Jefferson University in an Adjunct capacity.
I have spent the past 25 years of my career in the technology field as a strategy/management consultant helping organizations across the country understand how technology can have a material impact on their business.
It is an honor to serve on the board of trustees of The Souderton Charter School Collaborative and I hope that the decisions we make, can positively change the futures of many children.
Jenny Turner Marion
I live in Souderton School District with my husband and two daughters. We were fortunate to discover SCSC when it was time for my oldest daughter to attend school. Currently both of our daughters are thriving in their education under the creative and innovative leadership of the teachers and fellow students.
I received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Lehigh University. After working in Baltimore, MD for several years, I needed to change course. I wanted to be passionate about what I do in life which led me to continue my education in Virginia where I graduated from a program in Medical Massage Therapy. It was a wise decision as I have been a board certified and licensed massage therapist for over 18 years now. After I moved back to PA from VA, I opened a massage therapy business, married my husband and my daughters soon followed.
From the moment I read SCSC’s mission, I was intrigued and felt strongly that it would be a perfect fit for our daughters. To me, education is a continual process that comes from many different sources. Education reaches beyond the classroom. It is imperative to learn how to live in our world at a fast pace while remembering the tenets of humanity. It is individualized as we all learn differently. It is an approach where we teach each other, we learn from each other, we learn how to cooperate and work together to solve bigger problems, we respect and embrace our differences and help each other to move ahead with the goal of enriching our community, locally and globally. I believe education is everything to our future. It is an honor to serve a community such as SCSC. It provides proof that this level of education exists and is indeed making our world brighter, one mind at a time.
It is a privilege to serve on the board of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative. Consistently achieving top honors with a fraction of the budget of other public schools, the Collaborative is a beacon of excellence in national public education, and a local jewel.
Originally from Philadelphia, I attended public schools including Julia R. Masterman and Central High School. Later I earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from New York City’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. I have lived in Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, and Italy. Over time, I have taught fine art painting, sold classical guitars, worked as a carpenter, and a software engineer. For the last fifteen years I have been a software developer: building web, big data and streaming applications for government, medical and insurance sectors. Currently I am studying the German language, enjoy walking, swimming, fixing old cars and renovating our 100 year old home. I make a decent crepe; and I am a member of Mensa.
An enthusiastic Soudertonite, I feel lucky to live amid friendly streets, brimming with creative energy and potential. My family moved here in 2008 in part because of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative (for more local commendations, please consult my wife.) The Collaborative continues to foster the dynamic relationships between children, school, parents and community that build resilient kids and a stronger societal fabric.
John V. Penny, MBA
SCSC Founder and Trustee
Chair of Properties Committee
I grew up in Warrington Township in Bucks County and received a degree in history from La Salle University. After graduating with a Masters in Computer Science from Temple University, my professional experience comprises forty years as a software engineer.
Currently, I am responsible for setting the strategic direction for the development of software to achieve corporate goals of delivering innovative solutions for financial institutions in the areas of Image Delivery, Internet Banking, and Electronic Payment systems.
My computer expertise is transferred to the Souderton Charter School Collaborative through creating administrative systems, providing technology solutions, and using broadband communications to link all school computers to the Internet, thus enabling all involved with the charter school to enhance their learning experiences.
My goal in founding the charter school was to create a learning environment that breaks away from the traditional structured school and recognizes that every child learns differently. I am proud to have sent my two children to the Souderton Charter School Collaborative and pleased with all they have learned, both academically and socially.