January 13, 2019, Allentown, PA – The Allentown School District Foundation Board of Directors has named two very dedicated Allentown couples as co-chairs for the Allentown School District Foundation (ASDF) 10th Annual HIGH NOTES Gala, being held at Miller Symphony Hall on March 21, 2020. Anthony M. Muir, Esq., and Sara “JoJo” Muir and John S. Stevens, Jr., D.O., and Anita Stevens are the 2020 co-chairs of HIGH NOTES, the annual gala that showcases ASD students and is a primary funding mechanism for program support. The two couples were nominated by Executive Director Susan L. Williams and approved by the ASDF Executive Committee. Retired Attorney Muir and Dr. Stevens have served on the ASDF Board of Directors for several years, and Mrs. Muir and Mrs. Stevens have been involved with the Foundation and the school district in many ways.
“The Muirs and the Stevens’ are both volunteers and donors, and care deeply about Allentown teachers and the welfare of our students,” says Dan Bosket, ASDF President. “Chairing HIGH NOTES honors the commitment that they have to the district and provides an opportunity for us to recognize their work and contributions.”
ANTHONY M. MUIR, ESQ., AND SARA ‘JOJO’ MUIR
Tony Muir, WAHS ’62, is the Vice President of the Foundation and also serves as the Governance Chair. As a community volunteer, Tony presently serves as the President of the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates and has served as President of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches and Chair of the Second Harvest Food Bank Advisory Board. He helped to establish the Foundation’s Volunteer Literacy Program and serves as a volunteer reader. He believes that literacy is the key to academic success. Before retiring, he was a partner in a law firm of Scoblionko, Muir, Bartholomew and Melman. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Hastings College of the Law at the University of California.
JoJo Muir is currently a volunteer reader in a kindergarten class at Jackson Early Childhood Center. She has worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and managed the Make Your Mark program of the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown at Sheridan Elementary. As the mother of a teacher at Dodd Elementary School, JoJo has a deep interest in the value of public education. In prior years, she volunteered with the Society of the Arts of the Allentown Art Museum and the Development Advisory Board of Mercy Special Learning Center. Her involvement with the district and community programs reflects her resolve to make a difference in the lives of students.
Mr. and Mrs. Muir have three children and six grandchildren. The Muir’s daughter, Liz China, is a special education teacher at Hiram Dodd Elementary School in Allentown.
JOHN S. STEVENS, JR., D.O., AND ANITA STEVENS
Dr. John Stevens, DHS ’63, has served with distinction on the ASDF Board of Directors since 2014. He is a board-certified OB-GYN physician affiliated with St. Luke’s University Health Network and is a member of the National Certifying Board for Obstetricians and Gynecologists. John has been a member of the Lehigh Valley Mental Health Intellectual Disabilities Advisory Board and the Dieruff High School Alumni Association as well as a volunteer for the Lehigh Valley Cancer Society. He obtained his bachelor degree in pharmacy from Temple Pharmacy; his D.O. degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; and he serves as a clinical associate professor there as well as Lake Erie College and New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a proud Louis E. Dieruff High School alumnus. His dedication to the Allentown School District is demonstrated by the continued investment he makes in ASDF and ASD initiatives.
Anita Stevens, WAHS ’63, dedicated her career to elementary education, and retired from Allentown School District after serving more than 30 years as a teacher at Lehigh Parkway Elementary School. Today, she is involved with both the ASD Foundation and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) and she volunteers her time as a kindergarten reader, and also serves as a member of the ASDF Teacher Innovation Grant Committee. A graduate of William Allen High School, Anita obtained her education degree from Kutztown University. She remains dedicated to enriching the learning experiences for Allentown’s students.
Dr. and Mrs. Stevens have three children and nine grandchildren, with a tenth due in March 2020.
Susan L. Williams, Executive Director of the Foundation, states that “These are folks I am honored to serve with as the executive director and they remind all of us that we should leave our world a better place than we found it.”
Allentown School District Foundation Mission
With a vision of enriched education for Allentown School District students, the ASD Foundation has a mission to encourage, promote, support and fund positive educational experiences for students in the Allentown School District.
If you would like to learn more about gala sponsorships, please contact Susan L. Williams, ASDF Executive Director, at 484-765-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown PA 18105. http://asdf.allentownsd.org.
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