Board Members

The Schalmont Board of Education is made up of seven non-paid citizens elected to serve overlapping terms of three years each. As your representatives, the Board exercises the community’s rights to citizen control over public education. Every Board of Education in the State of New York has legal and financial control over local school matters, subject only to limitations imposed by the United States Constitution, federal law, state law, regulations of the Commissioner of Education and, of course, the will of local residents as expressed in local elections.

John DiCocco

Headshot John DiCocco

Term: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019
John DiCocco is serving his second term on the Schalmont Board of Education. He is a contract manager at General Electric. For the past four years, he has served on the district’s Budget Advisory Committee. He also previously served as a Cub Scout pack master. After graduating from Draper High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife, Brenda, have three children currently attending Schalmont schools.

Jean C. Hanson

Headshot of Jean-HansonTerm: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Jean C. Hanson is serving her first term on the Schalmont Board of Education. She is a data analyst/manager for the New York State Office of the Medical Inspector General. She is a member of the district’s Facilities Committee. Hanson graduated from Schalmont High School. She attended Schenectady County Community College, where she majored in culinary arts and, later, accounting. She and her husband, Steven, have two children who are Schalmont High School alumni.

Kate Kruk

Kate Kruk headshotTerm: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Kate Kruk earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from The College of Saint Rose. She has spent many years as a successful event director and fundraising specialist in the local nonprofit industry. This experience has made her very aware of budget constraints and how to make every penny count. Currently, Ms. Kruk is a Process Improvement Architect for GE Global Operations in Schenectady. She is an active volunteer for the Makerspace program and is involved with the Friends of Schalmont Libraries and Friends of Music. She also coordinated the Jefferson Turn off the TV initiative for several years. She and her husband, David have one son who will be attending Schalmont High School in the fall.

Michael Pasquarella

Michael Pasquarella headshotVice President
Term: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2020
Michael Pasquarella was elected to his first term on the school board in May 2011. He is a clinical pharmacy manager with Ellis Medicine. Pasquarella also chairs the Town of Rotterdam Ethics Committee and is an active committee member for the Our Lady Queen of Peace Annual Festa. He recently served on the Schalmont Community Budget Advisory Committee. After graduating from Schalmont High School in 1986, he earned a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. He and his wife, Carmela, have two children currently attending Schalmont schools, one at the middle level and one at the high school.

Angelo Santabarbara

angelo santabarbara headshotTerm: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Angelo D. Santabarbara was chosen to fill a  vacant position on the board for the rest of the 2017-18 school year. Santabarbara – not to be confused with the NYS Assemblyman – was one of five candidates that the board interviewed for the position that opened up after the resignation of Joseph Amoroso in July. A father of four Schalmont students currently in elementary, middle, and high school, Santabarbara has been the Director Networks and Systems at Siena College since 2012. Even though he is new to his position on the Board of Education, Santabarbara is not new to working with the board and the district overall. He has been a member of a variety of board committees since 2013 including the Budget Advisory Committee, Technology Committee, and the Tech Cabinet. He has also moderated two “Meet the Candidate” nights for new potential board members. Santabarbara earned his MBA in Information Systems and Technology Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1998 after he picked up his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology from RIT in 1997.

Robert Sheehan

sheehan headshotTerm: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019
Robert Sheehan is serving his fifth term on the Schalmont Board of Education. He is a pharmacy manager at Saint Clare’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, the Northeast Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the American Pharmaceutical Society. He is also a soccer official and member of the Eastern Board Approved Soccer Officials Association. Sheehan graduated from Schalmont High School and later attended Union University and Albany College of Pharmacy. He lives with his wife, Sharon, on Autumn Run in Rotterdam. They have three children: two daughters and a son who are Schalmont High School alumnae.

Kevin J. Thompson

thompson headshotTerm: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2020
Kevin Thompson is serving his fourth term on the Schalmont Board of Education. He is the chief financial officer of Quandt’s Foodservice Distributors, Inc. He also is licensed in New York State as a certified public accountant (CPA). Thompson has coached Rotterdam Little League for the past several years. He also volunteers his time as an instructor for business/accounting courses at SUNY Cobleskill’s Community Outreach Program. Prior to serving on the school board, he served on the Schalmont Budget Advisory Committee for over 7 years. His professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the NYS Society of CPAs. Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany. He and his wife, Carol, live on Becker Crossing in Schenectady. They have two children who both attend Schalmont schools.