Harold Mowl, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Harold Mowl, Jr. has more than 45 years of experience in the field of education of deaf and hard of hearing students. From 1968-1990, he worked at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh, the largest comprehensive center for deaf education in the state. In addition to serving as administrative principal, he was also dean of students, dean of boys, Mathematics consulting teacher, classroom teacher, and dormitory houseparent.
In July 1990, Dr. Mowl became Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Rochester School for the Deaf, which serves deaf and hard of hearing students and clients from central and western New York through its educational and outreach programs and services. He retired from that position on June 30, 2015.
For more than 10 years, Dr. Mowl was chairperson of the 4201 Schools Association, a coalition of 11 schools for deaf, blind and physically disabled children in New York State. He is past president of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and served on the boards at Rochester Institute of Technology, Deaf Worlds, and Health Association. In addition he was the chairperson of National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s National Advisory Group. He continues to be a member of the Board of Trustees at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, his alma mater.
Dr. Mowl has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bethany College, master’s degree in education of the hearing impaired from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Mowl and his wife Mary have their permanent home in Pittsford, New York.
Middle/High School Principal
Jennifer Labriola-Megee joined NYSD’s team in the summer of 2015 in the role of New York State certified Middle and High School Principal. She also supervises the High School Athletic Program with the support of the acting Athletic Director.
Jennifer brings twelve-plus years of teaching experience with her to Fanwood. Prior to her teaching career, she earned her BS in Business Management at Rochester Institute of Technology; she also earned her MS in Deaf education. While teaching, she continued her studies and earned another MS in School Building Leadership Administration at Saint John’s University.
Jennifer worked at Lexington School for the Deaf as Teacher of the Deaf; she also acquired other roles such as coach and after-school tutor. She also worked at New Jersey School for the Deaf as High School Teacher; she served on several committees such as Professional Development, Sign Language Proficiency Interview and Summer Reading Project Committees. She is a teacher at heart and has a love for learning. She is married and has a daughter and a dog.
Barbara McRae Robinson
Lower School Principal
Mrs. Robinson is the principal of the Preschool and Elementary School. A former elementary teacher at Fanwood, she also supervises our Family Infant Program. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and her M.A. in Deaf Education, and Ed.S. in Change Leadership from Gallaudet University.
Director of Special Programs and Services
Carol Rapport-Sommer comes to Fanwood with over 18 years of experience as a Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services in several public school districts within the Hudson Valley. Prior to that, Carol served as a Regional Associate with the NY State Education Department Office of Special Education Services, where she provided technical assistance and monitored public and private schools (including Fanwood) for compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations.
Before moving to the Hudson Valley, Carol worked in the service of individuals with disabilities in New York City and Boston. Previous positions included: Director of the Youth Employment Program at the NYC Mayor’s Office for the Handicapped and teacher/ counselor for deaf students in a collaborative program with JHS 47 and the Federation of Employment & Guidance Services (FEGS.).
Some Fanwood staff, families and alumni may remember Carol best in her role as the Director of Professional Services with the New York Society for the Deaf in Manhattan. In this capacity, Carol initiated a highly successful job training and placement program with financial investment firms in the city. Carol has also served as a special education teacher in Boston and an adjunct instructor at the New York University graduate programs in Deaf Education and Deafness Rehabilitation. A graduate of Boston University with a BS magna cum laude in Special Education, Carol was awarded a graduate fellowship from New York University where she earned an MS degree in Deafness Rehabilitation. She has additionally completed post – graduate coursework in educational administration and holds several certifications. Carol is delighted to be returning to her roots in the field of deafness and is looking forward to helping Fanwood expand its capacity to serve its students and the deaf community.
Arlene C. Rice
Special Assistant to the Superintendent/Board of Trustees Liaison
Arlene Rice, Former Director of Communications and current Board of Trustees Liaison, has been at Fanwood for the past twenty years. In addition to being liaison to the Board of Trustees, Arlene has coordinated Interpreting Services and ASL Classes. She provides interpreting services coordinates special events and lends her expertise when legislative issues arise. She has deep roots at Fanwood since her mother was a graduate in 1932. Prior to joining the School, Arlene worked in private industry as a legal assistant before becoming involved in State and County government. She served as a legislative assistant in the New York State Assembly. She also was appointed Deputy County Executive in Putnam County and served as an Aide to Governor George Pataki. Arlene is a nationally certified interpreter (RID and NAD). She is married, has two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Debra Stanson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Stanson began her career at the school in 2000 and was promoted to CFO in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public accounting from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and is also a CPA. She is responsible for the overall fiscal management of the school as well as various services including accounting, food service, facilities, and transportation.
Director of Human Resources
Julie Cangro joined us at Fanwood in the summer of 2011. She is responsible for managing the overall provision of Human Resources, policies, and programs for the school. This includes recruiting, staffing, government compliance, employee orientation, employee relations, labor relations and employee safety, health and wellness. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelors in History from Lehman College, her Masters in Human Resources and Employee Relations from Penn State University and has a Human Resources certificate from Cornell University.
Director of Facilities & Grounds
Lenny Hines is the Director of Facilities & Grounds. He came to Fanwood in 1986 as a Boiler Engineer and became Director in 1999. Lenny supervises the maintenance of the facilities & grounds and currently has a crew of four men who, under his direction, handle the entire campus. Prior to coming to New York School for the Deaf, Lenny worked at Litton Industries and before that, at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Lenny is an accomplished musician, songwriter and vocalist. Lenny has had many records released and has a presence on iTunes and other Internet music stores. At graduation in 2011, Lenny shared his song “Graduation Day” with the entire school community.
Allison J. Gorey
Director of Communications
Allison oversees marketing and establishes public relations opportunities for New York School for the Deaf. In her role, she works closely with members of the Administration team to align and produce effective, mission-consistent communication to the internal and external community. Allison is also responsible for coordinating all events and community relations. She feels that is it important to maintain positive relations with students, staff members, parents and all community members for the purpose of unifying the efforts of the school community. She graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a focus on Communications.