Employee Recognition at Capital Region BOCES

We’re proud to regularly recognize employees who embody our guiding commitments of Service, Value, Excellence, Improvement and Leadership. Our Commitments support our mission and purpose, and guide us in our work to support the success of the more than 80,000 students we represent.

Image featuring Capital Region BOCES' Commitments in words and icons. These are: Service, two hands holding in navy blue, Value, a pie chart in green, Excellence, a star in bright blue, Improvement, a person climbing stairs in red, and Leadership, a mountain with a path leading to a flag on its top in grey.

Commitment Award Recipients

Commitment Awards recognize employees who embody a specific commitment. Recipients are nominated by the BOCES management team, and awards are given out monthly, September through June.


  • Grants Team, Nick DeCicco, Deanna Dimone, Melissa Gaetano, Beth Kellerman, Nancy Morrison, Jennie Oesterreicher, Kylie Pierce, Kathleen Roark, Kim Smithgall, Sharon Wait and Laura Whalen (May 2021)
  • Jesse Bloomer, senior network and systems technician (December 2020)
  • Jennifer Russo, guidance counsellor (May 2020)
  • Deb Allen, administrative aide (May 2020)
  • Fallon Lovrin, secretary, service co-winners (May 2020)
  • Laura Ryan, public information specialist (November 2019)
  • Mary Breslin, grant writer (April 2019)


  • Mike Sylofski, supervisor of instructional resources (June 2021)
  • Filicia D’Aversa, deputy director (January 2021)
  • Barb Mazzola, print coordinator (January 2021)
  • Health-Safety-Risk Team: program coordinators Jamie Bonino, Dave Guiliano, Lynette Holman, Micki Jones, Amy Lupinski, Tim Murphy, Sherrie Strain and Mike Walker co-winners (June 2020)
  • Travis Kench, technical account manager (December 2019)
  • Diane Blinn, school social worker (May 2019)


  • Tim Murphy, program coordinator (February 2021)
  • Brian Weijola, program coordinator (September 2020)
  • William Rouleau, teacher (January 2020)
  • Natalie Powell, teaching assistant (June 2019)


  • Linda Stapleton, administrative aide (March 2021)
  • Jon Staib, technical account manager (October 2020)
  • David Patterson, senior network and systems technician (February 2020)
  • Meghan Drown, behavior specialist (September 2019)


Extra Mile Award Recipients

Our Extra Mile Award recognizes employees who make significant positive contributions to the Capital Region BOCES community, exemplifying all of our guiding commitments throughout their work. Recipients are nominated by our management team, and awards are given out annually at our Opening Day celebration.

2021 Extra Mile Award Recipients

  • Lisa Ash, Social Worker
  • The WebEx Team: Melissa Boucher, Eileen Drescher, Mary Morris and William Murphy

2020 Extra Mile Award Recipients

  • The Summer Adventure Leadership Team: Emily Popek, Alissa Ouderkirk, Gigi Gabriel, Jesse Gigandet and Ken Petersen, Communications Specialists
  • The Portfolio Leadership Team: Monica Lester, Nancy Cole and Alyssa Teribury, Communications Specialists
  • The Human Resources Team: Jocelyn Alcid, Laura Biaglow, Debi Colwell, Colleen Dillon, Vicki Jones, Angela McCarthy, Jennifer Vona and Nicole Yamin

2019 Extra Mile Award Recipients

  • Tarin Bready, Adult Education Case Manager
  • Sherry Karcher-Hewitt, Speech Language Pathologist
  • Nancy Liddle, Senior Business Community Liaison
  • Jim Haas, Work Based Learning Coordinator
  • Micki Jones, Health, Safety, Risk Service Program Coordinator II
  • Grant Hanlon, Senior Network and Systems Technician

Interested in joining our team? View our job openings.