Get to know your school board candidates!

A special report by Neil Goldenthal. Code and design by Ian Ong

Note from the Editor:
In anticipation for the 2017 local elections, The Spoke compiled a podcast package for the T/E community to get to know the candidates for the school board. Each candidate was interviewed and asked the same number and type of questions, with variation depending on their region and whether or not they are an incumbent. The interviews ran different lengths, but were cut down to similar times with the candidates’ consent. The recorded interviews are listed below with a short bio about each candidate. To listen to the interviews, click on your region and the page will direct you to those candidates. If you are unsure of your region, we have provided lists of the polling places for each.
-Neil Goldenthal, Multimedia Editor

Select your region:

Devon Senior Living
New Eagle School (Gym)
Tredyffrin Library
Conestoga High School (Lobby)
Baptist Church in the Great Valley
Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School
Valley Forge Middle School
Del Chevrolet
Conestoga High School (Gym)

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
Valley Forge Elementary School
Glenhardie Country Club
Paoli United Methodist Church
Delaware Valley Friends School
Tredyffrin Township Building (City Hall)

Beaumont Elementary School
Upper Main Line YMCA
Easttown Twp. Library
Devon Elementary School
Trinity Presbyterian Church
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Devon Elementary School
Our Lady of the Assumption


1 seat available, 1 candidate

Scott Dorsey (D)

Scott Dorsey has been serving on the Tredyffrin-Easttown School board since 2013, and was elected as Vice President in 2015. His roles consist of managing budget decisions, negotiating personnel contracts and acting as a messenger to voice communal concerns. He is a pastor at the Mount Zion Baptist Church and believes that “it takes a village” to bring the community together, both spiritually and academically. In his free time, you can find Scott Dorsey in the stands rooting for the Holy Cross Crusaders, as well as our very own Conestoga Pioneers.

For more information, visit Tredyffrin Township Democrats


1 seat available, 2 candidates

Doug Anestad (R)

Doug Anestad is currently running for T/E School Board in Region II. He has two children currently attending Conestoga High School. Anestad graduated from Drexel University with a degree in computer science, which led him into a technology consulting career of 17 years. Afterwards, Anestad left computer programming to teach math and computer science in Philadelphia for grades 7 through 12. If elected, Anestad plans to promote fiscal responsibility by prioritizing classrooms, build T/E's education by modernizing curriculum, and protect children by updating school district procedures.

For more information, visit Anestad's website

Kyle Boyer (D)

Kyle Boyer, Conestoga Class of 2006, has given back to the community through education. After receiving his BA in political science from George Washington University and master's degree in education and public administration from the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at both urban and suburban middle and high schools, and currently teaches social studies at Valley Forge Middle School. While a student in the T/E School District, he attended school board meetings as a student representative and now hopes to impact policy to a greater extent. Boyer is also heavily involved with the Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ as an associate elder and Director of the Youth Ministries.

For more information, visit Tredyffrin Township Democrats


2 seats available, 4 candidates

Doug Carlson (R)

Representing Easttown Region 3 is Doug Carlson. Carlson has served as the president of the school board for the past two years. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children in T/E schools–one at CHS and one at TEMS. He also is a regular volunteer in the schools and other community events. His 25+ years of professional experiences have included leadership roles within financial services. He believes that his strong leadership, collaboration, negotiation and problem solving skills have and will continue to benefit the T/E schools and community. Carlson wants to ensure our schools remain the best in the state and in the nation by identifying ways to sustain what we have and improve. He earned a bachelor's from Susquehanna University and a MBA from Duke University.

For more information, visit Easttown Republicans

Virginia Lastner (R)

Virginia Lastner has represented Easttown Region 3 on the T/E School Board since 2013, and has lived in the district for 10 years. She currently serves on the Education, Ad-Hoc Legislative and Elementary Enrollment Committees, and has previously chaired the Finance, Facilities and Policy Committees. Lastner first studied economics at the University of Maryland before earning an MBA in Finance & Accounting at Columbia University and her CPA. Lastner’s professional career included time at the Department of Justice, Coopers and Lybrand and at Macquarie Bank in Australia and New York. She has also served as a member of the Board of Finance for the town of New Canaan, Connecticut. Lastner has a son and a daughter who are both college graduates living in D.C.

For more information, visit Easttown Republicans

Heather Ward (D)

Heather Ward graduated from Conestoga in 2013. While at Conestoga, Ward was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Spoke, captain of the varsity volleyball team, and president of T/E Kids Care. She is currently a senior at Villanova University and plans on working for EY in auditing. Ward wants to be on the school board to give back to the community that was instrumental in forming her life beyond Conestoga and gave her so many incredible opportunities.

For more information, visit Tredyffrin Township Democrats

Tina Whitlow (D)

Tina Whitlow is a proud mother of two T/E School District students, and an active community member. Whitlow volunteers at the T/E elementary schools by teaching students art appreciation and art history. In addition, Whitlow serves on the executive board for the nonprofit, Art Goes to School of Delaware Valley, and has worked as its treasurer for three years. Whitlow and her family have lived in the district for 12 years. Whitlow believes it is time for her to contribute more to the community and that she can be of service as a school board member.

For more information, visit Tredyffrin Township Democrats