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Deborah McBride Heppes named new BOCES Chief Operating Officer

Deborah Heppes

Deborah McBride Heppes has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Orange-Ulster BOCES. Mrs.
Heppes was formerly Deputy Superintendent. She replaces William Hecht, who retired at the end of
Mrs. Heppes has worked in education in Orange County for the past 32 years, including the last 21 at OU BOCES.
“I’m inspired every single day to work with the amazing faculty and staff at Orange-Ulster BOCES,” said Mrs. Heppes.
One of Mrs. Heppes’ goals is to ensure that all BOCES students know who BOCES founding
superintendent Amy Bull Crist was.
“Amy Bull Crist gave us the foundation for all that we do today,” Mrs. Heppes said. “Amy’s vision was
that every decision we make should be the best decision for students, and it is my intent to continue her

Mrs. Heppes is supported in her leadership role by newly appointed Deputy Superintendent Kerri B. Stroka and Assistant Superintendent Mark P. Coleman. Mrs. Stroka and Mr. Coleman, also longtime BOCES administrators, were previously Assistant Superintendent and Director of Operations, respectively.

Orange-Ulster BOCES provides special education, vocational training and other shared services for 18
school districts in Orange and Ulster counties.

Two administrator portraits

Kerri Stroka                                                                 Mark Coleman