When a vacancy on the Cinnaminson Township Committee opened up, Stephanie Kravil knew it was her chance to make a difference.
Stephanie Kravil has never been one to shy away from a new opportunity. When a vacancy on the Cinnaminson Township Committee opened up, she knew it was her chance to make a difference.
“When you test yourself, you prove yourself,” Kravil said.
Some would argue she is proving herself every day, and it shows. Earlier this month, Kravil was appointed to the committee until the November elections. With this being her first-ever government position, Kravil said she was “excited” and “anxious to solidify the path” and secure her seat for next year.
For the lifelong resident of Cinnaminson, getting the opportunity to serve the community is second nature. Kravil graduated from Cinnaminson High School in 1994 and later attended Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., for two years before meeting and falling in love with her hometown husband.
Between balancing her family and career as an east division administrator for a national office supply wholesaler in Moorestown, Kravil is ready to add another title to her list — committeewoman.
Kravil says she is excited for this fresh start and to work with the administration on new strategies that will benefit Cinnaminson, one of which will be engaging with both younger and older demographics in town.
With four generations of her family living in town, Kravil believes this will give her a “unique” perspective into the issues that both younger and older residents in town have.
“When I get into something, I want to give 100 percent,” Kravil said. “I want to be the best person I can be for Cinnaminson.’’
Kravil said she is excited to work with such a great team and looks forward to the next chapter in her life.
When Kravil finds free time, she can be found enjoying quality time with her friends and family. Kravil’s favorite memories include her family vacations with her kids and appreciating the moments she shares with them.
Kravil’s mother, Bonnie Rosner, always remembered how hard-working she was, even from a young age.
“She really blossomed in high school,” Rosner said.
In her teenage years, Kravil was president of the DECA program for Cinnaminson High School, where she attended meetings and spoke in public forums. Eventually, Kravil was elected state president and went on to compete and place in nationals, according to Rosner.
“She is very professional, sincere, determined dedicated, she shows that in everything she does,” Rosner said. “I’m very proud of her.”
In addition to her family, Kravil’s new colleagues also see that she radiates these skill sets, while remaining family oriented. Mayor Donald Brauckmann said that despite her hectic schedule, she still finds time to volunteer with school groups, sport programs, theater and music programs, as well as local charities.
Something that captured Brauckmann’s attention was Kravil’s ability to have an altruistic outlook in all aspects of her life, including in her new role as a government official.
“One of the things that impressed me most was her use of the words, ‘we, us and our’ as opposed to ‘I’ when we discussed various township issues and how she would approach them,” Brauckman said. “Stephanie gets that everyone in Cinnaminson matters, regardless of political sides or other issues.”
According to Brauckmann, Kravil’s attentive nature and desire to help others with questions or concerns is one of the many qualities that Kravil has that will pave a successful path for her town.
“She is a person who deeply loves Cinnaminson and wants to contribute to make it better for many generations to come,” Brauckmann said. “What more could anyone ask for in an elected official?”