School Board Members

Thomas L. Lapp, President - Mr. Lapp is married to his lovely wife, Kristen, a homemaker by choice; they will be celebrating their 17th anniversary this year. They have five daughters that range in age from 16 years to less than one year. The Lapp family enjoys church activities, reading, going to Grandma and Grandpa’s, watching movies together, taking in theatre performances at the High School, and going out to dinner with the girls dressed as young ladies. Mr. Lapp is employed at the Fort Drum post office as the lead clerk. Mr. Lapp enjoys gardening, raising goats, and Hereford cattle. Mrs. Lapp enjoys scrapbooking and baking, serves on two PTOs, and is very involved in her daughters’ education. Mr. and Mrs. Lapp’s motto is the following: “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD.” May God Bless You.

Kevin McCarthy, Vice President - Mr. McCarthy graduated from Pittsford High School in 1968, received BS degree from SUNY Brockport in 1972, received MS degree from SUNY Brockport in 1976 and took further graduate courses at RIT and SUNY Potsdam. He started work at Indian River CSD in March of 1977 and retired in June of 2013. Mr. McCarthy lives in Theresa and is a member of the Theresa Town Board.

William Backus - William Backus lives in his family home in Antwerp with his wife Lisa. They have 8 children altogether, 6 of them have attended Indian River. Three have served in the Armed Forces or are currently serving. Their youngest Abigail will be a 2023 graduate and is active in sports as well as yearbook staff. William has lived in the district for 14 years and is a graduate of Fredonia High School.

Tina Bartlett-Bearup - Mrs. Bartlett-Bearup is a lifetime, engaged community member (1989 Indian River Central School graduate) who resides in the Theresa district with her husband, David, and three children (2 school-aged, 1 IR graduate).   The Bearup family is actively involved in youth sports, most notably Theresa baseball.   Reinforcing her passion and dedication to the importance of education, Mrs. Bartlett-Bearup has been employed within an educational environment for over 20 years (Jefferson Community College) and has a B.A in Business, Management & Economics.  Tina’s career has provided her with a complex understanding of school budgeting, capital projects, governance and procurement, undoubtedly skills that will be valuable as an active, engaged board member.   In her free time, Tina enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, gardening, pilates, and spending time with her family.  Mrs. Bartlett-Bearup is eager to serve the community as an Indian River Board of Education member and feels privileged and honored that the community has selected her to fill such an important role.   Mrs. Bartlett-Bearup strongly believes that a solid, diversified education is the key to our children’s success and that no one person or community member can attain this alone…TOGETHER WE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

Bridget Carpenter - I live in Philadelphia with my husband and 5 children. I graduated from Indian River in 1996. I earned my Individual Studies, A.S. in 2014 after regretfully not finishing college after high school. I work full time at my family’s business, Philly Fuels Inc., where I work with my parents and 4 siblings.

My husband, Casey Carpenter, is a union electrician with the IBEW Local 910 and is the electrical Project Manager of Lawman Heating and Cooling. He also currently teaches part time in the continuing education program at the IBEW. Casey is originally from Harrisville, NY.

Our 5 children are spread out throughout the district’s schools. Taylor will be a Junior this fall (2016), Brooke will be an 8th grader, Codi will be in 3rdgrade, and our twins, Chase and Chanse, will be entering the prek half day program at Philadelphia Primary.

We are active in a variety of sports and organizations – IRU Soccer, Philly Baseball, lacrosse, soccer, dance, etc. My family feels that while education should always come first, extracurricular involvement and community work should also be a priority.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - Benjamin Franklin.

“All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections.” -Arthur Aufderheide

Kenneth Clyde - Ken Clyde lives in Theresa with his wife Rebecca. They have four children. Three are graduates of Indian River and their youngest, will be graduating in 2018. They are awaiting the birth of their first grandchild. Ken has been a lifelong resident of the area.

Shelly Eggleston - I was born and raised in the North Country and attended Alexandria Central School in Alexandria Bay NY. I currently reside in Theresa NY with my husband Dale a (1985) graduate of Indian River Central. We have 3 daughters 2 are graduates of Indian River Central, Megan (2006), Kristin (2012) and Danica will start Kindergarten at Theresa Primary in the fall. I currently work on Fort Drum as a Nurse in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, prior to that I was a nurse at the Philadelphia Medical Center for 16 years. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends as well as scrapbooking, crafts and spending time at our camp. There are currently a number of critical issues facing our Education system and I have a desire to be involved in providing the best education to each and every student as well as being an advocate for the students, the citizens of the district and the school staff. I feel honored to be a member of the Indian River School Board.

Robin Johnson - Robin Johnson has been a proud member of the Indian River Board of Education since 2010 and has served on committees including Policy, Buildings & Grounds, & Strategic Planning.  She considers it an honor to be part of the IR team with educators and administrators going all out to provide excellent opportunities for our students.  She is a St. Lawrence County native who came to Philadelphia in 1987. Her husband Steacy is a 1986 IRCS graduate. They have one son, Daniel; stepdaughters Cassie and Brittany & their kids live in the Carolinas. Robin has a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Communications and retired in May 2013 from Fort Drum after 32 years as a Department of the Army civilian working in Logistics and Personnel, 18+ of which were served as President of AFGE Local 400. She's a member of the Philadelphia American Legion Auxiliary.  A former officer of Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO's) at IR (PPS, IRIS, & MS), she recommends PTO involvement to other parents (save those BoxTops for Education, by the way!).

Michael Pierce - Mike was born and raised in Northern New York and graduated from Carthage High School in 2003. He attended SUNY Potsdam and graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology and in 2008 with an M.S.T. in Secondary Education: Biology. Mike teaches high school Biology at Carthage High School. He lives in Theresa with his wife Tricia, an elementary educator, and two children Sam and Stella who attend IR. Outside of education he enjoys spending time with family, birding, hiking, concerts, and playing music. As a member of the board of education Mike will advocate for providing our students with the best possible education, our staff with a safe and rewarding work environment, and the district citizens with transparent and responsible decision making.


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