Sandra H. Ruffo, board president

Sandra H. Ruffo has been a member of the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Education since 1995, serving as its president since 2005. She was a member of the Susquehanna Valley Central School District Board of Education from 1985-2003, serving as its president for 15 years.

Originally from western New York, Ruffo has been a resident of the Southern Tier since 1967. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Binghamton University (formerly Harpur College) and a degree in registered nursing from Broome Community College. Prior to retiring in 2003, she served as the clinical coordinator/interim executive director for the Lourdes Hospice program in Binghamton.

Ruffo has served on numerous board committees during her tenure, including the compensation and health insurance consortiums, audit, board retreat, interest bargaining negotiation, policy, superintendent and board self-evaluation committees, among others. She is a member and past president/vice president of the Broome-Tioga School Boards Association and is a frequent presenter at its annual “Aspiring and Newly Elected Board Member” workshops. She has also presented at the Annual NYSSBA School Board Conference. She is serving her second term as NYSSBA Area 4 director, and is a member of hte Rural Schools Association's board of directors.

Ruffo and her husband, Sam, have been married for 45 years, have raised five children, and have been blessed with 14 grandchildren, ages 4 – 10. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Ruffo is a strong advocate for fair and equitable educational opportunities for all children irrespective of where they live. She also promotes ongoing board development for all school board members in order that they can best perform the duties required of them.

Contact: sruffo14@gmail.com, 607-775-3796
Ursula W. Hambalek, board vice president
Ursula W. Hambalek has served on the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Education since May 1997. During that time, she has been a member of the Audit Committee, the Health Consortium, the Workman’s Compensation consortium, in addition to several internal committees. She has served as vice president of the BOCES board since July 2005. For nine years, she was elected to the Vestal Board of Education. She spent most of her adult life in some form of education.

A lifelong resident of Binghamton and Vestal, Hambalek holds an associate’s degree from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University. She was a reporter for the Binghamton Press (now the Press Sun Bulletin) prior to joining the Vestal Central School District.

As a supervisor in the Vestal administration office for 35 years, she was in charge of purchasing for the Vestal School District as well as other responsibilities, including that of district clerk to the Board of Education for 30 years. She is now retired.

Hambalek and her late husband, Steve, together raised four children (all Vestal graduates) and have ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Contacts: ursulawh@aol.com or 607-785-4111
Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns has been on the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Trustees since July 2013. He serves on the Health Insurance Consortiums and the Building Committee. He also is president of the Harpursville Central School District board, a position he had held for 16 years.

He has served on several local, county and state committees and is a recipient of the Board Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is a member of the Broome-Tioga School Boards Association and is a former president and vice president of that group.

Burns and his wife, Betty, have been married for 46 years. They were married in the Mohawk Valley region and then moved to the Southern Tier. Together they have raised two children and have two grandchildren.

Burns has worked at Winsor Acres for the last 35 years. In that time, he has worked with many of the youth in the community through his local church. He is a strong advocate of career and technical programming and supports educational opportunity for all students.

Contact: jburns@hcs.stier.org , 607-693-2062
 
John W. Crosby

John W. Crosby has been a member of the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Trustees since 2006 and a member of the Owego-Apalachin Central School Board of Education since 2002.

A resident of the Southern Tier since 1963, with time out for five years in Huntsville Alabama in the mid 60’s, Crosby has an engineering degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in applied math from Binghamton University. Crosby spent his entire working career at IBM Federal Systems Division in Owego and Loral/Lockheed Martin Owego, retiring as the director of quality in 1999.

Crosby has been a Special Olympics coach for the Apalachin Training Club since 1983 and the coordinator of Special Olympics Broome-Tioga since 1990. He has been a director of the Franziska Racker service organization since the early 1990’s and a member of the Apalachin Lions Service Club since 1970. Additionally, he has served as the chairman of the Tioga County committee on People with Developmental Disabilities for the past 18 years.

Crosby’s wife, Gaetana, died in 2011. Together they saw three kids through college and started seven grandkids on their way with the oldest being a senior at Syracuse.

Crosby comes from a long line of family members dedicated to education. His mother, Alice, was chairman of the board in two towns in Connecticut and one in Alaska. His younger brother, David, was chairman in Juneau Alaska, and his daughter, Kylen, was recently elected to the board in Sparta, N. J.

Contacts: johncrosby@stny.rr.com , 607-687-2957

David Hawley

Dave Hawley has been a member of the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Trustees since July 2012. He has also served on the Binghamton City School District Board of Education since 1996, much of that time as president or vice president.

Hawley has also been, for several years, a member of the Broome-Tioga School Board Association Legislative Committee, the New York State School Board Association’s State Legislative Network and has served as our area representative to the Federal Relations Network. He also serves on the Litigation Steering Committee of the New York State Association of Small City School Districts and is a recipient of the NYSSBA Master of Boardsmanship Award.

Hawley is a graduate of Maine-Endwell High School and SUNY Binghamton. He was employed by the Social Security Administration for 32 years prior to his retirement. He is also retired from the U.S. Army, with a combined 28 years of active duty and National Guard Service, including a tour in Vietnam.

Hawley and his wife, Carol, have lived in the same house on Binghamton’s Southside since 1978. They have two adult children and two grandsons. He and his wife have been very involved in their church and community. They have both served for many years as Odyssey of the Mind judges at both the regional and state levels. They also were very active in the “Southern Tier Celebrates” organization from its inception until it disbanded, and have been active members of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (PAST), where Dave just completed two years as president. Carol has also been a very active member of the Southside Neighborhood Assembly.

Hawley has for years been a staunch advocate for equitable funding for schools and believes that all students can succeed if given adequate support.
 
Contacts:  dvhawley@aol.com , 607-722-9336
Peter Nowacki

Peter Nowacki has been a member of the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Trustees since 2006. A Windsor resident, he is a member of the board’s Component Relations Committee, Legislative Delegation, Audit Committee, and has served as the vice president and president of the Broome-Tioga School Boards Association. He has been a member of the Windsor Central School District Board of Education since 2001 and is currently entering his tenth year as president of that board.

After graduating from high school, Nowacki served a two-year stint in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. Upon completion of service, he entered Buffalo State College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education. He went on to obtain a Master of Science in Education at Binghamton University and is currently finishing classes for his Administration Certification in Education from Scranton University.
 
Nowacki and his family moved to Windsor from the Buffalo area in 1993, when he took a teaching position in the Hancock Central School District. From there he went on to become the technology coordinator for the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District in 1996. The technology boom of the late 90’s called him away from the field of education to take a position with the court system as a technologist, where he has been since 1998. Currently, he is a network technologist for the Unified Court System’s Division of Technology.
 
Nowacki’s personal philosophy for educational leadership is that of providing high expectations as well as high levels of support in order to develop a passion for excellence at all levels of the educational continuum.

Contacts: pnowacki67@gmail.com , 607-752-1562

Donald M. Vredenburgh
Donald M. Vredenburgh, of Chenango Forks, has been a member of the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Education since 1999. He was also a member of the Chenango Forks School District Board of Education for fourteen years, serving as its president for three years. Vredenburgh has participated on several board committees, including the Audit Committee, Facilities Committee, Health Insurance Consortiums, and the District Wide Safety Team.

Vredenburgh was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., and graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1962. He then attended Norwich University in Norwich, Vermont. A resident of the Chenango Forks area for the past 53 years, he was employed by the New York State Police for almost 35 years, initially as a uniformed trooper and then as an Investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He retired from the State Police in 2001. A lifetime member of the Kattelville Athletic Association, Vredenburgh enjoys hunting, fishing and chopping firewood.

He and his late wife, Pam, were married for 30 years. They have four children and five granddaughters.

Contacts: KAA11@aol.com 607-656-7663
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