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Rockland BOCES is governed by a policy-making board of education comprised of members from its eight component districts’ boards. Rockland BOCES Board members serve unpaid, three-year terms and are elected by component boards of education as part of the April BOCES administrative budget vote. To review Board policies, agendas and minutes, click here to go to Rockland BOCES’ BoardDocs portal.

Meet the Board

The eight component school districts are each represented on the Rockland BOCES Board of Education. Rockland BOCES Board members are nominated by their respective Boards and elected to three-year, unpaid terms by the component districts.

Peggy Zugibe, President

Peggy Zugibe, President

Representing the North Rockland Central School District

Term ends: 6/30/23

Mrs. Zugibe represents the North Rockland Central School District and has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2008. She has been a member of the North Rockland Board of Education since 1993 and serves as Treasurer of the Rockland County School Boards Association.

In January 2022, Peggy was elected President of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), representing boards of education in all 731 public school districts in New York State. She is the longtime chair of the steering committee of the Hudson-Long Island Coalition for Responsible State Funding of Education, a board member of the United Way of Rockland County, and a member of the joint policy committee of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.

Rosemary Pitruzzella, Vice-President

Rosemary Pitruzzella, Vice-President

Representing the South Orangetown Central School District

Term ends: 6/30/24

Mrs. Pitruzzella has been a member of the BOCES Board of Education since 2009. She has served on the South Orangetown Board of Education since 2004 and is a past Board president. She has been an active PTA leader in the district and has more than a decade of managerial experience in the private and public sectors.

Tamara Bierker

Tamara Bierker

Representing the Clarkstown Central School District

Term ends: 06/30/22

Mrs. Bierker was elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2018 to represent the Clarkstown Central School District. Tamara, who also serves as President of the Clarkstown Board of Education, brings five decades of public education experience to BOCES, including many years as Department Chairperson of School Counseling (Guidance) at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack. Mrs. Bierker has been honored to receive the Life Member Award, Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Service award from FFMS and the Clarkstown Council PTA.

Sabrina Charles-Pierre

Sabrina Charles-Pierre

Representing the East Ramapo Central School District

Term ends 6/30/22

Ms. Charles-Pierre was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2020. She has been a member of the East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education since 2015, serving as its Vice-President since 2019. Ms. Charles-Pierre was born and raised in Spring Valley and is a proud graduate of East Ramapo schools. She is currently employed by the Rockland County Bar Association as a Program Coordinator and serves on the Rockland Community College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board. Charles-Pierre earned an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Rockland Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice from Bellevue University. She is a fierce advocate for fair and equitable educational opportunities for all children.

Deborah P. Gatti

Deborah P. Gatti

Member-At-Large

Term ends: 6/30/23

Ms. Gatti was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 and has served on the North Rockland Central School District Board of Education since 2005. She is currently an administrative assistant at Robert A. Lenahan Architects. Mrs. Gatti previously worked for 13 years as Village Clerk for the Village of Haverstraw. Ms. Gatti is a former President of the Rockland County School Boards Association (2011-13), President of the Haverstraw-Stony Point School Board of Education (2009-2013) and Haverstraw-Stony Point PTA Council President (1998-2005).

Catherine Boera

Catherine Boera

Representing the Nanuet Union Free School District

Term ends: 6/30/24

Catherine Boera was first appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in July 2021, representing the Nanuet Union Free School District. She is employed by Active International, where she serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Communication Planning. Catherine cites her biggest accomplishment as mother to her four children. She teaches catechism at church and supports the Pearl River Fire Department, where her husband is a volunteer firefighter. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

 

Michael Mark

Michael Mark

Representing Nyack Public Schools

Term ends: 6/30/23

Mr. Mark has been a member of the BOCES Board of Education since 2011. He is Vice President of the Nyack Board of Education and is currently serving his sixth term. Mr. Mark is a professional musician and a trustee on the Valley Cottage Library Board.

Jackie Dubil Craig

Jackie Dubil Craig

Representing the Pearl River School District

Term ends 6/30/24

A Rockland County resident for more than 30 years, Jackie Dubil Craig was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in July 2021. Jackie has been a member of the Pearl River School District Board of Education since 2018, serving recently as Vice-President. As Behavioral Analyst and Director of Behavioral Services, she is currently employed at Bergen County Special Services overseeing public school programs for individuals with autism. Mrs. Dubil Craig is also an adjunct professor for special education at Fordham University, Dominican College and St. Thomas Aquinas College. She is a proud mother of three children: Jack, Riley and Ryan.

Sandi Jeanette

Sandi Jeanette

Representing the Suffern Central School District

Term ends: 6/30/22

Sandi Jeanette has served as a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2007, representing the Suffern Central School District. In 2021, Sandi retired as Worksite Wellness Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern and previously served for 21 years as Rockland County Director of the American Heart Association.

Before entering the field of healthcare, Sandi was an educator in the New York City public school system at both the elementary and secondary levels and served as an ESL instructor at Rockland Community College. Sandi currently represents the Rockland County School Boards Association on the Steering Committee of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition and is also a member of the Suffern Rotary.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Rockland BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, reproductive rights decisions, gender (sex), gender identity, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status or political affiliation, and additionally does not discriminate against students on the basis of weight, gender identity, gender expression, and religious practices or any other basis prohibited by New York State and/or federal non-discrimination laws in employment or its programs and activities. Rockland BOCES provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth organizations. Inquiries regarding Rockland BOCES non-discrimination policies or procedures should be directed to either:

  1. Yasmin Helou-Caré, Ph.D.
    Executive Director of Human Resources
    Civil Rights Compliance Officer
    Rockland BOCES
    65 Parrott Road
    West Nyack, NY 10994
    (845) 627-4729
    rbcompliance@rboces.org

  2. United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

More Information

Contact

Rockland BOCES
65 Parrott Road, Building #7
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4702

Erin Sussman
Clerk to the Board

Attorneys

Stephen Fromson
Greenberg, Wanderman & Fromson
150 Airport Executive Park Suite 159
Nanuet, NY 10954
(845) 356-3334

Richard G. Kass
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
600 Third Avenue, 22nd floor
New York, New York 10016-1915
(646) 253-2322

Treasurer

Marie Moreno
65 Parrott Road, Building #4
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4723

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