2017 Republican School Board Candidates

Meet the School Board Candidates!

  • REGAIN TOP RANKINGS for Schools
  • RESTORE TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST in our School Board
    • A Judge found that Lower Merion School District “misled taxpayers by projecting large budget deficits to justify raising taxes 4.4 percent when it actually had socked away millions of surplus dollars.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 31, 2016
    • The School District’s appeal of this decision WAS DENIED.
  • RETURN DIVERSITY to our School Board
    • Every School Board member is a Democrat.
    • There is no diversity of thought or experience on the School Board.
    • Every School Board member thinks the same and votes the same.

Terry Spahr

Milissa Tadeo

A.J. Kait

  • 20 Year Real Estate Executive
  • Former Certified Financial Consultant
  • Masters in Government Administration, University of Pennsylvania

Terry Spahr is a native of the Philadelphia area. He has 3 sons, two dogs, a cat and 10,000 bees.

Born and raised in the Philly suburbs, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree from The College of Arts and Sciences.

In 1995 he received a Master’s Degree in Government Administration from the Fels Center of Government at The University of Pennsylvania, studying leadership, public speaking, public finance and other curricula from well know experts in their fields such as Howard Cohen former city of Philadelphia Director of Finance, Frank Luntz Republican Pollster, and Presidential speech writer James Humes.

In 1996 Terry ran unsuccessfully for State Representative in the 149th District. Since college he has worked in the insurance, investment, and real estate brokerage industries; most recently as Regional Vice President for Long & Foster, the largest independent real estate broker in the country. He led the company’s expansion in the Mid-Atlantic region throughout New Jersey, Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Md. at one point overseeing 20 plus offices and 1000 agents. He served on the Board of Directors for Long & Foster Companies for 10 years.

He retired in June of 2016 from the company and turned his interests of politics, science, and the environment towards researching, writing, and producing documentaries. His first film 8 Billion Angels explores planet Earth and humanity’s impact, is projected for release at film festivals in 2018/19.

He can be reached at tspahr1@gmail.com or 610-420-1787.

  • Experienced executive and public servant
  • Leader on non-profit Boards including former President of the Forum of Executive Women
  • Villanova University, MBA

Milissa M. Tadeo is a skilled business executive and a dedicated public servant, having served as a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She was responsible for Corporate, Community, and Public Affairs, which included communications, community development, economic education, and government and financial institutions relations. During her 35 years at the Federal Reserve, Tadeo oversaw numerous functions, including strategic and business planning, budgeting, cash and fiscal operations, human resources, and facilities. In addition, she founded and owned a small business.

Active in the community, Tadeo served in the leadership of the board of trustees at St. Joseph’s Prep. She also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Villanova University School of Business and as treasurer and board member for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, Tadeo served as president and board member of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. She has lectured on leadership, breaking the glass ceiling, and the Federal Reserve at several universities.

Residing in Bala Cynwyd with her husband of 41 years, she has two children and two grandchildren living in Narberth.

Milissa can be reached at mmtadeo@gmail.com or 610-664-3218.

  • Seasoned business executive and former Army Officer
  • Expert in strategic planning and budgeting
  • Princeton undergraduate, University of Michigan MBA

Lower Merion residents widely agree that our schools should provide a highly competitive, first-class education for all of our students. However, many are concerned that the District’s costs under the current school board have vastly outpaced those of benchmark peer districts like Tredyffrin-Easttown, Radnor, and Unionville-Chadds Ford, all of which deliver comparable results at a far lower per-student cost.

A.J Kait will apply his 33 years of experience as a strategy-focused executive, military officer, and volunteer to bring transparency, fiscal responsibility, and improved planning to the Lower Merion School Board. A graduate of Princeton University with an MBA from the University of Michigan, A.J. Kait is also a former United States Army Intelligence officer. He brings extensive cross-functional expertise in strategic planning, finance, operations, information systems, data analysis, and innovation, as well as a wide range of non-profit board experience. He has served on the boards of The Savoy Company of Philadelphia (Treasurer), the Settlement Music School-Camden Branch (VP), and the Princeton University Store (Chairman), and is currently the Graduate Treasurer of the Princeton Charter Club.

A.J. is a 25-year Lower Merion resident who lives with his family in Gladwyne.

He can be reached at ajkait@alumni.princeton.edu or 484-431-1459.