LEDYARD BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES
Mike Brawner is running for re-election to the Ledyard BOE where he currently serves as Chairman of the Finance and Negotiations Committees. Mike has served on the BOE since 2015. Mike and his wife Maureen have been residents of Ledyard for over 19 years, and have three children; Emily, Megan, and Kevin, who are all proud graduates of Ledyard Public Schools. Mike is employed by General Dynamics Electric Boat and has been heavily involved in community service and youth team coaching for years, including Ledyard Youth League Baseball, Parks and Recreation Basketball and Softball, and serves as the President of the Ledyard Athletic Booster Club.
Mike believes in a fiscally responsible budget that does not spend more than the town can afford while ensuring program cuts and overcrowded classrooms do not penalize the students. Mike pushes for proactive, budget-conscious, long-term school technology, and infrastructure planning to minimize continuous tax increases. He also recognizes that open, 2-way communications between the Board of Education, the Town Council, and the community are essential for a successful Ledyard Public School System.
Bob Guerrera is a current member of the Ledyard Board of Education, serving on the Facilities Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. He is also a current member of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC) which has overseen the most recent school construction projects. Bob has earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in marketing and a minor in legal studies from Bryant College. Currently, he is a manager for Stop and Shop Supermarket Company and enjoys volunteering for his sons' baseball teams. Bob's wife Erica grew up in Ledyard, and together they have two sons, ages six and ten.
Bob believes the government should not be involved in our children's education. He believes the BOE should serve its children and teachers first and foremost; as well as create a family-oriented community within our school system.
Robert Russak is a veteran who served for 22 years in the United States Navy before retiring in 2011. He earned the distinction of Master Training Specialist while assigned as an instructor at the Naval Submarine School. He currently works for Electric Boat as an STO Electrician. Rob has lived in Ledyard/Gales Ferry for 24 years with his wife, Heather, and five sons; ages 13-28. The three oldest are Ledyard High School graduates. One of the younger two is a sophomore at Ledyard High School while the youngest is in 8th grade at Ledyard Middle School. Rob has been the Ledyard Youth League President for the past six years and has coached Ledyard Youth Wrestling since 2005.
Rob believes in being fiscally responsible with taxpayer funds approved for education. He feels we must be diligent in providing our students with the best possible education while curbing inappropriate spending.
Anthony Favry has been a Ledyard resident for more than 14 years. He has been married to his wife, Kristin since 2004 and they have two children in the Ledyard school system. Anthony leads the national group life and disability practice at MetLife where he's been employed for over sixteen years.
Anthony's hope for the BOE is to have members that support a healthy, respectful group dynamic versus conformity. During his tenure on the BOE, Anthony has advocated for community inclusion and full transparency to foster respect within the community as well as encourage the community's trust in the school system. He approaches key strategies and decisions that impact the school system long-term rather than single-issue resolutions. Anthony has worked hard with the members of the BOE and Superintendent to build trust and a symbiotic relationship with the Town Council and Mayor, as well as the other town committees. He believes that healthy public schools and accountability of teachers and administrators will not only attract people to the town, but it will also build pride and respect within the community.
Steve Munger arrived in Connecticut from Japan in 1993 as a Navy Master Chief Petty officer and his family moved to Gales Ferry in 1996 after he retired with over 24 years of service. He lived in New Jersey until joining the Navy at the age of 17 after graduating high school. His love for sports had allowed him to wrestle through his mid-40s and he has coached wrestling in Ledyard since 2014. His commitment to our youth led him to involvement in local politics and to continue that commitment as a member of the Board of Education. He managed a supermarket for 12 years and currently supports our military by working for Balfour Beatty Housing. He has been married for 42 years to his wife Eileen, has a son Michael who serves as a Ledyard soccer coach and referee, and two grandsons involved in Ledyard sports.
Steve believes in small and effective government and is committed to ensuring the children of Ledyard receive the best education possible.
Crystal Snyder is currently the Special Education and Systems Manager at The Friendship School in Waterford. She is formerly an employee of Ledyard Public Schools and a 7+ year homeschooling veteran. She served as Ombudsman for the USS New Hampshire for 17 months and has been part of a military family (first as a child, then as a spouse) for 27 years. She has a broad field base of secondary education, ranging from education, to human services, to accounting. Crystal has lived with her family here in Ledyard since 2009. She and her husband Matt have raised five children, ages 8-18, including advocating for and supporting one child on the autism spectrum.
Crystal believes in small government, providing the best education possible for our students within the bounds of a sustainable budget, and making decisions today that also benefit the future of this great town.