Six candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Education

On May 18, voters will elect candidates to fill two seats on the Queensbury Board of Education. One seat is through June 30, 2026 and one seat is through June 30, 2025. The individual who receives the most votes will receive the longer term. The following biographies were submitted by the candidates.

Dawn BleyenburgDawn Bleyenburg, MS, MCHES®

Dawn Bleyenburg is the Director of the Center for Public Health Continuing Education (CPHCE) at the University at Albany School of Public Health. She is running for her first term on the Board of Education.

Bleyenburg earned her master’s degree in School and College Health Education and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

She is the treasurer and member of the executive board for the NYS Public Health Association. She is also serving a term as board director for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She previously was a Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar and an Americorps Promise fellow in 2010 and 2001, respectively.

She has lived in Queensbury for 17 years. She and her husband Shane have two children, Grant, a freshman at QHS, and Allison, a seventh-grader.

Watch a short video message from Dawn.


Ben DickersonBenjamin Dickerson

Benjamin Dickerson is a construction manager and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is running for his first term on the Board of Education.

Dickerson has lived in Queensbury for 33 years. He and his wife Amy have four children, Laura, a sophomore at QHS; Jack, an eighth grader; Sam, a fifth grader; and Alex, a second grader.

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Jamey HardestyJamey Hardesty

Jamey Hardesty is a Clinical Operations Partner for Be The Match/National Marrow Donor Program. He is running for his first term on the Board of Education.

Hardesty earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University and his Master of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University at Albany.

He currently serves as a founding member on the board of directors of the Common Roots Foundation in Glens Falls. He has also volunteered for the Double H Ranch since 2013. He previously served on the board of directors for the Community Hospice Association. In 2017, Hardesty earned the 40 Under 40 from the Albany Business Review in the innovations category. In 2020, he received the Patient Minded Award from the Patient Experience Project.

He has lived in Queensbury for five years. He and his wife Jessica have two children, Ainsley, a second-grader, and Fiona, age three.

Watch a short video message from Jamey.


Tafhaim QuickTafhaim Quick

Tafhaim Quick is a Project Manager/EHR Interface Engineer. She is running for her first term on the Board of Education.

Quick earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

She is involved in a walkathon sponsored by the American Cancer Society and also advocated for Susan G. Komen breast cancer research. Additionally, Quick is a member of American University for Women and participated in interfaith events sponsored by various religious and educational organizations.

She has lived in Queensbury for six years and has a daughter, Maya, who is an eighth grader at Spa Catholic.

Watch a short video message from Tafhaim.


Brady StarkBrady Stark

Brady Stark is a Real Estate Salesperson for Howard Hanna Real Estate. He is running for his first term on the Board of Education.

Stark graduated from Queensbury High School in 2019 and is currently enrolled at Union College. He is slated to graduate from Union in 2023.

He serves as the treasurer and a member of the Queensbury Republican  Committee. He is also a board member for the Warren County Historical Society. Stark is also a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Southern Adirondack Association of Realtors.

Stark was the recipient of The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar of the Year Award. He also served as a field coordinator for U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik.

He has lived in Queensbury for 20 years.

Watch a short video message from Brady.


James WardJames Ward

James Ward is a Regional Manager at Marble and Granite Inc. He is running for his first term on the Board of Education.

Ward attended LaSalle Institute in high school and received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Springfield College.

He currently serves on the board of the Queensbury Little League, a position he has held for 14 years. He previously served as a board member for South Glens Falls Pop Warner and Saratoga Pop Warner. Ward also was a Natural  Stone Institute Certified CEU Speaker and formerly served as a little league coach, a pop warner coach and a ski instructor.

He has lived in Queensbury for 16 years. He and his wife Brianna have three children, James, a 2020 QHS graduate who is currently attending St. John Fisher College; Bryant, a 2020 QHS graduate who is currently attending Coastal Carolina University; and Zavry, an eighth-grader.

Watch a short video message from James.