Sayville Board of Education candidates

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Below are brief biographical introductions of candidates. 

Maureen Dolan (running against Alia Richards)

I’ve been on the Sayville Board of Education since 1995. My two sons graduated from Sayville and went on to graduate from Lafayette College and University of Pennsylvania. Now my six grandchildren are currently attending Sayville Schools.

Desmond Megna (running against Mark Ruf and Christine Sarni)

I have been in the education field for close to two decades. I pride myself on being a teacher, coach, and mentor that the young people in the William Floyd School District can count on to lead and guide them through their time at Floyd and well beyond. I currently coach both varsity lacrosse and soccer and William Floyd. However, it’s in the classroom where I am most at home. I currently teach fifth grade at Moriches Elementary School. I believe my passion for both learning and teaching can bring a breath of fresh air to Sayville’s Board of Education. We live in a great town, with an amazing district that I want to see be the best it can be for my child as well as the entire student body both present and future.

Alia Richards (running against Maureen Dolan)

I grew up here in Sayville and am a proud Sayville High School graduate, Class of 1995. I then received a B.A. in psychology from SUNY New Paltz with a concentration in social services in 2000.  I received my J.D. in 2004 from St. John’s School of Law, and accepted my first job as a Suffolk County assistant district attorney, where I prosecuted criminal cases on behalf of the people of the state of New York.  In 2010, I went into private practice as a solo practitioner concentrating on criminal defense and family law.  My legal training means I am proficient in the concepts of ethics, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, negotiations, and advocacy. 

Mark Ruf
(running against Desmond Megna and Christine Sarni)

I’m not a politician and I’m not looking to start a political career, so I do not have a professional bio handy but if you want to know more about me, I’m an open book. I’m a father of four, three sons and one daughter. My oldest son will be entering Sayville High School next year, while my daughter is in the middle school. My third is in first grade at Sunrise Drive and my youngest is in the Universal Pre-K program at Lincoln. Through the years I’ve gained a lot of experience and knowledge about how the district works from a parent perspective.

Kelly Sack (incumbent, running unopposed)

My name is Kelly Sack and I have been a resident of the Sayville School District for 19 years. My husband John and I are proud parents of two children who currently attend Sayville Middle School.

I earned my B.S. in health sciences as well as my master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Scranton. I have been a pediatric physical therapist for 22 years, working with children with special needs from birth to 18 years of age. My entire career has been dedicated to listening to parents’ concerns, fears, hopes, and dreams for their children.

Christine Sarni (running against Desmond Megna and Mark Ruf)

A little bit about Christine Sarni:

20-year Sayville/West Sayville resident

Along with my husband, proud parents of 2 girls, currently a junior and a sophomore who are both active in sports and music and striving academically.

Dedicated to building a strong, supportive, open relationship with my children to help them navigate the pressures of becoming adults through open communications about the pros and cons of social media, juggling academics, sports, extracurriculars, college searches and reinforcing the importance of maintaining positive relationships.

Founding member and President of the Greater Sayville Civic Association, advisor of the Greater Sayville Junior Civic Association, active member of the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, Sayville Village Improvement Society, and the Sayville Historical Society and supporter of the Sayville Rotary Club. 

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