Delegates attending NYSTRS’ 2020 Annual Delegates Meeting re-elected Baldwinsville teacher Elizabeth A. Chetney to a new three-year term on the NYSTRS Board of Trustees. More than 500 delegates from across the state participated in the Nov. 9th meeting, which was a one-day virtual event for the first time in the System’s history due to the ongoing pandemic.
Chetney, a teacher in the Baldwinsville Central School District since 1992, was first elected last year to complete the term of Paul J. Farfaglia, who retired. Chetney is one of three active teacher members on the 10-member Board.
The other active teacher Board members are Sheila Sullivan Buck of the Rush-Henrietta Central School District and Ron Gross of William Floyd Union Free Schools. Board President David P. Keefe of Hempstead is the retired teacher representative.
After the vote, Chetney thanked the delegates for placing their confidence in her. “I will continue to proudly serve the members of our great System by committing to be a stalwart fiduciary, promising to perform my duties both ethically and legally when acting on your behalf,” she said.
Chetney, a graduate of SUNY Oswego with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education, has permanent certifications in both elementary education and English 7-12. A long-time NYSTRS delegate, Chetney has served as president of the Baldwinsville Teachers’ Association since 2009. She is co-president of the Onondaga County Teachers’ Association and has served NYSUT in several capacities, including on the NYSUT Pension and Retirement Committee.
The delegates, who are elected by their peers and serve as liaisons between NYSTRS and teachers, also attended several virtual informational sessions and participated in a question-and-answer session with Board members and NYSTRS staff.
Information from the Annual Meeting, including recordings of the informational presentations, can be found on the Annual Delegates Meeting page.
NYSTRS Board members serve without compensation and represent various constituents, including teachers, school administrators and school boards. They are responsible as fiduciaries to protect the long-term value of the System’s investment portfolio for its more than 430,000 active and retired members and beneficiaries.