Ron Barstys is Director of Student Services for the North Tonawanda City School District and is a former educator in the Niagara Falls Schools District. He invests his time, knowledge, and expertise regarding education in an effort to address the fiscal constraints and educational challenges faced in New York State.
Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, master’s of science degrees in secondary teacher education and school district administration and supervision - both from Niagara University. He is a New York State permanently certified secondary science teacher and school district administrator.
He also had five years of highly successful head coaching experience at the varsity level, and is a 2008 Leadership Niagara graduate.
“Clearly, education has seen significant changes over the past few years. Indications are that this is a trend that we can expect to continue and should even encourage, as it is vital that students have access to an education system that is responsive to the fluid world of which they are a part.”
Earl is a single guardian to his 8-year-old cousin DaSon, who currently attends Hyde Park Elementary School.
Rev. Kevin Dobbs has served on the Board for more than 16 years, and has also served on the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and the County Industrial Development Agency. He believes public service to be essential, both as a man and a Christian. He is the the founder and pastor of the Christ Redemption Tabernacle Church and served at Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church for 23 years.
“My desire is to see a greater number of students graduate, and serve all students regardless of their challenges. We have good schools in Niagara Falls, safe schools in Niagara Falls and good staff who are concerned for the well-being of our students.”
Arthur "Art" Jocoy Jr. is local business owner of Jocoy's Collision Inc. During his tenure, he has been an active Board member and has been responsive to residents. He has supported student achievement initiatives and improved fiscal controls. Mr. Jocoy is a graduate of LaSalle High School Class of 1986 and is a "Paul Harris Fellowship Award" recipient from the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls. He lives with Angela, his wife of 15 years, and their two children. Accountability and responsibility are of primary importance to him. "We need to make sure that every child gets the best education that we can possibly provide." Mr. Jocoy's focus is on accountability in the school system and elementary education as the foundation of future learning.