Board of Directors
Mrs. Marta J. Karwoski, President
After earning a BS in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in education from the University of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Karwoski began her teaching career. She worked primarily in middle and high school settings where she taught literature, creative writing, composition, and journalism, and she retired from teaching after 31 years with the Rochester Area School District. She served as an educational consultant with The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, she was on the board of directors of the Community College of Beaver County and worked with the CCBC Foundation, and she is an advocate for equitable public education. Marta recognizes that Baden Academy fills a vital need for many families in Beaver County and is inspired by the school’s strong sense of community. As the board’s current president, she remains committed to supporting the school’s mission of providing a learning environment that emphasizes creative and critical thinking through arts integration and a strong science foundation.
The Rev. John Silbert, Vice President
Rev. Silbert is an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris, where he teaches courses in humanities, ethics, world religions, and public speaking. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Gordon College and a Master of Divinity degree in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he has completed all coursework in the Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. His extensive teaching experience and deep background in arts education and performance, combined with more than 30 years of pastoral service in Western Pennsylvania, allow him to consider decisions with both his head and heart. He is inspired by Baden Academy’s classical approach to education and its enriching arts curriculum, and he recognizes the amazing potential of its students. John is a history buff, loves fly fishing, and lives with his wife in Zelienople. John is also the proud father of two adult daughters who both work in the arts and humanities field.
Mrs. Lisa Houy
Mrs. Houy's two children were students in the inaugural first and third grades when Baden Academy first opened its doors, and she remains a strong advocate for school choice. She was inspired by Baden Academy’s mission and saw how her children thrived because of their unique experiences in the Media Lab and in theater productions, and she also saw how the teacher’s positive attitudes created and open and engaging school experience. Employed as a national account manager in the pharmaceutical division of Morton Salt, Mrs. Houy loves hiking and traveling and is an active volunteer.Mr. Kevin McKenna, Esquire
Mrs. Connie Mabin
Mrs. Mabin holds the position of Director of New Media and Next Gen at the United Steelworkers International Union, where she creates new curriculum to foster continuous learning for thousands of members each year. She also leads the union’s program honoring and promoting community service called USW Cares, as well as the USW’s partnership with Multiplying Good, the nation’s most prestigious organization dedicated to public service. Mrs. Mabin is a member of the Economy Borough Recreation Board, an active member of Lifeway Christian Fellowship Church in Beaver Falls, a Girl Scout troop co-leader, and a volunteer at the Ambridge Center for Hope. A Beaver County native, Mrs. Mabin is a graduate of Rochester High School and Point Park University, and she is the proud mother of two daughters who attend Baden Academy. She believes strongly in educational choice and is an active and passionate member of the board.
Mr. McKenna is a partner with McKenna Snyder LLC and is one of Pennsylvania's leading attorneys in education law. He represents dozens of charter schools throughout the state and has served as general counsel for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools. Mr. McKenna graduated from Villanova University with a BA and a Juris Doctorate.
Mr. Rob Sacco
As one of the founders of Baden Academy, Mr. Rob Sacco did extensive work to prepare the facility to welcome students to the school back when it opened its doors in 2011. He currently works with Midland's Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center as a facilities manager, overseeing the painting and technology in its scenic design shop. He served on the BACS board for several years at its inception, and he is now back to add his experience and valuable insights to the school and serves on its Building and Grounds Committee. Mr. Sacco is an active volunteer, and he and his wife have two grown children and one grandchild.
Mr. Tom Ward
Mr. Tom Ward earned undergraduate degrees in both Elementary Education and Special Education from Slippery Rock University, and he currently serves as an Instructional Technology Integrator for the North Allegheny School District. With extensive experience in blending education and technology, he serves on the Technology and Curriculum Committees on the BACS board. Mr. Ward is an avid supporter of STEAM initiatives in schools and is committed to supporting the BACS administration, teachers, and students as they adapt to an ever-changing world. Mr. Ward and his wife are proud parents of three children, all of whom have graduated from or currently attend Baden Academy. When Mr. Ward has free time, he enjoys many outdoor activities.