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 7,800 public school principals, assistant principals, directors, and coordinators in many of New York’s public schools and BOCES.

A history of dedication and service to the profession of school leadership.

Take a walk through history with this recent book chronicling not only the work of the association throughout the years, but also the changing political and social landscapes during that time.




Click here to open book.


The SAANYS Team:

Officers and State Executive Committee:


Stuart Pollak, Connetquot CSD

Harry Leonardatos, Clarkstown CSD

Past President:
Regina Huffman, Sewanhaka CSD

Executive Committee Members

Tony Cardamone, Baldwinsville CSD

Linda Klime, Lansingburgh CSD

Scott Comis, Valley Stream 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 Casey75Kevin Casey
Executive Director


Legal Department:

Art Scheuermann75Arthur 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 Carlson75Jennifer 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 DeForge75Wendy 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.

Jacob Verchereau75Jacob Verchereau
Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School and worked as an article editor for the Albany Government Law Review. As a law student, Jacob interned at SAANYS and the NYSED’s Office of State Review. Prior to law school, Jacob worked as an advocate/paralegal for several years and represented children with special needs in IDEA & Section 504 disputes.

Kim Hoggan 75Kim Hoggan
Legal Secretary 

Legal Department contact and assistance.


Other Departments:

Darlynn Brazee75Darlynn Brazee
Business Manager
Contact Darlynn with inquiries pertaining to accounts payable & receivable.

Karen Bronson75Karen Bronson
Director of Professional Learning
Contact Karen for information on SAANYS’ events, including PD Your Way and the MentorCoach service.

Katy Brunetti75Katy Brunetti
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Katy is a longtime staff member at SAANYS is the liaison to the SAANYS Board of Directors and handles office and building management issues.

Sharon Caruso 75Sharon Caruso
Graphic Designer
Sharon works in the Communications Office on the production of marketing and programming materials.

Kathy Duffy 75Kathy Duffy
Coordinator of Membership
Contact Kathy regarding dues, member insurances, benefits, a change of address, or other membership issues.

Cindy Gallagher75Cindy 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. cgallagher@saanys.org

Michelle Hebert 75Michelle Hebert
Director of Communications
Michelle oversees all media relations, publications, marketing, and electronic communications.

Susan Jaronski75Susan Jaronski
Meeting Planner
Call on Susan with questions regarding workshops and event logistics and registration.

Don Nickson75Donald 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 Palladino75Jill Palladino
Head Receptionist
Jill serves as the first point of contact at the front desk for SAANYS.

Annika Pfluger75Annika Pfluger
Communications Coordinator
Annika works in the Communications Office on the News & Notes newsletter, event promotions, electronic communication, and website updates.

Debbie Taylor75Deborah Taylor
Director of Corporate Services
Debbie serves as SAANYS´ liaison to the business community, forging beneficial relationships with select companies.

Christopher Van Wagner 75Christopher 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