Phil was first elected to the Board of Education in 2008 and now is in his second term. He served as president in 2014 and vice president in 2013. He is currently the Chair of the Board’s Fiscal Management Committee and he previously was Chair of its Policy Management Committee, where he is currently a member. He has also been a member of the Special Populations Committee. In 2015, Phil was appointed by the Interim Superintendent to represent MCPS on the statewide Evidence Based Panels which are reviewing formulas which will determine future state funding allocations to local school systems.
In 2014, Phil was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). He has been appointed to Chair the MABE By-Laws Committee and has served on the MABE Ad Hoc Committees on School Funding Adequacy, Resolutions, Nominating and Credentials. He was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the statewide Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board.
Phil has held multiple leadership positions in the PTA for over 13 years. He has served on the Montgomery County Council of PTA’s Board of Directors as the Area Vice President for the Sherwood cluster and Northeast Consortium. He has been a Blake Cluster Coordinator and Farquhar MS PTA President. He has also chaired or been a member of numerous PTA committees at the county and local level including School Improvement Plans, Boundary Advisory, School Naming, Principal and Community Superintendent Selection and Curriculum Advisory. His service to children was recognized in May, 2007, when he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Maryland PTA.
Phil is a Mason and is a member of Columbia Lodge. He has been a volunteer with the Olney Boys and Girls Club softball league and the Montgomery County Swim League. He and his family worship at B’nai Shalom of Olney.
Phil is a native of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1974, with a B.A. in Economics. He received his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1977. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.
Phil and his wife Beth, an MCPS teacher, moved to the White Oak area of Montgomery County in 1987. They relocated to Olney in 1993, where they now reside. They have two daughters who both graduated from Montgomery County Public Schools.
Phil retired in 2013 after serving as a Deputy Assistant General Counsel with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He supervised a national staff of attorneys responsible for providing legal support to the VA’s $18 billion health care and information technology acquisition program.