Tomorrow: Meet the Candidates

Thursday May 4, 7:30pm

Weber Library
Come meet the candidates that are running for the two open seats on the Board of Education.  After a brief opening from each candidate, they will answer your questions. Come ask those questions you’ve been wanting to ask!

Please join us AND bring a friend on Tomorrow night. The most effective (and quickest) way to create the change you want to see in the district is to vote for candidates that will advocate for issues that are important to you.

Forward this email and encourage your friends and neighbors to come tomorrow night. There are 3 candidates running for 2 seats, so your vote matters!!!

We’ve included all their bios below, so you can begin to get to know each one right away…

Rachel Gilliar

My husband and I came here eight years ago and made the Port Washington community our home, the place where we are raising our children. I am the fifth generation of my family to live on the North Shore of Long Island, on the neighboring peninsula of Great Neck.

I studied at Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.

Before the birth of my third child, I worked as a litigation and general practice attorney in New York City. During that time, I also did pro bono work, for which I received the New York City Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation.

During my law school summers. I interned in the Appeals Division of the United States Attorney Southern District and in the Civil Rights Bureau office of the New York State Attorney General.  After law school, I served on the board of directors of Hope.MD, founded by American military and Iraqi doctors to provide children of war with specialized medical care.

In Port Washington, I am best known as the resident who brought Camp Invention, a national one-week STEM camp, to our community, and I continue to serve as its director for its second summer in 2017. I am a Sousa Elementary School representative to Agate, the treasurer of the Port Washington Democratic Club, and a member of The Community Synagogue.  I am recognizable as the mother of four redheaded daughters.
Dave Kerpen

Dave Kerpen is a teacher turned serial entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author of 4 books, global keynote speaker, and most important, proud parent of 3 children here in Port Washington and happy husband to Carrie. Dave has been a resident of Port Washington for 7 years. He grew up in Brooklyn, attended public elementary school and the public specialized school Hunter College High School, and got degrees in elementary education and psychology from Boston University.
More on Wikipedia:

Dave is currently on the Advisory Board of The Education Foundation in Port Washington and previously served on the Board of Directors for his previous residence, Deepdale Gardens, a co-op in Little Neck. He is also currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for his 1st company, Likeable Media.

As a teacher, business owner, and Port parent, Dave is uniquely qualified for the Port Washington Board of Education. As a former math teacher and Teacher’s Union representative under Randi Weingarten, Dave has the important perspective and understanding of what teachers and other educational professionals need. As a serial entrepreneur, he has raised over $4 million in capital and generated over $50 million in revenue, and has managed over 200 employees, so Dave understands how to fund, build and manage organizations. As a Port parent, Dave has a daughter at Weber, a daughter at Sousa, and a 2 year old son. Dave is deeply passionate about the education of my children and all Port Washington children.

Peter Smith

I have been living in Port for 50 years. I attended all schools in the district, Merriman Nursery School, Main Street School, Weber Junior High School and Schreiber HS. Participated in all seasons of school sports for 7 years. I received a BA in Management from University of Massachussets 1990.

I am married to Rina, from Port Washington, with two daughters Olivia 17, and Natalie 12.

I started work out of college first with Marriott Hotels, Manager/ Director, 1990-1999.

Credit Suisse First Boston, Director, 1999-2003

Padon Development, Owner, 2004-Present

Commissioner of PYA Girls Lacrosse, 2005-2016

Vikings Sports Foundation, President, 2009-Present

PW Business Improvement District, Treasurer, 2010-Present

I have been directly involved in Port Washington Athletics for over 10 years.  As the PYA girls lacrosse commissioner and girls lacrosse coach I have been directly involved in youth athletics.  As president of the Viking Sports Foundation I have developed a strong relationship with the Athletic Department, Central Administration, and the Board of Education.

Being part of the Port Washington community for 50 years, I believe I understand what the community epacts from our school district.  I believe that I can be a very effective advocate for the students and parents.

I have owned a Port Washington based Construction Development Company for over 14 years.  I believe my experience in this field will be a valuable addition to the Board of Education.  Given the large bond project that is ongoing I believe that I would be a very valuable addition to the Board.

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