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Jason Berland, Vice President
Jason Berland is serving his third year of his first term on the Byram Hills Board of Education and is the Vice President of the Board. Currently, he sits on the Audit Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and Health and Athletic Advisory Committee. He also serves as the Board's liaison to the Town of North Castle and is the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association Legislative Advocacy Committee representative. 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 is serving her second term as a Trustee on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Currently, she sits on the Audit Committee, the Policy Committee and the Health and Athletics Advisory Committee. She will serve as the Board's Communications Liaison to the Preschool Association (BHPA) and the PTSA. 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 Senior HRIS Specialist-Learning at Marsh McLennan 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.
Melissa Jacobs was appointed as a Trustee to the Byram Hills Board of Education on March 8, 2022 and is a member of the Guidance Advisory Committee. Melissa previously served for six years on the board of the Byram Hills Education Foundation (BHEF), serving as a member of the Executive Board, Secretary, a member of the Grant Review Committee, and as co-chair for the Auction Fundraising Committee. She successfully planned and implemented an annual auction raising up to $70,000 each year to help fund grants in all four schools.
Melissa has also been active in the Byram Hills Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) in various roles. She co-chaired the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Wampus and co-chaired the PTSA’s Cultural and Curricular Education Committee at Wampus. In addition, Melissa has served as co-chair of the Cultural and Curricular Education Committee at HCC Middle School since 2012, to facilitate bringing presentations and speakers to the school to enhance and enrich the curriculum for all the students. Melissa also served on the Challenge Success Steering Committee at HCC and has contributed to the District’s Site-Based Team as a parent member for several years.
Melissa is an experienced elementary school teacher who was previously tenured as a second grade teacher in Pleasantville. She has also worked as a substitute teacher in local elementary and middle schools including Byram Hills and a local preschool. Melissa has a BA from Tufts University in English and Child Study, and a MA from NYU in Early Childhood Education, and she is New York State certified in both Elementary Education and in Teaching Students with Special Needs.
Melissa has lived in North Castle since 2003, and she and her husband Ari have 3 boys. Her sons Alex and Ethan graduated from Byram Hills in 2017 and 2019, and her son Owen is currently a freshman at Byram Hills High School.
Lori Kanner is serving the second year of her second term on the Byram Hills Board of Education.
She has been a member of the Policy Committee. Lori has served as the Board’s Representative to the Westchester Putnam School Board Association’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and the Health and Athletic Advisory Committee, as well as the boards representative to 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.
Currently Lori serves on the Audit Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and the Guidance Advisory Committee.
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. She is currently working at Pace’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law.
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 2 children graduated from Byram Hills High School and their youngest child attends school in the Byram Hills School District.
Scott Levy, President
Scott Levy is serving his third 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 Board's liaison to the town of North Castle and the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association. Scott also is the Vice President of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association and sits on the steering committee of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition. In June 2020, Scott was appointed to the NYS Regional Task Force for Reopening Schools. He serves on the NYS School Boards Association Investment Advisory Committee.
Scott is a current board member and former Executive Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale Medical School. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years working in financial services as an investment banker and investor. He was formerly a Board Member of the Byram Hills Education Foundation, serving two years as Chairman. Scott is a Director of Gold Group Enterprises, a technology company. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Blythedale Children's Hospital, the President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Westchester, and sits on the Harvard University Alumni Association Board of Directors. 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.
Scott has three children, all of whom attend Byram Hills.
Lara Stangel is proudly serving the second year of her second term on the Byram Hills Board of Education. Ms. Stangel had previously served as this Board’s Vice President. She currently sits on the Policy, Audit and Guidance Advisory Committees. She also serves as the School Board's Liaison to 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 14 years with her husband, Justin, and their two daughters, Emily, who is in tenth grade, and Ashley, who is in eighth grade.
Petrie Verma is excited to be serving his first term on the Byram Hills Board of Education where he will be part of the policy committee and liaison to the BHEF. He has spent the past eight years as a member of the PTSA executive board. There, he was Recording Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, VP for Coman Hill and Wampus, and most recently was President of the board. During his time with the PTSA he worked closely with the administrators and teachers to provide the children with an optimal learning environment with school supplies and cultural enrichment programming. Throughout the years, he has been active in the buildings as a class parent and part of many committees such as book fair, beautification, and sustainability to name a few. He helped pilot the annual Coman Cares week in 2016 and has been a volunteer parent coach for Armonk Soccer Club and Armonk Baseball League. Petrie has also been a member of the district site-based teams, covid stakeholder group, and district safety team. Recently, he is proud to have been involved in the planning of the new entrance at the Wampus School.
Petrie went to Manhattanville College for pre-med, but took a turn towards energy commodities. He grew up in Somers and has been living in this community since 1991. He has one son who is in 8th grade.