FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Selection Committee for the Mamaroneck School Board of Education
Announces Endorsed Candidates
MAMARONECK, NY – The Selection Committee for the Mamaroneck School Board of Education, a citizen’s committee comprised of 24 elected independent and non-partisan resident volunteers representing each of the four Mamaroneck elementary schools has endorsed three candidates to fill the upcoming Mamaroneck School Board of Education (BOE) vacancies: Paul Bulova, an incumbent to the Board who is running for his 2nd term with more than 13 years as a resident of the district, Ariana Cohen, a resident of the district for nearly 5 years and Gladys Pérez-Di Vito, a resident of the district for 13 years.
Paul Bulova, father to three children (one atMamaroneck High School, one atHommocks and one at Mamaroneck Avenue School), has been a valued and involved member of the BOE since 2015 and has thoroughly enjoyed his role as Secretary for the past two years, as well as acting as liaison to Hommocks and serving on the BOE’s communications, audit and insurance committees. Paul has 20 years in the healthcare/biotech field and is currently working for a neurology based biotech company. Paul credits being an active listener, having patience, understanding the role of the Board, cultivating a great working relationship with the superintendent, fostering respect and empathy for other perspectives as some of the skills that have served him well onthe Board for the past three years. He sees the change in demographics as by far the most important issue the BOE is dealing with, whether it be increased enrollment, socio-economic issues or diversity. He says by being re-elected his strong relationship with the four current BOE members will allow for continued tenure of respect, cooperation and collaboration.
Ariana Cohen is mother to three children, two at Murray Avenue School and one entering Kindergarten in the fall. Ariana is currently a clinical social worker at Milestones Psychology, and was previously the Associate Head of the Lower School at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan. In addition, Ariana spent several years as a social worker at various public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The Selection Committee believes her extensive career background in education and mental health makes her a natural fit to help the current group of BOE members in steering decisions for our community’s children. As Associate Head of Columbia Grammar School, Ariana was charged with developing school protocols, finding new and innovative ways to approach professional development and she spent significant time coordinating services and interventions for children in need. She also built the entire human development curriculum from the ground up. The Selection Committee feels that the combination of her professional experience, both as a social worker and an senior administrator, coupled with her personal connectedness to the schools as a parent, makes her a very vested and eager potential board member.
Gladys Peréz-Di Vito is mother to two teenagers, one at Hommocks and one at Mamaroneck High School. Gladys is presently a psychologist and life coach in private practice and she worked previously as a School Based Clinician at Hommocks and The Guidance Center of Westchester. In her native Colombia, Gladys developed, along with the Israeli and Colombian Federal governments, a successful and extensive intervention program for gang-involved youth called the Shalom Project. Not only did sh
e serve as clinical supervisor responsible for conducting weekly group sessions for victims of domestic violence and youth involved in gangs and violence, she also planned and managed the municipal budget. Gladys feels her skills as a bilingual psychologist, a communicator, an educator and a peacemaker can bring new light to the board. Gladys believes the best way to help our community is to be involved in our community. Coming from Colombia, Gladys says one of the things she admires here is the rich and consistent communication between teachers, administrators and parents. She hopes to further develop the communication between Mamaroneck’s Latino community with the BOE.
After a significant amount of vetting, analysis and debate by the 24 members of the Selection Committee we are proud to endorse these three outstandingcandidates and we hope the community shows their support with their vote on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.