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Ms. Jennifer Brownyard
President



Ms. Jennifer Brownyard has been a Board of Education member for the past four years and is currently serving her first term as President. Jennifer moved to Ƶ in 2005 with her husband, Sean.  They have a twin son and daughter who are enrolled in Ƶ High School, graduating class of 2025.  Originally from Lake Ronkonkoma, she graduated high school from Sachem North and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science from SUNY Geneseo in 1993.

After graduating from college, Jennifer went on to pursue a career in Sales and Marketing.  She worked in the advertising sales departments for various publications in Manhattan, mostly focused on the direct marketing arena.  After moving back to Long Island and having her children, she joined her family’s insurance company to run the marketing and client services department.  Over her 11-year tenure there, she has expanded her role to include the management of the database system that is used company-wide, across all departments.

Inspired by the spirit of community which makes Ƶ the special hamlet that it is today, Jennifer has devoted much of her spare time to volunteering in various youth-focused groups.  She has been on the cabinet of the PFA at both South Country and Ƶ Middle School.  She is an avid supporter of cultural arts, working through the Great South Bay YMCA/Boulton Center and was most recently holding the position of President of the Music Sponsors of Ƶ.  She is involved with various community outreach programs through the Youth Ministry at St. Patrick’s Church.  Through her work with these organizations as well as volunteering with the Suffolk County Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, she has helped fundraise to support the children, the schools and the community.  

 
Ms. Jennifer Brownyard
Ms. Jennifer Brownyard
Mr. Louis R. Bettinelli
Vice President



Mr. Bettinelli is currently serving his sixth term as Vice President running through June 30, 2024.  He has served one prior term as Board Vice President.  A lifelong resident of Ƶ and a 1973 graduate from Ƶ High School, Mr. Bettinelli graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, a United States Coast Guard license as Third Officer, and a commission as an Officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Presently, Mr. Bettinelli pilots ships in New York Harbor, Delaware Bay and River, and St. Croix, USVI. Lou is a member of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, having served on their Board of Directors for twelve years.

Lou is married to Donna (Gaine) Bettinelli for over 39 years, Donna is also a lifelong resident and graduate of Ƶ High School and is presently Director of Science for Ƶ. Lou and Donna have two adult children that graduated from Ƶ. Bill went on to graduate from Tufts and Lauren graduated from Harvard.

Mr. Louis R. Bettinelli
Mr. Louis R. Bettinelli
Mr. Andrew A. Arcuri
Board Trustee



He is a life- long member of the community and graduated from Ƶ High School in 1977.  Andrew is a married father of four adult children, three (3) of whom have graduated college and one who is currently attending the State University of New York at Oneonta.  A graduate of the State University system (SUNY Stony Brook, 1981), Mr. Arcuri went on to achieve his Juris Doctorate from the Pace University School of Law.  Shortly thereafter he obtained his license to practice law in both New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Arcuri is a partner in the general practice Deer Park law firm of Kelly, Luglio & Arcuri, LLP, where he spends most of his time as a trial lawyer in the various State and Federal Courts of New York.  Andrew is very proud that the very adversaries he litigates against in Court have unanimously voted him as having the highest possible legal ability while simultaneously embodying the utmost ethics; resulting in Martindale- Hubbell rating him as having a perfect 5 out of 5 (AV Preeminent) rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards for 17 consecutive years.  He was recently voted by Pulse Magazine as one of the “Top Rated Legal Eagles in Nassau & Suffolk Counties”. As a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, he provided free legal services to families of those seeking compensation from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

Mr. Arcuri personifies the belief that we should all share our gifts of time and experience for the good of others. Coach Andy has enjoyed volunteering countless hours as a soccer, baseball, and CYO basketball coach with the youth of our community.  His hobbies include distance running (where he has successfully completed over 50 marathons while raising nearly $100,000.00 for pediatric cancer research and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), carpentry, and golf.

 

Mr. Andrew A. Arcuri
Mr. Andrew A. Arcuri
Mrs. Susan Gargan
Board Trustee



Susan Gargan grew up in Ƶ and attended Mary G. Clarkson, Gardiner Manor, the Ƶ Junior High School and graduated the Ƶ High School in 1986. She went on to attend SUNY Geneseo for two years and completed her degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s College. Susan received her Master’s Degree from Stony Brook University.  In addition, she holds two permanent Educational Administrative certifications. 

Susan and her husband Danny, have two daughters, Riley and Lily. Riley is entering eleventh grade and Lily is entering ninth grade at the High School.  Susan has volunteered for the district's Building Goals and Technology committees and actively supports our district’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA).

Susan’s love for education started when she was in high school. She would walk to and volunteer in classrooms at Fifth Avenue School where her mother worked as a classroom paraprofessional. During her junior and senior years in college, she completed her fieldwork at Mary G. Clarkson and Fifth Avenue School. 

In 1991, Susan was hired by Eastern Suffolk BOCES and is currently in her 28th year with them.  She was a Special Education Teacher for ten years and is now in her 18th year as a building administrator.

Susan is currently serving her fourth term as a Board Trustee and continuing to work with the community to maintain and enhance the wonderful programs offered in the Ƶ. 

 

Mrs. Susan Gargan
Mrs. Susan Gargan
Mr. Guy Leggio
Board Trustee



Mr. Leggio is a third generation Leggio residing in Ƶ and a 1981 graduate of Ƶ High School.  He has worked in professional masonry for the past 35 years and is a member of the Local One Bricklayer’s Union.  He is a United States Navy veteran who was a member of the multi-national peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon (1983-84).

Guy has been a volunteer in the Ƶ Fire Department for 37 years and served as Captain and trustee. He has been an American Legion Member for 20 years and is a member of the Ƶ Athletic Sponsors and Alumni Association.  Guy is currently the Treasurer of the Islip Town School Boards Association, participates in the Ƶ Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Islip Town Youth Board since 2015.  Mr. Leggio generously donated a three–car garage for the High School Field and was instrumental in the creation of the Middle School’s 9/11 Memorial Garden. In June 2022 the Ƶ named the Universal Pre-K Cafetorium the Guy Leggio Cafetorium in honor of his contributions both in securing the UPK site and his dedication and vision in bringing the project to fruition. 


His awards include the SCOPE award for his outstanding Board service in 2011, 2014 and 2018, the 1986 Lifetime PTA Jenkins Award. Guy also received the WVI Dolphin Foundation's 2021 Spirit of Youth Sports Special Achievement Award, which honors individuals who use sports to improve our communities and the Robert F. Smith Man of the Year Award from the Ƶ Athletic Sponsors in 2013.


Mr. Leggio is the founder of East Islip Kid Wrestling and has received numerous awards for his leadership and participation in wrestling over the past 30 years. In 2012, he was named PAL Man of the Year and in 2013-2014 the National Wrestling Coach of the Year for New York State.  He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.  In 2015, Mr. Leggio received the National Wrestling Coach Award for New York State.  East Islip School, where he coached for 26 years, named their wrestling room after him In January 2016.  Guy now volunteers as an Assistant Wrestling Coach in Ƶ.  In 2019, he was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame.


Guy has been married to his wife Maryann for 32 years, his son Jimmy received his Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Joseph’s College.  His son Christopher is currently attending Suffolk Community College and his daughter Megan will be a senior in the High School this year.

Mr. Guy Leggio
Mr. Guy Leggio