Leadership + Advisory Boards

Distinguished groups of educators, business and civic leaders serve on the Academy's Leadership and Advisory boards to help the Academy achieve its objectives. Anyone wishing to volunteer to be a member of either of these boards should contact The Academy.

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board is composed of school administrators, business leaders, government officials and community organization leaders. They meet three to four times a year, reviews reports about The Academy's programs, progress and plans. Members may also choose to play a more active role on one or more committees.

Current Advisory Board Members

  • George Goodwin, Supt. of Schools, Lansingburgh CSD (retired), Chair
  • Jim McGlynn, Vice-President, Pioneer Bank
  • David Brown/Kerri Dicaprio, YMCA
  • Justin E. Buchanan, Vice President, First Niagara Bank
  • Randy Hall, Commissioner of Social Services, Rensselaer Country
  • Kathleen Jimino, County Executive, Rensselaer County
  • Tony Leva, The Creative Advantage, inc.
  • John McDonald III, Assemblyman, 108th District
  • Dr. Hanns Meissner, CEO, The ARC of Rensselaer County, Vice Chair
  • Kathy Pelham, Director, Northeast NY United Way,
  • Dr. Lori V. Quigley, Dean, Esteves School of Education,The Sage Colleges
  • Peter Sleasman, State Farm Insurance
  • Dr. Marie Wiles, Superintendent, Guilderland CSD

Leadership Board

The Leadership Board provides guidance and support to The Academy for Character Education, and is comprised of teachers, school administrators, parents and community organization representatives. The board meets monthly during the Academic Year (late afternoon). Members voice their opinions/reactions to Academy programs and plans and may choose to actively serve on committees which play an integral role in The Academy's events and publications. This board holds an annual Retreat each July to hear reports about the past's years events and progress and plan future goals and events.

Current Leadership Board Members

  • John Wands Sacca, Ph.D., General Secretary
  • Kimberly Macica, Hoosic Valley
  • Kathy Barlow, Wildwood Programs
  • Nadine Cunningham, West Sand Lake E.S.
  • Joan Monk, Yorktown Heights
  • Lynne Arnold
  • Dr. Steve Birchak, College of Saint Rose
  • Peg Brady, Ballston Spa CSD
  • Kevin Buess, Hudson Valley C.C
  • Linda Brennan-Pagano, Shenendehowa CSD
  • Sharon Domine, Cooperstown
  • Maureen Flanigan, Averill Park CSD
  • Kathy Fuller, HERSTORY
  • Susan Grimmick, Brunswick CSD
  • Bernice Herbert, The Sage Colleges
  • Roseann Jackling, Saratoga Springs
  • Josef Markowski, New York State
  • Thearse McCalmon, Schenectady
  • Raeanne Mokey, Cohoes CSD
  • Karen Urbanski, Rensselaer CSD
  • Mary VanVliet, Schodack CSD
  • Tina Smith, Troy
  • Nicholas DeCaprio, Sage Colleges
  • Mary Yodis, Wynantskill UFSD
  • Mel Horowitz, Menands
  • Ralph Singh, Wisdom Thinkers