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2014 OESJ candidate profiles

POSTED 5/13/2014
Seven board of education candidates on OESJ ballot
Seven Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville residents will appear on the May 20 ballot for the three seats available on the OESJ Board of Education.

Up for election this year are seats currently held by William Lints, Cindy Breh and Keith Handy, who is not running for re-election. 

Two seats on the ballot will carry full terms of three years. The third seat, currently held by Lints, will fill out the remaining two years of the term won by Benedict Conte, who passed away last summer. In July, the board appointed Lints to fill that vacancy for the remainder of the year. His appointment will expire June 30. 

The candidates with the two highest vote totals will win the full term seats, and the candidate with the third highest number of votes will receive the two-year term. 

The candidates are William J. Lints, Cynthia Breh, Michael Yezierski, Jason Romeyn, Mary Weaver, Stephanie Dye and Ty Stowell.  (Candidates are listed here in the same order as they will appear on the ballot.)

William Lints
is currently serving on the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education filling the vacancy created by the passing of Benedict Conte. He works as an environmental scientist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and is a graduate of Proctor High School, Mohawk Valley Community College and Oral Roberts University. He earned a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and is pursuing another master’s degree in Science Education at Utica College. The town of Oppenheim’s dog control officer since 2010, Lints is a Utica Zoological Society Board of Trustees member and is a former president of the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame. Lints is also a former instructor with the State University of New York, where he  gained experience as an Honor Society advisor, bowling and baseball coach, outdoor club advisor and a faculty senator. Lints has two children who will begin kindergarten in 2015.

Cindy Breh
is currently serving her first year on the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education and is a member of the district’s personnel, finance and safety committees. A graduate of West Canada Valley Central School, Breh is a past member and board president of the former Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District Board of Education, past member of the Oppenheim Planning Board and a current member of the Oppenheim Town Council. Breh has also been active with the American Heart Association, Relay for Life, the PTA and Parents as Reading Partners. She is self employed with Fairway Golf.

Mike Yezierski
is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and pastor of the Seekers Fellowship in St. Johnsville. During more than 20 years in the service, Yezierski was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal and two Joint Service Achievement Medals. He is a former pastor of the St. Johnsville and Lasselsville United Methodist Church where he was a member and chairman of the District Lay Speaking Committee and district representative at World Methodist Council Future Leaders events. Through the Air Force and his ministerial training, he has completed many college credits toward the completion of a bachelors degree. Yezierski has also been a member of the St. Johnsville Village Zoning Board of Appeals since 2004 and has been chairman of the St. Johnsville Town Zoning Board of Appeals since 2007. He is a volunteer on the OESJ District Leadership Team helping to devise the district’s Comprehensive District Educational Plan. He has one child and two grandchildren attending OESJ High School. 

Jason Romeyn
is a stay-at-home dad who has three children in OESJ schools, including a senior and freshmen in high school and a fourth grader. He was employed by the state Office of Children and Family Services until injured on the job and is now preparing to finish college in the fall. He also volunteers for Little League. Romeyn attended St. Johnsville High School until his junior year and graduated from Johnstown High School. 

Mary Weaver
is a retired registered nurse and past member of the former St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education. She worked at Nathan Littauer Hospital for more than 27 years, over 16 of which she spent as the associate director of nursing managing various departments, developing and maintaining salary, capital and operating budgets; completing schedules; performing evaluations and working with collective bargaining agreements. A graduate of Fulton-Montgomery Community College and the State University of New York at Empire State College, Weaver works per diem at Little Falls Hospital. She is a current member and co-secretary of the D.H. Robbins Parent-Teacher Organization and volunteers at various Little League and soccer events and is a former member of the St. Johnsville Business Girls. She has two grandchildren, one attending D.H.Robbins and another attending the OESJ Middle School. 

Stephanie Dye
is a substitute bus driver for the Fort Plain Central School District and a substitute teacher for HFM BOCES. A graduate of St. Johnsville High School and Herkimer County Community College, Dye has been active in St. Johnsville Youth Recreation, AYSO, Little League, PTO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Global Friendships Exchange Program. She has a son who attends OESJ High School. 

Ty Wayne Stowell
is the owner of Stowell’s Pressure Wash and Janitorial Services and works as a security officer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. A graduate of the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Stowell has been active with the Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Company, the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue Team. He’s also been a volunteer counselor at Camp Aldersgate Christian Camp-Native Americans.