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Board of Education Candidates 2021-2022

Board of Education Candidates

Ruby Belton
Ruby L.S. Belton
5 Skytop Lane
Pittsford, NY 14534

  • Seeking first term on the Board of Education

  • Director of Regional Woman’s Imaging at the URMC; Associate Professor of Clinical Imaging Sciences at University of Rochester. Board Certified (ACR) in Diagnostic Radiology

  • Served as Partner at Borg and Ide Imaging; Section Chief of Mammography/Interventional Breast at Rochester General Hospital; Managing Partner at Northside Radiology; Partner and Attending Physician at Rochester Radiology Associates

  • Co-Founder and Co-Director of the non-profit organization Physicians and Laypersons Educational Associates of Greater Rochester, New York (PLEA of GRNY) and Co-Founder of its First Annual Science Education Project

  • First African American Woman Graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; National Medical Fellowship Awards; Macy Foundation Post-Baccalaureate Fellow; Black Bar Association’s Pioneer of the Year Award; Black Physicians Network of Rochester’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Gamma Iota Boule’s Dr. Freddie Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award; Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Changemaker Award - Life History Exhibit 2020-2021

  • Visiting Professorships & Named Lectureships: 2000 University of Mississippi Lecturer; 2014 Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Lecture, Schneider Regional Medical Center, Virgin Islands

  • M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, NY; B.S. in Biology from Jackson State College (University), MS; Macy Foundation Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Oberlin College, OH

  • Parent of two children who graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School

Jeffrey Casey
Jeffrey Casey
30 Wenham Lane
Pittsford, NY 14534

  • Seeking first term on the Board of Education

  • New York State Licensed Attorney

  • Senior Counsel at Xerox

  • Over ten years practicing law both in a law firm and corporate legal department with experience as a strong and civil advocate, understanding of the legislative process, professional and courteous dispute resolution, and successful collaboration with individuals and groups that often have divergent interests and views

  • Volunteer with the University at Buffalo Law School Mentor Program; assigned to mentor a first-year law student with adjustment to law school, internship, and career prospects

  • Member of the NYS Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association

  • J.D. from the University of Buffalo; B.A. in History from SUNY Fredonia

  • Parent of a Park Road Elementary School student and a second child starting Kindergarten in September 2021
Jennifer Canning
Jennifer Canning
21 Reitz Parkway
Pittsford, NY 14534

  • Seeking first term on the Board of Education

  • Program Manager of the Center for Civic Engagement at Nazareth College

  • Previously served as Coordinator of Volunteer Services/Aftercare Case Manager for Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network; Success By Six Coordinator and Asset Development Trainer for United Way, MD; Program Manager for Parent and Child Center of Helpline House, WA; Outreach Services Coordinator for Housing Resources Board, WA; Advocacy and Training Coordinator/Grant Writer, Lutheran Community Service, WA; Program Coordinator, Baby Boutique, Family Services, WA; Director, Community Service Network, University of Rochester

  • Serves as District PTSA Urban-Suburban Co-Liaison; District PTSA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee member; KICKS  for Campers planning team and volunteer

  • Currently serves as Social Ministry Liaison for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and volunteer for Family Promise of Greater Rochester (RAIHN)

  • Served as Jefferson Road Elementary School PTSA Community Service Chair; JRE Gr. K room parent; and volunteer for roller skating parties, field days, fun nights, musicals and teacher appreciation events. Also served as Cub Scout Pack 171 Community Service Chair; Board President and Community Service Chair of the Pittsford MOMS Club; Church Council Member for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. University of Rochester Global Day of Service volunteer, and past member of the Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteers

  • Selected as member of the Equity Mindset Working Group for the Strategic Planning Committee in 2021, Anti-Bias Champion for the Bias Response and Education Team in 2021 and recipient of Student Success Award for Student Support in 2020 from Nazareth College

  • M.S.W. from University of Washington; B.A. in Mathematics, Statistics from University of Rochester

  • Parent of two children: one at Calkins Road Middle School and one at Sutherland High School

Sarah Pelusio
Sarah Pelusio
5 Trailwood Circle
Rochester, NY 14618

  • Seeking first term on the Board of Education

  • Current President of Pittsford PTSA

  • Serves on PCSD Reopening/Scenario Planning Committee, District Planning Team, District Advocacy Team (Full-Day K and Foundation Aid Funding), PTSA Legislative Chair, Parent Advisory Council to the Superintendent, and SHAPE UP PCSD

  • Serves as Allen Creek Elementary School’s PTSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) liaison, Student Council parent liaison, social media administrator & developer and room parent

  • Served on PCSD Instructional Leadership Council, Allen Creek Elementary PTSA Co-chair. Participated in Generation Ready Equity workshops held by Pittsford Schools

  • Past Girls on the Run coach, Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha (HBCCC) volunteer, and Pittsford Mustangs volunteer

  • B.S. in Hospitality and Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Parent of three children who attend Allen Creek Elementary School

Rene Sanchez-Kazacos
René Sanchez-Kazacos
7 Tall Acres Drive
Pittsford, NY 14534

  • Seeking second term on the Board of Education; first elected in 2017

  • Social Studies educator in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District

  • Serves as a Board of Education liaison to the Pittsford Teacher Center Policy Board; member of the Board’s Audit Oversight Committee, subcommittee on Community Engagement, and subcommittee on Communication and Messaging

  • Educational Coordinator for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY

  • Member of the New York Council for Social Studies and the Rochester Council for Social Studies throughout her career

  • Local member of ED5/6 since 2017; participation in the Committee of 100 in Albany to advocate for students and schools

  • Served as a NYS United Teachers voting delegate; participated in Annual Professional Performance Review negotiations process

  • B.A. and M.A. in Education from SUNY Fredonia

  • Parent of two children who attend Barker Road Middle School
Nicole Sidhu
Nicole Sidhu
39 McCoord Woods Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

  • Seeking first term on the Board of Education

  • Full-time writer. Previously served as Associate Professor of English and Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University

  • Founder of Open Schools Monroe County, a parent group advocating for a safe return to full-time school this school year for K-12 students

  • Served on numerous East Carolina University committees, including curriculum development, policy, hiring, personnel, women’s issues and diversity; served as a PTSA volunteer for the Super Sale and Thornell Road Elementary School Holiday Shop; and participated in the Community Conversation on Racism Roundtable

  • Recipient of the Scholar Teacher Award, Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award, and Bertie Fearing Excellence in Teaching Award from East Carolina University

  • Ph.D. in English Literature from Rutgers University; B.A. from the University of Toronto

  • Parent of three children: one at Thornell Road Elementary School and two at Barker Road Middle School