The Tech Valley High School Operating Board is composed of 10 members, five representing the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education and five representing the Questar III Board of Education.
John Phelan of Guilderland represents Albany County on the BOCES Board of Education. He was first elected in 1994.
Phelan served three terms on the Guilderland Board of Education, where he held the offices of president and vice president. He served on the New York State School Boards Association as chairperson of the Resolutions Committee, several ad hoc committees and was a member of the State Legislative Network. Phelan was also a member of the Federal Legislative Network for the National School Boards Association for many years. During his service on the BOCES Board he has held the offices of president and vice president.
He retired as assistant counsel for the New York State Office of the Aging, and previously worked for the State Comptroller. Phelan, who has two children, is a graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Holy Cross College and is a graduate of Albany Law School.
Dr. John Bergeron
Dr. John Bergeron has dedicated 30 years of service and continues to serve on the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education. He currently chairs the board’s Policy Advisory Committee and serves on the board’s Audit and Facilities/Finance Committees.
He was a past president and vice president of the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education.
Dr. Bergeron is retired from GE Corporate Research and Development where he was a research scientist. He is former director of the Electromagnetic Energy Policy Alliance of the Unites States. His career includes teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels at Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
He is a member of the Standards Coordinating Committee of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and numerous professional societies. Dr. Bergeron graduated from Brown University and holds a Ph.D. in biology from Cornell University.
Dr. Bergeron lives in Schenectady and has three sons.
Edmund Brooks has been a member of the Questar III BOCES Board of Education since October 2005. He is also a member of the Questar III Board and its Audit Committee. He previously served as a member of the Ichabod Crane Board of Education from 1996 to 2006, including terms as president and vice president.
After completing a two year traineeship as an Income Tax Auditor with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, he progressed to the position of Income Tax Field Auditor. He is currently an Associate Auditor with the NYS Department of Health – Internal Audit. He previously worked 31 years in the heavy machinery industry, starting as an apprentice and ending as a general manager. He is also the former director and president of the Sandy Hill Associates Credit Union.
Mr. Brooks is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls, a New York state-sponsored machinist apprenticeship program, Adirondack Community College and Siena College. He resides in Valatie.
Nancy delPrado was elected to the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education in October 2014. She served on the Mohonasen Board of Education from 1990-2017, held the offices of both President and Vice President, and served under four superintendents and two interim superintendents. Ms. delPrado is a member and past Vice President of the Capital District School Boards Assocation, and is a member, past voting delegate, and State Legislative Network Representative of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).
Ms, delPrado is currently Bureau Director with the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, managing statewide prepayment claim reviews, dental provider audits and procedure based audits.
Ms. delPrado graduated from Mohonasen CSD and Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She is currently a registered Dental Hygienist, and resides in Rotterdam with her husband of 40 years. They have four children, all graduates of Mohonasen CSD.
John C. Hill
John Hill has served on the Questar III Board of Education since 1996 and is currently a member of its audit committee. He has been Board President since 2015.
Mr. Hill was a member of the Hoosic Valley Central School District Board from 1972 to 1997. He served as president of this board five times, was active on the budget, negotiating and building committees, and acted as the district negotiator for two contracts.
Mr. Hill is a retired vice-president and sales manager for Midland Asphalt Materials of Tonawanda, NY. He has also active with Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association (LADA) of New York, serving as the industry organization’s treasurer from 1980 to 2010, president from 1993 to 1996 and as its executive director from 2010 to 2013.
Mr. Hill has been a resident of the Village of Valley Falls for more than 60 years. He presently serves on several committees of the Valley Falls Methodist Church, is the coordinator of volunteers for the Volunteers in Mission in the Albany District, and is currently the project manager for the Middleburgh (NY) Flood Recovery Effort. He is treasurer of the Victor Masonic Temple Association, of which he is a four-time past master.
Mr. Hill graduated from Hoosic Valley Central School in 1958 and Hudson Valley Community College in 1960, earning an associate’s degree in Highway Technology.
Kevin Kutzscher was first elected to the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education in 1995.
He has served two terms each as board president and vice president. Mr. Kutzscher chairs the board’s Human Resources Advisory Committee and serves on the board’s Policy Advisory, Audit and Facilities/Finance Committees.
Mr. Kutzscher served on the Sharon Springs Central School District Board of Education for 15 years, where he has been a president and vice president.
Mr. Kutzscher is employed as a transportation manager for Schoharie County Head Start. He has volunteered as a Boy Scout troop leader and has served as a member of the Sharon Springs Booster Club and Parent Teacher Organization.
He lives in Sharon Springs with his wife and has a son and a daughter.
Lynne L. Lenhardt has been a member of the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education since 1997 and has served as president and vice president.
Elected in 1988, she is also a member of the Bethlehem Central Board of Education, and has served in the same leadership roles. In 2001, Lenhardt was elected to the New York State School Boards Association Board of Directors and represents approximately 70 school districts in seven counties around the Capital District. She serves on the Board of Directors’ Executive, Investment and Operations Committees and formerly chaired the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on BOCES.
In 2007 Lenhardt chaired the Task Force on Raising the Graduation Rate and, in 2008, she was a member of the Task Force on Maximizing School District Resources. Formerly, Lenhardt was president of the Capital District School Boards Association and was a member of the Commissioners Advisory Council of School Board Members. She will again participate on the Commissioners Advisory Council in 2009.
Lenhardt formerly chaired the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) school board institute steering committee and participated in CASDA’s Select Seminars on Leadership and on Collaborative Leadership to Improve Student Performance. Lenhardt is an “Ambassador” for the New York State School Boards Association, speaking on educational issues to the media and to community organizations. She also is a member of the College Council of Empire State College.
Lenhardt received a master’s degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and formerly taught high school social studies. She also served as an adjunct college instructor of mathematics and worked in the New York State Legislature. Presently, she is a substitute teacher and does private math tutoring. She is an active participant in the Bethlehem Community Partnership, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Slingerlands Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Bethlehem Historical Association, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bethlehem Central Endowment Fund.
Lenhardt lives in Delmar with her husband George and together they have two grown children, Brian and Kimberly.
Questar III Vice-President Marilyn Noonan has served on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board since September 2010. Ms. Noonan has helped Questar III become a leader among BOCES through development of innovative educational programs such as Tech Valley High School and the New Visions career exploration courses in Math, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Allied Health, and Visual and Performing Arts.
As a member of the Questar III board, which she joined in 1988, Noonan has participated in leading the BOCES through extensive changes that have made its operation more economical, transparent and responsive to component school districts. During her service as a board member, Questar III has brought its core values – service, learning and excellence to fruition though many educational programs and services to school districts. Additionally, the BOCES has provided strong leadership and advocacy at the state level for expansion of aid to school districts and the development of business services for school districts to help them achieve greater economy and efficiency. She plans to continue her work with the BOCES and the district superintendent to build upon these successes consistent with the needs of the school districts and students in Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene Counties.
A strong proponent of career and technical education and the integration of rigorous academic standards into such programs, Ms. Noonan has supported the implementation of the High Schools that Work program at the Questar III Columbia Greene and Rensselaer Education Centers – stressing academic rigor, relevant learning and business world connection for students. Additionally, she has encouraged the development of seamless learning opportunities for students of Questar III who seek to enroll at Columbia -Greene Community College after graduation. A strong advocate for students and their families, she has pressed for the development and implementation of a special education curriculum at Questar III that is aligned with New York’s learning standards.
During her sixteen years as a member of the Catskill Central School Board of Education, Ms. Noonan served on search committees for four superintendents and several other administrative positions. For four years she served as President of the Board in addition to leading the Greene County School Boards Association.
On the State level, Ms. Noonan has attended the New York State School Boards Association annual meetings as a representative from Questar III. She has retired from her position as Executive Assistant for New York State Professional Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters, where she worked closely with the statewide leaders, particularly members of the legislature and their staffs.
Joseph “Seph” Garland
Seph was elected to the Questar III Board in 2008, and has served on the Coxsackie-Athens CSD Board of Education since 1991. He joined the board because his father and a long-time neighbor both served on the Coxsackie-Athens Board, and “if it was good enough for them it was good enough for me” to support the community.
In 2008, when a member of the Questar III Board retired, he was asked by former Coxsackie-Athens CSD Superintendent and Questar III COO Jeff Baltes to run, and he’s been serving on both boards ever since.
He says one of his goals on the Operating Board is to help TVHS continue to be the model for future education.
Seph manages over 1,700 properties in the Capital Region. He lives in Coxsackie in the house his grandfather built, and has four children.
Paul Puccio was elected to the Questar III Board in 1999 and has served as the Tech Valley High School Operating Board’s president since 2006. He has also been a member of the Schodack Central School District Board since 1981 and has served as its president for nine consecutive years.
Mr. Puccio is a retired New York state executive. His last appointed position was Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, a position that he held from 1995 until 2003.
His work history includes extensive experience in health and human services management. A 33-year career public servant of New York state, he began with the Division of the Budget in 1970, and, from 1979 on, served in appointed Associate Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner titles overseeing areas such as financial management, policy development, strategic planning, research, information services management, program services, workforce planning and employee benefits. He held these positions in the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the State Department of Civil Service, in addition to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Mr. Puccio has been actively involved with a number of community service organizations since 1974. He has been a speaker and instructor at a number of New York State School Board Association and Capital Area School Development Association seminars, institutes and conventions. Topics presented included: budgeting, management of employee benefit programs, board/superintendent relations, and alcohol and drug abuse issues in schools. He has provided consultative services to several districts on topics such as developing district mission and vision, and setting Board of Education goals and objectives. He has also been a member of Town of Schodack Planning Board since 2006.
Mr. Puccio earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and received a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Finance, from the State University of New York at Albany.
Mr. Puccio holds a bachelor’s degree from the University at Rochester and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany. He currently resides in Castleton.