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  • Thank you for being a Friend. Social support can be a great stress reliever. Friends can help us in many ways, from offering a supportive ear to lending a helping hand. One stumbling block to friendships for women is that we find ourselves more and more busy these days. Demands of work, children, or other commitments can take over the time that was previously free to pursue friendships, so it’s important for women to make an effort to develop social support in their lives. Read more

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Welcome! what we consider the most progressive and benefit-friendly health care plan for school districts in New York state and their employee associations. The NY44 Health Benefits Plan Trust is a unique partnership that succeeds on its collaborative framework of respect between labor and management. Established in 2003, the plan achieved self-funded status in 2008. It continues to grow significantly in its membership while containing annual costs and expanding benefit offerings. How do we do it? Read more.

Health Benefits Plan Trustees

Plan Administrator/
Ex Officio Trustee

Darleen A. Michalak, Ph.D.


Doreen Casacci, Chair

Director, Exceptional Education Services

Bargaining Unions:
John Pope
Erie 1 Administrators Association, SAANYS

Doreen Kausner, Vice Chair 
Coordinator of Finance
Services/District Treasurer

Patricia Kirisits

Erie 1 Management
Association, SAANYS

Claims Analyst, Thomas Pomidoro


JoAnn Balazs
Management Services

Joseph Borgisi

Erie 1 Professional Education Association, NYSUT

Fiscal Agent, Alice Riley


Carol Barber
Deputy Superintendent

Scott Decker

AFSCME Local 2567,
12-month employees

Wellness Reimbursement Representative
Jeni Kapalczynski
716.821.7439 (fax)

Melody Jason
Executive Director,
Instructional Programs and Services

Cynthia Kapturowski

AFSCME Local 2341,
10-month employees