New member joins G-A School Board

Shawn Hardy
Lindsey J. Mowen

Lindsey J. Mowen was appointed the newest member of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board after an interview at Thursday night's meeting.

She fills the seat made vacant by the resignation of President James Winslow earlier this month. She will serve out his term through the end of 2019 and indicated during the interview she would then be willing to run for the seat. She was the only applicant for the position.

Mowen has "lived in Greencastle basically my whole life," with stints in Clear Spring, where she graduated from high school, and Fayetteville, where she lived until relocating to Greencastle with her family about three years ago.

She and her husband, Anthony Mowen, have two daughters, Ashlyn, who is going into fifth grade, and Laryn, 2 1/2.

The girls are part of her motivation for seeking the school board seat. Mowen said she wants them to try different things and things they never thought they could do.

She has been involved in the PTO and said Greencastle is a close-knit community, where she see people willing to go the extra mile and where children come first.

"With children in the district, I feel I have a vested interest," Mowen said.

Asked about challenges she sees facing the district, Mowen pointed to safety.

"I think we should take challenges other districts have faced and avoid those outcomes," she said.

Mowen has been a contract administrator with SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice for six years.

She studied prelaw at the University of Phoenix, based in Harrisburg, and hopes to take the LSAT and start law school within the next year.

Mowen's hobbies include gardening with her daughters.

"They seem to really like planting new things, and my oldest and I have created our own vegetable garden. We are very excited to see how it turns out!" Mowen said. "I also enjoy being alongside Ashlyn while she performs for Clarissa's School of Performing Arts in Greencastle. I like reading, and spending time coordinating family and friend get-togethers and other events."

Last October, she was a lead coordinator for a bingo event for a local autistic child which raised enough money for a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability.