The Education Committee

Background information and Mission Statement
The Rondout Valley Business Association formed an Education Committee in 2014 with the goal of forming a connection between our business members, the larger Rondout Valley community, and our local Rondout Valley High School. By utilizing the local talent within our community to create a more enriched experience for our students the Business Association believes they can help to better prepare our youth for life beyond high school.

It is the “It takes a village to raise a child” principle.

The Committee collaborates with the District Superintendent, High School Principal and School Faculty to organize a number of programs in which local business professionals take part in.

Business professionals – we encourage you to get involved in one or more of the following programs.

Mock Interviews
This is an opportunity for students to practice interviewing skills with local business leaders including feedback. A group of employers is asked to give roughly 2 hours of time on a specific day to participate in a series of mock interviewing sessions.

If you would like to participate – contact a Committee Member. (some of the ongoing participants are: Nik Gerner, Jesse Marcus, Sheryl Travers, Judy Hauser, Linda Bradford, Debbie Briggs, Laurel Sweeney, Eric Roosa. Ask them about their experiences.)


The Leadership Course
An elective ¼ credit program consisting of workshops to identify personality strengths, styles of leadership, career paths, leadership skills and more. Open to all Rondout Valley High School students.

The Committee works together to choose a wide range of professionals who have the expertise, experience and speaker/teaching skills to participate in this after-school course that is organized and run by the RVBA Education Committee at Rondout.

2018 Topics include: The Leadership Wheel, Employer/Employee Relationships, Time Management, Team Work, Careers, Social Media do’s and don’ts, Respect and Integrity, Public Speaking. (Ask some of our RVBA speakers this year about the program! Tim Sweeney, Tom Smiley, Sara McGinty, Erick Roosa)


Networking @ Breakfast
RVBA has offered to host up to 6 High School students at our breakfast meetings. What better way for them to hone their networking skills and hear about topics that effect the business community!

Promotion is given to the High School Principal for a handout: (sample only)

You are Invited to Breakfast

Join the business community at their bi-monthly Breakfast Meetings

Hosted by the Rondout Valley Business Association

Experience a friendly atmosphere while you learn how to network and build contacts with business leaders from our Valley.

Upcoming Dates in 2017/18:
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7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Sign up in the Principal’s Office

(Maximum of 6 students so sign up early)

Contact Information

Mary Burkett
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Linda Bradford
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Nelda Gerner
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Lynn Gilbert
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Matt Green
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Jesse Marcus
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If you would like to join our committee please contact someone from the above list. We would welcome help in expanding and strengthening our programs.