NYSSBA's Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of the Association’s president, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer and the immediate past president; one director from each of NYSSBA’s 13 geographical areas; and a representative of the Conference of Big 5 School Districts. Representatives of the National School Boards Association serve as ex officio members. The board promotes the interest of education throughout the state, determines general policies of the Association, appoints NYSSBA’s executive director and adopts the Association’s annual budget.

Directors are nominated and elected by member school boards in their designated geographic areas. The officers of the Association – the president, first vice president, second vice president and treasurer – are nominated by the Board of Directors, and then elected by delegates to NYSSBA’s Annual Business Meeting.


Susan Bergtraum
William L. Miller
1st Vice President and Area 5 Director
Fred J. Langstaff
2nd Vice President and Area 12 Director
Thomas J. Nespeca
Lynne Lenhardt
Immediate Past President
Linda Hoffman
Area 1 Director
Rodney George
Area 2 Director
Christine Schnars
Area 3 Director
Sandra H. Ruffo
Area 4 Director
Wayne Rogers
Area 6 Director
Barbara Mauro
Area 7 Director
Brian LaTourette
Area 8 Director
Dorothy Slattery
Area 9 Director
Peggy Zugibe
Area 10 Director
Robert Schoen
Area 11 Director
Carmen Fariña
Area 13 Director
Willa Powell
Conference of Big 5
Michael A. Jaime
Caucus of Black School Board Members