LIBRARY TRUSTEE CANDIDATES
Here are our 2023 Candidates running for Library Trustee
Hiram was born and raised in the Great State of New York to the son of Puerto Rican parents. He is the youngest of three boys to Roberto and Felicita Rivera. Hiram graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx. He began his career working with a not-for-profit program that worked with children in Public School 155 in Brooklyn, NY. While there he began he felt the need to go to college and pursued a degree in studies that furthered his knowledge in the creation and running of programs that provided services to people in a lower socio-economic status. He finished college and graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Professional Studies from The College of Human Services. After the completion of his degree he became the Program Director for the program at P.S. 155. Also during this time Hiram was a part time Special Education Teacher for preschool children with special needs. Hiram continued his desire to further his education and entered into a Master’s program and completed and graduated with a Master’s in the Science of Administration from Audrey Cohen College. He is currently employed with the New York State Department of Health as a Contract Manager managing several contracts NYS.
Hiram has dedicated time to volunteering within his local church and area working with youth programs and teaching religious studies. He was a past president of the local Hispanic/Latino parent group named “Padres Unidos” (United Parents) and has worked closely with the local PTA. He has strong ties to the community and various community groups.
Hiram is blessed to be married to his lovely spouse Jacqueline going on 30 years. They have 4 beautiful children. All have attended schools in East Ramapo CSD. They have live in Hillcrest in the Town of Ramapo.
As an appointed trustee for the library, I am honored to be running to continue on as your trustee. I am a husband, dad and patron. I have been employed with the NYSDOH 18 years and my line of work is with contracts, budgets and working closely with many community based organizations. As a past President of Padres Unidos (parent group) in ERCSD, and having worked closely with the PTA and other local groups, I know that my experience will help lead our library into the future.
Darnett Davis is a proud mother of four children and a woman of character and integrity. As an Early Childhood Educator and Director of Kidsnett Child Care Program, which has been in Spring Valley for the past 15 years, Darnett continues to equip her students for a successful and bright future.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Darnett moved to the United States of America in 2004, where she quickly emerged as a community leader and promptly started contributing to the enrichment of the community. She made herself available to serve in the early childhood education sector while continuing to pursue higher education herself. She has been working with various County and State agencies to provide employment opportunities to adults and young people during the summer in collaboration with the Rockland County Youth Bureau. But, the heart of her service is in the East Ramapo Central School District, where instructional learning is for the UPK and working families. She has also sponsored Spring Valley’s Kids Center and contributed to Helping Hands of Rockland, supporting numerous families in times of need and distress while contributing to many community efforts.
Darnett continue to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Planning, with a concentration in Psychology of Early Childhood Training from Empire State College; a Public Administration degree from Portmore Community College in Jamaica; She receives numerous credentials from Rockland Community College (RCC) in Early Childhood Education, the Department of Health (DOH) in Creating a Healthier Community, and Child Development from the Child Development Association (CDA). Darnett has also received Certificates in Performance and Conflict Management from the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in Jamaica; and Supervisor and Small Business Management from the University of the West Indies Continuing Studies.
Darnett is a member of the National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC), Child Care Resources of Rockland (CCRR), East Ramapo Superintendent Circle, Spring Valley High School Principal’s Circle, Spring Valley Rotary, JAMCCAR, Spring Valley NAACP, and New Life Pentecostal Church.
She believes that children are the leaders of tomorrow, and investing in them is paving the way for a better future for our society.
Darnett Davis is a Spring Valley’s 2021 Women’s History Month honoree. With these attributes in mind, I will strengthen the Board of Trustee at the Finkelstein Library with, good governance and fairness in the interest of our patrons, employees, and community. Fostering better working relationships in a civil manner. I certainly look forward to extending my selfless service to this community.