Meet the Board
The communities of the South Orangetown Central School District are served by a five-member Board of Education. Each Board member is elected by a public vote and serves a three-year term without pay. There are no term limits for Board members.
Board responsibilities are outlined on the Board of Education home page.
Leon Jacobs, President
Email | (845) 398-0443
Married with three children. One currently attends Tappan Zee High School and the other two SOCSD alumni attend University of Pittsburgh and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His wife Lisa is a SOCSD graduate and TZHS math teacher. He has been a lifetime Rockland resident, Orangetown resident since 1995 and has served the SOCSD Board of Education since July 2006. Additionally, Leon serves on the SOCSD Audit Committee, Finance Council and District (Facilities) Planning Team. Leon earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston in 1985 and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1988. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia and is a Certified Safety Professional. Leon works for Frontier-Kemper Constructor’s, Inc. managing the construction of large public works projects in the New York metropolitan area heavy construction industry. He is active in the construction industry and a member of the Civil Engineering Honor Society, Chi Epsilon, The Moles and The American Society of Civil Engineers. Leon serves as an officer or executive member of several construction industry associations and conferences. He was previously active with the Cub Scouts, Palisades Sparkill Baseball League and South Orangetown Little League when his sons were younger. Leon’s current term expires June 30, 2023.
Dan Lamadrid, Vice President
Dan has been a resident of Tappan for almost 20 years. He and his wife, Veronica, have three children. Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University, and is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He has held various finance and accounting positions. He has been a member of the Audit Committee of the SOCSD since 2010. His current Board term expires June 30, 2022.
Tom possesses more than 30 years as a systems analyst for companies in the financial and pharmaceutical industries and is currently employed by CVS Health Corporation. An active, longtime South Orangetown community member, Tom has coached CYO basketball, South Orangetown Little League baseball and OMM soccer. He is supervisor of the St. Catharine’s recreational basketball program, through which high school students coach athletes in grades 3 through 8. Tom and his wife Christine have three sons, all of whom attend or graduated from SOCSD schools. His Board term expires June 30, 2021.
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Christine possesses more than 30 years of corporate sector experience spanning the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. She has held roles in corporate engineering, research and development, supply chain, resource conservation, global sustainability and operations. Most recently, Christine was Director of Productivity and Project Management for North American Operations with The Dannon Company. She currently volunteers as a coach/mentor to assist experienced young professionals and students successfully navigate the job search, recruitment and hiring processes. Christine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Christine immigrated to the United State with her family at age 5. For the past 17 years, she has resided in Blauvelt with her husband and daughter, a Tappan Zee High School (’16) alumna. Christine is serving her first Board of Education term, which expires June 30, 2023.
Cara Stepanian, Ph.D.
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Dr. Stepanian is an educator and researcher with experience in the publishing industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University, a Certificate of Advanced Study (English, Gr. 7-12) from St. Thomas Aquinas College, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from West Chester University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Language and Literacy, with a specialization in 21st Century Literacies, from Fordham University. Dr. Stepanian is an active member of the South Orangetown community and serves on the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Ryan, have two sons in South Orangetown elementary schools and a two-year-old daughter. Her term ends June 20, 2022.