About the Board

About the Board 

 

As the official policymaking body of the Suffern Central School District, the Board of Education ensures that the district fulfills its mission to educate for personal excellence. In its primary role as a prudent steward of the public’s investment in education, the Board is dedicated to the following strategic goals:

 

  • Ensuring the district’s fiscal health by balancing fairness to the taxpayer and the best interests of students
  • Developing policies that support the administration in implementing data-driven best practices to advance student achievement and manage district resources
  • Assuring the district is able to meet the educational needs of all students and challenge each child to achieve to his or her fullest potential


View Board policies, meeting agendas and minutes in BoardDocs.

Meet the Board

The Board is comprised of seven members; each member is elected to serve an unpaid, three-year term.
Questions? Contact Angela Corbo at (845) 357-7783 ext. 11224 or acorbo@ramapocentral.net. To contact all Board members, click here.

 

Theresa DiFalco, J.D., President

Ms. DiFalco is an attorney in private practice. A former Rockland County prosecutor, Ms. DiFalco helped to establish the first Domestic Violence Court in Rockland County and the Child Advocacy Center at Good Samaritan Hospital for victims of abuse. She is a lifelong Ramapo resident and a Suffern High School alumna. Ms. DiFalco has served in leadership roles with both the Montebello PTA and the District’s PTA Council, and has coached Ramapo Little League, ASA softball and Suffern softball. She is the mother of three Suffern Central students. Ms. DiFalco was elected to the Board of Education in 2012. Her current term expires in 2018.

 



Clarke Osborn, Vice President

Mr. Osborn is the Chief of Police for the Suffern Police Department and an adjunct professor at SUNY Rockland Community College. He is President of the Police Chiefs Association of Rockland County and Chairman of the Vincent Crotty Memorial Foundation. A founder of the Suffern PBA/DARE Annual Holiday Toy Drive and the Suffern DARE Street Hockey League, Mr. Osborn has been honored with numerous awards and citations for outstanding professional leadership and community service. He is a lifelong Suffern resident and Suffern Central alumnus. Mr. Osborn previously served on the Board of Education from 2004-2013. In 2015, he was elected to a new term which expires in 2018.



Amany Messieha Dgheim, M.D.

Dr. Messieha Dgheim is a medical management consultant and the mother of two Suffern Central alumni. She has coordinated the Microsurgery Training Program at Columbia University and held multiple paramedical and public health instruction posts. Since becoming an active PTA member in 1998, Dr. Dgheim has held several leadership positions, including Suffern Middle School PTA President and Suffern Central PTA Council President. She is the Central Hudson Region PTA Director and represents the Board on the District’s SHAC and the Rockland County Department of Health School Health and Wellness Coalition Steering Committee and Physical Activity Workgroup. She was first elected to the Board of Education in May 2014; her current term expires in 2019.


Tom Donnelly

 

Mr. Donnelly was elected to the Board in May. A graduate of Suffern High School, Mr. Donnelly earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercy College, and worked as a police officer for the Town of Ramapo before recently retiring. Mr. Donnelly has been a familiar face within the district, as he served as the Suffern High School resource officer for the past 17 years.

 



Matthew Kern

 

A certified New York State public librarian and trained archivist, Mr. Kern is currently a supply chain director for Menasha Packaging. He holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the father of a preschooler and two Montebello Elementary School students. Mr. Kern was elected to the Board of Education in May 2016. His term will expire in June 2019.

 



Teresa Monahan

Ms. Monahan is an operations business consultant for McDonald’s Corporation. A Suffern Central alumna, she resides in Suffern and is the mother of two Suffern High School students. Ms. Monahan was first elected to the Board of Education in 2005. Her current term expires in 2018.

 

 


 

Paul Shapiro

Mr. Shapiro was elected to the Board in May. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he earned his master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle and an advanced certificate in administration/supervision from SUNY New Paltz. Mr. Shapiro is a retired school teacher and building administrator, and has held previous positions in the District including interim principal at Montebello Elementary School, and acting Assistant Principal at Suffern High School.