Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The Brookwood School. Trustees include parents, staff, and community members in the fields of medicine, finance, business, technology, law, and education.

The Board of Trustees, in its policy-making role, ensures that the school’s mission is relevant and elevating to the community it serves. As fiduciaries, the Board of Trustees acts to preserve and protect the school’s long-term financial stability so that the school may endure for generations to come.

The Board of Trustees invites involvement and discussion with students, parents, teachers, alumni, and all others vested in The Brookwood School.

Matthew Hazzard graduated from SUNY Cortland with degrees in Sport Management and Business Economics. Following graduation, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to work for the United States Golf Association in their Grants and Fellowship Office. A two-year professional development program, Hazzard oversaw nearly $1 million in grants distributed to programs for underprivileged youth and individuals with disabilities, while overseeing a program where he instructed students from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind to play golf. Prior to returning to Cooperstown, Hazzard worked for Major League Alumni Marketing, a for-profit subsidiary of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association where he started a new division that grossed over $4 million annually. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, is the President of the Cooperstown Central School Alumni Association, and is a volunteer coach for the High School Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Baseball teams at Cooperstown. He lives in Pierstown with his wife Stephanie and son Paxton.

Nina Nocciolino Mullaney is the Publicity Director for a full-service media relations and consulting firm for authors and thought leaders, publishing quality non-fiction work in the fields of business, current events, parenting, personal growth, science, health, and technology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in Publishing from New York University. She has over 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, including time spent in the Young Readers division of Penguin Random House, and eight years at Harvard Business Review Press. Nina grew up in Binghamton, NY and spent 20 years living and working outside of Boston before returning to upstate New York in the spring of 2020, with her family. She and her husband, Liam, live in Cooperstown, and are very grateful for the experience their children Seamus and Nora are having at Brookwood. 

Stephanie Stringer attended SUNY IT and Utica College and studied Business Management. After college, Stephanie focused on her passion for philanthropy, volunteering her efforts at a variety of local organizations and helping to raise funds for Springbrook and Hospice. Stephanie has spent several years giving back to Hospice and raising awareness for cancer, a cause very near and dear to her heart. Stephanie is also the Co-Founder of the Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser in which she has raised over $10,000 in funds, which has assisted in pancreatic cancer research. Stephanie holds a real estate license and is the Director of Marketing & Sales for a local property management and rental agency. Stephanie enjoys teaching dance to children and exploring outdoor adventures with her husband Bryan and their son Mason and daughter Cora.

Elizabeth Guiney graduated from Hamilton College. She then completed her Masters in Midwifery at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. She also holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy Medicine from the University of Bridgeport. She is a licensed Midwife currently working in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bassett Medical Center. In addition to her clinical practice, she helps train and educate medical, nursing and midwifery students. She has also worked in the research field and grant writing throughout her career. When she is not on the labor and delivery floor, she enjoys riding, running, gardening and spending time with her family outdoors. She has two girls, Isabelle and Lilly, who are both at Brookwood and have loved everything about the experience so far.

 

Mary Clare Roberts attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for her undergraduate studies and obtained her Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany.  Mary Clare has devoted her career to working with and for children, and is thrilled to be on the Board of The Brookwood School.  She is currently the School Social Worker for the Cooperstown Central School District, where she supports students in grades 7-12 through counseling, social-emotional focused classroom lessons, and whole-school interventions that promote the holistic well-being of the school community.  Prior to her work at CCS, Mary Clare coordinated the multidisciplinary team that makes up the Otsego County Child Advocacy Center under the Office of the District Attorney.  She has also enjoyed spending time teaching yoga to young children at The Clark Sports Center and previously serving on the Girls on the Run of Central New York Board of Directors.  Mary Clare lives in Cooperstown with her husband, Dean, and their son, Samuel, who happily attends The Brookwood School.

 

Dr. Jennifer Avery is currently the Deputy Superintendent at Otsego Northern Catskill BOCES and has served in school administration for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Human Resource Management from the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Her Master’s degree in Education Administration was completed at Long Island University. Jenna was also awarded a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from Dowling College on Long Island. Jennifer has served on a number of professional boards including the Association of School Business Officials in New York State, the Association of School Business Officials International, the New York School Insurance Reciprocal, and the New York Liquid Asset Fund. Jenna and her husband, Bob, live in Cooperstown and are thrilled with the care their daughter Alexandria has received this year in the infant room at Brookwood.

Pete Iorizzo manages communications for the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. In his role, he tells the district’s story through its digital platforms, coordinates internal and external messaging of news and policy, and advocates for district initiatives, such as school budget votes. He also serves on the district’s COVID Reopening Task Force, which helps set protocols in response to the pandemic. Prior to working in K-12 education, Pete spent 15 years in the media, first as a reporter and editor at the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., and then as the communications director for the University at Albany’s athletic department. He has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Psychology from Syracuse University, and he’s working toward a master’s in Business Administration from UAlbany. Since moving to Cooperstown with his wife, Mary Jane, in 2019, he has been so grateful for the wonderful care their two children have received at Brookwood.