NASD Board of School Directors
Mr. Shae Ashe, President
Mr. Shae Ashe is a Norristown native and 2008 graduate of Norristown Area High School. He attended Norfolk State University where he studied Finance. While attending college, Shae was offered an opportunity to intern with the Walt Disney Company in Florida which led to a 5-year career with the company.
In 2013 Mr. Ashe permanently moved back to Norristown after living in Virginia and Florida. Shortly after he founded the Norristown Project and became a Youth Programs Coordinator for a local nonprofit agency. In his professional career, Mr. Ashe works as an Immigration Specialist for Congresswoman Madeleine Dean. Mr. Ashe began serving as School Board Director in 2017 and was appointed Board President in 2018.
He currently serves on the Facilities-Finance Committee, Joint Operating Committee (CMTHS), and Norristown Area Education Foundation. Shae lives in Norristown with his fiance, Tiffany, and daughter. He spends his free time kayaking, biking, tutoring, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Matt Rivera, Vice President
Mr. Rivera has been a member of the NASD school board since 2014. He is in his second term on the board and is a 24-year resident of East Norriton. He is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Day & Zimmermann, a $2.8 Billion, privately-held services company, ranked #179 on the Forbes America's Largest Private Companies List. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s marketing and communications efforts. Over more than 28 years with Day & Zimmermann, primarily in the Yoh staffing division, Rivera has held various roles, starting out in a branch office, then overseeing Yoh’s early internet, eBusiness, branding and marketing efforts, gradually progressing in leadership roles in the corporate headquarters. He now directs and oversees marketing and communications efforts for all of the Day & Zimmermann business units.
He was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in staffing in North America in 2017 and 2018 by Staffing Industry Analysts. Rivera is also past chair of the American Staffing Association’s Public Relations Committee and is a frequent blogger, speaker and expert to various media outlets. He holds a degree in journalism/public relations.
Mr. Phillip Daniels
Dr. Monica D’Antonio
Dr. Monica D’Antonio holds a BA and MA in English from Rutgers University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University. Her professional career has consistently revolved around education. Her first job was Literacy Director at Hopeworks N’ Camden, a nonprofit organization in Camden, New Jersey. Following that, she was an academic advisor and adjunct professor at Temple University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English at Montgomery County Community College. Her work at MC3 includes teaching, curriculum development, academic research, mentoring faculty and students, and participating in the faculty union (AFT). She is also active in the NASD community. She serves on the West Norriton Human Relations Commission, she runs a monthly book club at Norristown Library, and she is a volunteer/mentor at the Center for Culture, Art, Training and Education (CCATE) in Norristown.
Monica has lived in West Norriton for the past five years with her husband, Hal, and cat, Jeter.
Ms. Tiffani Hendley
Ms. Tiffani Hendley is a Norristown native and a 1994 Graduate of Norristown Area High School. She received her diploma in Medical Assistance and Phlebotomy from CHI Institute in the fall of 2005. In her professional career, Ms. Hendley has over 18 years of experience in the healthcare field working in various roles, including her current occupation at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery as a Health Unit Coordinator. Tiffani serves on many boards and committees in the community such as Help A Single Parent Foundation (Board Secretary), Norristown Recreation Youth Summer League, and Norristown Little League. She also partners with Push for A Cure for Myositis to host community events for youth.
Ms. Hendley also successfully completed the inaugural Norristown Citizens Leadership Academy and Norristown Police Academy. In 2017, Ms. Hendley received the Arthalia Lott Service Award: Extraordinary Woman of 2017. In addition, she is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Consistory #86 and a Black Gala Community Awards. Ms. Hendley began her term as School Board Director in 2015 and was appointed Vice President in 2018. She currently serves on the Pupil Services Committee. She is a former member of the Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy’s Parent Faculty Club.
Ms. Hendley lives in her hometown of Norristown, PA with her son, Zion, who will graduate from NAHS in 2020. She is a member of Ebenezer Methodist Church and enjoys her time making an impact in the community through volunteering and other service opportunities.
Mr. Christopher Jaramillo
Mr. Jaramillo has been a resident of the Greater Norristown Area since 2010. He began his educational journey at Montgomery County Community College and, shortly after, transferred to West Chester University. Mr. Jaramillo went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2020 with a Master of Science in Education along with a 3.74 GPA. Through the years, he has worked closely with the Norristown Area School District's Administration on their Cultural Proficiency initiative, and also serves on the board of West Chester University's Alumni Association, where he strives to make positive, impactful changes for students of color who attend both institutions.
Mr. Jaramillo's community involvement runs deep. He has been an active member of the Norristown Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., joining in April of 2017. His passion for the education and empowerment of individuals paired with his love for uplifting the diverse community in which he currently lives led him to seek out the organization for righteous causes. As former Chair of Social Media, Mr. Jaramillo created and managed the various media platforms of the Norristown Branch to broaden the chapter's reach and footprint on today's most relevant issues while conducting activities involving public relations with exceptional professionalism. Currently, as Chair of Membership, he has been one of the main driving forces behind the swell of new, young members who recently joined the organization to do the work of Social Justice.
Mr. Jaramillo is also a board member of the Hispanic Heritage Association, which seeks to bring community awareness of Latinx Culture. He is currently working on developing organizational policies and a Latinx curriculum which can be utilized by educators.
Mr. Louis Mason
Louis W. Mason was born and raised in Conshohocken, PA. Mr. Mason is a proud family man who is happily married to his lovely wife of 38 years. He has been blessed with two adult children, both of whom are college-educated and happily married. He is a member of Mt. Zion AME Church in Norristown, PA.
Mr. Mason is a graduate of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, class of 1971. He received an Associate’s Degree from Montgomery County Community College and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University. He also earned his Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from Cheyney University.
With over 40 years in the field of public education, he has taught in Bridgeton, NJ, and Camden, NJ. He served as the Teaching & Learning Network Coordinator in the School District of Philadelphia. He went on to serve as Principal of Pulaski-Edison Junior Academy in the Chester-Upland School District and Morgan Village Middle School in Camden City Public School District.
He was promoted to serve as the Director of the Office of Postsecondary Readiness and Career & Technical Education for Camden City Public School District. Most recently he served as the Chief Academic Officer for Harambee Institute of Science and Technology in Philadelphia, PA.
Mr. Mason is proudly beginning his second 4-year term as School Board Director for Norristown Area School District. He serves on the Education and Technology Committee, the Cultural Proficiency Committee, and has served as the Chairman of the Joint Operation Committee for Central Montco Technical High School.
Mr. Mason is excited to use his passion for learning, energy, and educational skill sets to serve in the Norristown Area School District community.
Ms. Sharon Mauch
Cynthia Wirth has been a resident of Norristown since 1970. She has been active in education as a teacher , adjunct professor , life coach for young adults with ASD and parent advocate during IEP planning.
She is an active community volunteer as past president of Norriton Circle Kiwanis, Choice Food Pantry volunteer on Haws Ave, Literacy advocate with therapy dog, Page and classroom volunteer at Cole Manor.
Her mission as a school director is to make schools and community joint partners in the education of our children. She will work to be present and visible in the community to provide opportunities for all voices to be recognized.