Meet the Board

We invite you to meet our current board members for the 2018-19 school year:

Person with short brown hair, black blazer and gold necklace smilingChristine Hayes, President

hayesc@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Christine Hayes is serving her second term on the board and is the current board president. She is an attorney at Albany Medical Center, where she provides legal advice and services on a variety of health care, corporate, and educational issues. Christine has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the College of Saint Rose, a juris doctorate degree from New England School of Law and a certificate of advanced study in education from Saint Rose. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Christine has been a resident of Guilderland for 25 years; she grew up in the district and attended Westmere Elementary, Farnsworth Middle School, and graduated from Guilderland High School.
Board Committee Membership: Business Practices Committee

Person with long straight black hair, polka dot shirt smilingSeema Rivera, Vice President

riveras@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Seema Rivera is serving her first term on the board. Seema began her career as a chemistry teacher in NYS public schools, and is currently a STEM Education Assistant Professor at Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus) College. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Binghamton, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and adolescent education from the College of Saint Rose, and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Albany. Seema grew up in Guilderland and graduated from GHS in 1997. She and her husband, Tony, have two daughters – Lily, who attends Guilderland Elementary School, and Sage, who is five years old.
Board Committee Membership: Communications Committee, Policy Committee
Board Liaison to: Westmere Elementary PTA

 

person with very short white hair, loose curls, with seeing glasses smiling.Barbara Fraterrigo

fraterrigob@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019

Barbara Fraterrigo is serving her eighth term on the board. She held the position of board president from 2013-15. Barbara holds two bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry, and a minor in secondary education, from Emmanuel College. Barbara and her husband Philip have been Guilderland residents for 43 years, and have five children (Philip, Michael, David, Lynn and Kerr-Ann), all of whom graduated from Guilderland schools. She is a proud grandmother to 14 grandchildren. Prior to becoming a mother, Barbara was a science teacher and coached local sports teams. Since 1988, she has served the community as a trustee of the Guilderland Public Library, over the years serving as both treasurer and president. More recently, she has been involved in managing her husband’s ophthalmology practice.
Board Committee Membership: Policy Committee
Board Liaison to: Special Education PTA

person smiling with mid length dark curly hair and black blazer.Teresa Gitto

gittot@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019

Teresa Gitto is serving her first term on the board. Teresa is a realtor with CM Fox Real Estate in Guilderland and a part-time electrologist at Jean Paul Spa and Salon. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Siena College. A district resident for 16 years, she and her husband currently have three school-aged children, Michael (GHS), Isabella (FMS) and Eva (LES).
Board Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Business Practices Committee
Board Liaison to: Farnsworth Middle School PTA

head shot photo of BOE member Benjamin GoesBenjamin Goes

goesb@guilderlandschools.net
Term: May 16, 2018  – June 30, 2020

Benjamin has lived in the GCSD for 19 years and is currently a student at Albany Law School. There, he works as an intern in the Community Development Clinic and as a research assistant to a constitutional law professor. He is also the lead articles editor of the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology. A member of the GHS Class of 2014, Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University at Albany. He has volunteered as an advisor for the GHS E=mc2 program and in the school library. This is his first term on the board.
Board Committee Membership: TBD
Board Liaison to: TBD

Man with glasses, short hair, red tie and smiling.Timothy Horan

horant@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Timothy Horan is serving his first term on the board. Tim was a teacher in the Guilderland Central School District for 30 years, with the last 23 years being spent at Pine Bush Elementary School. A graduate of SUNY Oswego, he earned a master’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo. Tim and his wife, Barbara, also a teacher within the district, have two sons, John and Timothy, both Guilderland graduates. In his 30 years of service in the district, Tim has participated on many district committees, including the Guilderland Teachers’ Association and the Pomology Project Orchard.
Board Committee Membership: Policy Committee
Board Liaison to: Guilderland Elementary School PTA

Headshot of Sean Maguire

Sean Maguire

maguires@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Sean Maguire is serving his first term on the board.  Sean is the director of Economic Development for the Capital Region Planning Commission and an adjunct professor at the State University at Albany. A resident of the district for 16 years, he and his wife, Amie, have two children — Emily, a fourth grader, and Jack, a kindergartner both at GES.  Sean was a member of the GES Building Cabinet and the GCSD Repurposing Task Force. He is also a member of the Guilderland Industrial Development Agency and the Albany County Planning Board.
Board Committee Membership: TBD
Board Liaison to: TBD

person with glasses, short brown hair and blue sweater.Judy Slack

slackj@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Judy Slack is serving her fourth term on the board. She is a former English teacher, beginning her career teaching at Troy and Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools for five-and-a-half years, and was a stay at home mother for 10 years. She served Lynnwood Elementary as a teaching assistant for 24 years. Judy is a graduate of Russell Sage College, with a permanent certification in English 7-12. She has been a resident of Guilderland for 46 years, and has three children, all Guilderland graduates.
Board Committee Membership: Communications Committee
Board Liaison to: Pine Bush Elementary

person with short dark brown hair, sweater and smilingGloria Towle-Hilt

towle-hiltg@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019

Gloria Towle-Hilt is serving her fourth term on the board. She is a past board vice president, serving from 2011-13. Gloria holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social studies education. A former Farnsworth Middle School social studies teacher from 1971-2007, she taught abroad for two years, in Zambia, Central Africa, from 1976-78. Gloria has been a resident of Guilderland since 1984. She and her late husband, Robert Hilt raised two children both graduates of GCSD.
Board Committee Membership: Business Practices and Communications Committee
Board Liaison to: Guilderland High School PTA

The Board of Education may, as needed, establish committees whose membership will consist of members of the Board. (BOE Policy 2250) The president of the Board shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees to which he/she is not appointed. Board committees shall undertake studies and make reports as charged by the Board, but shall not act on behalf of the Board. Also, any existing standing Board committee (i.e., audit, business practices, communications, and policy) must comply with the Open Meetings law which includes providing public notice of such meetings, holding meetings in public, and utilizing executive session if applicable.

2018-19 Board of Education Committees

Please note that schedules, agendas and minutes of Board of Education committee meetings can be found on the district’s new online board portal which provides community members with comprehensive information regarding board activities.

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