Board of Education

The members of New York’s local school boards are an invaluable resource as local decision-makers. They respond to the respective needs of their communities, serving the interests of school children and preparing them for the future.

The men and women elected as members of school boards devote many hours of service to public education and continually strive for improvement, quality, and progress in education. 

The Monticello Central School District Board of Education merits recognition and commendation for its members’ dedicated service to the people and children of this community. Board of Education members are volunteers. They put in many hours of work at meetings, events and conferences to be able to competently guide and recommend direction to school district officials, with their main focus always being to ensure a quality educational program for the children of the district. 

2018-19 Board Members

Board of Education Profiles

Lori Orestano-James, President

  • Resident of Monticello
  • Elected to the Board of Education in 2016
  • Monticello Central Schools Alumna

Stacey Sharoff, Vice President

  • Resident of the Town of Thompson
  • Elected to the Board of Education in 2010
  • Member of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
  • Recipient of NYSSBA Level 4 Board Lifetime Achievement Award
  •  NYSSBA Area 9 representative for the Dwyer Award Committee
  • NYSSBA representative to Federal Relations Network/Washington D.C. Lobby Day
  • NYSSBA representative to Advocacy Institute/Federal Lobby Day 2014
  • Recipient of NYSSBA School Board U Achievement Award 2010
  • Recipient of NYSSBA School Board U Excellence Award 2011
  • Recipient of NYSSBA School Board U Mastery Award 2012
  • Vice President of the Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA)
  • SCSBA representative to State Issues Conference/Legislative Lobby Day 2011-2014
  • Member of Board of Education Policy Committee
  • Monticello Central Schools Alumna
  • Parent of Monticello graduates

Timothy Crumley, Board Member

  • Resident of the District for 35 years
  • Elected to the Board of Education in 2018
  • Monticello High School graduate

Cathleen Doherty, Board Member

  • Resident of the Town of Bethel
  • Appointed to the Board of Education in 2010
  • Member of the NY State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
  • Former President and Member of the Duggan Elementary School PTO
  • Co-founder Bethel United to Save our Schools
  • Community volunteer

Wendy Galligan-Weiner, Board Member  

  • Lifetime resident of Rock Hill
  • Appointed to the Board of Education in 2018
  • Graduate of Monticello High School
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, SUNY Geneseo
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Deputy Chief Clerk, Sullivan County Surrogate’s Court
  • Parent of Current Monticello Students
  • BSA Committee Member & Trained Adult Volunteer/Prior BSA Cub Scout Leader  
  • Monticello High School Trap Team Fundraising Coordinator & Volunteer
  • Former PTO President, Chase Elementary School 5th Grade Class
  • Past Board Member, Secretary & Coach AYSO
  • Prior Parent/Volunteer Holiday Mountain Ski Club
  • Prior Parent/Volunteer Homestead School

    Todd Grodin, Board Member

  • Resident of Masten Lake
  • Elected to the Board of Education in 2018
  • Graduate of Monticello High School
  • Bachelors degrees from UAlbany and New Paltz
  • Master’s degree in computer technologies from New York Institute of Technology
  • 23-Year teacher in Washingtonville
  • Charter member of the Mamakating Rotary
  • Decathlete, biathlete
  • Published author

Helen Jersey, Board Member

  • Resident of Village of Monticello
  • Appointed to Board of Education in 2018
  • Bachelors in Accounting, Mount St. Mary

John Kiefer, Board Member

  • Resident of the Villeage of Monticello
  • Elected to the Board of Education in 2016
  • Member of the Sullivan County Ethics Board
  • Member of the Sullivan County Revolving Loan Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Rotary Club of Monticello

Alyce VanEtten, Board Member

  • Resident of the Town of Thompson 
  • Elected to the Board of Education in 1993 
  • Member of the NY State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
  • Past President, 2005-2007; 2009-10
  • Past Vice President, 2002-2005; 2007-09
  • Received the Mid-Hudson School Study Council Award for Outstanding School Board Service, 2002 
  • Member of the New York State School Boards Association 
  • Regular attendee at NYSSBA Convention 
  • Voting delegate representing Monticello at the NYSSBA Convention for the past few years
  • President of the Sullivan County School Boards Association 
  • Member of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council Executive Committee
  • Member of the MCSD Audit Committee
  • Member of the MCSD Hall of Distinction Committee
  • Member of the Dwyer Award Committee for the NYS School Board Association
  • Member of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council Honoree Committee
  • Downstate President of the Collaboration of Local School Board Associations
  • Has represented Sullivan County on the State Level during legislative meetings 
  • NYS Legislative Liaison for the Monticello Central School District  
  • Member of the Empire Zone Committee