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9 Nominees Vie for 9 Selection Committee Seats

This week, the Committee for the Selection of Mamaroneck School Board Nominees announced its slate of candidates nominated to fill three-year terms on the committee itself. In recent years, elections for the committee have been uncontested, and this is again the case this year. There are 9 open seats and the committee has nominated 9 candidates.

“We did not receive any additional applications. We advertise and encourage as many people to apply,” said Sunny Park, co-chair of the Selection Committee. Finding candidates for the committee is not as hard as recruiting ones for school board, she said, but members do have to be “pro-active” to get people to run.

The 24-member committee was founded in 1945 to recruit, vet, nominate and endorse candidates for the Mamaroneck School Board. It is independent of the school district and is not affiliated with any other political party.

There are six members from each of the four elementary school districts; all registered voters in a district may vote for candidates in their district. Voting will take place at the elementary school on the same day as the Mamaroneck School District budget and board election, this year  on May 18.

The slate of candidates includes:

Central Avenue Elementary: Thomas Eaton and Alexandra Leach

Chatsworth Avenue Elementary: Erin Fuller, Darcy Katris, and John Hewson

Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary: Laurette Costa and Janine Montoni

Murray Avenue Elementary: Robin Gensburg and Rachel Goldman

All of the nominees have children in the Mamaroneck School District.  A release from the committee provided biographical information on each candidate and stated “the Selection Committee feels that these nominees will bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity to the Committee.”


Thomas Eaton

Thomas Eaton: Central Elementary School

  • He has lived in the district for 7 years. Has 2 children at Central School.  Has a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.
  • Professionally: He has 18 years of experience in the technology and media industries in various management roles.  Has worked with firms such as Nielsen, NBC, and AT&T Wireless. He has been an independent consultant for the past 6 years focused on establishing new markets and alliances as well as operational efficiencies.
  • School/Community Activities: No current school or community activities which are the major reason he wants to serve on the Selection Committee.
  • Why he would like to serve:  “I feel that our school system is the most important aspect of our community. A well run school system not only benefits our children, but also our community thru property value creation, and enhancing the overall attractiveness of the community for new residents. I believe I can be a beneficial addition to the selection committee and wish to volunteer my time.”

Alexandra Leach

Alexandra Leach: Central Elementary School

  • She has lived in the district for 9 years.  Has 3 children at Central. She graduated from the International School of Brussels and has a B.S. for Georgetown University in German and Business.
  • Professionally: She has worked in Human Resources at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, J. Walter Thompson and Anderson Consulting.
  • School/Community Activities: Active member of the Central PTA, VP of School Services on Central School Executive Board, Volunteer for St. Augustine’s Religious Education, Volunteer at Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force.
  • Why she would like to serve: “Over the past three years I have been advocating the Central School community during the budget process.  This experience has allowed me to gain a strong understanding of the significant and important roles and responsibilities of the Board of Education. Now, more then ever these very influential decision makers are tasked with finding the right balance of fiscal responsibility to the community and protecting the quality of the education. I am committed to recruiting the best possible school board candidate who will work with the new Superintendent to enhance the excellence of our school system.  It is my desire to continue serving my children and my community by becoming part of the Selection Committee. Thank you”

Darcy Katris

Darcy Katris: Chatsworth Elementary School

  • Has lived in the district 11 years. Has one child at Mamaroneck High School.  Has a BS in Chemistry for Iona College and a Law Degree from Fordham Law School.
  • Professionally: She works at Sidley Austin LLP.
  • School/Community Activities: She is the Chair of the Estate Planning Committee of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
  • Why she would like to serve: “I would like to become involved in the community/school activities now that my daughter is getting older and I have more time. I also believe I can make a contribution to the committee.”

Erin Fuller

Erin Fuller: Chatsworth Elementary School

  • She has lived in the district 7 years. Has two children at Chatsworth. She has a BA in English from the University of Michigan and JD from Harvard Law School.
  • Professionally: She has worked as a Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 1997-2001; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 1994-1997
  • School/Community Activities: Junior League of Westchester on the Sound – member 2004 – Present; Board of Directors 2009-Present; PTA – Co-Chair Parents’ Night Out 2008/2009; Co-Chair School Picture Days 2009/2010; Balloon Day 2009/2010; Class Representative 2008-2009; Elected to Chatsworth PTA Executive Board for 2010-2011 School Year
  • Why she would like to serve: “I would love to get more involved in the school district as a whole (in addition to my involvement at Chatsworth), and the Selection Committee seems to be an ideal way to learn more about the district, and also to contribute to keeping it strong and vital. Particularly given the tough financial situation that we’ve been facing, the selection of outstanding candidates to our Board is perhaps more important now than ever.”

John Hewson

John Hewson: Chatsworth Elementary School

  • Has lived in the district two years. Has children at Hommocks and Chatsworth. Has a BA from Colgate University and JD from Fordham.
  • Professionally: Works as an Equity Options Market Maker and has worked Assistant Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department
  • Why e would like to serve: “I am most interested in meeting with people who share a commitment to crafting responsible solutions to the challenging budgetary issues confronting our community in the coming months and years. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York I was given the opportunity to defend the City in multiple education related class actions. Accordingly I was exposed to a myriad of issues impacting students, teachers and parents that I believe have tremendous bearing on the issues our district faces in the immediate future. I believe my experience would lend a unique perspective to the Committee.”

Laurette Costa

Laurette Costa: Mamaroneck Elementary School

  • Has lived in the district 27 years.  Has young children who will attend Mamaroneck Avenue School.  She has an Accounting Degree.
  • Professionally: She works in Human Resources and Banking in the Private Banking/Financial Sector
  • School/Community Activities: Recently involved in various school committees and activities.
  • Why she would like to serve: “I moved to the Mamaroneck community in 1983.  I attended Hommocks and Mamaroneck High School.  Twenty plus years later I still live in Mamaroneck now with my husband and our three children.  My children and their education are extremely important to me. Anything I can do to help further their learning and/or school experience I would like to do.  An excellent education is a gift that every child should be privileged to have. I would come to the Committee with over 10 years of Human Resources background and feel that it will be helpful.  I also feel that by helping out it is my way of giving both to my children and to the school system I attended. I further believe that this is a great opportunity for me to meet and work with key players from the different Elementary Schools within our Community. Together, we can help make certain the School Board is strong in serving our Community.”

Janine Montoni

Janine Montoni: Mamaroneck Elementary School

  • Has lived in the district 9 years. Has two children at Mamaroneck Avenue School and one at WCEED.  Has a BA in Government, Cornell University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law.
  • Professionally: She is an Attorney
  • School/Community Activities: MAS PTA Budget Representative, Class Parent, Junior League of Westchester on the Sound-positions have included Secretary, Golden Shoestring Co-Chair and Public Affairs Committee Member.
  • Why she would like to serve: “The current economic environment has created increased pressure on our district’s ability to offer the same type of quality educational experience that most community members have come to expect. The key to preserving and improving that quality of educational experience for our current and future students is the ability to attract qualified school board candidates.  I would welcome the opportunity to participate in the search for future school board candidates.”

Robin Gensburg

Robin Gensburg: Murray Elementary School

  • Has lived in the district 6 years.  Has 2 children Murray.  A Degree in Communication from SUNY Buffalo, Masters Degree in Education from Hunter College and Post-Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision in Education from Hunter College.
  • Professionally: Nursery School Teacher at Central Synagogue and The Town School, Third grade teacher PS 207, Kindergarten teacher at KT Murphy School and Teacher and Coordinator of Mommy and Me program at Beth Emeth Synagogue.
  • School/ Community Activities: Volunteer for My Sister’s Place, CAP Food Pantry, tutoring at Hommocks, Social Action Committee at Larchmont Temple and numerous volunteer positions at Murray.
  • Why she would like to serve: “Next year I will have my kids in two different schools.   It will give me the opportunity to meet and work with people from all parts of our community.  I feel my background in Education would be an asset to understanding the needs of our school district. The volunteer positions I have in and around the schools have shown me how crucial it is to choose the right people for the board. I would be honored to be a part of the process.”

Rachel Goldman

Rachel Goldman: Murray Elementary School

  • She has lived in the district 10 years.  Has one child at Hommocks and another child at Murray.  Has a BA in English.
  • Professionally: Administration at NYU and business owner for two years in Mamaroneck.
  • School/Community Activities:  Publicity, Yearbook and Musical at Murray and Food Pantry.
  • Why she would like to serve:  “The district faces enormous challenges in the next few years and like many others I’ve grown interested in how our district works.  I know many people in the community.  As well, I would like to know more people. Finally, I am blessed with the time to spend on matters that may help the district and feel this is a good way for me to get involved in a deeper and perhaps more meaningful way.”

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