John “Jack” Hill
Mr. Hill was first elected to the Questar III board in 1996 and has served as its president since 2015. He served on the Hoosic Valley CSD Board of Education from 1977-1997. He worked in the asphalt paving industry in Rensselaer County, White Plains and Buffalo for 55 years until his retirement in 2006. Following Hurricane Irene in 2011, he lead a group of volunteers rebuilding 35 homes in Middleburgh, NY. He says being a member of a school board is a perfect example of how one can take an active role in public education and affect decisions that can bring about change in our world.
Nadine Gazzola was elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2016, and was elected Vice-President in 2020. She has also served on the Taconic Hills CSD Board of Education from 2014-2019. She graduated from Ichabod Crane CSD and The College of Saint Rose with a degree in education and a concentration in psychology. She currently works for her family’s school bus business, Johnston & Pulcher Inc., where she manages the Columbia County Transportation Program. Mrs. Gazzola also volunteers with the “Our Community Cares” program in Columbia County. She and her husband own Zero Tolerance Manufacturing in Ghent and have two children attending the Taconic Hills CSD.
Edmund Brooks was first elected to the Questar III Board in 2005. He served on the Ichabod Crane CSD Board of Education from 1996 to 2006 and was elected president for five of those years. Mr. Brooks is also a founding member of the Tech Valley High School Operating Board, and currently serves as its president. He is a 31-year veteran of the machinery manufacturing industry and works for New York State as an accountant and auditor since 2011. Mr. Brooks resides in Niverville with his wife, Becky, and they have two adult daughters, Melissa and Hillary.
Lynn Clum was elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2013, and the Tech Valley High School Operating Board in 2019. She has also served on the Germantown CSD Board of Education from 1991-1996 and 2005-2015. She currently resides in Germantown and enjoys spending her free time with her three children, grandson and family.
Mary Dowd Daly has served on the Questar III Board of Education since 2017, and served on the Hudson City School District Board of Education from 2006 to 2012, including one year as president. She is a graduate of Hudson High School and attended Hollister Jr. College and the College of Saint Rose. Ms. Daly has served on the board of Hudson Dollars for Scholars and is a current member of the Columbia Golf & Country Club and a mentor for the Hudson Reads program. She currently resides in Hudson with her husband John. They have three children, who are all graduates of Hudson High School.
Joseph “Seph” Garland
Joseph “Seph” Garland has served on the Questar III Board of Education since 2008, and has been a member of the Coxsackie-Athens CSD Board of Education since 1991. Mr. Garland was also elected to the Tech Valley High School Operating Board in 2018. He is currently employed as a property manager, overseeing nearly 2,000 properties in the Capital Region. Mr. Garland resides in Coxsackie where he raised four children, and proudly lives in the house his grandfather built.
Jennifer Haggerty was elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2019, and currently serves on the Rensselaer City School District Board of Education where she holds the office of Vice President. She believes children are our most precious asset and that schools have a great responsibility and opportunity to influence them. Haggerty received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 1996 and has worked for the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health for 23 years, providing social work services to Rennselaer County school staff, families and students. She is the Supervisor of Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery services for Rensselaer County and is co-founder of the Rensselaer Area Drug Awareness Reality Coalition (RADAR). Haggerty and her husband John reside in Rensselaer and have a five-year-old son who attends Rensselaer Elementary School.
Mark Mann was first elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2018. He has also served on the East Greenbush CSD Board of Education since 2008, holding the office of Vice President since 2014. He has served on the district’s safety committee and has been instrumental in the design and development of several security policies and enhancements. Mr. Mann retired from the East Greenbush Police Department in 2015 after serving for 21 years. Previously, he was a member of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office for seven years prior to transferring to the East Greenbush Police. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and continues to serve as a Chief Master Sergeant in the NY Air National Guard. Mann and his wife, Tina, have lived in East Greenbush for the past 24 years and have two children.
Mary Marro-Giroux was elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2016. She is also a current member of the Troy City School District Board of Education with her first term from 2009-2012, then was reelected in 2014. There, she has served as Vice President and past chairperson of the Education Committee. Marro-Giroux attended Troy High School and Sage College, and has worked in local school districts as an occupational therapist and is currently employed in the mental health field. Ms. Marro-Giroux currently resides in Troy with her husband and has two children, both graduates of Troy City Schools.
Mary Yurista was elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2020. She has also served on the Schodack CSD Board of Education since 2014. Yurista has been a member of the Technology and Audio committees and currently services on the Audit Committee. Yurista holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from SUNY Oswego and an MBA from the University at Albany, as well as various insurance certifications. She is employed by the American National Insurance Company (Farm Family) in Glenmont and has worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years leading and participating in projects that have brought innovation and improvement to business processes.
Yurista and her husband have been residents of Schodack for since 1987 and have three sons, all of whom graduated from Schodack CSD. As a parent, she wants the same success for every student that her children have been able to enjoy. As a member of the Questar III Board of Education, she hopes to be able to assist in the advancement of education to facilitate the future success of students in a 21st century economy.
Frank Zwack, Jr.
Frank Zwack, Jr. was first elected to the Questar III Board of Education in 2015, and also currently serves as the President of the Berlin CSD Board of Education, of which he has been a member for more than 30 years. Zwack is President of Zwack, Incorporated in Stephentown, which manufactures specialty machinery and equipment. He has been a member of the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years, during which time he has served as both Fire Chief and President. He is a lifelong resident of Stephentown, a graduate of Berlin High School, Hudson Valley Community College and Union College. Zwack and his wife of more than 40 years, Deborah, have two children and two grandchildren.