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Saratoga Center for the Family Welcomes New Board Members

Posted in General by SaratogaCFF on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors: Attorney Jennifer Jeram and Superintendent Dr. Michael Patton.

Attorney Jennifer Jeram

Attorney Jennifer Jeram

Attorney Jennifer Jeram currently serves as Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Muller, Justice of the Supreme Court for the Fourth Judicial District.

A graduate of Niskayuna High School, Atty. Jeram earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with minor concentration in Social Studies of Medicine) from McGill University and a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude, with concentration in Health Law) from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Along with serving on Saratoga Center for the Family’s Board, Atty. Jeram also is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, the Warren County Bar Association, the Arongen Elementary School PTA (Chair, Partners in Reading), the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, and the Clifton Park Democratic Committee.

Atty. Jeram and her husband, Dan, live in Clifton Park with their three children: Jimmy (age 7), Ben (age 5) and Madeline (age 2).  She enjoys doing art projects with her children, hiking in the Adirondacks, and spending time with her family.

Asked why she became a member of Saratoga Center for the Family’s Board, Atty. Jeram said, “There have been some terrible child abuse cases in the news the last few years and, as a mom with young kids, I was really affected by them. I decided I wanted to get involved in the community and do something to help prevent child abuse. I started volunteering for Saratoga Center for the Family in 2017 and was immediately impressed by the work being done there. The Center offers so many services to not only prevent child abuse but also to treat victims of abuse. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Board and I look forward to continuing to support the amazing work of this organization.”

Dr. Michael Patton

Dr. Michael Patton

Dr. Michael Patton is the Superintendent for the Saratoga Springs City School District.

A graduate of Shenendehowa High School, Dr. Patton earned his Bachelor’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in School Counseling and his School District Administrator Certification from The College of Saint Rose; and an Education Doctorate from the Sage Colleges.

Currently serving on the Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning Board of Directors and Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Board of Directors, Dr. Patton is excited to be a part of Saratoga Center for the Family’s Board.  He states, “As an educator who is committed to advocating for the needs of all students, I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Saratoga Center for the Family to continue strengthening our schools and community by providing proactive education, prevention programs, and mental health support services to help address the growing needs of our children and their families.”

A resident of Ballston Lake, Dr. Patton is married to his wife, Bridget, a Kindergarten teacher in Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.  They have three sons all attending Saratoga Springs High School: Graham (a Senior), Witt (a Sophomore), and Huck (a Freshman).  In his free time, Dr. Patton enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering in the community, and coaching youth lacrosse.

“We are delighted to welcome these new board members to Saratoga Center for the Family,” says Board President Dave Shacket. “With the ongoing growth of our school counseling programs and the continual need of our mental health and advocacy services sought by local families, Jen and Mike’s experience and expertise will complement the strengths of our current Board. The Center is committed to empower as many children and families as we possibly can and their addition to the board will help us continue delivering such critical and important services at a high level. I am proud to serve alongside such devoted community members.”

Saratoga Center for the Family’s Board of Directors also consists of Douglas Gerhardt, Vice President; Katherine Smith, Treasurer; Terrance White, Past President; John Brooks, Secretary; Chris Boggs, Ellen Brodie, Colleen Hamel, Timothy Hoefer, Erinn Kolligian, Gregory Moore, Michael Venerus, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Ann E. Wolpert, and Executive Director Rebecca Baldwin.