Lynne Ide, Board Chair, is currently serving her third term on the Board of Education, and was elected in November 2019. In addition to her role as Board Chairperson, she also serves on the Board’s Finance & Audit and School Planning & Design Committees.
Ms. Ide has lived in town for 34 years, and is active with St. Paul’s Church and the Windham Democratic Town Committee. She has also served as past Chair of the Board of Finance, Chair of the Willimantic Service District, as well as a member of Town Council and Board of Selectmen.
Ms. Ide graduated from Mt. Holyoke College, and works at Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. She has three children who attended the Companeros program from Grades K-6, and later graduated from Windham High School.
Ms. Ide’s goal during her term is to be a good steward of Windham Public Schools and an effective leader of the Board of Education.
Mary Gallucci, Vice-Chair, is currently serving her first term on the Board of Education, and was elected in 2018. In addition to her role as Board Vice-Chairperson, she also serves as Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and is a member of the School Planning & Design and Finance & Audit committees.
Dr. Gallucci serves as adjunct faculty for UConn’s English Department, and is a lecturer in Eastern Connecticut State University’s World Languages Department. She has three children who attended Windham Public Schools.
Dr. Gallucci’s goal during her term is to have every student in Windham meet his/her full potential while finding joy in learning.
Ilda Ray, Board Secretary, is currently serving her second term on the Board of Education, and was elected in 2021. In addition to her role as Board Secretary, she also serves on the Policy and Curriculum committees.
Ms. Ray has lived in town for 32 years, and is a retired social worker. Her daughter attended Windham Public Schools from pre-school through graduation from Windham High School. In addition to her Board service, Ms. Ray is the Education Committee Chairperson for the NAACP.
Ms. Ray’s goal during her term is to continue to support the District’s Superintendent and other Board members in strengthening our schools, and to promote fiscal responsibility.
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Catina Caban-Owen, is currently serving her second term on the Board of Education. Her first term was in the 1980’s, and she re-joined the Board in 2020. She is also the Chairperson of the Board’s Policy Committee, and serves on the Finance & Audit and Curriculum committees.
Dr. Caban-Owen has lived in town for 42 years, and is active with the CT Health Foundation, Windham Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect, NASW-CT, Liberty Bank Foundation, Eastern CT Foundation, Windham Hospital Board, and Peace at Home Parenting.
Dr. Caban-Owen received her PhD from UConn, MPA from the University of Hartford, and her MSW from the University of Puerto Rico. She works for Eastern Connecticut State University and UConn School of Social Work as part-time faculty. She has one child who attended Windham Public Schools, as well as several godchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Dr. Caban-Owen’s goal during her term is to ensure equity of resources in education for our Windham Public School students. Her motto is “In Windham, they are ALL our children. Promise to protect them!”
Mark Doyle is currently serving his seventh term on the Board of Education, and was re-elected in 2021. He is also the Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee, and sits on the Board’s Personnel, Curriculum, and Ad-Hoc Elementary School Consolidation committees.
Mr. Doyle has lived in town for 41 years, and has been an active member of the community over the years. He presently is Chair of the Windham Bottom Line party, and serves the community through his work with Holiday Lights on Main, and Windham Area Dollars for Scholars.
Mr. Doyle graduated from UMass Boston, and is enjoying his retirement. All three of his children attended and graduated from Windham Public Schools.
Mr. Doyle’s goal during his term is to work with the Administration to improve the academic performance of our students, and to insure financial transparency for the taxpayers.
Paula Haney is currently serving her sixth term on the Board of Education. She was elected in 2019. She is also the Chairperson of the Personnel Committee, as well as the Ad-Hoc Elementary School Consolidation Committee, and she also serves on the Board’s Curriculum Committee.
Ms. Haney has lived in town for 45 years, and is active on the DTC Arthritis Foundation Leadership Board CT. She previously served on the Town’s Board of Finance.
Ms. Haney is a UConn graduate and works as the Rehabilitation Director for St. Joseph’s Living Center. She has three sons who graduated from Windham High School.
Ms. Haney’s goal during her term is to enhance awareness of the strength of our diversity, the exceptional skills of our staff, the outstanding programs offered in our schools. Additionally, she strives to continue the transparency in passing budgets to obtain the resources our students require, and marketing our district to bring the students in our community to our schools, and raising the confidence of our parents and community members.
Brendan O’Neill joined the Board of Education in November, 2021 to fill a vacant seat. Mr. O’Neill also serves as the Chair of the School Planning & Design Committee, and is a member of the Policy Committee.
Mr. O’Neill has lived in town for approximately 20 years. He sits on the Ad Hoc North Windham School Roof & Underground Storage Tank Committee, and he serves as the Secretary for the Windham Republican Town Committee.
Mr. O’Neill is the Director of Professional Services for Novus Insight, Inc., an IT managed service provider, and he is the former WPS Director of IT. Mr. O’Neill graduated from Windham High School, and he has two children currently attending Windham Public Schools.
Mr. O’Neill’s goals during his term are to ensure a transparent administration to build trust with the community and to improve the academic performance of our students.
Alicia Rivera is serving her first term on the Board of Education. In addition, Ms. Rivera also serves on both the Personnel and Policy committees.
Ms. Rivera has lived in town since 1990, when she relocated from Puerto Rico with her husband and three children. She began working as a Preschool Teacher, and she continued working for Windham Public Schools for 27 years, until her retirement in 2019.