Meet the Board

Picture of Ms. Blanco-HarveyMs. Adelina Blanco-Harvey, President, affectionately known as Addie, is a product of the Uniondale school system having lived in the district for over 39 years. Four of her and her husband’s children are proud graduates of Uniondale High School. She believes that a well-rounded education incorporates developing academic skills along with nurturing aptitude in critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and other enrichments within the curriculum.

Some of her accomplishments are:
· Serves and advocates for the educational needs of children for over 24 years
· Served on PTA, PTSA, and PTA Council for over 2 decades

· Career mentor for students of Uniondale for over 10 years
· Resource for parents
· Community advocate
· Member of Comité Civico Salvadoreño for over a decade serving the Salvadoran community of Long Island

Mrs. Blanco-Harvey is the Public Relations Director and Regional Manager at Premier Endodontics of Long Island with oversight of five offices. She is a graduate of Nassau Community College and received her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Elementary Education with Bilingual and Special Education Extension from SUNY Old Westbury. She is passionate in her belief that a school board must be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, and stakeholders of the community they serve. She and her husband are honored that their children thrived, graduated from Uniondale High School and are pursuing their college degrees. They also look forward to their younger children graduating from Uniondale High School.

Carol Eason

Ms. Carol Eason, Vice president, began her tenure on the board in July 2019. As a parent, homeowner and former employee of Uniondale High School, she has had a 25-year relationship with both the district and community.

Carol is a Licensed Social Worker as well as a Certified Life Coach with her own small private practice. She is presently working as a School Social Worker at a charter school in Brooklyn. Carol is the proud mother of six children, five of whom have graduated from the Uniondale School District and are thriving in their careers, and one who is still continuing her education within the district.

Carol has always advocated for students, families and teachers in every position she has held.

Previously, Carol was a PTA President for Cornelius Court School and California Avenue School, as well as a member of the Site Based Management Team for Uniondale High School and Lawrence Road Middle School. She was also one of the social workers for Safe Schools Healthy Students and a social worker for the Twilight Program. She was a coordinator for Adult Education, Liberty Partnership and the Advantage Program at Uniondale High School, as well as the 504 Coordinator. Carol takes great pride in being able to continue serving her district and community.

Dr. Mary Bediako

Dr. Mary Bediako, Trustee began her tenure on the board in July 2020. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Bediako began her tenure with the Uniondale Board of Education on July 1, 2020. She is a retired educator, with over 40 years of service to public school children and parents, beginning her career as a math teacher and later as a school district administrator. She was the first Director of Personnel for the Uniondale Public Schools, and some of the teachers she recruited then are still with the Uniondale School District. For 22 years, Dr. Bediako was the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel for the Freeport School District. For 19 of those years, she also served as the Board's District Clerk until her retirement in 2019.

Dr. Bediako's career also included:

  1. Serving as Chief Examiner for the "Public Certification, Education and Human Resources," Bureau of Fire Prevention, New York City Fire Department; and
  2. Serving as Director of Documentation and Evaluation at "Ventures In Education," a non-profit educational consulting firm in New York City.

Dr. Bediako is recognized for her passion, expertise and commitment in her professional practices in areas of personnel management, staff development and program evaluation. She is a trained Curriculum Management Auditor.

Dr. Bediako has been a resident of the Uniondale School District for 39 years and is well known in the community. She attends Saint Martha Roman Catholic Church, where she is a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She credits the successes of her three grown children to the great foundation they received from the Uniondale Public Schools. Her children attended Harvard University, Cornell University and Lynchburg College.

Charmise P. Desiré

Mrs. Charmise P. Desiré, Trustee, began her tenure on the board in July 2018 and was re-elected to another 3-year term in 2021. She was elected Board President by the board during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. A resident of the district since 2000, Mrs. Desiré has been a parent advocate and community supporter who has found various ways over the years to use her skills to support the Uniondale School District and community. She has served in various capacities such as: PTA member, founding President of the Uniondale HS Football Parent Booster Club, served on various district interview committees, Uniondale HS Character Education Committee, District Technology Committee, District Pupil Capacity Focus Group, and as a Computer Instructor for the Adult Education Program. She is also an engaged member in various civic organizations in the Uniondale community and a graduate of the Parent Leadership Institute of Long Island, in association with the Childcare Council of Nassau County. Always proud to represent her community in any arena, Mrs. Desiré was elected in May 2020 to the Nassau County Executive Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association and appointed in January 2021 to the Resolutions Committee of the New York State School Boards Association to represent her community.

Mrs. Desiré is an engaged member in various civic organizations in the Uniondale community. She is also a graduate of the Parent Leadership Institute of Long Island, in association with the Childcare Council of Nassau County. As a former member of the Board of Directors of the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, Mrs. Desiré strongly believes in the value of community outreach and engagement to help strengthen the reputation and branding of a community. She attends Kingdom Family Ministry in Uniondale where she is an active part of the ministerial staff, worship team and enjoys motivating and inspiring young people of all ages. She and her husband are honored to be parents of two Uniondale graduates, one of whom graduated from Princeton University and one pursuing his college degree.

She received a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree from Hofstra University.

Photo of Natalie LongsworthMs. Natalie J.  Longsworth, J.D. , Trustee elected in May 2021.
Bio coming soon







Photo of Emily KalikaMs. Emily Kalika, Student Board Member

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