Dr. John Melniczek

Why I am running for School Board:

I have lived in the Owen J. Roberts School District for 23 years with my wife, Laurie. We have two teenage children and like many parents, I worry about their futures. Owen J. Roberts is a great school district, but every organization should seek to improve itself and be proactive as it faces the changes occurring around it. I have been involved in education most of my life. Education has made me the person I am and enabled me to provide a wonderful life for my family. I have been a veterinarian in general practice and in emergency practice, taught at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, obtained a Master’s from Villanova, and mentored many students. But all the successes of my life began with a solid Public Education. I care about Public Education. During my career, I have also been an owner of a large veterinary emergency and referral hospital. I have had to oversee budgets, manage a large staff and make complicated decisions. As a school board director, I can apply all these life skills for the betterment of Owen J. Roberts and give back to the communities it serves.


Academic and Professional Life:

  • Received degrees from Arcadia University, Villanova University and the University
  • of Pennsylvania.
  • Completed a residency and post-doctoral fellowship from the University of
  • Pennsylvania.
  • Been a veterinarian with over 25 years of experience.
  • Worked in academia, private practices, emergency practices and animal shelters.
  • Owned the Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center


Community Service and Volunteerism:

  • Volunteer for OJR’s Odyssey of the Mind competition.
  • Active in Martin Luther King’s Day of Service.
  • Package meals for an international charity, Rage Against Hunger.
  • Member of the Wellsprings Unitarian Universalist Church and am the head of its Social
  • Justice ministry.
  • Yearly veterinary missions to Honduras to vaccinate and provide medical care.