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School Board Candidates

The candidates for three open seats on the School Board are (in order of position on the ballot):
  1. Nicole LaFave
  2. Moira Lang
  3. Ann Reichlin
  4. Kelly Evans

Candidate Bios and Contact Information

Disclaimer: The following biographies were prepared and submitted by the individual candidates.

Nicole LaFave

Nicole was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She has a BA from Ithaca College in Sociology with a concentration in juvenile criminal studies and race and ethnic relations. While studying at the Center for Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Nicole found her passion for exploring race relations in the United States and began exploring strategies for denouncing oppressive systems. She decided to stay in Ithaca after graduating from Ithaca College because she believed this small city had the power and ambition to cultivate a space where true social change is more than possible but sustainable. She is a former member of the Ithaca City Community Police Review Board, a current member of the Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District, a co-founding member of Black Lives Matter Ithaca and is engaged in several community initiatives around social justice and equity. She has three beautiful children that keep her grounded and her faith afloat.

Moira Lang

Moira Lang has been part of the Ithaca community since 1978. She spent 35 years as a secondary English teacher, 25 of those years at Ithaca High School - from 1985 - 2010. Moira received her BA in English from Union College and her MA in English from Middlebury College. 

Her daughter and six nieces attended Ithaca schools.  Moira's daughter is an English teacher at LACS and her grandson will be attending ICSD schools in the future.  

As a teacher in Ithaca, Moira served on numerous committees and was a participant in and leader of diverse projects - including the ICSD Secondary Language Arts Curriculum Committee, the Ithaca Writing Project, and the IHS WISE Program. After four years at Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey, Moira retired from teaching in June 2014. She joined the Board of Education in July 2015. 

Moira currently serves on the Curriculum, Human Resources, and Policy committees. She is the BoE Liaison to Belle Sherman Elementary School, Lehman Alternative Community School.

Ann Reichlin

Ann Reichlin received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She taught sculpture and drawing as an Artist in Residence at Brandeis University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College. She currently teaches art on a freelance basis to young children. A recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Ann exhibits her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States including a multi-year site-specific project on Sculpture Space grounds in Utica, New York, and an upcoming sculptural installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia. Ann served on the Artist Advisory Committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts and as a panelist in the Category of Architecture/Environmental Structures.

Ann is the parent of two children - a daughter who graduated from Ithaca High School in 2018 and a son who graduated from Ithaca High School in 2013. A founding member of the now-dormant SOS Election Boosters, a parent-based group focused on New York State policies that impact the ICSD, Ann also served as a Parent Volunteer Coordinator for Code Red Robotics. Ann has lived in Ithaca since 1997.

Ann serves as a member of the Facilities Committee and Chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee. She also serves on the Early Childhood Advisory Committee and is the BoE Liaison to Fall Creek Elementary School, Early Childhood, and the Central New York School Boards Association (CNYSBA).

Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans graduated with an Associates Degree from Herkimer County Community College in 1998.  She continued her education and graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Ithaca College in 2000.  While at Ithaca College, she was a member of the Ithaca Bombers Softball Team and recipient of an Ithaca College DANA Scholarship to design and paint athletic field logos, which received recognition from Utica College and SUNY Cortland in the form of requesting her to design for them as well.

Kelly has always been involved in her local communities in any way possible.  She has served on Academic Advisory Boards, coached middle school girls basketball and AYSO boys soccer, as well as been a volunteer basketball camp coach for 1st and 2nd grade students. While at Ithaca College, she worked tirelessly with the Assistant Athletic Director to initiate new fundraising efforts and new Athletic Department designs, as well as volunteering for summer baseball camps.

She is currently the Owner of KLE Builders & Lawn Care, LLC.  Kelly works primarily on her own to keep costs low because she started her business with the belief that everyone should be able to afford upgrades to their homes.  As part of her business, she also completes humanitarian builds for people who are greatly in need but cannot afford to put the money into their homes.

Kelly is the parent of an ICSD Middle Schooler, Wife to an ICSD Educator and member of the Ithaca LGBTQ Community.