Know your Board Members

Solanco Board of School Directors

Steve Risk – Steve became President of the Solanco School Board in December 2015. He joined the school board in 2000 “to use my business background and construction experience to provide assistance in cost-effective building projects.” In 2003 Steve was honored by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce as its “Small Businessman of the Year.” Steve is a Solanco graduate, as are his son and daughter. Steve and his wife Kim are very involved in the community; “we offer our time and services to keep Solanco strong.” Steve is a 3rd generation member of the School Board following his grandfather Donald Risk and mother Shirley Risk.

Dan Bender – Dan has served on the  board since 2000, including as president from 2010-2015. “When my children began attending Providence Elementary, I became involved in the PTO. As they continued to move through the system, I became concerned about some issues within the school district, so I decided to get more involved, and eventually became a member of the board.” He is very concerned about current economical issues and their impact on education and the community. “I am still passionate about the importance of education, and believe we will find a way through.”

Paul Plechner – Paul grew up in Cape May, New Jersey, and graduated from Widener University (BA) and Eastern University (MBA). He is an industrial engineer with the United Parcel Service and oversees all UPS air operations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Dulles. Paul is Vice President of the Solanco School Board and has served on the board since 2005. Paul and his wife Gretchen have two daughters who attend Solanco schools. Paul’s goal is to “help provide the best educational opportunities for Solanco students while staying within the means of our budget.”

Brian Musser — Brian was elected to the school board in 2011. “I wanted to be more involved in the community and schools because it’s important to me. My goal is to make conservative financial decisions while ensuring quality education here at Solanco.” Brian and his wife Heather are both Solanco graduates. They have three children who are Solanco students. Brian, along with his family, owns and operates Musser’s Market Inc.

Craig Chubb – Craig was first elected to the school board in 2001 and he has served as board president. His three children are Solanco graduates. “I am committed to creating a positive learning environment for all students where they can safely realize their potential and get ready for the challenges they will face in the future.” Craig is a 1972 graduate of Red Land High School in the West Shore School District. He has been employed by Keim Chevrolet in Paradise as the service and parts director since 1986.

Kurt Kreider – Kurt is an Account Executive with WDAC-HD1 94.5 THE VOICE of Christian Radio, and WDAC-HOPE 94.5 HD2 Music for the Heart. He joined the Solanco Board of School Directors in 2005. “I am committed to seeing our students grow and mature in every area of their lives while on the road to fulfilling their destiny designed by The Creator.” Kurt attended Solanco from kindergarten through 9th grade and graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1988.

Justin Kreider – Justin has served on the Solanco School Board since 2005. “I am serving on the board to ensure that the quality education I received at Solanco is maintained and passed on to others. I also believe that a successful school receives direction from a board that embraces
core values such as conservative principles, faith and family.” Justin is a 1992 graduate of Solanco, and he graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1996. He owns and operates his own business.

Leon Ressler – Leon joined the school board in 2000. He is employed by Penn State Cooperative Extension as County Extension Director for Lancaster County. He earned a B.S. in Plant Science and Agronomy from Penn State and a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Columbia International University. He has an M.S. in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State. Leon’s goal is to “maintain academic achievement and quality education while living in the current economic reality of diminished resources at the local, state and national levels.”

Chip Roten – Chip was elected to the board in 2008 and priorities are to see a “continuation of and improvements to the practices and policies that contribute to the Solanco School District providing a quality education to our students, our ability to attract the best teachers, staff and
administrators all while being very mindful of our financial responsibilities.” Chip is Vice President in commercial lending with WSFS Bank, a member of Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, and involved in mission work on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.