Board of Education


Jeffrey D. Brown, of Turning Leaf Drive, Manlius, is serving his second term on the Board of Education. A 16-year district resident, he served on the district’s former Advisory Council on Special Education from 1999 to 2006.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a law degree from Syracuse University’s College of Law. He is General Counsel for the Onondaga County Water Authority, Town Attorney for the Town of Pompey and Village Attorney for the Village of Marcellus. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel with the 174th Attack Wing, a local Air National Guard unit.

He and his wife, Gina, have two daughters enrolled in the district.  

Dr. John J. Cucinotta, of Sweet Road, Manlius, is serving his 25th year total on the board of education. He has served as the board president and as a member of the board’s facilities and policy committees. Dr. Cucinotta served on the board from 1990-2014. He also served on the Liverpool Board of Education from 1978 to 1988, including seven years as its president. A 27-year F-M resident, he is a parishioner, lector and Eucharist minister at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville. He was also a youth soccer coach with F-M Youth Soccer. Dr. Cucinotta holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Syracuse University and a medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University and is a physician specializing in radiology at Crouse and Oswego hospitals. He is a current member of the Onondaga County Board of Ethics and previously served on the Crouse Health Foundation Board of Directors and the Crouse Hospital Medical Staff Executive Committee.

He and his wife, Jamie, have four children, all F-M graduates, and two grandchildren who are in preschool.


Board President Timothy P. Crisafulli, of Travertine Place, Manlius, is serving his first term on the Board of Education. He has lived in the school district for 13 years. Mr. Crisafulli taught seventh grade social studies at Eagle Hill Middle School from 1994-1999. He taught grades 9-12 social studies at Fayetteville-Manlius High School from 1999-2003 and again from 2005-2006. While teaching, he also served as a coach and club advisor.

 After becoming an attorney, Mr. Crisafulli worked at Hancock Estabrook, LLP in Syracuse. He is currently a partner at Crisafulli Gorman, P.C., a law firm located in Manlius that focuses on business law, tax law and trusts and estates. Mr. Crisafulli graduated from Oswego High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a certification in social studies secondary education in 1994 from LeMoyne College; a Master of Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2000; a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2013.

He and his wife, Kelly, have three children, a sixth-grader at Eagle Hill Middle School, a fourth-grader at Mott Road Elementary School, and a baby who looks forward to starting kindergarten in 2020.

Edin Ljuca, of Highbridge Road, Manlius, is serving his first term on the Board of Education. He has lived in the district since 2001 and is a Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduate. He studied computer science and math at SUNY Brockport and is currently studying for his Series 7 stockbroker license. He is a financial services professional at First Niagara where he specializes in financial planning for young professionals.  In 1999, he moved to Syracuse as a refugee from Bosnia. He volunteers at the Refugee Assistance Center, known as “Bob’s School,” and the West Side Learning Center where he teaches immigrants and refugees about American systems of finance. 

In 2011, the Bosnian community selected Mr. Ljuca to share his immigrant success story during the city of Syracuse’s annual World Refugee Day celebration. 

He is a member of the Town of Manlius Republican Committee and chairs the district's Community Relations Committee.


Lisa Lukasiewicz Izant, of Manlius, has lived in the school district since 1989 and has served on the Board of Education since 2009. She served as the board's facilities committee chair from 2009-2011 and as the board's vice president from 2011-2015.  

She is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of SArts degree in biology and Russian studies. She also earned a doctor of medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is a pediatrician who has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities and prevention of childhood obesity. She has been an active volunteer for the Brown University Alumni organization for 12 years. 

Dr. Izant has been a board member for the YMCA of Greater Syracuse and the Syracuse Children’s Chorus. She developed the after-school foreign language program at Enders Road Elementary. She and her husband, Timothy, have four sons all graduates of F-M Schools.

Vice President Marissa Joy Mims, of Washington Street, Manlius, has lived in the school district since 2006 and was elected to the F-M Board of Education in 2009. She previously served as the Board's vice president from 2010-2011 and served as president from 2011-2015.

Ms. Mims is the Legislative Liaison for the Board of Education. She serves on the Audit and Community Relations Committees in addition to the New York State School Boards Association Resolution Committee. 

Ms. Mims is the 2017-2018 Vice-President of the Caucus of Black School Board Members, previously serving as the Area 4 Director. She is chair of the Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee, which develops policy recommendations for the Onondaga County sheriff. Ms. Mims serves on the board of directors for Fayetteville-Manlius A Better Chance and Focus Greater Syracuse. She is vice-president of public relations for the Manlius Lions Club and serves on the steering committee and as communications chair for the East Area Support Network. She was a member of the district's former special education advisory committee.  Ms. Mims is a Class of 2008 member of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University and completed the National Writing Project program at SUNY Cortland. She is pursuing a second career in teaching after working in nonprofit management.  She is currently a long-term substitute eighth-grade science teacher in the Syracuse City School District for the 2016-17 school year. Her twin son and daughter are in 10th grade at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  


Elena Romano
, of Wheeler Avenue, Fayetteville, has lived in the school district since 1985. She has served on the Board of Education since 1998, including three years as its president and one year as vice president.

She has also served as president of the Fayetteville Elementary HSA, co-president of the F-M Varsity Football Booster Club, and board member of the F-M Education Foundation, among other volunteer activities. She supervised accounts payable for her family’s business for five years and taught Suzuki violin for 12 years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Lawrence University and completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training at Ithaca College. She and her husband, Michael, have three children who graduated from F-M Schools.  

Kim Swanson, of East Seneca Turnpike, Manlius, is serving her second term on the Board of Education. An 11-year district resident, she and her husband, Charles, have three children who attend F-M High School.

Ms. Swanson currently chairs the board’s policy committee and served as a voting delegate at the New York State School Boards Association annual meeting. She received the Mastery of Boardsmanship designation through the New York State School Boards Association.

Ms. Swanson is a member of the Student Teacher Parent Association at the High School, where she chairs the school’s annual Awards Night and volunteers with many STPA events. She is also actively involved with the crew and track teams.

Ms. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Humanities from Columbia College. She extended her training in counseling services through Syracuse University and is a certified disability management specialist.

Daryll Fitch Wheeler, of Churchill Lane, Fayetteville, is serving her first term on the board of education. She has been a district resident for most of her life and attended F-M from kindergarten through grade 12. She and her husband, David M. Wheeler Sr., have seven children, all of whom are Fayetteville-Manlius graduates.

When her children were in school, she volunteered with the Home and School Associations at every level. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Nazareth College of Rochester, a Master of Science degree in Reading and Language Arts from Syracuse University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from LeMoyne College.

Before retiring in 2011, she taught English and reading at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Jamesville DeWitt Middle School and Moses DeWitt Elementary School in the J-D District. She finished her career at OCM BOCES in the Regional School Support Center and Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment department, working directly with teachers and administrators in the three-county region. A member of the parish of the Immaculate Conception, Mrs. Wheeler serves on the Parish Council and is a lector and Eucharistic minister. She is also a facilitator for the Eastern Pastoral Care Area (PCA), a four parish consortium.    



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