Ms. Benaquisto is one of three teacher members on the 10-member Retirement Board. First elected to her position in 2021, she serves on the Disability Review and Ethics committees.
A longtime NYSTRS delegate prior to joining the Board, Ms. Benaquisto has taught special education in the Schenectady City School District since 1988. She has served as president of the Schenectady Federation of Teachers since 2006. Ms. Benaquisto has served NYSUT since May 2020 in several capacities, including serving on the board of directors and as director of Election District 12 (ED-12).
She received her bachelor’s degree in special education at SUNY Geneseo and her master’s degree in education psychology from SUNY Albany.