BOE Election 2022
May 2022 Board of Education Election
There are two seats open for the Board of Education, currently held by Robert Davis and Bruce Bond.
Both Mr. Davis and Mr. Bond have informed the District that they will not seek re-election to the Board of Education.
Six candidates* are running for these two positions:
Dan Robins, Nicole Lehoczky, Robert Wells, Kristen Sweeney, Denise Caunitz & Terrence Cortelli
The term commences on July 1, 2022 and runs through June 30, 2025.
Elections will be held together with the Annual School Budget Vote on May 17th.
* Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot based on a random selection process administered by the District Clerk on April 19, 2022.
Residence and Family: District resident for over 8 years with two children attending Evans Park Elementary School (grade 4)
Education Syracuse University alumnus; graduate of Garden City High School
Career: Over 12 years experience in the advertising and marketing field working with Fortune 500 companies and managing the successful launch of a major sports television network; prior experience working as an Information Technology recruiter for an industry-leading staffing firm
Community Involvement: Current president of the Evans Park PTA and chair of several PTA committees; currently a member of the Pearl River Public Library Renewal Advisory Committee; served on many PRSD staff hiring committees including the committee for a new Evans Park principal (2021) and for a new Pearl River Middle School principal (2022); additionally served on a sub-committee of the Pearl River School District Re-Opening Task Force; previously volunteered as a class parent as well as a coach/assistant coach for both Pearl River Little League and Little Bucs Gridiron Football League
Mission: “The Pearl River community deserves a top-flight public school educational system that keeps up with the ever-changing world around us. My goals are to improve and broaden the academic curriculum and technology to meet these challenges while building a bridge between the community and the school board. My work in PTA leadership during the pandemic has proven that I can work collaboratively with District leadership while actively advocating for our children’s best interest.”
Residence and Family: Lifelong Rockland County resident and District resident for 3 years with two children attending Franklin Avenue Elementary School (grade 2) and Good Shepherd Creative Play (pre-K)
Education: Masters degree in Childhood Education from CUNY City College; completed coursework for a Special Education extension enabling work with students with disabilities and individualized education plans (IEPs); B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communications from SUNY Oswego
Career: 10 years experience working in education – currently working as an elementary-level (grade 5) teacher at PS 94 Kings College School (Bronx); tap dance, hip hop and cheer team extracurricular activities coordinator; creator of “Coats for Kids” clothing distributor program
Community Involvement: Recently received approval from the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Orangetown to install a “My Little Free Library” in Cherry Brook Park; assisted in the planning and implementation of the Back to School Family Picnic hosted by the Franklin Avenue PTA; served as class liaison responsible for communicating messages between the PTA and parents
Mission: “I’m running for the Board of Education because I’m committed to public education, hope to make a positive impact within the school community and want to serve this wonderful community. I feel I’m a good candidate as I’m dedicated to the success of all children, have experience being a classroom teacher and have two small children in the District. I know my work ethic, knowledge of education and ability to confront challenges in education make me an ideal Board of Education member. We should be focusing on education for the next generation!”
Residence and Family: District resident for 6 years with two children attending Lincoln Avenue Elementary School (grade 1) and The Starting Place (pre-K)
Education: PhD from California Southern University; M.B.A. from American Intercontinental University; B.S. from Coastal Carolina University
Career: TBM/DX clinical liaison for medical company
Community Involvement: Town of Orangetown sub-committee member; Clarkstown South High School Sports Hall of Fame board member; founding member of a private charity for underprivileged children; spearheaded The Starting Place’s first annual golf outing
Mission: “Transparency on decisions being made for children; restore and maintain a traditional learning system; restore parental rights over their children’s health; support teachers in their efforts; address bullying; support children’s mental health.”
Residence and Family: District resident for 24 years with three children (two college-level and one in grade 12 at Pearl River High School)
Education: M.S. in Art Therapy/Counseling from the College of New Rochelle; M.S. in Special Education from Dowling College; B.A. in English from St. John’s University
Career: Currently completing licensure to fulfill requirements as an Art Therapist; former special education teacher in a variety of settings including elementary, high school, adult vocational and recreational programs
Community Involvement: Active PTA member since 2007 serving as committee chair for Project Graduation and a parent member on the District’s social-emotional learning committee (SELFIE), Pearl River Crèche committee member, Catechist at St Margaret of Antioch, former Girl Scout troop leader
Mission: “I very strongly believe in the importance of public education and its ability to positively impact students. I am very dedicated to Pearl River, the community I love!”
Residence and Family: Born and raised in Pearl River with three children attending Pearl River Middle School (grade 6), Franklin Avenue Elementary School (grade 3) and Tall Pines Nursery School (pre-K)
Education: Masters in Education from Mercy College; B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Manhattanville College; graduate of Pearl River High School and St. Margaret’s School
Career: Teacher in the South Orangetown Central School District
Community Involvement: Pearl River Little League board member; St. Margaret’s CYO board member; youth sports coach in baseball, softball and t-ball
Mission: “As a lifelong community member, I hope to support teachers and staff to ensure a supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students while nurturing responsibility, creativity and open mindedness to empower all to make positive contributions to our world.”
Residence and Family: District resident for almost 18 years with two children attending Pearl River High School (grade 8 and grade 11)
Education: J.D. from Pace School of Law (cum laude); B.A. in History/Philosophy from Fordham University; Regents graduate of Clarkstown High School South
Career: Law firm partner at StolzenbergCortelli, LLP; previously served as attorney at Lever & Stolzenberg (Partner) and Wilson Elser (Senior Associate); staff attorney at NYS Court of Appeals (Clerkship)
Community Involvement: NYS Bar Association member; NYS Trial Lawyers Association member; Orangetown Lacrosse coach; former Palisades Predators Ice Hockey coach
Mission: “I am running for the school board because I love this town and I love this school district. I hope I can help to make the schools even better.”