Board of Education

Dr. Carol A. Balfe - President

Carol Balfe grew up in Palatine Bridge. She graduated from Canajoharie High School in 1985 and went on to earn a B.S. in Biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta in 1989. She continued her studies at the New England College of Optometry in Boston where she earned her Ph.D. in 1993. She is an optometrist practicing in Canajoharie.
Carol lives in Ames and has three children. They are very involved in a variety of school activities in the middle and elementary schools. Carol is also active in her church, teaching 6th grade religious education class at St. James Catholic Church in Fort Plain.

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Mark Brody- Vice President

A far cry from where he was born and raised in New York City, Mark Brody has worked as a large animal veterinarian in Montgomery County for many years. He is married with two sons, Jake, a 2016
Canajoharie High School graduate, and Nate, who also graduated from Canajoharie.
Dr. Brody has had a checkered career. Before entering veterinary school at the age of 41, he was a newspaper reporter, New York City cab driver, and, finally, garbage truck mechanic for the City of New York. He was also a shop steward and served on his union’s executive board. Dr. Brody enjoys woodworking, music, skiing, mountain biking, cooking and gardening. His punning ability pales in comparison to that of his elder son's.

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Cheryl Vroman

Cheryl Vroman is a graduate of Colonie Central High School and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburg. A Canajoharie resident since 1995, she has two children, Andrew and Adam, who graduated Canajoharie High School and a third, Alex, who graduated in June.
Cheryl spent 10 years as a manager and merchandising supervisor for Kay Bee Toys before staying at home full time to raise her children. She has worked for the United States Postal Service for 11 years, and currently a city carrier in the Johnstown post office.
In her free time, she has practiced yoga and pilates for many years and also enjoys going to concerts and shows and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.

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Rachael Mason

Rachael Mason has long-standing ties to the community. She’s lived in Canajoharie since 1992, and her husband, Roger, graduated from high school here. Originally from Scotia, Rachael graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany with degrees in elementary education and English. She’s been a substitute teacher for several years and has worked at Fulton-Montgomery Community College since 1999 as an English as a Second Language Instructor. Rachael and her husband have two children: Katie, a CHS graduate, and Benjamin, a 2016 Canajoharie graduate. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, hiking, camping and fishing.

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Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson had a wonderful experience growing up in Spencer, N.Y., a rural upstate town similar to Canajoharie. In 1995, he and his wife, Carrie, moved to Canajoharie to to settle in a place that would provide similar educational and community opportunities for their children that Scott experienced as a youth. Scott earned his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell and worked in corporate America for nearly 20 years having responsibility for the people side of businesses. While working he completed his Global MBA at Duke University. He has been an entrepreneur since 1995 when he and his wife bought a hydroponic farm in South Carolina. While running three businesses based out of Canajoharie and teaching college courses part-time at SUNY Cobleskill he enrolled at St. John Fisher College to earn his Doctorate of Education with a focus on Executive Leadership. His dissertation was on the success of small business in America. Scott is now an Associate Professor of Business and Management at SUNY Cobleskill. He currently serves as the President of the board for the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce and the Cobleskill Auxiliary Services. Scott has been actively serving the communities surrounding his home in the town of Root through the Boy Scouts of America and his church. He has been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he has held various positions over the years including teaching, working with youth programs, and watching over the welfare of church members. Scott and his wife have eight children and eight grandchildren. They have had three children graduate from Canajoharie - Kaitlyn, Seth, and Nathan and currently have two children, Cassidy and Andrew that are active Canajoharie students.

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