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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

Board Member Since 2017 
Office/Committees: Chair/Health, DEI, Facilities
Lisa is a Research Scientist at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center and holds degrees in Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis.

Lisa loves all things Brown School – musicals, movie nights, MindUp, Moving up Night at Proctors, socials, buddies, the float, 7th and 8th grade dinner dance, but more than anything else, the Brown School family. She enjoyed helping out with the parent group PALS when her three children were at Brown School. 

Charles Contompasis

Board Member Since: 2020
Office/Committees: Marketing, Development
Charles has worked in advertising for nearly 20 years with a focus on strategic communications. He has worked for clients on international, national and regional campaigns. He brings this perspective to the Brown School Board with the goal of promoting the school and the benefits it offers to its students, families, and the community.

Charles attended Brown School before going on to Niskayuna Central Schools and Syracuse University where he earn a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Advertising and Political Science. Charles has children that have and currently attend the school.

Ann Marsh

Board Member Since 2021
Office/Committees: Finance

Ann is an Audit Supervisor at the New York State Office of State Comptroller (OSC) in the Division of State Government Accountability. Prior to transferring to OSC, Ann was Director of the Rate Setting Unit at the New York State Education Department responsible for establishing  tuition rates for special education programs throughout New York State. Ann earned her  Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Siena College and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Finance from SUNY Albany. Ann is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Came to know Brown through teachers in her neighborhood.

Michele Melton

Board Member Since 2021
Office/Committees: Development, Finance

Michele has more than 20 years of public service work experience, including project management and grant management work. She is currently a sustaining member with the Junior League of Albany, NY where she served on the Board for two years and held other committee leadership positions. 

Michele came to know Brown through friends who spoke highly of the school.

Scott Morley 

Board Member Since 2015
Office/Committees: Treasurer/Finance

Scott was a Brown School parent from 2008 to 2022. For 20 years he was an attorney in a Troy, NY firm, currently he is an attorney with his own firm in Colonie, NY. Scott has served on a number of community boards, including the Rensselaer 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 graduated 8th grade from Brown, with Owen also graduating from Brown High School’s first full graduating class in 2022.

Dino Sciocchetti 

Board Member Since 2021
Office/Committees: Facilities

Dino graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and worked for an international Heavy Civil contractor in Buffalo, and Boston where he was involved in the renovation of a powerhouse along the Niagara River and construction of a portion of the Central Artery Tunnel, more commonly referred to as “the Big Dig.”  During this tenure, Dino held various positions from field engineer, to shift supervisor to project manager.  In 2001 he moved back home to be closer to family where spent 21 years working for AJS Masonry as its COO before leaving in 2022 to pursue other ventures.  Dino currently works for Enfield Enterprises out of Springfield, MA in their NY office focusing primarily on Government work at the Knolls and Kesselring Naval Nuclear sites.

Dino has strong family connections to the school. He is married and lives in Rexford with his wife and one daughter who attends Shenendehowa.  

Tina Sciocchetti 

Board Member Since 2017
Office/Committees: Vice Chair/Development, Trusteeship

Tina is a partner in the Albany, NY office of the national law firm, Nixon Peabody. Tina specializes in the areas of government investigations and white collar crime, data privacy, and education. 

Tina is an ardent supporter of Brown School, having witnessed the incredible impact of the school and its staff on the lives of her two children. 

Rabia Shinaishin

Board Member Since 2021
Office/Committees: Facilities, DEI

Rabia is a registered architect in New York State, and has worked on a wide range of commercial and institutional projects during her time at firms in New York, Florida, and Virginia. She is a member of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, where she advises on matters relating to accessibility at DEC locations. As part of her role on the Brown School Board of Trustees, she serves on the Facilities Subcommittee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee.

Rabia has been a part of the Brown School community for many years, and is a parent of a Brown School alumnus. 

Catherine Smitas 

Board Member Since 2017
Office/Committees: Secretary, Development

Catherine is an Internal Medicine physician.  She received her undergraduate degree in History and Science from Harvard College, her medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed residency at Brown University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  After practicing in Niskayuna for many years, Catherine is now Regional Medical Director for Aledade, a tech enablement company helping primary care physicians stay independent. 

Catherine is the proud mother of two Brown School students, who began at the school at ages 4 and 2.  Her son is now a student at Guilderland High School and her daughter is in 8th grade.