Board of Education Member Profiles

Joseph Bond,  President

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 4 years

Date Current Term Ends: June 2023

Liaison Committee(s) Member: The President is a member of all committees. 

Profession\Background: Mr. Bond is a graduate of Valley Central and has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration. He has been employed for 26 years by a large health insurance company where he is a Senior Project Manager. He is also involved in youth sports coaching baseball and football. 

Family: Joe and his wife, Lisa, live in Montgomery and have a son who attends middle school.

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Mr. Bond has been a resident of the district for 45+ years


Sarah Messing, Vice President

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 5 years 

Date Current Term Ends: June 2022

Liaison Committee(s) Member: Policy Committee, OC School Boards Association

Profession\Background:  Graduate of Valley Central High School in 1996. B.S. in Nursing from the University of Scranton in 2000. After working at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center for many years as a registered nurse, Mrs. Messing is currently at home with her children. She is active in school and youth sports programs.

Family: Mrs. Messing and her husband, Matt, who is also a 1996 Valley Central graduate live in Montgomery with their four children, Peyton, Matthew, Jake and Michael. Their children are in  the high school, middle school and Montgomery elementary school. 

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Mrs. Messing has been a resident of the district for 35+ years.


Arthur Fitzgerald, Trustee

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 2 years

Date Current Term Ends: June 2022

Liaison Committee(s) Member:  Audit Committee; Health, Safety, and Wellness Committee; OC School Boards Association

Profession\Background:  Mr. Fitzgerald is a VC graduate and spent his career in Law Enforcement and is now retired.  He serves as Chairman of Trustees for the Hudson Valley Police Emerald Society.  He was a coach for the Village of Montgomery Little League and Most Precious Blood Youth Basketball program.  Mr. Fitzgerald is currently a Cub Scout Leader for MPB Cub Scout Pack 32.  

Family:  Art and his wife, Megan live in Walden, with their sons, Eamon and Rory who are students at Walden Elementary School.  Mr. Fitzgerald grew up in Montgomery. 

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Mr. Fitzgerald has been a resident of VC for over 50 years. 


Sonia Lewis, Trustee

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 11 years

Date Current Term Ends: June 2021

Liaison Committee(s) Member:  PTA Council Liaison, Racial Equity and Education Committee

Profession\Background:  I am a proud graduate of Valley Central. I am a member of the high school PTSA. Over the years I have served as Vice-President Valley Central Middle school, Vice-President Montgomery PTA, corresponding secretary for VCMS PTA, Secretary of Policy Council, chairperson for committees for pictures, membership, Founder’s night and reflections. I have also been a volunteer for book fair, field day and tree lighting. I was also a member of the hiring committee for my daughter’s preschool and was also an active member of their parent group. I have enjoyed volunteering many hours inside of my daughter’s classroom as well as chaperoning many field trips. My daughter is a Girl Scout and I have been a Girl Scout volunteer for many years. My daughter actively participates in many clubs and sports in school as she has participated in many sports in the community and I try to stay very involved. I work for Marshall & Sterling Insurance. I have also worked in the mental health field assisting people with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses for several years. Over my years on the school board, I have also participated in the following other committees: New York State School Boards Voting Delegate, Classroom and Configuration Committee, Orange County School Boards Delegate,  ADAM (All District Arts and Music) Liaison, PTA Council Liaison, and Valley Central Education Liaison. 

Family:  Ms. Lewis currently has a daughter in the Valley Central High School.

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Ms. Lewis has been a resident for over 30 years.


Katie McKnight, Trustee

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 1 year

Date Current Term Ends: June 2023

Liaison Committee(s) Member:  Audit Committee, Guidance Committee, Racial Equity and Education Committee

Profession\Background: Ms. McKnight is a 1998 graduate of Valley Central and has a BS in Accounting from Siena College and an MS in Accounting from SUNY Albany. She currently manages the Finance department of a local credit union, and has been an adjunct professor of Accounting for the last 14 years at a local college. Ms. McKnight serves as President of the Board for OCRDAC, sits on the Montgomery Little League Board, and volunteers as a coach for the OC Soccer Club.

Family: Ms. McKnight resides in Walden with her 2 sons – one is a student at MES and the other a student at VCMS.

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Ms. McKnight has been a resident of VC for 30+ years.


Diana Revoir, Trustee

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 2 years

Date Current Term Ends: June 2022

Liaison Committee(s) Member: Policy, Curriculum Council and Technology Committee

Profession\Background: Mrs. Revoir is a Valley Central Graduate and has a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany and a Master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, both in Education, as well as additional graduate work beyond her Master’s degree in the education field. Mrs. Revoir was a teacher at Walden Elementary School for 32 years and is now retired but is still interested in helping to direct the educational opportunities available to the children of the VC Community.  She is active with Harmony Baptist Church where she serves as a group leader of Grief Share. 

Family: Mrs. Revoir and her late husband, Dean, lived in Walden for over 20 years where they raised their children, John and Laureena. Mrs. Revoir still resides in Walden.  She grew up in East Coldenham. 

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Mrs. Revoir has been a resident of VC for 55+ years.


Melvin Wesenberg, Trustee

Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 6 years

Date Current Term Ends: June 2021

Liaison Committee(s) Member:  NYS School Boards Association

Profession\Background:  Mel is a Reading and Social Studies teacher in the Chester Union Free School District.  He was born in California and grew up in a military family. He attended public schools in California, New York, Massachusetts, and Nevada. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama and his Master’s Degree from Adelphi University. His career started in Brooklyn until he decided to make Walden the place to raise their family.

Currently, he is the president of the Josephine-Louise Library. He has also assisted his children with their volunteer work at Good Samaritan Food Pantry, packing bags for Backpack Snack Attack, Walden Humane Society, Montgomery Nursing Home, and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. In the past, he has coached boys and girls basketball, and he also was a coach for the Valley Central Special Olympics team. Previously, he was a trustee for the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Family: Mel and his wife reside in Walden with their two daughters.  Their two daughters are both graduates of the district.

Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Mr. Wesenberg has been a resident of the district for 15+ years.