Serving Public School Leaders Since 1972

The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) is proud of its long history of supporting New York’s public school leaders and their communities. Our mission is steadfast – to provide direction, service, and support to our membership in their efforts to improve the quality of education and leadership in New York State schools. We continue to accomplish our mission by consistently delivering unequaled service, advocacy, and supporting benefits to over 7,200 public school principals, assistant principals, directors, and coordinators in many of New York’s public schools and BOCES.

Member Services Include:

  • Strong legislative and regulatory representation and advocacy;
  • Local representation and services for 12 regions throughout New York State;
  • Legal support, labor relations, and negotiation assistance from our experienced team of attorneys and negotiators;
  • Professional growth opportunities through conferences, online learning, publications, mentoring, and an online career center; and
  • A nationally affiliated awards program to recognize outstanding leadership in education.

The SAANYS Team:

Officers and State Executive Committee:

The SAANYS Executive Committee: Top: L to R: John McKenna, Don Nickson, Stuart Pollak, Paul Fanuele, Kevin Casey. Bottom L to R: Regina Huffman, Danielle Dehm, and Joyce Carr

The SAANYS 2016-17 Executive Committee: Top: L to R: John McKenna, Don Nickson, Stuart Pollak, Paul Fanuele, Kevin Casey. Bottom L to R: Regina Huffman, Danielle Dehm, and Joyce Carr

Joyce Carr, Elmira CSD

Regina Huffman, Sewanhaka CSD

Past President:
Paul Fanuele, Arlington CSD

Executive Committee Members

Tony Cardamone, Baldwinsville CSD

Harry Leonardatos, Clarkstown CSD

Stuart Pollak, Connetquot CSD



The staff at SAANYS’ headquarters in Albany is here to support you. Please contact our staff any time with your inquiries or suggestions using the email addresses below, or by calling 518-782-0600. The SAANYS Legal Department can also be reached after hours using the weekend and evening legal pager: 800-978-6055. Be sure to leave your area code for call back.

Kevin Casey
Executive Director


Legal Department:

Arthur Scheuermann
General Counsel
Since 2002, Art has been leading the SAANYS Legal Department and team of field attorneys and negotiators. A former assistant district attorney on Long Island, Art spent a number of years honing his labor and employment relations expertise at an Albany law firm prior to arriving at SAANYS.

Jennifer Carlson
Deputy General Counsel
Jenn graduated from Albany Law School in 2003 and joined the SAANYS Legal Department in 2010. Prior to joining SAANYS, Jenn worked for over seven years in a Capital Region private law firm, performing primarily civil defense work for municipal employees.

Wendy S. DeForge
A graduate of Western New England College School of Law, Wendy received her Juris Doctorate degree and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Russell Sage College. Prior to SAANYS, Wendy was employed as a senior assistant conflict defender for Schenectady County, an associate attorney at DeLorenzo Law firm, and an associate professor of law at Bryant & Stratton College and Sage Colleges.

Elliot Raimondo
A graduate of University at Buffalo Law School, Elliot received his Juris Doctorate degree and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College. His law experience includes work at the Erie County Labor Relations Department, University at Buffalo Law School, and the Public Employment Relations Board.

Kim Hoggan
Administrative Assistant – Legal Department


Other Departments:

Darlynn Brazee
Business Manager
Contact Darlynn with inquiries pertaining to accounts payable & receivable.

Karen Bronson
Director of Professional Development
Contact Karen for information on SAANYS’ events, including PD Your Way and the MentorCoach service.

Katy Brunetti
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Katy can assist you with scheduling meetings with the executive director. She is also the liaison to the SAANYS Board of Directors and handles office and building management issues.

Sharon Caruso
Graphic Designer
Sharon works in the Communications Office on the production of marketing and programming materials.

Kathy Duffy
Coordinator of Membership
Contact Kathy regarding dues, member insurances, benefits, a change of address, or other membership issues.

Cindy Gallagher
Director of Government Relations
Cindy leads the member-composed Government Relations Committee, assuring that the collective voice of SAANYS members is heard on important legislative and regulatory matters.

Michelle Hebert
Director of Communications
Michelle oversees all media relations, publications, marketing, and electronic communications.

Susan Jaronski
Meeting Planner
Call on Susan with questions regarding workshops and event logistics and registration.

Patience Davidson
Administrative Assistant
Patience serves as the contact for the deputy executive director and government relations committee; requests for negotiations assistance and research.

Donald Nickson
Deputy Executive Director
A former principal, Don is involved in all aspects of member services, traveling often to serve member units around the state.

Jill Palladino
Head Receptionist

Annika Pfluger
Communications Coordinator
Annika works in the Communications Office on the News & Notes newsletter, event promotions, and website updates.

Deborah Taylor
Director of Corporate Services
Debbie serves as SAANYS´ liaison to the business community, forging beneficial relationships with select companies.

Christopher Van Wagner
Membership Specialist
Christopher handles dues, member insurances, benefits, and change of address requests.

SAANYS Outside Legal Attorneys

Additional Legal Counsel

Jaros & Jaros
Ronald L. Jaros, Esq. and Jason P. Jaros, Esq.
8207 Main Street, Suite 13
Williamsville, NY 14221
716-204-8851  |  fax: 716-685-1304

Creighton Johnsen & Giroux Attorneys at Law
Catherine Creighton, Esq.
560 Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
716-854-0007  |  fax: 716-854-0004

Satter Law Firm, PLLC
Mimi C. Satter, Esq.
217 So. Selina Street, 6th floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-471-0405  |  fax: 315-471-7849

Hinman, Straub, PC
Bartley J. Costello, III, Esq.
121 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
518-436-0751  |  fax:  518-436-4751

Bracken & Margolin, LLP
Linda Morgolin, Esq.
1050 Old Nichols Road, Suite 200
Islandia, NY 11749
631-234-8585  |  fax: 631-234-8702

Louis D. Stober, Jr., LLC
350 Old Country Road, Suite 205
Garden City, NY 11530
516-742-6546  |  fax:  516-742-8603