Board of Education
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
Representing Haverstraw-Stony Point
Term ends: 6/30/20
Mrs. Zugibe represents the Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District Board of Education and has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2008. She has been a member of the Haverstraw-Stony Point Board of Education since 1993 and is treasurer of the Rockland County School Boards Association.
She also serves as the Area 10 director of the New York State School Boards Association, representing boards in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties. 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
Representing South Orangetown
Term ends: 6/30/18
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.
Term ends: 6/30/19
Mrs. Adolff was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 to represent the Clarkstown Central School District. During her four years on Clarkstown’s Board of Education, Mrs. Adolff has served as vice president and as a member of its policy, wellness and professional development committees. A long-time volunteer, she is a former co-president of the New City Elementary PTA and has participated in numerous school district focus groups and committees. Mrs. Adolff is an independent title closer for several title agencies in Rockland, Westchester and Orange counties.
Bernard Charles, Jr.
Representing East Ramapo
Term ends: 06/30/19
Mr. Charles was elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 to represent the East Ramapo Central School District, where he is a current Board member. He was previously appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board in 2015. Mr. Charles is Director of the Town of Ramapo Cultural Arts Center and serves as Vice President and Coordinator of Youth Programs for East Ramapo SEPTSA and as an advisor for the FOUR Floors Young Men’s Coalition.
Representing Pearl River
Term ends 6/30/18
Mr. DePrisco first served as a BOCES Board member from 2011-2012. He was re-elected to the Board effective July 2015, with his term expiring in June 2018. He has been a member of the Pearl River Board of Education since 2008, and is serving his second year as vice president. He is a member of the Rockland County School Boards Association and is currently in his second year as secretary of that association. Mr. DePrisco is a former tenured NYC public school teacher and retired Captain of the NYPD. He is a member of PRHS PTSA, and SEPTA and a past and active member of the Franklin Avenue Middle School and High School PTAs.
Term ends: 06/30/18
In addition to his service to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education, Ed Dingman has served as a trustee on the Nanuet Union Free School District Board of Education since 2011. He retired in 2009 from the New York City Police Department at the rank of Detective following 20 years of distinguished service. Ed currently works as a contractor for both Louisiana State University and the U.S. Department of State, tasked with training police officers worldwide in forensic investigations and terrorism. Ed and his wife Sheila O’Brien moved to Nanuet in 2000 and have two sons attending school in the district. They chose Nanuet because of its schools and he is proud to serve on boards which are deeply committed to the education of all students.
Ed has coached for the Nanuet Little League, Nanuet Knights youth travel baseball and served as a “Build Captain” for the Highview Community Playground.
Deborah P. Gatti
Term ends: 6/30/20
Ms. Gatti was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 and has served on the Haverstraw-Stony Point 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).
Representing Suffern Central
Term ends: 6/30/19
Mrs. Jeanette has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2007. Currently a Worksite Wellness Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, Mrs. Jeanette previously served for 21 years as Rockland County Director for the American Heart Association. She is a former member of the Suffern Central School District Board of Education and is actively involved with a number of local organizations that promote health and wellness.
Term ends: 6/30/20
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.
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, 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:
- Ana Reluzco
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
65 Parrott Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
- United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights