2020-2021 Board of Education
Ira Schulman, President
Mia DiPietro, Vice President
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Back Row (from left to right) Ira Schulman (President), Lori Kanner, Mia DiPietro (Vice President),
Jason Berland, and Michael Sanders. Front Row (from left to right) Lara Stangel and Scott Levy
Jason Berland is serving his first term on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Currently, he sits on the Audit, Policy and Health and Athletic Advisory Committees and is a liaison to the Byram Hills Education Foundation. Jason previously served for six years as a Board Member of the Byram Hills Education Foundation, where he spent his final four years as Chairman.
Jason is a partner at the international law firm of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, where he focuses primarily on government and regulatory actions, internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense, international asset recovery and general commercial litigation. In the public sector, Jason served for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
Jason also sits on the Board of Tzahal Shalom of Northern Westchester and spent many years on the Management Team of the Armonk United Soccer Club. He is a graduate of Union College and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Jason has lived in North Castle since 2012, and he and his wife have three children attending the Byram Hills schools.
Mia DiPietro, Vice President
Mia DiPietro is serving her second term as a Trustee on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Currently, she sits on the Audit Committee and the Finance Advisory Committee. She will serve as the Board's Communications Liaison to the Preschool Association (BHPA) and the PTSA and will also be rotating in as the BHEF Liaison. Prior to joining the Board of Education, Mia served on the BHPA Board for five years, acting as liaison to the Board of Education. In addition, she managed the BHPA Facebook page and served on the Working Moms Committee.
She is active in the Byram Hills Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) on the Working Parents Committee and C.H.I.L.D and served as class parent for a number of years.
Mia works full-time as a Talent Management Systems Manager for Marsh & McLennan Companies where she has worked since 1998.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education from Clark University and studied System Analysis and Design at Columbia University. Mia has lived in Armonk since 2007. She and her husband, Ron, have three children attending the Byram Hills schools.
Lori Kanner is serving her third year of her first term on the Byram Hills Board of Education.
She has been a member of both the Audit and Policy Committees. Lori currently serves as the Board’s Representative to the Westchester Putnam School Board Association’s Legislative Advocacy Committee, the Health and Athletic Advisory Committee, the Guidance Advisory Committee as well as the Byram Hills Education Foundation. She was formerly a Board member of the Byram Hills Education Foundation for six years, serving as President in her last year.
Prior to moving to Armonk, Lori was an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s office. She also worked in private practice defending both insurance companies and medical professionals.
Lori graduated with a Bachelors degree from Emory University and a Law Degree from St. John’s University School of Law.
She and her husband Michael have three children. Their oldest child graduated from Byram Hills High School and their younger children attend school in the Byram Hills School District.
Scott Levy is serving his second term on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Currently, he sits on the Audit Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, the Emergency Safety Team and serves as the School Board's liaison to the Town of North Castle. Scott also sits on the board of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association. He was formerly a Board Member of the Byram Hills Education Foundation, serving two years as Chairman.
Scott is the Executive Director of the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years working in financial services, as an investment banker and investor. Scott is a Director of Gold Group Enterprises, a technology company. He serves as Board of Trustee member and Vice Chairman of Blythedale Children’s Hospital and is President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Westchester. He graduated with a degree in economics from Harvard College and completed a Senior Research Fellowship in public education policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Michael R. Sanders is serving his third year of his first term on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Currently, he participates in the Board’s Audit and Finance Advisory Committees and is the Board’s liaison to the Health and Athletic Advisory Council and the Byram Hills Education Foundation. Mike was formerly a Board Member of the Byram Hills Education Foundation, serving as past Chairman and Treasurer.
Michael Sanders is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at 5C Capital Management. He has over 27 years of experience in investment management and is responsible for the firm’s investment policy. Michael applies his proven skills in analyzing economic, social and political trends to assess the direction of financial markets and help guide the investment and strategic decisions for individuals, institutions and organizations. He is also entrusted with ongoing investment selection and strategy, macro asset allocation, and overall investment design.
Mr. Sanders earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University's CW Post Campus. He and his wife, Kelley, have two children attending the Byram Hills schools.
Ira Schulman, President
Ira Schulman is serving his twenty-second year on the Board of Education and is serving his eighth term as Board President. Ira is a partner at the national law firm of Sheppard Mullin LLP, and specializes in all aspects of construction law. Ira's practice primarily involves the negotiation of construction contracts and the disposition of complex construction disputes through litigation or alternative dispute resolution procedures. He is a frequent lecturer on construction law for various bar associations and continuing legal education providers. Ira is a graduate of Lehigh University and Georgetown University Law School. In 2019, Ira was named Citizen of the Year by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Betty, a physical therapist, have lived in the District for 34 years. Their children graduated from Byram Hills in 2004 and 2008.
Lara Stangel is proudly serving the first year of her second term on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Currently Ms. Stangel serves as this Board’s Vice President. She sits on the Policy, Audit and Guidance Advisory Committees. She also serves as the School Board's Liaison to the Town of North Castle as well as the Byram Hills PTSA. Prior to joining the Board of Education, Ms. Stangel had served on the Byram Hills Preschool Association House Tour Committee. She also served on the PTSA as the Vice President of Education from 2010 to 2013, the PTSA President from 2013 to 2015 and the PTSA Liaison to the Byram Hills Education Foundation (BHEF). She was a trustee of the BHEF from 2011 to 2013, and again from 2015 to 2016, where she served on the Grant, Insta-Grant and Gala Committees.
As PTSA President, she established its Advocacy Committee, the purpose of which is to inform and help mobilize the community about educational reform and to instruct how to navigate changes that directly impact the Byram Hills School District.
Her professional career was as a psychiatric social worker, having received a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in 1992 and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1994. She also received an advanced degree in clinical social work from New York University in 1999.
Ms. Stangel has been living in Armonk for 13 years with her husband, Justin, and their two daughters, Emily who is in ninth grade and Ashley who is in seventh grade.