Our Story

The estate of Thomas J. and Gladys Sowash Stoker bequeathed a sizable sum to create an endowment to provide scholarships for Norwin High School Students residing in the Borough of Irwin.  The funds could only be provided to a 501c3 charitable organization, thus the creation of the Norwin School District Community Foundation (NSDCF) in 2007.

Our mission is to engage in programs and activities benefiting primarily students and residents of Norwin School District, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, developing and increasing community philanthropy, developing and administering scholarship funds for students enrolled and attending Norwin School District and supporting Norwin School District in developing and administering educational programs.

Under the guidance of an all volunteer Board of Directors, the Norwin School District Community Foundation (NSDCF) has grown to manage 21 scholarships, an educator innovation grant program,  two veteran memorials within the Norwin area and support for the District’s STEM/STEAM initiatives through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and individual donations.

Board of Directors

The Norwin School District Community Foundation is governed by its Board of Directors, composed of thirteen members bringing together a wide variety of experiences and community perspectives. The Board of Directors is responsible for supervising the Foundation’s operations and strategies in accordance with its bylaws, mission statement, and relevant guidelines.

John C. Boylan

Dr. John C. Boylan

President Norwin Resident
James Duffy

Mr. James Duffy, Esq.

Vice President Norwin Business Community Representative
Jo Ann Stoecklein

Ms. Jo Ann Stoecklein

Secretary Norwin Council of PTAs Representative
Heidi Stratton-Minor

Ms. Heidi Stratton-Minor

Treasurer Norwin Financial Community Representative
William F. Caruthers II

Mr. William F. Caruthers II, Esq.

Foundation Solicitor Non-Voting Member
Cheryl Campbell

Ms. Cheryl Campbell

At-Large Representative
John Duncan

Mr. John Duncan

At-Large Representative
Maria Hanley

Ms. Maria Hanley

Norwin Education Association Representative
Ryan Kirsch

Mr. Ryan Kirsch

Norwin School District Director of Business Affairs
Debbie Kunkle

Ms. Debbie Kunkle

At-Large Representative
Barb McKee

Ms. Barb McKee

Norwin Alumna and Resident
Jeffrey M. Taylor

Dr. Jeffrey M. Taylor

Norwin School District Superintendent of Schools

Ms. Barbara Viola

Norwin School Board Representative