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. 

2019-20 Board Members

Board of Education Profiles

Lori Orestano-James, President

  • Lifelong resident of the Town of Thompson
  • Proud graduate of Monticello High School Class of 1981
  • Elected to MCSD BOE 2016, President 2018-19
  • 35 years of service as a music teacher, MS assistant principal, HS assistant principal, MS principal, HS principal, summer school principal; coordinator and director of Fine & Performing Arts and LOTE (Languages other than English) – 26 years in the Monticello Central School District
  • Bachelors of Music Education and Performance – Ithaca College
  • Masters of Science in Elementary Education – SUNY New Paltz
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration – SUNY New Paltz
  • ABD in Educational Administration in Curriculum Development – Nova Southeastern University
  • SUNY New Paltz Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Mid-Hudson Study Council Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • NYS Top 10 Teacher of the Year
  • Recipient NAACP Award for Excellence in Education
  • Recipient of Monticello Central School District Board Awards
  • NYS Council of Education Associations state secretary
  • NYS School Music Association State Advocacy chairperson
  • NYS Council of Administrators of Music Education State Immediate Past President
  • NYS Alliance of Arts Education State President
  • National Association for Music Education – Advocacy Leadership Force NYS representative
  • NYS Education Department ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Task Force Member
  • NYS Education Department Blue Ribbon Executive Committee member for Alternative Graduation Pathways in the Arts
  • NYS Learning Standards in the Arts – NYSED trainer
  • Presenter Model Schools Innovative Ideas in Education
  • Turn-Key trainer for SAFE Schools Act
  • Served as School Safety Team member & chairperson
  • Sullivan County School Boards Association delegate
  • MCSD Policy Committee member
  • MCSD Build and Vision Committee member
  • MCSD Facilities Committee member alternate
  • Alternate voting delegate to the NYS School Boards Association convention
  • MCSD Hall of Distinction chairperson and past secretary
  • MCSD Graduation Committee
  • MCSD CDEP Committee
  • Monticello Rotary President, Past Board of Directors
  • Nesin Cultural Arts founding member and faculty
  • Former SUNY Sullivan adjunct professor
  • Supervisor of student teachers, Ithaca College
  • Member NYS School Boards Association
  • Monticello Middle School PTA Past Secretary
  • Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Past Regional President for American Heart Association
  • Community volunteer – Boy’s and Girl’s Club, WSUL/WVOS/CRMC Heart-a-thon, Monster Run, RISE Walk a Mile, Relay for Life, SC Ride to Survive, Veterans Services, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Radio-thon
  • Lifetime honorary member of Kiwanis
  • American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Member Catskill Arts Society
  • Member CRMC Axillary
  • Member Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop
  • Widely sought after educational clinician, trainer, conductor, presenter and keynote throughout the country and NYS.

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

Jennifer Holmes, Board Member 

  • Resident of Wurtsboro
  • Graduate of Monticello High School 
  • Bachelors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Mamakating Library Trustee
  • Appointed to the Board of Education in 2019 

Helen Jersey, Board Member

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

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