Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee Statement


By Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, 2018 SBNC Chair

April 12, 2018 – As the 2018 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has completed its nomination of Woodrow Crouch and Alison Singer for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education, I thank the members of the SBNC for their dedication, thoughtfulness, and diligence in performing this important civic responsibility. I also thank all of the applicants. Scarsdale benefits when many talented citizens are willing to present themselves to the SBNC each year, as well as from the efforts of an engaged SBNC.

Our community created the SBNC to nominate school board candidates who will work to maintain and enhance the quality of education provided by the Scarsdale schools. The SBNC is composed of 30 voting members (six elected from each of the five elementary school areas), a non-voting chair and non-voting vice-chair, and two non-voting appointees from TVCC and SNAP. Pursuant to its governing resolution, it judges and selects candidates “solely on their qualifications to serve the community.”

This year, the SBNC nominated Alison and Woody to fill the two seats that open and begin on July 1, 2018. The SBNC considered many more candidates than could be selected for the two available positions. All current SBNC members signed the nominating petitions.

The Candidates

The SBNC strongly endorses Alison and Woody for election to the School Board. They bring different professional and personal experiences and perspectives to our community. They share a deep commitment to maintaining the excellence of the Scarsdale schools and serving constituents with multiple points of view.

Woodrow Crouch worked at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for 30 years, where he managed major engineering and construction projects and collaborated with colleagues, residents, politicians and unions, and he continues to work in the industry. He served as president and chaired the construction committee of the US Committee on Large Dams and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He holds a BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy and MS from Columbia University.

Woody and his wife Mary have lived in Scarsdale for 40 years, where he has served as president of the Drake Edgewood Association, chaired SNAP and the Edgewood Athletic Association, coached, and was on the board and treasurer of IHM’s religious school.  He currently is a merit badge counselor for Scarsdale Boy Scouts Troop 2 and a board member and past board chair of the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Five of his grandchildren now attend the Scarsdale schools.

Alison Singer is president of the Autism Science Foundation, dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting the needs of people with autism. She worked for 15 years in communications, including at NBC, where she engaged in team-oriented work to produce news programs and in business negotiations and personnel matters.   Alison holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alison and her husband Dan have lived in Scarsdale for 18 years, and their two daughters attended the Scarsdale schools. She chaired the SBNC Administrative and Joint Committees and the Parent Committee of the high school speech and debate team. She served on the School District’s Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education and the search committee for the Director of Special Education and Student Services.

The School Board Nomination Process  

The SBNC nomination process involves several stages.   In January, the SBNC heard current school board members’ views on the role and responsibilities of board members and the School District’s opportunities and challenges. SBNC members sought potential board candidates. Each interested applicant submitted a biographical form and then presented orally to the SBNC in February or March.

Pursuant to rules of procedure, committee members conducted due diligence by contacting dozens of people outside of SBNC familiar with the applicants, presented confidential due diligence reports, shared relevant factual information and experiences, focused on the many positive attributes of this year’s candidate pool, and listened to one another carefully.

Discussions and deliberations regarding candidates are confidential in order to encourage people to apply, protect the privacy of candidates and references, allow for candid discussion among SBNC members, and select nominees based on their qualifications.

The committee discussed fully and candidly the qualifications of all proposed candidates before there was any vote, and it voted by secret ballot to fill each vacancy. This year’s SBNC members devoted an estimated 1,600 total hours (an average of 50 hours per person) to their charge. The process was serious and deliberate, with respect for differing opinions.

For more information about the SBNC and its procedures, visit the “About Us” and “Join the School Board” pages of

Please Participate

Scarsdale is fortunate to maintain a nonpartisan election process for the Board of Education that selects candidates based solely on their qualifications to serve, not on their campaigning abilities or positions on specific issues. Informed and engaged residents willing to serve on the SBNC and the School Board, along with voter participation, help to ensure the highest quality school board leadership. Please consider serving or suggesting other school district residents to fill future vacancies.

Finally, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on the school budget and in the school board election.

For PDF version of this Statement, click here SBNC Statement April 2018 – PDF.




Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee Press Release


March 13, 2018 – The 2018 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has completed its process of recruiting, vetting and selecting two nominees for the 2018 non-partisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. There was a robust and highly talented candidate pool, from which the SBNC selected Woodrow (Woody) Crouch and Alison Singer.  If elected during the school board election on May 15, 2018, Crouch and Singer will assume their roles as first term school board members effective July 1, 2018.


The SBNC is a non-partisan committee composed of 30 voting members (six from each of the five election districts corresponding with the elementary school districts) and four non-voting members. Over the course of Sunday meetings from January through March, this year’s committee conducted extensive candidate outreach to encourage interested community members to apply, listened to applicant presentations, conducted detailed due diligence on all applicants, and considered potential candidates’ qualifications. Pursuant to the SBNC Resolution, committee deliberations concerning candidates are confidential.


Through thoughtful discussion and consideration, and pursuant to the SBNC Resolution, the SBNC “judged and selected [candidates] solely on their qualifications to serve the community.” This engaged and focused practice resulted in the nomination of two outstanding candidates, Crouch and Singer.

The SBNC congratulates the 2018 nominees and thanks all applicants who put themselves forward for candidacy. “I thank the entire SBNC, all applicants, and the Scarsdale community for their commitment to the Scarsdale School system and educational excellence,” noted Liz Guggenheimer, 2018 SBNC Chair.

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in the school board election, the same day as the 2018-2019 school budget vote. For more information on the SBNC, including the governing Resolution, please visit the SBNC website at or contact the SBNC Chair.


Inquiries and contact information:


Liz Guggenheimer,

Alison Singer,

Woodrow Crouch,



SBNC seeks candidates for nomination to the Scarsdale School Board

Arthur Rublin to step down from Board of Education after one term

Scarsdale, NY (1/22/18) – Members of the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) are seeking to identify potential candidates to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education.  Over the next few weeks, SBNC members will recruit and review candidates to fill two seats for a three-year term commencing with the 2018-2019 school year.

The SBNC invites all Scarsdale School District residents to propose names of qualified individuals to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education. A candidate must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the Scarsdale School District for at least one year prior to the May 15th election date.

School Board member Arthur Rublin has informed the SBNC that, although eligible for re-election to the Scarsdale Board of Education, he will not be seeking nomination for a second term.   Mr. Rublin has served on the School Board since 2015 and, for professional reasons, has decided not to seek a second term because he recently began a new professional opportunity.

Mr. Rublin commented: “I am grateful to the SBNC and Scarsdale School District voters for honoring me with the opportunity to serve the School District, its students, and the community at large.

Elizabeth (Liz) Guggenheimer, SBNC Chair stated: “On behalf of the SBNC, I would like to thank Art for his dedicated service to the school district and the community and wish him well in his future endeavors. We are pleased that Art, a longstanding community volunteer, plans to remain involved in Scarsdale and education activities through and after the end of his term.

In addition to nominating a candidate to fill the seat currently held by Art Rublin, the SBNC will nominate a candidate to fill the seat currently held by Pamela Fuehrer, who is completing her first term and is eligible for re-nomination.

The SBNC held its first meeting of the season on January 21st and is now engaged in active outreach to build a robust candidate pool. The SBNC will nominate two candidates to the School Board by March 31, 2018 for the nonpartisan slate in the next school board election. The election is Tuesday May 15, 2018 at the same time and place as the school budget vote.

Interested School Board candidates should complete a biographical information form and submit it via email to the SBNC Chair, at as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Forms are on the SBNC website at Please see the “Join the School Board” tab or contact the SBNC Chair Liz Guggenheimer for further information.


Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Chair

Moira Crouch, Vice Chair

Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee



(January 10, 2018-Scarsdale, NY):  Twelve candidates have been elected to join the School Board Nominating Committee.

The following candidates were elected:

Edgewood: Ruth Berkowitz and Timothy Dunne

Fox Meadow: Diane Greenwald and Tao (Jennifer) Hong

Greenacres: Kathleen Gray and Marylou Cooper Green

Heathcote: Kerry Hayes and Jing Li

Quaker Ridge: Nikki Hahn, Marissa Jackson, Stacey Kaufman and Robert Tepper


A total of 460 votes were cast in the election, of which 122 were absentee ballots.

Here is the breakdown of votes cast by neighborhood:

Edgewood:  96
Fox Meadow: 161
GreenAcres: 46
Heathcote: 101
Quaker Ridge: 56


This year’s new members will join the existing 18 members of the committee, serving staggered three-year terms. Stacey Kaufman and Robert Tepper will both serve a one-year term to fill two open seats in Quaker Ridge due to resignations. The committee will have its first meeting on January 21 and by the end of March it will nominate two candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill the seats currently held by Pamela Fuehrer and Arthur S. Rublin. Both Fuehrer and Rublin are completing their first three-year terms and are eligible for re-nomination. All Scarsdale residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC. The SBNC Board of Education candidates, along with any other candidates who may choose to run, will stand for public election in May at the same time as the school budget vote.


Contact:   Jeannine Palermo
SBNC Administrative Committee Chair
914 874 3427


Press Release
For Release December 22, 2017

16 to run for SBNC

Sixteen residents have volunteered to run in the School Board Nominating Committee election to be held Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The SBNC, consisting of elected representatives from each elementary school area, meets in private sessions to choose nonpartisan candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education. While all Scarsdale school district residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC, and any qualified candidates can choose to run from outside the nonpartisan system, the thirty elected members of the SBNC select the candidates to represent the nonpartisan slate in the school board election, which takes place at the same time as the school budget vote in May.

The twelve new committee members elected in January will join the eighteen others serving staggered three-year terms on the SBNC. The SBNC Administrative Committee is seeking the election of two candidates in each district, with the exception of Quaker Ridge, where it is seeking the election of four candidates to include the replacement of two SBNC members who have recently resigned. (The third and fourth highest vote getters from Quaker Ridge in this election will both fill a one-year term ending in 2019.)

The SBNC election will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Residents may vote in person in the Auditorium Lobby at the Scarsdale Middle School on that date from 7:00 to 10:00 AM and from 2:00 to 9:00 PM, or by mail-in ballot received by 4:00 PM on Election Day. In the event of a snow day, the election will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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


David Benderson: 14 Hamilton Road Length of Residence: 3 Years

Occupation: Physician and 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):  10 and 6

Civic Activities: Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emmanuel – Membership, Social Action/Refugee Resettlement Committees (2016-2017); Organizer/Advocate – Edgewood Parents of off-site Inclusion Classroom Children (2017), Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Valley Hospital Department of Community Health and Community Benefit (2015-2017); 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)


Ruth Berkowitz: 181 Clarence Road Length of Residence: 7 Years

Occupation: VP, Product and Marketing

Education: BA from Washington University in St. Louis & MBA from Kellogg School of Management

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12 and 8

Civic Activities: Board member for Team Image Synchronized Skating Team, active member of the Junior League of Central Westchester, alumni interviewer for Washington University in St. Louis, pizza lunch volunteer, cooking for the homeless at Kol Ami


Laura L. Cromwell: 269 Nelson Road Length of Residence: 23 Years

Occupation: Attorney

Education: BA SUNY Stony Brook, JD New York Law School

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 23 and 21

Civic Activities (list most current first): Women’s Committee, Law Department City of New York; New York Family Court Paternity and Support Advisory Committee; City of New York, Small Claims Arbitrator; member, Fund Raising and Planning Committee, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue; and past Scarsdale School PTA member.


Timothy C. Dunne: 14 Edgewood Road Length of Residence: 1963 to 1985 (with parents) 1999 to present

Occupation: Finance, President & CEO Private Export Funding Corporation

Education: MBA, New York University 1992 BA, Boston University 1982; Edgewood School/Scarsdale Jr. High/Scarsdale High School, Class of 1977

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Sean (28), Maggie (27), Deirdre (20)

Civic Activities: Finance Trustee, Scarsdale Congregational Church (2016 to present) Trustee, Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. (2008 to present) Edgewood Representative, Scarsdale Citizens Nominating Committee (2010 – 2012) Scarsdale Procedure Committee (2013-2014)



Diane Greenwald: 2 Oak Lane Length of Residence: 12 Years

Occupation: Designer/Arts Educator/Volunteer/Mom

Education: Wesleyan University, BA Art History; UC Berkeley, Coursework in Graphic Design; Bank Street College of Education, Coursework in Museum Education

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Jay (16); Eli (14); and Zaria Cash, STEP student (17)

Civic Activities: Scarsdale Public Library Board of Trustees (2015 – Present) President, Member of Building Committee, Liaison to FOSL, ex officio to Campaign Committee and past Vice President, Trustee, Communications Chair and School Outreach Committee Chair; Scarsdale Transfer Education Program (2016-present) Host Family of 2-year scholarship student; League of Women Voters Scarsdale Bond Study Committee (June 2017- present), Board of Directors and School Budget Study Chair (2015-17); Young Writers’ Workshop Instructor (2012- present);  Michael V. McGill Book Award (2014 –present) Administrator;  Scarsdale Forum (2013 – present) Education Committee Member;  PT Council Legislation Committee Co-chair (2014-2016);  PT Council Programming Chair (2013-14);  District Facilities Steering Committee for 2014 Bond (2013-14) Member & Communications Sub-committee Chair; District Committee for Strategic Plan Member (2014);  Coalition for Scarsdale Schools Exec Committee Member (2013-2014); Quaker Ridge PTA Colonial Day Co-Chair (2013-14; QRS PTA Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair (2014); QRS Learning to Look (2009-2014) Trainer, Advisor, Co-chair, Curriculum Developer, Coordinator, Teacher, Docent;  5th Grade Photo Committee Co-Chair (2012-2013);  Executive Board, Vice President of Programs (2011 – 2013);  Friends of Music and Arts Liaison (2010);  Class Parent, 2008-2013; Greyston Foundation, Board of Directors, Chair of Development (2008-2015); AJWS, Westchester Liaison and Development Committee (2011-2014)


Tao (Jennifer) Hong: 73 Hampton Road Length of Residence: 18 Years

Occupation: Stay-home mom, formerly VP at Lehman Brothers Fixed Income Analytics

Education: MS Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; BS Computer Science, Beijing University, Beijing China

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 16 and 10

Civic Activities: 2016 – Present, Head of Class Parents, Huaxia Chinese School Greater New York (HXGNY); 2015 – 2016, office volunteer, Scarsdale High School YES Office; 2006 – Present, Board Member, Scarsdale Chinese Association (SCA); 2015 – 2016, Chair of Event & Activity Committee, HXGNY; 2013 – 2015, Member of Activity & Event Committee, HXGNY; 2005 – 2015, Secretary & Treasurer, SCA; 2013 – 2014, Co-chair Multi-Cultural Committee, Fox Meadow PTA; 2013 – 2014, speech contest judge, Scarsdale Middle School; 2006 – 2007, Chair, SCA; 2005, Co-founder, SCA


Dina Rabin: 7 Ogden Road Length of Residence: 4.5 Years

Occupation: Psychologist in private practice serving adolescents and adults.

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin; BA, Tulane University

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 6, 4, and 17 months

Civic Activities: Fox Meadow PTA Nominating Committee, 2018; Board Member, Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, 2016-Present; Co-Chair of Library Services, Fox Meadow Elementary, 2017-2018; Volunteer for Learning to Look Program, Fox Meadow Elementary, 2017-2018; Committee Member, Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, 2015-2016; Taught a class on the Transition to College at Scarsdale Adult School, 2015.



Kathleen Gray: 6 Sage Terrace Length of Residence: 18 Years

Occupation: ESL Instructor

Education: BA, Mount Holyoke College

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 21 and 18

Civic Activities: Friends of the Scarsdale Library 2007-Present (President 2011-2017; Secretary 2009-2011); Friends of Music & the Arts in the Scarsdale Schools; 2011-2017 (President 2014-17; Secretary 2011-14); Volunteer teacher at Hitchcock Church “Living in America” program 2008-present; Hitchcock Church: Stewardship Co-Chair 2011-13; Deacon 2008-11; Numerous GA and SHS PTA committees throughout the years 2001-2017.


Marylou Cooper Green: 8 Farley Road Length of Residence: 20 Years

Education: MBA, Columbia School of Business; MA, Columbia University Teachers College; BA, Wake Forest University

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 22

Civic Activities: President, League of Women Voters of Westchester; Member, Zoning Board of Appeals; Past-President, League of Women Voters of Scarsdale; Citizens Nominating Committee; Treasurer, Greenacres PTA; Community Director, Girl Scouts of Scarsdale and Edgemont; and Vice President, Families with Children from China of TriState area.



Kerry Hayes: 3 Lenox Place Length of Residence: 9 Years

Occupation: Graphic Designer, Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Education: BFA, Syracuse University

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 11 and 7

Civic Activities: Girl Scout Troop Leader, 2014-present; PT Council Health & Wellness Committee Co-Chair, Fall 2017-present; SMS PTA Nominating Committee member, Fall 2017-present; PT Council Nominating Committee member, 2016-17; Heathcote PTA Nominating Committee Chair, 2016-17; PT Council Steam Day Event, Co-Chair of Makerspace, 2016; Heathcote COMPACT Committee member, 2014-2017 (3 terms); Heathcote School Newcomers’ Committee Chair, 2014-2017; Heathcote Safety Team member. 2015-2017 (2 terms); PTA President, Heathcote PTA 2015-2016 and PTA President-Elect, 2014-2015; Heavily active in various PTA committees from 2011-present


Jing Li: 69 Brookby Road Length of Residence: 2 Years and 4 Months

Occupation: Home Maker/Avid Pianist, Painter/Credit Suisse Hong Kong/Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA)

Education: Wellesley College BA (Computer Science major, Math minor)

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 10 two boys

Civic Activities: Heathcote PTA (2015-current): Heathcote Multicultural Co-chair (responsible for organizing Lunar New Year celebrations and Thank-You- Teachers’ luncheon) (2016-current); Learning to Look (2015-2016); Chinese Community volunteer (2015-current): help out with various community events during the Chinese New Year Celebration, the annual Scarsdale Chinese Assoc. gatherings; Teach English to under-privileged elementary children in Chai Wan, Hong Kong (2003-2004); Media Panel Leader and member of Harvard China Review Conference (1998-2000); Copy Editor of Overseas Young Chinese Forum (1998-2000); Captain of Wellesley College Table Tennis Club (1994-1998)


Curtis Parker: 23 Cushman Road Length of Residence: 2 Years

Occupation: Senior Vice President, AR Global Investments, LLC

Education: BS, Finance University of Tulsa (2006)

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 7 and 5

Civic Activities: Scarsdale District-Wide Facilities Committee (2017); Heathcote PTA (2015-2017); Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers (Treasurer, 2012-2015)


QUAKER RIDGE (Vote for up to 4 Candidates)

Nikki Hahn: 29 Cornell Street Length of Residence: 10 Years

Occupation: Part-time Corporate Relations and Service Events Manager for Volunteer New York!

Education: BS, New York University, School of Education

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Ages 15, 13, 7, 5

Civic Activities: Cure JM Foundation: Board of Directors Member (2017-present), National Leadership Council President (present), Development

Committee Chair (2016-present); Quaker Ridge School: PTA President (2016-2017); Scarsdale UFSD: PT Council Member (2016-2017); The Acceleration Project: Client Partner and Development Director (2015-2016); Junior League of Central Westchester: President (2014-2015, Vice President of Membership (2013-2014), Committee Chair (2004-2006); Girl Scout Troop Leader (2007)


Marisa Jackson: Length of Residence: 20 Years

Occupation: Teacher (currently Hebrew school grades 1 and 7) Former K and 1 teacher tenured at both Croton Harmon and NYC.

Education: BA, Tufts University MA, Bank Street College of Education

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Gabriel (19) Fletcher (16) and Amira (13)

Civic Activities: Supervisor for Rabbinic Intern at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue (BAS); Co-Chair of Tikkun Olam (Social Action) committee for BAS;
Co-Chair of Martin Luther King program at BAS to create meals for the hungry. Former chair of the School Board at BAS; and Executive Board Member BAS.


Stacey Kaufman: 6 Stonewall Lane Length of Residence: 4.5 Years

Occupation: Stay at home mom, former Vice President of Digital Marketing at Nickelodeon

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 10 and 8

Civic Activities: Quaker Ridge Elementary PTA VP Programming (2017-2019); QRS PTA VP of Development (2016-2017); QRS PTA Co-Chair Multi-cultural Luncheon (2015-Present); QRS PTA Co-Chair School Play (2015-2017); QRS PTA Co-Chair Evening Event (2014-2015); Girl Scout Troop Cookie Chair (2015-Present); Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Board of Trustees (2012-2013); SWFS ECC Evening Event Co-Chair (2010-2012)


ROBERT TEPPER: 3 Continental Road Length of Residence: 5 Months

Occupation: Venture Capital Partner/Investor

Education: BA University of Hartford

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12, 10 and 7

Civic Activities: Special Needs Liaison for the Lake Washington School District; Head Coach for Kirkland Washington Little League Team; Search Committee member for new Principal for Lakeview Elementary (Kirkland, Wa.); Board of Directors of Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Seattle and Bellevue, Wa, 2017) and Board of Directors of Kirkland Little League (Kirkland, Wa, 2016-2017)

Press Contact:             Jeannine Palermo