SWBOCES honors retirees for combined 439 years of service

retirees in a group

The Board of Education and Administration of Southern Westchester BOCES honored 21 retirees from the 2023-24 school year who represent a combined 439 years of service to our students, their families, our school districts and our programs.

A reception was held prior to the school board meeting at the Career Services Campus in Valhalla June 5. Many of the retirees attended with loved ones and colleagues. The Culinary Arts program catered a buffet dinner. Each retirees' supervisor was invited to the event, along with members of the SWBOCES Cabinet.

The following retirees were on hand to receive a certificate recognizing their service presented by Board President John Filiberti, District Superintendent Harold Coles and Deputy Superintendent Brendan Lyons:

teacher and administrators

Linda Christiansen, Teacher, Special Services — 44 years
Aleus Alcin, Teacher Aide, Special Services — 33 years
Erroll Rivera, Teacher, Special Services — 26 years
Leslie Wrobel, Teacher, Special Services — 25 years
Phyllis Rizzi, Principal, Special Services —18 years
Javier Heredia, Custodial Worker, Operations & Maintenance — 18 years
John Miller, Director of Business —16 years
Thomas Briggs, Director of Facilities —6 years

Also retiring this school year were:

Michael Ward, Teacher, Career Services — 32 years
Annette Sansone, Teacher Aide, Special Services — 29 years
Denise Hurvitz, Teacher, Special Services — 26 years
 Maria Lella, Teaching Assistant, Career Services — 26 years
Sharon Stevens, Teacher Aide, Special Services — 23 years
woman pins flower on man's lapelFlora Cardinale, Teaching Assistant, Career Services — 22 years
Susan Laquercia, Teacher Aide, Special Services — 21 years
Karen Berens, Occupational Therapist, Special Services — 20 years
Barbra Brady, Teaching Assistant, Special Services — 19 years 
Yvette Herrera, Office Assistant, Career Services — 17 years
Michael Bragg, Network Specialist, LHRIC — 10 years
Evangelo Michas, Principal, Career Services — 7 years
Jerrilyn Goldstein, Special Services — 1 year

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page.