SW BOCES Welcomes New Staff
| District Superintendent Ronald Smalls
Administrators, teachers, technology professionals, support staff and others
are among the more than 50 employees who have joined Southern Westchester BOCES
over the past year. District Superintendent Ronald Smalls announced the organizationís
most recent hires at a specially convened BOCES-wide meeting held this fall
at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase.
New hires include Linda Suarez, who comes on board as supervisor
of secondary education at the Center for Career Services; and Frances Meyer,
the newly hired director of Special Services.
In the Benefits Department, Alison Strauzer joins SW BOCES as a health claims processor. Alison spent the past six years as benefits coordinator at Covington & Burling, a New York City law firm. She was previously employed as a human resources associate at Bed, Bath and Beyond in Manhattan. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Hofstra University.
Mark De Fillippo and Diane Watson bring their technical expertise to the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center as newly hired network specialists. A graduate of The Chubb Institute in White Plains, Mr. De Fillippo was previously employed as a computer/network technician for Tappan Zee Consultants in Tarrytown. Ms. Watson comes to SW BOCES with experience as a network specialist for the Pelham School District, in addition to working for a number of private companies. She is a certified Novell administrator and engineer, and holds an associateís degree in computer science from the Monroe Business Institute in New Rochelle.
Joining the Center for Career Services is Robert Adams, a guidance counselor. For the past seven years, Mr. Adams has been working in private companies, including Cine Magnetics Video & Digital Laboratories, the National Hockey League and Bader TV News. An Ossining resident, Mr. Adams most recently served as an intern for the Longwood Middle Schoolís Counseling Department in Middle Island, N.Y. He holds a masterís degree in education from Long Island University.
Joining SW BOCES as special education teacher aides are Toni Alteri, Devin Doherty and Letitia Stallings. Ms. Alteri previously worked as a teacher aide at the Pound Ridge Elementary School in the Bedford School District. Mr. Doherty, a Port Chester resident, has been working as a sports coach and carpenter for the last several years. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the SUNY Purchase. Ms. Stallings has been working as a substitute teacher aide for SW BOCES since September 2002. She previously worked as a teacher assistant at the Lucille Murray Child Development Center in the Bronx.
Middletown resident Amy Michaud joins SW BOCES as an English teacher for the Center for Special Services. Ms. Michaud taught writing classes at the Orange County Community College in Middletown, in addition to serving as an English teacher at Port Jervis High School, Troy High School and Shaker High School in Latham, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in English from The College of St. Rose in Albany.
At the Center for Instructional Services and Technology, Carmen Soto has been hired as a professional development specialist for the Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center. Prior to joining SW BOCES, Ms. Soto was employed by the Buffalo Public School District as a third-grade bilingual teacher and as a grant writer and coordinator. She received a master of education degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.
The Adult Learning Center welcomes Jenita Mastrella, who will serve as a part-time coordinator. Ms. Mastrella has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in the Greenburgh Central 7 and Yonkers schools. She also served as an adult literacy coordinator for SWBOCES from 1992 to 1995. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and a masterís in TESOL from Fordham University.
Jane Dickenson joins the Center for Special Services as an occupational therapist. For the past two years, Ms. Dickenson has worked for the Norwalk Rehabilitation Services, Inc. as a staff therapist. She has extensive experience in the field, having served as an occupational therapist for Norwalk Hospital and other locations. From 1999 through 2001, she worked for BOCES in both full-time and part-time capacities. A Connecticut resident, Ms. Dickenson holds a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn.
Other new employees include:
Central Administration, Rye Brook:
Marian McEnerney, purchasing assistant; Cynthia Wong, payroll clerk; Tracy Woodson, account clerk-typist.
Center for Special Services:
Violande Acowitz, teaching assistant; Dorothea Branch, teacher aide; Tarik Curry, teacher aide; Casey Kenny, teaching assistant; Harriet Napoli, office assistant; Babbette Taylor, licensed practical nurse; Catherine Tierney, office assistant.
Center for Career Services:
Providence Lenhard, school monitor; Liliana Lozada, teacher aide.
Department of Transportation:
Eric Alexis, bus attendant; Tarun Bedi, bus driver; John Davis III, bus driver; Rosa Evangelista, bus attendant; Evelyn Garcia, bus attendant; Linda Hall, bus driver; Helen Ingrassia, bus attendant; Yoel Morillo, bus attendant; Mary Nash, bus attendant; Victoria Nelson, bus driver; Juana Ovalles, bus attendant; Olga Plancher, bus attendant; Anne Reagan, bus attendant; Teresa Rummo, bus attendant; William Stephen, bus driver; Ruth Strong, bus attendant; Alicia Trail, bus driver.
Lower Hudson Regional Information Center:
Carol Delchrico, telephone operator; Nick Di Cioccio, network specialist; Anthony Gill, junior Datacom microcomputer technician; Christopher Hughes, customer service coordinator of educational technology; William Jones, network specialist; Joy Marshall, staff assistant; Nancy Thompson, junior programmer.
Center for Instructional Support and Technology:
Jessica OíDonovan, professional development specialist; Jeanine Weiland, audio visual assistant.