THE
TEAM

SOS Group is led by an administrative team with over a hundred years of combined school district experience in the areas of food services, facilities, student support services, human resources, instruction, and curriculum development. In fact, no administrator is hired without extensive experience within a school system. We pride ourselves on being educators first and understand and appreciate the needs of each school district.

A D M I N I S T R A T I O N

BARB NISSEL, President

Barbara has been involved in education for over thirty years. Her undergraduate degree from Drexel University, along with Master’s Degrees from Drexel and Immaculata University, coupled with post graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, served her well during her 24 years as an administrator at Great Valley School District.  Prior experience in the classroom and principal certification provides educational expertise.

In addition to her administrative experience, Barbara has presented nationally on a variety of subjects, including childhood obesity, wellness policies in schools, and contracted services to non-public schools.  She has been a dedicated member of the International Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) serving in the capacity of committee chairman of the International Food and Nutrition Committee.  Her innovative programs have been published in the School Board Association Journal, ASBO, and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) publications. Barbara has twice been awarded the ASBO International Pinnacle Award as well as the PASBO Award of Achievement for outstanding/innovative business practices and the National Frederick Hill Scholarship for academic success.

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RICH KRUMRINE, Vice-President

Rich has served as Facilities Director for Octorara and Great Valley School District for more than twenty years.  As Project Manager for The Ray Group Inc. Architects, Rich worked on design teams for dozens of school construction projects and served as project manager for three projects for the Cumberland Valley School District. His architectural undergraduate degree from Temple University and MBA from West Chester University provides the academic preparation for “real life” budgeting and finances. As an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), Rich has earned professional certification as a PA Registered School Business Official (PRSBO). He is a member of that organization’s Facilities Committee and as such has contributed written articles, participated in seminars and webcasts, and instructs PASBO’s  “Elements of Facilities Management” course. In 2010, Rich’s department earned the “Award of Excellence in School Facilities” from PASBO. He is a past president of the Delaware Valley Association of School Facilities Managers.

CHRIS FISHER, Business Development

Chris works with new districts and clients to facilitate clear communication and build valuable partnerships. Chris retired from the Pleasant Valley School District in 2015 with over thirty-seven years of service in public education. His professional experiences include teaching in the elementary, middle, and secondary settings prior to moving into administration, where he served as an Athletic Director, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University, a Master’s from East Stroudsburg University, and the coursework required for his administrative certifications from East Stroudsburg University. As Assistant Superintendent, he oversaw a wide variety of programs and departments including Athletics, Pupil Personnel, Facilities, School Police, Child Accounting, Special Education, and Human Resources. Chris’ varied experiences in school settings have made him a strong advocate of public education.

BARBARA RICHARD, Human Resources

Barbara retired as the Human Resource Director from the Kutztown Area School District in September 2014. In this position, she gained experience in every phase of school administration. As a previous school administrator, she has managed a variety of business administrative responsibilities, human resources, office operations, and general correspondence. During Barbara’s twenty-eight years of tenure within education, she has formed relationships throughout the county and state that reflect her expertise in all aspects of school business. Barbara earned her Master’s Degree in Education in School Business Leadership from Wilkes University.  As Human Resource Administrator at SOS Group, Barbara ensures that all human resource and personnel policies and procedures are implemented with fidelity, confidentiality, and compliance.

PATTIE WEAVER, Paraprofessionals

Pattie brings twenty years of classroom experience to her position. As a prior paraprofessional and therapeutic support staff, Pattie has the insights needed on a daily basis to make positive connections among teachers, paraprofessionals, and students. Teachers know she understands their perspectives, the paraprofessionals know she is there to support them, and the students know they are her main concern.  Pattie gets to know the teachers’ styles and personalities, allowing her to create productive partnerships with our paraprofessionals. As a parent of two sons that had behavior and educational needs throughout their school careers, she readily identifies with parents’ emotions. Pattie’s degree is from the Reading Area Community College and is coupled with credits from Kutztown University. She is a certified Safety Care instructor and a Certified Autism Specialist.

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RON SWEIGART, Custodial and Facilities

Ron brings over 30 years of exceptional custodial and facilities experience to SOS Group. He has handled all aspects of custodial and facilities management including building construction and renovation, security, and energy management. Ron’s attention to detail, extensive knowledge of best practices, and implementation of proper methods and use of materials and equipment for safe and efficient work performance, make him a highly respected individual within his field. This comprehensive understanding of what schools need to run successfully allows him to be a vital resource to his staff. His coaching and leadership style is well received by the custodians and skilled tradesmen alike.  An intrinsically motivated individual, Ron is an asset to SOS Group and the schools with which he works.

STEPH BARONI, Special Projects and Strategic Initiative

Steph has over 15 years in the field of student support services. She earned her masters in psychological services with a certificate in school counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Steph served as Associate Director for a research center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she managed center development, fiscal reporting, grant submission, and strategic development. Steph has additional experience as a school counselor working directly with school personnel, parents, and students. She has experience in developing and managing a wide array of student support services such as special education referral and evaluation processes, creation of Instructional Support Teams, mentoring teachers on classroom and behavior management, and trainings on observation and data collection techniques. Her experience positions her well to planning, organizing, and directing strategic activities as well as providing project management oversight in support of the mission and vision of SOS Group.