Board of Directors
Mr. Callan has over 31 years experience as a school custodian, including 30 years as a supervisor. He has also served as a CSEA union delegate for 16 years in the capacity of treasurer, Vice President and President. In his district he is an active member of the Sustainability Committee, the Strategic Leadership and Planning Committee and served on the Bond Committee. He is also involved with the interviews pertaining to cleaning, custodial, maintenance and grounds positions. Mr. Callan holds 9 green cleaning certifications from NYOGS, is a certified class "A" Underground Storage Tank Operator and certified in Bloodborne pathogens.
MARCELLA PIZZO, PH.D. ABD, LMHC
Director/Community Liaison Chair
Board of Directors of the New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA)
Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Article:
Political Discourse and Aging in a Neoliberal Singapore: Models of Citizenship, Older Adults and Policy Initiatives, Journal of Aging & Social Policy (2020)
Marcella is a Doctoral Candidate at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. Her research interests are focused on institutionalized forms of oppression, organizational barriers to promoting social justice, and economic disparities at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. Marcella founded a behavioral health practice in East Meadow where she works as New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor that provides therapeutic interventions to adults. Her post graduate training includes certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is utilized as a primary method of treatment interventions. As an active member of her community, she is on the executive board of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, and a founding board member of Equity4LIYouth.org. Some of her awards and recognitions include: Hometown Hero, for Community Service, East Meadow Herald (July 2020), Town of Hempstead Citation for Community work with Chamber of Commerce (January 2020) and A State Senator Proclamation for Community work with Chamber of Commerce (January 2020).
In her spare time, Marcella loves physical activities, traveling and experiencing new cultures, cooking, and cultivating her garden. Marcella resides in Nassau county with her family.
Matt is currently a student at Pace University, majoring in Educational Leadership, on a path to completing an Ed.M., M.P.A., and SDBL Matt is working on his internship hours at the East Meadow School District.
Ms. Dobies is a veteran educator in the field of special education. She brings her experience as teacher, school administrator and college professor to this committee. She has received the Award of Distinction from the Long Island Association of Special Educators. Ms. Dobies is a well-respected advocate for children. She is committed to excellence and equity for the students she serves.
DR. JACCI HARRIS
Dr. Jacqueline Harris serves as Executive Director for Access 7 Services, Inc. where she is an integral part of the branding, coordination of services, recruitment, and daily operations of this agency that provides special education supports and services across Long Island. She also uses her leadership skills to serve as the Program Director for the Cedarmore Corporation’s Youth Empowerment Series, coordinating the culturally relevant Girlz Talk and BoyzN2Men programs for underserved youth. Her notable work on disproportionality, access, and equity has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally.
Dafny Joy Irizarry Ortiz is the founder and president of the Long Island Latino Teachers Association. A woman and educator with a passion for equity, justice, and inclusiveness.
I am currently the Assistant Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services for the Freeport Union Free School District and have been in this position for the past eight years. In my capacity, I supervise the Special Education and Pupil Personnel Staff, evaluate student growth, and conduct Committee on Special Education Meetings, BOCES Meetings, and Manifestation Determination Meetings in both English and Spanish. I also resolve State Education Department issues and complete mandated reports. I am proficient in the New York State Part 200 Regulations and am able to apply them on any level.
Prior to this position, I served in the capacity of the 6-12 Special Education Department Coordinator for the Garden City Union Free School District. I also worked for the Central Islip Union Free School District in the capacity of Administrator for Special Education and Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services. My administrative experience began at the South Country Central School District as the CPSE Chairman/District Psychologist. I also worked at the New York City Board of Education as a Bilingual (Spanish) School Psychologist as well as a Monolingual School Psychologist. I am extremely passionate about education and started off my educational journey as a middle school mathematics and science teacher straight out of college.
April Francis-Taylor is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity at Eastern Suffolk BOCES. She is an advocate for equitable systems and a regional education leader with over 17 years of experience. She received her B.A., M.A., and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Leadership from Hofstra University.