The Members of the Board of Education
William F Connors Jr., President
Liaison Positions: Mount Elementary School and Nassakeag Elementary School
Subcommittee Membership: Audit and Facilities
William F. Connors, Jr., a Three Village resident since 1973, is married with four children who graduated from Ward Melville High School. He retired from Suffolk County Community College in 2011 after holding a variety of faculty and senior administrative positions spanning 44 years. These include Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/College Dean of Faculty, Executive Dean/CEO of the Ammerman and Eastern Campuses, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Faculty at the Ammerman and Grant Campuses.
Mr. Connors holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Saint Anselm College, a Master of Education in counseling psychology from Springfield College and a Master of Public Administration in management from Long Island University. He was selected to appear in “Who's Who in American Education.”
Mr. Connors has been active in numerous community activities and has served as member/vice president of the board of trustees of the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library from 1984-1992. He had previously been on the Board of Education from 1994-2006 and served as president from 1996-2006 and vice president from 1995-1996. He was elected again to the Board of Education in 2012.
Irene Gische, Vice President
Liaison Positions: Murphy Junior High School
Subcommittee Membership: Facilities and Policy
Irene Gische has been a resident of the Three Village Central School District since 1974. Mrs. Gische holds a degree in early childhood education from Brooklyn College and a master’s in liberal studies from Stony Brook. She served on the Board of Education for 12 years, from 1983-1995, two of which as board president. Mrs. Gische’s two children attended Three Village schools from kindergarten through high school.
Mrs. Gische has worked for SUNY Stony Brook for 25 years as the head teacher at the University Preschool. She has an extensive record of volunteering in the school district, participating in various PTA, PTO, PTGT and Board-appointed committees. She has also served as the costumer for various theater productions in the schools.
Deanna Bavlnka, Trustee
Liaison Position : Arrowhead Elementary School
Subcommittee Membership: Policy
Deanna Bavlnka, a Three Village resident since 1973 and a proud graduate of Ward Melville High School, is married with two children who currently attend the Three Village Central School District. She presently serves as the director of human resources for P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc. (PWGC), an environmental engineering firm with more than 20 years of human resources experience. Ms. Bavlnka holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, a bachelor’s degree in HR Development and Management, and has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management since 1989. She has led PWGC to numerous highly recognized achievements. Ms. Bavlnka is a firsthand witness to the value of a quality education, as she leads PWGC’s recruiting efforts to seek out the best and brightest minds that the engineering and scientific communities have to offer.
In addition, Ms. Bavlnka manages the firm’s scholarship, mentoring and internship programs. These programs provide her with opportunities to work with many school districts and see firsthand the specific aspects of each that directly translate to real value for the working world. She also participates on local school districts’ career advisory boards, volunteers at the Stony Brook University Career Center and participates in community fundraising events for various charities.
Inger Germano, Trustee
Liaison Positions: Minnesauke Elementary School
Subcommittee Membership: Legislative and Policy
Dr. Jeffrey Kerman, Trustee
Liaison Position : Ward Melville High School
Subcommittee Membership: Audit and Facilities
Dr. Jeffrey L. Kerman and his wife Marilyn have been residents of Setauket for 34 years. He has been practicing dentistry for 41 years and currently practices in Miller Place and New York City. Dr. Kerman previously served on the Three Village Board of Education for six years and looks forward to serving the community once again. He was appointed to the district’s Citizen’s Budget Committee and has served as its chairperson.
Dr. Kerman has a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. He served two years as a captain in the United States Army. Dr. Kerman currently serves as treasurer of the non-profit NYACAO Corporation, an organization which helps dental students while they are in school. He has held this office for 20 years.
Dr. Kerman is a member of the American Dental Association and is a founding member of the Suffolk County Dental Society and the Bronx County Dental Society. His older son Alex graduated from Ward Melville High School in 2009 and his younger son Matthew graduated from Ward Melville in 2011.
Jonathan Kornreich, Trustee
Liaison Position : P.J. Gelinas Junior High School
Subcommittee Membership: Audit and Legislative
Both before and after his education at SUNY Albany, Jonathan Kornreich spent several years living and traveling around the world. This exposure has had a tremendous influence on Mr. Kornreich's professional and philosophical development. A serial entrepreneur, he has owned several businesses ranging from an import company, a computer hardware firm and a swimming pool service company. Currently, Mr. Kornreich works as a consultant to an engineering firm, a real estate investment consultant and a property manager. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Suffolk County Boys and Girls Club, the board of directors of the Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook, and is on the New York State School Board Association's Legislative Committee. He is also a past president of the North Shore Montessori School in Stony Brook. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Stony Brook. Mr. Kornreich was elected to the Board in 2008.
Susanne Mendelson, Trustee
Liaison Positions: Setauket Elementary School
Subcommittee Membership: Legislative
Susanne A. Mendelson, a Three Village resident since 1982, graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1992 and currently has one child attending public school in the district. A devoted community leader and staunch advocate for public education, Susanne is committed to providing access to enriching educational opportunities for all students. Ms. Mendelson was first elected to the Board of Education in 2010.
Ms. Mendelson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, followed by graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Speech-Language-Pathology at the University of Vermont and Hofstra University. Her professional experience in public education includes working with children with communication disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities in Vermont and New Hampshire.
With fifteen years of experience writing grants for scientific research at academic institutions, as well as creating sustainable streams of funding nonprofit organizations, Ms. Mendelson has been highly effective as a team-lead, primary writer and editor for numerous federal, state and privately funded grants and has successfully secured funding for scientific and educational initiatives. As leader of a professional development program, instructor of medical humanities and persuasive writing for healthcare professionals, Susanne has mentored physicians, medical students, public health professionals, and community liaisons from diverse communities, educational institutions, and organizations fostering discussions on topics including: communication, self-awareness, cultural competency, compassion, community advocacy, ethics, and professionalism.
Guided by her commitment to developing educational activities and mentoring programs that teach cultural awareness and celebrate diversity among groups of youngsters within Suffolk County, Ms. Mendelson directed the proceeds of her Stony Brook University Presidential Diversity Mini-Grant entitled, “SEED Students Empowered by Embracing Diversity” to fund "The Living Book Project: A Day of Conversation, Exploration and Reflection." This daylong event brought together more than 230 ethnically and economically diverse high school students to share positive interactions and engage in team activities. Students answered challenging questions, considered unique perspectives and examined their own beliefs about socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural barriers to healthcare, racism and cultural bias, biomedical ethics, educational and healthcare disparities, and diversity within communities and society.
Ms. Mendelson was honored with the 2012 Friends of Education Award from Stony Brook University's School of Professional Development Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International in recognition of her outstanding commitment to service, research and leadership in education. She also received the Board Mastery Award from the New York State School Board’s Association for her participation in leadership development training opportunities. Most recently, Ms. Mendelson was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association.
Currently, Susanne is freelance grant writer and development consultant for small business owners and not-for- profit organizations. Additionally, Ms. Mendelson holds an Affiliated Faculty appointment in the Graduate Program in Public Health at Stony Brook Medicine and teaches persuasive grant writing techniques to public health professionals. Susanne was re-elected to the Board of Education in May 2013 and is currently serving her second term as Trustee.