Melanie is the Education Director at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. She is the former owner of The Fire Escape coffee shop (now the Anchor & Anvil). Melanie’s has worked in non-profit arts management, in which she still finds opportunities to dabble. She is an active member of the Avon Club, involved in Avonworth school activities, a proud wife and mother, and a resident of Ben Avon for 11 years. Melanie would be honored to serve her vibrant borough, and will work diligently to enhance communication and transparency.
Jennifer Bett is currently the Compliance Manager with Carnegie Mellon University’s technology transfer office. Jennifer received her Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School and has spent the past 25 years working as a project manager, small business owner, and entrepreneur. Jennifer is a dedicated community member and serial volunteer who currently holds local volunteer leadership roles with Community Theatre Players, Avon Club, Ben Avon Democratic Committee, Friends of the Ben Avon Bookmobile, among others. She and her husband, Michael, have been residents of Ben Avon for over 20 years and are proud to be raising their two teen-age daughters in this community-centric neighborhood. Jennifer is running for Council to be your voice in Ben Avon promoting honest government, strong public safety, and preservation of our infrastructure and community.
Megan presently serves as Vice President and Senior Compliance Officer-Investment Management at Federated Investors, Inc. Previously, she served as Compliance Officer and Senior Compliance Examiner at Federated. Prior to joining Federated in 2005, Megan worked for a large regional bank in Trust Administration. She holds a J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.A. from Hamilton College and FINRA Securities Licenses Series 7, 24 and 66. She is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, Inc. Megan lives in Ben Avon with her husband Kevin and their three children.
Henry Casale is a partner with the health law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Oakland and is also a licensed pharmacist. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as President and Vice President of the Society of Healthcare Attorneys of Western Pennsylvania and also is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He is on the Board of Trustees at the Bradley Center, a regional and behavioral healthcare and child welfare system that provides comprehensive and caring services to children, youth and families. Henry, his wife Dana and their two children, Maddy and Sam, have been residents of Ben Avon for 18 years.
Kara is a small business owner, parent, and a resident of Ben Avon for over 15 years. She is a Principal with Pashek+MTR, an award-winning landscape architecture and community planning firm. Her professional design career includes work with public gardens, schools, National Cemeteries, parks, and non-profit organizations, with particular expertise in sustainable design and landscapes for children. Kara lives in Ben Avon with her husband and two children.
David and his wife Lisa live on Church Avenue in Ben Avon with their two children. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Edinboro and has been a technology professional for almost 20 years, currently holding the position of IT Solutions Project Manager for Presidio Networked Solutions. He has been a volunteer coach for the Avonworth Baseball Association for the past several seasons.