The first meeting of the executive committee was held on November 24, 1924, at the State Education Department in Albany. Herman J. Norton served as the first president of the association from 1924 - 1930. Through the years, there have been remarkably dedicated and enthusiastic professionals who have stepped forward to provide visionary leadership demonstrating a willingness to serve with extraordinary courage. These inspired leaders have provided stability and focus as we continue on our journey...


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Presidential Leadership

Since 1924 we have had eighty-two presidents, 51 have been men and 31 have been women. Six of our NYS AHPERD presidents also served as presidents of the Eastern District Association and one served as president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Our presidents serve a three-year term as president-elect, president and past president. The president guides the executive council in terms of association policies and member services.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the financial and legal matters of the Association. Voting members are the president, president-elect, past resident, and 6 members-at-large. Non-Voting members include the executive director and the treasurer. These are three-year terms and the board meets five times annually unless additional meetings are required to conduct the business of the association. Financial stability is the foundation upon which a membership service organization grows.

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Executive Council

The executive council's primary responsibility is to establish policies, other than legal and financial, which pertain to the annual conference, membership, activities of the Zones and Sections, publications, including amendments and revisions to the By-Laws and Operating Codes. The 29-member council consists of 11 Zone presidents,  16 Section presidents, 1 future professional president-elect, and a secretary. These are two-year terms and the council meets five times annually. 

Central Office Staff

The central office staff is comprised of an Executive Director, the Director of Professional Development & Human Resources, 2 full-time and 1 part-time assistant. This dedicated team is committed to providing quality service to our members in a delightful manner, always with the members best interest at heart. Our office is located at 77 North Ann Street, Little Falls, New York. Dedicated in April 2001 the property is situated in the historic corridor of the city.

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NYS AHPERD Financial Policies and Reports

Presidential Team

Connors, S 2021

Shelly Connors

NYS AHPERD President 

Physical Education Teacher
Auburn Jr. High School
Central North Zone

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Margaret Robelee

Margaret Robelee

NYS AHPERD President-Elect

Southeastern Zone

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Hayes, M 2021

Murphee Hayes

NYS AHPERD Past President

Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education
Whitney Point Central School District
Central South Zone

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Past Presidents Archives

Owen, L 2021

Laura Pizzella

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors

Physical Education Teacher
White Plains High School
Southeastern Zone

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Ramsey V. 2021

Victor Ramsey

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors


New York City Zone

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Ray, Tam

Dr. Tamela Ray

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors Chair

Central North Zone

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Relyea, A 2021 2

Allison Relyea

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors

Physical Education Teacher
Guilderland High School
Capital Zone

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Seago, K 2022

Kiki Seago

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors

Physical Education Teacher

Penn Yan CSD
Central Western Zone

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Morley, Sandy 2022

Sandy Morley

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors

NYS AHPERD Foundation President
Capital Zone

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Amundson, R 2021

Rick Amundson

NYS AHPERD Board of Directors Treasurer


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Potenza, G 2021

Gina Potenza

Executive Council Secretary

Victor Central Schools

High School Physical Education Teacher

Central Western Zone

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Oliver, J 2021

John Oliver

Adapted Physical Education & Sport Section

Auburn Enlarged Central School District
Central South Zone

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Albone, C 2020

Coby Albone

Aquatics Section

Coaches - Yarnell, Steve

Steve Yarnell

Coaches Section

Central North Zone

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Lehmbeck, J 2022

Jason Lehmbeck

Council of Administrators Section

Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics

Clarence CSD

Western Zone

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DeBie, A 2021

Alissa DeBie

Dance Section

High School Physical Education Teacher
Syracuse CSD
Central North Zone

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Gelardi, T 2022

Tom Gelardi

Elementary PE Section

Elementary Physical Education Teacher


NYC Zone

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Rodriguez, R 2022

Ronny Rodriguez

Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness Section

New York City Zone

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Wolff, S 2020

Scott Wolff

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Section

High School Physical Education Teacher
South Huntington Union Free School District
Suffolk Zone

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Rago, J 2021

Jared Rago

Future Professionals Section

SUNY Cortland Student
Suffolk Zone

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Peer, Chloe 2022

Chloe Peer

Future Professionals Section 

SUNY Brockport
Central Western Zone

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Pierce, M 2022

Melissa Pierce

Future Professionals
Section Advisor

SUNY Brockport
Central Western Zone

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Rizzuto, Charlie 2021

Charlie Rizzuto

Health Education Section

High School Physical Education Teacher
Oyster Bay High School
Nassau Zone

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Cardina, C 2021

Dr. Catherine Cardina

Higher Education / Professional Preparation Section

Associate Professor

Buffalo State - SUNY

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Gendron, T 2021

Terry Gendron

Middle School/High School

PE Section

Middle School Cohoes Central School District

Capital Zone

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Gruin, R 2021

RaLuca Gruin

Recreation / Adventure Education Section

High School Physical Education Teacher
Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (Kappa)
New York City Zone

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Dietrich, J 2021

Julie Dietrich

Retirees Section

Central South Zone

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Gonzalez-Tilsa 2021

Tilsa Gonzalez

Technology Section

New Rochelle CitySchool District
Southeastern Zone

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Hull, J 2021

Jessica Hull

Capital Zone

Health Education Teacher

Shenendehowa Central School District

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T. Uhelski 2022

Theresa Uhelsky

Catskill Zone

Physical Education Teacher
Minisink Valley Central School District

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Aimie and Monica 2022

Aimie Sarkodie-Mensah-Best & Monica Wolfe

Central North Zone

Aimie - Syracuse City School District

Monica - Physical Education Teacher
Cooperstown Central School District

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Girolamo, P 2021 2

Pete Girolamo

Central South Zone


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Kohl, M 2021

Eric Kohl

Central Western Zone

Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Lois E. Bird/Morgan School Monroe #1 BOCES

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Opperman, H 2021

Henry Opperman

Nassau Zone

High School Health & Physical Education Teacher
Uniondale Union Free School District

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A. Cordero

Orlando Cordero

New York City Zone

Office of School Wellness- Instructional Support
New York City Department of Education

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Scordo, S 2021

Sean Scordo

Northern Zone

Elementary Physical Education Teacher
Potsdam Central School District

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Tobin, D 2021

Donn Tobin

Southeastern Zone

Physical Education Teacher
Mahopac CSD

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Hewlett, L 2021

Lori Hewlett

Suffolk Zone

Sachem Central School District

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Blaszak, B 2021

Brianne Blaszak

Western Zone

K-12 Physical Education and Health Teacher
Global Concepts Charter School
Western Zone

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Colleen Corsi

Executive Director

Colleen has been our executive director for twenty-two years. She provides professional leadership, oversees the ongoing management of the association including staff, facilities, member services, provides technical assistance to members, and implements the policies of the Executive Council within the framework of the budget established by the Board of Directors.


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Jessica A. Synenki

Director of Professional Development and Human Resources

Jessica joined our staff in January 2006. She is Director of Professional Development and Human Resources. She is responsible for organizing and managing the annual conference, organizing webinars, meetings, and newsletters. She brings creative talent to our promotional materials and works on membership recruitment and retention initiatives.


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Lisa Corbett

Zone and Projects Manager

Lisa has been with us since September 2007. As the Zone and Projects Manager, she is the contact person for all Zone needs, managing Zone finances, email communications, conference registrations, on-line professional development, and other Zone events. She also works on miscellaneous projects with Colleen and Jessica as needed.


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Kayla Demeree

Finance Manager

Kayla has been with us since September 2018. As the Finance Manager, she is responsible for NYS AHPERD Accounts Payable and Receivables. Her responsibilities for AP include reviewing, monitoring, reconciling, and paying NYS AHPERD bills. Her responsibilities for AR include managing membership invoicing, annual conference registration, and membership yearly subscriptions. Kayla coordinates our annual audit and 1099 tax filings. Along with the NYS AHPERD finances, she is also responsible for managing the financial records of the NYS AHPERD Foundation.


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