Board of Education Candidate Profiles

  • Cara Lajewski
    9 Leland Drive
    Seneca Falls, NY 13148

    Cara Lajewski, husband Christopher, and their two daughters reside at 9 Leland Drive. Cara grew up in Pittsford, NY and moved to the Washington DC area after college. After their first child was born, Cara and her husband left Fairfax, VA and moved back to New York State. They have resided in Seneca Falls almost eight years.

    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

    Pittsford-Mendon High School (Honors Regents Diploma)
    St. Bonaventure University-BA/MBA (Honors, with a concentration in Accounting and International Business)

    OCCUPATION/CAREER:

    Past manager with KPMG, LLP, a public accounting firm;
    Financial Analyst Consultant for Attain, LLP.
    Independent Demonstrator with Norwex;

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

    Frank Knight Elementary PTO, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School PTO, Girls on the Run, Seneca Falls Little League, Seneca County Community Garden and current member of the Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education

    CANDIDATE STATEMENT:

    I have served on the SFCSD Board of Education for four years, and as President for the past year. I became interested in the school board after having participated with each of the building PTOs, and the District Steering Committee. I have a vested interest in the success of our school district, having children in attendance. I am excited about the strategic plan of the district, and my goal is to help our district to continue moving forward to ensure the education and successes for all students.


    NAME: Joe McNamara

    ADDRESS: 3344 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, NY  13148

    SPOUSE:
    Karen McNamara


    CHILDREN:
    Scott, Sean, Cami, Bryan, and Tyler


    OCCUPATION:
    Retiree


    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
    HS Graduate


    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: 
    Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education

    Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Board of Education
    Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Member

    CANDIDATE STATEMENT:
    My wife Karen and I have lived in the Seneca Falls Central School District for over 25 years. Karen is a retired Library Media Specialist and Bryan and Tyler were educated in the district.


    As a current board member it is my responsibility to ensure that the school district establishes sound policies and effective goals for improvement, develops fiscally responsible budgets, and provides the highest quality education possible for our students. I have been actively involved with the school district as a Board of Education member for twelve years, and am currently serving my third term on the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Board of Education. I regularly meet with governmental officials at the regional, state, and federal levels to advocate for financial support for our school district. I also attend state and regional board member leadership training sessions and I have represented the school district community at regional meetings focused on developing collaborative opportunities.  I currently contribute to the Board Policy Committee and serve on the Board Health Committee. I believe our district’s current stability in the midst of a financially trying time in New York is a direct reflection of the effectiveness of the community, board, administration, faculty, and staff in collaboratively meeting the challenges we face. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue my work with the school board as we move the district forward.


    Heather Zellers 
    P.O. Box 268
    Seneca Falls, NY 13148

    Mrs. Zellers is currently in her 7th year of service on the Seneca Falls CSD School Board and serves as the Board Vice-President. Prior to being elected to a seat on the board, she served as a community member on the Budget Committee and was appointed to the Waterloo-Seneca Falls Merger Study Committee.  Mrs. Zellers has served on the SFCSD District Steering Committee for 8 years and was involved in establishing the District’s Community Connections Strategic Plan initiative.   

    Mrs. Zellers has attended several Roundtables with the Commissioner of Education, participated as a Board representative in the New York State Education Department Principal Project and was appointed to the SED Safe Schools Task Force. She was a member of SFCSD Board that received the NYSSBA Advocacy Award and was named NYSSBA’s Champion for Change in 2017.

    Mrs. Zellers serves on the Four County Schools Boards Association Board of Directors and Legislative Committee. Mrs. Zellers also served as the Four County Legislative Committee Chair from 2016-2018. She meets regularly with Federal, State and local government officials to share her core beliefs and passion for public education, students and her community. 

    Mrs. Zellers has served as an At-Large Member on the Rural Schools Association (RSA) Board of Directors for 3 years. In 2018 she was appointed Federal Issues Liaison for RSA. In that capacity, Mrs. Zellers represents rural NY in the National Rural Education Association (NREA) and their advocacy group the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition including work with the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Mrs. Zellers works to ensure that rural public schools receive equitable and adequate Federal funding to expand programming and services for rural communities.  She was also recently appointed to the Executive Committee for the NREA.

    Mrs. Zellers is also active in her community. She has coached a Girls on the Run team at Cady Stanton for the past 8 years. She volunteers as a soccer coach for the Seneca Falls Recreation Department and served as the race director for the Right to Run 2018 and 2019 events. She volunteers her time to several organizations whenever help is needed.

    Mrs. Zellers and her husband, Greg, moved to Seneca Falls in 2010. They have two sons who graduated from Mynderse Academy and a daughter currently attending the Seneca Falls Middle School.