Carol A. Balfe - President
Carol Balfe grew up in Palatine Bridge. She
graduated from Canajoharie High School in 1985 and went on to earn a
B.S. in Biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta in 1989. She
continued her studies at the New England College of Optometry in
Boston where she earned her Ph.D. in 1993. She is an optometrist
practicing in Canajoharie.
Carol lives in Ames and has three children. They are very involved
in a variety of school activities in the middle and elementary
schools. Carol is also active in her church, teaching 6th grade
religious education class at St. James Catholic Church in Fort Plain.
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A far cry from where he was born and raised in
New York City, Mark Brody has worked as a large animal veterinarian
in Montgomery County for many years. He is married with two sons,
Jake, a 2016
Canajoharie High School graduate, and Nate, who also graduated from Canajoharie.
Dr. Brody has had a checkered career. Before entering veterinary
school at the age of 41, he was a newspaper reporter, New York City
cab driver, and, finally, garbage truck mechanic for the City of New
York. He was also a shop steward and served on his union’s executive
board. Dr. Brody enjoys woodworking, music, skiing, mountain biking,
cooking and gardening. His punning ability pales in comparison to
that of his elder son's.
Email him at
Mark.Brody@canjo.org or call 673-4186.
Cheryl Vroman is a graduate of Colonie Central
High School and attended the State University of New York at
Plattsburg. A Canajoharie resident since 1995, she has two children,
Andrew and Adam, who graduated Canajoharie High School and a third,
Alex, who graduated in June.
Cheryl spent 10 years as a manager and merchandising supervisor for
Kay Bee Toys before staying at home full time to raise her children.
She has worked for the United States Postal Service for 11 years,
and currently a city carrier in the Johnstown post office.
In her free time, she has practiced yoga and pilates for many years
and also enjoys going to concerts and shows and working in her
flower and vegetable gardens.
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Rachael Mason has long-standing ties to the
community. She’s lived in Canajoharie since 1992, and her husband,
Roger, graduated from high school here. Originally from Scotia,
Rachael graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany with
degrees in elementary education and English. She’s been a substitute
teacher for several years and has worked at Fulton-Montgomery
Community College since 1999 as an English
as a Second Language Instructor. Rachael and her husband have two
children: Katie, a CHS graduate, and Benjamin, a 2016 Canajoharie
graduate. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, hiking,
camping and fishing.
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Scott Ferguson had a wonderful experience growing
up in Spencer, N.Y., a rural upstate town similar to Canajoharie. In
1995, he and his wife, Carrie, moved to Canajoharie to to settle in
a place that would provide
similar educational and community opportunities for their children
that Scott experienced as a youth. Scott earned his B.S. in
Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell and worked in corporate
America for nearly 20 years having responsibility for the people
side of businesses. While working he completed his Global MBA at
Duke University. He has been an entrepreneur since 1995 when he and
his wife bought a hydroponic farm in South Carolina. While running
three businesses based out of Canajoharie and teaching college
courses part-time at SUNY Cobleskill he enrolled at St. John Fisher
College to earn his Doctorate of Education with a focus on Executive
Leadership. His dissertation was on the success of small business in
America. Scott is now an Associate Professor of Business and
Management at SUNY Cobleskill. He currently serves as the President
of the board for the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce and the
Cobleskill Auxiliary Services. Scott has been actively serving the
communities surrounding his home in the town of Root through the Boy
Scouts of America and his church. He has been active in the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he has held various
positions over the years including teaching, working with youth
programs, and watching over the welfare of church members. Scott and his wife have eight children and eight
grandchildren. They have had three children graduate from
Canajoharie - Kaitlyn, Seth, and Nathan and currently have two
children, Cassidy and Andrew that are active Canajoharie students.
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