Board member biographies
Rebecca Cohen, of Fayetteville, is serving her first term on the board of education. She and her husband, Dr. Brendan McGinn, have three children, two who attend Fayetteville Elementary School and another who is currently in preschool.
Ms. Cohen is a Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduate. She attended Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She also earned her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is an associate at Bousquet Holstein PLLC, where she practices with the Immigration, Employment, Labor & Discrimination, and Business Practice groups. She also has experience in the areas of securities and antitrust class action litigation from practicing at various New York City firms. She previously served as associate director, corporate and foundation relations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and as deputy director of development for the Reach Out and Read National Center in Boston.
Ms. Cohen is a certified mediator, having mediated cases in New York City courts, public schools and community mediation centers. She previously served on the board for the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse and chaired the center’s Early Childhood Development Program Committee.
Timothy P. Crisafulli, of Manlius, is serving his second term on the F-M Board of Education. He has lived in the school district for 14 years. Mr. Crisafulli taught seventh-grade social studies at Eagle Hill Middle School from 1994-1999. He taught grades 9-12 social studies at Fayetteville-Manlius High School from 1999-2003 and again from 2005-2006. While teaching, he also served as a coach and club advisor.
After becoming an attorney, Mr. Crisafulli worked at Hancock Estabrook, LLP in Syracuse. He is currently a partner at Crisafulli Gorman, P.C., a law firm located in Manlius that focuses on business law, tax law and trusts and estates. Mr. Crisafulli graduated from Oswego High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a certification in social studies secondary education in 1994 from LeMoyne College; a Master of Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2000; a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2013.
He and his wife, Kelly, have three children, two of whom attend Eagle Hill Middle School and one who looks forward to starting kindergarten at Mott Road Elementary School in 2020.
Kelly Fumarola, of Fayetteville, is serving her first term on the board of education. She has lived in the district for 12 years, and she and her husband, Adam, have two children, one enrolled at Wellwood Middle School and the other at Fayetteville Elementary School. She recently served on the F-M Community Facility Task Force and is a former co-vice president and president of Fayetteville Elementary School’s Home and School Association and is a member of Temple Society of Concord in Syracuse.
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 the State University of New York at Binghamton University. She is self-employed as a consultant to institutions seeking grant funding, providing proposal development support and organizational, programmatic and strategic guidance. She also provides pro-bono consulting services for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses.
Sharon Lindars, of Manlius, is serving her first term on the board of education. She is an F-M graduate, having attended Mott Road and Fayetteville elementary schools, Wellwood Middle School and Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in elementary education. She taught in elementary schools for 14 years in Maryland, Texas and North Carolina.
She moved back to the Fayetteville-Manlius area in 2010 and is a certified teacher in New York. She has worked as a substitute teacher and a teaching assistant for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District and as a substitute and adjunct teacher for the Liverpool and Syracuse school districts. She served as co-president of the Mott Road Elementary School Home and School Association from 2015-2017 and has coordinated after-school clubs at Mott Road since 2014. She and her husband, Paul, have two children, one enrolled in fourth grade at Mott Road and the other in fifth grade at Wellwood Middle School.
Marissa Joy Mims, of Manlius, has lived in the school district since 2006 and was elected to the F-M Board of Education in 2009. She previously served as the board’s vice president from 2010-2011 and served as president from 2011-2015.
Ms. Mims is the Legislative Liaison for the board of education. She serves on the board’s audit and community relations committees in addition to the New York State School Boards Association Resolution Committee.
Ms. Mims is the 2017-2018 Vice-President of the Caucus of Black School Board Members, previously serving as the Area 4 Director. She is chair of the Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee, which develops policy recommendations for the Onondaga County sheriff. Ms. Mims serves on the board of directors for Fayetteville-Manlius A Better Chance and Focus Greater Syracuse. She is vice-president of public relations for the Manlius Lions Club and serves on the steering committee and as communications chair for the East Area Support Network. She was a member of the district’s former special education advisory committee. Ms. Mims is a Class of 2008 member of Leadership Greater Syracuse.
She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University and completed the National Writing Project program at SUNY Cortland. She is pursuing a second career in teaching after working in nonprofit management. She is currently a long-term substitute eighth-grade science teacher in the Syracuse City School District for the 2016-17 school year. Her twin son and daughter are in 10th grade at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
Elena A. Romano, of Fayetteville, has lived in the school district since 1985. She has served on the Board of Education since 1998, including three years as its president and one year as vice president.
She has also served as president of the Fayetteville Elementary HSA, co-president of the F-M Varsity Football Booster Club, and board member of the F-M Education Foundation, among other volunteer activities. She supervised accounts payable for her family’s business for five years and taught Suzuki violin for 12 years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Lawrence University and completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training at Ithaca College. She and her husband, Michael, have three children who graduated from F-M schools.
Daniel Seidberg, of Manlius, is serving his first 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 at F-M High School and the other at Eagle Hill Middle School. He is a trustee of the FM Education Foundation, served as a youth soccer coach for 14 seasons, co-chairs the Cavalry Club swim program, served as a member of the F-M Community Facility Task Force and is involved in other FM 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.
Kim Swanson, of Manlius, is serving her second term on the Board of Education. A 12-year district resident, she and her husband, Charles, have three children who attend F-M High School.
Ms. Swanson currently chairs the board’s policy committee and served as a voting delegate at the New York State School Boards Association annual meeting. She received the Mastery of Boardsmanship designation through the New York State School Boards Association.
Ms. Swanson is a member of the Student Teacher Parent Association at the High School, where she chairs the school’s annual Awards Night and volunteers with many STPA events. She is also actively involved with the crew and track teams.
Ms. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Humanities from Columbia College. She extended her training in counseling services through Syracuse University and is a certified disability management specialist.
Daryll Fitch Wheeler, of Fayetteville, is serving her first 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., have seven children, all of whom are Fayetteville-Manlius graduates. They currently have five grandchildren attending F-M schools and one who graduated in 2017.
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 and reading at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and 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, Mrs. Wheeler serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister. She is also a facilitator for the Eastern Pastoral Care Area (PCA), a four parish consortium.