GENEVA — The city school district will have two new administrators arriving this summer.

District spokeswoman Heather Swanson said Mary Gere-Penna has been named the new director of business and finance. She will replace Interim Director John Zappia, who was filling in after former business and finance director Susan Gray became the new assistant superintendent for business in the Red Creek school district.

Meanwhile, Tonya Russell, a district employee since 2001, is the new director of student services.

Gere-Penna comes from Union-Endicott High School, where she is a school business leader intern and assistant principal. Prior to that, she was a business teacher and administrative intern at Union-Endicott and Binghamton High School.

Gere-Penna previously worked at UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City and at McFarland-Johnson Consulting Engineers in Binghamton.

“I am certain Mary will prove an integral member of our team,” Geneva school Superintendent Trina Newton said.

Russell replaces Carol McFetridge, who has been serving as interim director of student services since the position was created in 2017.

Russell worked as a special education teacher at the high school until 2014, and also served as chair of the Special Education Department. She is an administrative intern and teacher on special assignment who chairs the Student Services Department.

“I know Tonya will do well in her new post,” Newton said. “We are truly lucky to have such a talented and dedicated employee.”

Zappia and McFetridge are retired administrators, Swanson said.

Recommended for you