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Mr. Alan D. Pole retired in September 2008 as the BOCES District Superintendent for the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES after 18 years in this role.  Prior to this Mr. Pole spent 16 years at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in several key positions, including Personnel Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent.  In his role as BOCES District Superintendent, Alan conducted numerous superintendent searches for local component districts in his supervisory district.  He also has been involved in several school district reorganization studies in and outside his BOCES.  He has been an adjunct professor at SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, and Ohio State.  Among his many awards, Alan has received the William Deming Leadership Award from the Rural Schools Program at Cornell University and the Amy Bull Crist Leadership Development Award given by the New York State Association for Women in Administration.  Mr. Pole joined Castallo & Silky LLC as an associate in fall 2008.


 

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Dr. Suzanne Gilmour is currently the Director of the Educational Leadership Program at Le Moyne College (Syracuse, N.Y.).  Dr. Gilmour has been a teacher, principal and central office administrator in the public schools for twenty-five years.  She is a consultant on such issues as collaborative leadership, leadership development-especially women in leadership, district project facilitation, and mentoring and support for administrative placement.  She offers suggestions for successful leadership in her book Suceeding as a Female Superintendent: How to Get There and Stay There.  Dr. Gilmour stepped down from her long tenure as the Executive Director of the New York State Association for Women in Administration (NYSAWA).


 

Dr. James (Jim) M. Merrins has more than 40 years experience in school administration, including 16 years as a Superintendent of Schools in Fredonia (12 years) and Honeoye (4 years), New York.  For fourteen years (1995 to 2008) Dr. Merrins worked for BOCESs in New York as Executive Program Administrator of the state-wide Superintendent Development Program, leading a team of 30 faculty in the training and placing of more than more than 130 school administrators in superintendency.  While at BOCES he developed several programs, workshops and conference for the training of Superintendents of Schools, school business leaders, and school district auditors.  Dr. Merrins is NYS certified as a Superintendent of Schools and School Business Administrator.  Dr. Merrins taught school finance and school law as an adjunct at SUNY colleges (Fredonia, Brockport, Oswego) for several years.  His resource rich website is www.SuperintendentOfSchools.com.
 

Dr. Jim Merrins is currently the Executive Program Administrator of the Educational Leadership Institute (ELI), hosted by the New York State Association for Women in Administration (NYSAWA), and Executive Director of the New York State School District Internal Auditing Alliance (SDIAA).  Dr. Merrins currently administers numerous statewide programs, workshops, and webinars for superintendents, school administrators, and school business officials including Readiness for the Superintendency in New York State, Applying for the Superintendency in New York State, Transition to Superintendency Program, Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents, The School District Negotiator, Claims Auditor Training, Claims Auditor Conferences, Introduction to Extraclassroom Activity Funds, Advanced Issues for Student Extraclassroom Activity Funds, and Audit Committee Training. 

Dr. Merrins is the owner of Educational Support Services providing independent, confidential counseling to superintendents and school administrators, educational consulting and training to school districts, and fiscal evaluation and advisory services to school districts across New York State. 


Ms. Carol Terry retired from the Syracuse City School District as the Coordinator of Fine Arts.  Her degrees were earned at SUNY Potsdam (Crane School of Music) and SUNY Oswego (Educational Administration).  She taught music in the West Genesee Central School District and at the Onondaga Nation School before joining the Syracuse City District.  She served as the arts initiatives liaison between Syracuse University and a variety of community organizations to the Syracuse District.  Awards and recognitions for work in the arts include LaFayette Central School District (1994), Association of Teaching Artists (2070, Partners for Arts Education (2009), State of New York Legislative Resolution: Senate No. 3426 (2010), NYS Theatre Education Administrator of the Year (2010), and the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation Recognition Award (2017).  Carol joined Castallo & Silky LLC as an associate in 2017.


 

Dr. Philip Martin completed 42 years in education, of which 38 were in education administration, with 33 in the superintendency.  During his career he developed a keen understanding of every aspect of school operation, and established an excellent relationship with boards of education.  In other education arenas, Dr. Martin was President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, co-founder and chair of the Central New York Education Consortium, and co-founder and President of the Syracuse University Superintendents Alumni Association.  In his last school district he led documentation of instructional and personnel decision-making processes, and the district's certification as an ISO 9001 organization.  Additionally, he has participated in superintendent searches and operational efficiency studies with Castallo & Silky LLC and has developed and implemented a leadership training program for a private sector company.


 


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Dr. Jessica Cohen  retired in July 2012 from the position of District Superintendent of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in Syracuse after having served in that role for more than nine years. During her tenure as District Superintendent, she assisted boards of education with 22 searches for superintendents.  She has also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services for the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES in Norwich for eleven years and the Coordinator of Effective Schools planning at OCM BOCES. She began her career in education as a school psychologist in the Auburn City School District, was an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech University, and served as a private consultant in educational change. In 2013 she served on the Governor’s Commission on Educational Reform, has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Central Library, and served as the statewide chair of the District Superintendents. Among her awards are the Amy Bull Crist Leadership Development Award given by the New York State Association for Women in Administration, the New York State Council of School Superintendents Appreciation Award, and the MACNY/Partners for Education and Business Education Leader of the Year (2012).


Dr. Glenn Wachter retired in June 2015 as an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at SUNY Oswego.  During his tenure at SUNY, he also was the director of the NYS Superintendent Development Program.  Prior to this Dr. Wachter served as Superintendent of the West Irondequoit CSD for seven years, retiring from the superintendency in 2003. During his leadership career, he has held positions as an Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, an Assistant Superintendent, a principal, assistant principal and teacher. He has worked as a consultant to numerous school district across New York State focusing on curriculum, instruction, and organizational program design. He has most recently consulted for NASSP, helping conduct an organizational management study and subsequently leading nationwide National Honor Society focus groups on behalf of NASSP.



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Dr. Christopher Brown is currently the superintendent of schools for the West Genesee Central School District.  He is in his eighth year at this large suburban school and spent the previous seven years at rural Hammondsport Central School District.  During his tenure, both districts were named Federal Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. More recently, his current district’s high school was named a New York State Reward School.  In conjunction with his city school, private school, and alternative education experiences, he has worked to help ALL students find success for over twenty years.

Dr. Brown loves to teach and work with people.  His areas of expertise are in overall school leadership, Board and superintendent relations, supervision, curriculum, program development, finance, facilities, and management services.  He has taught all of these topics for ten years at SUNY Oswego, SUNY Brockport, Le Moyne College, and Syracuse University.  He also enjoys being a doctoral mentor for St. John Fisher. 

He is frequently called upon to mentor new superintendents and offer workshops, classes, and trainings in 21st century leadership and effectively using social media.  He was one of the first in his current district to achieve a doctoral degree online and uses that experience to teach custom online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses in a way that keeps all participants engaged, connected, and learning. 

Of the many awards he has been given, his most prized is an Honorary Lifetime Membership from the New York State Parent Teacher Association.  It was given to him by members of the very first Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association which he helped stakeholders to organize in 2013.


 

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Dr. Maureen A Patterson retired in July 2016 from the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Liverpool Central School District. In that position for 11 years, she led the administrative team and staff to meet the challenges of changing demographics, increasing expectations for academic achievement and standards for learning, teachers, and leaders. As a member of the district’s Network Team, she provided professional development to all staff. Prior to that, she was a Supervisor of Special Education for Oswego County BOCES, leading and creating programming for students in multiple districts.

Dr. Patterson is currently (since 2009) an Associate Adjunct Professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY in the Graduate Education and Educational Leadership Programs. In a joint venture with Le Moyne, Liverpool and OCM BOCES, she served as a professor in the CNY Leadership Development Program, developing courses and designing innovative instruction, including blended courses. Supervising Administrative Interns provides her the opportunity to share expertise and perspectives on leadership, as well as mentor the Interns. Dr. Patterson also taught CAS courses at SUNY Oswego in the Educational Administration Department, and provides workshops to graduating administration candidates on resume writing/branding and interviewing skills. As a graduate of the Inquiry Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, she earned her doctorate conducting research on family school involvement, a particular area of expertise, in addition to co-teaching, addressing poverty issues in the school, and working with ENL families.

  As a long-time member of the Government Relations Committee for SAANYS (School Administrators Association of NYS), she has lobbied extensively for educational initiatives and budget issues, conducted professional development, and collaborated on white papers about high school reform and RtI (response to intervention). In spring 2016, she was honored to present on the topic of RtI to the NYS Board of Regents after working with a NYSED committee on AIS. SAANYS also awarded her the National Distinguished Elementary Principal award in 2001 — a prized award for her work creating an improved achievement, student and family focused school.

             In her 37-year career as a special education teacher and administrator, elementary principal, secondary principal, and district office administrator, Dr. Patterson has guided and mentored students and staff to identify their goals and skills, and progress to a successful future. She frequently receives requests to provide training and guidance on leadership, supervision and evaluation, grant writing, family school involvement, and mentorship.