Meet the Board Members
Jason Fernau, President
Jason Fernau was elected to the Board of Education in May 2018 to a three-year term and re-elected in May 2021. He was selected as the President in July 2021, after previously serving as the Vice President of the Board. He also currently serves on the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education. He is a proud BSHS graduate and has been a resident in the district for over 45 years. He is the parent of a current 12th grader, and has a son who is a BSHS graduate. Jason has served as a past Vice President of the Malta Avenue PTA, and a past President and Treasurer of the District PTA Council. He currently works for MAXIMUS, working for the New York State of Health (Health Care Exchange), leading a reporting and data analytics team. His educational background consists of an undergraduate degree in English Education from Boston University, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University at Albany, SUNY. Along with his family, he has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Albany for the last 15 years. He resides with his wife Kathy and family in Malta. Please feel free to email Mr. Fernau here.
Katie Whittemore,Vice President
Katie Whittemore was elected to the BOE in June of 2020 for a three-year term. She was selected to serve as Vice President in July 2021. Katie has taught mathematics at Shenendehowa High School since 2006. She also serves as the Membership Chair for the Gordon Creek Elementary School PTA. Katie and her husband Scott are the proud parents of two children who attend Gordon Creek Elementary School. Katie earned dual undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Education from Duquesne University and went on to earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. Please feel free to email Mrs. Whittemore here.
Dottie Sellers was appointed to a vacant seat on the BOE in March 2015 and elected to serve a second three-year term beginning in July 2019. She served as the President from July 2019 - 2021, after previously serving as the Vice President of the Board. Dottie served in various PTA positions at the Ballston Spa Middle School from 2009 – 2011 and has also served on various committees and boards within Ballston Spa. Dottie is a current board member for the Ballston Area Community Center. Dottie and her husband Jim have one daughter who is a recent graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Siena College. They have lived in Ballston Spa since 2009 when she and her husband retired from the US Army. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland University College. She currently is employed by the Watervliet Arsenal. Please feel free to email Mrs. Sellers here.
Matthew Dreher was elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Education in June 2020. He is a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, having attended Milton Terrace Elementary School, Ballston Spa Middle School and graduating from Ballston Spa High School in 1991. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. Matthew and his wife Rebecca have two children. Their daughter is in 12th grade at the Ballston Spa High School and their son is in 5th grade at Wood Road Elementary School. He has been employed for over 21 years at the Saratoga County Department of Social Services. He also serves on the Board at the Christian Childhood Center at St.Paul’s in Saratoga Springs and is a dance dad, theatre dad and baseball dad. Please feel free to email Mr. Dreher here.
Tim Turbiak was elected to the Board in May 2021 and begins his three-year term in July 2021. Tim moved to area two years ago from Brooklyn. He graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan in 2002 and completed his certification to become a radiographic technologist at the Bartone School of Radiography in 2007. He is currently employed with OrthoNY. Over the years he has helped organize a number of fundraisers, helping organizations such as Toys For Tots, Meals On Wheels, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He currently resides in Malta with his wife Eliana and their son. Please feel free to email Mr. Turbiak here.
Wayne Evans Jr.
Wayne Evans Jr. was elected to the Board in June 2021 and begins his three-year term in July 2021. He is a 1998 graduate of Ballston Spa High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Wayne and his wife Meghan have two children. Their son Curtis is heading into 6th grade at the Ballston Spa Middle School and their daughter Avery will be attending 2nd grade at the St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa. He has been in the supply chain field for over 20 years with the last 4 years with The Tractor Supply Company as their General Manager of Distribution. Outside of work he serves as a volunteer coach within Ballston Spa Junior Baseball and Ballston Spa Community Youth Football organizations. Please feel free to email Mr. Evans here.
Lawrence (Law) Ryan
Lawrence (Law) Ryan was appointed to a vacant seat on the Board of Education in December 2021 to serve until the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Law graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1989 and has received an Associate’s degree in Engineering Science from Erie County Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics/Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany and a Master’s of Business Administration from the College of St. Rose. He currently works for AngioDynamics as a Quality Assurance Manager and has worked in the medical device manufacturing industry for the past 24 years. Law has also worked part-time in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years. He has spent several years involved with many local school and community programs including Ballston Area Recreation Commission, Ballston Spa Junior Baseball, St. Mary’s CYO Basketball, Super Science Saturday co-chair for Milton Terrace, PTA Council Treasurer and avid apheresis plasma/platelet donor for the American Red Cross. He is a 21-year resident of the Town of Milton where he lives with his wife Jen, an educator who works for Capital Region BOCES, and son Aidan, who is a current 9th grader. Please feel free to email Mr. Ryan here.
BOARD OF EDUCATION - FALL 2021