Board of Education Members

Shelley Palmer, President

In 2014, my husband, Zac, and I relocated our family, Vivienne and Andrew (Class of 2028), from Massachusetts to New York.  We moved to Schodack because we appreciated the sense of community and quality education that the town offers. As a member of the Board, I am dedicated to the continuous improvement of the school district so the students of our community will be well prepared for the challenges of the future.  I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Seton Hall University and a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. I have 10+ years of experience in education. I currently work for the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. I am actively involved in community activities including: Girl Scouts, youth sports, and church activities.

Charles Peter, Vice President

I am a lifelong resident of Schodack who along with my wife, Cathleen, graduated from Maple Hill High School in 2002. After which I attended Hudson Valley Community College and started working full time on my family’s dairy farm.  I have held numerous positions in our dairy cooperative and Farm Bureau ranging from county board member to President of the Young Cooperators. These positions have given me opportunities to sit in on the cooperative’s board of directors to representing fellow farm bureau members at State meetings.  As both a father to two daughters that will be attending district schools and part of a family farm, my main concern is ensuring the continued high level of academic success the district has accomplished while doing all I can to ensure taxpayers are respected and get the most for the money they spend.

Michael Charsky

I’ve been an active member of Schodack’s academic, athletic and religious community for 20+ years. I have financial, Information Technology, educational and project management expertise that is beneficial as the future of Schodack schools is discussed. My financial background stems from experience creating and managing budgets at Sacred Heart Church, Maple Hill Booster Club and 30+ years of financial IT application expertise. I held certification as a Math Teacher, taught mathematics, participated in Schodack CSD’s Kindergarten curriculum study, participated in Instrumental classes and coached soccer and basketball for 20 years. I’ve been a Board member for the past 6 ½ years.

Tylea Gebbie

Board member bio coming soon.

Sherri Gibson

I grew up in the district graduating Maple Hill in 1999; and then received my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. I currently work full time at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.  My husband, Adam, and I are raising our family in Schodack in order to expose our children (Tyler, 5th grade; Lexi, 4th grade; and Brady, 3rd grade) to the high-quality education and strong sense of community for which the district is known. I am actively involved in the community as a volunteer for youth athletics, church functions, and girl scouts.  As a member of the school board, I strive to improve the overall quality of education that the district provides.

Dan Grandinetti

It has been my privilege to represent our community on the Board of Education for the past six years. My wife (Karen) and I are raising three kids in the community and district (Megan 21, Michael 18 and Maya 8). I have spent (30 years) my entire professional career in the field of “Youth Development”. I remain committed/passionate in this field and strive to make a difference in the lives of our children. The “Community” is the School District and our School District is the “Community”. It is an honor to serve our District and Community for another three years on the Board of Education.

Marion Gurdineer-Spar

My husband, Andre, and I moved to the area eight years ago. We have five children; Haylee (11), Ayva (10), Dylan (8), Aubrey (7) and Payton (4). Always working together as a family, we became very active and involved in various activities and functions throughout the community. Our family loves and appreciates giving and supporting in any capacity and we have been blessed with the opportunity to extend our appreciation by becoming a foster/adoptive family. I have volunteered to coach several youth athletic teams over the years. I obtained my Master’s degree at The College of Saint Rose; I hold a certification in School Psychology; have worked with students grades PK-12; and was recently working as a school psychologist on a preschool evaluation team. I am a very enthusiastic individual with a great sense of humor. I am a firm believer that life is what you make it and love helping others and making every day a positive one! I feel that it is important not just to be actively involved for the sake of my children, but also to show and teach them that being an active and productive individual is what will guide them successfully through life. Education has such a great impact on all children in many ways and being a part of making that experience a positive and meaningful one is my goal. If afforded the opportunity to serve on the board, it would be an honor to advocate for ALL our children and the community.

Kyle Hurysz

Raised in Schodack, I was educated in our schools, graduating from Maple Hill High School. Upon graduating I began studying economics, political science, applied mathematics, and data analytics in the Honors College at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. At Edinboro, I pursued my interest in public service. I represented fellow students as the Student Government Association’s Vice President of Procedure. Later, I served on the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.  As trustee, I participated in many activities closely related to those of the Schodack Board of Education, including a search for president of Edinboro University, curricula and economic planning, physical inspection of University facilities, review and approval of academic programs, annual operating and capital budgets, contracts, labor agreements, and purchases. I was also involved in the “Edinboro 2024” institutional strategic plan, and I serve as one of 12 members of the College Board’s nationwide Advanced Placement Advocacy Council.

Kurt Maier

Board member bio coming soon.

Mary Yurista

I’ve had the privilege to serve the community for 6 years during which we undertook the transformation of our facilities into a 21st-century learning environment. I serve on the Audit Committee and with the support of the Schodack BOE, I serve on the Questar III Board. Having worked in the insurance industry in various technical capacities leading and participating in projects that have brought innovation and improvement to business processes, I believe the private sector offers beneficial guidance and progressive ideas that will allow us to sustain and improve the quality of education and everyday life for all. We have raised three Maple Hill graduates. As a parent and grandparent, I want the same success for every student that my children have been able to enjoy. As a professional, I hope to be able to assist and meet the challenges we face in our schools to facilitate the future success of students in this new uncertain environment and economy.

About the Board of Education

The Board of Education consists of nine elected members who are charged with setting the goals and establishing the policies to create a successful school district for our community’s children. Board members are unpaid volunteers serving three-year terms.

Members of the board adopt the annual budget and make decisions on a range of educational concerns. They are not responsible for the day-to-day operations of Schodack’s schools. Parents are encouraged to contact the building principal or appropriate administrator to address specific school concerns. If the issue remains unresolved, please contact the school superintendent.

The community is encouraged to attend meetings to learn about the educational issues the Board is considering. We value your interest and encourage you to attend and voice any questions or concerns you may have about our schools.