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Meet the Directors

Community School Directors are the driving force behind the model aimed towards breaking barriers that students and their families face. By connecting with community partners, staff, United Way and other community members, Directors help to level the playing field so all students and families are able to be successful despite deterring circumstances.

KatrinaByrd

Katrina Byrd

Community School Director, Strong Vincent Middle School
Office: (814) 874-6500 
Email: kbyrd@eriesd.org
1330 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16502
Fax: (814) 874-6456 

Corporate Partner: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Lead Partner: Gannon University

Katrina is a native New Yorker. She has a strong background in the Community School strategy having developed and grown a Community Learning School in Brooklyn, NY for two years, where she received the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award. Katrina was also a Permanent Substitute Teacher with the New York City Department of Education for 8 years. Katrina is a Licensed Funeral Director in the states of New York and North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College, is a Distinguished Graduate Awardee and holds an Associate degree in Mortuary Science from the American Academy McAllister Institute. She is currently a graduate student at Gannon University. 

Tami Krzeszewski ConwayTami Krzeszewski-Conway, LSW

Community School Director, Edison Elementary School
Office: (814) 874-6470
Cell: (814) 460-6278
Email: tkrzeszewski-conway@eriesd.org
1921 E Lake Road, Erie, PA 16511
Fax: (814) 874-6475

Corporate Partner: Wabtec Corporation
Lead Partner: Achievement Center of LECOM Health

Tami, an Erie native, returned back home to serve the community as a social worker in 2011. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep, she attended North Carolina State University on a full athletic scholarship. During her time there, she served as the captain of the women’s soccer team, was the named to the ACC All-Academic Team and earned her B.S. in social work. Tami pursued her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Master's degree in social work and a certificate in gerontology. Volunteering in Cambodian orphanages is among one of her most valued experiences. Tami’s previous work involved connecting families and community members with various resources offered throughout Erie County. Tami is passionate about intergenerational programming and community building and believes in utilizing the strengths of individuals and aligning them with the assets in our community. Tami has been a Community School Director since 2017 and values the beautiful experiences of partnering with the students and families of Edison.

KarenDonnellyKaren M. Donnelly

Community School Director, Diehl Elementary
Office: (814) 240-8915
Email: kdonnelly@eriesd.org
2327 Fairmont Parkway, Erie, PA 16510


Corporate Partner Coalition: Accudyn, American Tinning and Galvanizing, Custom Engineering, Lincoln Recycling, McInnes Rolled Rings, Reddog Industries, Smith Provision, Team Hardinger
Lead Partner: Mercyhurst University

Karen most recently was at Mercyhurst North East as an Academic Success Coach and Director of the Perkins Grant for the campus. She is a native Rhode Islander who has been in the Erie area for more than 30 years. Karen is most excited to join the team at Diehl because she is passionate about working with children and feels this role brings her career full circle. "This job is a culmination of all of the skills developed throughout my career," Karen stated.

MeghanEasterMeghan Easter

Community School Director, Pfeiffer-Burleigh School
Office: (814) 874-6750
Cell: (814-460-8365)
Email: measter@eriesd.org
235 E. 11th Street, Erie, PA 16503
Fax: (814) 874-6756 

Corporate Partner: Erie Insurance
Lead Partner: Family Services of NWPA

Meghan, an Erie native, attended Harding Elementary School and a graduate of Fairview High School. Meghan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Masters of Arts in Sociology, both at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she was also a student athlete (soccer). Professionally, Meghan has spent her career working with children and families in the home, school, and community settings and within a variety of capacities. Currently serving in the role of Community School Director at Pfeiffer-Burleigh, provides Meghan with the opportunity to continue to serve the Erie community.  On a personal level, Meghan is married to Jason L. Easter, whom she first met in elementary school at Harding. The Easter family, resides in Erie City, and have three boys (Devin, Gavin, and Jaxson), all of which are students within Erie’s Public Schools.

RachelPierceRachel Pierce

Interim Community School Director, East Middle School
Office:(814) 874-6422
Email: rpierce@eriesd.org
1001 Atkins Street, Erie, PA 16503
Fax: (814) 874-6707 

Corporate Partner: Hamot Health Foundation
Lead Partner: UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor

Rachel is an Erie native, a graduate of Iroquois High School and Edinboro University, earning an Associate and Bachelor degree. Rachel is a currently in the concentration year of her Masters of Social Work at Edinboro University. Prior to working with the students and families at East Middle School, Rachel served as a Family Specialist with Erie Homes for Children and Adults.  Following her time in that program, she went on to serve as the Community School Coordinator and now the Interim Community School Director at East. Additionally, Rachel serves Erie County through her work as a Crisis Clinician at Crisis Services in Erie PA.   

RachelPierce 1Amy Grande

Community School Director, McKinley Elementary
Office: (814) 874-6870
933 E 22nd Street, Erie, PA 16503



Corporate Partner: Parker LORD
Lead Partner: Edinboro University

Amy, an Erie native, graduated from East High School in 2003 and went on to obtain a B.A. in Psychology and dual minors in Athletic Coaching and Sports Behavior from Gannon University. Amy pursued her Graduate studies at California University of PA, earning a M.S. in Sports Management. Amy has spent her career dedicated to working with youth, teens, and families in the Erie community, most commonly in the nonprofit sector. She has a passion for Health & Wellness and has coached High School Girls' Basketball within Erie's Public Schools and Erie Crossover.

KerrieGrandeKerrie Grande

Community School Director, Iroquois Elementary School
Office: (814) 899-7643
Email: kgrande@iroquois.iu5.org
4231 Morse Street, Erie, PA 16511


Corporate Partner: Reed Manufacturing Company, TechnipFMC and Widget Financial
Lead Partner: Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Kerrie Grande, an Erie native, graduated from Erie's East High School in 1997 and went on to attend Gannon University, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education in 2001. During her time as an educator and administrator for the Iroquois School District, Kerrie pursued a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University (2006) and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal's Certificate from Edinboro University (2011).  Kerrie is passionate about volunteering through her school and church, as a way to give back to those in her community. 

MichelleKephartMichelle Kephart, LCSW

Community School Director, Perry Elementary
Office:  (814) 460-4846
Email: mkephart@eriesd.org
955 West 29th Street, Erie, PA 16508


Corporate Partner: Eriez Magnetics
Lead Partner: Erie Family Center

Michelle Kephart is the Community School Director at Perry Elementary. Michelle brings 24 years of experience in the social service field and 10 years in the teaching field to this position. Most recently, Michelle was the Director of Programs at Family Services of NWPA and oversaw the Functional Family Therapy, School Based Behavioral Health, and the Student Attendance Improvement programs. In addition, Michelle is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Work Department at Edinboro University. She also continues to provide clinical licensure hours for social work and counseling colleagues in the community as well as supporting interns within her program as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

TammyRadarTammy Rader

Community School Director, Elk Valley Elementary
Office: (814) 774-5602 ext. 6390 
Email: tammy.rader@girardsd.org
2556 Maple Avenue, Lake City, PA 16423


Corporate Partner: Reed Manufacturing Company, Matrix Tool, Bonnell's Auto Group
Lead Partner: Achievement Center of LECOM Health

A Girard School District graduate herself, Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling both from Edinboro University. Tammy went on to pass testing to become a Nationally Certified Counselor and has nearly ten years of experience in counseling. Prior to becoming a Community School Director, she was the director of the Family Based Mental Health program at Family Services of NWPA. Tammy lives in Springfield with her husband Josh and their two sons Jake and Jaxon. 

CSDSShanna Schumacher

Community School Director, Harding Elementary
Cell: (814) 440-9734
Email: sschumacher@eriesd.org
820 Lincoln Avenue, Erie, PA 16505


Corporate Partner: Eriez Magnetics
Lead Partner: YMCA of Greater Erie

Shanna is an Erie native who attended Edinboro University and received bachelor's and master's degrees in Education. She is a former classroom teacher and reading specialist, passionate about building relationships with students and families to help them be successful. She has fifteen years of experience in education, working with students of all ages in various capacities. She enjoys traveling, reading and the outdoors, especially walks with her two rescue dogs, Bo and Rocky.