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The Members of the Board of Education

About the Board of Education   
The Board of Education is the authorized state agency responsible for setting educational policy in the district. It consists of seven members. They serve three-year terms and receive no salary or other financial compensation.

The regular monthly business meetings of the Riverhead Central School District Board of Education will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Riverhead High School Auditorium, 700 Harrison Avenue, riverhead NY (unless otherwise specified.)

Prior to the start of each regular meeting, the Board will convene in executive session at 6:15 p.m. in the Riverhead High School Music Room 123, 700 Harrison Avenue, Riverhead to discuss personnel and other executive item matters

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Laurie Downs Laurie Downs, President   
Laurie Downs  lives in Polish Town and works as an administrative assistant for MLicata Entertainment. Ms. Downs served as PTO executive council president and event planner, RHS PTSO president, and middle school PTO secretary. Ms. Downs also served on the district’s capital improvement bond committee. She acted as a volunteer videographer of the Board of Education meetings for 15 years. Her children were both graduates of Riverhead High School.

Therese Zuhoski Therese Zuhoski, Vice President   
Therese Zuhoski is a Riverhead resident with four sons in the Riverhead School District.  As a stay at home mom, she has been involved in various PTO organizations, including serving as president of the Pulaski, middle school and high school PTOs. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and prior to starting a family, worked in the human relations field. 


Brian Connelly Brian Connelly, Trustee   
Brian Connelly is a Riverhead resident with two children in the Riverhead School District. He is employed as a NYC firefighter and holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany. His wife is a special education teacher in the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District.

Christopher Dorr Christopher Dorr, Trustee   
Christopher Dorr  lives in Baiting Hollow and has three children. He has coached PAL football and lacrosse. Mr. Dorr has an MBA in marketing and is employed as a Nassau BOCES data coordinator, who analyzes student tests, staff evaluations and handles state reporting for schools in Nassau. He hopes to bring his talents to the table in the light of the "ever-increasing tasks of state reporting".

Virginia Healy Virginia Healy, Trustee   
Virginia Healy lives in Wading River and has eight children, the youngest two currently in Riverhead Schools. She has been an active member of Riverhead Special Education PTA serving as  Treasurer and Past President. She was a former financial planner and educational consultant with a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and CFP and graduate courses in business from Adelphi University. Her husband is a retired FDNY firefighter.

Susan Koukounas Susan Koukounas, Trustee   
Susan Koukounas is the Vice President of the Board and has previously served as President. She is a math professor at Suffolk County Community College. She was a PTO president for three years and vice president for one; she was also on the CPR team for the Bond Referendum, and was a founding member of Riverhead WAVE Foundation, a nonprofit group that seeks to raise money to support school programs. Ms. Koukounas lives in Aquebogue and has two children in Riverhead schools.

Matthew Wallace Matthew Wallace, Trustee   
Matthew Wallace is a resident of Calverton and the father of four children. Two children have graduated from the District and one is in Middle School and one in High School. Matt’s wife is a Vision and Special Education Teacher for Eastern Suffolk BOCES. Mr. Wallace has been a coach for the PAL organization for football and lacrosse.

In addition to his day job as a Nurse at Northwell Family Medicine in Riverhead, Matt is also a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Wading River Fire Department. During his 32 years of service in the department, he has served as a Captain and a Fire Commissioner.

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