The Huntington PTA Council will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m. at Finley Middle School. There are five candidates running to fill three BOE Trustee positions. Candidates were asked to submit a biography. They are displayed in the order they will appear on the ballot.
I am a third-generation Huntington resident and graduate of the Class of 1979. After graduation I earned my Associate’s Degree in Business. My professional career spans over 25 years in technology, providing solutions for businesses ranging in size from small to Fortune 50. As the Northeast Regional Director of Sales for a global technology firm, I was responsible for six regional offices and managing a $100 million budget. I am currently the Director of Sales for a Long Island-based firm providing products and solutions to the Federal Government.
For the past 7 years, I have regularly attended school board meetings and been an active member of the PTA. I am also Co-Chair of our school districts “Shared Decision” making committee. My wife, Nancy, is actively involved in the PTA and is currently the Treasurer at Woodhull. She is also on the Arts in Education Committee. Our son, Casey, is in the 6th grade.
I believe my background in business and technology solutions along with a balanced approach to problem solving would be an asset to our board. I have a genuine desire to help make our district the finest it can be for all of our children.
I have lived with my wife Karen and three sons in Huntington for the past 16 years. My oldest son Bradley is a senior at the high school, Brendan is a freshman at the high school, and Ethan is an eighth grader at Finley.
Our family has always been involved in the community. I have served three years as president of the school board, have been an officer in the Huntington Village Lacrosse Club for the past six years, and am a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parade). Karen has been president of SEPTA and the PTA of several schools. For the past 7 years, she has run the annual fundraiser for the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education. As a family, we attend St.Patrick’s Church.
I have a Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering. I also have a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. I work with school districts across New York advising them on technology and how to make the most of their student academic data. I hope to bring these skills to the Huntington School Board so that our district can benefit from my capabilities.
As my second term winds down, I am running for re-election to the Huntington School Board.
I currently serve as president and have served for two years as vice president. Over the past six years, I’ve been a member of the Comprehensive Health Advisory Council, attended countless school district functions and several conferences and advocacy workshops. Most recently, I attended a state issues conference in Albany.
I am so proud of our board’s decision to hire Jim Polansky; under his leadership, the climate in our district has significantly improved. I am eager to spend another term working with him and my fellow trustees to build upon these improvements, providing Huntington’s students with the finest education possible and helping them reach their collective potential as citizens and individuals.
A consensus-builder and someone who values all opinions, I work well with trustees, community members, and administrators alike.
My husband and I are graduates of Huntington High School; our son is a sophomore and our daughter is a sixth-grader at Woodhull. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s from New York University.
Susan Tully was raised in Huntington Station and has resided in the Huntington School District for over 15 years. A Walt Whitman High School graduate, Tully earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Accounting at C.W. Post College.
As a CPA and a senior financial executive, Tully has over 30 years experience working with multinational and entrepreneurial companies. Her financial experience and expertise reflects the successful management company assets and operating budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Tully has held senior financials positions at Ernst & Young and Universal Music Group. She has served as Chief Financial Officer at Palm Entertainment, Ryko Corp and BASE Entertainment. Ms. Tully is currently the Chief Financial Officer of West Brands.
Ms. Tully is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Huntington, a development program focused on community trusteeship. The program brings together leaders from diverse backgrounds to solve Huntington’s problems, including those related to the special needs of children and education.
Throughout her career, Ms. Tully has successfully recruited and developed many young professionals. She also enjoys very special mentoring relationships with young people.
A regular attendee at School Board meetings, Ms. Tully is a frequent contributor during public commentary.
Xavier Palacios graduated with Huntington High School’s Class of 1988. He earned degrees at Columbia University and Boston University School of Law and is the owner and managing partner of a Mineola-based law firm. In 2008, he purchased and renovated a distressed property on New York Avenue in Huntington Station where he conducts a satellite office for his law practice along with a community revitalization nonprofit organization.
Palacios and his wife, Laura, have three children, including a daughter attending Finley Middle School and two other daughters not yet of school age. Palacios has made mentoring a priority in his life. At Columbia, he taught SAT prep and biology. Palacios continues to mentor and believes that families need to be engaged in their children’s education. He would seek to encourage environments that invite the families of our district to be involved in their children’s education. He has been recognized for his work in the community and his efforts to strengthen opportunities for young people. Palacios is a fiscal conservative and a problem solver by trade. His legal expertise can help the district with state mandates, district contracts, legal rulings, grant access and alignment of programs to access additional revenue.
Vote on Tuesday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Huntington High School