Office of Public Information

The School Communications Team

Director of Communications

Our team of communications, graphic arts and and public relations professionals provide a range of services to our districts as well as to BOCES itself. We go into your schools and classrooms and meet with students, faculty and administrators to tell your schools' story via print and electronic newsletters, press releases, media relations, photography, video and social media. Reach out to us today!

Brian J. Howard, Director of Communications | 914-592-4203

Geraldine Mastrogiacomo, Office Assistant | 914-922-3425

P.R. Specialist

Cara Matthews

Cara Matthews

Cara Matthews worked for several daily newspapers in New York and Connecticut, including The Journal News, as well as Gannett Albany, which serves media outlets statewide. While in Albany, she spent seven years covering education issues and the state Board of Regents.

P.R. Specialist

Natalia Baag-Lord

Natalia Baage-Lord

Natalia Baage-Lord is a passionate storyteller who specializes in narrative writing and social media, for which she has won multiple national and state awards. A National School Public Relations Association “35 Under 35” honoree, she is a member of the New York School Public Relations Association’s executive board. Before joining SWBOCES, she emigrated from Belgium and spent a decade as a reporter and editor in Westchester County, covering education, arts and sports. She earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

P.R. Specialist

Alicia Smith

Alicia B. Smith is an award winning writer with more than 15 years experience. She began her career as a writer and editor for weekly and monthly publications in Central Connecticut. In 2017 she was the recipient of the New England Better Newspaper Competition First Place Human Interest Feature Story honor. Throughout her career she has covered a broad range of topics from local government and businesses to community members and education. She has a passion for telling and sharing stories and looks forward to helping school districts tell their unique story.

Graphic Designer

 Jeffry Braun 

Jeffry Braun

Jeffry Braun worked in advertising and marketing prior to joining SWBOCES & LHRIC to focus on his passion for graphic design, illustration and photography. He brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to the role and looks forward to working with school districts and BOCES centers. Jeffry earned his BFA in Illustration from SUNY Buffalo.