Board of Directors - KSI
Jeanne H. Whalen
Jeanne Whalen has served on the Board of Directors since her son was a Kingsway student 32 years ago. She has been the Board Chairperson for 15 years. Ms. Whalen has worked in the field of education as a teacher, administrator and consultant for 45 years and is the recipient of a number of honors, including the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey in Elementary Education. Although retired, Ms. Whalen continues to be active in the field of education.
Michael T. Byrne
Michael Byrne has been providing financial planning services since 1987. A Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), he is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Byrne is both a brother and a father to individuals with disabilities and began on the Board as a Parent Member, and currently serves on the Development Committee. He is highly regarded as a specialist in working with families affected by disabilities and is a frequent speaker at conferences on financial planning. He has been highlighted in national and local media, including a feature article on special-needs planning in Money Magazine. Mr. Byrne is also on the Board of Directors of Urban Promise, providing education and camps for children in Camden. He resides in Marlton with his wife Sharon and their two children, Kelsey, a Kingsway graduate, and Kevin, a college student at James Madison University.
Ellis I. Medoway
Mr. Medoway has been an attorney with Archer & Greiner since 1987. He joined Kingsway’s Executive Board in 1998 at the request of friend and fellow Board member, Rob Edwards. Mr. Medoway earned his BA from Penn State, M.Ed. and JD from Rutgers University and an M.Ed. from Trenton State College. Prior to joining Archer & Greiner, he served as Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, where he represented several state agencies, including the Departments of Health, Education and Treasury. Mr. Medoway lives in Cherry Hill, NJ, with his wife, and has three grown children.
Robert L. Edwards
Robert Edwards has been on the board since 1993. When his son attended Kingsway, he served as a parent representative before becoming a member. He is the current Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairperson. Professionally, Mr. Edwards specializes in restructuring and turnaround services. As a former CFO, he is qualified to assist companies, manage their cash flow, and improve operations by preparing budgets, forecasts, and models. He advises clients in both pre-bankruptcy and post-petition bankruptcy environments including Chapter 11 restructurings and workouts with lenders. Mr. Edwards has over twenty-five years experience as a financial executive officer. He has worked for several large international companies and start-up companies. He was a former CFO for Synova Healthcare, Inc., where he raised over $15 million of private equity capital. He has been employed as a CFO for FMC Industrial Chemical Group, Peroxide Business United, and Asea Brown Boveri for US Transportation Group. Additionally, he worked as a corporate accountant, treasurer, and controller for K-tron International, Inc as a corporate accountant, treasurer, and controller. His financial and operational experience consists of industrial equipment manufacturing, large long-term capital projects, chemical and medical devices, and pharmaceutical industries. He also has experience in the areas of turnaround, pre-bankruptcy, and post-petition bankruptcy.
David O. Costello
Dave Costello worked for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (MST) business area as the Director of Program Operations before retiring. Mr. Costello joined Lockheed Martin in 1976 as a computer design engineer and spent a large portion of his career in the design and development of complex radar systems. In the 1980s, Mr. Costello spent five years in Marshall Islands as an engineer working on the design and tactical operation of tracking and instrumentation radars in support of the US’s missile defense and space programs. Mr. Costello has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from Rutgers University, and a Master’s degree from Drexel University. Mr. Costello has been a member of the Kingsway Board of Directors since 2003. Prior to becoming a board member, Mr. Costello spent many years working with Kingsway’s Early Intervention Program to adapt toys and build a variety of customized switches which enable children with pronounced physical disabilities to interact with these toys. Other community involvement includes service as a member of the Medford, New Jersey Planning Board for 10 years, and he has also been an active adult leader in the Boy Scouts for 14 years. His two sons are Eagle Scouts.
John J. Colaianni
John Colaianni was raised in Haddonfield and has served on the Golf Committee of Kingsway Learning Center since 2006. A residential remodeling Designer by trade, John joined Nuss Construction Company in 2014 and has worked in construction for a decade. John lives in Medford Lakes with his wife Danielle and their Shiba Inu rescue dog, Phoebe. He graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School, Swarthmore College (B.A.) and American University (M.A.). In the past, John has served as Tail Twister and President of the Haddonfield Lions Club, Treasurer of the Haddonfield Civic Association, as a Board Member for the Symphony in C, and as a Board Member for People for the Poor. John has served his Swarthmore Class of 1993 as both Class Agent and Class President. John has served his Church as Junior Warden, Senior Warden, and as a Sunday School Teacher. John was a Founding Member of the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2011-2015. Presently, John is Member of the Marlton Business Association, as well as the Medford Business Association. John is a member of the Breakfast Program Ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Camden, and serves on the Board (Vestry) of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Medford.
Over the last 20+ years, starting in public accounting at Arthur Andersen, Nicole gained experience in auditing and running all aspects of the financial process of various companies. She elevated through several financial roles over the next 10 years at Medical Broadcasting Company, which later became Digitas Health in Philadelphia. She then had another 10-year term at Direct Image and Design where she built and managed the accounting and finance department and served as a member of the Senior Management Team. She is currently working as a CFO for Your Outsourced CFO. She partners with CEOs of various small- to medium-size businesses on developing and executing financial process and growth strategies. Nicole’s 17-year-old son, who has autism, has attended Kingsway for three years. Nicole and her husband, Adam, felt Kingsway was a great fit from the first time they visited the Moorestown campus. Their son is thriving in the program and is about to start participating in the Community Based Instruction Program. Nicole is excited to contribute to an organization that has been so beneficial to her son, and looks forward to developing more opportunities for the special needs population.