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Message from Dr. Charles Dedrick


The Eve of the Holidays at The Council
by Executive Director Charles Dedrick


‘Twas the eve of the holidays and all through 7 Elk
The Council staff were quite festive - even myself!

Bob Lowry Greg Berck

Bob and Greg were hoping for a long winter’s nap;
At least until January when the legislature comes back.

Jazz Conboy

Jazz finished another contract and was about to head home,
When she suddenly thought of disconnecting her phone.
The superintendents would call but her away message would say
I’m away from my office on this holiday.

Theresa Wutzer

Theresa was planning a conference already underway;
It almost seemed like the movie, Groundhog Day.
She thought, and she planned, then she turned out the light
Knowing another amazing conference would take place and we’d get it right.

Kelly Masline Vren Banks Heather Petramale 

Kelly, Vren and Heather, who we call the LEAF crew
Cheered Happy 10th Birthday to our Foundation, but nobody knew.
Here’s to another 10 years as our offerings grow
Our Foundation Board’s faces will continue to glow!

Dena GauthierDeb Orsini

Dena was busily working her magic on layouts and designs,
Masterfully creating logos for The Council to shine.

While Deb had the books and finances in year-end order
In hopes of avoiding the New Year with the auditor.

Melanie Seiden Kelley Pratt

Melanie and Kelley were working on membership
When they discovered a prospect without partnership.
One more call made and to the staff’s delight,
“I will join!” the superintendent exclaimed with excite!

Deidre Hungerford

Deidre was with our partners, ‘her people’ at work,
When she happily smiled and turned with a smirk;
She sprang from her desk and announced for all to hear,
She had signed up more partners before the New Year.

Rina Greco Chuck Dedrick

Rina and I were tucked away in our office on the top floor
About to head home, through the back door.
When what did we see as we drove out of sight?
The Council’s Executive Committee in our headlights.


There was Laura, Lorna, Kevin, Mike and Pat too,
Phyllis, Jason, Mary, Luvelle and Lori came within view;
Not to mention Bob, Martha, David and Randy, they were there too!


The Executive Committee went straight to its work
Representing New York is not something to shirk!


I still hear the refrain that we joined together to say,
"May you have peace and good fortune for this holiday."

From your Executive Committee and The Council Staff-
We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!


2017-2018 Executive Committee Members

Laura Feijoo
NYC Dept of Ed

Lorna Lewis
Plainview-Old Bethpage

 Kevin McGowan

Vice President

Michael Wetherbee

Pat Sullivan-Kriss
West Hempstead

Past President

Phyllis Harrington
Phyllis Harrington

Jason Andrews

Mary Fox-Alter

Luvelle Brown
Ithaca City

Lori Caplan
Bob Ike
Robert Ike

Martha Group
Sherrill City
David O'Rourke
David O'Rourke
Erie 2-Chautauqua
Cattaraugus BOCES 
 Randy Squier
Randy Squier

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