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Meet the BOE

The Bethlehem Central Board of Education is composed of seven members who serve three-year terms. Members are elected by the voters in the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools. 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.

Christine Beck, President

Term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020

Christine was first elected to the Board of Education in 2014. She and her husband Peter have been district residents since 2001 and have three children: Kyle, a sophomore at James Madison University; Delaney, a tenth grade student at the Academy of the Holy Names and Aidan, who is a freshman at BCHS. Christine is currently a Senior Internal Auditor for American National Insurance Company, Glenmont. She has 25 years of Property & Casualty experience and has held various positions at American National (formerly Farm Family Insurance) and Progressive Insurance Company. Christine was treasurer of the Glenmont, PTA and is an active volunteer in the community. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management from SUNY Oswego, a paralegal degree from Adelphi University and holds the following insurance designations, FCLA, SCLA, CCLA and PCLA.


 

Lynne L. Lenhardt, Vice President

Term: July 1, 2015-June 30, 2018

Lynne L. Lenhardt, Vice PresidentLynne L. Lenhardt was first elected to the Bethlehem Central Board of Education in 1988 and has served as president and vice president. She has also been a member of the Capital Region BOCES Board since 1997, also leading that board as president and vice president. She is also on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board. Lynne was elected to the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Board of Directors in 2001 representing about 70 school districts in seven counties in the greater Capital Region. In 2013 and 2014, she was elected President of NYSSBA and is currently serving as Immediate Past President. Prior to her election to the board, Lynne served as president of the Slingerlands PTA. Lynne 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 worked 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. Lynne lives in Delmar with her husband George and has two grown children, Brian and Kimberly, both graduates of BCHS.

 


 

Michael W. Cooper

Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019

Michael W. CooperMichael Cooper was first elected to the Board of Education in May 2010. He is the director of publications at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. A district resident for 26 years, Michael and his wife, Laura, have two children, Brian, who graduated from New York University and works for Adafruit, Inc. in New York City, and Alex, who graduated in 2010 from BCHS and is a graduate student at the University at Binghamton.

 


 

Holly Dellenbaugh

Board of Education member Holly Dellenbaugh

Term: July 1, 2017- June 30, 2020

Holly M. Dellenbaugh was first elected to the Board of Education in 2017.  She and her spouse, Samuel, have lived in the district since 2007 and have three children attending second, fifth, and eighth grades in Bethlehem schools.  Currently self-employed, Holly has more than 17 years of legal experience representing clients in the public and private sector in matters involving constitutional, products liability, administrative, and public health law.  Holly earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.  


 

Jonathan Fishbein

Term: July 1, 2016-June 30, 2019

Board of Education member Jonathan Fishbein

Jonathan was first elected to the Board of Education in 2016. A district resident for 27 years, Jonathan and his wife Paula have two children: Benjamin, a 2017 graduate of St. Lawrence University, and Lia, who is a Sophomore at SUNY Plattsburgh. Jonathan currently serves as the General Counsel for the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he ran a private law firm defending the innocent for 22 years. Jonathan is a trained mediator and arbitrator, and served 17 years on the Board of Mediation Matters as secretary and later president. He also holds appointments as a Figure Skating Judge in Singles, Pairs and Dance, and served 18 years as treasurer of the Skating Club of Darien and later the Albany Figure Skating Club. Jonathan has served on the U.S. Figure Skating Grievance and Ethics Committees, and as Special Outside Counsel for the Grievance Review Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.


 

Meredith Moriarty

Term: July 1, 2017- June 30, 2020

Board of Education member Meredith Moriarty

Meredith Moriarty was first elected to the Board of Education in 2017. She grew up in Bethlehem, attended Hamagrael Elementary and graduated from Bethlehem High School. She then furthered her educational career by attending William Smith College and Albany Law School. After moving away from the area for some years, Meredith returned to Bethlehem in 2012 with her husband Eric and now their three children; Eloise, who is in third grade at Elsmere, Matilda, who is in Kindergarten at Elsmere, and Henrietta, who attends pre-school. Meredith is an attorney at Smith Hoke, PLLC.  


 

Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe, Ed. D.

Term: July 1, 2015-June 30, 2018

Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe, Ed. D.

Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe, Ed. D., was first elected to the Board in May of 2009 and served as Vice President from 2014 to 2016. She and her spouse, Christian Lietzau, have lived in Delmar for 20 years. They have two children, Andreas who attended Bethlehem schools and is currently enrolled as a senior and first year Master’s degree student at Stony Brook University, and Rebecca who is a senior at BCHS. Charmaine has been a consultant and author on issues of social justice for over 30 years. Her clients include colleges and universities, corporations, and not for profit organizations. She also lectures at national conferences on diversity and race. In addition, Charmaine held several positions and taught at the University of Massachusetts, served as the Dean of Students at Mount Holyoke College, and was on the staff of the National Conference for Community and Justice. Charmaine has published three edited volumes related to race and social identity and numerous other book chapters and journal articles. In 2017 she was the inaugural recipient of the Equity and Social Justice Award for Scholarship, presented by the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. Before her election to the Board of Education, Charmaine served on the Board of the Elsmere PTA for four years and was a member of the District’s Citizens Budget Committee for 2 years. She received her Bachelors of Science, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.