Mary Ruth Kapsiak, 71, who has served two terms on the board, spent 26 years as a commercial representative for NYNEX Corp. before entering the workforce in education. She was a substitute teacher for six years, beginning in 1990. Later, she worked for two years each as a special-education and reading teacher before becoming an assistant principal and later supervisor of elementary education. Kapsiak earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University at Buffalo, a master’s degree in exceptional education from SUNY Buffalo State and a certificate in reading and school district administration from Canisius College. She says the district is headed in the right direction.