NPC Announces Nominees for School Board Trustee, Date for Meet and Greet Reception

The Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (“NPC”) is pleased to announce that it has chosen three nominees for Bronxville School trustee and will host a “Candidate Meet and Greet” reception on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bronxville Field Club.  

All Bronxville residents are welcome and strongly urged to attend this informal gathering at which the three nominees, Jack Bierwirth, Tom Curran, and Arleen Thomas, will be available to answer questions from the community.  These three candidates were nominated by the NPC to be placed on the ballot to run for the three open trustee positions on the Bronxville School Board.  The NPC is very pleased about the nominees and the qualities they bring to the School Board and hopes that community members will take advantage of this opportunity to meet them.  The annual School Budget Vote and School Board Trustee Election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Nominees listed below are in alphabetical order: 

Jack Bierwirth

As teacher, district administrator, and superintendent; Jack has had a prolific career in education. From teaching 6th Grade in Bridgeport, Connecticut to District Administrator in Hempstead and Port Washington, Jack’s extensive education experience includes being a Superintendent in Freeport; Sachem; Portland, Oregon; and Herricks (Long Island).   During his career, Jack has served on numerous statewide boards and commissions    predominantly in the areas of student assessment and teacher licensure/training and evaluation.  These associations have included the NY State Education Department (superintendent representative on statewide task force on Regents Diploma, credits and exams), NY State Council of School Superintendents (advisor on teacher and principal evaluation and student assessments), and NY State Board of Regents Distinguished Educator Program. 

bierwirthJack has served in a variety of capacities in the not-for-profit arena.  Currently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy.  He has been a Board member of the Bronxville Adult School, and Cradle of Aviation (Long Island).  In addition, Jack has been involved with the Macaulay Honors College (CUNY), and OECD PISA for Schools/America Achieves.  Jack served as President of Outward Bound from 1998 to 2001. 

Jack and his wife, Jane, have been residents of Bronxville since 1998.  They have three adult aged children—two of whom attended The Bronxville School.  Jack attended Yale, majoring in history.  He received his Doctor of Education from UMass Amherst. 

Tom Curran

Tom’s vast career in law has been in both the public and private realm.  He served as Assistant District Attorney, under Robert M. Morgenthau, the District Attorney of New York County.  Tom experienced all aspects of investigation and trial, while successfully prosecuting hundreds of serious felony cases.  He coordinated special grand jury investigations into a variety of industries. Currently, Tom is a partner at Peckar and Abramson, where he is Chair of the White Collar/Government Regulatory Group.  He is involved in a variety of areas in the legal profession:   commercial and securities litigation, construction, corporate compliance and integrity counsel, real estate law, and labor law. 

curranphotoTom’s civic duties have included the following:  Cardinal Dolan’s Advisory Review Committee, Mayor Bloomberg’s Committee on City Marshals, and the New York City Police Academy.  In addition, Tom has served as Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s Criminal Advocacy Committee, and Board member of both the Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York and Fordham Law Alumni Association.  Tom has also been on many panels across the country as part of educational programs focusing upon constitutional law, criminal law and securities law. 

Tom and his wife, Deirdre have been residents of the Village since 2008.  They have three children; one in Bronxville Middle School and two in Bronxville Elementary School.  Tom attended Georgetown University, majoring in history, before receiving his law degree at Fordham University. 

Arleen Thomas

Arleen’s expansive career in consulting and accounting began at KPMG, the global, professional services firm that specializes in tax, audit, and advisory work.  Currently, she is Senior Vice President of Management Accounting and Global Markets at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).  Arleen has focused upon many initiatives in learning and assessments that have led the AICPA towards competency-based learning, which included computer-based certification programs.  She is leading an effort in a joint venture with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a UK-based financial organization.  As a member of the senior management team at AICPA, Arleen has also been assisting in the strategic plan for this non-for-profit body that represents the CPA profession.


Arleen has been involved in a myriad of civic and professional associations.  She has been Chair of XBRL International, a global consortium, focused on improving business reporting.  She has also served on the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.   Arleen has been the Treasurer of Reformed Church in Bronxville, and currently serves as an Elder.  She also served as Treasurer for “Staging Our Future”, the PTA benefit that assisted in rebuilding The Bronxville School Auditorium. 

Arleen and her husband, Steve have been residents of Bronxville since 2002.  They have two children:  both in Bronxville High School.  Arleen attended Metropolitan State University, majoring in accounting.