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.
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 thirty-five 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.
My wife, Nikki, and two children have lived in Souderton for the past seven years and both of my children attend the Souderton Charter School Collaborative.
Coming from a family of passionate educators back in India, education is very important to me. I owe much of my professional success to the schooling I received throughout my youth and early adulthood. After working for 15 years in the corporate world with Fortune 100 companies, my wife and I became entrepreneurs of our own Restaurants & Software Development Company for iPad-based point-of-sale systems for restaurants.
I am a firm believer that education lays the groundwork for future success- not only vocationally, but also throughout life as a whole. When my children were ready to begin school, it was an obvious choice to enroll them at the Souderton Charter School Collaborative. As a reputable educational institution, SCSC provides the type of schooling that allows my children to prosper and excel, in a supportive and challenging environment.
It is an honor and a privilege to work on the Board of Trustees. I look forward to being part of this wonderful institution - one that continuously provides the best education and care for our children. After all, they are our most precious gifts and hope for the future.