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Meet the Board of Education

William “Bill” Callanan

Term Expires: 6/30/2023

William Callanan is a Stillwater High School graduate. Following his time at Stillwater, Callanan went to Norwich University where he studied physical education. He is currently the assistant superintendent of the terminal of a major petroleum company, Global Companies, LLC.

In the Stillwater community, Callanan has served as the head coach of the junior level Battle Football team, a board member for Battle Football and Cheerleading and an assistant coach for Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League.

“As a lifelong resident, it is my honor and privilege to serve on the Stillwater Board of Education,” Callanan said. “It is my hope that I can help continue to guide Stillwater to be the best it can be for our children, employees, and community at large. I am pleased with what Stillwater has to offer, but I know that we can always do more and improve. While working with a great team of people, I hope to guide the district in the path of our vision for the future.”

Callanan and his wife Renee, a sixth-grade teacher in the district, have two children, Aidan and Madelyn.

Amanda Cocozzo

Term Expires: 6/30/2022

Amanda Cocozzo was elected to the Board of Education in May 2019. She is a graduate of Mechanicville High School and Daemen College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy.  Cocozzo and her husband Joe live in the town of Stillwater with their two sons, Anthony and James.

Cocozzo currently works as a physical therapist for Capital Area Physical Therapy and Wellness in Malta, NY.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our community, teachers and students, as a member of the Stillwater board of education,” Cocozzo said. “My children have had such great experiences thus far as students in the Stillwater school district. The teachers and staff have been extremely supportive and have gone above and beyond making their experience fun as well. I feel the best way I can give back is by being a voice for them and our community so as to help assure the same experience for those to come.”

David Giso

Term Expires: 6/30/2023

David Giso was elected to the Board of Education in May 2017. He has lived in the Stillwater Central School District for more than 15 years.

Giso is currently an executive director for Change Healthcare. He is a graduate of Colonie Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Siena College.

In the community, Giso is involved with Mechanicville Stillwater Little League, Stillwater Battle Football, MSUSC Soccer League, MSYSL Soccer League, SACC Basketball, Stillwater PTA, Friends of Saratoga Glen Park, and the Stillwater Library.

“I believe that growing and advancing our community starts with our children,” Giso said. “Nurturing their strengths whether they be athletics, academics or the arts, each child brings a special uniqueness to our community and should be celebrated. A diverse population is essential to sustaining our community and attracting others to join us.”

Giso and his wife Ingrid have two sons, David and Carlo.

Kristina Greene

Term Expires: 6/30/2022

Kristina Greene is a life-long resident and graduate of Stillwater.

Greene received an Early Childhood Degree from Maria College in Albany, a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in Education, and a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany in Specialized Reading. Greene is a kindergarten teacher in the Ballston Spa School District.

Greene is an active member of several committees and participates in community activities at Gordon Creek Elementary School. She is a member of the Stillwater Basketball and Baseball Booster Clubs and support the Stillwater Football Booster Club. Greene volunteers for many events associated with the PTA, clubs that directly impact our athletes at Stillwater, as well as events that support the Sophomore Class.

“I decided to run for the Stillwater Board of Education after being encouraged by many community members,” Greene said. “After thoughtful consideration, I decided that I could bring the knowledge and experience needed to be an effective board member. I am very proud to be a Stillwater graduate and I am quite pleased with the education my son has received here as well. He has been educated, coached and guided by truly amazing administrators, teachers and staff. I also understand the importance of being a fiscally responsible board member and I understand that I am on the board to represent all stakeholders.”

Greene and her husband Joe have one son, Ryan.

Paul “Butch” Lilac

Term Expires: 6/30/2021

Paul “Butch” Lilac is a life-long resident of the community of Stillwater. He is a graduate of Stillwater High School and attended Paul Smith’s College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Brockport State Teachers’ College.

Lilac spent 34 years teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in Stillwater and coached basketball and baseball at the High School level. He also served the community of Stillwater as Town Supervisor from 1983 until 2003.

As a teacher and as a School Board Member, Lilac believes that “learning can be fun!” As a member of the school board, Butch will “work to help provide the necessary tools to assist students, teachers, and administrators in providing a good education for everyone.”

Lilac is married to the former Kathrynn Hallum. They have three children: Jeff, Bruce, and Carrie, all graduates of Stillwater. They also have six grandchildren: Teresa, Victoria, Quinn, Lukas, Brandon, and Bella.

Valerie Masterson

Term Expires: 6/30/2022

Valerie Masterson has served on the Stillwater Board of Education for more than 20 years.

She is a graduate of Hoosic Valley High School and Hudson Valley Community College, where she studied business. Masterson is currently employed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an administrative specialist.

Masterson has served as PTA president, vice president and secretary. She has also been involved in numerous Board of Education committees, as well the SCSD website committee, capital project committee, and an Odyssey of the Mind coach. In the community, Masterson serves as a deacon and trustee at the Stillwater United Church.

“I serve on the Stillwater Board of Education because it is something that I enjoy,” Masterson said. “However, it can be challenging to do the research on educational and financial issues. Sometimes there are difficult questions that need to be asked and problems that need to be solved. I believe that if we all work together we can accomplish a lot.”

Masterson has three children, Michael, Meaghan, and Matthew.

Brian McNeil

Term Expires: 6/30/2023

Brian McNeil is a lifelong resident of Stillwater.

Throughout his youth, McNeil was engaged in school functions and was a member of the Stillwater football team. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. McNeil is currently employed by Wine and Spirits of Slingerlands.

Dedicated to serving the community, McNeil served on the Stillwater Area Community Center Board of Directors and the Stillwater Battle Football board. He continuously serves as a volunteer coach in both community basketball and football. McNeil is also an active member of the Stillwater PTA.

“My goal is to work towards creating a strong connection between school and community,” McNeil said. “I know that students come first and it is our job to provide the resources and knowledge to move students towards a successful future.”

McNeil is in his fourth year of serving on the board of education. He and his wife Christy have two children, Brian and CJ.

Jon Mueller

Term Expires: 6/30/2021

Jon Mueller has lived in Stillwater for 40 years.

He is a graduate of Stillwater High School and Eckerd College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and the College of Saint Rose, where he received a master’s degree in secondary education. Mueller currently serves as the head baseball coach at University at Albany, where he has been for 20 years.

In the community, Mueller has been a volunteer Battle Football coach for seven years. He has also been involved with youth soccer, Halfmoon Youth Baseball, and Stillwater Girls Varity Basketball.

“My goal is to enrich the experience of our students through a fiscally responsible plan for our district.”

Mueller is in his second year of serving on the board of education. He and his wife Patricia have two children, Marley and Jaxon.

Shay Valigorsky

Term Expire: 6/30/2021

Shay has lived most of her life in Stillwater. She graduated from Stillwater in 1996. Both of her children, Simon (19) and Amelia (15), have attended school at Stillwater since kindergarten. Shay was active with the Stillwater PTA when her children were younger and sat on the Board of Education from July 2016-July 2019. She has been a very strong advocate for ensuring an appropriate education for all students. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre, she is also a strong supporter of the arts. Shay currently works in Human Resources at a local hospital.