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1st Ward Commissioner
Steve D'Emilio

Steve D'Emilio is a dedicated public servant. A native of South Philadelphia who chose Havertown as the community to raise his family. From the moment Steve moved to Havertown, he became an active advocate to preserve the character of our community. He served on the Westgate Hills Civic Association Board and later joined the Township Zoning Board. After the tragic events of September 11, his respect for the first responders in New York moved him to attend the Montgomery County Fire Academy. Upon successful completion of his training, he earned the designation of National Fighter 1a Firefighter/First Responder and then served with the Manoa Fire Company in Havertown; where he continues to volunteer and presently serves on the Fire company board of directors and is presently the President of the Fire Company.

Steve is a graduate of Neumann University where he earned Cum Laude honors.

Steve believes preserving our community's character and keeping Havertown the great place to live and raise a family - that led him to choose Havertown to reside and raise his own family is first and foremost the motivating factor that drives him to continue to serve the residents of the 1st ward and Haverford Township. Steve has always stated: "The reason I continue to serve the residents of the Township is so that I can make a meaningful, positive contribution to preserve and improve our quality of life.

Every resident deserves the opportunity to express their concerns and views - which is why I hold regular town hall meetings with residents and Township officials" that have become very popular. Furthermore, "Political party affiliation is not a factor in any of my governing decisions"

Just elected to his Fifth term as the 1st Ward Commissioner, Steve appreciates the trust placed in him by the residents and attributes his success to the unwavering support for his public advocacy of the resident's issues and by working side by side with neighbors and the civic association. Many successful programs have been enacted under his stewardship and he believes the support of the residents in the community has helped him be successful in serving as 1st Ward Commissioner.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 484-571-5521
  • Email: sdemilio@havtwp.org
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2nd Ward Commissioner
Sherry Forste-Grupp

As the commissioner of the second ward, Sherry Forste-Grupp will listen and respond honestly to each individual’s concerns. She will act with transparency and accountability, support our Haverford Township Free Library and other organizations which enrich our community, and promote initiatives to make our Township a welcoming and safe place to everyone.
Sherry and her husband Stephan Grupp moved to the Llanerch section of Haverford Township in 1996 from Boston. Steve Grupp is a pediatric oncologist at CHOP doing bench to bedside research on CAR-T cancer therapies. Their three children attended Haverford Public Schools and are pursuing varied careers in economics, city planning, and social work.
Sherry grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1996. She taught at Villanova University and Episcopal Academy before joining The Baldwin School in 2013 where she currently teaches high school English. Sherry has published several papers on medieval English literature and given numerous academic talks. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Haverford Township Free Library from 2002-2009 and the Oakmont Farmers Market Board from 2017-2021.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 484-836-7989
  • Email: SForste-Grupp@havtwp.org
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3rd Ward Commissioner
Kevin McCloskey

Third Ward Commissioner Kevin McCloskey has served on the Board since election in 2015. While on the Board, he helped establish the Community Welfare committee to address issues surrounding the heroin epidemic at the Township level and to work with local organizations. He currently serves as the chair of the following committees: Community Welfare, Library Board, and Historical Commission. During his time on the Board, Kevin has also been active supporting the Economic Development committee and the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED) to improve our business districts via business attraction and aesthetic improvement while maintaining our neighborhoods’ character.

Kevin is a former Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County. He currently lives in the Merwood Park section of Havertown with his wife (Jennette) and three children (Madeleine, Emily and Ryan).

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 267-414-7393
  • Email: kmccloskey@havtwp.org
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4th Ward Commissioner, Vice President
Judy Trombetta

Judy Trombetta was sworn in as a Haverford Township Commissioner representing the 4th Ward in January 2022. She and her husband, Brandon, son, Ari, and black lab, Low Rider, live on Darby Creek Road in Havertown. As a working mom, Judy’s highest priority is to make sure that Haverford Township is responsive to the needs of our diverse residents and remains a great place to live for generations to come.
A native of Chester County, Judy earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Temple University and a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Judy has dedicated her career to helping the community through public service. She served for over a decade in leadership positions in the legislative offices of two Pittsburgh City Council Members and, more recently, a Pennsylvania State Senator who represented parts of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, including Haverford Township. Judy has also worked and volunteered for numerous nonprofit and advocacy organizations focusing on issues around mental health, food access, criminal justice, public education, and neighborhood preservation.


Contact Information:

  • Phone: 484-836-7987
  • Email: JTrombetta@havtwp.org
  • website: www.4haverford.com

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5th Ward Commissioner
Laura Cavender

Laura Cavender was elected 5th Ward Commissioner in a November 2021 special election, to complete the term of the late community leader and Commissioner Andy Lewis. She lives with her family in the 5th Ward on Glenbrook Road next to Haverford College and Elwell Field.
Her priorities include 1) Enhancing access to township services for residents; 2) Increasing Township sustainability efforts; 3) Making vital improvements to the Haverford Township Free Library; 4) Addressing aging infrastructure and stormwater issues in the Township through planning and investments; 5) Supporting local businesses; 6) Encouraging civility and collaboration, and increasing community involvement with township residents.
Laura and her husband, Jason Glathar, have three children. Their youngest son, Ford, is a student at Coopertown Elementary, and their older children, Gemma and Garrett, attend Donald Eichhorn Middle School in Lewisburg, PA.
Laura served as a member of the Haverford Township Human Relations Commission from 2020-21. She is the owner of a small public relations consultancy, having worked as a journalist, speechwriter, and communications director, including as executive director of strategic communications at the University of Pennsylvania from 2009-19. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism with a dual degree, and received her M.A. in Communications (cum laude) from Georgetown University in Washington.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 484-836-5411
  • Email: LCavender@havtwp.org
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6th Ward Commissioner, President
Larry Holmes, Esquire

Larry Holmes and his wife Priscilla raise their four children, Jack, Kevin, Annie and Ryan in Ardmore, where they have lived for more than ten years. Commissioner Holmes is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a graduate of Georgetown University and Villanova University School of Law and is a Principal at Offit Kurman, a law firm based in Center City Philadelphia. He previously served in 2001 as bond counsel to the Township, and was first elected Commissioner to the Sixth Ward in 2005.

Commissioner Holmes has concentrated his efforts on professionalizing the delivery of Township services. He serves as the head of the Ice Rink, Bid, Library and Finance Committees, and takes an active role in advising the Board on municipal finance and personnel issues.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 215-694-9960
  • Email: lholmes@havtwp.org
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7th Ward Commissioner
Conor Quinn

Conor Quinn was elected 7th Ward Commissioner in November, 2019. He is a lifelong resident of Haverford Township, growing up in the Llanarch section of The township. He attended Annunciation BVM School, Monsignor Bonner High School, and Saint Leo University in Tampa, FL where he studied political science.

Conor is co-owner of Kettle Restaurant on Brookline Blvd. He has attended Board of Commissioners meetings regularly since high school. He has been active in the community for years; serving as a board member for the Friends of the Grange, board member of the Billy Lake ALS Research Foundation, the Msgr. Bonner Hall of Fame Committee, Philadelphia Chapter of the National Stuttering Association, graduate of the DEA Citizens Academy, and has been involved in his local church, Annunciation BVM.

Conor looks forward to addressing the opioid crisis (which has impacted his family) by working with local community groups and the police department to best fight this epidemic. As a business owner in the community, he wants to work towards promoting our business districts,the more businesses that make Haverford Township their home, the better it is for our residents' tax obligations.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 610-716-9232
  • Email: cquinn@havtwp.org
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8th Ward Commissioner
Gerry Hart

Eighth Ward Commissioner Gerard Hart has served on the Board since his election in 2017. He is originally from the Bronx, NY, but grew up in Middletown, NJ. He is a graduate of Boston College (BA English 1975) and later Rutgers Medical School (MD 1983). He subsequently completed a residency program in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Gerry and his wife, Anne, moved to Havertown in 1990 from Watkinsville, Georgia after he completed his National Health Service Corps obligation and Anne completed her post-doctoral studies at the University of Georgia. They moved to Havertown with their two young children, Emily and Michael. Over the years the family has grown to 6 children including sons Jesse and Isaiah as well daughters India and Imani. India is a 2020 Haverford High School graduate and my daughter Imani has just graduated from the Middle School. Dr.Hart, who is board certified in both Family Medicine and Geriatrics, practiced in mostly underserved areas in the Philadelphia region during the past 25 years. He left full-time practice in 2016, but continues to practice on a part-time basis.

Gerry currently serve as the chair of the Environmental Advisory,Fire, Health, Senior Citizen's and Skatium Boards as well as serving on the Commission currently working on an update of Haverford's Comprehensive Plan. I am also an active member of the Police, Library, Recreation, Public Works and Economic Development Boards. Gerry is committed to maintaining our open space, improving our biking and walking trails, and ensuring the continued strength of our recreation department. He also believes it is important for Haverford Township to continue to see growth in its business community in part to ensure that we broaden our tax base to lessen the burden on homeowners. He presented the resolution to the Board of Commissioners in 2018 that passed unanimously committing the township to the use of 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable heat and transportation by 2050. Gerry will work to ensure that in 2020 our Board either commits the funds for a renovation of our township library at its current site or makes firm plans to move to a new location.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 267-408-1088
  • Email: ghart@havtwp.org
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9th Ward Commissioner
William F. Wechsler

Bill Wechsler has resided in the 9th Ward of the township for the last 35 years. He is married to Maribeth Bohs Wechsler and is the proud father of four daughters and grandfather to 9 grandchildren.

Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy, at West Point in 1976, after attending St. Dorothy School and St. Joseph's Prep. He is an active member of the Manoa Fire Company and continues to serve as a Firefighter and Driver. He has responded to over 3000 fire and ambulance calls over the last 21 years.

Bill’s goal is to serve the residents of the 9th ward effectively and honestly. “Haverford Township is a great place to live, raise a family and my consistent desire is to continue to make our township one of America's Best Hometowns” has been the hallmark of Bill’s service as Commissioner since 2008. We continue to seek business growth in the township so that we can bring increased tax revenue to balance out the property taxes paid by homeowners. I am hoping too that we can undertake even more initiatives to attract business to our community and continue a strong economic development program with local government support and private sector initiatives.

As commissioner, Bill is taking steps to ensure that Haverford Township is at the forefront of meeting its stated environmental goals of 100% clean renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heat and transportation by 2050. Now that we have set the goals, we must continue efforts to accomplish them. We must continue to budget for the technology and items necessary to meet these environmental goals and preserve our community for the generations to come. As your commissioner, I have supported street light conversion to LED lights, purchasing propane fueled vehicles for public works, and increasing green energy use at the Skatium and CREC Facility.

In 2016 and 2017, the township took steps to replace our antiquated Police Station and Township Building. A new Municipal Building was constructed near the old police station with no impact on playing fields and providing increased parking after its completion. In 2018, the building went in full operation to serve the community. I have committed to improving our Township Library. We will decide between a renovation in place or building a new facility in the township. This is a major decision for 2022.

Contact Information:

  • Phone: 610-789-2299
  • Email: bwechsler@havtwp.org
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