Board of Directors - KLC
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.
Gracanne Hinski Ryan
Ms. Hinski Ryan is the Executive Director/Superintendent of HollyDELL School and Adult Programs. She earned her BS in Communications from Duquesne University and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from The College of New Jersey. Ms. Hinski Ryan was on the staff of Kingsway and, after leaving to pursue other career options, wanted to remain a part of the Kingsway family. She joined the Kingsway Executive Board in 1982. Ms. Hinski Ryan lives in Haddonfield, NJ, with her husband, Thomas. They have four 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.
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.
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.
Brandon Hamilton is a Senior Software Engineer at Wells Fargo Bank and has developed financial systems for large corporate banks for nearly 30 years. He joined Kingsway Learning Center’s Board in 2013 as a parent representative. His son, David, has been a student at Kingsway for seven years. Brandon has volunteered at Kingsway’s golf tournament and been active in the Home and School Association. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Rowan University. An avid marathon runner, Brandon has served as president of the South Jersey Athletic Club. He and his family live in Westmont, NJ.
Jason Brieg, MD
Jason Brieg, MD, received his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has recently returned to his native South Jersey after completing his residency in Northern Virginia. He is Board certified in Family Medicine and a member of Virtua Physicians Partners and Virtua Medical Group. Jason is long familiar with Kingsway Learning Center and during his residency actively consulted with schools of a similar type helping to improve clinical protocols and direct service to children. Jason has already made interesting suggestions on bridging to family medicine practice groups.
Debbie Comeau earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and worked for over a decade at a public accounting firm. She has used her education, experience, and organization skills to benefit several volunteer organizations. She is the Treasurer of the Kingsway Home and School Association and the Bordentown Regional Middle School PTO. She has organized a number of successful fundraisers, providing funding for school improvements, as well benefits for staff and students. Debbie has also been a leader in both Boy Scouts and a special-needs Girl Scouts troop. Debbie and her husband, Dave, live in Bordentown with their three children. Vivian will start her 14th year with Kingsway in the fall, and her twin brother, Daniel, will be starting his second year at TCNJ. Vivian’s younger brother, Matthew will be a freshman in high school. Debbie is excited to bring the voice and perspective of current parents to the board, along with her passion for special needs children.