Board of Education Members 2021-2022
Vito Catania and his wife Chris have lived in the District for 39 years. Their son Joe, (EHS ’06) is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in Systems Science and Engineering and recently completed the full-time MBA program with an MBA in Finance and Accounting at Fordham's Gabelli School of Business.
Vito is the senior member of the Board and is currently serving in his eighth three-year term as a Board Trustee. During his tenure on the board, he has served as Board President, Vice President and Secretary, each on multiple occasions. He was Chairperson of the Long Range Planning Committee for eight years and has served on the Labor Relations, Finance, and Safety Committees and is currently Board liaison to the Eastchester School Foundation. As his son moved up through the school system, Vito was active in Waverly, Anne Hutchinson, Middle School and High School PTAs. He has also been engaged in the community, serving as a volunteer baseball coach for many years and remained involved with the Eastchester Baseball League, also volunteering as a chaperone for the EHS Varsity Baseball Spring training trip to West Virginia for ten years.
He is an active member of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption. He served as a trustee on the Tower Club of Westchester Board of Managers for twelve years, and is President of the Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America as well as President of the Columbus Day Committee of Eastchester/Tuckahoe which is the umbrella group that sponsors the Columbus Day Festival held in Depot Square every September.
Vito holds a BA in Mathematics and an MBA in Finance, both from Fordham University.
Judah and his wife Jackie (EHS class of 1988) have lived in Eastchester since 1989 with their three children, two graduates of EHS (2013 and 2017), and their son who currently attends EHS.
Judah has been involved with the schools and community for many years; chaperoning trips, serving on PTA executive boards and committees, serving on the Eastchester School Foundation board and as a School Board Trustee since 2013. He also served on the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA, Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, and the Eastchester Alumni Association.
Judah is a published author and President of Miracom Computer Corp., a small software company.
Steve Projansky and his family moved to Eastchester to join this amazing community. His children attend Eastchester High School and Waverly.
Steve was first elected to the School Board in 2016, and has served as a trustee, secretary, chair person for the Technology Committee, and currently contributes to the Education Committee, Policy Committee, and Technology Committee. Steve has also been the Board liaison to Anne Hutchinson and Waverly PTAs.
Coming from a family of educators, Steve has a passion for learning. He believes each student deserves the best education possible and that we should leverage the best programs and resources available to efficiently and sustainably achieve this goal.
Steve is a pharmaceutical executive and passionate patient advocate who is proud to work in a field that allows him to help patients, providers, and caregivers. Steve is a graduate of Cornell University.
Jackie (Dibbini) DiMarco earned her doctorate in pharmacy from St. John’s University, where she met her husband and fellow pharmacist, Frank. They moved to Eastchester in 2013, having known that this was where they wanted to raise their family. Her family has long-standing roots in the town, serving the community through their family-owned and operated Wilmont Pharmacy for over 30 years. Jackie has two sons in the District, Joey at Greenvale Elementary School and Johnny at Waverly School. Both boys are active in EYSA and ELL, and Frank is a proud baseball coach for ELL. Jackie is a lifetime parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary where her sons take religious education.
Jackie was elected to the Board in 2021, and brings 14 years of hospital experience during a time where public health is at the forefront of our school systems. She believes in the excellence of Eastchester schools and is passionate about the future of the District. Jackie feels that a school environment is not only a place of academic learning but an environment where children should feel happy, safe, secure, and confident. As a Board Trustee, it is important to her that the years spent in the District give children the tools to be empathetic, informed and responsible members of society.
Jackie is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. In her role at Burke, Jackie serves on the Infection Control Committee, is secretary of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, and is a preceptor to pharmacy students.
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Chrissy Geagan is a mom of three children in the District. Chrissy and her husband, Marty, have lived in Eastchester since 2012. Their oldest son, Ryan, and daughter, Kayleigh, attend Eastchester Middle School. Their youngest son, Connor, attends Waverly School. The Geagans are active members of the community and you’ll find them most weekends on a soccer or baseball field with Marty coaching.
Chrissy has always enjoyed being an active member of the PTA and most recently served as Vice President of the Anne Hutchinson PTA. Over the years, she planned many traditional school functions as well as new and innovative events for students and families at Waverly and Anne Hutchinson schools.
Chrissy previously worked as a speech-language pathologist in schools for children with special needs. She has a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and a master's in speech-language pathology from New York University. Chrissy has extensive experience working in classrooms with teachers, which has taught her the importance of collaboration and teamwork in education. As a speech-language pathologist, Chrissy advocated for children to receive the services that they needed and deserved. She will continue to advocate and represent the voices of parents and students across the District. With Chrissy’s deep passion for educational excellence, she is dedicated to ensuring that every student receives the best possible education starting from kindergarten through high school.
Cheryl Smith was appointed to the School Board in February 2016 to fill an open seat after the resignation of a Trustee and was elected to a full term later that year. She served as the Vice President during the 2018-2019 school year and was appointed President of the Board of Education in July of 2019. During her tenure on the Board, she has served on the Education Committee (chair), Superintendent Search Group, Facilities Committee, Labor Committee, Community Relations Committee, and as Liaison to the Greenvale PTA. Before joining the Board, Cheryl was active in both the Waverly and Greenvale PTAs, serving as PTA council rep at Waverly and cultural arts chair at Greenvale.
Cheryl is an associate professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY. She teaches courses in world literature, early American literature, first-year writing, digital writing, and creative non-fiction writing. She sits on the CUNY Faculty Affairs Advisory Board and was appointed Co-chair of the Baruch Self-study for re-accreditation. She also serves as faculty liaison for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch, where she helps design and run seminars for faculty on a wide variety of topics, including online teaching, grading and assessment, assignment design, classroom management, writing instruction, and research on teaching and learning. Her current book, Poetic Justice: Protest, Literacy, and Democracy in the Future of Higher Education, looks at the history of writing instruction during open admissions at CUNY.
Cheryl and her family moved to Eastchester in 2009, drawn by the strong community and excellence of the town’s schools. Her son is in sixth grade at Eastchester Middle School, where his favorite subject is science. He is a musician in band and jazz band and he enjoys scouting, rock climbing, and film making. Cheryl’s husband, Andres, was born and raised in the Bronx and works for the MTA.
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