Board Members

Jason Catalino
jcatalinoboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2026

Rebecca Cohen
rcohenboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2026

Sarah Fitzgerald (second vice president)
sfitzgeraldboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2025

Kelly Fumarola
kfumarolaboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2024

Cynthia Hefti
cheftiboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2025

Marissa Joy Mims (president)
mmimsboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2024

Kristen Purcell
kpurcellboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2026

Daniel Seidberg
dseidbergboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2024

Daryll Fitch Wheeler (first vice president)
dwheelerboe@fmschools.org
Term expires: 2025


Board member biographies

Jason Catalino

Jason Catalino, of Fayetteville, is serving his second term on the board of education. He has lived in the district for ten years and he and his wife Karrie have three children: one who attends Wellwood Middle School and two who attend Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Catalino is an accounting manager with National Grid and has more than 20 years of experience as a certified public accountant. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree in business administration from LeMoyne College.

Catalino previously served as an assistant coach for F-M Little League and is a member of the board for the Syracuse Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is an active volunteer for various Wellwood Home and School Association events and actively supports the Immaculate Conception Church youth ministry.


Rebecca Cohen

Rebecca Cohen, of Fayetteville, is serving her third term on the board of education. She and her husband Brendan McGinn have three children: two who attend Wellwood Middle School (grade 6) and one who attends Fayetteville Elementary School (grade 4). Cohen is a Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduate and has been a district resident for 21 years.

She attended Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Cohen is an attorney with Bousquet Holstein PLLC, where she practices immigration law.

She currently serves on the InterFaith Works of Central New York Board of Directors and is an active pro bono immigration attorney with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY, Inc.

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Sarah Fitzgerald

Sarah Fitzgerald (she/her), of Manlius, is serving her first term on the board of education. She and her spouse Patrick have four children who attend Fayetteville-Manlius schools.

Ms. Fitzgerald has been a district resident for 20 years. She volunteers in support of Enders Road and Eagle Hill’s home and school associations and she also serves as Chair of the Vera House Foundation.

Ms. Fitzgerald graduated from LeRoy High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from LeMoyne College. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. She is a former human resource manager and program manager for Sensis & Saab Corporation, and is currently a stay-at-home parent.

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Kelly Fumarola

Kelly Fumarola, of Fayetteville, was appointed by the F-M Board of Education and is honored to fill the remainder of Sharon Lindars’ term due to her untimely passing. She has lived in the district for 18 years, and she and her husband, Adam, have two children, one a freshman at Binghamton University and one a freshman at F-M High School. She previously served two terms on the F-M Board of Education, participating in a variety of committees including chair of the policy and facilities committees. Previous to her board service, she served on the F-M Community Facilities Task Force and began her volunteer career at F-M as a Fayetteville Elementary room parent and co-vice president and co-president of Fayetteville Elementary’s Home and School Association.

Ms. Fumarola graduated from Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Master of Science degree in education, both from Binghamton University. She currently serves as executive director and director of development at three affiliated local nonprofit organizations.

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Cynthia Hefti

Cynthia Hefti, of Manlius, is serving her first term on the board of education. She and her husband Jonathan have two children who are Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduates.

Ms. Hefti has been a district resident for 20 years. She is an Oneonta High School graduate, received a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Oneonta, and a Masters in the Art of Teaching degree from Colgate University. Before retiring in 2020, Ms. Hefti was an F-M English teacher for 24 years. During this time, she was the pilot teacher for the high school’s former ILEX program, which is now called ACCESS, and received a Teacher of Excellence award from the New York State English Council. She also served as advisor for two high school student groups: an animal shelter assistance club, and a club focusing on supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

Ms. Hefti is a member of the Fayetteville-Owahgena Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

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Marissa Joy Mims

Marissa Joy Mims has lived in Manlius since 2006. Her twin son and daughter are 2019 alumni of the district. She was first elected to the board of education in 2009. Ms. Mims initiated the creation of the student board member position.  She currently serves as board president and is a member of the Policy, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Audit Committees.  

Ms. Mims has represent the Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District and Fayetteville-Manlius as member of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES Board of Education since 2020. She is a member of the OCMBOCES Policy and Superintendent Evaluation Committees in addition to serving as a member of the Career Technical Education Advisory Committee.. She previously served on the New York State School Board Association Resolutions Committee and as the Area 4 director for the Caucus of Black School Board Members. Ms. Mims has served on all board committees during her tenure on the board and is a prior board legislative liaison.

In 2016, Ms. Mims was appointed to the Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee (JCOC) by the Onondaga County Legislature. She is chair of the JCOC which issues policy recommendations to the sheriff and legislature regarding operations at the Justice Center. Ms. Mims is a member of the Town of Manlius Comprehensive Planning Committee. She is an alumni of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Ms. Mims received a BA from Syracuse University in Political Science, She is currently working on a Masters degree in STEM Education from Grand Canyon University. As a Career Technical Education teacher for the Syracuse City School District, she teaches Design at JT Roberts K-8 School. Ms. Mims is the Community Project Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Roberts. She is the building Diversity, Equity and Belonging Lead Teacher. Ms. Mims is a member of the School Climate Equity Plan Committee and Scheduling Committee. She was elected to the building Strategic Leadership Team by her peers and to serve as a building labor relations representative. Ms. Mims is a 2023-24 SyraFuse Fellow in Personalized Learning. She is the faculty advisor for student council, yearbook, VEX Robotics and Kidwind. Ms. Mims is a member of the Superintendents Teacher Advisory Council for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Kristen Purcell

Kristen Purcell, of Fayetteville, is serving her first term on the board of education. She and her husband Eric Boye have one child who attends Wellwood Middle School. Purcell has been a district resident for eight years.

A Jamesville-DeWitt High School graduate, Purcell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, a Master of Science degree in elementary education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in school building and district administration from Syracuse University. Purcell is the Director of CNY/Oswego County Teacher Center.

Prior to her current role, she served in various educational roles, including Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning, Community Partnerships and Family Engagement for Solvay Union Free School District; assistant principal of Eagle Hill Middle School; Assistant Coordinator of Innovative Teaching and Learning at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services; and elementary teacher for Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District. She is currently a member of New York State Association for Women in Administration – Central New York Chapter and is involved in Wellwood Middle School’s Home and School Association, and Site-Based Team.

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Daniel Seidberg

Daniel Seidberg, of Manlius, is serving his second term on the board of education. He has lived in the F-M district his entire life, having attended Mott Road Elementary School and Wellwood Middle School before graduating from F-M High School. He and his wife Jenée, also an F-M graduate, have two children: one who is a 2021 F-M graduate and one who attends F-M High School. He volunteered as a trustee of the FM Education Foundation, served as a youth soccer coach for 14 seasons, co-chaired the Cavalry Club swim program, served as a member of the F-M Community Facility Task Force and has been involved in other F-M programming.

Mr. Seidberg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Seidberg is an attorney and also the president and co-founder of an international company that provides emergency technology and communication tools to fire departments, emergency medical services agencies, police departments and other first responder entities throughout North America.

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Daryll Fitch Wheeler

Daryll Fitch Wheeler, of Fayetteville, is serving her third term on the board of education. She has been a district resident since 1950 and attended F-M from kindergarten through grade 12. She and her husband David M. Wheeler Sr., also an F-M alumnus and former principal of Wellwood Middle School, have seven children, all of whom are F-M graduates. They currently have three grandchildren attending F-M schools and three who graduated in 2017, 2021 and 2023.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Nazareth College of Rochester, a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts from Syracuse University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from LeMoyne College.

Before retiring in 2011, she taught English at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and English and reading in the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School and Moses DeWitt Elementary School. She finished her career at OCM BOCES in the Regional School Support Center and the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment department, working directly with teachers and administrators in a three-county region. A member of the parish of The Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville, Mrs. Wheeler serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister and recently co-chaired the parish’s celebration of its 150th anniversary.

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