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.
Rosemary Pitruzzella, President
Email | (845) 359-9269
Rosemary has been a lifelong resident of South Orangetown and is a graduate of Tappan Zee High School. and the University of Buffalo. She resides in Tappan with her husband and son. Rosemary has extensive experience as a manager in both the private and public sectors.
A member of SOCSD PTAs on all levels for over twenty years, Rosemary has held numerous PTA leadership positions including executive positions on the local and county level. In addition, Rosemary has served on the SOCSD Curriculum Council; Generation Exchange Committee; and the TZHS PTSA Legislation Committee. She is the board liaison for the SOCSD Curriculum Council, and Wellness Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the board policy subcommittee.
As a board trustee, Rosemary has committed herself to her belief it is her responsibility to keep abreast of all legislative and educational issues which may affect the students and residents of her district. With this in mind she has made it a continuous priority to attend conferences and workshops regionally, statewide, and at the national level so that she can return to her district informed and ready to share. She has served on the Rockland County School Board Association and presently serves as its past president.
Rosemary is the recipient of the NYS PTA Honorary Life Membership Award (2000), the Jane Skrzypek Volunteer of the Year Award (2001), the NYS PTA Distinguished Service Award (2002) and the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).
In 2004, Rosemary received the New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA) Developmental Achievement Citation. In 2008, she received the NYSSBA Mastery of Boardsmanship Award, and in the same year was a graduate of the NYSSBA School Board Institute (SBI). In 2011, she received the NYSSBA Board Achievement Award, as well as the EDDY Award from the Rockland County School Boards Association. In 2012, she was given both the NYSSBA Board Excellence Award and the NYSSBA Board Mastery Award. Her current term expires June 30, 2019.
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, 2019.
Email | (845) 398-0443
Leon is married with three children, two currently attend various schools in SOCSD and the third will follow when old enough. His wife Lisa is a SOCSD graduate and TZHS math teacher. He has been a lifetime Rockland resident and 11 year resident of Orangetown. Leon earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston in 1985, a Masters of Science in Construction Management from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1988 and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. He works for Frontier-Kemper Constructor’s, Inc. managing the construction of large public works projects in the New York metropolitan area heavy construction industry. Leon is active in the industry and a member of the Civil Engineering Honor Society, Chi Epsilon, The Moles and The American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also active with the Cub Scouts and was a past SOLL T-ball manager. His current term expires June 30, 2020.
Email | (845) 461-4952
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, 2020.
Born and raised in Blauvelt, Ken is a lifelong resident of South Orangetown and a proud graduate from Tappan Zee High School. After attending the University of Albany, he moved to Manhattan to begin a career on Wall Street. Ken has worked as an energy broker for more than 20 years. He helped create power desks at two different companies and took the role of Head of US Power at one company. Ken currently resides in Blauvelt with his wife and four daughters. All of his children attend South Orangetown schools and participate in sports programs. In his spare time, Ken coaches CYO basketball at St. Catharine’s, softball at SOLL and volunteers at community events. He is an avid sports enthusiast and is very passionate about supporting his community in a positive way. Ken is currently serving his first Board term, which expires on June 30, 2018.