William (Bill) Callanan
Term expires 6/30/2025
William (Bill) Callanan previously served for four years on the Stillwater Board of Education. He lives in Stillwater with his wife, Renee, who has been a teacher at Stillwater for the past 20 years, and their children Aidan and Madelyn. Aidan is a current 8th grader and Madelyn is a 7th grader.
Callanan is the Assistant Superintendent of the Albany terminal for Global Companies, where he oversees the facilities budget and everyday operations.
“I feel that this gives me a great background to bring to the table when helping to make wise financial decisions for the district,” Callanan said. He has proudly coached football for many years at the modified level as well as the youth Battle program. He currently volunteers his time as an assistant with the varsity football program. “It is my pleasure to be involved in the betterment of the Stillwater Central School District,” Callanan said. “We are very proud Warriors! I am very committed to helping this community in any way possible.”
As a previous Board member, Callanan served on the Facilities and Planning committees and was actively involved in overseeing campus projects and improvements. He was involved in looking at proposed curriculum and other important ideas brought to the table to make school better for students. Callanan believes in open and clear communication and community involvement. “I feel that after getting rolling in the first few years, I am really settling into a groove to do even more as a member of the Board of Education, so I can continue to help create an even better Stillwater,” he said.
Term Expires: 6/30/2025
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.”
Term expires 6/30/2026
Joshua Eiffe lives in Stillwater with his wife, Alicia, and children, Ella and Asher. Ella will be in second grade at Stillwater Elementary in fall 2023 and Asher will begin pre-K.
Joshua graduated from Shenendehowa High School and earned a Bachelor of Science at Keuka College. He is an account manager with a large health insurance company, a background that will benefit his service on the Board.
“I am no stranger to financials, contracts and making tough decisions, but most of all I work toward ensuring members have the best experience and care they can have,” Joshua said. “I plan to apply this knowledge to the school board, ensuring wise and logical decisions are made for our children and staff.
“Family is number one for me, so the opportunity to serve our community and make sure our children grow up in the best possible environment is my top priority.”
Term Expires: 6/30/2026
Darrell Hazen was elected to the Board of Education on May 16, 2023 and was sworn in on May 23, 2023 to fill a vacancy on the board.
Darrell and his wife, Stephanie, have three children in the district, one in each the Elementary, Middle and High School. They participate in many of the offered activities, including sports, band, chorus, and drama.
Darrell has served on the district’s Shared Decision Making Committee, Elementary School Principal Selection Committees and Challenged Books Review Committee. He’s also assisted Stephanie in her roles as past PTA president and vice president.
In the community, Darrell has volunteered at the Stillwater Community Center with youth sports activities.
Darrell is vice president of operations for a national medical gas service company, with 24 years of experience in logistics, fiscal management, human resources, employee management and training, and regulatory compliance.
As a board member, he promises to do his “best to bring a fresh perspective and contribute to the school district mission statement: ‘We are Stillwater, striving to create an inclusive culture with diverse and enriching opportunities that promote student success through continuous improvement and community involvement.’”
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.”
Term expires 6/30/2026
Valerie Masterson has been involved in the Stillwater school community for more than 40 years, including serving on the Board of Education for 27 years and as a PTA officer, Odyssey of the Mind coach, trustee and elder of the Stillwater United Church trustee and elder, and Stillwater town councilwoman.
During her past service on the Board of Education, Valerie served as board president, vice president, chairperson of the finance and policy committees and member of the program, facilities, school safety, and website committees.
Valerie has three grown children, Michael, Matthew and Meaghan, all of whom are Stillwater graduates.
About serving on the Board, she said, “I believe the children of Stillwater are our most precious asset. The world they will grow up in will most certainly be challenging in ways that we cannot even conceive at this point in time. It is our job to give them a solid educational base, fostering the very best in all of them and contributing to their continued success.”
Term expires 6/30/2025
Robert McCoy is serving his first term on the Stillwater Board of Education. He lives in Stillwater with his wife, Shelby, and two children, who both attend Stillwater Schools.
McCoy is a small business owner and stay-at-home dad who said he “is looking to bring back community communication to our school board. Your child, your choice: I believe we need to get the students back to learning and thriving in Stillwater, and in a close sense of community that supports teachers and staff throughout the district.
“I believe in a safe school environment for all, with smart planning for the future as Stillwater schools grow in numbers. I stand for educational growth for teachers to excel and advance with excellent pay and benefits.”
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.”
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.”