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    Valley Central School District Board of Education 
    2018-2019 

    Melvin Wesenberg

    Name:  Melvin Wesenberg

    Title: President 

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 3 years

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2021

    Liaison Committee(s) Member: By default, the President is member of all committees.  Alternate Delegate, Orange County School Board Association (OCSBA) for Valley Central.

    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 school 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.  They have one daughter currently attending the Valley Central High School and one that has graduated.

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

     


     

    Sarah Messing  Name:  Sarah Messing

    Title: Vice President

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 3 years 

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2019

    Liaison Committee(s) Member:  Liaison to the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee, Delegate for the Orange County School Board 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 and is currently serving as secretary for the Montgomery Elementary PTA.

    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, three of whom attend Montgomery Elementary School.

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


     

    Vice President Sonia Lewis  Name:  Sonia Lewis

    Title: Trustee

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 9 years

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2021

    Liaison Committee(s) Member:  PTA Council Liason

    Profession\Background:  I am a proud graduate of Valley Central. Currently, I am the corresponding secretary for the VCMS PTA. Over the years I have served as Vice-President Valley Central Middle school, Vice-President Montgomery PTA, Secretary of Policy Council, chairperson for commitees for pictures, membership, Founder's night and reflections. I have also been a volunteer for bookfair, field day and the 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 well as 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 diagnosis 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 Liason. 

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

    Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Ms. Lewis has been a resident for over 28+ years.


     

    Trustee Joseph Byrne

    Name:  Joseph Byrne

    Title: Trustee

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 3 years.

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2019

    Liaison Committee(s) Member:  Legislative Liaison to New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), Parent University Liaison

    Profession\Background:  Graduated from Valley Central High School in 2013.  Studied Criminal Justice at SUNY Orange.  He spent four years coaching softball with Maybrook and Montgomery Little Leagues.  Other positions held within community: Secretary, Valley Central Athletic Booster Club (2013) and he currently serves on the Maybrook Zoning Board of Appeals.

    Family:  Although I have no children of my own I am a proud Valley Central graduate and have six siblings who have also graduated from Valley Central.   Currently, my niece, my nephew, my brother and four sisters still attend various schools within the district.

    Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: Mr. Byrne has been a resident of the district for 20+ years.


    Brad Conklin Name: Brad Conklin 

    Title: Trustee

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 5 years

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2019

    Liaison Committee(s) Member:  Policy Committee

    Profession\Background:  INFORMATION NOT PROVIDED.

    Family: INFORMATION NOT PROVIDED.

    Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident: INFORMATION NOT PROVIDED. 

     
     

     

    Joe Bond Name: Joseph Bond

    Title: Trustee

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 3 years

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2020

    Liaison Committee(s) Member: Valley CentralEducation Foundation (VCEF), CurriculumCommittee

    Profession\Background: Joe is a graduate of Valley Central and has a Bachelor 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.
     
     
     
     

    BOE President Sheila Schwartz

    Name:  Sheila Schwartz

    Title: Trustee 

    Number of Years Serving as a Board Member: 4 years

    Date Current Term Ends: June 2020

    Liaison Committee(s) Member: 

    Profession\Background:  REMOVED at Ms. Schwartz's request.  

    Family:  REMOVED at Ms. Schwartz's request. 

    Number of Years as a Valley Central Resident:  REMOVED at Ms. Schwartz's request. 

     


     


     
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