Board of Education
Rockland BOCES is governed by a policy-making board of education comprised of members from its eight component districts’ boards. Rockland BOCES Board members serve unpaid, three-year terms and are elected by component boards of education as part of the April BOCES administrative budget vote. To review Board policies, agendas and minutes, click here to go to Rockland BOCES’ BoardDocs portal.
Meet the Board
The eight component school districts are each represented on the Rockland BOCES Board of Education. Rockland BOCES Board members are nominated by their respective Boards and elected to three-year, unpaid terms by the component districts.
Rosemary Pitruzzella, President
Representing the South Orangetown Central School District
Term ends: 6/30/24
Mrs. Pitruzzella has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2009. She previously served on the South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education and is a past Board president. She has been an active PTA leader in South Orangetown and has more than a decade of managerial experience in the private and public sectors.
Deborah P. Gatti, Vice-President
Term ends: 6/30/23
Ms. Gatti was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 and has served on the North Rockland Central School District Board of Education since 2005. She is currently an administrative assistant at Robert A. Lenahan Architects. Mrs. Gatti previously worked for 13 years as Village Clerk for the Village of Haverstraw. Ms. Gatti is a former President of the Rockland County School Boards Association (2011-13), President of the Haverstraw-Stony Point School Board of Education (2009-2013) and Haverstraw-Stony Point PTA Council President (1998-2005).
Representing the Clarkstown Central School District
Term ends: 06/30/25
Mrs. Bierker was elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2018 to represent the Clarkstown Central School District. Tamara, who also serves as President of the Clarkstown Board of Education, brings five decades of public education experience to BOCES, including many years as Department Chairperson of School Counseling (Guidance) at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack. Mrs. Bierker has been honored to receive the Life Member Award, Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Service award from FFMS and the Clarkstown Council PTA.
Representing the East Ramapo Central School District
Term ends 6/30/25
Ms. Charles-Pierre was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2020. She has been a member of the East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education since 2015, serving as its Vice-President since 2019. Ms. Charles-Pierre was born and raised in Spring Valley and is a proud graduate of East Ramapo schools. She is currently employed by the Rockland County Bar Association as a Program Coordinator and serves on the Rockland Community College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board. Charles-Pierre earned an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Rockland Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice from Bellevue University. She is a fierce advocate for fair and equitable educational opportunities for all children.
Representing the Nanuet Union Free School District
Term ends: 6/30/24
Catherine Boera was first appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in July 2021, representing the Nanuet Union Free School District. She is employed by Active International, where she serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Communication Planning. Catherine cites her biggest accomplishment as mother to her four children. She teaches catechism at church and supports the Pearl River Fire Department, where her husband is a volunteer firefighter. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Representing the North Rockland Central School District
Term ends: 6/30/23
Mrs. Zugibe represents the North Rockland Central School District and has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2008. She has been a member of the North Rockland Board of Education since 1993 and serves as Treasurer of the Rockland County School Boards Association.
In January 2022, Peggy was elected President of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), representing boards of education in all 731 public school districts in New York State. She is the longtime chair of the steering committee of the Hudson-Long Island Coalition for Responsible State Funding of Education, a board member of the United Way of Rockland County, and a member of the joint policy committee of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.
Representing Nyack Public Schools
Term ends: 6/30/23
Mr. Mark has been a member of the BOCES Board of Education since 2011. He is Vice President of the Nyack Board of Education and is currently serving his sixth term. Mr. Mark is a professional musician and a trustee on the Valley Cottage Library Board.
Jackie Dubil Craig
Representing the Pearl River School District
Term ends 6/30/24
A Rockland County resident for more than 30 years, Jackie Dubil Craig was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in July 2021. Jackie has been a member of the Pearl River School District Board of Education since 2018, serving recently as Vice-President. As Behavioral Analyst and Director of Behavioral Services, she is currently employed at Bergen County Special Services overseeing public school programs for individuals with autism. Mrs. Dubil Craig is also an adjunct professor for special education at Fordham University, Dominican College and St. Thomas Aquinas College. She is a proud mother of three children: Jack, Riley and Ryan.
Representing the Suffern Central School District
Term ends: 6/30/25
Sandi Jeanette has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2007 and has served as both its Vice President and President. She was also on the Suffern Central Board of Education for nine years. In 2021, Sandi retired as Worksite Wellness Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, following her previous position as Rockland County Director of the American Heart Association.
Before entering the field of healthcare, Sandi was an educator in the New York public school system at both the elementary and secondary levels, including time spent as an ESL instructor at Rockland Community College.
In 2017, Sandi received the Mid-Hudson School Study Council Award for Excellence in School Board Service. She is currently president of the Rockland County School Boards Association (RCSBA) and was presented with their EDDY Award for Excellence in Education in 2022.
Sandi represents the RCSBA on the Steering Committee of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition and is also a member of the Suffern Rotary.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Rockland BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, reproductive rights decisions, gender (sex), gender identity, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status or political affiliation, and additionally does not discriminate against students on the basis of weight, gender identity, gender expression, and religious practices or any other basis prohibited by New York State and/or federal non-discrimination laws in employment or its programs and activities. Rockland BOCES provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth organizations. Inquiries regarding Rockland BOCES non-discrimination policies or procedures should be directed to either:
- Yasmin Helou-Caré, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent For Human Resources
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
65 Parrott Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
- United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights