Board of Education Vacancies for 2022-2023

This year we have two (2) five-year terms commencing on July 1, 2022 and expiring on June 30, 2027 to succeed Board Member, Ronald Morales, and Board Member, Alicia O’Rourke whose term will expire on June 30, 2022, one (1) two-year term commencing on July 1, 2022 and expiring on June 30, 2024 and one (1) one-year term commencing on July 1, 2022 and expiring on June 30, 2023.

Candidates for Board of Education (Questionnaire Responses):

  1. Ronald Morales
    I have lived in the district the past 22 years plus. I live in Hillsdale, NY. I currently work in the Account Department for the Columbia County Department of Social Services in Hudson, NY. My parents were teachers at Roe Jan (Taconic Hills) for many years. All three of my children have attended, or are attending Taconic Hills CSD. I am currently the Board of Education Vice President for Taconic Hills. I enjoy going to the movies and live musical events…and winning against my kids at board games. I am running again for the school board to continue my “labor of love” in helping all the children of our community to achieve their goals.

  2. Brenda Halsted
    My name is Brenda Halsted and I am a 14-year resident of the Taconic Hills School District. My family and I reside in the town of Claverack. I am currently a Home Mom, and I lead worship at Rock Solid Church where my husband is the senior pastor. I homeschooled our five children through the eighth grade, two of which have graduated from THCS. Currently, we have two children who attend Taconic Hills. One son is in 11th grade and one son is in 9th. As part of our church’s community outreach, we operate a food pantry that has given out approximately 56,000 meals to the needy in this district as well as others. We also are actively involved in a community kids program that has been running on Friday nights for the past five years in Philmont. Personally, I love family time, serving in the church and I have a great interest in health & nutrition. Running for the school board gives me an opportunity to become more involved in the community and to further invest into the next generation. Thank you for this opportunity.

  3. Kevin Maisenbacher
    I have lived in the Taconic Hills School district for 46 years. I currently reside in Claverack/Philmont. I work as Vice President of Key Bank. I am a graduate of Taconic Hills Class of 1989. My wife is currently employed by the district for 10 years. I have three children that are all graduated from Taconic Hills. Class of 2013, 2014, and 2021. I am a former Taconic Hills Board member. I served as the Vice President and President of the Board of Education. I was a volunteer youth coach for over 15 years. I enjoy wood working and spending time with my family. I am running for the school board to help balance the needs of our students with the needs of our staff and community.

  4. Diane Burfiend
    My name is Diane Burfeind. I am a lifelong resident of Taconic Hills School District and live in the town of Ghent. I am wife, mother and a graduate of TH, class of 1986. My husband and I have an excavation business of 19 years, serving our local community. I am the office manager for the company. We hold our family time as very precious. We enjoy camping and the outdoors. I enjoy my flower gardening and vegetables. Our family enjoys motorcycles and snowmobiling up north. I would like to serve on the Board of Education. Our oldest boy has graduated. Being a mother to 3 school age teens, I would like to be more involved in the school. I feel that my construction and business experience will be helpful to the position. Invest time and by being a positive voice for the children and community of TH.

  5. Alicia O’Rourke
    I have lived in the Taconic Hills School District for my entire life. I am a second generation graduate of the school. My husband and his siblings also graduated from Taconic Hills. My son completed his elementary education at Taconic Hills and my daughter is currently in the sixth grade. Currently, I reside in Hillsdale, N.Y. Previously, our home of 25 years was in Austerlitz, N.Y. As a stay-at-home mom, I was able to volunteer in both of my children’s Elementary classrooms and participate in PTO activities. For the past five years, I have served on the Taconic Hills School Board. In addition to spending time with family, I also enjoy my horses, gardening, and spending time at the lake. As a parent and taxpayer, I would be honored to continue to support the goals of our district while being fiscally responsible. Working together in this important time of healing will facilitate the success of our children.

  6. Molly Delaney
    I have lived in the Taconic Hills school district for the past 18 years. I live in Claverack NY, but more specifically the Churchtown area. Aside from currently attending school at Taconic hills, I work at a local Mexican restaurant where I have been for the past three years. I will also be returning for my second summer at Crellin Park in Chatham as a camp counselor for children ages 4-12. My mother Jill Boswell (1982) and my father Joseph Delaney (1985) are both Taconic Hills alumni. They have lived together in the school district for the past 21 years. I have been a lifelong resident of the district, as well as a student of Taconic Hills for my entire academic career. I love being involved with community news and keeping up to date with upcoming events. One of the things I do in my free time is crafting. I knit and crochet blankets, cat hats, and numerous other little creations. My absolute favorite hobby however, is classic cars. I love to browse antique car shows each summer. It’s something I look forward to every year. I decided to run for the Board of Education to be a pioneer in making more students and recent graduates take interest in how we make decisions in Taconic Hills. I feel that many students would be more involved with their school community if they felt more comfortable attending meetings and speaking up. I hope to bring all ages of the district together, while making more of the younger members of the community feel more welcome in our meeting space.