School Board Candidates Have Economics, Law Backgrounds

Four seats on the Radnor School Board are up for grabs this year.


The Radnor Township Republican Committee recently endorsed a slate of four candidates for school board. The slate includes one incumbent and three new candidates - Susan Michaelson will be running for a second term, along with David J. Falcone, E. Martin Heldring, and Valentine J. (Jim) Link, Jr.

“This group of candidates is quite possibly the most capable group of candidates the Republican Party has ever fielded for the Radnor Township School Board,” said Radnor Township Republican Party Chairman, Alan Brink.

David J. Falcone, Esquire is a 2001 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a J.D. from Villanova Law School (2004).  He is Special Counsel at Saul Ewing LLP, and practices out of the firm’s Chesterbrook office.  David said, “Living in Radnor nearly thirty years has provided me with invaluable perspective on the importance of the School Board in both maintaining and enhancing Radnor’s crown jewel – our public schools.  I’m honored to be a candidate running for such an important public trust, and I am confident that both my personal connection to the Township and my professional experience will be important assets to the School Board.”  David sits on the Board of Directors for the Center for Autism and serves on his local parish Counsel.  David and his wife, Jackie, have been married for seven years and have two young children.

E. Martin Heldring holds a BS degree in Foreign Service with a major in International Economics from Georgetown University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.  He has also completed programs at the London School of Economics and Northwestern University.  He is currently a Managing Director in Capital Markets at TD Bank.  Martin serves as a member of the Ethics Board of Radnor Township and has spoken and written regularly on topics important to the School Board and the Township Board of Commissioners, in particular about fiscal transparency and responsibility.  He has a Junior at Fordham University, a Freshman at Georgetown University, and a son who attended Radnor Middle School.  According to Martin, “Decisions should be made with all stakeholders’ interests in mind in a spirit of honesty and fair dealing.”

Valentine J. (Jim) Link, Jr. graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Economics in 1987.  He is a partner and Chief Marketing Officer of the public sector investment advisor, PFM Asset Management LLC in Philadelphia.  Jim said, “As someone who has been active in my community and working as a financial advisor to state and local governments nationally, it is only logical that I extend my expertise to my local school board.”  Jim’s two oldest daughters, Kelsey and Kristina, graduated from RTSD in 2009 and 2011, while his youngest daughter, Kaleigh is a junior at the high school.  He and his wife, Kathy, have been very involved in the district since moving to Radnor in 2006.  He is currently serving on the executive board of Radnor High School PTSA as Treasurer for a second year.

Susan Michaelson is seeking reelection to the board where she has served in leadership roles on the Curriculum and Finance Committees.  Susan is currently on faculty at Villanova University after time off for parenting and a fifteen year business career in management consulting and commercial banking.  She holds an MBA from Wharton; an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary; and a BSFS from Georgetown University.  She and her husband, Mike, are the parents of two lacrosse players, Jeff (2011) and Danny (2013), who have both been educated exclusively in Radnor schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Susan said, “It remains a privilege to serve the citizens of Radnor Township in the important mission of overseeing the management, programming, and operation of our anchoring and excellent public schools.  I am equally committed to ensuring that all Radnor’s students receive a superb education while representing the real concerns of the Radnor property owners who must fund it.”

This information was provided by the Radnor Township Republican Party.

Catherine March 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Why do Republicans with law degrees feel the need to use "Esquire" after their names? It's not necessary -- just an affectation used by pretentious people.
Jay Herz May 21, 2013 at 01:29 AM
what is the Republican position on full time kindergarden
Susan Michaelson May 21, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Jay, thank you for asking. We believe that any major initiative with sweeping programmatic, cost, facilities, and enrollment implications of full day kindergarten (“FDK”) must be thoroughly analyzed before voting to proceed with it. FDK was first brought before the board as an 11th hour amendment to the 2012-13 budget, where language was attached saying it would be started “preferably in September 2013 but no later than September 2014.” I voted no for that budget, primarily because of the unnecessary tax increase of 3.21% given the expected $2 million surplus from the 2011-12 budget year. However, I also presented a significant list of objections to FDK, which had undergone no vetting. Ms. Booker and Mr. Madden also voted no. FDK was again brought before the board at the 11-27-12 meeting. A scheduled presentation led to a board discussion followed by an on-the-spot vote regarding implementation of a hybrid program in 2014. Once again, this vote was taken without any substantive data or analysis. As a result, I once again voted no, along with Ms. Booker, Mr. Madden, and Ms. Borowski. Mr. Heldring, who is running for School Board in the May 21st primary with Dave Falcone, Jim Link and myself, the endorsed Republican team, was also present, and via public comment, expressed the same concerns. In short, we are for disciplined, data-driven decision making. FDK is an example of the opposite. For more, please see our website, www.RadnorExpectMore.org.


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