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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Susan Koukounas, President
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.
Christopher Dorr, Vice President
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".
Laurie Downs, Trustee
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.
Gregory Meyer, Trustee
Mr. Meyer was elected to the board in 2008. Mr. Meyer is a firefighter
and emergency medical technician at Brookhaven national laboratory.
Prior to his time on the board, he was a volunteer firefighter for the
Wading River fire department. He coached many youth activities in PAL
sports and is currently a volunteer football coach for the school
During his time on the board, he has held the positions of vice
president and president. He has been on the audit committee since 2009
and is very proud of the many audits that were performed where the
District was found to be in good financial standings.
He also attended bi-weekly meetings during the whole construction phase
of the capital improvement project, repair reserves, transportation
facility and energy performance contracts.
Elizabeth C. Silva, Trustee
Elizabeth C. Silva lives in Aquebogue and works as a special education teacher at Eastern Suffolk BOCES in Westhampton Beach. She has a master’s degree in early childhood, special education and bilingual education. Elizabeth also works part time for the ESBOCES Migrant Education Program and volunteers as a catechist at St. John’s Church in Riverhead. She has been a bilingual special education educator for over 24 years.
She has two daughters with her husband, Eduardo. Victoria is a Riverhead High School and Sarah Lawrence College graduate who will be pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics at Stony Brook University in fall 2018. Monica is moving up to Riverhead High School in fall 2018. The Silvas are very proud of their trilingual (English, Spanish, French) daughters.
Elizabeth hopes to bring her parenting, professional and cultural background to the BOE table to assist the district with the diverse needs of students and families. She strives to support the initiatives of the superintendent and the BOE for all students.
Therese Zuhoski, Trustee
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, 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.