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Meet the Board

A local board of education is an agency of New York State governed by NYS law and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The Guilderland Central School District Board of Education has the power to develop policies, rules and regulations for the operation of our school system. There are nine residents who serve, without pay, on the school board. On the third Tuesday in May, three members are elected on a rotating basis to a three-year term of office.

We invite you to meet our current board members. Please click on a name to send that member an e-mail message:

Christine Hayes-PresidentChristine Hayes, President
Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

Christine Hayes is serving her third term on the board. 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: Audit Committee
Board Liaison to: Farnsworth Middle School PTA

 

Christopher McManus-Vice PresidentChristopher McManus, Vice President
Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017

Christopher McManus is serving his second term on the board. He is a former senior analyst for the Senate Finance Committee, and is currently an associate budget analyst with the Economics and Revenue Unit at the Division of Budget. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from SUNY Potsdam, and a master of business administration from Clarkson University. He and his wife, Ann-Marie, moved to Guilderland to raise their two sons – Jack is a fourth-grader at Lynnwood Elementary, and Nicholas is currently enrolled in a pre-K program.
Board Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Communications Committee
Board Liaison to: Farnsworth Middle School PTA

 

Catherine Barber-Board MemberCatherine Barber
Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

Catherine Barber is serving her fifth term on the board. She held the position of board vice president from 2010-11. Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of New Mexico and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is a former law clerk to U.S. District Judge in New Mexico, and trial attorney at U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She is currently in private practice, specializing in appeals. Catherine is also a freelance violinist and plays in the Schenectady Symphony. Catherine has been a resident of Guilderland for 24 years, where she resides with her husband Peter, and has two children, Elizabeth (GHS 2008) and Gregory (GHS 2011).
Board Committee Membership: Business Practices; Policy Committee
Board Liaison to: Pine Bush Elementary PTA

 

Barbara Fraterrigo-Board Member

Barbara Fraterrigo
Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

Barbara Fraterrigo is serving her seventh 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: Guilderland Elementary PTA

 

Photo of Teresa Gitto-Board MemberTeresa Gitto
 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

 

Seema Rivera-Board MemberSeema Rivera
Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

Seema Rivera is serving her second 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 Union Graduate 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 recently moved back to the district, but grew up in Guilderland and attended Westmere Elementary, Farnsworth Middle School and graduated from Guilderland High School in 1997. She and her husband, Tony, have two daughters – Lily, who attends Guilderland Elementary School, and Sage, who is three years old.
Board Committee Membership: Communications Committee, Policy Committee
Board Liaison to: Lynnwood Elementary PTA
 

 

Allan Simpson Allan Simpson
 Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017

 Allan Simpson is serving his fourth term on the board. He is the current board president for the 2015-16 school year, and was previously the board vice president from 2013-15. Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from LeMoyne College and a master’s degree in business from SUNY Oswego. He is currently the Director of Accounting Operations at the State Insurance Fund. Prior to that, he worked for an international railroad braking manufacturing corporation where he performed a variety of accounting functions. Allan and his wife Renate have been residents of Guilderland for 16 years. He has two children, Tyler, who graduated from Guilderland High School in 2012, and a daughter, Ashley, who graduated last year.
Board Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Business Practices Committee

 

Judy SlackJudy Slack
Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

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: Altamont Elementary

 

Gloria Towle-HiltGloria Towle-Hilt
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

 

Please visit the BOE committee meetings home page to learn more about where board members are placed in the current school year.

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