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Dennis Lauro began his career as a teacher of mathematics. He stated that he always wanted to be a teacher and his real reason for becoming a mathematics teacher was motivated by a high school math teacher that told him that he would never do it. Never say never became his motto. He can remember saying that becoming a school administrator was the same thing with him saying never, not me.
His interest in technology came about when he began teaching and he saw its potential. He pursued learning more every step of the way during his career. He remembered how much help the LHRIC and its staff was to him while serving in multiple school districts within this service area. He even pursued his doctorate at the University of Virginia in Educational Leadership with an Instructional Technology focus.
During his career as a mathematics and computer science teacher he became a department chairperson. From that experience he moved into administration with his initial position being a director of curriculum, instruction and personnel, then assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and before coming to the LHRIC, superintendent. Currently he is completing his fourth year as the Executive Director of the LHRIC leading it through a period of tremendous growth and also responding the many changes in instructional technology.
Assistant Executive Director
Kathy Conley started her professional career as a Corporate Data Analyst before realizing her lifelong ambition to be an educator. She started out as a High School Math and Science teacher and moved onto building and district administration. She has held the following positions: Principal, Director of Pupil Personnel Services including Special Education and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Professional Personnel and Technology.
When the state database was introduced in 2003, she immersed herself in all aspects of state reporting by serving as the CIO for six districts simultaneously and worked with many additional districts to train staff to use data in their instructional decision making. Her experiences have provided a unique background for her current position as the Assistant Executive Director of the LHRIC where she is responsible for Instructional Technology, State Reporting, Data Warehousing, Data Analysis, Test Scoring and APPR compliance. Kathy has been with the LHRIC for five years.
Assistant Director of Administrative & Management Services
Christina D’Aiello has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Her professional background has been focused on supporting technology in education for almost 20 years, both in K-8 and Higher Education settings. Since she’s joined the LHRIC three years ago, her responsibilities as Assistant Director of the LHRIC have included financial oversight of its budget along with management responsibilities in Network and Applications Support including the Financial Services and Student Information Services departments.
Assistant Director, Research and Development
Joe Fitzgerald is currently an Assistant Director at the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (RIC). He has supported the school districts in the Lower Hudson Region for 20 years. Joe led teams building district networks and teams developing new software applications specifically in the areas of New York State Reporting and data analysis tools for teachers. In the last 10 years he had the opportunity to work with all 12 Regional Information Centers, most recently as a leader bringing RIC One services to districts across New York State. Those services include RIC One API, a fully automated data integration solution, RIC One LOGIN, a single sign-on solution and RIC One Data Privacy and Security services. Joe is a graduate of Villanova University and Columbia University and is a frequent speaker on the subject of K-12 Data Privacy and Security.