Board of Education Members

Melinda Bowe
Term July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022

Melinda Bowe of Oneida, New York, is serving her second five year term on the Board of Education. She is presently the Board’s Vice President. A 27-year district resident, she serves and has served as Chair of the Policy Committee, and of the Facilities & Finance and Governance committees. She is a graduate of State University College at Brockport with a BS in Political Science. She also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law.  She is a Partner with the Syracuse, New York law firm of Costello, Cooney & Fearon, and is the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Education practice group and a member of the Municipal practice group. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the ARC of Madison Cortland.  

Melinda and her husband, Michael Bowe, have one son and one daughter who are both graduates of OCSD.   

Heather Denby Term July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2024 E-Mail

Heather Denby of Oneida, New York, is serving her first five-year term on the Board of Education.  Heather graduated from Oneida and attended Seneca Street Elementary School.  A 33 year district resident, Heather graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology, and a Philosophy/Pre-Law minor.  Heather attended the Middlebury College Spanish Immersion Program, and she earned her Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo Law School.  Heather currently practices in Oneida as a matrimonial/family law attorney, and is the Vice-President of the Madison County Bar Association.

Heather and her husband, Derek, have two children enrolled in the Oneida City School District.

John Elberson Term July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020 E-Mail -
John Elberson, of Oneida, is serving his 2nd term on the Board of Education. A 35 year district resident, John has served as President (2012-2015 & 2017-2019), Vice President (2011), Chairperson of the Budget, Facilities & Compensation Committees and member of the Policy, Public Relations and Audit committees of the Board of Education.   John is a graduate of Oneida High School and attended Seneca Street elementary school while at Oneida.  He is a graduate of LeMoyne College with a B.B.A in Business Administration. John is an Executive Vice President at Oneida, NY based All Seasonings Ingredients, Inc. where he has responsibility for the Company’s Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and Human Resources teams.  In addition to his service to the Oneida City School District, John volunteers with the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley and Oneida Little League.  He is also a past volunteer with numerous local organizations throughout the Central New York community. 

John and his wife, Alicia, have a daughter and son who are both enrolled in the Oneida City School District.  

Robert Group
Term July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022
E-Mail - Robert Group of Oneida is serving his second term on the Board of Education.  He is presently the Board’s President.  A 30  year district resident, he has served on the policy, budget, compensation, facilities, and public relations committees.  Bob chaired the budget committee and served as President of the Board for the last two years. He is a graduate of Onondaga Central High School, then attended and graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Physical Education.  Bob was involved in education for 34 years in the Schoharie, Onondaga, and Canastota school districts as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator.

Bob and his wife, Martha had two daughters and a son graduate from Oneida and have a granddaughter who is currently enrolled.

Martin Kelly Term July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2023 E-Mail -

Martin Kelly of Oneida, New York is serving his first five-year term on the Board of Education.  Martin is 15-year district resident and  is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a B.A. in History.  He also earned his M.S. Ed and later completed his teaching certification at Le Moyne College.  Martin is currently working as a teacher in the Cazenovia School District. 

Martin and his wife, Megan, have a daughter and a son enrolled in the Oneida City School District.    


James Maio Term July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2023 E-Mail - Jim Maio, of Oneida, is serving his first five-year term on the Board of Education.   Jim is an 18-year district resident and  is a local graduate of Fabius-Pompey High School and later a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, earning as BA in Psychology.  He then continued his education at St. Bonaventure, earning a MS.Ed in Counseling.  Jim has worked at Mohawk Valley Community College for past 15 years where he began his career as a counselor.  He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Student Development and Transition Services.  In this role, Jim has oversight over many of the support services for students.  Jim also serves on the Tri-Valley YMCA Board of Directors.

Jim and his wife Kim have daughter who is enrolled in the district.

Jennifer Parker Term July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021 E-Mail -
Jennifer Parker of Oneida, is serving her first term on the Board of Education. An 11-year district resident, she served on policy, facilities and the Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Committee with the BOE..   She is a graduate of Ridgway (PA) High School.  She is a graduate of Indiana University of PA with a BS in Applied Mathematics.  She also earned her MSLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to working full time , she volunteers with the Oneida HS All Sports Booster Club, the Oneida Public Library and with her church.

Jennifer Parker has one niece currently enrolled in the district.

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