Four seats on the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education are up for election. The unpaid, three-year terms are sought by the candidates listed below. The terms run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020.
John Bergeron is seeking another term representing Schenectady County on the BOCES Board of Education.
He is finishing his 41st year on the board, and has served as president and vice president several times. He also serves on the operating board for Tech Valley High School.
A retired scientist from GE Corporate Research and Development, he founded Bergeron Associates Science and Engineering. He is a former director of the Electromagnetic Energy Policy Alliance, and previously taught undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses at Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Bergeron graduated from Brown University and received a Ph.D. in biology from Cornell University. He lives in Schenectady and has three sons. He has a granddaughter who graduated from BOCES' Career & Technical Education.
Nancy del Prado is seeking another term representing Schenectady County on the BOCES Board of Education.
She has served on the Mohonasenasen Central Schools Board of Education for over 24 years. During that time she served as vice-president for two years and president for seven years. She has also served as the vice-president of the Capital District School Boards Association and was an Area 7 Legislative Liaison for the New York State School Boards Association.
Del Prado has worked for the New York State Department of Health for 30 years and currently works in the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General as a management specialist. A graduate of Mohonasenasen, del Prado studied human services and dental hygiene at Hudson Valley Community College. She is also a registered dental hygienist.
Over the years, del Prado has been involved with numerous district programs and committees at Mohonasenasen. She was also a Girl Scout leader for several years, as well as vice president and a member of the Schenectady Area Mothers of Twins Club.
Del Prado and her husband, Thomas, have four children who are all Mohonasenasen graduates.
Gary DiLallo is seeking his third term representing Saratoga County on the BOCES Board of Education.
DiLallo is a six-term member of the Shenendehowa Board of Education where he has served as both president and vice president. He was the recipient of the 2011 New York State School Boards Associationâ€™s Advocate of the Year Award for his dedication to public education and tireless work on behalf of students.
A retired Mechanicville social studies teacher, DiLallo is also past president of the Saratoga County School Boards Association.
John Phelan of Guilderland is seeking another term representing Albany County on the BOCES Board of Education.
Phelan served three terms on the Guilderland Board of Education, where he held the offices of president and vice president. He served on the New York State School Boards Association as chairperson of the Resolutions Committee, several ad hoc committees and was a member of the State Legislative Network. Phelan was also a member of the Federal Legislative Network for the National School Boards Association for many years. During his service on the BOCES Board he has held the offices of president and vice president.
He retired as assistant counsel for the New York State Office of the Aging, and previously worked for the State Comptroller. Phelan, who has two children, is a graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in history from Holy Cross College and is a graduate of Albany Law School