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Wade Abbott, President

Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

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.

Chad McFarland, Esq., Vice President

Term: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022Mohonasen Board of Ed member Chad McFarland

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

McFarland has lived with his family in the district for nine years, and is a senior attorney with Counsel’s Office, NY Department of Labor. He is a Major in the Army Reserve, serving as a judge advocate for 17 years, including 8.5 years of active duty. McFarland deployed to Iraq in 2010 with the 1st Armored Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn as the Chief, Administrative and Civil Law.

McFarland earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Akron and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law.

He and his wife, Ruth, have three daughters, all three in the district’s schools.

Lisa Gaglioti

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.

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 more than 10 years and is a Board of Trustees member for Wonderland Nursery School. MacTurk works for NERIC, a division of BOCES.

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.

Ericka Montagino

Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

BOE member Ericka MontaginoEricka Montagino is serving her first term on the board. She has been a Mohonasen resident since 2014. Montagino and her spouse have two children.

She is a licensed pharmacist for Price Chopper Supermarkets. Montagino graduated from Schalmont High School and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy. She is eager to serve as a parent that can represent our families interests and concerns with the future of our
children’s education.

Julie Power

Term: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

Julie PowerJulie Power is serving her first term on the Board of Education. A Mohonasen resident for seven years, she and her spouse Karl have three children. Power currently teaches math at Broadalbin-Perth High School. She is graduate of Mohonasen High School and earned her Bachelor’s in Math

from SUNY Albany and her Master’s in Math Education from Lehman College, Bronx, NY. She has experienced each of the four district buildings through my children and also as a graduate of