Meet the School Board

Meet the School Board

Tracy Longo, Board President

Tracy Longo has been a member of the Beaver Area School District Board of Directors since 2009. She is the current Board President, Chair of the Athletic Committee, and also serves on the Finance Committee.  Tracy previously served as Chairman of the Vanport Township Municipal Authority and was a member of that board for 12 years. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Robert Morris University. Tracy is an alumni of Beaver Area School District, having graduated in 1986. She has a son, Robert, who graduated from Beaver High School in 2011, and a daughter Mackenzie, who is currently a senior. Tracy, her husband Dave, and their family reside in Vanport Township.  Term expires 2019

Dr. Mark Deitrick, Board Vice-President

Mark Deitrick is the Chair of  the Curriculum and Staff Development Committee.  He also serves on the Employee Relations and Athletic Committees, as well as the Alternate Representative to the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit Board of Directors. and Beaver County Career & Technology Center Joint School Committee.   He has served as a community member on Action Planning Teams on several Strategic Planning initiatives for the district. He also serves as a Senior Portfolio Panelist. In the community at large, he serves on the Human Rights Committee at McGuire Memorial Home, and he has served as a Board member and Vice President at the Beaver Area Historical Museum. He also serves as a member of the PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership Program Advisory Board at Robert Morris University. Mark has been a full-time faculty member at Community College of Beaver County since 1990. He has worked in the Counseling Department as Coordinator of Counseling Services, and he is presently Professor of Education, Psychology, and Social Work.  He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the university level. Mark received his PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Slippery Rock University and a B.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gannon University. He has also completed additional post-graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Westminster College, and Slippery Rock University. He is Board Certified as a National Certified Counselor and credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He practices as an independently contracted psychotherapist in Allegheny County. Mark is married to Susan, who is a Teaching Assistant and Substitute Teacher at College Square Elementary. Their children, Mark, Michael, and Katherine are Beaver graduates.  Term expires 2019

Robert Bickerton

Robert L. Bickerton has been a member of the Beaver Area School District Board of Directors since 2009. He served as Vice-President for two years and is Chair of the Facilities and Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Athletic and School Safety  Committees. Robert is a graduate of Center High School and earned a B.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University. He is the President of MGSoft-Net, an IT company that serves small and medium sized business clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and the panhandle of West Virginia. Robert also serves as Chairman of the NNDS Board of Directors and is a board member at the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation. He and his wife, Brooke, have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.  Term expires 2021

Aaron Bovalino

Aaron Bovalino was elected to the School Board in November of 2017.  He is a member of the Curriculum/Staff Development, Finance, and School Safety Committees, as well as being an alternate on the Legislative Comittee.  Aaron is a 1990 graduate and lifelong resident of the Beaver Area School District.  When not glued to a device screen, Aaron would most rather spend time with his wife, Roxanne, and play with his two children, Evan and Isla.  Aaron earned his M.A.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh.  With 20 years of public school education experience, Aaron intends to provide analytical and assessment skills that can be applied to make objective, educated, and practical decisions.  Aaron considers his ties to the community and parents of school age children to qualify him to reflect a collective interest to his governance position as a member of the Beaver Area School Board.  Term expires 2021

Frank Bovalino

Frank Bovalino is currently serving in his 19th year as a school director and served 3 years as Board President.  He has been a member of the Finance Committee for ten years and the Facilities Comittee for eight years.  Frank is a fourteen year representative to the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit Board of Directors, of which he has served the last five years as Board Treasurer. Frank is married to the love of his life, Barb Ross Bovalino, who along with Frank and their four children are graduates of Beaver. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Geneva College. Frank is a member of Local Unions 47 and 449, and has been an Apprenticeship instructor for the last 10 years. Frank has served his local union as a By-Laws Committee member and a Political Action Committee Treasurer. Frank has served his community as a Zoning Officer, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and an advocate of keeping the Beaver Swimming Pool open to the community. Frank and Barb are proud grandparents of two.  Term expires 2019

Wende Dikec

Mrs. Wende Dikec was appointed to the School Board in January 2017. She currentlly serves on the Curriculum/Staff Development, Employee Relations, and School Safety Committees.  Wende was born and raised in Beaver County and has raised her three sons in the Beaver Area School District. Wende graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Economics and a BA in Japanese Language and Culture. After graduating with her Bachelors degree, she spent several years abroad working in the educational systems in Japan and in Turkey. Wende also taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Schoolcraft Community College (Michigan) and through Adult Literacy Action at Penn State Beaver. Currently, Wende is an avid writer and has published five novels.  Term expires 2021

Scott Petersen

Scott Petersen was elected to the School Board in November 2017 and serves on the Facilities and Transportation, Finance, Disciplinary, and School Safety Committees.  A lifelong resident of Western PA, Scott is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  Scott is a Financial Advisor at Raymond James & Associates in Beaver.  He resides in Brighton Township with his wife, Mia, and their three young children.  Scott serves as a volunteer soccer coach for BTBSA and as a commissioner and coach for Beaver/Brighton Township Baseball.  He serves on the Finance, Facilities & Transportation, and Disciplinary committees.  Term expires 2021

Bruce Woodske

Bruce Woodske and his wife, Katrina, have resided in the school district for more than 30 years. Their three children all graduated from Beaver High School, and currently they have grandchildren attending Beaver schools. Bruce has served on the school board since December of 2007.  He is presently the Chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Facilities/Transportation and Athletic Committees.   Bruce is the Beaver School Board designated representative to the Beaver County Career & Technology Center Joint Operating Committee, where he is also the elected Treasurer.  Bruce graduated from New Brighton High School and thereafter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College and a J. D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been an attorney for over 40 years and has operated his own law practice in Beaver since 1983.  He also brings to the Board his experience as a solicitor of a large municipal authority for over 35 years.  Bruce is committed to encouraging our children to be lifetime learners. Term expires 2019

Denise Yates

Denise Yates joined the school board in December 2015.  She serves as Chair of the Discipinary Committee and is a member of the Curriculum/Staff Development, Facilities/Transportation and Employee Relations Committees. Denise has spent her entire professional career serving Pennsylvania children. She started as a teacher of elementary and middle school students and then moved to the opening of a multicultural school developing a multicultural curriculum course.  Next, Denise continued her professional knowledge by furthering her education, as well as attending and presenting at national conferences, taking advantage of all professional opportunities to be a continuous learner.  She served as an assistant administrator, a building principal, and last she was a central office administrator as the Senior Program Officer for Literacy Pre K - 12.  During that time she wrote and received a $16 million grant, the single largest district grant to that date.  Additionally, Denise taught pre service teachers at Duquesne University and worked as a student teacher supervisor for Carlow University.  She was trained in conflict resolution over a 3 year period from the International Center for Cooperation of Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Columbia University.  Denise used her knowledge to design, develop and deliver training models to children and adults in K - 12 schools and a graduate level class in the school of Political Science at Duquesne University.  She has been a resident of Beaver for 36 years, raised a graduate of Beaver High School, and spends much time with her grandson, Ethan.  Term expires 2019
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