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DISTRICT 18: One three-year seat

Candidates:

Susan Frehse

Katelin O’Rourke Gorman

SUSAN FREHSE

Susan and her husband Woody have lived in Bronxville for the past four years, and Woody was raised there. They have a son attending the Bronxville High School and twins in the Bronxville Elementary School. Susan is a stay-at-home mom, with a degree in Political Science from Lander University and has also attended Parsons School of Design. Prior to having children, she worked in the technology sector in sales and business development for companies including Xerox, and established Satterfield Interiors.

 

Susan serves as a deacon at the Reformed Church of Bronxville and is a Sunday School teacher. She has served the Elementary School PTA in many capacities. She has been a class mom, co-chair of the lecture series, is currently vice chair of the Elementary School PTA, and in the coming year will chair the Elementary School PTA. She was also the previous Middle School PTA 8th grade co-chair, and the High School PTA new families 9th grade chair.

 

Prior to Bronxville, she was a deacon at The Brick Church in New York City, served on the Women’s Association board, was the lead Sunday School teacher, and volunteered and chaired other committees within the church. At The Brick Church School, Susan was a class parent and helped raise funds for the school through their annual auctions. She has served in other volunteer capacities in New York City, including at St. Bernard’s School, New York-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Support Committee, and The African Dream Academy. For many years she was on the board of Young Audiences New York, bringing arts back into underserved school districts in the New York City area.

Education is a passion of Susan’s, specifically world history and studio art. She believes volunteering at any level is an obligation to her children and community. When discussing the Non-Partisan Committee, Susan says, “This group runs a valuable process by encouraging and vetting our next School Board leaders. It’s a great way to get involved and help find an exceptional balance of talented people willing to help our school community.”

KATELIN O’ROURKE GORMAN

Katelin and her husband Michael have lived in Bronxville for about two years.  They have a four-year old attending RCNS.  Katelin is an attorney and partner at Clyde & Co LLP, and earlier in her career, served as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Jr. (US District Court for the Southern District of NY).  She is a graduate of The Ursuline School, Boston College with a degree in History, and New York Law School.  Within the community, Katelin has served this past year as the RCNS Asst Treasurer and will serve again as RCNS Treasurer next year.  She has also held several mentoring and leadership roles, past and present, including as a member of Clyde & Co LLP’s Management Board, a Clyde & Co LLP Women's Initiative Founding Partner and Chair, a Fordham Law Negotiation Competition Coach, and the NYC Bar Association’s High School Pipeline Committee Co-Chair, among others.   

 

In her own words, Katelin would “like to volunteer on the NPC because I sense an earnest desire for discussion between trustee candidates and the community, and I want to help that engagement however I can.  Providing opportunities to discuss the issues, trustee candidates’ solutions, and the principles and practicalities underlying those solutions are the hallmarks of what the NPC can offer, through respectful debate, information sharing, and dialogue.  In my work and in life, I always try to build consensus through connection.  Here, I would like to help our community and future candidates find as many ways as they can to connect on proposed plans for the continued excellence of our school.”

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