on May 15, 2013 - 4:26 PM
The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office:
I have been involved in community organizations for 26 years. I am currently employed at the Erie County Department of Social Services for the past 20 years.
I am involved in government service as a member of the West Seneca Environment Commission of the Town of West Seneca. Previously, I was a member of the Amherst Government Studies Committee of the Town of Amherst analyzing town issues for resolution. I participated on the Parental Involvement Task Force and the Redistricting Task Force for the Sweet Home School District which provided direct experience in dealing with School District problem-solving.
I have taught Urban Politics as a Graduate Student at SUNY at Buffalo. More recently, I taught a Graduate Level class in Public Policy at Hilbert College and I am currently teaching Political Science as an Adjunct Professor at Erie Community college.
I entered community leadership as Chairperson of the Peace and Justice Committee, later Chairperson of the Building and Maintenance committee and President of the Parish Council in 2000 and 2004 in Infant of Prague Parish. More recently, I was a lector in the Parish. I expanded into Diocesan activities as a Board member of the St. Columban Center and current President of the Canisius College Sodality in 2012.
I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Political Science. Also, I granted a Master of Science Degree in Human Services Management for the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 2004.
My goals are to assist the Board of Education to provide the best education for our students. I will focus on the needs of the students to help them prepare for their future careers and citizens of this great nation. I believe strongly in consensus leadership to achieve goals and will work with the board members, staff and parents to achieve these goals.