Board Member BIOS

Meet the Board...

Annemarie Abrams

Annemarie Abrams is the Graduation Coach as well as a bilingual liaison for our Spanish speaking population at Dover High School and a resident of Dover Plains for over 20 years. Annemarie and her husband, longtime local business owner, Renny Jr have two children, Andrew and Alexandra. She is an active member of the community as a board member for the Center of Compassion and a committee member for the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Northeast Dutchess Fund. As a graduate of Marymount College with B.A. in Psychology, Annemarie believes DEEP is a way to expose the children of our community to the larger world - to see, touch and listen to things that would otherwise not be a part of their lives.

Donna Basting

Donna Basting, the Assistant Superintendent of the Dover Union Free School District, has lived in Dover for more than 20 years. She has held several positions in the school district including district clerk, teacher, and Dover Middle/High School Principal. Donna and her husband Tim have four sons - Jeffrey, Kyle, Tyler and Ryan - all Dover alumni. A parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo and member of the Dover PTSA, Donna enjoys reading, hiking and traveling. Donna thinks DEEP will provide students and teachers with opportunities to find, nurture and enjoy new interests and passions, which can open the door to all types of learning.

Sarah Castagna

Sarah Castagna, a Dover graduate who has lived in Wingdale for 22 years, is a fourth grade teacher at Dover Elementary School. Along with her teaching certification, Sarah earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Marist and is completing her Master's degree at Marist in Educational Psychology. Sarah thinks that the collaborative efforts of the members of DEEP stem from a genuine appreciation for and value of an endless pursuit of knowledge. She hopes that DEEP will encourage and inspire lifelong learners to seize the opportunity to participate in and lead educational enrichment, within contexts that allow both students and teachers to learn with and from each other

Robin Conklin

Robin Conklin, a lifelong Dover resident, Robin Conklin is a Dover High School graduate and has been employed by the Dover Union Free School District for the past 15 years. Additionally, she serves as the Community Service Advisory for Dover High School helping students connect and complete their 90-hour requirement of community service for graduation. She enjoys reading, travel and spending time with family and friends. Robin and her husband, Scott, have a son live in Dover Plains with their son, Colton, who attends Kindergarten at Wingdale Elementary School. She believes DEEP grants "provide opportunities to expose our students to a variety of new experiences and ideas they may never experience through school alone as well as an invaluable enrichment experience.

Walter Cropley

Walter Cropley is a lifelong Town of Dover resident and local business owner. He currently serves on the Dover Union Free School District Board of Education and has been a youth basketball, baseball and soccer coach for over 15 years. He and his wife, Jean, live in Dover Plains with their children, Brandon, Alexandria and Matthew. Walter believes DEEP will create opportunities for Dover students to study, learn and enjoy activities and programs that are not currently offered.

Erica Drnek

Erica Drnek is a Special Education Teacher at Dover High School. A graduate of Messiah College, she also earned a Master's of Science degree from Simmons College in Boston. A native of Dover Plains, Erica and her husband, Tom Drnek, are 1995 Dover High School graduates and returned to Dover after they married in 2005. She is a member of the High School AVID Site Team, the High School Leadership team and the District's PTSA. Erica and her husband live in Dover Plains with their three sons, Nolan, Conor and Thomas. She enjoys reading and traveling. Regarding DEEP's benefit for students and the quality of education in our community, she writes, "DEEP provides opportunities to grow their foundational knowledge and skills to keep them engaged and motivated to excel in school and inspire a lifelong journey of learning. My own children have benefited from DEEP projects and I am so appreciative of the opportunities they've been given!

Marianne Johnson

Marianne Johnson, a Town of Dover native, is an elementary teacher at the Dover Union Free School District for the past 26 years. A Dover High School graduate, she completed a B. S. degree at SUNY Fredonia and a M.S. degree at Western Connecticut State University. Marianne is a former trustee of the Dover Library and a past recipient of the Dover PTSA's Founder's Day Award. She and her husband, James, live in Dover Plains and have two sons, Casey and Collin. To enhance and enrich educational experiences for our children is her hope through serving on the DEEP Advisory Board.

Hon. Bradford Kendall

Hon. Bradford Kendall, the Dutchess County Clerk, has resided in Dover Plains with his wife Barbara for 30 years. The father of two Dover alumni (Travis and Stephen), Brad is also a member of the Dover Lions Club and former coach of Dover Little League and youth soccer. Brad enjoys hiking, canoeing and politics. Brad believes that in a small school district it is a must for students to be exposed to experiences that occur both inside and outside the classroom, and DEEP can provide those experiences.

Brian Masterson

Brian Masterson, A Town of Dover resident for the past 2 1/2 years, Brian Masterson is the branch manager of the M & T Bank of Dover Plains. He and his wife, Samantha, an active member of the Dover PTSA, have twin daughters, Annabelle and Abigail who attend Wingdale Elementary School. Brian is a member of the Town of Dover Lions Club, and a Youth Leadership mentor and Career Achievement Mentor for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, puzzles and tutoring. When asked why he thinks DEEP will benefit students and the quality of education in Dover, he replied, "Growth is a process, not an event. The more involved the community and students are, the more growth that will be seen. DEEP provides an excellent opportunity for students to venture into projects that will enrich their education and lives."

Katie Palmer-House

Katie Palmer-House is the Town Clerk of Dover and has lived in Dover Plains for the past 30 years. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in psychology and a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. A parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Katie is a member of the Dover Lions Club, the Town's Historical Society and the Friends of Dover Stone Church. She and her family own Hufcut Funeral Home. Katie envisions the innovative programs funded through DEEP will help instill students' passion for lifelong learning in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Mike Tierney

Mike Tierney is the Superintendent of the Dover Union Free School District and a school representative on the DEEP Advisory Board. For the past 27 years, he has served the District in administrative and teaching capacities. In addition to enjoying his work serving the District, his interests include all sports, coaching, hiking, music, theatre and reading history. He and his wife, Susan, live in Wappingers Falls and have four children. Grant programs that fuel teachers' and students' passion and interest are among his hopes for DEEP to enrich the quality of education for students in our community.

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams serves as a DEEP Advisory Board community member representative and owns Hunt Country Furniture in Wingdale. A 25-year Dover Plains resident, Caroline and her husband, Randolph, have three daughters, LeeAnn, Elizabeth and Abigail, all who are Dover graduates. She completed a Master's degree in Education at C. W. Post- Long Island University. She also currently serves on the Dover Plains Library Board. Caroline is an active member of the Holmes United Methodist Church

Christine Cargain

Christine Cargain serves as a DEEP Advisory Board community member representative. Christine is a Paralegal working on the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team at Swiss Re in Armonk, NY. Christine and her husband, Glenn, have resided in Dover since 2009 and have three children who have/are attending Dover Union Free School District. Their son Kevin is a graduate of DUFSD Class of 2016, Alyson currently attends Dover Middle School and Tyler currently attends Dover Elementary. Christine completed her Associates Degree with a Certification in Paralegal Studies at Westchester Community College. She currently serves on the Dover PTSA as Co-President.

Dina Marie Yeno

Dina Marie Yeno is a graduate of Dover High School (Class of 1982) and graduated from Marist College in 1986 with a B.A. in Communications/Marketing. A Dover Plains resident for the past 45 years, she is an insurance broker at Emery & Webb, Inc. in Dover Plains and also serves as the Town of Dover Tax Collector. Dina and her husband, Rich are proud parents of two daughters who attend Dover High School, Danielle (Class of 2018) and Chelsea (Class of 2019), and are members of the National Senior Honor Society. Danielle is also a student athlete and musician.A longtime and active parent volunteer, Dina is the Vice President of the Dover Middle School/ High School Music Boosters and is a member of the Athletic Boosters. Dina's husband, Rich, is a dispatcher with the Dutchess County Highway Department, a Town of Dover councilman and is a member of the J. H. Ketcham Hose Company. Dina feels DEEP enriches the quality of education in our community by "providing students with the opportunity for a hands-on approach to learning and creating while encouraging them to think outside of the box.

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