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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.

Michael W. Cooper, President

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, Vice President

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.  

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 has lived in Delmar with her partner Amy, and two boys, Maddox and Sam, who attend Hamagrael Elementary (class of 2030!). Willow 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. Willow 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, 2017-June 30, 2020

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, 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.  

Chris Myer

Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Chris 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 then went to Hobart College for his BA in History, and then on to Union College for his Masters in Teaching.  Chris and his wife, Mary Ellen, bought a home in Delmar in 2008, and have lived here since.  Chris and Mary Ellen have 2 kids; Brody, who will be in second grade at Hamagrael, and Kieran, who will be starting kindergarten at Hamagrael in the fall.  Chris is a 7th grade social studies teacher at Shaker Junior High School in Latham, NY.