Board of School Directors
About the Board
The Board of School Directors is made up of nine unsalaried citizens elected to serve four-year terms of office. Serving on the Board is one of the highest forms of community service in our area. We are extremely grateful to the members for giving their time to serve in this capacity. They are a vital link between the school and the community. The Board’s main areas of responsibility are:
- Establish district policies
- Develop an annual budget
- Vote on the Superintendent’s recommendations on personnel matters and contracts
- Review courses of study and textbooks
- Act as a communication link between residents and the Superintendent
No person or group of persons acts in the name of the board. All motions require a majority vote before the Board can act. A board member is in an official capacity only during an official Board meeting. The Board employs a Superintendent who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the district and administration of Board policies. The Superintendent develops policies, programs and plans for Board action.
Email Board Members - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack O’Leary – President – Bio coming soon…
Dawn Bukaj – Vice-president – has lived in Dingmans Ferry with her husband Mike since 1997. The have three boys. Their oldest, Cody went through DVSD Kindergarten to high school graduation. Michael and Charles, both with special needs are currently in elementary school. Dawn works in New Jersey Managing Residential Properties and dedicates her time to sitting on volunteer boards such as A Precious Gift Adoption Resource Center, the Right to Education Local Task Force and the Delaware Township Planning Commission. She is a member of civic and political organizations and strives to maintain and improve Pike County for all residents. Dawn’s primary purpose for running for the DVSB was to see that no child is given up on.
Brian Carso grew up in a working-class family and attended high school in rural upstate New York. His parents encouraged him to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to him; accordingly, he went on to receive BA and MA degrees from the University of Rochester, a JD from SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and a PhD from Boston University. Brian began his career as an attorney at a large New York law firm and subsequently developed his own private practice. He entered government service when he was elected County Clerk in Otsego County, New York, where his duties included those of Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts, Registrar of Vital Records, and supervisor of the county DMV offices. After being reelected to a second four-year term, New York Governor George Pataki invited Brian to join his administration as Assistant Commissioner for Operations in the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2006, Brian left government service for academia. He is currently associate professor of History and Government at Misericordia University, in Dallas, PA, where he directs the Pre-law program and served as founding director of the program in Government, Law, and National Security. His community service has included leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, the YMCA, the Audubon Society, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He and his wife and two children live in Matamoras.
Jessica Adler Decker moved to Pike County in 2005 with her husband Christopher where she began working as a teacher and director of The Sunshine Station Early Learning Center. She is the mother of two children, Reagan and Landon, the oldest of which will be starting kindergarten at Shohola Elementary School in the fall. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education in 2004 from the College of Saint Rose in Albany and then graduated in 2006 from the University of Scranton with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. Jessica has devoted her life to teaching children, volunteering in community organizations, and working with children with special needs.
Cory Homer, a 2008 graduate of the Delaware Valley School District, has been a resident of Matamoras for the past 19 years. Cory attended Lebanon Valley College, where he received All-American honors in football and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He then went on to play semi-professional football while successfully earning his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University. Currently, he is the Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at Sussex County Community College, where he is actively involved in accreditation, budgeting, and institutional effectiveness. Cory continues to be involved in the community, having been a volunteer firefighter and rescue diver for the past 9 years and coaching for the Pike Area Youth Athletic League.
Pam Lutfy has resided in Pike County since 1973. She and her husband have two children. Pam graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Language Remediation. She worked in the Delaware Valley School District from 1973 to 1987 providing speech, language and hearing therapy for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. At East Stroudsburg University and Columbia University, Pam completed her Master's work in Special Education and the Neuropsychology of Language Disorders. Pam is the owner and director of the Sunshine Station Early Learning Centers II, III, and I in Westfall/Milford Townships, Milford Borough and Delaware Township. She supervises programs of infant care, toddler care, pre-school, pre-kindergarten, developmental kindergarten, before- and after-school care and summer camp. Pam is an active community advocate for children and adults with special needs. Pam is one of the founders of Pike County United Way and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Education Association. She served on the Delaware Valley School Board from 1988 to 1992.
Felicia Sheehan – Bio coming soon…
Rosemary Walsh has lived in Pike County for almost 40 years raising her 3 children who all graduated from Delaware Valley School District. She graduated with a BA from Immaculata College and a Masters in Reading from West Chester University. She recently retired from the DVSD after working as a substitute teacher and then a Reading Specialist for 25 years. Rosemary served as an officer in the PTA as her children progressed through the schools of the district. She has served in many capacities at St. Patrick's Church in Milford including as Religious Ed teacher, member of the Pastoral Council, and Extraordinary Minister of Communion. She also frequently volunteers at the various social and service events held by the church.John Wroblewski was appointed to the board on July 15, 1999 to complete the unexpired term of John Fisher. He lives in Milford and is married, with three daughters who graduated from the Delaware Valley School District. John is a licensed pharmacist and works as a project manager for Educational Resource Systems. John served as President of the Shohola Elementary School PTA and the Delaware Valley PTA Council. He currently serves as a Lector at St. Patrick's Parish in Milford and is a member of the Milford-Matamoras Rotary club. John holds a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is the head instructor of Milford Tae Kwon Do, a non-profit martial arts school in Milford.