Staff & Support Contact Information
Andrew S. Cooke
Assistant Director for Technology and Innovative Strategies
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark." ~ Michelangelo
Prior to NYSAIS, Andrew spent three years as a technology specialist in a public school district, followed by two years as the technology director and systems administrator for a municipal police department. A graduate of Binghamton University, he has been published in two educational journals on innovation in teaching and recently contributed to a university-level history textbook. Andrew has spent many years as a coach, small business owner, and board member, including a term as the fundraising chair for a non-profit in upstate NY dedicated to raising scholarship money for local students. A big sports fan, avid gardener, and accomplished floral designer, Andrew spends his free time with his wife and their three children enjoying the outdoors of the Hudson Valley.
Maria Flores Seibert
Administrative Coordinator for Communications and Operations
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain
Mark W. Lauria, Ph.D.
"Leadership is creating the environment and setting the tone so that others can do their best work."
Judith Sheridan, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Evaulation and Accreditation
Evaluation and Accreditation
Experienced Leaders Advising Schools (ELAS)
She has facilitated workshops in Environmental Sustainability for NAIS, and has presented at a number of conferences, most recently about accreditation as a transformative process. Judy is the administrator of ELAS (Experienced Leaders Advising Schools), a NYSAIS program providing support for member schools. She has published articles on both educational and literary subjects. Dr. Sheridan earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from SUNY-Binghamton and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature and History from the University of Rhode Island. She and her husband enjoy time with family, which now includes a grandson, as well as travel and tennis.
Associate Director for Evaluation and Accreditation
Evaluation and Accreditation
Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~ T.S. Eliot
In addition to his work with schools, George enjoys endurance cycling and traveling the world with his wife and two children. He also blogs and writes a regular column for a national endurance cycling journal.
Barbara B. Swanson
Associate Director for Professional Development
Conferences / Workshops
Conference Planning Committees
Do your best with what you have, where you are.
Chief Financial Officer
Finances / Operations / HR