Meet the Board of Education

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 16 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 lifelong 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: 6/30/2024

Paul “Butch” Lilac is a lifelong 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 SUNY Brockport (State Teachers College).

Butch spent 34 years teaching fourth, fifth and sixth 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 school board member, Butch believes that “learning can be fun!”

Butch 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.

About serving on the Board of Education, Butch said he will “work to help provide the necessary tools to assist students, teachers, and administrators in providing a good education for everyone.”

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: 6/30/2024

Jon Mueller has lived in Stillwater for 41 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.

Jon currently serves as the head baseball coach at University at Albany, where he has been for 23 years. In the community, Jon has been a volunteer Battle Football coach for eight years. He has also been involved with youth soccer, Halfmoon Youth Baseball, and Stillwater girls varsity basketball. Jon and his wife Patricia have two children, Marley and Jaxon.

About serving on the Board of Education, Jon said, “My goal is to enrich the experience of our students through a fiscally responsible plan for our district.”

Jimel Williams

Term expires 6/30/2024

Jimel Williams is a proud graduate of Stillwater High School, class of ‘97, and he has been a member of the Stillwater community since moving here in 1991. After graduating from RPI with a degree in Management Information Systems, he and his wife, Chelsea, returned to raise twins Mariah and Elijah, who are currently 8th graders at Stillwater.

Jimel is a public servant for the State of New York, with 20 years of dedicated service. Currently, he supports the Office of Information Technology Services as a Technical Manager providing leadership on System Modernization Projects. Jimel ran for Stillwater Town Council in 2019 and is a member of The Sons of the American Legion. He was also a community advisor with the Stillwater Police Department collaborating on the Police Reform and Reinvention Project in 2021.

Jimel said he would like to serve on the Board of Education because, “Stillwater has been the only place I call home since moving from NYC in 1991. This is where I was allowed to excel academically, as well as in football. As a father of a special needs child, I want to advocate for all kids in Stillwater, especially for those on the spectrum. My goal has always been to give back to the community that has supported me.”

Shay Williams

Term Expires: 6/30/2023

She has lived most of her life in Stillwater and is a 1996 Stillwater High School graduate. Both of her children, Simon (20) and Amelia (16), have attended school at Stillwater since kindergarten. Shay was active with the Stillwater PTA when her children were younger, served on the Board of Education from July 2016 to July 2019, and was elected in June 2020 to fill a vacancy for a one-year term.

Shay 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.

About serving on the Board of Education, Shay said, “I am looking forward to the prospect of continuing to serve the Board of Education, as I have always thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering in this capacity,” Williams said.