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.
Carla Mastriano joined the Brown School Board of Trustees in 2014. She works at Siena College as the Associate Director of Human Resources and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She is also an Instructional Faculty member at Excelsior College. Carla lives in Latham with her husband, Joe, and daughter Ella. Carla earned a B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Education from The College of Saint Rose.
Jill Salvo joined the board in July 2011. She and her husband Joe have a son who attended Brown School from first through 8th grade, graduating in 2010. Jill has a B.S. in Biology from Denison University, a M. Phil and Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale, and completed an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellowship at the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research in Albany before joining Union College as a professor in 1991. At Union, she teaches molecular biology and does research on basic molecular processes in microbial organisms. Jill also held the position of the Director of Government Grants for the college from 2000 – 2009. She has also been active in the Council for Undergraduate Research as an elected councilor, and as chair of the nominations committee. Her favorite position at Brown School has been as an assistant in costumes and props for the annual Brown School musical.
Shadi Sandvik joined the Board in 2014. She is an Associate Professor of Engineering at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and a Presidential Fellow with the Research Foundation for SUNY. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Missouri, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Shadi lives in Niskayuna with her husband, Peter, and their daughter, Abigail, who also attends Brown School.
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.
Lotfi Sayahi joined the Board in the fall of 2013. He is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and former Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the State University of New York at Albany. He holds a Ph.D. from the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). Lotfi is a former Brown school parent.
Suzanne D. Smith
Suzanne Smith is a Principal and Employee Benefits Consultant for the Albany office of Milliman, Inc. She is an attorney and consults with employers primarily on retirement plans. Suzanne earned a B.A. from Connecticut College and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. She lives in Delanson with her husband, Tom, and their two children. Suzanne is a Brown School parent and joined the Board of Trustees in September 2009.
Vincent Versaci is a Brown School parent who has served on the Board of Trustees since the winter of 2005 and served as its Chair from 2009 to 2010. In March of 2010, Vince was nominated by Governor David A. Paterson to fill an interim vacancy as Judge of the Schenectady County Surrogate’s Court. After the Governor’s nomination was unanimously supported by the New York State Senate in May of that same year, Vince filled the vacancy as Surrogate’s Court Judge until a special election was held in November where Vince was elected to fill a ten-year term expiring in 2020. Prior to his appointment to the Surrogate’s Court bench, Vince served as Schenectady City Court Judge from January 2003 to May 2010 where he presided over a wide range of cases from serious criminal matters to minor traffic infractions. Vince received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and J.D. from Albany Law School. Vince lives in Schenectady with his wife, Tina, and their three children who all attend Brown School.