Dr. Shay Harrison, President
I am a 1990 graduate of Columbia High School, with an undergraduate degree from Rice University and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, both in materials science. My professional career has focused on industrial research and development for high performance ceramic products.
I have been a basketball coach at Columbia in the girls and boys programs since 2000, as well as for the St. Jude’s CYO boys program in Wynantksill. I serve on the boards of the East Greenbush Education Foundation and the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County. My East Greenbush Board of Education tenure began in 2010 and I have been the Board President since 2011. I reside in East Schodack with my two dogs.
Mark Mann, Vice President
I am currently in my third term on the EGCSD Board of Education. The last six years have been nothing less than a rewarding experience. I have always voted in a way, on the issues, that have been best for our children and the residents of the district and I will continue to do so.
I continue to serve my town, state, and nation, I joined the law enforcement career field in 1988, and the military in 1992. I served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Qatar, and I am proud to call myself a veteran of the best country in the world. I currently reside in and am employed by the Town of East Greenbush. My wife Tina and I have two children who attend school in our District.
I currently serve on the District’s Policy, Safety, and Code of Conduct Committees. For the past three years, I have acted as the Board’s Vice President.
I am serving my first term as a board member, having been elected to the position in 2014. I have participated as a member of the District Finance and Audit Committee, as well as the Education and Technology Committees.
I am a lifelong resident of the area and currently live in East Greenbush with my wife Heidi. We are the proud parents of three children; Patrick who graduated from Columbia High School in 2012, Zachary who is a senior at CHS and Leah who attends Goff Middle School.
I am a graduate of Siena College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and have worked in the human resources field for over 25 years, both in the private and public sectors. I am currently the Director of Human Resources for Questar III.
Karen Curran, Assistant Clerk
My husband and I have been residents of the District for 16 years. We have two boys who attend Columbia High School. I have a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and a minor in Psychology. I am currently employed as a physical therapist in a local assisted living facility.
My family has been positively affected by the many terrific teachers and staff within our District. I have been a classroom volunteer and a volunteer for the Junior Achievement Program when my children were in elementary school. I have also coached several Odyssey of the Mind teams. I have found volunteering in our district a very rewarding and positive experience. Volunteering in our district has also given me the opportunity to witness first-hand the exceptional quality and effort our district staff provides on a daily basis.
I have served on the Board of Education for the last eight years. During this time, public education has faced many challenges and changes. As such, it has been extremely important to focus efforts on keeping the highest standards of quality in education with a variety of options for our students in a fiscally responsible manner. Working on the Board has allowed me to collaboratively work with many school and community members to help make our district such an outstanding district. I am proud to serve this wonderful community.
I am serving my second term on the BOE. I have served on the Committee for Curriculum Study and am a liason to Questar III BOCES.
My husband and I have lived in East Greenbush for more than 20 years. Our sons graduated from Columbia High School and our last child is a current student in the District.
John J. Dunn, Jr.
My wife Sharon and I have lived in the East Greenbush Central School District for 28 years. Our children Caitlyn, Lauren, and John Joseph each graduated from Columbia High School. We currently have a number of nieces and nephews who are students at Columbia High School as well. Over the years, we have developed a deep appreciation of the excellent education offered to all of our students.
With my recent retirement from the Albany Police Department after 29 years of service, I now have the opportunity to give back to our school community a commitment of time, energy, and talent. As a local businessman operating S. A. Dunn Sand and Gravel, family man, and retired police officer, I bring to the Board of Education a perspective that is financially prudent and fair with an honest approach to all issues. My goal has been to promote the highest standards of academic excellence fostered in a fiscally responsible manner.
My pledge to you is to work collaboratively with all parents, students, educators, and community members.
I am serving my first term on the Board of Education. I am currently Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Latham International Pools. I am a seasoned business executive, with roles in Information Technology leadership for more than 27 years. I started my career at IBM working as a programmer in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After six years at IBM, I spent the next 10 years working in consulting for Symmetry Consulting. Most recently I worked for General Electric in various executive leadership positions. I have a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the SUNY College of Technology, and an associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College.
I serve on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Northeast NY. I have volunteered with the Boy Scouts throughout my entire life, and am currently the Scoutmaster for Troop 522 in East Schodack. I am also an Executive In Residence for RPI, where I assist students in the Startup community.
I attended the East Greenbush School District, graduating from Columbia in 1985. I live in East Greenbush with my wife Sandy, and our sons Jared and Matt.
I am serving my first term as a member of the Board of Education. Over the years, I have been an active member in our school community by serving as a classroom volunteer; a member of the PTO Board, the BRAC and the Student Code of Conduct review committees, and led numerous school events and fundraisers. In these roles, I have worked closely with staff, administrators, teachers and students, and I have found the work to be truly rewarding.
I have resided in North Greenbush with my husband, Steven, for over 20 years. He is a lifelong resident and our children are the third generation in his family to attend school in the EGCSD. Our oldest daughter is a 2015 graduate of Columbia High School and our youngest daughter is a current Columbia High School student.
I am a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management where I concentrated in Psychology and Human Resource Management. In addition, I currently hold several professional credentials related to my field. I am proud to be employed by Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth as the VP of Human Resources and a member of the senior executive leadership team. I am responsible for the HR and Staff Development operations required to support 700 employees across New York State, including budget, training and personnel management.
I am honored to serve our community as a member of the Board. I pledge to focus on ensuring the highest quality of academic standards, fiscal accountability, integrity and collaboration with all stakeholders.
JoAnn Taylor, Deputy Treasurer
I am currently serving my 6th year as a member of the East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education. During these years, I have represented the Board on various District committees. They include: Education Committee, BRAC Committee, Policy Committee, Safety Committee, the Education Foundation and the Committee for Curriculum Study. In addition, I have been a part of the committees to annually review the Student Code of Conduct and the Athletic Code of Conduct. I also serve as a liason to the Transportation Department and Questar III BOCES.
I have resided in East Greenbush with my husband for 24 years. Our children are Columbia High School graduates. We currently have a foreign exchange student living with us and attending Columbia High School.