Serving Public School Leaders Since 1971
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:
Paul Fanuele, Arlington CSD
Joyce Carr, Elmira CSD
John McKenna, Tonawanda CSD
Executive Committee Members
Danielle (Danny) Dehm, Victor CSD
Regina Huffman, Sewanhaka CHSD
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Darlynn with inquiries pertaining to accounts payable & receivable.
Director of Professional Development
Contact Karen for information on SAANYS’ events, including PD Your Way and the MentorCoach service.
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 works in the Communications Office on the production of marketing and programming materials.
Coordinator of Membership
Contact Kathy regarding dues, member insurances, benefits, a change of address, or other membership issues.
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.
Director of Communications
Michelle oversees all media relations, publications, marketing, and electronic communications.
Call on Susan with questions regarding workshops and event logistics and registration.
Legal Department contact and liaison to the SAANYS attorneys.
JanZaitor serves as the contact for the deputy executive director and government relations committee; requests for negotiations assistance and research.
Deputy Executive Director
A former principal, Don is involved in all aspects of member services, traveling often to serve member units around the state.
Annika works in the Communications Office on the News & Notes newsletter, event promotions, and website updates.
Director of Corporate Services
Debbie serves as SAANYS´ liaison to the business community, forging beneficial relationships with select companies.
Christopher Van Wagner
Christopher handles dues, member insurances, benefits, and change of address requests.