Back L-R: Robert Klein, Carl Finger, Ronald Schulhof, James DuganFront L-R: Amber Yusuf, Vice President; Karen Ceske, President; Jessica Resnick-AultScarsdale Board of Education Member Biographies
Karen Ceske, President (Term: 2019-2022): Ms. Ceske is an educator and volunteer. She supports high school students of all abilities in reading and writing and previously worked as an English and Social Studies teacher at the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula in the Bronx. Ms. Ceske has served as President of the Scarsdale Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, President of the Scarsdale High School PTA, Chair of the Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund for College, Secretary of the Scarsdale Middle School PTA, and President of the Greenacres School PTA. She has served on several community boards including the Friends of the Scarsdale Library, the Scarsdale Adult School, the Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Program (STEP), the Greenacres Neighborhood Association, and the Hitchcock Church Weekday School. She was also active as a troop leader for Scarsdale Edgemont Girl Scouts for many years. Ms. Ceske holds a BA in History from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, and an MA in the Teaching of English from Teachers College at Columbia University. She and her husband Rob have lived in Scarsdale since 2003. Both of their children are graduates of the Scarsdale schools.
Amber Yusuf, Vice President (Term: 2020-2023): Ms. Yusuf's professional experience is focused in the world of financial technology. She is currently Director of Operations for G2 FinTech, where she has been since before her second son was born. She has dedicated much of her free time to organizations in her community, with a focus on activities related to education in our District. Ms. Yusuf has served as PT Council President, PT Council Vice President, Heathcote PTA President, STEAM Day Co-Chair, and Heathcote After School Clubs Chair. She has also served on the boards of the League of Women Voters, the Scarsdale Bowl, the Scarsdale Citizens Nominating Committee and as a consultant for The Acceleration Project. Ms. Yusuf holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Yusuf and her husband Inder Grewal have two sons, one in Middle School and one in High School.
James Dugan (Term: 2021-2024): Mr. Dugan is an attorney and volunteer who has been active in Scarsdale since moving to the community with his family in 2006. Mr. Dugan has served as a member of the Citizens’ Nominating Committee and the Procedure Committee. He was a member of the Overhill Association Board as well as its President; and has been active in the Episcopal Church of St. James the Less. Mr. Dugan was a co-founder of the Coalition for Scarsdale Schools, a community organization of engaged parents of Scarsdale students. Mr. Dugan is a partner in the litigation department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where his practice focuses on high-stakes corporate litigation. He has a BA in English Literature from the Pennsylvania State University and a JD from Cornell Law School. Mr. Dugan and his wife Shirley have three daughters who attend Scarsdale Public Schools, one each in elementary, middle, and high school.
Carl Finger (Term: 2019-2022): Mr. Finger has been active in village government, serving as Scarsdale Village Deputy Mayor, Village Trustee, and Chair of the Law Committee, Finance Committee, and Personnel Committee, and also on the Board of Architectural Review and the Conservation Advisory Council. County-wide, Mr. Finger has served on subcommittees of the Environmental Committee and the Public Works Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. At Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, he has served on the Vision Committee and the Educational Director Search Committee. Mr. Finger is an alumnus of the Scarsdale schools, who returned to Scarsdale more than 20 years ago with his wife Eve. They have two children, one currently attends Scarsdale High School and the other graduated from Scarsdale Schools. An attorney and principal at Finger & Finger, Mr. Finger's practice includes Real Estate, Cooperative/Condominium, Landlord-Tenant, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Tax Certiorari. He holds a BA from Brandeis University, a JD from the Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law. He has been a softball and basketball coach, an umpire, and served two years as the local “Good Humor Man.”
Robert Klein (Term: 2020-2023): Mr. Klein is an architect and strategic facilities planner as well as an active board member and volunteer for a variety of national and community organizations. He is a founding board member of Neighbors for Refugees, a 501(c)(3) Westchester non-profit and resettlement organization, and also sits on the board of the Clay Arts Center, based in Port Chester, which is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of the ceramic arts. He has served twice as the President of Chavurat Tikvah, a home-based Reform Jewish congregation. Locally, he was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and currently is a board member of the Greenacres Neighborhood Association, where he has lived for 36 years and where he and his wife, Jane, raised their two children, both graduates of Scarsdale High School. Mr. Klein graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Architecture, having studied for his third year at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia. Presently semi-retired, Mr. Klein's career focused on health care planning and institutional design; he received a graduate diploma in Health Facility Planning and Design from the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU) of North London University, UK. He is a licensed architect in both the United Kingdom, where he lived and worked for five years, as well as New York State.
Jessica Resnick-Ault (Term: 2021-2024): Ms. Resnick-Ault is a journalist and active local volunteer. She has worked in financial journalism, reporting primarily on energy companies and markets and their impact on municipalities for nearly two decades. Ms. Resnick-Ault is currently a team leader at Reuters News and previously worked for Bloomberg, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, and the Providence Journal. She is the co-author of Hess: The Last Oil Baron (Wiley, 2015). She and her teams have been recognized for excellence in public-service journalism by the New York Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and other professional organizations. Since moving to Scarsdale in 2014, her local volunteer work includes co-founding the Grant a Wish(list) initiative of local 501(c)3 foundation Bake Back America, serving as a member of the Junior League of Central Westchester, volunteering as a member and chair of Edgewood PTA committees, serving as a class parent at the JCC pre-school, and volunteering with athletic organizations including Tailwind Track Club. Ms. Resnick-Ault served as a regional and state chair for interviews for prospective students to Brown University, has served on the board of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a gender-inclusive literary society, and is a member of the corporation of the International Institute in Madrid. Ms. Resnick-Ault holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Classics from Brown University. She and her late husband, Peter, have one daughter who attends Scarsdale Middle School and attended Edgewood School from K-5.
Ronald Schulhof (Term: 2019-2022): Mr. Schulhof is a pro bono consultant and private investor. Prior to this work, Mr. Schulhof worked in finance at Bear, Stearns & Co., and FBR Capital Markets, and in corporate strategy at Deloitte. Since moving to Scarsdale in 2013, his local volunteering includes serving as chair of the PT Council and Quaker Ridge PTA Sustainability Committees, member of the District Sustainability Committee, mentor to SHS student interns and City 2.0 project teams, chair of the Village Conservation Advisory Council, member of the Food Scrap Recycling Committee, chair of the Village LED Streetlight Committee, Board of Directors of the Scarsdale Forum, member of the Citizens Nominating Committee, member of the Westchester Reform Temple Connections Task Force, and as a Little League coach. Mr. Schulhof holds a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He and his wife Rachel have two sons, both attend Quaker Ridge School.