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Welcome! what we consider the most progressive and benefit-friendly health care plan for school districts in New York state and their employee associations. The NY44 Health Benefits Plan Trust is a unique partnership that succeeds on its collaborative framework of respect between labor and management. Established in 2003, the plan achieved self-funded status in 2008. It continues to grow significantly in its membership while containing annual costs and expanding benefit offerings. How do we do it? Read more.

Board of Trustees


 NY44 Staff

JoAnn Balazs
Director, Management Services
Bargaining Unions
John Pope, Chair
Erie 1 Administrators Association, SAANYS
 Plan Administrator/Ex Officio Trustee
Darleen A. Michalak, Ph.D.

Carol Barber
Deputy Superintendent
Patricia Kirisits, Vice Chair
Erie 1 Management
Association, SAANYS
 Claims Risk Coordinator
Thomas Pomidoro

James Fregelette
Executive Director,
Finance and Information Systems
Scott Decker
AFSCME Local 2567,
12-month employees
 Fiscal Agent & Software Trainer
Alice Riley

Doreen Kausner
Coordinator of Finance
Services/District Treasurer
Deborah Piatek
AFSCME Local 2341,
10-month employees
 Customer Service Coordinator
Anne Menard

Melody Jason
Executive Director,
Instructional Programs and Services
Donna Walters
Erie 1 Professional Education Association, NYSUT
 Wellness Reimbursement Representative
Jeni Kapalczynski

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