Board of Education Members
Catherine Draper, President
Catherine Draper, President, was elected to the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education in 2013, having served for nine years on the Pelham Board of Education. She was sworn in as president in 2017. Ms. Draper is a part-time legislative aide for Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, trustee and past president of the Board of Trustees of the Westchester Library System and board chair of the Westchester Children's Association.
Past positions include president of the Pelham Education Foundation; president of the Pelham Public Library; president of the Rotary Club of the Pelhams and the Pelham Rotary Charities Fund; president of the Junior League of Pelham; president and trustee of the Pelham public library; and member of the Pelham Zoning Board of Appeals, the BEPT Teacher Center Policy Board, and the Pelham Family Service Board of Directors.
Ms. Draper is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was named by the Pelham Civic Association as “Person of the Year” for 2009 and was the recipient that year of the Pelham school district's Thomas B. Fenlon Award for Distinguished Service to Education. She has also received the Pelham Rotary's Paul Harris Award in 1998 and 2013; the Junior League of Pelham Volunteer of the Year Award (1997) and the Elizabeth I. Junod Award (2001).
John V. Filiberti, Vice President
John V. Filiberti served on the Eastchester UFSD Board of Education for nine years, including one year as President. He was appointed to the Southern Westchester BOCES Board in March 2015 to fill an unexpired term and was elected the following April. He is a real estate agent and self-employed small business consultant, as well as a part-time legislative aide at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and an occasional instructor at Pace University in Manhattan. Previously, Mr. Filiberti was a Vice President for Merrill Lynch in New York City and a former Air Traffic Controller at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Virginia.
Sheryl Brady was appointed to the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education in August 2019 to fill an unexpired term. She is in her 13th year serving on the White Plains Board of Education and has been a member of the Curriculum and Instruction, Policy, Special Education, and Finance subcommittees. Sheryl is the Manager of Operations at Bennett International, an educational consultancy company; in addition, she teaches Religious School and was a member of the Board of Trustees at Congregation Kol Ami. Previously, Sheryl was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair at Purchase College, SUNY. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University where she was a Danforth Fellow.
John DeSantis of Hastings-on-Hudson was elected to the BOCES Board in 1996, after having served for 18 years on the Hastings-on-Hudson Board of Education, including two terms as President. He received an Award of Excellence for School Board Service from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council. Mr. DeSantis is currently the Senior Director of Technical Services and Special Projects for the school of Arts & Sciences at New York University. He has also served on the Executive Board of the Greenburgh Council of Civic Organizations.
Lynn Frazer-McBride has been a special education teacher, mentor, librarian and coach. A recent retiree, she currently works as a consultant staff developer for the New York City Department of Education. Mrs. McBride, the chair of the education committee, was first elected to the Mount Vernon School Board in 1995. During her tenure she has served as President and Vice President. Mrs. McBride was elected to the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association in 2006. She is the legislative representative for the Federal Relations and the State Legislative Networks. She also participates on the legislative and Manhattanville-WPSBA College committees. In 2008, Mrs. McBride was also elected to the Board of the Association of Small City School Districts. She is an active member of the Council of Urban Boards of Education and the Alliance of Black School Educators.
Robert Johnson of Port Chester has taught chemistry and physics at Westhill High School in Stamford, Conn., since 2007. He has also been a producer/host with WPKN in Bridgeport, Conn., for 40 years and has held the same role with White Plains Community Media since 2016. He is a board member of the nonprofit Ripple Effect Artists in New York City. He holds a master’s degree in teaching from Lehman College and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Sacred Heart University. He is a trustee of the Mount Pleasant Cottage School Board of Education. From 2011 to 2017, he was a trustee of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District Board of Education. He served as vice president of that board in 2014-15 and president in 2015-16. He is married to Dr. Michaele Goodman, a psychologist in private practice. They have a son, who is a senior at Port Chester High School.
Georgia Riedel served for 12 years on the Harrison Board of Education, and previously served on the BOCES Board of Education. Ms. Riedel has been a member of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association for the past 11 years and served as President of the organization during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 academic years. She is a member of NYSSBA's Federal Relations Network and a liaison to Congresswoman Nita Lowey. She is also a member of NYSSBA's State Legislative Network and a liaison to State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer. When she is not volunteering, Ms. Riedel is employed as a physical therapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia campus.