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Current Officers - 2016-2017

Dave Johnson, President
Email: johnson_eagle_fans@comcast.net

Valorie Konnick, First Vice President
Email: vkonnick@gmail.com

Tom Orlando - Second Vice President
Email:   tom@homesbytomorlando.com

Tom Orlando has been serving the youth of the Pottstown and Boyertown communities for over two decades. He served as the president of the Pottstown Optimist Club in 2002-2003. He is also a past "Optimist of the Year" of the Pottstown Club.  In 2010, the Pottstown Club merged with Boyertown and Tom immediately became an active member by holding a position on the Boyertown Club's Board of Directors.

Tom resides in Pottstown with his wife Linda. They have two daughters, Faith and Hope, along with seven grandchildren.  He has been a Realtor for over 12 years and is currently working for EXP Realty, and agent owned Real Estate Agency.

Phil Haddad, Secretary

Phil has been coaching Biddy Basketball program since February of 1991, and joined the club November of 1994. He has served on the board of directors on various occasions and currently serves as the club secretary. Phil is still found roaming the sidelines during the Biddy Basketball season and is in his 24th year. He serves on the basketball committee. Phil is the chairman for the Piggy bowl and the annual Tri-Star shooting, dribbling and passing competition. Phil served as the district Tri-Star Basketball competition chairman for two years. He’s also found at the midget-mite football games in the press box announcing the games. Phil was named the Optimist of the Year in October of 1999 for his dedication to the youth of the community.

Phil resides in Boyertown and owns a carwash in Kenhorst, Pennsylvania.  He also works for the  Boyertown School District  and is a free lance sports reporter for the Berks-Mont Newspaper (Boyertown Times). Phil is also the president and founder of the Tri-County Hoops Basketball Organization. He’s very active at his church where he serves on the Property committee (along with doing night security), team captain for an ushering team and on the sound committee.


Phil would like to thank the club for giving him the opportunity to coach in the Biddy Basketball program and for allowing him to be a member of the club. He would also like to thank all past, present and future members of the club for their hard work, dedication and time to the club and the youth of the Boyertown community

Randy Barnes Treasurer
Email: ranren@comcast.net
Randy has been involved with the Boyertown Optimist Club since 2012, coaching basketball and lacrosse.  He recently too on the duties of Treasurer of the Club in 2015.  Randy lives in Gilbertsville with his wife, Lauren, and his son, Ryan.  He has been working as a tax accountant for the past 20 years and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys watching his son play the sports of basketball and lacrosse.

Ed Goltz - Past President
Email:  edgoltz@comast.net
Ed became a member of the Optimist club in 2008 when he was about to take over as chairman of the softball program. He is on the Golf commitee and is an assistant coach for his daughter's field hockey team. Ed is currently on the board of directors for the club. He resides in Perkionmenville with his wife Donna and two daughters Megan and Madison.

John Breidenbach - Board Member
Email:  johnbreid@aol.com
John was installed as an Optimist Club member in September 1959.  He has served in all offices and has held a few chair positions, too.  On the District level, he has served as Lt. Governor four times, and has held the Achievement and Awards Chair for the last ten years.  Through all his years of service ... and it has been many years .... John has achieved perfect attendance!!   Although he is "tired", John is enjoying his retirement living in Boyertown with his daughters, Kathy and Jill, close by. 
Shawn O'Connor - Board Member
Shawn has been a member of the Optimist Club of Boyertown since 2008.  He is active within the Football and Lacrosse programs.  He has also assumed a leadership role in the development of our fields and the annual Golf Outing.  Since joining the club, Shawn has consistently demonstrated a willingness to help and brings a positive attitude.  He resides in Gilbertsville with his wife, Noelle, and children Kevin, Jennifer and Lauren.

Mark Palladino - Board Member
Email: Mark.Palladino@pfizer.com
Mark became involved with the Boyertown Optimist club as a coach in the Boy's Lacrosse program in 2009. He joined the club to take over as the Boy's Lacrosse Chairman and Tournament Director in 2012.   Although he is no longer holding these positions, Mark is still very involved with the Boy's Lacrosse program as a coach for the 7/8 grade team and a leadership committee member.   At the Club level, Mark is serving as a 2 Year Board member.  
"It has been a true pleasure serving the youth of Boyertown", said Palladino.  "There is nothing better than giving our youngsters an opportunity to participate and enjoy lacrosse in Boyertown."

Paul Hummel - Board Member
Email: phummel6@gmail.com

Paul has been involved with the Boyertown Optimist Club since 2011, coaching multiple sports.  He has recently become a member and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as well as the Basketball Committee.  As part of the Basketball Committee, Paul is partnering with the YMCA to bridge the basketball programs together.

Paul lives in Barto and is married with 3 children who are very active within the Optimist and school sports programs.  He has worked for Trion, A Marsh and McLennan Agency, LLC for 16 years and leads the Voluntary Benefit Practice.

The Optimist Club of Boyertown is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization.

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