Candidates to run for the 2019 SBNC election year

December 16, 2018

The School Board Nominating Committee plays an integral role in shaping the excellence of the Scarsdale schools. By involving a wide breadth of community members, the SBNC helps fulfill its mission of evaluating and choosing the most qualified nominees for Scarsdale’s Board of Education. Since September, the Administrative Committee of the
SBNC has been recruiting SBNC candidates. Serving on the SBNC is a manageable time commitment and is one of the most interesting and impactful volunteer opportunities in town. All residents are encouraged to consider running for the SBNC

The twelve 2019 SBNC candidates elected on January 8th, 2019 will join eighteen others on the committee serving staggered three-year terms. By the end of March 2019, the SBNC will nominate three individuals to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill seats currently held by Nina Ledis Cannon, Leila Maude, and William (Bill) Natbony. All community members are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC. The SBNC slate of Board of Education candidates, along with any other individuals who may choose to run, will stand for public election May 21st, 2019 during the school budget vote.

Be Part of the Process and Vote

The SBNC election will take place Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 from 7 – 10 AM and 2 – 9 PM in the Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Lobby at 134 Mamaroneck Rd. In the event schools are closed on Election Day, the election will be held on the earlier of (i) Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, or (ii) the next day school is in session. Any Snow Date or
Run-off election would be held in the SMS Auditorium Lobby at the times given above.

A mail-in ballot is available for those who choose not to vote in person. Copies of the mail-in ballot are available to the public in hard copy at Scarsdale Village Hall and the Scarsdale Library Loft at Supply Field; 244 Heathcote Road and in electronic form on this site at this page. Completed mail-in ballots must be sent to: SBNC Administrative
Chair, PO Box 172H, Scarsdale, NY 10583 and received in the SBNC PO Box no later than 4 PM on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Submit your mail-in ballot now if you will not be voting in person

Any resident of the School District may vote who is (i) a US citizen; (ii) 18 years of age or older; and (iii) a resident of the School District for 30 days prior to the election.

Following are the list of those running from each neighborhood along with biographies of each candidate:


AMY SCHIFF: 44 Lyons Road Years of Residency: 20 years

Occupation: Voice teacher-private lessons/musical director at not for profit children’s theater Arc Stages.

Education: BA Music Binghamton University, MA NYU Vocal Performance

Child’s/Children’s age(s):  10

Civic Activities: Edgewood PTA 5 years, Cultural Arts Chair (school assemblies) 2 years, class parent 4 years, Girl Scout assistant leader 1 year, Bet Am Shalom “Green” committee, Bet Am Shalom Open Arms Shelter donations committee, Edgewood Classical
Cafe Chair 2 years

DAVID BENDERSON: 14 Hamilton Road Years of Residency: 4 Years

Occupation: Ophthalmologist; Director, Valley Medical Group Ophthalmology

Education: BA – Penn State, MD-Penn State, Internship in Internal Medicine – Abington Memorial Hospital, Residency in Ophthalmology – University of Maryland Medical System

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 11, 7

Civic Activities: Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emmanuel – co-chair, Social Action committee (2018) ; Organizer/Advocate – Edgewood Parents of off-site Inclusion Classroom Children (2017), Volunteer – Edgewood Fair (2016, 2017); Volunteer – Young Writers’ Workshop (2016); Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Valley Hospital Department of Community Health and Community Benefit (2015 – 2018); Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Thrive! for Women (health education program in Bergen County – 2017), Organizer/Fundraiser – Colleen Conway Grace, MD Lectureship in Ophthalmology, University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (2015 – 2016)


LAURA GELBLUM: 45 Brewster Road Years of Residency17 Years

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom and community volunteer; former marketer at Lancome and American Express

Education: Emory University, BA  in Political Science

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 19, 17, 14, 10

Civic Activities:  Friends of Music & The Arts – Executive Committee Member; Fox Meadow Neighborhood Association – Executive Committee MemberScarsdale High School PTA – College and Career Center Volunteer, YES Office Volunteer; Scarsdale Middle School PTA – 8thGrade Activities Committee Member, MultiCultural Luncheon Committee Member; Fox Meadow PTA – Compact Committee Member, Friends of Music & The Arts Liaison, Abilities Awareness Committee Member, PT Council Young Writers Workshop Volunteer, and other roles; Temple Israel Center- Executive Committee Member, Board of Trustees Member, Nursery School Board Co-Chair, Nursery School Director Search Committee Member.

SEEMA JAGGI: 14 Overhill Road Years of Residency: 13 years

Occupation: Stay-home mom

Education: BS Purdue University, SM MIT, PhD MIT

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 18, 15, 12

Civic Activities: Junior League of Central Westchester Active member 2007-2014, JLCW Treasurer 2008-2010, Fox Meadow PTA Treasurer 2010-2012, Scarsdale Middle School PTA President 2013-2014, Scarsdale Council of PTAs Treasurer 2014-2016, Co-Chair PT Council STEAM Day Committee Fall 2016 and Spring 2018, Scarsdale High School PTA Treasurer 2018-present, Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation Board Member.


TODD COHEN: 1197 Post Road Years of Residency: 11 Years

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Northwestern University, BA in Economics; New York University School of Law, JD

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 18, 15, 12

Civic Activities: Junior League of Central Westchester Active member 2007-2014, JLCW Treasurer 2008-2010, Fox Meadow PTA Treasurer 2010-2012, Scarsdale Middle School PTA President 2013-2014, Scarsdale Council of PTAs Treasurer 2014-2016, Co-Chair PT Council STEAM Day Committee Fall 2016 and Spring 2018, Scarsdale High School PTA Treasurer 2018-present, Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation Board Member

JENNIFER FISCHER: 28 Greenacres Avenue Years of Residency: 9 Years

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, formerly Fashion Director of Sales, WWD

Education: BS, College of Journalism, University of Maryland

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 19, 17, 15, 8

Civic Activities: Pleasantville Cottages Volunteer (2017-present), PTC nominating committee 2018-19, Scarsdale Downtown Revitalization Committee (2016-present), Greenacres Fundraiser co-chair, 2018-19, Greenacres teacher appreciation chair
2018-19, Fenway Golf Club Board of Trustees (2017-present), WRT Family Mitzvah Corps steering committee (2017-present), White Plains March for our Lives organizing committee, 2018, Artful Looking volunteer (2015-present), Greenacres class parent
(2015-present) VP Fundraising, Greenacres (2016-2018), White Plains Hospital Pediatric Advisory Council (2017), WRT Cooking for a Cause (2012-14) WRT EC Fundraiser Chair (2012-14)

HEATHCOTE (Vote for up to 3 candidates)

ANIRUDH BANSAL: 40 Birchall Drive Years of Residency: 12 years, 10 months

Occupation: Lawyer

Education: A.B. in Politics, J.D.

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 16, 12, 9

Civic Activities: None

CHRISTOPHER MARKS: 28 Secor Road Years of Residency:14 years


Education: Carleton College (B.A. Economics, 1992) Univ. of Dayton School of Law (J.D. 1995)

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 11

Civic Activities: SMS PTA Exec. Committee, VP of Membership & Student Directory (2017-present); Heathcote PTA Exec. Committee, VP of Technology (2013-2016); Heathcote Capital Project Planning Committee (2015-16); Heathcote PTA Website Chair (2011-2016)

“LAURA” YING LIU: 2 Wheelock Road  Years of Residency8 Years

Occupation: Stay at home parent

Education: Beijing University, B.S. (Chemistry); Cornell University, MBA

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12, 10, 10

Civic Activities: Heathcote PTA Executive Committee, PTA Secretary (2015- 2017): Heathcote PTA Learning to Look and Multicultural Committee volunteer (2015-2018), Team leader positions at HuaXia Greater New York Chinese School (2014-2018), Scarsdale Chinese Association volunteer, Scarsdale Library community outreach volunteer


EKTA SAHNI VISWANATHAN: 20 Griffen Avenue Years of Residency: 3 Years

Occupation: Banking

Education: Master’s in Economics from Delhi School of Economics – India & MBA finance – University of Connecticut

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12, 9

Civic Activities: NY PACE – Small Business Opportunities/Mentoring for Minorities, Education outreach programs for girls throughvarious non-profits in India, PTA, March of Dimes and Building with Books volunteer.

ROBERT TEPPER3 Continental Road  Years of Residency: 1 year, 5 months

Occupation: Venture Capital Partner/Investor

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Hartford/College of Arts and Sciences

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 11, 8

Civic Activities:Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee, 2018 (served the final year for a departing committee member); Board of Directors of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle and Bellevue, Wa., 2016-2017; Board of Directors of Kirkland, (Wa.) Little League,
2016-2017; Special Needs Liaison for the Lake Washington School District, 2012-2017; Head Coach for Kirkland Wa. Little League team, 2014-2017.

Press Contact:             Wendy Gendel

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Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee Press Release

September 24, 2018 

The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) is seeking candidates to run for committee positions with terms beginning in January 2019. The SBNC is a committee of citizens elected from across the Village for the important purpose of nominating candidates to fill vacancies on the Scarsdale Board of Education.  SBNC members serve a vital function within our village and we strongly encourage all residents interested in maintaining the excellence of Scarsdale schools to consider running for an SBNC position.  

Each year, two members are elected from each of the five elementary school districts to serve a term of three years on the Nominating Committee, an additional year on the Administrative Committee, and a final year on the Joint Committee.

If you’re interested in running for the committee, more information and biographical and petition forms are available here.

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