Lenape Regional High School District Announces Two New Appointments to Board of Education

Harmon Oath
  • JoAnne E. Harmon

Levas Oath
  • Jennifer L. Levas

  • Shamong, N.J. – During its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 11, the Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) Board of Education welcomed two new members: JoAnne Harmon as the Evesham Township representative and Jennifer L. Levas as the Medford Township representative. Harmon replaces Bonnie Olt, who served on the Board since January 2017. Levas fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Allison Eckel, who served on the Board since November 2017.

    Harmon has previous school board experience as a member of the Evesham Township School District Board of Education from 2013-2018. She held leadership positions as vice president and president during her Board tenure. 

    As the mother of a Cherokee High School alumna and another daughter in her junior year at Cherokee, Harmon sees her role on the LRHSD board as an opportunity to draw on previous experiences to support the work of a school district that continues to impress her. “I am eager to work with the LRHSD community to continue the extremely important work of advancing student achievement to meet and exceed the individual needs of each student,” she says.

    Harmon’s professional experience as director and chief operating officer of the Consumer and Wealth Management Finance Division of Bank of America also makes her an asset to the LRHSD Board, which strives for fiscal responsibility.

    “JoAnne brings a unique skillset to the Board as someone who is both highly analytical and collaborative in her day-to-day work with Bank of America,” says LRHSD Board President Steve H. Lee. “We are confident she will use her strengths to ensure the future of our  district. Her history of service proves that her interests in making our region’s schools the best they can be are genuine.”

    Jennifer L. Levas also is an involved parent, with two of her three children currently enrolled at Shawnee High School and her third child at Haines Sixth Grade Center in Medford. Her record of volunteerism includes serving as a room parent, assembling musical programs, working concessions and hanging up artwork. She jokes that her name is at the top of every SignUpGenius form asking for parent assistance. 

    Levas applied for the open Board position, eager to make an even greater impact through her service. “I do enjoy giving back to the community that has served me and my family so well,” she says. She sees this as an especially exciting time to join the Board as the projects funded by the bond referendum begin coming to fruition.  

    Like Harmon, Levas contributes analytical skills honed through her profession. Her work as a software engineer also requires significant problem-solving and teamwork, which she recognizes are necessary to work effectively on the Board.

    “Jennifer has a strong appreciation for the power of education and has not only volunteered in her own children’s schools, but also in urban classrooms as a reader with the BookMates program,” says Lee. “We know she joins us with the best interests of our students in mind and will be a strong advocate for them.”

    “We are excited to welcome both JoAnne and Jennifer to the LRHSD Board and look forward to the enthusiasm and new ideas they bring with them,” adds LRHSD Superintendent Carol Birnbohm, Ed.D. “We also are grateful for the many years of service both Bonnie and Allison dedicated to our district, especially over the last year as they helped plan for and communicate the details of our November bond referendum. They have helped position LRHSD for a truly bright future.”

    Longtime LRHSD Board member Paula Lee will replace Olt as vice president. She has served the Board in various leadership roles as a member since May 1990. Her colleague representing Tabernacle, Robert “Skip” Bende, DVM, will join her in the 30-years-of- service club this month.