2020 Board Candidates and Voting Procedures

ASBO has three Director seats open for election along with the position of President-Elect. There are three two-year Director seats open. ASBO has received petitions for office from the following candidates for Director: Mitchell Ball, John Brucato, Ron Clamser, and James Stucchio. The candidate for President-Elect is Lisa Ryan. For more information about all of these candidates, please see below.

ASBO will be holding online voting for this election. All positions will be open for election online beginning May 18, 2020 until May 29, 2020. Members eligible to vote (will receive notification in their email of voting opening.

May 15, 2020 Update: The election will open at 10:30 AM with a launch email on Monday, May 18. The online election will run from Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 29. Each voting member will receive this launch email with login credentials, which will be your email address and a unique password, with a link to the voting site. Voting members include Regular members, District/BOCES staff members, and those part of an Institutional Package. If you have any questions or problems while voting, please use the help form on the login page to send a support request directly to us or email jacqlene@asbonewyork.org.

Candidates

President-Elect

Lisa Ryan

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Monroe 1 BOCES

Lisa Ryan has worked in the field of school district and BOCES finance for over 28 years. In 2010, Lisa became the Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations for the Monroe #1 BOCES. Prior to that, she served as the Business Administrator at Geneseo Central, a Shared Business Administrator for Mt. Morris Central and Wyoming Central, the Manager, Financial Services and Treasurer at Genesee Valley BOCES. Lisa began her career as a staff auditor with the Raymond F. Wager CPA firm.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John Fisher College. She earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from SUNY Brockport, along with a Master’s in Education. 

Currently, Lisa is on the Board of Directors for ASBO New York. She has served in this role for four years and is now seeking election to the President - Elect position. She is an active member of ASBO since 1993 and participates with two local chapters: Rochester and BOCES. She is Chairperson of the ASBO PAC Board, a member of the ASBO NY Government Relations Committee and Secretary for the ASBO BOCES chapter. She served as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Genesee-Wyoming-Steuben-Livingston ASBO chapter from 1994 to 2003. She is a graduate of the ASBO NY SBO Leadership Academy, and she was a member of the Membership committee for six years. In 2016, she was honored as the ASBO NY Advocate of the Year recipient. She has presented at SBMW and to Monroe County School Boards on various topics. 

Over her tenure with ASBO NY, Lisa has gained valuable insight about the organization and its members. She believes in continuing to advocate for our students, gaining fiscal equality, promoting school business administration as a profession and evolving the organization to meet the diverse needs of its constituents. 

Lisa is committed to the school business profession and believes our role is to support and enrich the educational and learning opportunities of all students, through enhanced facilities, creative procurement and collaboration. 

Director

Mitchell Ball

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Gates Chili CSD

Mitch was recently appointed Assistant Superintendent for Business at Gates Chili CSD. Prior to that, he spent eight years in the same capacity at Naples CSD. Additionally, he has 13 years of private sector experience, primarily in business and operations leadership. 

Mitch holds a BS from SUNY Geneseo, a MS in Educational Administration / CAS in School Business Administration from SUNY Brockport, and an Ed.D. in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between entrepreneurialism and school business performance through the lens of SBOs in NYS. Mitch holds NYS SDBL and SDL certification.

Mitch has been a member of ASBO NY since 2008. He currently serves on the ASBO NY Professional Development Committee, has been a part of the ASBO NY Mentor Program and chaired a subgroup of the W-FL Chapter encompassing 14 districts in the Finger Lakes region. Mitch has school-based and municipal-based board experience.  

Mitch recognizes that the “twenties” will be marked by significant change. Having children of his own, he finds great comfort in knowing that passionate school business professionals are working hard to create and maintain safe, supportive, progressive, and innovative learning environments for all students statewide. ASBO NY has been and will continue to be an incredible resource to help guide the profession into the future. As a director, he would be honored to support the diverse needs of school business professionals statewide. 


John Brucato

Assistant Superintendent of Finance, Kenmore - Town of Tonawanda UFSD

John Brucato is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Finance in the Kenmore - Town of Tonawanda UFSD in Western NY. He serves as Vice President of his local, WNY Chapter and truly values the camaraderie that the chapter exhibits through local professional development, in addition to monthly chapter meetings. John has been a member of ASBO New York for almost five years and he notes that he has found the organization to be one of the best in terms of membership support, professional development and overall involvement in the field.

Currently, John is serving on two committees with ASBO New York: Government Relations and Membership. "Serving on these committees has been a tremendous experience and I would like to further my involvement with ASBO. I feel that it’s time to take the next step and continue to give back to our wonderful organization as a member of the Board of Directors." John states that he is committed to making the organization even better by building on its incredibly strong foundations, increasing outreach and finding ways to ensure every business official across the state sees the value that ASBO New York brings to the profession. He would be incredibly grateful for your support of his candidacy for this upcoming election.

 

Ron Clamser Jr.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities, and Operations, Dobbs Ferry UFSD

Ron Clamser, Jr. is the Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities, and Operations at Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District in Westchester County.  With just over fourteen years’ experience as a school business official, Ron has worked in a variety of public school settings that include a rural Upstate New York district and a BOCES.  Before joining the Dobbs Ferry UFSD, Ron worked in Mahopac Central School District as the Assistant Superintendent for both Business and Human Resources.  He received his BA in accounting from the University of Phoenix, his Master’s in Human Resource Management from SUNY Stonybrook, and his SDBL certification from the College of Saint Rose.  Ron is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College, studying how gender stereotyping and discrimination during contract negotiations contributes to the pay gap of school business officials. 

Ron is an active member of the New York State Association for School Business Officials, where he serves on the Government Relations Committee, and was a graduate of the SBO Leadership Academy.  He also served on the Special Task Force that developed the SDBL Study Guide and is currently Vice-President of the Lower Hudson ASBO chapter.  Throughout his time as a school business official, Ron has served in several other leadership positions, more recently Ron is President of the NYBEST Executive Board and a member of Pupil Benefits Board.  In addition to his work, Ron is a proud father of two children and a husband of twenty-one years.


James Stucchio

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Cold Spring Harbor CSD

James Stucchio has led school business offices for the past twelve years, currently as the Assistant Superintendent for Business in the Cold Spring Harbor CSD. He proudly serves his colleagues as a member of the ASBO New York Board of Directors and Immediate Past-President of the Suffolk Chapter.

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. James’ priority will continue to be the 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. 

Schools are being confronted with challenges and obstacles that could not have been imagined just a short time ago. As such, ASBO is needed now more than ever. James believes it must serve as the ultimate resource on all matters related to the business of education; being able to act quickly and decisively on behalf of its members. 

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 is a board trustee for the New York Dance Theatre, Inc. and has volunteered with the PTA at his daughter’s school. James has been honored to serve the organization this past year and hopes to have the opportunity to continue. He thanks you for your consideration.