Michele Legnini

Pennsylvania native Michele Legnini loves living in Willistown with her husband, two young daughters, and three rescue dogs. Willistown’s open spaces are among their favorite places to be. Michele’s professional career has been in the nonprofit sector, with time spent in Nicaragua teaching English; in DC for the American Sociological Assoc. working in development, community and member relations, and fundraising; and finally here in Chester County at her dream job at Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) as coordinator of a team organizing fundraising events, volunteer liaison, and founder of the Young Friends of MLAR. Michele is running for supervisor:

  • To bring a new generation of leadership to Willistown.
  • To make use of every form of modern communication available to reach all residents with township news and updates.
  • To ensure every voice is heard so that all residents of this expansive and varied township feel included, empowered and engaged.


Jamie Grossman, President (Incumbent)

Jamie Grossman has been on Malvern Borough Council since 2016 and was elected President in 2018. She is a member of the Public Safety Committee and has also served on the Communication Task Force. Jamie has volunteered for many local entities and non-profit organizations, including the Coatesville Youth Initiative, the Chester County Hospital Foundation, the Cancer Center of Chester County, and the PA Governor’s Task Force on Autism. She was also a founding Board member of Quest Therapeutic Services, which provides therapeutic riding to children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

A former lawyer, Jamie taught American Government at Delaware County Community College and is a firm believer in the role of citizen participation in government. Currently a social worker, Jamie’s concentration is in Community Practice, Policy and Advocacy, and she works in rehabilitative medicine. Jamie has lived in Malvern Borough since 2010, having lived in Chester County since 1989. Jamie loves her community and brings a positive energy to her role on Council. She seeks reelection to continue her efforts to improve and enhance the quality of life in Malvern Borough.

Highlights of her term as President include:

  • Increased government transparency and responsiveness, public safety initiatives, zoning ordinance review.
  • Home Rule Charter amendments.
  • Maintaining community quality of life standards while balancing economic growth.


John Meisel (Incumbent)

John Meisel, a 15-year Borough resident, has been a member of Council since 2014 and is currently the longest-serving Democrat. He is the chair of the Public Safety Committee and is on the Public Works Committee. An urban planner, John works for the Transportation Management Association of Chester County as the Manager of Transportation Operations and Planning. John and his wife, Hilary, and their three children (whose CVLL, GVSCA and CYO teams he’s coached) enjoy the walkability of Malvern and the sense of community.

John loves the Borough’s small-town character and is passionate about providing safe conditions for pedestrians and making sure that people, bikes, cars and trucks each have their proper place – without one threatening the other. John is proud of what he and his fellow Council members have accomplished and is seeking reelection to continue initiatives including:

  • Strengthening the downtown.
  • Improving safety.
  • Expanding pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Upgrading the parks.


Joseph Bones 

Joe has worked for Bartlett Tree Experts for more than 45 years. Since 1983 he has been their Mid-Atlantic Division Safety & Training Coordinator, overseeing 15 offices and 300-plus employees. Joe and his wife, Sarah, have lived in the Borough for over 30 years, and have a deep appreciation for the town’s charming beauty, open spaces, community functions and friendly neighbors. He has served on the Borough Shade Tree Commission since 1987, as a member of the Randolph Woods advisory committee and in many other volunteer capacities.

Joe is seeking office because he enjoys helping people and wants to ensure Malvern Borough maintains its small-town charm while managing future growth by:

  • Preserving the small-town atmosphere.
  • Protecting parks and open spaces.
  • Improving pedestrian safety.
  • Promoting the business community.
  • Continuing to maintain an affordable tax base.


Brendan Phillips

Brendan has lived in Malvern Borough for six years with his wife, Karen, and their two young daughters. By day Brendan is a software engineer with Aramark. As a volunteer, he is serving the Borough right now as a member of both the Parks and Rec and Randolph Woods committees, which has shown him what incredibly important community resources parks are. The Borough’s walkability is one of the most important Borough features for Brendan and his family, and traffic is one of his biggest concerns. He wants to serve his community so that Malvern can remain a great town for current and future generations. Brendan is running for Borough Council to work to:

  • Protect the parks through low-cost approaches from numerous threats they face, such as encroachment and invasive species.
  • Protect walkability for pedestrian safety so that businesses can be supported by foot traffic.
  • Support the good work Council has undertaken regarding transparency and increased community involvement in decision making.


Jessica Curtiss

Jessica Curtiss lives in Malvern with her husband and four children, the oldest of whom attend Great Valley Schools. She’s lived in the community for over 14 years and has enjoyed volunteering her time through coaching children’s sport teams. She is an educator and works at a local private school where she teaches K-8 physical education as well as oversees extracurricular activities for her students.

Jessica is running for School Board to:

  • Plan for our area’s growing population in the future.
  • Provide all students access to an excellent education.
  • Utilize experience in education and as a parent to respond to the needs of the community.


Amanda Thomas

Amanda works for Central Behavioral Health, Montgomery County, as a Children’s Blended Case Manager. Previously, she taught preschool for 10.5 years and was her school’s fundraising chair for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, helping to raise over $25,000. She was a volunteer softball coach for 5 years for the Great Valley Little League and this year she is volunteer for the Chester Valley Little League.

Amanda has three children, all in Great Valley schools. Working with children and focusing on behavioral health are a passion for Amanda; she is currently working toward becoming a youth mental health first aid instructor. Amanda is running for Great Valley School Board to work for:

  • Ending stigma around mental health and asking for help without shame.
  • Helping to establish a youth mental health first aid program.
  • Being a voice for inclusivity.


Neha Mehta

Dr. Neha Mehta, a 15-year resident of Chester County, is a pediatrician, cultural teacher and leader, youth group director, and mother of three Great Valley school students. As a pediatrician, she understands the developmental health and emotional needs of school-aged children. As a youth group founder, director and mentor, she has her finger on the pulse of student and school issues.

Neha is running to serve the community because:

  • She is invested in the success of our schools and the community at large.
  • The community is growing and changing rapidly, and she wants a voice in making sure the business of education remains focused on the children, teachers and families it serves.
  • She wants the board, and all public offices, to reflect the demographics of its constituents, so that public involvement grows and, in turn, the community benefits.


Wendy Litzke

For the last almost 15 years, Wendy has worked in higher education, first at Goucher College and currently, at Villanova University as director of strategic communication as well as interim director of university advancement communication. Wendy has worked in politics as press secretary and chief spokesperson for a U.S. Congresswoman, and as special assistant to the director of a federal agency. In addition, she did media relations work in a battleground state on a presidential campaign.

Wendy and her husband’s two children attend Great Valley Schools, and the family is actively involved in community activities, including local sports leagues. Wendy is passionate about education and is running for school board to:

  • Strengthen communication between the board and all constituencies, including families, students, teachers and administrators.
  • Plan responsibly for the ongoing population growth occurring in the district.
  • Support development of the whole Great Valley student—from K through graduation.



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