The VFES Leadership Team
Comprised of senior executives with broad professional experience, the Valley Forge Educational Services leadership team is committed to delivering innovative programs, quality services and value to our students, families and staff.
Grace A. Fornicola, Ph.D., Executive Director
Dr. Fornicola joined VFES in July 2012. She has more than 25 years of experience working in child-welfare nonprofit organizations. She has spent the majority of her career working with children with special needs and their families. Her experience includes the supervision and oversight of educational, clinical and residential services, as well as program development. Dr. Fornicola received her B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, her M.Ed. in Counseling from Lehigh University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University.
Victoria Fringer, Director of Information Technology
Victoria is the Director of Technology for Valley Forge Educational Services. She is versed in supporting all things that run on batteries or plug into AC. She values the team approach and appreciates her IT team. Her M.B.A. rounds out her technical skill set and enables her to balance the technology with the business needs of the organization. When time permits, she enjoys taking college courses. She likes things with motors, the great outdoors, exercising and exploring new ventures. Vicki also volunteers with a local dog rescue, acting as the point person for adoption inquiries and assisting at fundraising events.
Darren Levin, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
Dr. Levin is the Director of Clinical Services at Valley Forge Educational Services in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University and completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he completed rotations in the Behavioral Pediatrics Department and the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program under the supervision of Dr. William Warzak and Dr. Cathleen Piazza, respectively. Dr. Levin completed postdoctoral training at the Delaware Autism Program and has considerable experience working directly with students with autism, visual impairments and neurological disabilities.
Anne McCrary, Director of Human Resources
Anne assumed the role of Director of Human Resources at VFES in February 2001. She previously worked as Human Resources Manager for Wild World Amusement Park in Largo, MD and as a benefits specialist/human resources generalist in the corporate offices of Pet Valu, in Devon, PA. Anne is responsible for the administration, coordination and evaluation of the VFES Human Resources department. Anne earned a B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College and completed additional courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. She earned the Professional In Human Resource (PHR®) certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association (GVFHRA) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA).
Sheba Simms, Director of Marketing and Communications
Sheba directs all aspects of marketing and communications for VFES, including The Vanguard School, Adult and Recreation Services (ARS) and Customized Workforce Solutions (CWS). Prior to joining VFES, she served in various marketing communications roles at Haverford Township, United Way of Delaware and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. She also worked as a marketing consultant for small- to mid-sized businesses across multiple industries. Sheba earned an M.A. in English and Publishing with a concentration in Digital Design from Rosemont College and a B.A. from Haverford College. In her spare time, Sheba enjoys spending time with her family and friends, recreational running and traveling.
Lisa Wood, Director of Education
Lisa is the Director of Education for Valley Forge Educational Services. As a graduate of Temple University, she received her Bachelors of Science in Health Studies and completed her Special Education Teacher Certification Program from Immaculata University. She received her Master's of Education from the University of Phoenix and completed her Special Education Supervisory Certification Program from Penn State University. She has 15 years of special education teaching experience in an approved private school setting and over 5 years of leadership experience in the public and private school sector. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys traveling throughout the country to run half marathons and is a volunteer for Girls Scouts.
Carla Zajac, Director of Development
Carla leads all VFES fundraising efforts in the Development department, including annual giving, grant submissions and major gift solicitations. Before joining VFES, she was the Development Coordinator at Quest Therapeutic Services in West Chester, where she managed a capital campaign and solicited donations and grants to benefit children with special needs. She previously was Assistant Director of Development at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Malvern. Carla holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College. Carla, along with her husband, Denny, and her young adult daughters, Lindsay and Rachel, enjoys visiting Ocean City, NJ in the summer and traveling to warmer destinations in the winter. In her spare time, Carla loves to cook and entertain family and friends and looks forward to her monthly book-club gatherings.