Our Mission

The Peekskill Education Foundation, or PEF, is a community-based organization dedicated to enriching and expanding the educational experiences and cultural opportunities for all students within the Peekskill City School District. The PEF strives to support our students, teachers and staff by focusing on raising funds to support and develop new program initiatives, while working to identify and foster partnerships between residents, businesses, and the Peekskill city schools. Our aim is to assist in meeting the goals of the school district’s mission statement: To educate and empower all students to strive for excellence as life-long learners who embrace diversity and are contributing members of a global society.”

We are an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3.

 
 
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Our Goals…

Resources for achievement and innovation to support, inspire, and nourish greatness in all students.

Recursos para lograr el éxito e innovación para apoyar, inspirar, y sustentar grandeza en todos los estudiantes


 

Our Story :

The PEF was started in November 2002 by a group of concerned citizens working in close cooperation with the Peekskill City School District.  The PEF's goals are to raise funds to support and develop new program initiatives designed to:

- Improve academic achievement in reading, science and math;
- Expand cultural enrichment experiences and opportunities in music and the arts;
- Create new opportunities for higher education for the district's students;
-Assist with equipment purchases and physical improvements to the district's schools;
-Identify and foster partnerships between residents, businesses, and the Peekskill City Schools in order to develop a higher level of community involvement and financial support.

 
 
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Who We Are…

We are a diverse group of Peekskill residents who see an opportunity to help fill in some connection gaps between the community and the school district. New and exciting things are happening in the town of Peekskill. We want to be able to facilitate the joining of all sectors of our community together to build upon what has been started and take our school district to the next level by providing enrichment opportunities that will prepare our students for a competitive future.

Our Officers:

MEGHAN SHELDON-BRUNGARD
PRESIDENT

Born and raised in Connecticut; Meghan attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and received a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design. She and her husband moved to Peekskill in 2010 after a decade in Brooklyn. They have 2 children, who are both in the Peekskill City School District this year. Meghan is currently a stay-at-home parent, a Class Parent for both her children’s classes, a Co-Leader of her daughter’s Daisy Scout Troop at Woodside, and a grade coordinator for the PTOs Class Parent committee.

With the revitalization of The Peekskill Education Foundation, Meghan hopes to take her multifaceted experiences in small business and the nonprofit sector, and turn them to benefit the whole of Peekskill. Growing up in a well to do town, but having limited means herself, she wants to provide the same kinds of opportunities that she was given, to all the students in the Peekskill City School District; for them to know that their means do not limit their chance to achieve.


Adriana Frega
Vice-President

Adriana immigrated from Colombia at the age of 15, and worked her way through the public schools of Queens, NY.  Graduate of Queens College with degrees in Economics and Finance, she returned years later for a Masters of Science in Teaching and Bilingual Education.  Adriana worked on Wall Street for four years, until she found her passion for teaching in 2004. As an elementary Dual Language Teacher since then, she is a passionate advocate for Bilingual Education and children with special needs.  Adriana has lived in Peekskill since 2006 with husband and two children, who attend the Peekskill City School District, and a beautiful chocolate lab. Her vision is to make a difference and ensure that equitable opportunities are given to all children who attend our schools.  To promote opportunities for our scholars with 21st Century skills that will make them competitive in today’s economy.


Bethany Potillo
Vice-President

Bethany holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Franklin Pierce College. She has a masters degree in School Guidance and Counseling from The College of New Rochelle, and  has her permanent NYS Teaching Assistant Certification.
Bethany Potillo has lived in Peekskill since 2013 with her family. Her Husband is a special education teacher in the Peekskill City School District,  and their twin sons who attend Woodside. She had been a stay-at-home-mother for the past five years, but recently began working part-time. Previously she worked as a teaching assistant at the Eastview Middle School Campus for the White Plains Schools from 2000-2012.

Bethany has always had a strong passion for helping others. Her sons were born premature and have received early intervention/special education services. She has learned a great deal about these  programs, and has made herself accessible to families in her community by helping them to advocate for their own children. She is excited to be a part of a foundation that will help strengthen the school district by opening up a wide variety of doors for students, teachers and families whom otherwise wouldn’t have such opportunities.


Daniel Edlich - Secretary


Dan grew up in Mohegan Lake with family living in Peekskill since the early 1980s.  He graduated from SUNY-New Paltz with a BA in Business and then received his Masters in Education from Pace University.  In 2008, he moved to Peekskill with his wife and now is a father of three; 2 of which are in PCSD at Woodside Elementary and Uriah Hill.  He has worked as a middle school teacher in the Bronx since 2003 serving various student populations, all in economically disadvantaged areas.  As of September, he will be certified in School Administration, with the intention to become an assistant principal within the next year. Dan is motivated to build equity in the community, as well as in the school district, which is a responsibility he holds as the supervisor of the School Climate Committee in his current school.  He believes all students want to learn, every single day, and it is the job of educators and families to support our students and provide them with a safe and inclusive environment in which they can achieve this goal.


Sal Frega - Interim Treasurer


Sal is a native of Brooklyn, NY and Peekskill resident since 2006.  He has more than 25 years of wealth management experience in Wall Street  including offshore investments and trading. Graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA Masters in International Finance.  Currently works as an independent investor and an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in the Economics and Finance departments.  His vision is to see the Peekskill School District move forward, supporting the schools with programs that will keep children engaged and motivated to continue learning which will prepare them  to strive in today’s world.


Gregory Brescia

Gregory (Greg) is a native of Westbury, NY and has called Peekskill home with his wife, Kassandra, and Yorkie Poo Zeus since 2014.  Gregory is an attorney at a national law firm where his area of practice focuses on intellectual property, corporate and general business law related matters.  Ever since moving to Peekskill, Gregory and his wife have made it their mission to support local businesses and make every effort to become faces of the community.  It is Gregory’s mission to make Peekskill a place where everyone can call home and a town that provides equal opportunities to everyone.


Kassandra Brescia

Kassandra was born and raised in Barboursville, W.V. She moved to Florida to study law and met her husband Gregory while in school. She and her pup, Zeus, relocated to New York in 2012 and to the Hudson Valley in 2013. Kassandra and her husband Gregory have called Peekskill home since November of 2014. Kassandra practices law with the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in the Orange County location. Her law practice is centered around representing victims of domestic violence in the Orange County Family Court. Since arriving in Peekskill Kassandra and her husband have fallen in love with this sweet town. They both believe Peekskill is a wonderful place that they are lucky to call home.  It is Kassandra’s sincere hope to help Peekskill continue to grow and prosper.