The Board Trustees and Officers
Dr. Eric Byrne, Ed.D., Superintendent of Rye City School District and Non-Voting Board Trustee
Dr. Byrne joined the Rye City School District as Superintendent of Schools in July, 2017. He came to Rye from the Chappaqua Central School District where he served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for six years. Previously, he served as Principal of the Roaring Brook School in Chappaqua, of the Pound Ridge Elementary School in the Bedford Central School District, and of Public School (PS) 183 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He began his career as a high school science teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens and later became an elementary school teacher at PS 183. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education for more than 11 years.
Dr. Byrne has a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science from Fordham University, a Master of Science in Teaching and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy, both from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.
Laura Slack, President
Before becoming President of the Rye Fund for Education, Laura Slack served on the Rye City School District Board of Education for nine years. Laura served as President of the Board of Education for four years and, prior to being elected President, she served as Vice President for three years. During her time on the Board, she has been Chair of the Policy Committee, Board Liaison to the Curriculum Council, and a member of the Budget, Technology, Finance, Communications, Health & Safety, K-12 Math and K-12 ELA Committees. Prior to joining the Board, she was President of the Special Education Parent Teacher Association and President of the Midland School Parent Organization. Laura is a member of the Children's Philanthropy section of Rye Women's Club and was co-founder of the Midland Caring Committee and co-founder and former co-chair of the Rye Middle and Rye High School Caring Committees. After graduating from Northwestern University, she taught high school history. She has been honored by the Rye Youth Council for her contribution to the youth of Rye. Laura and her husband Richard have lived in Rye for 20 years and raised their three children here: Jonathan (RHS 2010), Kevin (RHS 2013) and Jennifer.
Kimberly Abate, Board Trustee and Chair
Kim Abate served a two-year term as the Co-President for Rye High School from 2012-2014. As the successful leader of the Rye High School Executive Board, she examined the Parent Organization budget and impressively allocated every last dollar possible into Rye High School classrooms. Ms. Abate also served two years as the Parent Teacher Organization President at Midland Elementary School. In addition, she has served on numerous committees and volunteer organizations.
Ms. Abate graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. During her professional career, Ms. Abate worked for the Association of National Advertisers in New York City as the Director of Committee Operations. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Abate worked in the Hospitality Industry as a Director of Catering for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and a Director of Marketing for the University Club of Chicago. Kim and her husband John have lived in Rye since 1998 and have three children in the Rye Schools.
Richard Slack, Esq., Secretary and Board Trustee
Richard Slack is a partner with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where he practices in the area of complex business litigation, including representing clients in securities, financial products, and mergers and acquisition litigation. During his 30 years at Weil, he has counseled numerous companies and boards of directors in connection with fiduciary duties of officers and board members. His current and former clients include Lehman Brothers, MBIA, Syncora, Providence Equity, Boston Properties, Summit Partners, and General Electric. Mr. Slack is an active member of many bar committees and has written and spoken on a number of legal topics.
Mr. Slack graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan and received a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he also served on the law review. Previously, Mr. Slack served as a member of the Rye City Council. He and his wife Laura and their three children have lived in Rye and been active in the Rye community for more than 20 years.
Jennifer Boyle, President of Rye City Schools Board of Education, School Board Liaison
Jennifer Boyle has served on the Board of Education since 2016. She served as Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year before being elected to the position of President in September 2019. She currently acts as Chair of the Communications Committee and co-chairs the Wellness Committee. A long-time supporter of the School District, she served for four years as Co-Chair of The Friends of Rye City School District, an educational advocacy group. She has also served as a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Presbyterian Nursery School and is a volunteer teacher for the PREP program at Resurrection Church. She has three children in the schools. Jennifer previously worked in Public Relations for Edelman in New York City.
Young Kim, Treasurer
Young Kim is an active and dedicated member of the Rye community. In addition to her service as a Trustee on the Rye City School District Board of Education, she is serving or has served on the boards of Helping Hands for the Hungry and Homeless, The Woman’s Club of Rye (Co-Chair and Treasurer), Christ’s Church Nursery School (Treasurer and Secretary), and Milton Elementary School PTO (Co-President).
Ms. Kim graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Economics and Math and from New York University with a M.S. in Accounting. Ms. Kim and her husband, Tim Mueller, have lived in Rye since 1995. They have three children who have all attended Rye public schools.
Paul Murphy, Board Trustee
A 28 year Wall Street veteran, Paul Murphy worked for Paine Webber Inc., Deutsche Bank, CanaccordGenuity and Morgan Stanley in equity sales. He now works as a residential real estate agent for Houlihan Lawrence Inc.’s Rye office.
A longtime active member of the Rye community, Murphy served for many years as coach for Resurrection’s Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball and Rye Little League. He runs the annual golf outing for his Indian Village neighborhood. He is a member of the Board of Governors at the Apawamis Club and currently serves as Head of the Membership Committee.
Paul Murphy graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Business Administration. He also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Paul lives in Rye with his wife, Lisa. They have three sons.
Jimmy Roberts, Board Trustee
Jimmy Roberts is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and writer known most recently for his work on NBC and Golf Channel as an essayist, interviewer, feature reporter and studio host. Roberts is a fixture on NBC and Golf Channel’s coverage of the PGA Tour and other high-profile golf events, including the Ryder Cup. He is also a feature reporter at the Olympic Games for NBC and often serves as a weekend Sports Desk host for NBC Sports.
Roberts joined NBC Sports in May 2000 after a long career at ABC and ESPN, including stints as a SportsCenter correspondent covering the World Series, NBA Finals, heavyweight championship bouts, Super Bowl and the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. In 1987 and 1988, Roberts served as a writer and producer of features at ABC Sports. Prior to that, he was an assignment editor and producer for ABC News (1985-87), where he coordinated and supervised coverage of sports for the division, and produced stories for ABC News. In 1984, he worked for Howard Cosell on ABC’s SportsBeat, writing and producing features for the Emmy Award-winning show.
Roberts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1979.
Jimmy lives in Rye with his wife, Sandra, and their three sons.
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