Meet the Board


Richard Pento, President
Joined Board October 2007 (Term Ends 2024)

Occupation: Secondary Science Teacher, John C. Birdlebough High School
Education: B.S. - SUNY Oswego (Biology); M.S - SUNY Oswego (Biology); C.A.S. in Administration - Mass. College of Liberal Arts
Community Involvement: Liverpool Optimist Basketball Coach; Liverpool Youth Soccer Coach; Entergy Science Fair Mentor; Science Olympiad Judge

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Nicholas Blaney, Vice President
Joined Board May 2018 (Term Ends 2025)

Occupation: Licensed Insurance Agent/Broker
Education: B.A. - University of Rochester (Business Marketing 2012-2016); Eastman School of Music (Voice/Opera Performance 2010-2012)
Community Involvement: Board of Directors, Liverpool Dollars for Scholars; Cantor/Vocalist, Diocese of Syracuse - including Sacred Heart Church (Cicero), Assumption Church (Syracuse), The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Syracuse); Currently serves on: District’s Equity & Diversity Committee, and Board’s Policy Committee; Previously served on: LCSD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee; LCSD Education 2020 Committee; LCSD Superintendent Search Committees.

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Jecenia Bresett
Joined Board July 2023 (Term Ends 2026)

Occupation: SAHM
Community Involvement: Southern Quadrant Vice President 

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Stacey Chilbert
Joined Board July 2023 (Term Ends 2026)

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Hayley Downs

Hayley Downs
Joined Board July 2022 (Term Ends 2025)

Occupation: Vice Principal, Syracuse City School District (Grant Middle School) 
Education: Certificate of Advanced Study, Syracuse University (Educational Leadership); Master of Science, Syracuse University (Social Studies Education 7-12); Bachelor of Science, Syracuse University (Inclusive Elementary Education)
Community Involvement: Coach for Girls on the Run (Upstate Council), Gamma Phi Beta Chapter Advisor (Syracuse University) 

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Kimberly Martin

Kimberly Martin
Joined Board July 2022 (Term Ends 2025)

Occupation: Licensed Care Manager with United Healthcare Group
Education: Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from SUNY Albany. NYS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 
Community Involvement: My daughter is a 3rd grade student at Chestnut Hill Elementary 

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Dan McKeever
Joined Board July 2023 (Term Ends 2026)

Occupation: Assistant Professor (Finance) in Binghamton University School of Management 
Education: Fayetteville-Manlius High School (2006), B.A. in Journalism and Economics, The Ohio State University (2010), Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance), Penn State University (2018)
Community Involvement: Father of three young kids (born 2019, 2021, 2023).

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Joseph Morawski
Joined Board July 2018 (Term Ends 2024)

Education: SUNY Stony Brook, B. A. History, 1994; Syracuse University College of Law, J. D., 2002
Occupation:  Managing partner at the law firm of Melvin & Melvin PLLC. The focus of my practice is family law and child advocacy as an attorney for child.  
Community Involvement:  Founding member and current treasurer of the Liverpool Foundation for Education; My Wife, Alaina, a teacher in the Fulton School District,  and I are Liverpool Alumni, Class of 1990; Finance Committee, Christ the King Church in Bayberry.

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Katherine Roberts
Joined Board May 2019 (Term Ends 2024)

Occupation: Academic Scheduling Specialist, Registrar's Office, Le Moyne College
Education: Currently completing Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Le Moyne College), anticipated to complete May 2024
Community Involvement: Vice President of the Liverpool Foundation for Education, Central Quadrant PTO member, Employee Forum Co-Chair at Le Moyne College, Women's Leadership Forum Co-Chair at Le Moyne College, Creator of Le Moyne Cans Hunger (12 weeks of Giving), Certified in Mental Health First Aid. Serves on the Board of Education's Policy Committee, previously served on LCSD Audit Committee, LCSD Education 2020 committee, and LCSD Advisory Council. My husband, Rick, is a proud alumni of the class of 2000.

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Maryam Hatef

Maryam Hatef, Student Board Liaison
2023-2024 School Year

Education: Senior at Liverpool High School
About Me: I am an ardent advocate for education and community involvement. As the student liaison to the Board of Education, I ensure that the voices of my peers are heard in crucial decisions. My leadership extends further: I serve as the president facilitator for Community-Wide Dialogue and as the senior score leader for SCORE (Students Coalition for Race and Equity). Through a rigorous six-week summer training, I've honed my facilitation and presentation skills, delving into topics such as implicit bias and Black history, which profoundly influence community interactions. I'm also proud to be the president of the Book Club and vice president of Becca's Closet, roles in which I champion literary appreciation and community service. My unwavering commitment to excellence is highlighted by my affiliations with the NHS, JNHS, and NAHS, where I'm dedicated to upholding both personal and community standards.


Luka Atkinson

Luka Atkinson, Student Board Liaison
2023-2024 School Year

Education: Senior at Liverpool High School
About Me: I have participated in multiple programs such as the marching band for the past five years, concert and symphonic band. I am an advocate for the Fine Arts program through the Tri-Music Honor Society and a member or National Honor Society as well. I have my own crochet business that I plan to use proceeds from sales to make and distribute winter hats and scarves to a shelter. I am looking forward to getting to know the school community through further participation in school events. I am passionate about advocating for the special needs students and  hope to boost their community inclusion and awareness. I am very excited to work with the Board of Education to help better the Liverpool student experience.