OnTECH holds a public monthly board meeting. We meet at a variety of public locations. If your organization would like to host a public meeting, please contact us at info@ontechcharter.com. At the public meeting we conduct board business, provide an update on the school plans and engage public comments and questions.

The Board welcomes members of the community to get involved in the development of OnTECH. One way to be involved is to apply to be a board member. The Board is made up of individuals in our community that have expertise in areas such as education, business, non-profit, fundraising, the sustainable sciences and have an interest in the betterment of our community. A well-functioning board has individuals with diverse interests and expertise and who come from different constituent groups in our community.

The OnTECH Charter High School Board of Trustees


Ellen K. Eagen, Trustee & President

Ms. Eagen is a resident of Syracuse and the Founder of OnTECH Charter High School. She is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic High School, Princeton University and Cornell Law School. After graduating Princeton with honors, she worked in a children’s book publishing house supporting the renowned adolescent authors, Gary Paulson, Dav Pilkey and Avi.  She then earned a fellowship from Princeton to train as an ESL teacher at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. Upon returning to the United States, she received training in Orton Gillingham and taught adolescents with severe dyslexia in a residential educational setting at the Kildonan School in Amenia, New York. She continued on as a learning specialist at the Brearley School and the Hewitt School in New York City.  In 2000 she enrolled in Cornell Law School and studied law with an emphasis on public interest law. Upon graduating, she joined the litigation department in the San Francisco office of Morrison and Foerster. There, she participated in the landmark education case, Williams v. State of California, regarding equal access to education for all children.  Ms. Eagen continues her legal career as an education lawyer, representing charter and independent schools and the rights of students before school district boards.  She brings to the Board her experience with SPED, ELL, and project-based learning as well as her knowledge of charter accountability, operations and governance.

 

Eskedar Getahun, Trustee

Ms. Getahum is a graduate of Cornell University and Johnson School of Management, receiving a Master of Business Administration degree.  She holds a Master of Science degree in social research from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.  She is currently a State Extension Specialist for Organizational Development for Cornell Cooperative Extension.  She previously held positions as a Research Associate for the Center of Sustainable Global Enterprise, Resource Manager/ Resource Analyst for MRDC where she managed social policy research budgets of over $40 million, collaborated with departments across the organization and with project funders and served on their Diversity Council.  She also served as Operations and Finance Manager for the East River Development Alliance.  Ms. Getahun brings her extensive knowledge of agricultural organizations, operational and management experience, and experience in hiring and human resources to her position as a Trustee of OnTECH.

 

Victoria Girratano, Trustee

Ms. Girratano is the Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, in Broome County, NY. In this role she leads the efforts of 42 organizations in Agriculture education, 4H, and urban youth development. Under her leadership she has partnered with the State of New York to open a retail store (Taste NY) supplying local food products to travelers through the region. Through various partnerships she has helped to bring agriculture and agribusiness to the forefront of the community in the Southern Tier and throughout New York State. Ms. Giarratano brings to the Board expertise in agriculture education and agribusiness.

 

Stephen Kimatian, Trustee & Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Kimatian is a Syracuse resident, a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, New York, Princeton University and Cornell Law School.  He served as General Manager for ABC and CBS network television stations and as President of Maryland Public Television.  He is former general counsel for the Nexstar Television Group and North East Region VP for Clear Channel Television. Among other positions, he has served as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, President of the Community College of Baltimore.  He was President of the Board of the Upstate Medical University Foundation during the capital campaign for building the Golisano Children’s Hospital.  He is a member of On Point for College Foundation and has written a monthly column for the Syracuse Post Standard.  Mr. Kimatian brings his expertise to the Board in management, media relations, communications, law, fundraising, as well as his relationship with the business sector and local politicians. He oversees facility responsibilities and is the founding treasurer of the Board.

 

William Sanford, Trustee

Mr. Sanford is a resident of Onondaga County, Sr. Partner in Brown & Sanford Consulting, LLC., representing Honeywell Industries.  For twenty-two years he was a member of the Onondaga County Legislature (1980 – 2002), serving as Chairperson of the Legislature for fourteen years.  Mr. Sanford is a graduate of Syracuse University and for 32 years was Crew  Coach for Syracuse University, prior to retiring.  Other organizations he has been a part of are, President of Leadership Greater Syracuse, President of Focus Syracuse, a mentor and instructor for the Political Leadership Institute and member of the New York State Legislature. Mr. Sanford brings to the Board expertise with regard to political workings of community, relationship with the business sector and fundraising.

 

John Stegeman, Trustee & Vice President

Mr. Stegeman is a Syracuse resident and educator, currently Head of the Upper School of Manlius Pebble Hill.  He is a secondary social studies teacher (having taught ancient and modern world history, western civilization and European history), is experienced in college teaching, alternative high school settings and independent school administration. Mr. Stegeman’s graduate studies were in history and anthropology, his research field being indigenous political movements in twentieth-century Latin America. He is a graduate of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, SUNY College at Brockport and University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Stegeman brings to the Board expertise in school governance, progressive educational models, knowledge of curriculum and instruction and school culture.