Board of Directors - KSI

Jeanne H. Whalen
Board Chairperson
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
Board Vice-Chairperson
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
Board Secretary/Treasurer
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.


John J. Colaianni
Board Member
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.