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
Leon Jacobs is 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, Mr. Jacobs serves on the SOCSD Audit Committee, Finance Council and District (Facilities) Planning Team. He 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. Mr. Jacobs 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. Mr. Jacobs 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. His current term expires June 30, 2023.
Dan Lamadrid, Vice President
Dan Lamadrid has been a resident of Tappan for almost 20 years. He and his wife, Veronica, have three children. Mr. Lamadrid 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. Mr. Lamadrid has been a member of the Audit Committee of the SOCSD since 2010. His current Board term expires June 30, 2022.
Email | (347) 239-6188
Steven Peña brings more than 10 years of facilities and operations management to his role as a Board of Education and is an active member of the South Orangetown community, serving as a PTA Class Ambassador and youth baseball coach for the Palisades-Sparkill Baseball League. He is a father of four with children attending South Orangetown Middle School, Cottage Lane Elementary School and William O. Schaefer Elementary School. Steve aspires to make a positive impact in the community he loves and to ensure a bright future for all the kids in the community. He was elected on March 8, 2022 to fill a seat vacated by a Board member relocation; his term expires June 30, 2023.
Cara Stepanian, Ph.D.
Email | (917) 796-5607
Cara Stepanian, Ph.D., 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.
Dana Stilley, Ph.D.
Email | (914) 441-6113
A lifelong Rockland County resident, Dana Stilley, Ph.D., is a Tappan Zee High School alumna and attended South Orangetown schools from kindergarten through graduation. Dr. Stilley holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Brown University, a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management Science from Columbia University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University. Dr. Stilley possesses years of experience in the financial industry, education administration and teaching. In addition to serving on the District’s Board of Education, Dr. Stilley is President of the Rockland Negro Scholarship Fund Board of Directors and a board member for Meals on Wheels of Rockland County and Camp Venture. She and her husband have one son who graduated from Tappan Zee High School in June 2021. Her term ends June 30, 2024.