Meet the Board

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 sessions if applicable.

2022-23 Board of Education Committees

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


Contact the GCSD Board of Education

You can email individual board members at the emails listed below. Email the full GCSD board and superintendent at  boardofeducation@guilderlandschools.net

For public comment, please write “public comment” in the subject line of your email.


Members of the GCSD Board of Education for the 2022-23 School Year

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

riveras@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

Seema Rivera is serving her third term on the board. Seema is an Associate Professor of STEM Education at Clarkson University and began her career as a chemistry teacher in NYS public schools. She received a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. from the University at Albany. Seema grew up in Guilderland and graduated from Guilderland High School in 1997. She and her husband, Tony, have two daughters, Lily and Sage, in the Guilderland School District.

Board Committee Membership: Audit Committee, DEI Committee, Policy Review Committee
Board Liaison to: PTA Council Representative, Westmere Elementary (Alternate), Capital District School Boards Association


Kelly Person, Vice President

personk@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025 

Kelly Person is serving her second term on the board. Kelly works remotely from home as an Air National Guard Inspector General Investigations Officer for the National Guard Bureau based in Washington DC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University at Albany and a master’s degree in military operational art and science from Air University Command and Staff College. Kelly is a 2022 graduate of Air University Air War College. As needed, Kelly volunteers for classroom activities and is a member of the Guilderland Elementary School PTA. She and her wife, Melinda have been Guilderland residents for 10 years and have four children; Andrew and Thomas are in third grade and Jude is in kindergarten at Guilderland Elementary School, Lindy is two years old. Kelly is also a member of the 2018-19 Leadership Tech Valley Class.

Board Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Business Practices Committee
Board Liaison to: Westmere Elementary, Altamont Elementary (Alternate), CPSE/CSE, PTA Council Representative (Alternate)


Kim Blasiak

blasiakk@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023

Kim Blasiak is serving her second term on the board. A native of Syracuse, she holds a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Syracuse University. She is heavily involved in the New York State PTA, serves on the board of KKC Cares and is the booster club president of the Guilderland indoor track team. Kim also serves on the Pine Bush Elementary School building cabinet and as the Pine Bush Elementary School PTA treasurer, the Guilderland Community Special Education PTA co-president and the Guilderland PTA Council vice president. Kim and her husband reside in Schenectady with their four children, all of whom attend Guilderland schools.

Board Committee Membership: Business Practices Committee
Board Liaison to: Pine Bush Elementary, Farnsworth Middle School (alternate), CPSE/CSE, NYSSBA Advocacy Liaison, NYSSBA Voting Delegate


2020 BOE Candidate Rebecca Butterfield - HeadshotRebecca Butterfield

butterfieldr@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023

Rebecca Butterfield is serving her second term on the board. She is a pediatrician at Albany Medical Center as the Division Chief of the General Pediatrics division and the Section Chief of Child Abuse Pediatrics and also teaches and mentors medical students and residents. Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in U.S. History and Biology from Union College, a doctorate degree from Albany Medical College, and earned a post doctorate (serving her pediatric internship and residency) at Golisano Children’s Hospital with the University of Rochester. Rebecca and her husband have resided in the district for 16 years and have a son, who is a student at Guilderland High School.

Board Committee Membership: Audit Committee, DEI Committee
Board Liaison to:  Guilderland Elementary, Lynnwood Elementary (Alternate),  Capital District School Boards Association


Katie DiPierro

dipierrok@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Katie DiPierro is serving her first term on the board. She is employed as a special education teacher for Capital Region BOCES, teaching a self-contained program at Pine Bush Elementary School. Katie began her teaching career in 2000 and previously taught at Lynnwood Elementary School. She is the secretary for the Guilderland High School PTA, a member of the cross country booster club and a member of the costume committee for FMS Mask. Katie previously served as vice president of events and activities for the PBES PTA and coached the Just Run third grade team for PBES for five years. Katie earned a special education degree and a master’s degree in literacy education from the College of Saint Rose and has lived in GCSD since 2007. She and her husband, Jason, have two children; Samuel, who attends GHS and Alaina, who attends Farnsworth Middle School.

Board Committee Membership: DEI Committee; Policy Review Committee
Board Liaison to:  Altamont Elementary,  Special Education PTA


2020 BOE candidate Blanca Angelica ParkerBlanca Gonzalez-Parker

gonzalezparkerb@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

Blanca Gonzalez-Parker is serving her second term on the board. She is employed as the Program Associate for Safety and Health at the NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training. Blanca has volunteered for the Pine Bush Elementary School and Farnsworth Middle School PTAs, FMS Mask, the Guilderland Central School District’s Safety and Security Committee, the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad and the Albany County Medical Reserve Corps. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Utica College, a Bachelor of Arts in English, Masters in Public Health with a major in Social Behavior and Community Health and Maternal Child Health. Blanca also earned a Graduate Certificate in Disease Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness from the University at Albany. She and her husband Michael are graduates of Guilderland High School; classes of 1996 and 1993 respectively. They have lived in the district for more than 40 years and have three children; Lucia who attends FMS, Sofia who attends GHS and Isabela who attends the  Binghamton University.

Board Committee Membership: Communications Committee, Policy Review Committee
Board Liaison to: Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland High School (Alternate), NYSSBA Advocacy Liaison


Board of Education member Nathan SabourinNathan Sabourin

sabourinn@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

Nathan Sabourin is serving his first term on the board. He currently works at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP as a Partner in the Construction & Public Contracts Group. He primarily represents large construction contractors and owners in complex commercial construction litigation and contract law matters. Nathan graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Theatre, attended the New Actors Workshop with a focus on Advanced Acting and Improv, and graduated from Albany Law School. Nathan resides in Guilderland with his spouse and two children who attend Guilderland Elementary School. 

Board Committee Membership: Communications Committee, DEI Committee, Policy Review Committee
Board Liaison to: Guilderland High School, Guilderland Elementary School (Alternate), Special Education PTA (Alternate)


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

slackj@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023

Judy Slack is serving her fifth 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 53 years and has three children, all Guilderland graduates.

Board Committee Membership: Business Practices Committee, Communications Committee
Board Liaison to: Pine Bush Elementary (Alternate), NYSSBA Voting Delegate (Alternate)


Gloria Towle-Hilt headshotGloria Towle-Hilt

towle-hiltg@guilderlandschools.net
Term: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Gloria Towle-Hilt is serving her sixth term on the board. She is a past board vice president, serving from 2011-13 and 2020-22. 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 Committee, Communications Committee
Board Liaison to: Lynnwood Elementary

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