Two Tamarac alumni from the Class of 2004 are leading the Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District Board of Education after being elected President and Vice President in July.
Matt Wade was re-elected President of the Board and Kyle Christiansen was elected Vice President at the Board’s July 5 reorganization meeting.
Mr. Wade, who grew up in Brunswick, first ran for the Board of Education in 2009, two days after graduating from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
“While I loved Washington, it made me realize how much I appreciated family and friends at home,” Mr. Wade said. “I ran for the Board to ensure a recent student’s perspective was included in the decision-making process and to give back to a place that had prepared me well enough to work in the engineering world.”
Mr. Wade currently works in the nuclear engineering field. He earned a master’s degree at RPI in 2009 while serving on the Board. He was elected to a second term on the Board in 2011.
Mr. Christiansen, who was born and raised in Pittstown, said he had a similar passion to give back to his alma mater and community.
“I joined the Board to give back to the school that has taught me so much,” Mr. Christiansen explained. “I believed with my history at Brittonkill, as well as my educational and professional background, that I had a lot to offer the district.”
After graduating from Tamarac, Mr. Christiansen attended Siena College and went on to Albany Law School, where he graduated in 2011. He currently works as an associate attorney at a government relations firm in Albany.
Mr. Christiansen also was elected to a second term on the Board in 2011.