Chris DeSantis had an unexpected path to the School Board. Verle Williams, the board member from his region, was stepping down, and no one stepped forward to run for his seat. A community member organized a write-in campaign to get Chris’ name on the ballot - it worked! As Chris put it, “I went to work one day, and when I got home, I was running for the school board!”
But, what wasn’t unexpected was Chris’ desire to give back to the community. Having lived in the community since he was seven years old, Chris attended Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield High School. During his high school years, Chris’ passion for woodworking was ignited. Chris took four years of Industrial Materials classes (two years for no credit) because he enjoyed carpentry and working with his hands. Chris then received an Associate’s Degree from Thaddeus Stevens State College of Technology. These experiences set Chris on his career path, which started at Timlock Woodworking, a company that produces 18th century reproduction furniture, and now has Chris working in the ceramic tile business.
Chris and his family have lived in Morton Borough for 12 years. Both of Chris’ children have attended Springfield schools. His daughters are involved in softball, volleyball, field hockey, and lacrosse. When Chris isn’t tinkering in the woodworking shop in his garage, you can find him coaching softball or at the Red Iron Pub ordering “the special”. He has been on the Springfield School Board of Directors for ten years and serves on both the Facilities and the Education Committees.