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The Board of Trustees determines school policy, which is implemented by the Head of School, the administration, teachers and staff. 

The Board also has responsibility for the financial health of the school.

All Board members are volunteers. Many are from the Brown School community; however, some are not, and their perspective is also highly valued. 

Current members:

Lisa Biega

Lisa Biega 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 website and science writer for the website. 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.

Carlo Cioffi

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.

Frank Emmer

Bio forthcoming.

Chris Kelly

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.

Sophy Lai

Sophy Lai is a proud parent of Brown School graduate. Her daughter Anika Meeusen attended Brown School from preschool summer through eighth grade. Sophy is a financial professional and held finance executive roles in publicly-traded and privately-held companies for over 20 years. She joined Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in January 2018 as Director of Financial Management. 

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.

Scott Morley

Scott Morley has been a Brown School parent since 2008 and joined the Brown board in 2015. He is an attorney with Martin, Shudt, Wallace, DiLorenzo & Johnson in Troy, NY. Scott has served on a number of community boards, including Rensselear Land Trust. He also served with the United States Marine Corps. Scott lives in Colonie with his wife Nancy and sons, Owen and Mack, who both attend Brown.

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.

Tina Sciocchetti

Tina Sciocchetti is a partner in the Albany, NY office the national law firm, Nixon Peabody. Tina specializes in the areas of government investigations and white collar crime, data privacy, and education. She counsels educational institutions on matters involving student privacy, sexual misconduct, school safety and social media safety. Tina is an ardent supporter of Brown School, having witnessed the incredible impact of the school and its staff on lives of her two children. Tina joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Catherine Smitas

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.

About Brown School

The Brown School community is strong and supportive, and we believe that our students deserve not only an academic education but also a place to enjoy traditions and experiences that they cherish for years to come. Our faculty and administration are committed to mindfully educating each individual student in a nurturing and collaborative environment.

Our School Day

Our school song states that “Brown School is joy, friendship, and laughter. Memories dear, now and long after. Working each day, growing together. Brown School is learning and love.” Even though we have modernized our teaching and offerings, these words hold true even decades after they were written.

Beyond the School Day

Brown School students of all ages have a plethora of options available after the school day is over. Whether it is partaking in the after school or Plus programs that offer a purposeful place for students while parents are working, exploring new interests or established hobbies, or getting together beyond the walls of our school, our Brown School community is strong.

Prospective Parents

We know that you are looking for just the right spot for your child, and we want to partner with you in that process. It is hard to get a sense of the community and daily routines of Brown School online, and we encourage you to schedule a visit or join us at one of our Open Houses.

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Current Families

There are so many things happening in our school community each day, and we value your partnership in making amazing things happen. These links will help Brown School students and families stay connected to keep our community strong!

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