Meet the Board

Michael Donahue - Board President

Michael Donahue has served on the Board since 2013. He has served as Vice-President for one year and is now in his second year as President of the Board. He is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a masters degree in social work. Mike is currently an Executive Program Director for Placement Services for Northern Rivers Family of Services where he currently oversees the Northeast Parent and Child Society's Residential Treatment Center in Schenectady. Mr. Donahue chose to service on the school board to give back to the community. He and his wife Mary have had all three of their children graduate from the Coxsackie-Athens School District and now their grandaughter is a new kindergartner in the Coxsackie Elementary School. Mike has a particular interest in children's mental health and well being and has worked with the fellow Board members toward providing a well rounded education for all. Mike greatly appreciates the dedication of the staff members who work at C-A, his fellow Board members who work tirelessly to help our students reach their goals, and the generosity of the communities who support this work. 

Jamie Dorr - Vice President

Jamie attended Rochester Institute of Technology where she received a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. Jamie's current occupation is a Special Education Teaching Assistant and Freelance Graphic Designer. Jamie chose to run for the school board over six years ago to bring a strong balance of traditional learning with the resources of modern technology to benefit all students. She believes that all students, parents and staff need to work together to achieve the best educational value possible.

Tara Bachner

Tara graduated from C-A in 2006. Tara has a Masters degree in Childhood Education 1-6 (literacy). Currently she is a stay at home mom to her 6 year old who is attending CE and her baby. Tara is in her second 3 year term on the board. One of the main reasons Tara ran to be on the Board was to advocate for the students in the schools. She also wanted to help give a different perspective to the Board, as she too had subbed in the District for almost 10 years before becoming a stay at home Mom.

Nicole Canning

Nicole is a C-A graduate. This year is her second year serving the Coxsackie Athens School Board. Nicole has a Bachelors in Special Education and a Masters in Reading Education. Nicole currently teaches at the Hamagrael Elementary School for the Bethlehem School District. Nicole is serving the community as a Board Member with the desire to raise morale and make C-A a great place to learn. 

David Taylor

David is a C-A graduate, class of 1995. David obtained his bachelors in History from SUNY Albany in 1998, and his Masters in Arts of Teaching from SUNY New Paltz in 2001. David is currently a Teacher of Social Studies at Catskill Central School. David chose to be on the Board to give back to the C-A Community and to help ensure quality education continues.

Ina Guilzon

This is Ina's first year serving the School Board. Ina has a bachelors in Childhood Education and a masters in Literacy Education. Ina is a NYS licensed Real Estate Appraiser and Salesperson.

Maureen Hanse

Maureen holds a Bachelors degree in chemistry and her current occupation is a Library Clerk. Maureen has been serviing on the C-A School Board for almost 15 years. Maureen is a graduate of C-A. She has four boys of which 3 have graduated C-A with the fourth son being a Junior this year. Maureen is proud of our C-A community and she feels that our school truly has the kids best interests at heart. Maureen feels it is up to the kids and their families to take advantage of the opportuniities presented to them.

Barton Wallace

Bart is a graduate of C-A and SUNY with a degree in Business Administration. Bart currently is a N.Y.S. licensed Real Estate Broker with Wallace Realtors, and is employed as a transfer station operator with the County of Greene. Bart is also a founding member of the Coxsackie Athens Foundation for Education. Bart is in his 18th year serving the District as a Board Member. Bart continues to run as a Board Member to work as a team to develop policies that create and enhance student opportunities for personal success.

Kyle Garland

Kyle is a Coxsackie-Athens graduate, Class or 2017, who went on to attend SUNY Cortland and graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He recently became a business development associate at Central Hudson Gas and Electric, as well as a welder for Central Hudson for eight years. Prior to that, he was a marketing assistant at Hunter Mountain. Kyle is also a member of the Earlton Fire Department, and has been for 15 years. The Coxsackie-Athens community has, and always will be, his home. He grew up in Athens, has been part of the Earlton community for years, and now resides in the Village of Coxsackie. His biggest motivation for joining the school board is service to the community, and it is his belief that the school system is the foundation for our community here at C-A. He is a proud father of two, with his oldest starting school at C-A in the fall of 2021. Kyle believes that the C-A district, faculty, staff, students, parents and community have done an outstanding job keeping our children safe, while continuing to expand their education in this challenging time. His goal is to help continue that success as a member of the C-A school board. He hopes to bring his cooperative, level-headed approach to the board to try and resolve issues, while forging ahead to help our district achieve its vision and goals for the future. Kyle understands that there are several hot-button issues that the school board face on a regular basis. His intent is to listen to our community, students, parents, staff, and others to develop clear and decisive plans to move forward, while maintaining honest and transparent communication among all parties involved.