CASDA's staff is made up of a diverse team of former educators and professionals who are dedicated to providing quality services to New York State school districts.




Dr. Michael Piccirillo

Executive Director


Dr. Michael Piccirillo joins CASDA as Executive Director after serving  six school districts throughout the Capital Region over the last 31 years.  Most notably, Dr. Piccirillo spent the last five years of his career in the Saratoga Springs City School District as the Superintendent of Schools, and in the five years previous to that held the position of Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education at Saratoga Springs.  During his tenure in Saratoga Springs, the school district consistently ranked in the top ten in the region for student achievement and made significant improvement in graduation rates for economically disadvantaged and special education students.


Dr. Piccirillo earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sage College, his master’s degree in Social Studies Teaching from Binghamton University, and a bachelor degree in Sociology from Binghamton University.  His research interests focus on the impact of the belief systems of individual leaders on their school systems, with a special emphasis on intentionality of leadership decision-making  as grounded in core values and beliefs.


Dr. Piccirillo has been heavily involved in his local community serving on several not-for-profit boards including the Saratoga Regional YMCA, Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning, and the Saratoga Springs Rotary Educational Foundation. 

Elizabeth Waterbury

Assistant Director of Business Operations

Elizabeth brings her experience in customer relations, project management, as well as accounting to the CASDA team. Elizabeth joined CASDA in August 2015 as the Financial Operations Coordinator and is responsible for CASDA’s account payable and receivable, purchasing, contract management, third party vendor management, and business operations reporting.


Elizabeth received a BA in Economics from SUNY Albany in 2012 and an MBA from Sage Graduate School in 2015. Before joining the CASDA team Elizabeth acquired numerous years of experience in the financial and employee benefits fields.


Accounts Payable and Receivable

Account Management

Budget Management

Risk Management

Customer and Third Party Vendor Relations

Ciara Hassenpflug

Director of Communications


Ciara brings a keen eye for design, a creative approach and a collaborative mindset to her role as the Director of Communications for CASDA. She oversees the creation and design of all communications and marketing materials, maintenance of CASDA’s website, social media channels and more.

Ciara joins CASDA after eight years of serving as the Communications Coordinator for the New York State Association of REALTORS. She earned a BA in Public Communications from The College of Saint Rose in 2008.


Graphic Design/Project Design
Website and Publication Design
Email Marketing
Social Media
Internal Communications

Stacey Gibbons

Professional Learning Coordinator

Stacey brings more than 18 years of Accounting and Business Office Management experience to the CASDA team. With that experience she brings many years of customer relations, business management, accounting, and office management skills within the public, private and nonprofit sectors to CASDA.  


Stacey joined CASDA in March 2016 as the Payroll & Benefits Specialist and is responsible for CASDA’s payroll, account reconciliations, accounts receivable, and business operations reporting.  Stacey also assists with many CASDA events and conferences.  In sharing the passion for education she puts her diverse skills to work on behalf of improving area school districts and agencies.


Accounts Receivable
Account Management
Office Management
Budget Management
Customer and Third Party Vendor Relations

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