Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education
Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education members are elected by and accountable to our component school boards. Like the local boards, the Southern Westchester BOCES Board is a policy making body. Its seven members serve 3-year terms without pay.
Current members of the Southern Westchester BOCES Board are:
John DeSantis of Hastings-on-Hudson is the current Board President. He was elected to the BOCES Board in 1996, after having served for 18 years on the Hastings-on-Hudson Board of Education, including a term as President. He received an Award of Excellence for School Board Service from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council. Mr. DeSantis is currently Director of Technical Services and Special Projects at New York University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has also served on the Executive Board of the Greenburgh Council of Civic Organizations.
Beverly A. Levine of Ardsley, Board Vice President, began her service to the Southern Westchester BOCES Board in 1984. Before being elected to the BOCES Board, she was a member of the Ardsley Board of Education for 6 years. She is a retired Overseas Liaison for the Ford Foundation. Mrs. Levine is a founding director of the Ardsley Historical Society and membership chair since 1982; Vice President of the Ardsley Public Library; a volunteer at the Ardsley Library; and a board member of the Lower Hudson Council of Administrative Women in Education. Mrs. Levine served as president of the BOCES Board of Education in 2003-04.
Nancy Fisher is employed as chief of staff for state Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. Before joining the BOCES Board, she served on the Pelham Board of Education for nine years, including seven of those years as the Board president. She has also served as president of the Westchester/Putnam School Boards Association.
Richard Glickstein has served on the Edgemont Board of Education for the past six years. He is an attorney who has been a legal/policy consultant for the New York City Human Resources Administration since 1999. Mr. Glickstein, who lives in Scarsdale, is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He also serves on the Legislative Action Committee of the Westchester/Putnam School Boards Association, and on the Board of Directors of Citizens for Effective Schools.
James E. Miller is a former Texaco executive who joined the Southern Westchester BOCES Board in 2005. Mr. Miller, of Greenburgh, serves as vice president of the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Board of Education, a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Westchester campus, and a member of the ambassador program of the New York State School Boards Association. Before his retirement, Mr. Miller was employed in new business development in the Far East with Texaco, and in advertising and marketing with Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers. Mr. Miller is also a photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the country.
Georgia Riedel served for 12 years on the Harrison Board of Education. She was the Board President in 2006-2007, and has been the President of the Board on three other occasions. Ms. Riedel has been a member of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association for the past 11 years and served as President of the organization during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 academic years. She is a member of NYSSBA's Federal Relations Network and a liaison to Congresswoman Nita Lowey. She is also a member of NYSSBA's State Legislative Network and a liaison to State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer. When she is not volunteering, Ms. Riedel is employed as a physical therapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia campus.
Joseph E. Wooley of White Plains was elected to the SWBOCES Board in 1998. He has also served on the Greenburgh Central 7 Board of Education, including as its president. He is an attorney with a private practice in Hawthorne, acting as a hearing officer in administrative hearings. He sits on the Commissioner of Education's Advisory Committee, and is a member of the National School Boards Federal Relations Network and the New York State School Boards State Legislative Network, lobbying groups on their respective levels for public education.