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Lisa Gaglioti, President

Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2023
Contact:  lgaglioti@mohonasen.orgLisa Gaglioti

Lisa Gaglioti is currently serving her second term on the Board of Education.

A Mohonasen Central School District resident for 19 years, Gaglioti is a district manager for Victoria’s Secret, where she is responsible for 14 stores. She is active with St. Madeleine Sophie Faith Formation and a member of St. Madeleine Sophie Church.

A graduate of Guilderland High School, Gaglioti has a bachelor’s degree in economics and retail management from Russell Sage College. She and her husband, Joseph, have one daughter.

Pamela Young, Vice President

Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021Pamela Young

Pamela Young  is currently serving her second term on the board. She has lived in the district for four years. She works for Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, PKS Advisory Services LLC, and PKS Financial Services as an investment advisor, insurance planner and part-time regional supervisor. She has been actively involved in two charity walk/run events – the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She also volunteers at the Hope Club in Latham. Young is also involved in the Mohonasen Football program and CYO basketball program at St. Gabriel’s.

Young graduated from the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District. She has an associate’s degree in business administration from SUNY Cobleskill, and a bachelor’s degree in business management/economics and master’s degree in business administration with a focus on international business from SUNY Empire State.

Young has two children.

Wade Abbott

Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Wade Abbott is serving his first term on the board. Abbott is the communications and community engagement specialist for the Mohawk Valley Library System. In that role, he assists the 14 public libraries in Schenectady, Schoharie, Fulton, and Montgomery counties that make up the Mohawk Valley Library System. This includes conducting outreach to the media, creating communication materials, and helping the libraries enhance their connections to their communities.

A graduate of Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J., Abbott has a bachelor of science in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a master’s degree in public communications from The College of Saint Rose. He served on a stakeholder team for Mohonasen’s 2018 superintendent search and has conducted classroom visits to teach roller coaster engineering and physics for both a 4th grade class and a 6th grade class.

He is chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee at Rotterdam United Methodist Church, the New York State Regional Representative for American Coaster Enthusiasts, and the instructor of a roller coaster engineering class for the Summer Academy Program at The College of Saint Rose.

A Mohonasen resident for more than 15 years, he and his wife Ellen have two children.

Deborah Escobar

Term: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022

EscobarDeborah Escobar is currently serving her first term on the board.

Escobar served 23 years as a teacher for Farnsworth Middle School’s gifted and talented program. During her career she earned many awards, including the Regional Award for National History Day Teacher of the Year, New York State History Day Teacher of the Year, the New York State Archives Annual Archives Award, the Contribution to Education Award from the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, and the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award which is given to 100 first-year teachers throughout the nation. She is also a published author.

Since retiring in 2014, Escobar has been an advocate for public education. Escobar holds a bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage, where she graduated as valedictorian, and a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Both degrees are in social studies/secondary education.

She has lived in the district for 36 years and is a mother of three, and grandmother of two. Her oldest grandchild attends Bradt School.

Stacy MacTurk

Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2023

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Stacy MacTurk previously served two terms on the board of education, including a year as vice president. She has been a Mohonasen resident for over 10 years and is a board of trustees member for Wonderland Nursery School. MacTurk works for NERIC, a division of BOCES./span>

She is involved with the Jammin Jellyfish swim club, a coach for Odyssey of the Mind, and the family’s own yearly fundraiser for Maddy’s Mark known as Hot Cocoa for Charity. She is also a volunteer for the 8th Grade Committee at Draper where she works on the Moving Up Committee.

MacTurk is a graduate of New Paltz High School and attended SUNY New Paltz and Syracuse University. She received a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from SUNY New Paltz.

She and her husband, Tim, have three daughters.

Chad McFarland

headshot of chad mcfarlandTerm: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022

Chad McFarland is currently serving his first term on the Board of Education.

He has lived in the district for seven years and is a senior attorney with the state Department of Labor Counsel’s Office. He is also a major in the Army Reserve and has served as a judge advocate for 15 years, including 8.5 years of active duty.

Patrick Ryan

Patrick RyanTerm: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Patrick Ryan, of Miles Standish Road, Schenectady, is serving his second term on the board.

He has lived in the district for more than 30 years. Ryan is currently an assistant chief budget examiner for the New York State Division of the Budget. In this role, he provides managerial direction and technical assistance to the division’s Transportation, Economic Development, Energy and Environment Unit in the design, development and execution of executive budgets for more than 15 state agencies and public authorities.

Ryan graduated from Mohonasen in 1980. He attended Hudson Valley Community College where he received an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice, a master’s degree in public administration and an advanced certificate in planning and policy analysis, all from SUNY Albany.

He is also a parent volunteer for the Rotterdam-Carman Little League.

Ryan and his wife, Rebecca, have five children.