The Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee (NPC) has announced the individuals who have been elected to a three-year term in each of Bronxville’s seven voting districts.

They are:

District 16

Louise Parzick

Louise and her husband, Joseph, have lived in Bronxville since 2003. They have four children who have attended a combination of the Bronxville School and The Horace Mann School. Two are currently in college and two are currently high school sophomores, one at Bronxville and one at Horace Mann.

Louise states: “The quality of our BOE is directly reflected in the quality of our school and as such, I believe that all potential board members need careful screening and support.  This is in the best interest of our tax payers, our community and, most importantly, our children. My experience, particularly as an executive recruiter of 20 years, should prove useful as candidates are vetted and successfully nominated by the NPC.

Louise was an undergraduate at Barnard College and received her MBA form The University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. Before and after business school, Louise worked in the Investment Banking Corporate Finance world before transitioning into Financial Services Execute Search.  She helped build her firm into a major player in the global retained search sector before leaving to work on behalf of a client in the private equity arena.  Since moving to Bronxville, Louise has been an active member of the community, serving on various boards and school committees for the past 12 years.  These positions included, the RCNS Board, the PTA Board, C0-Chairing “Staging Our Future” and “The Final Act” to build the new auditorium, as well as various other positions.  Currently, Louise serves on the Board of NEST, a global not-for-profit focused on social and economic advancement of women artisans.

District 17

David Brashear

Residents of Bronxville since 2007, David and his wife, Janet, have had four children at the Bronxville School; the two youngest currently attend the high school. David served on the Bronxville Board of Education from 2010-2016, including two years as President and two terms as Vice President.

David states: “I’m committed to the Bronxville School as a cornerstone of our community. I have worked hard, through my service on the Board of Education and through a variety of other initiatives, to make the school the best that it can possibly be. One of the key drivers of the School’s success is the caliber of the Board of Education. I would like to bring my perspective, having served on the Board, to the discourse surrounding the search for new school board candidates each year.”

David is currently President of Edgewood Investors.  He is a graduate of Penn and received an MBA from Harvard University.  In addition to his service on the Bronxville Board of Education and in various volunteer roles at the Bronxville School, David has served on a number of non-profit and corporate boards.  David has a strong interest in advancing education, founding a scholarship program in Pittsburgh in 1999, and he has been extensively involved in special initiatives at both Penn and the College of William and Mary.

District 18

Abby Hail

Abby and her husband Brian have lived in Bronxville for 13 years and have two daughters, Cece and Virginia, who have attended the Bronxville School. 

Abby states: “My family and I have been blessed to be members of the Bronxville community for 13 years and my two daughters have been fortunate enough to attend the amazing Bronxville school.  The NPC has been such an important and positive part of our experience with the school, always finding and encouraging the best candidates to selflessly serve and help to improve our school, which is the nucleus of our tight-knit community.  I now want to give my time and energy back to the school and

community that has given so much to my family.”

Abby graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Advertising with a minor in Art History.  Abby worked for Tiffany & Co. for ten years as both a corporate sales executive and as a manager in Personal Shopping.  Since she moved to Bronxville, Abby has been a member of the Junior League of Bronxville and Reformed Church of Bronxville and has volunteered in many capacities at the Bronxville School and Reformed Church Nursery School.

District 19

George Zivic

George and his wife, Robyn, moved to Bronxville 5 years ago. They have two children in the Bronxville School, one in second grade and another in sixth grade.

George states as his reasons for joining the NPC: “The foundation a fabulous education allows our children to develop into critical thinkers and innovators. I want to assist in and support the continual development and improvement of The Bronxville School for the benefit of our community’s children and the global community in years to come.”

George received his MBA from University of Toronto, Canada having retired from Canada’s National Gymnastics team in 1994. George’s career in finance has spanned trading for Energy merchants in Houston to managing OppenheimerFunds Commodity portfolio. George currently manages private investments for Lutonia Capital.

District 20

Valerie Otto

Valerie and her husband, James McLain, have lived in Bronxville since 2011. Their two daughters are currently in Middle School at The Bronxville School.

Valerie states: “My family has benefitted greatly from the Bronxville school and its community, and I am very thankful for this. The Bronxville School promise is an integral part of the school experience for our children and defines the academics and culture in which they develop.  Delivering on this promise requires steadfast care and work, and I wish to further contribute on this effort.”

Valerie is currently a real estate sales professional for Houlihan Lawrence in Bronxville, allowing her to engage with both new and seasoned members of our community.  Valerie was previously a marketing executive at MasterCard Worldwide, where she was a frequent leader of various task forces and initiatives.  Originally from Montreal, Valerie completed her MBA at the Darden School of Business, UVA.  Valerie has been an active member of the Bronxville school community for 6 years.

District 21

Vanessa O’Friel

Vanessa and her husband, Jeremy, moved to Bronxville in 2014. They have four children, three of whom are in the Bronxville School, ranging in grades from sixth to third. Their youngest attends Reformed Church Nursery School.

Vanessa states: “As a parent of four children who attend or will attend the Bronxville School, I am interested in helping to ensure that the school board maintains the standard of education for which Bronxville is known. Further, having lived in Bronxville for three years, I feel an obligation to make a positive contribution to my community. Given my professional background in education, the NPC seems like the ideal opportunity to do just that.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in French from Georgetown University, Vanessa taught middle and high school science and math for 13 years, first at the Buckley School and then at the Collegiate School, both in New York City. She also served as head of the Parents’ Association at St. Thomas More Play Group in the city. Since moving to Bronxville, Vanessa has been actively engaged in several organizations, including the Junior League, the Community Fund, the BASC committee for the Elementary School PTA and the Girl Scouts, where she co-leads the third grade Brownie Troop.

District 22

Jessica Turko

Jessica and her husband, Roberto Felloni, moved to Bronxville in 2014. Their son is currently in first grade at the Bronxville School.

Jessica states: “With a young child who just started at the Bronxville School last year, I am very interested in maintaining the school’s excellence. I am especially interested in issues related to special education services, and children and technology.”

A practicing lawyer for the past 16 years, Jessica is currently the head of the legal department at Olapic, Inc, a rapidly growing technology company. Jessica is a member of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance of New York City, the Bronxville PTA and, with her family, Lake Isle Country Club. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.