2019 Board Candidates and Voting Procedures

ASBO has three two-year Director seats open for election along with the position of President-Elect. ASBO has received petitions for office from the following candidates for Director: Tim Hilker, Karl Keil, Cathryn L. Marchese, Jack R. Mitchell, Kelly E. Seibert, and James Stucchio. The candidate for President-Elect is Jamie Phillips. For more information about all of these great candidates, please see their biographical sketches below.

ASBO will be holding online voting for this election. All positions will be open for election online beginning May 17, 2019 until May 31, 2019. Members eligible to vote will receive notification in their email of voting opening.

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Candidate Statements

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Candidates

President-Elect

Jamie Phillips

Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services, Lancaster CSD

Jamie Phillips is the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Support Services at Lancaster CSD and has held that position since 2010. Prior to that, she spent a couple of years at Oakfield-Alabama CSD and then Warsaw CSD as the School Business Administrator.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo. She has a Masters in Educational Administration and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from SUNY Brockport. She holds both a NYS SBA and SDA certification.

Currently, Jamie is on the Board of Directors for ASBO New York. She has served in this role for 4 years is now seeking election to the President-Elect position. She has been an active member of ASBO NY since 2004, has been a member of the professional development committee since 2017 and was a member of the membership committee for 6 years. Jamie is currently on the board of directors of her local ASBO chapter (Western) and has held the presidency and other local chapter leadership positions in past years. In 2017, this group named her the Business Official of the Year for Western New York.

In addition to her state and local ASBO service, Jamie serves as the Chair of the NYS School Safety Group 491, a trustee of the School and Municipal Energy Cooperative (SMEC), and a member of the Utica National Insurance Steering Committee. She has been an annual presenter for the Erie County School Board Association’s fiscal oversight training and has also presented at various other workshop and conference opportunities.

Over the course of her four years on the ASBO New York Board, Jamie has gained valuable knowledge about the Association and its members. She admires the progress the association has made in the past several years, particularly in becoming the premier Association to consult on all school finance related matters. She feels it is important that the organization continues to evolve to suit member’s needs, that further steps be taken to increase the relevance of the school business administration profession, and that efforts to advocate for our students, funding, and profession persist.

Director

Tim Hilker

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tim Hilker is the Assistant Superintendent for Business for the Saratoga Springs City School District. His military and private sector experiences have helped to shape his career. After six years of aviation logistics experience in the Marine Corps, Tim spent a few years in purchasing and then the construction industry while earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting. He spent two years in public accounting at Ernst & Young before making the move to the public sector.

Tim’s first role in a school district was as District Treasurer for Niagara Wheatfield CSD. During his three years there, he earned his MBA and his SDBL from Niagara University. He spent the next two years as a shared school business administrator between Hadley-Luzerne and Galway Central School Districts. He went on to spend two more years as the full-time Business Administrator in Galway. He began his current role at Saratoga in April 2016 and has quickly adapted to the new leadership role. He is a member of the ASBO NY Professional Development Committee, and also servesas President of the Capital Chapter of ASBO New York. He is committed to the development of the school business profession and looks forward to serving the Association.

Karl Keil

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Camden Central School District

Karl Keil has been the Assistant Superintendent for Business with the Camden CSD, in Oneida County since June 2002. Karl’s education includes the USMA at West Point, Clarkson College, SUNY IT Utica Rome, and SUNY Cortland, where he earned a Certificate of Advanced Study. His work prior to the field of education includes being a sales engineer with Ingersoll Randand a quality control accountant with Harden Furniture.

Karl has served on the Foundation Board at SUNY IT raising financial support for college applicants. He is a past President of the Camden Rotary Club where he led in sponsoring foreign exchange students. He currently serves as Chair of Finance and Treasurer for his local church where annual scholarships are awarded to graduating students.

As an Assistant Superintendent with the Camden CSD, Karl has served as Chair of the MOH Workman’s Compensation Consortium. He is on the Board of Directors for his local ASBO Chapter. For over 10 years Karl has been an active advocate on the ASBO New York Government Relations Committee and has co-authored an article on Student Poverty in the Reporter. He has presented on poverty issues at both the Education Summit and SBMW.

Karl has always taken a cutting edge approach to continuous improvement in his role at Camden CSD. He was one of the first in the State and his region to use LPG and gasoline buses, first for the Tax Look Up web tax collection, first for on-line surplus equipment sales with Auction International, first with the ASBO P-Card program, one of the first in the State with a 10 acre, 2.44 mWh Solar PPA, and one of the first with a Community Eligibility Program for student breakfast and lunches. Karl says that his firsts are a result of him always placing his students first while always measuring ROI for taxpayers. Karl looks forward to continuing his service to the students of the NYS through his service on the ASBO Board of Directors.

Cathryn L. Marchese

School Business Administrator, Lyncourt UFSD

Previous to serving as Business Administrator for Lyncourt in Central New York, Cathryn worked in the Finance Department at Erie1 BOCES in the western part of the state. Prior to working in public education, she was a Senior Business Manager for a large multi-location athletic club. If asked what interested her in public education, she will answer simply that life led her here and she is glad it did.

Cathryn received her Masters of Science Degree and her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University College at Brockport. She secured her School District Business Leader certification in 2012. Her undergraduate studies were in Computer and Accounting Information Systems.

Cathryn is active in advocating for school districts at both a local and state-wide level. She has served on the ASBO New York Government Relations Committee since 2017. She is also very involved in the mentor program, assisting new school business administrators to develop in their own careers and gain important access to our network of professionals. Cathryn has served as president of the Central Chapter of ASBO New York (2015-2017) and is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Academy.

Jack R. Mitchell

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Valley Stream UFSD 24

Jack R. Mitchell is the Assistant Superintendent for Business at the Valley Stream UFSD 24 and has held that position since 2015. Prior to that, he was the Business Services Supervisor at the Ossining UFSD.

Jack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Binghamton University and two Master’s degrees from Long Island University in Mathematics and School District Business Leadership, respectively. He is currently matriculated at St. John’s University in a Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership & Administration.

Jack first joined ASBO NY in 2012 and early on served as an intern twice at the annual Summit & Expo. He is an SBO Leadership Academy graduate (2017) and an active member of ASBO NY, contributing on several committees including the professional development, membership, and SBMW. In addition, Jack has volunteered and presented for workshops -- most recently at the 2018 Fall SBMW.

Jack is committed to ASBO New York and if elected would continue to advance the goals of the organization coming full circle in supporting professionals moving into school business and promoting the success of the current membership. In an evolving school business landscape, he would also seek to expand the network further and increase the voice of the establishment while fostering collaboration and focusing on quality education.

Kelly E. Seibert

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Management Services, Byram Hills Central School District

Prior to his post at Byram Hills, Kelly served as Assistant Superintendent for Business, Facilities & Operations at the Ardsley Union Free School District. He began his career in education at Dutchess County BOCES.

Kelly holds a Masters of Business Administration from Western New England University, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his NYSED permanent certification as a School Business Administrator and School District Administrator.

Kelly is actively involved in promotion and advocacy for public education as a member of the Government Relations Committee and served as president (2015-16) and vice president (2014-15) of the Lower Hudson Chapter of ASBO New York. He developed and lobbied legislators to sponsor a bill that would permit school districts to collect taxes (S.4737/A.6823), which after passing the NYS House of Representatives and Senate was vetoed by the Governor Cuomo. Kelly also serves on the Board of Governors for the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal.

James Stucchio

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Cold Spring Harbor Central School District

James Stucchio has led school business offices for the past eleven years, currently as the Assistant Superintendent for Business in the Cold Spring Harbor CSD. He also proudly serves his colleagues as President of the Suffolk Chapter of ASBO New York.

To quote his mentor, “School Business Officials Lead Quiet Lives of Desperation.” The responsibilities associated with these positions have grown exponentially over the past few years with more tasks, greater complexity, and higher stakes. If elected, James’ priority will be the continued support of all ASBO members, not only the business officials, but also the treasurers, district clerks, and other support staff, without whom the business office could not function.

James also strongly believes in unity within the association. Whether it be small city, suburban, or rural…low, average, or high wealth, ASBO must be one cohesive organization dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of school business professionals and students across the state. He has been an active participant in advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.

James earned his MBA from Hofstra University and School District Administrator/School Business Administrator certification from Long Island University. A believer in community engagement, he serves as a board trustee for the New York Dance Theatre, Inc. and a class parent at his daughter’s elementary school. James is honored at the prospect of expanding his role in the school business profession and thanks you for your consideration.