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4 Running For Board Of Education

Frank Galeazzo

Frank Galeazzo is seeking his first full term on the Board of Education. Mr. Galeazzo and his wife, Elizabeth, have been City of Jamestown residents for almost 17 years and have two children: Bradley, a junior at Jamestown High School, and Ashlyn, an 8th grader at George Washington Middle School. Mr. Galeazzo is a graduate of SUNY Alfred State and has over 25 years of Computer and Information Technology experience including several years in an educational setting; he is currently the Information Services Manager at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Mr. Galeazzo has previously served as an officer and member of the Jamestown City Council PTSA, Washington Middle School PTA/PTO, C.C. Ring School PTA and the Southwestern Region PTA Board. Mr. Galeazzo is currently a member of Joy Fellowship at Jamestown Free Methodist Church where he also serves on the board and is the current Treasurer.

“I have decided to run for a position on the Jamestown School Board to share my leadership skills and promote communication between the district and the community. It has been a challenging year for all involved with parent and student frustrations on the rise and the administration’s challenges having to navigate through these difficult processes.”

Gina Sink

Gina Sink is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. She has over 12 years of teaching experience in both brick and mortar and cyber schools, including preschool, first grade, and middle school math. She also taught undergraduate-level educational psychology at the University of Florida. Her teaching experiences include Mascotte Elementary in Lake County, Fla., and the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in King of Prussia, Pa. Ms. Sink moved to Lakewood from Erie, Pa., in 2013 and then to the City of Jamestown the following year, where she currently resides. Ms. Sink is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, holding bachelor’s degrees in psychology and elementary education and master’s degrees in church history and educational psychology. Ms. Sink is currently serving as an Applied Behavior Science Specialist at The Resource Center and as the Secretary of Zion Covenant Church’s Leadership Team.

“I am excited about the possibility of working together with Dr. Whitaker, the rest of the school board, and the teachers and staff in Jamestown Public Schools to provide the best learning opportunities for students of all ages as this directly impacts the futures of individual students as well as the community.”

Nina Karbacka

Nina Karbacka is seeking her third term on the JPS Board of Education. She is a skilled educator with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from SUNY Fredonia, and 40 years of teaching experience in JPS.

Mrs. Karbacka represents JPS as a member of NYS Association Small Cities Advisory Board, having conversations with legislators and the commissioner to promote fair funding and awareness of our fine school system. She has been selected for the NYS School Boards Association Diversity Inclusion and Equity Committee.

Mrs. Karbacka has been recognized by NY City and State Magazine on their list of the 100 Most Powerful Educators, and is listed in Who’s Who 2020, as well as honored by NYSSBA with a Lifetime Achievement Award for continuing education as a school board member.

Mrs. Karbacka has been an active volunteer in our city and currently serves on the board of directors of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and Western NY Chamber Orchestra. She enjoys teaching violin to area students of all ages.

“My goal is a complete education for every student, rich in experiences in music, arts, sports, rigorous academics, and career opportunities to ensure the success and gradation of every child.”

Krysta M. Rives

Krysta M. Rives is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. She has a passion for education and wants to work with other teachers to serve as an advocate for students from underrepresented populations including minorities and people with accommodation needs.

Her experience and education as an occupational therapy practitioner uniquely qualifies her to understand the needs of students and caregivers with disabilities. She has experience understanding and navigating legislation that supports students and families such as title IX, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to name a few. Ms. Rives has spent personal time lobbying at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to educate representatives of the House and the Senate on proposed bills such as the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019.

“I was not well supported by the school system when I was a kid which resulted in me dropping out of high school in the 10th grade and earning a GED. I was fortunate enough to have external supports that enabled me to pursue an education in nontraditional ways, but that is not the case for everyone. Stories like mine won’t change until we have leaders in place who represent the populations they serve.”

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