Laurie has enthusiastically served on the Board for seven years. Her professional experience includes First Grade Teacher, Special Needs Educator, and Publishing Sales and Marketing Executive where she worked for and with Fortune 500 Corporations.
Inspired by her sons, she recently founded and launched Lambdoodle.com, an enterprise devoted to families who are touched by Special Needs.
Her son Luke is currently attending WEC, the benefits of which are beyond measure. Luke is a perfect testament to the extraordinary staff and community that is WEC.
Laurie’s mantra: “The Westchester Exceptional Children’s School is, as the name suggests, EXCEPTIONAL in every way!
John Caralyus, Vice President
John has been a WEC Board member for 18 years and VP of the Board for the past 6 years. John supports WEC as an active member of the school building maintenance team. He has helped raised substantial funds and managed the construction of an elevator, building addition and replacement of the building’s 99 windows. Present projects include a new playground and a garden greenhouse.
John strongly believes the WEC Administration and Teaching Staffs are outstanding educators. He truly believes that WEC has educated and positively changed the lives of hundreds of students with disabilities. John supports the concept that WEC will continue to educate and enhance the lives of children with disabilities for many more years.
John is retired from Verizon and lives with his wife Dorothy in North Salem N.Y
Bob Bronzo, Treasurer
Bob happily joined the Board in 2008.
Bob’s professional experience includes a short stint as an auditor, a much longer period as a finance/operations director in magazine publishing, and a recent foray into the not-for-profit world as a program manager.
Most of all, Bob thrives on his volunteer work, his family and friends, and his passions for music, theatre, and travel.
From the first time he walked into the warm and welcoming halls of WEC, Bob knew he had found a magical place. It is a privilege to serve on the Board.
Linda E. Bas -DeFalco, Secretary
Linda has been on the board since 1991 serving in the capacity of secretary for many of those years. Besides performing duties as secretary, her focus has been fundraising events to help raise much needed funds for the school.
Serving on the board gives her the opportunity to give back to the school that gave so much to not only her son, Gregory, who graduated in 2004, but to her family as well.
Stephen V. Lett
Steve has been a member of WEC’s Board of Trustees since 2009. His son Kyle is a current student at WEC and has attended there for the past several years.
Steve is a financial controller with the IBM Corporation based in Somers, New York. His entire professional career has been with IBM and he has held numerous financial management positions there during his twenty five plus years of service. His experiences include an international assignment in France and extensive knowledge of the IBM’s Software and Hardware businesses.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Syracuse University and an MBA in financial management from Pace University. Additionally, he is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Outside of work, Steve is an avid sports fan. He is a past President and Treasurer for Bedford-Katonah Youth Hockey Association and is a founding member of John Jay Youth Lacrosse where he was on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Rich joined the Board of Trustees in 2007. Now retired, Rich brings 45 years of banking expertise and experience to the board in the areas of loans, finance and investments. He is and always has been committed to community volunteer endeavors including Somer’s Lions Club, Somer’s Chamber of Commerce, and Somer’s Republican Club.
During his time on the board, Rich has helped to make our fund-raising events successful, he is a loyal and dedicated member of the board.
W. Daniel Morgan Ed. D.
Dan has served as an educator for more than 40 years. He has taught in junior high school, senior high school and at the University level.
Since retiring from his position as assistant superintendent of finance at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School District in 2000, Dan has worked as a consultant to several schools and social organizations.
Dan has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Westchester Exceptional Children’s School for 12 years. For the past three years he has served as board Treasurer.
William R. Bennet, III
William graduated from the State University of New York at Maritime College at Fort Schuyler with a B.E. in Naval Architecture and an Unlimited Third Mate's license from the United States Coast Guard. He worked aboard various vessels in the capacity of Third Mate, Second Mate (limited tonnage) and Master (limited tonnage), including oil tankers, ocean-going tugs, dredges and yachts.
Thereafter, he attended St. John's University Law School and graduated in 1992. In 2003 he formed the firm which is now known as Bennett, Giuliano, McDonnell & Perrone, LLP based in New York City.
He lives in the town of Somers with his wife Claudia Arbeleaz, who grew up in Mt. Kisco, and their two children ages 14 and 12.
Bruce H. Hulme, CFE
Bruce is director of government affairs of Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action and serves on the boards of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services and the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State, associations where he has also been a past president and legislative director. He is legislative chair and board member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Society of Professional Investigators and Intellenet.
Hulme assisted in drafting a provision of the federal Drivers’ Privacy Protection Act of 1994, with respect to obtaining access for state licensed private investigators and security firms. He testified before the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of the private investigation industry’s position on consumer information privacy. His participation helped create the record that formed the basis of the FTC’s analysis of computer database services. He has also testified before Congressional committee hearings, including the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services on Identity Theft and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Implementation and the House Committee on Ways and Means with respect to privacy issues.
He is president and founder of Special Investigations, Inc. In 1964, he was granted a license by examination as a private investigator in New York which he held until 2006 when he became engaged full-time in government affairs. In 1994, on the basis of his prior experience in conducting over 400 fraud investigations, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents awarded him the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner, which he still holds. He has served as court appointed defense investigator for the indigent in capital cases in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and Connecticut. He presently acts as investigative consultant in complex civil and criminal matters, provides litigation support services, and conducts fraud examinations.
In 2000, he was appointed by former Governor George E. Pataki to serve on the New York State Security Guard Advisory Council, a board on which he served through 2008. For twelve years Hulme was editor and a major contributor of the ALDONYS Spotlight, the publication of the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State. He authored the first chapter of Corporate Investigations entitled the “Corporate Investigations and the Fair Credit Reporting Act” published by Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company in 2000 and 2002. Hulme presently serves as the sole non-voting board member of the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators representing private investigators and on an advisory board of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Hulme’s knowledge of privacy issues and his long-standing involvement in government affairs in Albany, New York and Washington, DC concerning the investigative and security industries brought him invitations to speak before the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in Los Angeles, California and New York; the New York Trial Lawyers section of the New York State Bar Association in the U.S Virgin Islands; the Association of Government Accountants in New York; the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators in Nova Scotia, Canada, Columbus, Ohio, San Antonio, Texas, and Wilmington, Delaware; the American Lithuanian Bar Association, Elon University and Lithuanian Bar Association in Vilnius, Lithuania; International lntelligence Network in Arundel, England, Calgary, Canada, New Orleans, Louisiana, San Antonio, Texas, and Sorrento, Italy; ASIS International regarding post 9/11 security issues in Washington, DC; and the American Bar Association National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Seattle, Washington.
A North Salem resident, Hulme serves as a trustee of the Westchester Exceptional Children and the North Salem Historical Society, is a past president of the Lions Club of North Salem, a past committee chairman and Eagle Scout Review Board member of Boy Scouts North Salem Troop 1, and a former senior warden and vestry member of St. James Protestant Episcopal Church.