Cheryl M. Davis
The Village of Reading is delighted to announce the appointment of Cheryl
Davis to it's Board of Directors. Ms. Davis has been employed at Reading School District for 20 years. She serves as a Special Education teacher and is presently an Assistant Principal at Reading Senior High School. Ms. Davis is a Doctoral Candidate at Alvernia University in Leadership. She has a passion for students and ascribes to the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. We would like to thank Ms. Davis for her leadership, dedication, and
commitment to our community and youth.
Bethany J. Pursell
I am currently the Director of Legal Affairs for a local midsized telecom, responsible for the legal, regulatory and human resource pieces of the company. I have over 20 years of corporate business experience. My credentials include a Bachelor Degree from DeSales University and a Human Resource Certificate from Villanova University. I am also a SHRM Certified Professional and a PA Notary. I continue to serve as a public official in the Borough of Laureldale, as a councilwoman, for the last seven years.
As someone who came from very meager beginnings and is a mother of three teenagers, giving back to the community is important to me. I’m elated to become a member of the board for The Village of Reading
Tonya A. Butler
Tonya A. Butler is a Magisterial District Judge and veteran attorney who has dedicated her legal talents to public service and working creatively to improving the quality of life in the City of Reading.
Tonya has twenty-four years of legal experience. She began her legal career as a Berks County Assistant Public Defender where she represented defendants charged with various criminal offenses. Subsequently, she opened the Law Office of Tonya A. Butler and offered affordable legal services. Tonya then served as a City of Reading Assistant City Solicitor, representing the interests of both the City of Reading and its residents. In November 2017, Tonya was elected Magisterial District Judge in Northeast Reading. As a MDJ she uses her legal background and experience to serve the community with compassion and ensure a fair and transparent legal system.
Tonya is a graduate of Albright College and Widener University School of Law. Her passion is with our youth. She created the Juvenile Justice curriculum for the Criminal Justice Degree Completion Program at Albright College. Tonya also speaks to the youth regarding social and legal issues and is known to have a student shadowing her in court. Tonya serves on a number of Boards and Committees including the Berks County Bar Association Board of Directors, College Heights Community Council and the Northeast Youth Development Task Force. Tonya is married to Wynton Butler and has two children Wynton II and Wesley.
Jonathan Scaccia, PhD, is founder of the community-based research and evaluation firm, The Dawn Chorus Group, and the AI-research software, PubTrawlr. He is a trained clinical-community psychologist with over 20+ years of working with community coalitions across the United States.
J. Richard Koch LCSW, or Rick, a graduate of Reading High School, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Reading. He has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has been practicing psychotherapy with teens, adults and families for over forty years. Rick was a clinician at The Center for Mental Health at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center for twenty-some years and was the Director of Clinical Social Work before he went into private practice. He has extensive experience working with the juvenile justice system, a residential program and a school district. In addition to psychotherapy, Rick has received training in meditation, self-compassion, mindfulness based stress reduction and trauma -sensitive mindfulness practices. He resides in Berks County with his wife who is a retired special education teacher. Their son is an artist in Brooklyn, New York.