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
Pam Lutfy - President - 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.
Jack O’Leary – Vice President – Bio coming soon…Dawn Bukaj 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.
John R. Fisher is known to his friends as "Jack". He and his wife Susanne live in Dingmans Ferry and have been residents of the DV School District for 25 years. They have two children who have both graduated from Delaware Valley, with honors, and gone on to successful college and career endeavors. Jack is a graduate of Hofstra University, Zarb School of Business with a Bachelors Degree with a major in Accounting. He also holds a Masters Degree in Finance. Jack is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. Jack has served on the Delaware Valley School Board for eight years previously. Jack has been Little League President, Milford-Matamoras Rotary President and serves on the Board of the Camp Speers YMCA. He is a member of the Milford Presbyterian Church where he has taught adult Sunday School. His philosophy of life is from the Book of Corinthians "Always be ready. Stand firm in what you believe. Be men of courage. Stay strong."
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.
Chuck Pike, a resident of Delaware Valley School District, lives in Westfall Township with his wife Bette. He has three children. Chuck received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Masters of Business Administration from Marist College. Chuck is the Manger of Engineering & Operations at Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative, an electric utility serving Sussex County, NJ. Chuck has been involved in numerous youth activities in our community. Chuck coached in Delaware Valley Babe Ruth baseball for 11 years, PAYAL football, Pop Warner football and organized the DVES PTA Basketball program for 6 years. In addition Chuck has coached Odyssey of the Mind teams for 4 years. Chuck has been an active member of St. Joseph’s Church in Matamoras for 25 years, a Eucharist Minister for 17 years and currently serves on the Parish Finance Council. Chuck believes the public education system is a cornerstone of our society and must be maintained as strong as possible.
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.