Board of Trustees
Carlo Cioffi joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. He is married and is the parent of three children. His daughter Grace attended Brown School from 2006 to 2008. Carlo graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. He earned his Certified Public Accounting License in 1987, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Carlo is currently the CFO of Plank Construction Services LLC and Highbridge Development LLC located in Schenectady, NY. He also serves on the Board of the Salvation Army of Schenectady and Jack’s Place.
Chris Kelly joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. Chris was a founder and partner at Treo Solutions, a health informatics company located in the Rensselaer Technology Park that recently was purchased by 3M Healthcare. Treo has recently been named to Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest growing companies for the eighth straight year. Over Treo’s 12 years, Chris has worked in sales, operations, software development, and IT. Chris has also worked in the sales organizations for two other fast growth companies, MapInfo (Now Pitney Bowes) in Troy, NY and GeoAccess in Overland Park, KS. Chris is also a former Brown School parent.
William L. Massmann
William Massmann joined the Board of Trustees in September 2014. Mr. Massmann is the founder and President of Spectrum Environmental Associates based in Schenectady NY. Spectrum is an environmental consulting firm that has been servicing its clients throughout upstate NY since 1995. He is married with one son, Alex, who graduated from Brown in 2011. As a parent, Mr. Massmann was involved with the Facilities Committee when the playground was renovated and was its Chair when the current Facilities Master Plan was developed. As a Board member, his goal is to help Brown School maintain and improve the facility and its infrastructure. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Lisa joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. She is a Research Scientist at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, permitting laboratories to perform forensic DNA testing as part of the Forensic Identity Program and evaluating ignition interlock devices for use in New York as a member of the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Program. She is also co-webmaster of the Wadsworth.org website, science writer for teh website and for the Department of Health’s electronic newsletter, The DOH Insider, and instructor for the Wadsworth Center’s Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program. Lisa has a BA in Microbiology and two minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Miami University and a MS in Molecular Pathogenesis from University at Albany. She and her husband Richard are proud parents of two Brown School graduates and one current Brown School Student.
Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of NanoEngineering at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronic Materials. She received degrees from Tehran University (B.S. Physics, 1993), Univ. of Missouri (PhD Physics, 1998) and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University (2001). In 2002, she joined SUNY Poly faculty as an Assistant Professor. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the NY Governor Women of Excellence award in 2005, Excellence in Research award from SUNY-Albany in 201l, and SUNY Research Foundation Presidential Fellow in 2013, and was recognized as one of “25 who make a difference” by Albany Times-Union. Shahedipour-Sandvik is widely published.
Michelle Sausa-Gatta, NBCT, CSP
Michelle is a Nationally Board Certified Music Teacher and teacher for Niskayuna Schools. She has state certification in music, reading and elementary education. Michelle has her CAS in Teacher Leadership and Mentoring from Union University and is a NBCT candidate support person. Michelle is a supporter of the arts. She is the Stage Manager and Artistic Director for the Niskayuna High School musicals and a member of Schenectady Light Opera Co having served on the board, done technical work and as a performer. Michelle has been seen in Northeast Ballet Co.’s performance of The Nutcracker and has assisted with costumes. Michelle is married to Tom Gatta and has two grown sons.
Catherine Smitas is the proud mother of two Brown School students, who began at the school at ages 4 and 2. She is an Internal Medicine physician in Niskayuna. She received her undergraduate degree in History and Science from Harvard College, where she was also the coxswain and captain of the lightweight rowing team. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed residency at Brown University. She is passionate about helping the elderly maintain their quality of life and independence. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a board member of the New York chapter of the organization. She served on the board of CapitalCare Medical Group from 2010 to 2017. Catherine and her family live in Guilderland.