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Meet the BOE

The Bethlehem Central Board of Education is comprised 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 make decisions about 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.

Holly Dellenbaugh, President

Board of Education member Holly Dellenbaugh

Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023

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.  

Meredith Moriarty, Vice President

Term: July 1, 2020- June 30, 2023

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 furthered her educational career by attending William Smith College and Albany Law School. After moving away from the area for several years, Meredith returned to Bethlehem in 2012 with her husband Eric. The couple has three children: Eloise, who is in third grade at Elsmere; Matilda, who is in kindergarten at Elsmere; and Henrietta, who attends preschool. Meredith is an attorney at Smith Hoke, PLLC.  

Willow Baer

Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

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Willow Baer was elected to the Board of Education in 2018. Since 2014, Willow lives in Delmar with her partner Amy, and two boys, Maddox and Sam, who attend Hamagrael Elementary and expect to be members of the BCHS class of 2030! Baer is currently the acting general counsel of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. In addition, she is an active volunteer for Hamagrael PTA and district theatre productions. Baer is currently involved in the NYS Leadership Institute, through the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, which is designed to increase leadership effectiveness of participants by providing tools and strategies to successfully meet the challenges facing New York state government.

Christine Beck

Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023

headshotChristine 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 senior at James Madison University in Virginia; Delaney, a freshman at Skidmore College; and Aidan, who is a junior 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 for four years and was involved with the Eagle PTO. Christine is actively involved in the community and has been an active participant in the district theater and tennis programs for seven years. 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.

Jonathan Fishbein

Term: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022

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 general counsel for the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he ran a private law firm for 22 years. Fishbein 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.

Chris Myer

Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Christian Myer was elected to the Board of Education in 2018. He grew up in Delmar, attended Hamagrael Elementary, and graduated from Bethlehem High School in 1995. He continued his education at Hobart College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. Myer earned a master’s degree in teaching from Union College. He and his wife Mary Ellen bought a home in Delmar in 2008, and have resided in the district since that time. Chris and Mary Ellen have two children: Brody, who will be in second grade at Hamagrael; and Kieran, who will be starting kindergarten at Hamagrael in the fall. Chris is a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Shaker Junior High School in Latham, NY.

Wendy Samson

Term: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022

Wendy Samson was elected to the Board of Education in 2019. Originally from the Binghamton, NY area, she graduated from Johnson City High School. After obtaining both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Albany, she served as a substitute teacher and taught English in several area schools, at the Glenmont Job Corps, and at the Greene Correctional Facility. Samson and her husband Daniel have lived in the district since 1990, and their daughter Nora plans to graduate from BCHS as a member of the class of 2022. Currently, Samson is employed as an ELA Content Specialist in the Office of State Assessment at the State Education Department, where she has worked since 2008. She has served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Albany County League of Women Voters, the Children’s Place at the Plaza daycare center and the Protestant Campus Ministry Board at UAlbany. At home, Samson and her family have fostered cats and kittens since 2012.