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Meet the Board

Michael Buono, Board of Education presidentMichael Buono, President

I am serving my third term as a board member to support the continued future planning of our school district. I have served as president of the Board of Education for the past six years and 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 my wife Heidi and I have lived within the East Greenbush CSD for the past 25 years. We are the proud parents of three children; Patrick (CHS 2012), Zachary (CHS 2017), and Leah (CHS 2022).

I graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and have worked in private and public sector human resources. I currently work as the Director of HR for Questar III.

John DunnJohn 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 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.

Cheryl KennedyCheryl Kennedy, Assistant Clerk

I am serving my first term as a member of the East Greenbush Board of Education. My background is in Finance and Accounting, and I bring a fiscal context to the board. I am familiar with the BRAC Committee and budgeting, and its ramifications to the district.

My three children attended East Greenbush schools, and I have experience volunteering in each grade level, K-12. I have coordinated fundraisers, movie nights, the Goff High Honors Dinner and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. My experience serving as a PTO Board Member as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary will serve me on the Board of Education.

I am a graduate of SUNY Brockport majoring in Finance, and have my MBA from The Sage Colleges. It is an honor being affiliated with the East Greenbush School District and I look forward to serving the community through the Board of Education.

Mark Mann, Board of Education vice presidentMark Mann, Vice President

I am currently in my fifth term on the EGCSD Board of Education. 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 the Town of East Greenbush. My wife Tina and I have two children who attended school in our District.

I currently serve on the District’s Policy, Safety, and Code of Conduct Committees. For the past six years, I have acted as the Board’s Vice President.

Jennifer O'Brien headshotJennifer O’Brien

I am serving my first term on the Board of Education. I have an extensive background in education. I taught English at Kingston High School and then at North Colonie School District. I also worked as an adjunct instructor for The College of Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Community College.

Currently, I run an adult education program for 1199 SEIU’s Training and Employment Fund. This position allows me to meet with adult learners, assess their needs and find out how we can best serve them. I oversee instructors who teach TASC, NEDP and basic computer courses. In addition, I also oversee grant funded programs.

My husband and I have two children who attend the East Greenbush Central School District. We are happy with the education and opportunities they have received thus far and are committed to our community. I know that education has been turned upside down over the course of this pandemic; I am pleased to see how the district has responded in these unprecedented times.

I have a Master’s Degree in English and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. I have volunteered for various organizations such as the East Greenbush Community Library Board of Trustees, Meals on Wheels and South End Children’s Cafe.

 

Michele SkumurskiMichele Skumurski, Deputy Treasurer

I am currently serving my first term on the Board of Education. In addition, I am employed as the Controller of Albany Medical Center where I have worked for the past 17 years. Prior to my career at Albany Medical Center, I was an auditor at KPMG, LLP., as well as the Assistant Controller at Health Research, Inc.

I am a lifelong resident of the district, graduating from Columbia in 1990. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting with a minor in Business and Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

I serve as Co-Treasurer for the East Greenbush Education Foundation and volunteer for various district sports’ clubs. I also proudly participate, alongside my beautiful Golden Retriever Yogi, in Therapy Dogs International.

My husband Ted and I are the proud parents of three children. Our oldest son, Davis, graduated from Columbia in June 2017, our daughter Rachel currently attends Goff Middle School, and our youngest son, Tanner, is a 4th grader at Green Meadow.

I deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve our district. This includes students, faculty, administration, support staff, families and the community. I realize what an honor it is to be on the school board. I pledge to be committed to supporting the District as they provide a vast array of opportunities that will foster and encourage each student to develop and prosper on their own individual road map to success.

Emily SteinbachEmily Steinbach

I am serving my first term on the school board. I believe in serving the community where I live, that the board should reflect the diverse makeup of our community, and, that board members must first be good listeners and represent our entire community.

I earned a Master in Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNY Albany. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Smith College.

I have over a decade of experience in healthcare and human services. I am the Chief of Staff at the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). OCFS oversees the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems, as well as, day care. I spent many years at the NYS Department of Health in Medicaid. Before joining OCFS, I was a senior contract negotiator with the Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP) and started my career working at Albany Medical Center.

I have experience serving on three school board committees – Policy, Budget Review & Advisory (BRAC) and Finance/Audit. I am a Capital Region native and am happy to call East Greenbush home. I live with my wife, two children and dog. You can frequently find us at the town park, town library, a nearby trail or walking in our neighborhood.

JoAnn TaylorJoAnn Taylor

I am currently serving my third term 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.

I have resided in East Greenbush with my husband for 33 years. Our children are Columbia High School graduates.  We currently have a foreign exchange student living with us and attending Columbia High School.

Jesse TempleJesse Temple

I am serving my first term on the Board of Education. As a parent of three children attending Red Mill Elementary School, I am deeply invested in the quality of education and the well-being of students in the East Greenbush Central School District.

My commitment to the community is demonstrated through my active involvement in local organizations. As a volunteer with Sponsor-A-Scholar, I work to provide specialized programs, mentoring, and academic and financial support to qualifying high school students in the Capital Region, promoting community, opportunity, responsibility, and education. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the challenges faced by students and the importance of creating access to higher education.

I am a proud native of the Capital Region and have dedicated over 12 years to public service in New York State. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Management, and Economics from SUNY Empire State College and am currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College.